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Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church Welcomes You

Serving West Pasco for 100 Years

Parish Mission Statement
Formed by the Word of God, and nourished by the Sacraments, we the servant community of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, blessed by our diversities, are bound in the Spirit by love, to reach out, respect, and embrace all people.


Let us become a debt free parish!

This year’s assessment for APA 2016 is $111,721.
435 families have pledged at this time.
Will you please join us in this endeavor and lighten the weight from the shoulders of our fellow parishioners?


Have you forgotten something?  Have you seen the APA updates?  Are you watching how we are progressing?  Good news and bad news.  There has been more participation in the APA as in previous years.  Bad news is that only 435 of our parishioners have “opened the door to mercy” for this year’s Annual Pastoral Appeal.

Remember the words I shared, $1 a week, $52 a year,  will make a HUGE difference in making our Parish debt free.

Sincere thanks to those who have participated.  We can’t do anything without your help.

Please remember to write #150 OLQP on your check.  Feel free to place your offering in the collection.  We’ll send it to the Diocese for you!

¿Has olvidado algo?  ¿Has visto las actualidades al día del APA?  ¿Estás viendo como estamos progresando?  Buenas noticias y malas noticias.  Ha habido más participación en el APA como en años anteriores.  La mala noticia es que solo 432 de 1492 han “abierto la puerta a la misericordia” para la campaña Pastoral Anual de este año.

Recuerde las palabras yo comparto, $1 a la semana, $52 al año, hará una gran diferencia en hacer nuestra parroquia salda de deudas.

Sinceras gracias a los que han participado.  No podemos hacer nada sin su ayuda.

Por favor recuerden de escribir el número #150 en su cheque.  Siéntase libre en colocar su ofrenda en la colecta.  ¡Se la entregaremos a la diócesis por usted!

Que Dios los bendiga.


Music Camp is scheduled for August 1-5.  It will be held in the Monsignor Foynes Parish Hall from 9AM to Noon.  Registration is $25.


Message from our Pastor

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Jesus Christ,

“When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?"  Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.”

I don’t know how I put my words as James and John insist to call down fire from heaven on their opponents.  Maybe they speak on behalf of us who experience violence in every day life. I have come from an emotional ‘Florida Stands Strong Vigil’ at Sims Park where hundreds of people gathered, remembering the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.  I saw the little children releasing 49 balloons, one for each victim, into the sky.   My eyes are still stuck to those balloons going up to that heaven from where James and John wanted to bring down fire. We wake up every morning hearing about some innocent blood shed somewhere in the world.

I remember many incidents where students gave me complaints about their own class mates over ‘silly’ matters. They all wished those who hurt them to be severely punished. If you are from a large family, just recall how you wanted your siblings to be punished over some tiffs. How much time did our parents spend to pacify us?  There are a few who even after seventy or more years still hold those hurt feelings.  How stupid we are; aren’t we?

What does Jesus say?

“You have heard that it was said, ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth… You have heard …You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.  But I say to you, love your enemies …” (Matt.5, 38-48.). Again, Jesus speaks to Peter who struck the high priest’s servant, “Put your sword back into its sheath…Do you think that I cannot call upon my Father and he will not provide me at this moment with more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matt. 26, 51-55.).

James and John had a nickname, ‘sons of thunder’. These are the ones who wanted to sit at the right and left of Jesus in his kingdom.  Jesus’ words transformed them both. James was the first apostle who got martyred and John became an apostle of love. All of his writings are overflowing with love.  

We need more strength to forgive than to retaliate. Life will teach us that all our enemies are not God’s enemies. All life is sacred, even the life of our enemy. It is hard to follow Jesus. Can I live without passing hatred from me to others?

I end this column asking to my Master, “Where is that light in me, Master, that you kindled in me when you formed me from nothingness, to respond to the darkness I am encircled with?”

Queridas hermanas y hermanos en Jesucristo,

Cuando los discípulos, Santiago y Juan vieron esto, ellos dijeron, “Señor, ¿quieres que hagamos bajar fuego del cielo para que acabe con ellos?”  Pero Jesús se volvió hacia ellos, y los reprendió, después se fueron a otra aldea.  

