OLQP Celebrates 70th Anniversary

This year, Our Lady Queen of Peace is celebrating its 70th Anniversary as a parish that bears witness to the teachings of Jesus Christ through our liturgical celebrations, educational endeavors and social justice ministries, and our commitment to being a diverse and multi-ethnic community that looks out for the well-being of those who are marginalized. Check out these images from our history as we have grown over the years:


Bible and candle

Religious Education Registration
If you missed last weekend's opportunity to sign up for the fall RE program, you can still register by completing the forms found at the back of the church. All families, new and returning, are asked to complete the registration form and attached emergency information sheet. Please place them in the file folder located in the rear of the church. Contact RE@olqpva.org with questions.

Neighborhood Circles Training
New families who want to join a Neighborhood Religious Education Circle must attend a 45-minute information session which will explain how the circles operate, what resources are available, and other expectations. Three training sessions are planned this summer: Sunday July 12th at 10:45 a.m., Wednesday July 22nd at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday August 9th at 10:45 a.m. Please choose and reserve a date by contacting RE@OLQPVA.org.

CLW Summer Break
Our Children's Liturgy of the Word program will break for a few weeks as we work to update the program and paint the Chapel. A very special thanks to Chapel Ministers Ford Williams and Anthony Felipe for their service. Ford will be going to college in the fall. Anthony will join a new group of high school students who will work together to share the Sunday Gospel message with the children of OLQP. High school students who are interested in being a part of this effort are invited to apply by contacting Katie: Kremedios@olqpva.org.

Photos of Graduates
Each year, OLQP proudly honors our recent graduates by publishing their picture in the bulletin. We include middle school, high school and college. Email your graduate's photo to office@olqpva.org and include a notation with the graduate's name and school. The deadline is July 5th for publication in the July 12th Graduation Bulletin.


Doing Justice

school supplies

Back to School Clothing and Supplies
Several of the Religious Education circles are sponsoring a campaign to gather children's clothing (new or used in good condition), shoes, school supplies and backpacks for area children going back to school. Please put your donations in the blue container behind Fr. Ray Hall or bring them to the Founders Room between 2 and 6 p.m. on August 9th. For more information, please contact Pat Vinkenes, 703-532-5721, patvinkenes@yahoo.com.

Laudato Si'
Pope Francis has issued a new encyclical on the environment titled Laudato Si'. OLQP parishioners are encouraged to familiarize themselves with this encyclical. You can read the full text in English or in Spanish on the Vatican web site. A one-page summary of the main points of Laudato Si' prepared by the USCCB is also available.

DAPA/DACA Briefing
On Sunday July 12th from 2:30-4 pm Catholic Charities and VOICE will be hosting a briefing in Fr. Ray Hall on the current status of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs and what those who are eligible should be doing during this time. This event is open to the public and will be held in Spanish. For more information, call 301-337-5792.

Food Pantry
Next week, July 11 and 12, is our monthly collection Sunday for the parish food pantry. We especially need: corn flour for tortillas (masa harina), canola or corn oil, cereal, canned tuna, and canned fruit. Other items that go in the bags are: pasta sauce, pasta, canned vegetables, rice, dried beans, and macaroni and cheese. Thank you for your help.


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)