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This Week at St. Patrick's March 28, 2018

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Grace and peace. The prayer for Wednesday in Holy Week is: Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed...

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This Week at St. Patrick's March 21, 2018

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From the Rector Grace and peace. Spring and snow have arrived simultaneously. I hope that you are keeping warm and staying safe. On Sunday, we begin Holy Week. Holy Week is a time in the annual church calendar cycle when we reflect deeply on the suffering of Jesus which culminates in the...

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This Week at St. Patrick's March 14, 2018

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Grace and peace. Saturday is the Feast of St. Patrick’s, so we will celebrate with one service this Sunday at 10:30am (no 9am service). After the service, we will have a potluck lunch in the Great Hall with games and conversation for people of all ages. I do...

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This Week at St. Patrick's March 7, 2018

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Grace and peace. Before a few weeks ago, I had not visited St. Etienne since 2013. That is way too long. Let me tell you that there have been many improvements since then and many of them are thanks to our long-established partnership. St. Patrick’s and St. Etienne’s have been...

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This Week at St. Patrick's February 28, 2018

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Grace and peace. Mona Hanford, one of our long-time parishioners, has written a book titled The Graceful Exit: 10 Things You Need to Know: Face Reality, Make Wise Choices and Find Hope at the End of Life. I encourage you to read it and reflect on what it says about our lives. Life is...

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This Week at St. Patrick's February 21, 2018

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Grace and peace. Over the long weekend, I traveled with a team from St. Patrick’s to our partner parish, St. Etienne, in Haiti. It was a very meaningful and impactful trip. We witnessed the success of our parish in educating the young people and preparing them for life in Haiti. We also...

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This Week at St. Patrick's February 14, 2018

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Grace and peace. This first day of Lent instills an important practice of Christianity and other major religions. It reminds us that we are not the center of existence and that we are responsible for making adjustments in our lives. I attended services on Ash Wednesday from my earliest...

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This Week at St. Patrick's February 7, 2018

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Grace and peace. Last week I wrote about preparations for Lent at St. Patrick’s. I encourage you to continue thinking about the steps you will employ beginning on Ash Wednesday (a week from today).I write today about the upcoming mission trips for our youth. There are two trips...

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This Week at St. Patrick's January 31, 2018

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Grace and peace. In two short weeks, we will begin the season of Lent. This year, Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day. I don’t know how you are going to handle this convergence of romance and fasting. I bet you could get a much better dinner reservation on Tuesday...

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This Week at St. Patrick's January 24, 2018

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Grace and peace. This weekend, there are several events on the calendar of which you should be aware. Beginning on Saturday morning, the Diocese of Washington (of which St. Patrick’s is a part) will be meeting in its annual convention at the Washington National Cathedral. St...

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