The Shamrock
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 2pm

The Hunger Walk is quickly approaching! Please save the date: 
Sunday, February 25th at 2pm.  

Join the Malachi's Storehouse Team here, or simply donate to support our walkers. 

Malachi's is conducting its only fundraiser this month. 
Our goal is $15,000 which will feed our  neighbors for the remainder of the year. 
Every dollar you give allows us to buy food for $0.16 a pound!  
Thanks for giving so generously!


The deadline for Shamrocks and bulletin submissions is Monday at 1pm. Send your submission to Cowen at
Vestry Installation


Rector's Forum during the Season of Lent:

Gospel Contemplations in the Ignatian Tradition

Gospel Contemplation offers an opportunity to experience the gospel stories in new ways that touch at the very depths of the whole of our being.  It meets us where we are.  It is imaginative work, not in the sense of fantasy, but in the realness of Spirit led guidance, reflection, and prayer.  It is work that deepens intimacy with God, ourselves, and one another, doing so in a way that powerfully supports the growth of the inner....outer...inner... outer.... flow of spiritual growth.  The growth of discipleship.

Will you join us?  We will be using the gospel readings of the given Sunday as our guiding texts,  which may well touch on your experience of our communal worship on Sunday  mornings as well.

Shine A Light Participated in the Fun at the Cool Girls Christmas Celebration

Did you know that Shine A Light, with its mission to increase awareness of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking ("DMST"), is a sponsor of Cool Girls of Atlanta?  T here are more girls living in poverty in Atlanta than in any other city in the United States. Cool Girls teaches, encourages and supports our cool girls to make positive choices, avoid risky behaviors, stay in school and lead healthy lives. We believe that the circumstances of today aren't indicative of what a girl will do tomorrow. Cool Girls works every day to change the world, one girl at a time.
While  the snow stopped the Cool Girls' Christmas Celebration in December, it was Christmas in January for 200 cool girls ages seven to seventeen. There were blings and things and gloves and scarves and games and nail polish for all. Lunch sponsored by Chic-fil-A, making slime, filling cereal bags for the homeless, and taking home a large blue bag of goodies, all made for a happy time for every girl.
Catherine Renaud participated in the Christmas Celebration this year, during which Cool Girls recognized our ministry along with other sponsors (including Delta Airlines, Sun Trust, and Bank of America). Volunteers from Shine a Light and other sponsors worked together to distribute gifts. So much fun and so much good made our hearts sing.  Let's make this an annual Shine A Light event!

St. Patrick's Music Update

We are pleased to announce that Paul Tate will be directing the choir and instrumentalists through mid-April.  Paul is eager to work with us and welcomes all who are interested to join for rehearsals on Sundays at 9:30am.  He is also planning rehearsals in preparation for Lent and Easter services from 7:15-9pm on the following Wednesdays: 2/28, 3/14 and 3/28.  Please reach out to Paul with any questions. 
He would love to hear from you! 

Children's Update:

  During the 6 Sundays of Lent, our children's curriculum delves 
  into some of the Old Testament stories.  This week the Alle luia Class        fashioned an ark and had part of their lesson with the animals! 

Children and the 10:30 AM Sunday Service:

We welcome and encourage all ages to be a part of the activities and worship at Saint Patrick's. Children multi-task very well and there is a table of quiet activities in the office hallway for use during the 10:30  Sunday service.

 Lenten Speaker Series: Water in a Dry and Weary Land

    Join us for our Lenten series, "Water in a Dry and Weary Land", as we hear from different  voices about their journeys of creating a way or rule of life that sustains and  refreshes them, in times that are dry and weary.

To view the Lenten brochure, click here

Join Us for Dinner Thursday Nights Before Programs!
Here's the Thursday Evening schedule:

Meal at 6 p.m.
All-Hands Clean-Up at 6:40 p.m.
Programs run from 7-8 p.m.

Thursday, February 22
Guest Presenter: The Rev. Mary Demmler

The Rev. Mary Demmler is the rector of Saint James in Clayton and is the middle school chaplain at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. Mary+ lives on the Rabun Gap campus with her husband Derek, who is a high school humanities teacher, and their three children, Hannah (9), Bailey, (8), and William (5). Mary+ grew up in Gainesville, Georgia on her family's farm and attended Lakeview Academy. She graduated from Washington and Lee University with a BA in Religion then completed her Masters of Divinity studies at Duke University. She is excited to be attending General Convention this summer as one of the clergy delegates for the Diocese of Atlanta. In addition to her church and school work, Mary+ loves to cook with people of different religious and cultural backgrounds as a part of her Prayerful Kitchen project. She regularly leads vestry retreats, quiet days, and workshops around the diocese.

Thursday, March 1
Guest Presenter: The Rev. Spenser D. Simrill

The Rev. Spenser D. Simrill has served congregations in Louisville, Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Minneapolis. He and his wife, Stuart, lived at Koinonia Farm as Habitat for Humanity was birthed there (1974-1978). He currently serves as Chaplain to Canterbury Court, an Episcopal Retirement Center. He also is a member of The Beloved Community to Dismantle Racism in the Diocese of Atlanta.
The compassion, hospitality, and grace of Jesus Christ for ALL humanity with purpose, meaning and call motivates him. Dancing in the Spirit, (there is no problem that dancing can't solve) being present with the hopes and struggles of the world in community, believing that "faith is turning dreams into deeds" and "betting one's life on unseen realities" are life giving practices for him.
He is blessed with four children, two grandchildren (twins) and a grandbaby boy due March 1. Thanks be to God!

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross is a liturgical way to reenact Jesus' journey as a meditation and an act of devotion.  In remembering, we are making our own journey.  

Saint Patrick's offers two evenings to share this journey:

Friday,  March 2, 6:00 PMThe artists present a visual representation of the stations that gives us insight into the process    A book of this year's stations will be available at this service. It contains a picture of each station  as well as a write-up of the station by the artist. 

Friday, March 23, 6:00 PMThe Family Stations offer a reenactment of Jesus' last week beginning with Passover. We use costumes and actors to tell the story as we 
move around the church. Both stations are  appropriate 
for all ages, however, our youngest members might enjoy this evening better.

Acolyte Training
Saturday, March 10, 9 AM - 12 Noon

An acolyte training session, for new or returning acolytes, will be held on  Saturday, March 10 , from 9 AM - 12 Noon. A light breakfast will be served at  9 AM.  This ministry is open to children and youth at least 8 years old and in 3rd grade. Please contact Dana Dolan to confirm that you are coming.  or  678-467-4098  (cell/text)

Save the Dates:

CHILDREN - Contact Becky Beal, with questions.

YOUTH - C ontact Liz Beal Kidd,  with questions.

Our nursery is available at 8:45 am. All children/youth classes begin promptly at 9:00 am. Adult formation classes begin promptly at 9:15 am.
  • The Nursery - Room 6
  • The Alleluia Class (Kindergarten-2nd Grades) - Room 4A
  • The Agape Class (3rd-5th Grades) - Room 7
  • The Rites of Passage Class (Rite 13: 6th-7th Grades) - Room 12
  • J2A Class (8th-9th Grades) - Room 3
  • YEA (10th-12th Grades) - Room 14
  • Rector's Forum - Parlor: Join us for a lively discussion. The topic changes weekly. 
  • Scripture Study with Marigold Watson - Room 8: Getting Personal with Scripture.
  • Art Community - Room 15: Doing Art Looking Up. 
  • Dreams - Library - Room 2: Listening to God.