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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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Parish Advisory Board Nominations
Parish Advisory Board members commit to attend bimonthly meetings, serve on committees as needed, and listen to and present parishioners' views and perspectives. Seven seats are up for election, each for a two-year term. Registered members who have been active for at least two years are eligible and encouraged to consider the PAB. Nomination slips are now available in the sanctuary. The nomination period closes Sunday, October 30th. Each candidate is asked to provide a brief biography (100-150 words) and picture forthe insert that will be in the November 6 bulletin. The Election takes place the weekend of November 12-13 at all Masses (absentee ballots available the weekend of Nov 6th). Please contact Tim Murphy with any questions: murph2td@gmail.com.

Discipleship In Action
Be sure to pick up a ministry engagement handbook for your family after Mass today. The ministry engagement handbook offers a description of all the parish ministries and groups so you can select involvement specific to your interests. Individual volunteer commitment / re-commitment pledge cards are also available today. Look for the display of handbooks and cards in the church vestibule. Prayerfully consider your discipleship and then return the card next weekend -- Commitment Weekend, October 29-30!

2nd Annual OLQP Family Haunted House
We are making great progress towards hosting our 2nd Annual Family Haunted House which will be on October 28th from 7-9 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help collect and drop off refreshments, carved pumpkins, and creepy stuff to OLQP, and/or to be an actor or keeper of the peace in the Haunted House on October 28th. If you can help, please contact Mike Mothes at mmothes@olqpva.org.

Minkisi Annual Mini-Retreat
Minkisi Ministry's retreat day will be Saturday, November 5th, starting at 9 a.m. with Mass in the OLQP sanctuary and ending at 3:00 p.m. Evangelist, author and educator Therese Wilson Favors will again be the retreat director and the theme is "Blessed are the Merciful, for They Shall Receive Mercy". See the flyer for more information. Pre-registration is required by November 1st.

Share the Word Bible Study
OLQP will be offering a study of The Acts of the Apostles beginning November 12th. We will use the Little Rock Scripture Study as our guide. Study materials will be provided at a cost of $15 per person. We meet in the Peace Room from 9:30-11:00 on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Please join us as we study and reflect on the Word of God at the present moment of our lives. Contact Pat Fitzgibbons: pfitzgibbons@cox.net.


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Haiti Hurricane Relief
There was no loss of human life in Medor from Hurricane Matthew but the roofs of many families' homes were lost. The crops, such as bananas and peas and beans, were destroyed. If you would like to make a donation toward hurricane relief for our sister parish in Medor, please make out a check to Our Lady Queen of Peace and write "HAITI HURRICANE" on the memo line. Donations can also be made through Faith Direct online giving (www.faithdirect.net, parish code #VA271). Donations will go directly to Father Luckson of St Joseph parish, who will work with our Haitian partners to purchase seeds and construction materials to help our brothers and sisters in Medor rebuild their lives.

Thanksgiving Food Drive
Once again, OLQP will furnish hundreds of Thanksgiving meals to those in need. Due to the Hall closure, we do not have freezer storage so please wait until November 20/21 to drop off turkeys (10-15 lb frozen only) and potatoes (5 lb. bags). The other items can come anytime. We also need canned vegetables, gravy (jar or can), boxed cornbread mix, canned pumpkin or fruit pie filling, canned cranberries, and $10 grocery store gift cards. Volunteers are needed to register the families on Thursday, November 3 from 9 to 1. Volunteers will also be needed to organize donations on Nov. 19 from 10 am to 12 noon and for distribution on Monday, November 21. Contact Michelle Knight mknight@olqpva.org to volunteer.

Food Security Campaign
The Food Security Team will be holding the Bread for the World 2016 Offering of Letters campaign October 22 and 23 to tell Congress we support increased funding for nutrition and health of mothers, newborns and young children, particularly funding for international maternal and child nutrition programs. We will be asking you to complete a form letter, with room for your personal message, after masses on the 22nd and 23rd, and we will then personally deliver them to the Hill.

Matt 25 Bazaar - Help Wanted
Our Matt 25 Bazaar serves around 67 people each day the store is open and distributes nearly 10,000 items of clothing and/or household items each month. We greatly appreciate your donations and our current volunteers. However, the store is in need of both an overall Coordinator (5+ flexible hours per week) and volunteers for Thursdays (11:45-3:30) and Saturdays (8:45-12:30). Interested? Please contact Michelle Knight: mknight@olqpva.org, 703-979-5580.

40 Days For Life
Please join us for this 40-day prayer vigil outside the Alexandria Women's Health Clinic at 101 S. Whiting Street, Alexandria. This is a peaceful and educational presence designed to save lives and to raise awareness about alternatives to abortion. For more information, please contact Sara Dina at 571-218-6224, SaraDina4Life@verizon.net.


Our Lady Queen of Peace

2700 South 19th Street
Arlington, Virginia, 22204, USA
703-979-5580 Office
703-979-5590 Fax
Office hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (closed on federal holidays)