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

Annual Parish Picnic
This year's parish picnic is Sunday, September 13, on the parish grounds. Join us for the 12 noon bilingual Mass followed by picnic festivities from 1-5 pm. There will be no 11:15 am or 1:00 pm Mass on picnic Sunday. The parish will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ chicken tenders, fried fish, and cold drinks. We kindly request that everyone who plans to attend bring a salad, side dish or dessert (enough to feed 8 people). There will be sign-up sheets at the back of the church beginning soon for those who wish to volunteer to this much awaited yearly event. Bernadette Lozano, Picnic Chair: 571-269-2280, valdezbvd@yahoo.com.

Ushers/Greeters Wanted
OLQP is looking for people who are willing to serve as ushers/greeters at their regular Mass. If you would like to serve in this ministry, please attend the brief training session in the church on Saturday, August 22 at 10 am. Experienced Usher/Greeters are required to attend as well. If you have questions contact Ginny Franco at vfranco1@verizon.net or call 703-751-7110.

Sacraments for Teens
A class is now forming to prepare children 12 years of age and older to receive the Sacrament of First Communion. If you have a child who would like to participate, please contact Katie: Kremedios@olqpva.org

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. The last training session is scheduled for Sunday August 9th at 10:45 a.m. Please reserve your place by contacting RE@OLQPVA.org.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
RCIA is open to all, especially those interested in obtaining more information about the Catholic tradition and/or joining the Church. A new session will begin in September and we are also looking for OLQP members who would be willing to sponsor and support our candidates during the RCIA process. For additional information, please contact Alice and Kevin Curtin at 703-461-3082 or acurtin947@aol.com.


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.

Mateo 25 Yard Sale
You are invited to a grand yard sale on August 15 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm in Fr. Ray Hall. Donations of all types -- clothing, housewares, etc. -- are now being accepted. Please contact: Odalis Barrios at 703-582-7501, Manuel Lovo at 571-505-0934, or Rigoberto Martinez at 571-331-8487 and learn how you can help.

Gabriel Project
Gabriel Project receives and distributes many kinds of baby items, especially to the moms who come on Wed mornings to our Food Pantry. We can always use baby wipes, baby shampoo, strollers, baby clothes (esp. girls) in sizes 6-9-12 months, diapers sizes 2,3,4 and small gift bags. If you have large items please contact us as our space is limited: sharizamarra@yahoo.com, 703-323-9367.


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)