Coffeehouse Catholics Adult Faith Formation Series

ALL ADULTS OF THE PARISH are welcome to join us in the “Coffeehouse” after the 8:30 am Mass. We invite all adults of the parish to enjoy coffee and refreshments followed by a presentation in Saint Joseph’s hall. Presenters and topics vary. At times we will have a series of talks and at others, we will offer a talk or discussion on a specific issue.
We also invite ALL PARENTS of the parish to join us once a month to discuss approaching tough topics with your kids in today’s culture. This year in Parent Faith Formation we will use Pope Saint John Paul II’s work, Theology of the Body, to understand how to approach certain issues surrounding human dignity and sexuality with our kids. We will discuss isssues such as modesty, dating, gender dysphoria, and pornography. These are difficult but important conversations and we hope all parents of the parish will join us.

Sacred Relics
Sunday, March 3 at 9:30 am
St. Joseph’s Hall

Soon the relics of Saint Jude will be at Mary Our Queen!  Have you ever asked yourself, why we keep relics of the saints?  Has a protestant friend told you that it is non-biblical or even idolatry?  When you stop and think about it, does it seem creepy or just plain weird?  Join us as we explore sacred relics and find out what the Church teaches about this fascinating part of the Catholic faith.

Adult and Parent Faith Formation
Theology of the Body & Contraception
Sunday, March 10 | 9:30am
We invite all adults of the parish to join us in Saint Joseph’s Hall on March 10th at 9:30am for a presentation and discussion on Pope Saint John Paul II’s teachings on contraception and its effect on our culture in his work, Theology of the Body.

Click HERE for the 2024 Parent and Adult Faith Formation Calendar 

MOQ Grief Care Support Group

Grief Care Support Group | A New Ministry at Mary Our Queen
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. ~ Matthew 5:4

Grief Care is a seven-week program led by parish volunteers who have or are currently experiencing their own grief journey. The group will meet for seven consecutive weeks on Monday evenings. If you are interested in joining us or have questions, please register or contact us through the form below.

7-week journey beginning Sunday, February 4th
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Trinity Building, Downstairs Conference Room

Week 1: Introduction and Overview

Week 2: Beginning to accept the reality of loss

Week 3: Experiencing the pain of grief

Week 4: Adjusting to the environment without your loved one

Week 5: Reconciling grief with your daily life

Week 6: Journeying toward a new normal

Week 7: Moving toward closure

Believing that grief is a natural response to loss and a necessary process in adjusting to change, we endeavor to support the bereaved in their mourning. Support Groups strive to facilitate:
  • Expression of Emotion and Thought about loss, including sadness, pain anxiety, anger, loneliness, guilt, relief, solation confusion or numbness.
  • Challenges that often follow a loss can include: disorganization tiredness, trouble concentrating, sleep deprivation, vivid dreams and changes in appetite.
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Walking with Purpose | Women’s Bible Study

JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT COFFEE CONNECT: Wednesday, February 7 at 7pm

We will share Mardi Gras refreshments and view a video “The Temple – I invite you in.” No previous study necessary as this is an open house allowing you to get a glimpse of how Walking with Purpose enables women to know Christ personally through Scripture and provides community at our parish.

We are eager to get back to community—back to our Bible study and community of friends who encourage us to become the image of God! You are welcome here.
Walking With Purpose ~ Beholding Your King

Meeting Times offered Wednesday Mornings (10 am) OR Evenings (7 pm)
Our Spring 2024 study, Beholding Your King, will start on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, and run for 9 weeks ~ Please register through the form below if you would like to join our group.

We live in a self-centered culture that all too often leaves us feeling empty and dissatisfied. A fuller view of God and His glory is the perfect antidote, which you will experience in Beholding Your King.

We’ll study King David, select psalms, the temple, and many Old Testament prophets and see the ways in which they all point to the coming King of Kings, Jesus Christ.

 

What we’ll discuss:

  • Prophecies about Jesus in the Old Testament, and their effect on people past and present
  • Psalm 23, the most familiar of all the Psalms which has comforted people throughout the centuries
  • God’s steady purpose in both the Old and New Covenants, and the promises He kept to all of us

Each weekly lesson is divided into 5 short daily sections which can be completed in about 20 to 30 minutes. The recommended Bible translation to use for a Walking with Purpose study is the New American Bible (NAB) Revised Edition. The weekly meetings, where we review and discuss the answers from our lesson, last about 1 to 1.5 hours and are covered within a small group setting.

