Women’s Guild Game Night & Social

Women’s Guild May Meeting
Game Night and Social
Monday, May 13
7 pm | St. Joseph’s Hall

All women of the parish are invited to our May meeting. Play some games, socialize, eat, and have some fun! This will be our last meeting before the Summer. Sandwiches will be provided. Please bring a side or dessert to share. Join us!

 

The Sacrament of Charity

Living the Eucharist
By Jeff Armbruster

In the late thirteenth century, St. Thomas Aquinas taught, “The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Love; it signifies Love, it produces love. The Eucharist is the consummation of the whole spiritual life.” More than seven centuries later, Pope Benedict XVI (2007) issued an Apostolic Exhortation entitled “Sacramentum Caritatis” (The Sacrament of Charity), expanding in detail the meaning of Aquinas’ teaching. In his letter, the Pope beautifully explained the Church’s teaching concerning the life-giving, life-altering importance of the Eucharist as it applies to virtually all aspects of the life of the Church, our existence as children of God, our sacramental lives, and the responsibility we each have to live daily the Eucharist through our charity to others. The document is quite long (more than 70 pages), and while a remarkably insightful, most will likely be unwilling to take the time to consume it all. Several relatively short sections, extracted from the introduction and conclusion, however, provide a great deal of insight into what Pope Benedict means by “living the Eucharist” in our daily lives as Catholics. (Possibly reading these few paragraphs might inspire you to read the entire document, which can be found on the Vatican website by simply searching, “Sacramentum Caritatis.”)

EXCERPTS from:

APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
SACRAMENTUM CARITATIS
OF THE HOLY FATHER
BENEDICT XVI

INTRODUCTION

“The sacrament of charity (1), the Holy Eucharist is the gift that Jesus Christ makes of himself, thus revealing to us God’s infinite love for every man and woman. This wondrous sacrament makes manifest that “greater” love which led him to “lay down his life for his friends” (Jn 15:13). Jesus did indeed love them “to the end” (Jn 13:1). In those words the Evangelist introduces Christ’s act of immense humility: before dying for us on the Cross, he tied a towel around himself and washed the feet of his disciples. In the same way, Jesus continues, in the sacrament of the Eucharist, to love us “to the end,” even to offering us his body and his blood. What amazement must the Apostles have felt in witnessing what the Lord did and said during that Supper! What wonder must the eucharistic mystery also awaken in our own hearts!”

The food of truth

“In the sacrament of the altar, the Lord meets us, men and women created in God’s image and likeness (cf. Gen 1:27), and becomes our companion along the way. In this sacrament, the Lord truly becomes food for us, to satisfy our hunger for truth and freedom. Since only the truth can make us free (cf. Jn 8:32), Christ becomes for us the food of truth. With deep human insight, Saint Augustine clearly showed how we are moved spontaneously, and not by constraint, whenever we encounter something attractive and desirable. Asking himself what it is that can move us most deeply, the saintly Bishop went on to say: “What does our soul desire more passionately than truth?” (2) Each of us has an innate and irrepressible desire for ultimate and definitive truth. The Lord Jesus, “the way, and the truth, and the life” (Jn 14:6), speaks to our thirsting, pilgrim hearts, our hearts yearning for the source of life, our hearts longing for truth. Jesus Christ is the Truth in person, drawing the world to himself. “Jesus is the lodestar of human freedom: without him, freedom loses its focus, for without the knowledge of truth, freedom becomes debased, alienated and reduced to empty caprice. With him, freedom finds itself.” (3) In the sacrament of the Eucharist, Jesus shows us in particular the truth about the love which is the very essence of God. It is this evangelical truth which challenges each of us and our whole being. For this reason, the Church, which finds in the Eucharist the very centre of her life, is constantly concerned to proclaim to all, opportune importune (cf. 2 Tim 4:2), that God is love.(4) Precisely because Christ has become for us the food of truth, the Church turns to every man and woman, inviting them freely to accept God’s gift.”

Conclusion

“Dear brothers and sisters, the Eucharist is at the root of every form of holiness, and each of us is called to the fullness of life in the Holy Spirit. How many saints have advanced along the way of perfection thanks to their eucharistic devotion! From Saint Ignatius of Antioch to Saint Augustine, from Saint Anthony Abbot to Saint Benedict, from Saint Francis of Assisi to Saint Thomas Aquinas, from Saint Clare of Assisi to Saint Catherine of Siena, from Saint Paschal Baylon to Saint Peter Julian Eymard, from Saint Alphonsus Liguori to Blessed Charles de Foucauld, from Saint John Mary Vianney to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, from Saint Pius of Pietrelcina to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, from Blessed Piergiorgio Frassati to Blessed Ivan Merz, to name only a few, holiness has always found its centre in the sacrament of the Eucharist.

