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This Week at St. Patrick's March 1, 2017

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Grace and peace. Today marks the beginning of Lent. If you missed an earlier service, there is one more Ash Wednesday service tonight at 7:30pm. Ash Wednesday begins a period of 40 days reapplying ourselves to the truly important things. It is easy to get distracted by the many things happening...

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This Week at St. Patrick's February 22, 2017

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Grace and peace. A week from today is the beginning of Lent. We mark the beginning with Ash Wednesday (services at 12:30 and 7:30pm). Before we get there, we have a special Mardi Gras Sunday at St. Patrick’s. At 9am, the Bluegrass troupe will provide music. Between services (9:45-10:30)...

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This Week at St. Patrick's February 15, 2017

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Grace and peace. In just a few weeks, the season after Epiphany will end and Lent will begin. Lent is a time of preparation. I will write more about this sacred season of 40 days in a few weeks. There will be several opportunities for preparation including Alpha, the Hope Initiative, and the...

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This Week at St. Patrick's February 8, 2017

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Grace and peace. Your Vestry met in retreat this past weekend. We prayed that God’s mission will continue to be accomplished right here at St. Patrick’s. As always, the Vestry is full of many ideas. Here are the key things that the Vestry plans for 2017 (this was a portion of my...

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This Week at St. Patrick's February 1, 2017

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Grace and peace. Last Sunday, we heard the beatitudes, the opening words of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, as our gospel passage. These profound words of blessing were directed at an audience of marginalized outcasts who were seeking meaning in their lives. They found it in Jesus&rsquo...

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This Week at St. Patrick's January 25, 2017

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Grace and peace. It has been an interesting week in Washington. On Sunday, I preached on how Christians might move forward in a new era. I encourage you to read or listen to it. The summary is that all of us must keep the light on, must find a purpose in our efforts to bring the people together...

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This Week at St. Patrick's January 18, 2017

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Grace and peace. This is an interesting week. On one end, we celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On the other, we mark the transition of power from one presidential administration to another. Earlier this week, 11 youth from St. Patrick’s joined our...

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This Week at St. Patrick's January 11, 2017

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Grace and peace. This past Sunday, Bishop Mariann visited St. Patrick’s. The visit of our bishop is not an annual event, so it was great to have her teaching Sunday School, preaching, celebrating the Eucharist, and answering our questions. She was extraordinary. We are so lucky to have her...

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This Week at St. Patrick's January 4, 2017

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Grace and peace. We are blessed with an extraordinary bishop and she will be visiting St. Patrick’s this Sunday. Bishop Mariann Budde was elected and consecrated as the Bishop of Washington in 2011. She is a renowned preacher and spiritual leader. The week before Christmas, she was...

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This Week at St. Patrick's December 28, 2016

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From the Rector Christmas was an amazing celebration of Christ's birth. I hope that your Christmas celebrations were filled with joy, hope, and love. This coming Sunday, we will continue the celebration of Christmas with the traditional Lessons and Carols service at 10:30am. The Sunday School...

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