Our world is hurting. We all need healing, yet many of us have separated ourselves from the very source of our strength. Jesus Christ invites us to return to the source and summit of our faith in the celebration of the Eucharist. The National Eucharistic Revival has been initiated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to restore understanding and devotion to this great mystery here in the United States by helping us renew our worship of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. The Revival was spurred on by the Pew Research Forum’s (2019) Survey findings that only one in three who identify themselves as Catholic believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist.
While some might say they are not surprised by these statistics, as only about half of Catholics actively practice their faith, the Pew Forum’s data also showed that two out of three who are “weekly” Mass goers believe in the Real Presence. Clearly, many have lost their way, or their belief – but even for those who do believe, a revival of our devotion is in order.
Over the next year, we will be providing resources that will enrich your understanding of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The first such resource is a YouTube video (view below) of Bishop Robert Barron’s presentation to the 2020 Religious Education Congress. Please be aware the presentation is about 75 minutes long but truly worth setting aside the time to watch. All the early Church Fathers believed in and taught the Real Presence. The Church’s teachings haven’t changed for millennia, but the beliefs of many of our fellow Catholics have. Hopefully, this information will enrich you and your family.
Communio Discussion Meeting weekly on Thursdays this Summer Starting June 1
6:30 pm in the Cenacle Room | Upstairs Trinity Building
Communio was founded in 1972 by Theologians Hans Urs von Balthasar, Henri de Lubac, and Joseph Ratzinger. It stands for the renewal of theology in continuity with the living Christian tradition, the continuing dialogue of all believers, past and present. The discussions are to examine the different articles which help us gain insight into church teachings and promote prayer and community amongst the faithful within the Church. The discussions will also consider writings and topics from some of the greatest theologians and philosophers such as Von Balthazar, Ratzinger, Cardinal Sarah, Luigi Giussani, Thomas Merton, and more. The study group and discussions are open to those 21 and up, and we promote that both men and women join as well.
If you are interested in joining in on our Communio discussions, please RSVP through the form HERE.
Faith Formation Online Registration Open For the Year 2023-2024 Register Children Aged PreK – 12th grade & for Sacrament of First Communion or Confirmation
We ask that all families register in our Faith Formation program regardless of where your children will actually receive their religious education: including MOQ’s Parish-led Program, Catholic School, or an approved Home School Curriculum. By registering, you will stay up to date about MOQ parent and family events and help us to better serve you. Please note: There is no cost for at-home/at-school learning unless your child is in a sacramental formation year.
PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE HERE or MOQ Website under Faith Formation Tab BY JUNE 4!
Read more about our Religious Education Program HERE
Read more about our Youth Group HERE
You are invited to attend Mary Our Queen’s 2nd annual St. John’s Eveon Friday, June 23. Mass will be at 7 PM with the festivities starting around 8 PM. This event will be a blast for families. We will have popcorn, water balloons, music, and a bonfire. You might even get the chance to dunk your favorite Deacon in our dunk tank! Please contact us through the form below if you have questions or would like to help.
Timing for the Evening
Mass at 7 pm in the Sanctuary
Blessing of the Bonfire outside right after Mass
Festivities begin after the Blessing of the Bonfire! Bring your Own Chair or Blanket!
Why do we celebrate St. John the Baptist’s Feast Day?
Saint John the Baptist, the cousin of Jesus, is known for preparing the way for Jesus’s public ministry so many years ago. He is seen as one of the most important figures in Christianity, and there are many traditions, going back centuries all across the world, associated with celebrating Saint John’s Eve. He is called the forerunner of Jesus Christ and is an important part of the backstory of the Gospel. Jesus said that no man born of a woman was greater (Matthew 11:11). There are only three nativities in the calendar of the Church. One is Christmas, of course. Another is the birthday of the Virgin Mary. And the third is the birthday of Saint John. His nativity is six months before Christmas, and it is a reason to celebrate and have some fun.
Flagpole Blessing, Lunch, and Speakers immediately afterward in St. Joseph’s Hall
RSVP is requested but not required. Please RSVP by the end of the day Thursday, June 15 through the form below.
Mark your calendars and set aside Saturday, June 17, 2023, for our next Authentic Catholic Patriotism Initiative Gathering. There will be an 11 am Mass followed by lunch at noon. The lecture should start around 12:30 pm. We plan to coincide this event with our blessing of the new flagpole as well (Flag Day is just three days earlier). This event, sponsored by both local and regional Knights of Columbus, is open to all. RSVP through the form below.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Adam Tate, a Knight, and a professor of history at Clayton State University. Professor Tate has written on the Catholic Church here in the South. He should be able to bring a great historical perspective to our ongoing conversation as we prepare for the nation’s 250th anniversary. His topic will be as follows: “The Political Strategies of Our Southern Catholic Forefathers”
The Holy See created the Catholic Diocese of Charleston in 1820 and sent John England, a priest from Cork, Ireland, to serve as the first bishop. At that time, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina comprised the Diocese of Charleston. Bishop England and his successors before the Civil War (1861-1865) actively engaged American and Southern cultures. This lecture examines three of the strategies or approaches that they used and looks at the strengths and weaknesses of each.
American Heritage Girls at Mary Our Queen is now registering girls for the 2023-24 program year.
The American Heritage Girls is a Christian-based Scouting-like organization for girls ages 5 to 18. AHG is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.
(Caption for photo above) Congratulations to Mary Our Queen’s AHG troop GA1412 for being awarded the Girls’ Bishop Trophy for excellence in nurturing and supporting Catholic scouting for their troop at the 2023 Annual Archdiocese Scout Mass! We are proud of our girls for all their hard work in completing their religious programs and the many, many hours they volunteer in our parishes and in the community at large. May God continue to be their focus and guide them closer to Him.
Moms and Muffins | Tuesday, June 13, and June 27 Play Group with Mary’s Moms Ministry – All Moms of the parish are invited to join us on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings of the month to enjoy a muffin and connect with other MOQ Moms while your little ones play!
Calling all young Adults, both Single and Married (with children): we’d love to see you at our monthly Village Gatherings after the 11 am Mass. We gather as a community to share a potluck lunch and get to know our fellow parishioners. We’d love to see you there!