Queen of Peace has an Online Giving program available to our parishioners. We have arranged with Vanco Services to provide our members an opportunity to use Electronic Funds Transfer as an alternative method for giving. The Program is free of charge for parishioners. By making your offering through our Online Giving program it allows you to donate once or make a recurring contribution that is automatically transferred from your checking or savings account on a monthly basis, and you select your own billing date. This is an easy way to make your Sunday contributions without worrying about your collection envelope. The use of EFT is not only time saving and convenient for you, but also allows our Parish to realize a more consistent level of support. By signing up for the Online Giving program, you will know that you are doing your part to support the Parish even at times you are not able to physically present to celebrate with the Parish Community. To sign-up simply CLICK HERE.
Of course, if you prefer, your collection envelope is still a great way to support Queen of Peace Parish. Simply drop it in the collection basket on Sunday or you may mail it to the Rectory: 820 North Hills Avenue, Ardsley, PA 19038.
Thank you for your generous support!
The peace, insights and life-rescuing power of the rosary and other religious prayer beads
By Rafael Alvarez, CNN
(CNN) I received my first rosary when my second grade class at a Catholic school in Baltimore received the sacrament of the first Holy Communion.
The boys were given black rosaries and a prayer book, the girls the same, but their rosaries were white. That was back in 1965.
My family was Catholic but we did not pray the rosary. I put the beads in a drawer, far more excited about the World Book Encyclopedia set I was given that same day. Never used, the rosary disappeared somewhere along the way.
It wasn't until 1994 when I acquired a second string of beads honoring Mary, the mother of Jesus, as I walked the frozen streets of East Baltimore with Sister Maria D. Jackson of the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart.
Sister Maria of the Way of the Cross, as she was known within the Mission Helpers order, was delivering Holy Eucharist to shut-ins in my neighborhood the day after an ice storm. We'd never met before I called the convent volunteering to help with whatever might need doing. The day I called was the day Sister Maria was visiting the housebound faithful. On that cold January morning, I was trying to remove some guilt about a marriage I'd wrecked a few years earlier.
My Dear People, every day at Mass we pray,” As we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our savior.” We mean Jesus Christ, but for many people it will mean a vaccine for the virus. The pandemic has a great impact on us all. We can all sense the anxiety in our self and others. We can all feel disconnected from family members, neighbors, and acquaintances. Social encounters seem to be things of the past and masks are our present and future.
In all of this there are people who each day enter into situations risking their safety for the sake of another person. I hope doctors, nurses, police, fire and first responders and health care workers immediately come to you mind. Perhaps because we don’t pray for them explicitly, we forget that priests can fall into this category.
The priests of this area all cover at least one nursing home as well as share coverage at Abington Hospital. We priests need to be extremely aware of the situation every time we get called. Abington Hospital as well as the nursing home we cover will not allow us into patients/residents rooms who have Covid. With more normal situations, we usually wear a mask, a gown, and gloves. This is for our safety and yours! One (1) thoughtless moment can impact the entire parish and our families too. If your priest gets sick with Covid who will be able to pray the Mass including funerals, hear confessions, anoint the sick or give last rites to the dying. I mention this because there could be times when for health and safety reasons I must say NO to your request. Painful as it is for you, it is equally as painful for me. However, for your sake I need to be extremely aware of the situation. Also at this time, priests who have their own health issues cannot respond to a request for the Anointing of the sick. At that time, we “healthy” priest do the best we can to respond to the request.
Reading this reflection, I need to be aware that some of you might become reluctant to call if you need a priest. Please, do not think like that! We priests will be happy to respond to your need and request as we have always done. I just want you to be aware of how the pandemic has changed our ability to respond in some situations. I know that you will continue to be as understanding as you always have been.
THE 2021 MASS INTENTION BOOK WILL OPEN SEPTEMBER 28TH.
Due to COVID restrictions rectory staff will NOT be taking Mass Intentions in Lynaugh Hall this year. This year we will be accepting MAIL-IN requests on a First Come/First Requests Honored basis.
