St. Patrick's Ministries

St. Patrick's choir

Led by our very talented music and choir director Donna Axton, the choir faithfully practices and enhances our worship with their musical offering at the 10:00 AM service and special services for other holy days.

Contact Donna if you are interested in joining. All voices are welcome.

Godly Play

All kiddos are welcome to join the Godly Play Team in Classroom 2 (downstairs) at 10am on Sunday mornings.

What is Godly Play? Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum,the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond. Come join us!

good samaritans parish team

The Good Samaritans is a group of parishioners who form a Parish Needs Team to help members of the congregation. Parishioners are needed to help members of the congregation who could use a little help in time of need by having meals prepared, receiving a card, getting a visit from someone with a good listening ear and a warm hug.

We may not be needed all the time, but occasionally we may be needed for several services at once. If you are interested in helping with this group, please contact:

Lenty Hagen by email or phone – 775-832-0857

God bless you.

Altar Guild

Do you like to set a fine table, with just the right fresh linens, color coordination, and flowers? That’s what our altar guild does for every Sunday and other feast days and celebrations.

The Altar Guide is the ministry of preparing the maintaining the vessels and vestments used at the altar. Members are trained and assigned particular Sundays and feast days as their responsibility. The ministry is open to men and women.

coffee hour volunteers

What is Coffee Hour and Why is it Important?  Coffee hour is a time for reflection, friendship, and most importantly, a time to welcome visitors and new members. It entails setting up the coffee that is already made, bringing in a delicious treat as a donation, and cleaning up after. The treat can be as large or as small as you want it to be (danish, muffins, fruit, etc), homemade or purchased. It’s all up to the coffee hour host. A signup sheet is on the coffee table in the foyer.



(Lectors & Chalice Bearers)

Eucharistic ministers and lectors are communicants who serve in a ministry of the word and sacrament as lectors (readers) and/or eucharistic ministers during our worship services.

Eucharistic ministers are authorized to administer the bread and wine at eucharist when there are insufficient ordained persons present to administer communion; Chalice bearers are authorized to administer the wine. We also have two lay readers who are authorized to lead services of the word when priests are not available. These ministries are under the direct supervision of the rector. Chalice bearers, eucharistic ministers, and lay readers must be licensed by the bishop. Eucharistic visitors (EVs) are also ministries under the direct supervision of the rector and licensed by the bishop. EVs take communion directly from a Sunday service to those in the hospital or homebound. They are not authorized to take out the sacrament at any other time.

outreach commission

Discerns local, national, and international opportunities to share God's abundance with others. Examples of projects the OC has supported include refugee resettlement, United for Action, and Camp Galilee in Glenbrook, NV. Also supports local non-profits, Sierra Community House, Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, and Tahoe Family Solutions. Meets monthly. Please contact the office for further information.


The Vestry of St. Patrick's Church is an elected group of individuals, called to work in the church, together. The Vestry are agents and legal representatives of the Parish in all matters concerning its corporate property and the relations of the parish to its clergy. Meets monthly.

partners in ministry

conversation cafe

Joins with Tahoe Family Solutions ESL classes, English language learners and St. Pat's conversationalists to provide spirited discussions on interesting language-building topics. Weekly for 6-week terms. Check our weekly calendar for meetings.

Interfaith meditation Circle

Guided meditations from different traditions: Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 pm, via Zoom (online and phone options). Drop in whenever you're able; no fee or meditation experience necessary. Invite friends who might enjoy a calming meditation practice with you. Voice recordings available on request for your personal practice. Please email Rev. Clare Novak for Zoom meeting links or recordings:

Grief Companions

Grief Companions is a free community offering facilitated by Dr. Sue Maturlo (a retired endocrinologist) and Rev. Clare Novak (an interspiritual minister and counselor), both of us drawing on our personal and professional experiences with grief and mourning. We offer a 6-week peer support group (now on Zoom) in fall and spring (dates TBD). We also host monthly drop-in Zoom meet-ups for our "alums." All are welcome to come to these gatherings, even though they haven't yet attended a series.

Our group typically forms with 6 to 8 members, all responding to a loss, or several, in their lives. The relationships to the deceased differ; the amount of time since the loss differs. But we find common ground, healing, and solace in companionship, using tools and wisdom from each other and from respected grief experts and spiritual teachers. The program has no religious message; it's for people of all faiths and life experiences. Often, Clare offers a relaxation meditation before the group sharing starts.

Please let Clare know if you're interested in attending: or 650.269.5972. You'll then receive more information and the Zoom links. She is also available for one-to-one support. Peace be with you!

Knitters Guild

The Knitters Guild of Incline Village meets every Wednesday from 1 – 3 p.m. in the church library. The members knit and crochet layettes for newborns, mittens, hats, scarves, blankets, and other warm items for children and adults who need them.

Donations are made throughout the year to North Tahoe Family Resource Center in Kings Beach, Tahoe Forest Hospital neonatal department, the Senior Center in Truckee, Eddy House in Reno, as part of the Sierra Community House food distributions, and the annual Winter Warmth and Wellness drive.

Chemo caps, made of very soft yarn, are provided to the Gene Upshaw Cancer Center in Truckee for people undergoing chemotherapy. If you know of anyone who could use one of these lovely caps, please let us know.

In the spring, needles and hooks are busy making purple hats for the Shaken Baby program, many having been delivered to the Tahoe Forest Hospital for distribution. More information here.

We have also donated yarn to the Folsom Lake Lions Club, which sponsors a Folsom Prison group called The Hooks and Ladders Knitting and Crocheting Club of Folsom Prison. Here are a couple of delightful videos:

News Story
YouTube – Men’s Reaction

The guild has staying power for helping others, having started in 2000! We welcome anyone who loves to knit or crochet; if your skills need refreshing, we will be glad to help you. Supplies of yarn, needles, hooks, and patterns are available.

Email Karen Barney for more information, or drop in any Wednesday from 1:00 – 3:00.

history book club

Meets Monthly to discuss a variety of non-partisan history books. Contact for further information.

Seekers' circle book group

Discusses thought-provoking works wrestling with ethical issues of our lives and times. Bi-monthly meetings via Zoom on Mondays 3-4pm via. Contact for information.

Course in miracles

Meets weekly in the St. Patrick's library. For information please contact:

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United for Action

The United for Action coalition empowers North Tahoe/Truckee faith-based organizations and local activists to have deeper involvement and deeper impact in our community. We do this by giving them information, Action Steps, and awareness of where and how to give time, volunteers, and donations.

United for Action responds to basic community needs (like food, shelter, and clothing) and encourages community engagement, choosing a primary focus every year. For 2021, we'll unite our efforts to end homelessness in North Tahoe/Truckee.

Our long history shows meaningful change is possible. By connecting local congregations and activists to our partners-nonprofits, family resource centers, government and health agencies, and other collaboratives-we effectively focus action and avoid duplicating efforts. We assess what our coalition can uniquely do to solve major community problems-and then activate larger networks to accomplish our goals.

Please join us. United for Action meets monthly to support each other's efforts, set Action Steps, and share information about local initiatives. All are welcome to join our email list and a UFA team: Education, Advocacy, Action, Inclusion, or Organization. Please contact to receive regular information and unite for action!