At St. Patrick's, we know visiting a new church for the first time can be intimidating. We want to make sure you feel welcome, comfortable, and loved when you come visit us. Here's a few commonly-asked questions.
We are a group of people at various stages of faith gathering together to explore deep questions and discern together where God is calling us.
We believe that God loves all people. No exceptions. We strive to live our lives with that ethic.
We understand that faith is something that one can work on in solitude, but growth happens exponentially when done in community. We encourage all of our members to participate in formation programs that will deepen their relationship with Jesus and with others.
We have two services on most Sundays.
9am - Sunday School Service - aimed at families with children in grade 6 and younger. The service is laid back and the Sunday School lesson is heard by everyone. The service lasts approximately 45 minutes. Nursery care is available for the convenience of parents, but children are always welcome in the service. We think it is important to be together as a family in worship.
10:30am - St. Patrick's traditional - This is a multigenerational service with various musical styles. Although it is a traditional service, parishioners of all ages are welcome. We are a community of laid back people. Nursery care is available for the convenience of parents, but children are always welcome in the service.
St. Patrick's is located in the Palisades neighborhood of Washington, DC. We've been ministering here since 1911. Our address is 4700 Whitehaven Parkway NW. Whitehaven Parkway stretches between MacArthur Blvd. and Foxhall Rd. We are neighbors to the Lab School, the German Embassy, and the Mount Vernon Campus of George Washington University.
On Sundays, parking is available in the parking lot east of the building, in the diagonal spots extending up the hill to Foxhall Rd., and on the street. St. Patrick's has lots of parking that is close and easy to find.
We are very laid back at St. Patrick's. Some people dress up, others are wearing shorts. Dress in what makes you comfortable. Come as you are!
On every visit, you should be moved by the Spirit. Everyone is moved in different ways. Some will be moved by the variety of music, the sermon, or the prayers. You might even be moved by all of them. Many St. Patrick's members say that one of the most important attributes of this parish is the community. We know each others' names and have long-term relationships. We want to know your name, so expect to be greeted when you arrive, when we pass the peace during the service, and after the service during the fellowship time in the Great Hall.
Every Sunday, we celebrate the Holy Eucharist. The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament commanded by Jesus to remember his life, death, and resurrection. It is meal of bread and wine that unites us in a common mission. Jesus taught many things, but the most important was to love our neighbors.
God loves everyone and would never turn anyone away from the communal table. So, we encourage everyone to receive if they feel called. Instead of communion, you may choose to receive a blessing. Let the minister know by crossing your arms in front of your chest. NOTE: At every service, gluten free bread is available.
We believe children are very important. They have always been important at St. Patrick's. We started our Day School because we wanted to form children in the Christian way. In addition to our Day School, we offer opportunities for children in music, education, fellowship, and service. Check our our page on children's ministries at St. Patrick's. From September - May, we offer Sunday School for children and families Grade 6 and younger at 9am on most Sundays. Check out the Sunday School Calendar. We feel it is important for children to worship with their families. We expect children to move around and make noise. For infants and toddlers, a professionally staffed nursery is available downstairs.
First off, let an usher know that this is your first time at St. Patrick's. They will help you get situated and will answer any questions you might have. Please sign the welcome book and pick up a packet of information about St. Patrick's. After the service, stick around for a few minutes. One of the priests will want to meet you and the Vestry Person of the Day can tell you more about the ministries of St. Patrick's (The Vestry is our board of leaders).