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Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church is dedicated to witnessing the teachings of Jesus Christ, especially the Gospel of Saint Matthew, Chapter 25:31-46. Our mission is to nurture the spirit and to encourage the potential of those we serve through liturgical celebration, educational endeavors and social justice ministries. The parish will continue to identify with its origin as a Black Catholic parish. As a diverse and multi-ethnic congregation we will seek to promote racial harmony and social justice. While our primary focus is within the immediate community, we will also work to provide for the well-being of the marginalized everywhere. In this we strive for our parish community to be a caring, sharing, and loving family.


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Religious Education Registration Meetings
First Communion:
* Sunday, October 5th -- Spanish speaking registration meeting, 2:45 pm
* Wednesday, October 8th -- English speaking registration meeting, 7:00 pm
Child must be in 2nd grade or older, and a worshipping member of OLQP.

* Wednesday, October 15th, 7:00 pm
Student must be in 7th grade or older, and a worshipping member of OLQP.

Religious Education BBQ and Family Mass
Religious Education will kick off the year with a family gathering at 4 pm, Saturday, September 27th. Family Mass will be followed by a quick parents' meeting to pass along calendars and our new program materials. The event will feature children's activities, food and a fun time for all. Stay tuned to the bulletin for upcoming details.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
RCIA is a gradual process of formation leading to the sacraments of initiation into the Catholic Church. The process is open to all -- those interested in exploring or being baptized in the Catholic faith and those already baptized, either in the Catholic church or another Christian tradition, but not confirmed. If you'd like to see what RCIA is all about, please come to our first meeting on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7 pm in Founders Room. For additional information, please contact Alice or Kevin Curtin, 703-461-3082 or acurtin947@aol.com.

OLQP Youth Ministry Kick-Off
On Sunday, September 21 at the Walter Reed Community Center from 4:00-5:30 pm, join other high schoolers for fun, food, faith and friends. Anyone in high school is welcome. Look for the OLQP Youth Ministry sign once you enter Walter Reed, 2909 16th Street South. Contact Mike Sheehan for info: msheehan@olqpva.org or (703) 979-5580.


Doing Justice

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Paper Products Drive
OLQP will participate in Catholic Charities' Fall Harvest by collecting paper products (toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, etc.) for food pantries throughout the diocese. Paper products cannot be purchased with SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps), making this a great need for low-income people. Save your donations and bring them on Sept. 28 or 29.

Matt 25 - Donation Hiatus
Due to the renovations and re-organization in the Ministry Center, Matt 25 will NOT be accepting donations until September 15. We will be accepting fall and winter clothing donations, as well as small household items and linens, after that date.

OLQP Labor and Income Inequality Ministry Team
Have you heard about the new OLQP Labor & Income Inequality Ministry Team? In June, we brought Walmart worker activists to speak at the parish and then joined them at a labor action in DC. Our work on that issue continues. We will promote a local town hall about Walmart and income inequality. And we have many more exciting events in the pipeline, including an Interfaith Worker Justice wage theft presentation at the parish, and a presentation about how we can support restaurant workers (1/4 of whom are food insecure) as consumers and activists. Email Laura at htlaura1@gmail.com to stand with low wage workers and join this exciting new team!

Thank You!
Circle One and Matthew 25 would like to thank all those who generously gave to the back to school drive. We were able to give out over 300 backpacks, which exceeds last year's total by more than 100! Thanks also to the Circle One group who packed over 125 backpacks and the volunteers of Matthew 25 who packed the remainder. We are so very grateful.


Our Lady Queen of Peace

2700 South 19th Street
Arlington, Virginia, 22204, USA
703-979-5580 Office
703-979-5590 Fax