This most holy mystery thus needs to be firmly believed, devoutly celebrated and intensely lived in the Church. Jesus’ gift of himself in the sacrament which is the memorial of his passion tells us that the success of our lives is found in our participation in the trinitarian life offered to us truly and definitively in him. The celebration and worship of the Eucharist enable us to draw near to God’s love and to persevere in that love until we are united with the Lord whom we love. The offering of our lives, our fellowship with the whole community of believers and our solidarity with all men and women are essential aspects of that logiké latreía, spiritual worship, holy and pleasing to God (cf. Rom 12:1), which transforms every aspect of our human existence, to the glory of God. I therefore ask all pastors to spare no effort in promoting an authentically eucharistic Christian spirituality. Priests, deacons and all those who carry out a eucharistic ministry should always be able to find in this service, exercised with care and constant preparation, the strength and inspiration needed for their personal and communal path of sanctification. I exhort the lay faithful, and families in particular, to find ever anew in the sacrament of Christ’s love the energy needed to make their lives an authentic sign of the presence of the risen Lord. I ask all consecrated men and women to show by their eucharistic lives the splendour and the beauty of belonging totally to the Lord.

At the beginning of the fourth century, Christian worship was still forbidden by the imperial authorities. Some Christians in North Africa, who felt bound to celebrate the Lord’s Day, defied the prohibition. They were martyred after declaring that it was not possible for them to live without the Eucharist, the food of the Lord: sine dominico non possumus. (252) May these martyrs of Abitinae, in union with all those saints and beati who made the Eucharist the centre of their lives, intercede for us and teach us to be faithful to our encounter with the risen Christ. We too cannot live without partaking of the sacrament of our salvation; we too desire to be iuxta dominicam viventes, to reflect in our lives what we celebrate on the Lord’s Day. That day is the day of our definitive deliverance. Is it surprising, then, that we should wish to live every day in that newness of life which Christ has brought us in the mystery of the Eucharist?

May Mary Most Holy, the Immaculate Virgin, ark of the new and eternal covenant, accompany us on our way to meet the Lord who comes. In her we find realized most perfectly the essence of the Church. The Church sees in Mary – “Woman of the Eucharist,” as she was called by the Servant of God John Paul II (253) – her finest icon, and she contemplates Mary as a singular model of the eucharistic life. For this reason, as the priest prepares to receive on the altar the verum Corpus natum de Maria Virgine, speaking on behalf of the liturgical assembly, he says in the words of the canon: “We honour Mary, the ever-virgin mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and God” (254). Her holy name is also invoked and venerated in the canons of the Eastern Christian traditions. The faithful, for their part, “commend to Mary, Mother of the Church, their lives and the work of their hands. Striving to have the same sentiments as Mary, they help the whole community to become a living offering pleasing to the Father” (255). She is the tota pulchra, the all-beautiful, for in her the radiance of God’s glory shines forth. The beauty of the heavenly liturgy, which must be reflected in our own assemblies, is faithfully mirrored in her. From Mary we must learn to become men and women of the Eucharist and of the Church, and thus to present ourselves, in the words of Saint Paul, “holy and blameless” before the Lord, even as he wished us to be from the beginning (cf. Col 1:22; Eph 1:4) (256).

Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may the Holy Spirit kindle within us the same ardour experienced by the disciples on the way to Emmaus (cf. Lk 24:13-35) and renew our “eucharistic wonder” through the splendour and beauty radiating from the liturgical rite, the efficacious sign of the infinite beauty of the holy mystery of God. Those disciples arose and returned in haste to Jerusalem in order to share their joy with their brothers and sisters in the faith. True joy is found in recognizing that the Lord is still with us, our faithful companion along the way. The Eucharist makes us discover that Christ, risen from the dead, is our contemporary in the mystery of the Church, his body. Of this mystery of love we have become witnesses. Let us encourage one another to walk joyfully, our hearts filled with wonder, towards our encounter with the Holy Eucharist, so that we may experience and proclaim to others the truth of the words with which Jesus took leave of his disciples: “Lo, I am with you always, until the end of the world” (Mt 28:20).”

Mary’s Moms Rosary and Rosé

Rosary and Rosé: Thursday, April 18 at 7 pm in the Cenacle Rm.

ROSARY & ROSÉ because even Mary prayed for wine.
Held on the Third Thursday of the month at 7 PM in the Cenacle room of the Trinity building. Bring your rosary and a snack to share. RSVP HERE FOR APRIL 18

 

Mary’s Moms: Raising Future Saints

Welcome to Mary’s Moms!
Inspired by our Blessed Mother, we celebrate the privilege of raising our families to heaven through a support system of moms at Mary Our Queen. We provide meet-ups such as Rosary & Rosé and Moms & Muffins to share the joys and struggles of motherhood.

UPCOMING MEETUPS:

ROSARY & ROSÉ because even Mary prayed for wine.
Held on the Third Thursday of the month at 7 PM in the Cenacle room of the Trinity building. Bring your rosary and a snack to share. RSVP HERE FOR APRIL 18

MOMS & MUFFINS because motherhood loves company.
Second and Fourth Tuesdays in the Youth Lounge from 10 AM-12 PM . Come enjoy a snack and a playdate. Children 5 and under. Coffee and toys are provided.