Order the Study Guide titled Beholding Your King HERE 

Listen to the Beholding Your King Spotify Playlist HERE

Want to join our Classes? REGISTER THROUGH FORM BELOW

Questions? Please contact us through the registration form below and submit. We will follow up with you either by email or phone.

Walking with Purpose Registration Form

    Small group leaders are essential for our Bible Study. You will be given a small group leader's guide and the lesson answers will be reviewed together before each lesson (at a convenient time determined by leaders).
    Occasionally, we need a substitute small group leader. As a sub teacher, you will be given the small group leader's guide and the lesson answers will be reviewed together before each lesson (at a convenient time determined by leaders).

Meditations on the Eucharist

Meditations on the Eucharist written by Jeff Armbruster

Popular ‘opinion’ among many Christians, including many who identify themselves as Catholic (even a surprisingly large percentage of those attending Mass weekly), is that the Eucharist is just a symbol—a good symbol, but no more than that. Yet, there is a remarkable treasury of evidence (based on Jesus’ own word and recorded in scripture) to the opposite, i.e., that the Eucharist is, in fact, the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ Himself. In our most recent post on the validity of the Real Presence of the Eucharist, we shared what many of the Early Church Fathers had to say in support of that foundational teaching of the Church. But such support and verification are not just from the early days of the Church, it spans the two millennia since then, including the meditations included here.

Arguably one of the most remarkable intellectual and spiritual giants of the nineteenth century is one of the Church’s newest saints, St. John Henry Cardinal Newman. Newman spent the first half of his 90 years as an Anglican (he was an ordained priest in that Protestant tradition) and the remainder as a Roman Catholic priest, rising to the rank of Cardinal. He is now being considered for designation as ‘Doctor of the Church.’ His scholarship is noteworthy on a wide range of topics, but his meditations on the Holy Eucharist are simply extraordinary. In these two reflections (from a collection entitled, Everyday Meditations (2013)), ‘Holy Communion’ and ‘Food for the Soul,’ Newman shares from the depth of his heart the realities of this beautiful, loving, compassionate, salvific gift our loving Savior has given to us, His unworthy creations. Jesus did not give us a symbol of Himself, He gave us Himself. One of the most beautiful of Newman’s descriptions of Jesus giving of Himself in the Eucharist is, “My Lord, my Savior, to me, you come, hidden under the semblance of earthly things, yet in that very flesh and blood which you took from Mary. You, who first inhabited Mary’s breast, come to me.”

Should you choose to read these two brief meditations, please know they are not a simple read. They are written in Victorian English and it is sometimes a bit tough to understand, so consider reading slowly, with the intent of meditating on each phrase. While not simple, the meditations are rich, beautiful, and remarkably insightful. Newman knew what he wrote about—and he did not write about a symbol! My hope is that if you will take the time to absorb the magnificence of his words, you will be rewarded.

 “Everyday Meditations” (2013)

(41) Holy Communion

Saint John Henry Cardinal Newman

My God, who can be inhabited by you, except the pure and holy? Sinners may come to you, but to whom should you come except to the sanctified? My God, I adore you as the holiest; and, when you came upon earth, you prepared a holy habitation for yourself in the most chaste womb of the Blessed Virgin. You did make a dwelling place special for yourself. She did not receive you without first being prepared for you; for from the moment that she was at all, she was filled with your grace, so that she never knew sin. And so she went on increasing in grace and merit year after year until the time came when you sent down the archangel to signify to her your presence within her. So holy must be the dwelling place of the Highest. I adore and glorify you, O Lord my God, for your great holiness.

O my God, holiness becomes your house (cf Ps 93:5), and yet you make your abode in my breast. My Lord, my Savior, to me you come, hidden under the semblance of earthly things, yet in that very flesh and blood which you took from Mary. You, who first inhabited Mary’s breast, come to me.