No sé cómo coloco mis palabras como Santiago y Juan insisten en descender fuego del cielo sobre los oponentes.  Tal vez hablan en nombre de nosotros que experimentamos violencia en la vida cotidiana.  He venido de una vigilia emocional “Florida Se Levanta Fuerte en Vigilia” en el Parque Sims, donde cientos de personas se reunieron, recordando la masa de victimas ametralladas en Orlando.  Vi a los niños soltar 49 globos al cielo, uno para cada víctima.  Mis ojos todavía están pegados a esos globos subiendo hacia el cielo de donde Santiago y Juan querían bajar fuego.  Nos despertamos todas las mañanas oyendo sobre sangre inocente derramada en algún lugar del mundo.

Recuerdo muchos incidentes donde los estudiantes me dieron quejas acerca de sus compañeros de clases sobre tontas materias.  Todos deseaban que los que los lastimaron fueran severamente castigados.  Si usted es de una familia grande, solo recuerde como quería que sus hermanos fueran castigados sobre algún desacuerdo.  ¿Cuánto tiempo nuestros padres pasaron para pacificarnos?  Hay algunos que incluso después de setenta o más años, aún mantienen esos sentimientos lastimados.  ¿Cómo de estúpidos somos; lo somos?

¿Qué les respondió Jesús?

“Oísteis lo que fue dicho, “ojo por ojo y diente por diente…..ha escuchado usted, ama a tu prójimo y aborrecerás a tu enemigo.  Pero os digo, amad a vuestros enemigos…” (Mateo 5,38-40.)  Una vez más, Jesús le habla a Pedro que hirió al sirviente del sumo sacerdote, “vuelve a poner tu espada en su vaina… ¿Crees que no puedo llamar a mi padre y él no me proporcionaría en este momento con más de doce legiones de ángeles?”  (Mateo 26,51-55.)

Santiago y Juan tenían un apodo, ‘hijos de trueno’.  Estos son los que querían sentarse a la derecha y a la izquierda de Jesús en su reino.  Las palabras de Jesús transformaron a ambos.  Santiago fue el primer apóstol que fue martirizado y Juan se convirtió en el apóstol del amor.  Todas sus escrituras son rebosante de amor.

Necesitamos más fuerza para perdonar que tomar represalias.  La vida nos enseña que todos nuestros enemigos no son enemigos de Dios.  Toda vida es sagrada, aun la vida de nuestros enemigos.  Es difícil seguir a Jesús. ¿Puedo vivir sin pasar odio de mí a los demás?

Termino esta columna preguntándole a mi Señor, “¿Dónde está la luz en mí, maestro, que encendiste en mi cuando me formaste de la nada, para responder a la oscuridad de la cual estoy rodeadao?”




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Daily Mass:
8:30 a.m. (Monday-Saturday)
Saturday Vigil: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 a.m.,
12:15 p.m.(Spanish),
5:00 p.m. (English-Teen Mass)


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A Welcome Message from our Pastor, Father Sebastian

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Jesus Christ, 

We warmly welcome all of you to the first Catholic church in West Pasco County. Together with “Our Blessed Mother” we gather at the Table of her Son, Jesus to get nourished and to proclaim His message of love in words and deeds.

We invite you to be a part of our loving Community being present at our Eucharistic celebrations and other events. Every First Friday at 5.00 p.m. is our Family Dinner Time in the Parish Hall. We gather to know one another and to build up new friendships. This year we started the St. Lorenzo 5 Star Breakfast Buffet.  Dates are published in the bulletin.  You must try it as it is the "best in town".

Please visit this magnificent Church adorned with colorful stained glass entrance doors, windows, Carillon Tower, Stations of the Cross and the Doves of Peace; stay here in solitude to get blessings upon you and your family through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother.

We look forward to seeing you!  May God bless you.




Annual Pastoral Appeal 2016
Open the Door To Mercy Video



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