In person requests will not be taken during this time. Please write out your requests (Include the intention, requested by, and date. Also include your name and contact information and a check for the amount due) and send them to the rectory. Requests will be dated upon arrival and will be honored to the best of our ability. Please provide us with “backup dates” in case your original dates are not available.
As we have done in the past, we ask everyone to limit their total number of requests to three Masses through October 10th. Beginning October 12th parishioners may return to the rectory for additional Mass intentions.
To try and accommodate the many requests that we receive for intentions, we will be accepting (2) intentions per weekday Mass, which means you will “share” the Mass with another family. Weekday, 8 a.m. Mass Intentions are a $10 stipend. If you do not want to share a Mass intention for a particular date and wish to reserve the date for your intention alone, the stipend will be $15.
Weekend & Holy Day Mass Intentions are a $15 stipend and we will only accept (1) intention for Weekend & Holy Day Masses. A request for a Mass intention cannot exceed 2 names by one requestor.
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Check Out FORMED
FORMED is an online streaming program (similar to Netflix) which you can access all sorts of faith formation videos, programs, books, movies, and podcasts from the safety and security of your home. Every Queen of Peace parishioner has 24/7 access to the best Catholic content on any device with internet access. It truly is the Catholic faith—on demand.
To get FORMED, visit www.formed.org and enter our parish access code, 6DVGDP. You will then be directed to a setup a user account with a username and password. Once you’ve done that, you’re all set and can get free access to all the content on FORMED anytime, anywhere. Take advantage of the excellent resources available during the Lenten season and during these difficult days of COVID 19 shutdowns. God Bless, Stay safe, Wash Your Hands!
Catholic families who are living within the boundaries of Queen of Peace Parish are encouraged to register at the rectory.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Second and fourth Sunday of each month at 12:00 PM. First time parents must attend Pre-Jordan Classes (Baptismal Instruction). Parents should contact the rectory to register for Baptism and classes.
SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE
Couples planning to marry should contact the Pastor at least six months to one year prior to the wedding date so that adequate preparations for the marriage can be made.
CARE OF THE SICK
Each week the Holy Eucharist is brought by an Extraordinary Minister to parishioners unable to leave their homes because of sickness or infirmity. The Anointing of the Sick will be administered upon request by the priest.
QUEEN OF PEACE PRAYER NETWORK
Queen of Peace Parish has set up a Prayer Network to add all of our voices to your intention. Please use the Prayer Request Page to submit your intention.
SANCTUARY LIGHT MEMORIAL
Our Sanctuary Candle burns 24 hours a day as long as the Eucharist is in the Tabernacle. You can dedicate this Sanctuary Light in memory of a loved one or for a special intention for one week; the names will be published in the bulletin so that your intention can be prayed for by everyone during that time. The donation is $25. Contact the parish office to reserve your date. This week (February 7) the Sanctuary Light is in memory of Sidney Lapyade, requested by Mary Calci.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is taking action to keep children safe. Archdiocesan policy states that all Church volunteers and paid employees must possess clearances as required by Pennsylvania law and to complete mandatory training . Queen of Peace is dedicated to the mission of protecting children. If you work or volunteer within the parish, please follow the link to the Office for Child and Youth Protection where you will find additional information and instructions for obtaining clearances and registering for training. Please contact our Safe Environment Coordinator, Lorraine Pfeiffer, at firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
Fall sports registration is now open for our Girls Volleyball team (grades 5 thru 8) and Cross Country (grades K thru 8)
If you would like to participate in either of these sports, registration is open from now until August 15th. You may download the Registration FormHERE. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding volleyball, you can contact Laura Miele-Pascoe at email@example.com and for cross country, you can contact Aimee or Ryan O'Hara (firstname.lastname@example.org) Distances for cross country are 2k (K-3) 3k (4-7th) and 4k for 8th graders.