Faith without works is dead (James 2.20). There are many activities that we do at St. Patrick’s that feed our soul and deepen our relationship with God. All of this leads to taking our faith outside the walls of this Parish to all corners of the world. Each individual has different gifts to accomplish this task. We at St. Patrick’s believe that we can make our daily work a vocation of service, whether that is in a career position, in retirement, or as a parent. St. Patrick’s also partners with groups around the city of Washington and in the mountains of Haiti. Service to the world is a gift we make in thanksgiving for all of our blessings.
Haiti Partnership - St. Patrick's has partnered (through the official Haiti partnership program sponsored by the Episcopal Church) with St. Etienne Church and School in the mountains of Southern Haiti since 1979. Over the years, St. Patrick's parishioners and friends and the leaders and residents of this small rural community have built a strong relationship that continues to serve each community in profound ways. Contact Haiti Co-Chair Marilyn Nowalk for more information or to get involved in the partnership.
So Others Might Eat (SOME) - SOME is an interfaith organization that exists to address the needs of the poor and the homeless. St. Patrick's partners with them by serving a breakfast one Sunday a month at SOME's dining room at 71 'O" Street, NW. If you are interested in joining the cooking and serving team, contact Miren Beitia. In addition, St. Patrick's parishioners and students make casseroles that are served at SOME. Casseroles can be made at home (consider making it a family project) and our Sunday School children make them on Sundays that fall in the middle of a three-day holiday (i.e. Labor Day, MLK Jr. Day). Pick up a foil pan and common recipes at the Church. Contact Carol Hylton for more information about SOME casseroles.
Samaritan Ministry - St. Patrick's is an active partner parish with Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, a faith-based service organization that helps people step up and out of poverty through education, resume services, and transitional skills. Our parishioners volunteer, regularly, at the Northwest DC office at 1516 Hamilton, serve on the Board of Directors, and advocate across the community for the mission. In 2013, St. Patrick's hosted the annual gala auction and dinner and participates annually in the Walk to End Homelessness, and the Next Step Breakfast. If you are interested in getting involved with Samaritan Ministry, contact our partner parish representative, Jo Anne Nelson.
St. Philip's Food Pantry - In the 1960's, St. Patrick's had a mission center in Anacostia near St. Philip's Episcopal Church. That mission office was destroyed in the riots after the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. After which, St. Patrick's began providing donated non-perishable food items to the St. Philip's food pantry. In October of 2012, St. Philip's honored St. Patrick's with a special recognition at their 125th anniversary celebration. Food items may be brought to St. Patrick's any day of the week and placed in baskets located along the main corridor and near the entrance to All Saints' Chapel (East entrance). Every couple of weeks, parishioners transport the donated goods from St. Patrick's to St. Philip's. If you are interested in helping deliver the food, check with in the Church Office.
Grate Patrol - St. Patrick's parishioners, students, and faculty volunteer for the Salvation Army's Grate Patrol on the 3rd and 4th Wednesdays of the month (September - May). Teams of volunteers make soup and sandwiches and take them out to the homeless at different key locations across the DC metro area. Check with Kankunda Klingenberg for more information.
Horizons Greater Washington - In 2009, the Vestry of St. Patrick's approved the use of its facility by Horizons of Greater Washington as a Public/Private School Collaboration. The goal of Horizons is to provide enriching summer programs for children from low-income families so that they can raise academic achievement over the long term. St. Patrick's Day School is partnered with Bancroft Elementary. Faculty members, graduates, parents, and parishioners are intergral partners in providing this valuable ministry.