November – Golden Anniversary Celebration

We walked with Mary, our Blessed Mother, Queen of the Universe on our journey during this Jubilee Year, which opened with the Inaugural Jubilee Mass last November 9th. Bishop Foley led us through the Holy Door of Mercy and lit the Jubilee Candle, and we all prayed our Jubilee Prayer for the first time together. All parish family members participated in the special jubilee events and activities throughout the year. We announced our Golden Jubilee with a sign on our property and articles in the One Voice, along with banners in our gathering area. Events were advertised in the bulletin and on the OLQU website, and documented in the Queens Messenger and on the Jubilee Display in Joy Hall. In a special way, we:

  • + Prayed the Jubilee Prayer (written by parishioners) at each weekend Mass.
  • + Our Greeters wore Jubilee nametags to remind us, and our Welcomers explained the Jubilee meaning of each event.
  • + Honored all past priests, deacons and lay staff; and prayed for all deceased members.
  • + Displayed a history of our parish and video interviews with early members and with Bishop Foley.
  • + Dedicated a Golden Jubilee memorial plaque, permanently fixed to our building.
  • + Dedicated a Golden Jubilee Tree and our Queen’s Memorial Walkway.
  • + Reflected on Mary, our Patroness, during Lent at soup suppers and on the Passion in a beautiful presentation by our Youth Group – our future.
  • + Honored our beloved mothers and fathers – our legacy.
  • + Honored Father Davis and diocesan priests – our shepherds – with a Mass, reception and gift on the feast day of their patron Saint John Vianney.
  • + Celebrated the Queenship of Mary, our Mother and Patroness.
  • + All parish families were presented with a beautiful Golden Jubilee rosary gift, lovingly hand-made by parishioner Andrea Wheeler.
  • + Hosted “Companions on a Journey,” a Jubilee festival of musical prayer.
  • + Sang the Rosary after Mass on the final day of the Golden Jubilee Rosary Novena.
  • + Published “50 Years of Queen’s Cuisine” Jubilee cookbook.
  • + Invited special guests and past parishioners to our parish picnic. Unveiled drawings of our new Golden Jubilee Memorial Building.

We are blessed by these events as we celebrate this jubilee year of spiritual renewal and prayer.

Our 50th Anniversary celebration is Thursday November 9th, with Mass at 6:30 PM followed by a reception. Bishop Baker and Bishop Emeritus Foley will attend. Virtually every ministry is involved in this celebration, as are our youth and children. Mark Blackburn composed and our Choir will sing the OLQU Golden Jubilee song. We celebrate our diverse cultures with food and dress representing the heritage of our parishioners. Bishop Baker will give special blessings to our founding members and early community members, members with their 50th wedding anniversary during the Jubilee year, and members with a birthday on November 9th. We will also display our special Golden Jubilee Blessing from Pope Francis, and a commemorative plaque to be installed on our new Golden Jubilee Memorial Building.

Beginning in 1967 with Father James Wathan, our founding members and early community members, and Mr. Bryant Bienvenu carving the altar and the ambo; through today with Father Davis Koottala and our upcoming new Golden Jubilee Memorial Building, let us renew our hearts in gratitude for the many blessings bestowed on us through our beloved spiritual home, Our Lady Queen of the Universe Catholic Church, and unite our prayers for continued blessings for ourselves and for our parish brothers and sisters. We are truly fulfilling our jubilee goal of becoming “closer to Christ and each other through Mary.”

Please attend on November 9th. This is the culmination of our Golden Jubilee journey!

List of Events

Date Event and Sponsor
SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 Kick-off introduction at Parish Picnic
Pastoral Council
NOVEMBER 1, 2016 All Saints’ Day Mass
Queen Bees
NOVEMBER 9, 2016 Solemn Mass to open the jubilee
Life in Faith/Knights of Columbus/Parish Staff/Social
JANUARY 5, 2017 Epiphany tie-in: Special Mass for all past priests and deacons
Life in Faith/Knights of Columbus
FEBRUARY 19, 2017 Golden Jubilee display: Open the Golden Jubilee display in Joy Hall. Video interviews, photos on a loop, history booklet and a by the numbers on display, international parishioner country/flag display, construction project display.
Queen’s Messenger/Men’s Club
MARCH 14, 2017 Lenten Tuesday Mass and soup supper tie-in
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion/Golden Jubilee Committee
APRIL 7, 2017 A Passion Reflection. Children enact scenes inside Joy Hall. Easter is April 16
Life in Faith/Religious Ed classes/Music Ministry/Youth Group
MAY 14, 2017 Mother’s Day. Dedicate the Golden Jubilee tree. Honor mothers.
Gardening/Lawn Care/Youth Group/Young Adults
JUNE 18, 2017 Father’s Day. Dedicate Queen’s Walkway bricks. Honor fathers.
Religious Ed classes/Youth Group/Young Adults/Pastoral Council
JULY 16, 2017 Dedicate engraved Golden Jubilee remembrance plaque at front building entrance.
Men’s Club/Building and Maintenance
AUGUST 4, 2017 St. John Vianney. Mass and guest diocesan priests. Reception
Life in Faith/Parish Staff/Social/Sacristans
AUGUST 20, 2017 Queenship of Mary. Mass and reception.
Life in Faith/Arts & Environment/Social
OCTOBER 12, 2017 Choir sings Rosary last day of Novena.
Music Ministry/ Religious Ed classes/Youth Group
OCTOBER 15, 2017 Invite founding members, video interviews, group photos. School alumni reunion.
Pastoral Council
NOVEMBER 9, 2017 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee Celebration Solemn Mass, reception, special blessings, video interviews, photos from all previous events on a loop. Recognize charter members. Distribute Jubilee Book. Dedicate time capsule. Recognize jubilee year babies and all new members.
Social/Altar Servers/Life in Faith/Arts & Environment/Knights of Columbus/Parish Staff/Pastoral Council

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