My God, you see me; I cannot see myself. Were I ever so good a judge about myself, ever so unbiased, and with ever so correct a rule of judging, still, from my very nature, I cannot look at myself, and view myself truly and wholly.  But you, as you come to me, contemplate me. When I say, “Lord, I am not worth,” you whom I am addressing alone understand in their fullness the words I use. You see how unworthy so great a sinner is to receive the one Holy God, whom the seraphim adore with trembling. You see, not only the stains and scars of past sins, but the mutilations, the deep cavities, and the chronic disorders they have left in my soul. You see the innumerable living sins, though they be not mortal, living in their power and presence, their guild, and their penalties, which clothe me. You see all my thoughts, my multitude of infirmities and miseries, yet you come. You see most perfectly how little I really feel what I am now saying, yet you come. O my God, left to myself should I not perish under the awful splendor and the consuming fire of your majesty? Enable me to bear you, lest I have to say with Peter, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord” (Luke 5:8).

My God, enable me to bear you, for you alone can. Cleanse my heart and mind from all that is past. Wipe clean all my recollections of evil. Rid me from all languor, sickliness, irritability, feebleness of soul. Give me a true perception of things unseen, and make me truly, practically, and in the details of life, prefer you to anything on earth, and the future world to the present. Give me courage, a true instinct determining between right and wrong, humility in all things, and a tender longing love of you.

(42) The Food of the Soul

In you, O Lord, all things live, and you give them their food. Oculi omnium in te sperant—“The eyes of all hope in you” (Ps. 145:15). To the beasts of the field you give meat and drink. They live on day by day, because you give them day by day to live. And, if you give not, they feel their misery at once. Nature witnesses to this great truth, for they are visited at once with great agony, and they cry out and wildly wander about, seeking what they need. But as to us your children, you feed us with another food. You know, O my God, who made us, that nothing can satisfy us but you, and therefore you have caused your own self to be meat and drink to us. O most adorable mystery! O must stupendous of mercies! You most glorious, and beautiful, and strong, and sweet, you knew well that nothing else would support our immortal natures, our frail hearts, but you; and so you took on human flesh and blood, that they, as being the flesh and blood of God, might be our life.

Oh, what an awesome thought! You deal otherwise with others, but, as to me, the flesh and blood of God is my sole life. I shall perish without it; yet shall I not perish with it and by it? How can I raise myself to such an act as to feed upon God? O my God, I am in a straight—shall I go forward, or shall I go back? I will go forward; I will go to meet you. I will open my mouth and receive your gift. I do so with great awe and fear, but what else can I do? To whom should I go but to you? Who can save me but you? Who can cleanse me but you? Who can make me overcome myself but you? Who can raise my body from the grave but you? Therefore, I come to you in all these my necessities, in fear, but in faith.

My God, you are my life; if I leave you, I cannot but thirst. Lost spirits thirst in hell, because they have not God. They thirst, though they fain would have it otherwise, from the necessity of their original nature. But I, my God, wish to thirst for you with a better thirst. I wish to be clad in that new nature, which so longs for you from loving you, as to overcome in me the fear of coming to you. I come to you, O Lord, not only because I am unhappy without you, not only because I feel I need you, but because your grace draws me on to seek you for your own sake because you are so glorious and beautiful. I come in great fear but in great love. Oh, may I never lose, as years pass away, and the heart shuts up, and all things are a burden, let me never lose this youthful eager, elastic love of you. Make your grace supply the failure of nature. Do the more for me, the less I can do for myself. The more I refuse to open my heart to you, so much the fuller and stronger be your supernatural visiting, and the more urgent and efficacious your presence in me.

 

Teaching about the “Real Presence” Is Integral to the Church’s DNA

There are many today (Catholic and non-Catholic) who argue the Church’s teachings about the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist are erroneous. Others maintain they are exaggerations. Still, others suggest the Church’s teachings are fantasies of over-zealous ancient and modern-day theologians. Yet, there is an enormous body of evidence that proves otherwise. Many of those who lived in the time of Christ, those who knew Him, and all the Church leaders in the first few hundred years after the Resurrection, that is, the early Church Fathers, are remarkably clear about what they believed to be the truth about the Eucharist as taught by Jesus, Himself. A “Cliff-Notes” style article by the online resource, Catholic Answers, summarizes critical teachings of a dozen spiritual giants of our faith from the first four and a half centuries of the Church’s history (including Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr and Augustine), and the benchmark conclusions of the Council of Ephesus in 431 A.D. (A link to the article is provided below.)