DADS & DOUGHNUTS because fatherhood loves company.
April 20th from 10AM-12PM in the Youth Lounge. Dads are invited to come and meet other fathers while your kids enjoy a playdate. Children 5 and under. Coffee, doughnuts and toys are provided.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Save the date for MOMosa’s Morning Out on July 20th from 10AM-12PM.
Connect with other moms at our parish for a potluck brunch and enjoy food uninterrupted.

Save the date for Mary’s Birthday Party on September 8th after the 11AM mass.
Mary’s Moms and the Village welcome you to sing happy birthday to Mary. Bring your rosary and a dish for a potluck lunch as we celebrate Mary’s birthday with blessings and sweets.

Any questions email marysmoms@maryourqueen.com

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Dads & Doughnuts | April 20

DADS & DOUGHNUTS because fatherhood loves company.
April 20th from 10 am-12 pm in the Youth Lounge. Dads are invited to come and meet other fathers while your kids enjoy a playdate. Children 5 and under. Coffee, doughnuts, and toys are provided.

 

Come to the Table Ministry

Come to the Table

Come to the Table is a chance to get to know one another better by sharing a meal. It is a way for the adult members of our church to meet other people in the church in an informal home setting.

How it works:

For each round of Come to the Table, groups are formed combining couples and singles for a meal at a host’s home. Group sizes are usually eight but can be 6 or 10 depending on what the hosts can accommodate. This size ensures that the group is large enough to meet new people and small enough for all to be involved in conversation.

Hosts will contact the people assigned to their group to arrange a date that works for all starting in April. Get togethers will be scheduled every other month.

Once a date is established, participants agree on what they will bring to the dinner. These dinners are not intended to be gourmet events, they are gatherings to get to know one another better so any level of culinary expertise is welcome!

How to get involved:

Getting involved is as easy as providing some simple information on the form below including whether you are willing to host. You can join as a single, a couple or a couple of friends who enjoy spending time together. Non-Catholic spouses or friends are absolutely a welcome part of these dinners.

Please join us for our fun gatherings by submitting the form below.

Coffeehouse Catholics Adult Faith Formation Series

ALL PARISH ADULTS are welcome to the “Coffeehouse” after the 8:30 a.m. Mass. We invite all parish adults 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; 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 how to approach 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 specific issues surrounding human dignity and sexuality with our kids. We will discuss issues such as modesty, dating, gender dysphoria, and pornography. These are difficult but important conversations, and we hope all parish parents will join us.

Adult and Parent Faith Formation
Theology of the Body and Pornography
Sunday, April 28 at 9:30am
St. Joseph’s Hall

Each year the Archdiocese of Atlanta asks parishes to set aside Good Shepherd Sunday as a day to discuss the harmfulness of pornography in marriages, families, and our culture as a whole, while providing helpful resources to both individuals and families. It is an opportunity for us to take a proactive approach in equipping parents so they may better protect and safeguard their homes. We invite all parents and adults of the parish to join us on Sunday, April 28th, between the Masses in Saint Joseph’s Hall for our final discussion on Pope Saint John Paul II’s teachings on the Theology of the Body and how its teaching can better equip us to protect our children.

Click HERE for the 2024 Parent and Adult Faith Formation Calendar 

Walking with Purpose | Women’s Bible Study

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.

JOIN US IN SEPTEMBER 2024: We will begin a new study, Discovering Our Dignity.

Women of the Old and New Testaments were as flawed and broken as we can be, yet the power of God worked in their lives. Discovering Our Dignity will allow you to learn from their experiences and uncover ways to deal with unwanted circumstances and deferred hopes. Click here for our 2024-2025 Schedule.

Enjoy the Discovering our Dignity playlist on Spotify:

Interested in joining us? 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).

Village Gatherings | Young Adults, Single & Married

Calling all young Adults, both Single and Married (with children): Every month, young adults and young families gather after the 11 a.m. Mass to share a potluck lunch. It’s a great way to meet and grow in relationship with our fellow parishioners and Catholics. We’d love to see you there! Use the links below to sign up for our upcoming Gatherings.
Sign Up HERE for Sunday, April 21
Sign Up HERE for Sunday, May 5
Sign Up Here for Sunday, June 9

 

 

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! (Summer hiatus: June-July-August).

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:

BINGO is Back!
St. Joseph’s Hall
Monday, April 15
11:30 am-1:30 pm

Pack your lunch, and your luck. Meet us in St. Joseph’s Hall for five games and goofy prizes. Friends welcome.

Next gathering:
Cookout Celebration!
Monday, May 20
11:30 am-1:30 pm
Let’s fire up the grill and celebrate Season 1 of Prime Diners! Join us in St. Joseph’s Hall for a cookout lunch with all the fixings. Practice your Corn Hole toss for the summer. Bring ideas for Season 2, starting in September.
• $10 per person at the door – CASH ONLY please.
• RSVP a must by May 17th for Cookout participants.
• Prefer to pack your lunch and bring it? No problem; no charge; no RSVP needed.
• Friends welcome.

Please let us know if you have any questions and RSVP for the lunch you will attend through the form below:

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