Mission 2021

Connect. Grow. Serve.

At the end of his life, St. Francis of Assisi said, “I did what was mine to do. Now, go, do what is yours to do.”

What is yours to do? How do you feel called to use your gifts/skills to live into the Gospel call to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31)?

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Queen of Peace Ministries – In Formation

The love and hope of Jesus is Christ is always at work, so ministry is never static. In addition to many ministry opportunities at Queen of Peace Catholic Community, the initiatives to the right are in various states or formation and perfect to consider.

Eucharistic Congress 2021 hosted at Queen of Peace

Queen of Peace will host the Eucharistic Congress for the Diocese of St. Augustine on Friday, June 4th! Become part of the team to help in preparation for the event, the day of the event and afterwards.

Integrated Wellness Ministry

Our mission is to connect and serve our parish and community by providing available resources and to form individual persons based on the teaching of Jesus and the Church about the importance of body, mind and spirit.

Life Coach Ministry

Are you feeling stuck? Are your dreams and aspirations not being met? Unsure of what to do in some areas of your life? The Life Coach Ministry is here to help parishioners recognize and build on their strengths to achieve their goals. We are structured in three separate categories: 1) Financial issues such as wills and retirement; 2) Business and work related issues; 3) Others issues that relate to you or your family. Let us help you determine how to move ahead with your life. We offer 6 one hour sessions to get you on your way to a better outcome or goal. Please phone the office for more information.

Living Your Strengths (LYS)

Start a journey that could change everything about the way you see and live your life! Discover your talents and your purpose in life. Strengthen your talents and apply them to help fulfill your purpose. This exciting program includes an online assessment developed by Gallup, small group dynamics, and self-study.

Prison Ministry

The transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ is for all; including those whose lives are touched by incarceration. The love, hope, and faith found in Jesus Christ is shared through encouragement, worship, and religious education.

Respect Life

Our mission is to serve our parish and community by actively promoting the Church’s teaching on the sanctity of life from conception to natural death, through personal support (accompaniment), prayer, education and service. We walk with those in need!

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Ministry Partners – Focus on Accompaniment

When people experience God’s love shown through caring, concerned service, they get a glimpse of the life-giving message of the Gospel. Encountering the Mercy of Christ enables others to begin to discover His peace and joy.

The Mission of A Woman’s Answer Medical Clinic is to aid, educate, and support women who are pregnant; to help women recognize the wonderful gift of motherhood; to present life-affirming options to men and women who seek wholeness of body, mind and spirit; to encourage healthy relationships based on mutual respect and understanding.

Community Pregnancy Clinic is a place where caring medical professionals are ready to listen. We have answers to your questions––and we base it all on proven facts with more than 30 years of experience in pregnancy care.  At the end of the day, we care about nothing more than your well being.  All services are FREE and Confidential.  Community Pregnancy Clinics does not perform or refer for abortion.

The mission of FAMILY PROMISE is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.  Through coordinated local efforts that bring communities together, we help homeless families regain their housing, their independence, and their dignity.  Working together, we provide temporary housing, meals, and services to more than 125,000 family members annually. Volunteers mentor at-risk families. They teach financial literacy. They help find jobs and affordable housing. They create programs to meet specific needs in their communities. And they advocate for public policies that alleviate poverty and promote the economic stability of low-income families.  The vision of FP is a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future.

We are the source for patients, their families and their healthcare providers to find
answers to their advanced illness challenges. Haven provides Advance Care Planning, Palliative Care Consultations as well as comfort through the compassionate delivery of Hospice Services. When health
becomes a challenge, we will be your haven.

Our mission is to promote the health, recovery, and well-being of those affected by mental illnesses and substance use disorders through prevention, coordinated treatment, and supportive services.  Hope, Recovery, and Wellness are within everyone’s reach.  Meridian brings education about mental illnesses and substance use disorders and treatment to the local level.  It is Meridian’s goal to improve the wellbeing and health of our patients and community.

Peaceful Paths exists to save lives and create change.  It is a certified domestic violence center that serves survivors of domestic violence in Alachua, Bradford, and Union counties. Peaceful Paths provides a wide range of services including emergency shelter, 24-hour helpline, victim advocacy, children’s programming, education and training, crisis counseling and support groups, community awareness and intervention, and violence prevention programs.

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Ministry Partners – Focused on Outreach

Serving the many needs of the disadvantaged and vulnerable is core to Christ’s Gospel of love.

Bread of the Mighty Food Bank collects, sorts, stores and distributes donated food and basic essentials to 190+ non-profit agency partners such as food pantries, homeless shelters and other organizations who then distribute food in their communities to directly feed the hungry. The food bank serves Alachua, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette and Levy Counties.

Catholic Charities puts faith into action to serve the most vulnerable in our community, advocating for justice, human dignity and quality of life, while reflecting the compassion of God in Christ. Catholic Charities offers a variety programs to provide assistance to anyone in need in our community. This includes Emergency Assistance, Rural Mobile Food Distributions, Weekend Hunger Backpack Program, Bridges to Prosperity, Adoption, Pregnancy Counseling, English Language Literacy and more.

Christians concerned for the community

“Expressing the love of God by equipping the Church to serve people.” Christians Concerned for the Community partners with local churches, organizations, and government agencies to help meet the practical, spiritual, and human development needs of Alachua County. The items most commonly requested from the community are twin beds and used washing machines. The CCC physical plant is in need of skilled assistance with electrical and HVAC work.

Grace Marketplace is on a mission to END homelessness in Gainesville. GRACE is a one-stop homeless resource center serving Gainesville and Alachua County. We provide helpful and effective services for anyone experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Services include safe emergency shelter, permanent housing, showers, hot meals, storage, case management, job training, and providing space to our partners to provide health care and other services. By taking care of basic necessities day to day, GRACE empowers individuals to reclaim control over their lives and recover from unfortunate circumstances.

St. Francis House

The vision of St. Francis House is to end homelessness and hunger in our community and to stably house families and children.

Southwest Area Group (SWAG) Family Resource Center is made up of area residents, advocates and service providers that strive to improve the health and well-being of residents in the Tower Road area, just west of I-75. SWAG’s goals include protecting vulnerable children, supporting families, and providing opportunity and resources so adults can realize self-reliance and success in life. The Family Resource Center provides a safe place for children and their families, and a gateway to services and opportunities for those seeking to better themselves. The SW Health Clinic provides primary medical services and seeks to improve the health and well-being of the SWAG residents.

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Queen of Peace Ministry Options
Our mission as disciples of Jesus can be expressed in the prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi.  It is our personal mission, the mission of this parish and every Catholic parish.  And we ask Mary, the Queen of Peace to help us live this mission entrusted to us by her Son.
“Remind us, Lord, to be instruments of your peace. Let us show love where there is hatred; Pardon where there is injury; Union where there is discord; Trust where there is doubt; Hope where there is despair; Your light where there is darkness; Joy where there is sadness. May we seek to console rather than to be consoled; to understand rather than to be understood; to love rather than to be loved.”
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