Parish Activities, Programs & Opportunities to Serve

ALTAR SERVERS – Parish youth 5th grade and older, are welcome to serve in our Liturgical celebrations. Adult men of the parish provide acolytes for Funeral Liturgies.

ART & ENVIRONMENT - Parishioners working to provide artistic and decorative support to worship services.

BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM - Open only on days when school is in session. Hours: 7:00 - 8:15 a.m., and 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Call the School Office for more information.

BETHALTO HOMECOMING - OLQP CHICKEN DINNER - Parishioners volunteer to serve hours preparing & serving chicken dinners for this Bethalto Labor Day Weekend community celebration. Proceeds go to support the parish school. A list of parishioners is posted in advance; if relatively new to the parish, please call parish office. We always need your help.

BUILDING & GROUNDS - This committee advises the pastor on maintenance, repairs and improvements needed to the church, rectory, parish school complex and grounds of the parish.

COMMUNITY 55 - For those 55 years and older to gather together for prayer, friendship and enrichment. They meet monthly for a luncheon, a brief program and entertainment.

DINNER-AUCTION – Our major annual fund raiser for the School. Held at the Knights Of Columbus Hall, a delicious dinner is served and all have the opportunity to bid on treasures and to catch that special bargain!

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS - Parishioners assist in the distribution of the Eucharist at Mass, to the homebound and to residents of nursing homes in the area.

FINANCE COUNCIL – Advises the pastor regarding matters of a financial nature and provides oversight for parish finances. The Council prepares the annual parish budget, conducts reviews of the quarterly and annual reports and inspects all parish financial activities. Meetings held monthly.

FOOD PANTRY – A supply of non-perishable food items is maintained for the assistance of the needy in the greater Bethalto area. The St. Vincent de Paul Society members channel food to those in need.

FUNERAL LUNCHEONS - This committee organizes a luncheon for family members, relatives and friends, following funerals in our parish church. Parishioners prepare covered dishes and volunteers serve the luncheon in the Parish Hall.

LECTORS – Lectoring is not just “reading,” but rather the art of proclaiming God’s Word to the worshiping assembly. It is a special and challenging privilege that requires training, practice and consistent prayer. At OLQP no one may serve as a lector unless he/she is trained in this ministry.

“LOVED AND NOT FORGOTTEN” MEMORIAL MASS - Loved ones of parishioners who have died within the past year are remembered at this service by family and friends. Held each year on or near All Souls Day.

MARY’S DAUGHTERS OF PEACE – Our local gathering of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. All women of the parish are welcome!

MARDI GRAS PARISH DINNER-DANCE - Held each year at the K.C. Hall on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday. Parishioners and friends enjoy this evening of good fellowship before Lent.

MEALS ON WHEELS – Meals are delivered to qualified individuals in the community, providing good nutrition to those in need.

MUSIC MINISTRY – We welcome the musical talents of parishioners. Our Adult Choir, Funeral Choir, Youth Choir and Folk Group enrich and bring beauty to our worship. Cantors and accompanists also support our services. If you play a musical instrument or wish to sing with one of the musical groups, please call the parish office.

PARISH LIBRARY - Located in the Parish Hall. Parishioners welcome to check out books and tapes . Donations of items always appreciated.

PARISH SCHOOL (Preschool - 8th) – Our Catholic school serves to develop the total person, challenging the mind, heart and body of each child to grow in the image and likeness of God in the tradition of the Catholic Faith.

PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION (PSR) - Grades 1-8. PSR classes meet once a week from September through May for our public school students. The coordinator and teachers are volunteers from the parish family, passing on the traditions of our Faith. Families may register for PSR at the Parish Office.

PRO-LIFE - This committee serves as a liaison between the Diocesan Office for Social Concerns and parish to implement Pro-Life activities in the parish. These include Respect Life month (October) highlighting the dignity of human life at all ages and stages of life.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA) – A rite of the Church for welcoming new members into the Catholic Church family. Candidates gather on Wednesday evenings for prayer, study, and discussion. When ready, candidates gather before the community on Sundays to celebrate the rites, leading toward final acceptance into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil.

ROSARY LEADERS – We honor Our Blessed Mother by praying the Rosary 1/2 hour before the weekend Masses. We urge you to come early to participate. If you wish to lead the Rosary, call parish office.

RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE - Held each year in the Fall and again in the Spring, this event fills the gym with treasures and bargains for the avid shopper. Proceeds support our family dinners following funerals in the Church Hall.

SCHOOL BOARD - An advisory body in matters pertaining to educational programs and facilities of Our Lady Queen of Peace parish school. Its purpose is to advise the pastor and principal in the establishment of policy and goals for our parish school.

SCHOOL ASSOCIATION (PSA) - Primary purpose of the PSA is to support the faith and academic life of Catholic education. The PSA is dedicated to the management of such activities and projects directed at financial assistance to parish school needs. The PSA also serves as a communication link between parents and school. Events include Chicken Dinner at Bethalto Homecoming; Pizza Sales; Dinner-Auction; Grocery Certificate (SCRIP)/Label programs.

SCOUTING - Girl Scout Program: Open to all girls ages 5-15 as Daisies (Kindergarten), Brownies (Grades 1-3), Juniors (Grades 4-6), Seniors (Grades 7 and 8). If enough volunteers, a troop for each age group will be available. Most troops meet twice/month for 1-2 hours. Meetings usually held immediately after school in parish hall or school library. Girl Scouts help young girls to grow in overall responsibility and their commitment to God, country, and others.
- Cub Scout & Boy Scout Programs: Open to all boys Grades 1-5, and Grades 6-12, respectively. Purpose of scouting, with the help of parents and leaders, is to help boys develop character and spiritual growth, outdoor skills, citizenship, and personal preparedness. The Cub Scouts have weekly den meetings & monthly pack meetings and are prepared for Boy Scouts. The Boy Scout troop meets weekly during the school year and features one outdoor activity such as camping or hiking each month. In summer, the troop attends a 1-week summer camp.

SCRIP – On-going parish and school fundraiser, whereby parishioners purchase certificates to use, same as cash, in local retail stores, and school receives a percentage and a percentage is applied against school tuition at OLQP. The funds raised enrich our school program by providing equipment, supplies and services.

“SHARE THE WORD” - All children ages 3 through 1st grade are welcome to participate in this program during the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Masses. It is an opportunity for the children to encounter God’s Word at their level of understanding.

SISTER PARISH MISSION OUTREACH – Our parish is paired with St. Theresa’s Church in Ongole, India. Through exchange, prayer and other activities we seek to understand our fellow Catholics on the other side of the globe and to grow in faith with them in the Body of Christ.

SPECIAL EDUCATION RELIGION CLASS - Children who have special learning needs are served on an area basis with a program operated at St. Ambrose Church, Godfrey.

ST. VINCENT DEPAUL SOCIETY – An association of parishioners who serve the poor and needy of our community. Meeting monthly the members visit the needy and respond to requests for material and spiritual assistance.

USHERS (MINISTRY OF HOSPITALITY) - These ministers welcome parishioners and visitors, seat visitors and otherwise support the needs of worshippers during services.

VOCATIONS – This committee promotes vocation awareness in the parish and encourages our youth to consider a life of service to the Lord.

YOUTH MINISTRY – Ministering and sharing the Good News with our youth through activities, trips, service projects, prayer and fellowship. All junior high and high school students are welcome to join Youth Ministry. Norm & Amy Frisch are our youth program directors.