With the Spirit at our side, and mindful of the Blessed
Mother, we follow God's will and the teachings of
Jesus Christ, especially through Sunday Worship and the
care of parishioners for one another and by connecting life and faith on a
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Hope for a New Year
At a Vespers service on New Year's Eve,
Pope Francis spoke of hope for the coming year, hope embodied by the "Silent
Majority." While the Pope's words were directed most specifically to life in
Rome, his words speak to hope for a world that hungers for the common good.
Pope Francis suggested that the concerns of ordinary people are not necessarily
reflected in the flamboyance of media coverage nor in the blustering of
politicians, but in eloquence of those who serve their communities not in noisy
words, but in quiet deeds. He mentioned with gratitude those who navigate the
world of crumbling roads and failing infrastructures with patience and care,
aware of others on the same roads, buses, trains and planes that they travel. He
expressed praise for those who respect public places, who are attentive to the
elderly, who offer a helping hand to people in stress and difficulty.
Pope Francis expressed his thanks to parents, teachers, and all educators who
form children and teens to be good citizens, to be aware of and contribute to
the good of all. He praised their efforts to engender in our young people a
sense of belonging and ownership in our communities, who encourage them to be
involved in the reality that surrounds them.
The Pope found real encouragement from those people who may face economic
difficulty and hardship and still work quietly to make things better for
everyone, without bitterness, without resentment, but with a simple sense of
Looking back over 2017, Pope Francis observed that God had given us a year whole
and healthy but humans once again used it up and wounded it. “Wars are the most
flagrant sign of this persistent and absurd pride,” he said. “But so are the
small and large offenses against life, against truth, against fraternity, that
cause so many forms of human, social and environmental degradation.”
Electronic Giving Program
convenience to our parishioners, Our Lady Queen of Peace has
establishing a means for you to make payments and regular contributions
online. The service uses advanced encrypted security features, so that
using the service is safe. You will access this service by following
Online Payments link on the navigation bar. This link will take you
to the secure server where you can set up your account. With your
account, you can specify regular deductions from your bank account or
charges to your credit card, or you can log on to make individual
payments and contributions. At any time, you can change your payment
options or cancel use of the service. There is no cost to you for this
service. If you have any questions, please contact Jan Schultheiss
in the parish office.
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