St Patrick Catholic Church of Merna, located on the eastern edge of Bloomington, Illinois, is the foundation of our Catholic Community. Our Roman Catholic Community is part of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria located in Central Illinois. Established in 1875, we are a faith-centered family, serving spiritual and temporal needs by proclaiming the Christian Message of God’s love. We have been a vital part of the fabric of surrounding farms and the eastern half of Bloomington-Normal for over one hundred thirty-five years, helping our parishioners and the community at large.


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Mission Mondays

All parishioners are invited and encouraged to take part in the St. Patrick of Merna “Retreat in Daily Life.” You can signup to participate at anytime. Would you like to sign up to take this retreat with us?  Simply CLICK HERE or on the picture to the left!

Here is what the retreat entails:

  • 3 Large Group Mission Mondays (Oct 3rd, Nov 14th, and TBD) with a dynamic presentation, prayer and music.
  • A firm intention to give God 1% of each day (15 minutes) to better hear His voice through focused prayer exercises.
  • Meeting regularly with a partner or group of 3 to share insights, experiences, and intentions.
  • Audio from Mission Monday on October 3, 2016 (LISTEN)
  • Mission Packet from Mission Monday on October 3, 2016 (CLICK HERE)
  • Audio from Mission Monday on November 14, 2016 (LISTEN)
  • Mission Packet from Mission Monday on November 14, 2016 (CLICK HERE)
Be Smart, Drive Safe Diocesan Vehicle Training Program
  • Step 1: Complete and return the Volunteer Drivers Form: CLICK HERE
  • Step 2: You will need to visit CMG Connect the Diocese of Peoria training hub and create an account, than view 3 Training Videos Online (1. Be Smart Drive Safe; 2. Church Transportation & 3. Passenger Van Policy): CLICK HERE
  • Step 3: Remember to submit your completed Volunteer Drivers form to Jeff Lopez in the parish office.

    St. Patrick Catholic Church of Merna, 1001 North Towanda Barnes Road, Bloomington, IL 61705
    Parish Office: (309)662-7361    Parish Fax: (309)664-6167
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