Some modern-day “deny-ers” of the Real Presence argue the early Church Fathers did not believe in the Real Presence, rather they believed that the Eucharist was just symbolic. But they ignore the reality that the early fathers of the Church unconditionally believed the words of Christ, Himself. Jesus’ words at the Last Supper are identical in all three synoptic Gospels, “This is My body…This is My blood.” His words are direct, precise, and most importantly, creative. They are not symbols. They are not suggestions. They are reality. They are the truth! And those closest to Jesus believed those truths because all are substantiated in Holy Scripture.

The “Bread of Life Discourse,” in Chapter 6 of St. John’s Gospel is the very substance of Jesus’s teaching about the Eucharist. “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” (John 6:51). And: “Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.” (John 6:53-57).

But, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, is also extremely clear: For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.

Please click the link and read more about what the early Church Fathers believed and taught.

The Real Presence
“Do this in remembrance of me.”

Reflection on The Bread of Mercy

Blaise Pascal, a French physicist, mathematician, and philosopher commented, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every [person] which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” For Catholics, there is no more perfect way to fill the vacuum in our soul than receiving Holy Communion and spending time in Eucharistic adoration. But going to Holy Communion and spending time in adoration only makes sense if we truly believe we are receiving or adoring the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ. Still, many who profess they are Catholic either do not believe in the Real Presence or they have allowed their faith to waver. Over recent months, we have shared three separate videos of notable scholars speaking from their theological expertise about the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. This contribution is different in that it is a reflection written by a lay person without similar credentials — a person who believes to his core that the Holy Eucharist is, in fact, the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ. His reflection blends scripture passages, stories from the lives of the saints, excerpts from credible scholars, and his own personal life experiences to unapologetically explain why he believes that Transubstantiation is true and why it is so important to accept that truth. The author shares his thoughts and feelings with the hope they will encourage others who already believe, but entice those who do not or are not sure, they believe that they would benefit from more deep reflection on this tenet of our faith.

Read MORE: Jeff Armbruster’s Reflection on The Bread of Mercy

Prime Diners: A NEW Senior Fellowship Ministry

Seniors, Join Us for Lunch! Make new friends and help build community among parish seniors. Prime Diners meets on the third Monday of each month for a shared meal and socializing. There’s a seat at the table for YOU!

Hungry for the company of fellow seniors? Want to get to know more people at Mary Our Queen? Join our next Prime Diners gathering from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the dates below:

Lunch Outing at Firebirds
Monday, March 18th
11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Meet us for great food and company at Firebirds in Town Center: 5215 Town Center Blvd., Suite 650, Peachtree Corners, GA (770-225-4664).
• Meal at your expense. Your friends are welcome, also.
• Registration required. Please RSVP by March 11th

All parish adults and friends are invited.

Please RSVP below so we know you are coming:

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St. Paul Street Evangelization

Spreading the Gospel is the mission of the church. In 1 Peter 3:15, St Peter tells us to always be ready when an opportunity presents itself. So, be ready! Come learn how to evangelize!

At Mary Our Queen on Thursday Evenings, September 14th to November 9
6:30 to 8 p.m. upstairs in the Trinity Building, Cenacle Room

Questions? Contact us through the form below:

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That Man Is You!

That Man is You! (TMIY)
We’d love to have you be a part of this life-changing program!

TMIY is an interactive men’s program focused on the development of male leadership in the modern world. It combines the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of authentic men capable of transforming themselves, their families, and the greater society. The new year brings together 6 dynamic speakers with a wide range of specialties to the TMIY stage to present “All Things New”. It is the same great format with new engaging personalities. We start with coffee/fellowship at 6:30 AM followed by a 30-minute video and end at 8:00 AM after small group discussions.

Our Spring Semester will begin on Friday, Jan. 12th @ 6:30 am in St. Joseph’s Hall. In order to cover our coffee supply, an RSVP through the form below is requested but not required to attendALL WALK-INS ARE WELCOME!

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