The Shamrock
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Stations of the Cross Service

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.  

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. 

Click  here for the 2018 Stations of the Cross book.

Palm Sunday, March 25th

Bring your drums and noisemakers on Palm  Sunday  for the outdoor procession! 

We will process from the front parking lot (or portico in the event of rain) at both the  8:00 am  and  10:30 am  services. Please arrive early to prepare for the procession!

Children and Youth are invited to the courtyard at 9:45 am to build noise makers for the procession. 

               MONDAY, March 26, Noonday Prayer, Chapel, 12:15 pm
               TUESDAY, March 27, Noonday Prayer, Chapel, 12:15 pm
               WEDNESDAY, March 28, Ministry of Healing, Nave, 11:30 am
                    Tenebrae, Nave, 7:30 pm (no meal)
               MAUNDY THURSDAY, March 29
                    Holy Eucharist and Healing, Chapel, 7:30 am
                    Holy Eucharist, Foot Washing, Stripping of the Altar, Nave, 7:30 pm
                    Vigil at the Altar of Repose, Nave, 9:00 pm - 9:00 am
               GOOD FRIDAY, March 30
                    Good Friday Liturgy, Nave, 12:00 noon
                    Good Friday Liturgy, Nave, 7:30 pm
               HOLY SATURDAY, March 31
                    Holy Saturday Liturgy, Chapel, 10:00 am
                    Church will be open from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
                    Pray in the Garden of Repose, Nave, or walk the labyrinth in the                             Parish Hall    
                EASTER SUNDAY, April 1
                    Easter Vigil with Holy Eucharist, Nave, 6:30 am
                    Easter Breakfast, Parish Hall, 8:00 am
                    Children's Easter Egg Hunt, 9:45 am, please bring baskets
                    Holy Eucharist, Nave, 10:30 am

Wednesday Tenebrae 

Tenebrae (the Latin word for "darkness" or "shadows") has for centuries been celebrated on a day in Holy Week preceding Maundy  Thursday . The solemn liturgy includes readings from the Lamentations and the gradual, dramatic extinguishing of candles in the church until only a single candle, considered a symbol of our Lord, remains.

Maundy Thursday 
Agape Meal

On March 29  we will observe the Maundy  Thursday  liturgy at 7:30 pm. This night, which remembers the first Eucharist, has distinct actions: the foot washing, Holy Eucharist, the Agape Meal and the stripping of the altar. 

The Agape Meal is a relatively new practice at St. Patrick's. It is contained within the liturgy, but the worship moves to the parish hall. This year we share a modest bowl of vegetable soup in a candle lit setting as we listen in silence to the Passion according to St. John. 

Good Friday

Come at 12 noon and 7:30 pm for the solemn liturgy from our prayer book. 

Holy Saturday

Join us for holding the sacred space of Holy Saturday, as the church will be open between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm for the opportunity to pray at the Garden of Repose in the nave or to walk the labyrinth in the parish hall.

Easter Vigil with Holy Eucharist

If you are joining us for the 6:30 am Easter Vigil with Holy Eucharist service, please remember the service begins outside on the front lawn. You may want to bring a folding chair to sit in as well as a blanket and flashlight. 


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

Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday

No Formation Classes

However, on Palm Sunday, children and youth are invited to the courtyard at 9:45 am to build noise makers for the procession. 

Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday

Gather in the Narthex (outside of the Nave) for instructions and pictures with the  Easter bunny at  9:30  The hunt will begin at  9:45 am .  Friends are welcomed!

The 1-3 year old children will be in the courtyard.
   The 4-6 Year old children will be on the playground.
   The 7-11 Year old children will be on the front lawn.

Our Rite 13 kids will hide eggs! Let Becky or Liz know if you can help!  Helpers will gather at  9:15

Church Office Closure Notice

The church office will be closed on the following dates:

Monday, April 2, 2018
Friday, April  6 2018

For pastoral emergencies please call 770-400-9746.

No Yoga during Holy Week and the first week of Easter:
March 26, March 30, April 2 and April 6
Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday Birthday and Anniversary Blessings

Birthday and Anniversary blessings will not occur on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. If you are having a birthday or anniversary during these weeks and would like to receive a blessing during the service, please consider receiving your blessing on April 8. We appreciate your flexibility!

Easter Lilies Sign-Up

Easter Lilies, which are placed at the altar for the Easter service, are available for ordering now through sign-up. The cost is $20 each.  The lilies are a lovely way to honor friends and family during the season of Easter. The deadline for ordering is Sunday, March 25th. Please note the information you want printed in the bulletin (in honor of / in memory of) and note "Easter Lily" on your check. The sign-up sheet is posted outside the church office or you may sign up here
Altar of Repose - Sacred Watch

To sign up for a shift, click here or fill your name in for a time slot on the sign-up sheet outside the church office. There should be at least two people keeping vigil at all times throughout the night, but more than two are welcome! For safety, a security guard will be in our parking lot during the Vigil. Feel free to sign up for longer than one hour. The Sacred Watch will take place in the Nave.

St. Patrick's Day Ingathering and Celebration

Lenten Speaker: Deacon Postulant John Ray

Easter Egg Stuffing Party


Children's News

Listening to Jesus speak to the Greeks, today we planted our seeds so we can watch our faith grow. From the Garden of Eaten to our classroom.


St Pat's Parish Family - Sabbath Weekend
SAVE THE DATE -- if you haven't already!

We will be returning to 
Forrest Hills Mountain Resort, Dahlonega  
for a joyful time of Sabbath on  Friday April 27 thru 29th .

Please talk with Alison Forbes (678-644-5553 or if you 
have questions or wish to join the rooming and/or welcome team.

We will take room bookings starting on Palm Sunday. 
Book early to avoid disappointment!  

Save the Dates:

CHILDREN - Contact Becky Beal, with questions.

YOUTH - C ontact Liz Beal Kidd,  with questions.

Children and the 10:30 AM Sunday Service:

We welcome and encourage all ages to be a part of the activities and worship at St. 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. 


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.

As of Sunday, March 11, 2018

Youth survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are leading a rising chorus of young voices demanding real changes to address the issue of their safety. We join our Diocese is supporting our youth as they process their real fear for their safety and consider taking action to address it.

On March 24, student organizers, including those from Parkland, Fl, are planning March For Our Lives, a march in Washington, D.C. to call for school safety and gun control. Diocesan Youth are planning to participate in a parallel march in Atlanta the same day at 1pm.

For information on other events, click here.

Follow the young adult social media campaign @dioatlcm on Facebook and Instagram. 

Watch their video on the #schoolsafetymovement  here.