Because of the coronavirus our weekly offertory collections have decreased dramatically and our fundraising activity has come to a halt.  As a result, Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish will experience significant deficit spending for the fiscal year.  Needless-to-say, we are in need of income to aid the parish. One new source of income will be a year-round rummage sale in the basement of the church.  Items will be priced and left in the basement year-round.  We will hold a sale one weekend a month:  Saturday morning and early afternoon, and Sunday after Mass.  Starting date to be determined. People may drop off 'new' donations year round, and these 'new' contributions will be priced prior to the next monthly sale.

          Over the past 2 months many people have been cleaning house. Please consider donating any sellable items to our fundraiser. We are in need of knick-knacks, small appliances, small pieces of furniture, collectables, etc. We are not accepting clothes, used mattress or box springs, headboards without footboards or frames, cribs with drop sides, car seats, entertainment centers, furniture that is not in good condition, TVs, computers [keyboards, monitors, mouse], typewriters and fax machines, console stereos, console sewing machines, suitcases without wheels, exercise equipment, organs or pianos, bowling balls, guns or bows and arrows, and broken items or items with missing parts.

          We invite you to contact the parish office at (724) 478-4958 for drop-off and/or pick-up information.

Toddlers through 5th grade children of Our Lady, Queen of Peace and Saint James Parishes, and their extended family members, are invited to an outdoor movie night ‘drive-in’ style in Saint James Parish parking lot beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Participants will remain in their vehicles.  Refreshments will be provided. Because of the unemployment situation at this time, there is no cost for the event.  Those who are interested in participating are to call or email the parish office with your child(ren)’s name(s) and phone number by Monday, August 3.  In case of inclement weather the event will be held on Friday, August 14.

The Diocese of Greensburg will allow parishes to recommence Holy Mass on June 1. At this time parishioners will be required to wear masks, remain six feet apart, and sit in every other pew. Additionally, the Sign of Peace will no longer include a handshake, instead we will turn to the person next to us and offer a reverential bow. All communicants will be encouraged to receive the Sacred Host in the hand and the chalice of the Precious Blood will not be offered to the congregation.  For the foreseeable future, all people will remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays. Those who are elderly or have a medical condition that puts them at greater risk for serious complications from this disease should especially use this dispensation. Additionally, those who feel vulnerable because of their age or health are encouraged to stay home, while those who are sick should not attend public Masses. Various streaming Masses will continue.

Pre-K (age 4 by 8/31/2020) through 6th grade members of our partner parishes are invited to a 'Son Surf Virtual Vacation Bible School' July 27-31online or at your convenience.  At home VBS kits will be dropped off to you. YouTube videos created by our teenagers will be accessible to those who registered.  Videos will give information on how to implement VBS at home along with providing content. A free will offering may be given. Please mail your check payable to Christ the King, 125 Park Road, Leechburg, PA 15650. Online Registration form: https://www.ctkleechburg.org/formation/Lists/SonSurfVacationBibleSchoolApplication/Item/newifs.aspx

Registration deadline is Sunday, July 19.

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East Vandergrift, PA 15629

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