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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40 Days of Life Campaign

Parishioners of St. Patrick Church of Merna & St. Mary Church in Downs, please help meet our 40 DAYS OF LIFE goal - to have at least 10 people praying the Rosary daily from September 26 to November 6. You may sign up by clicking on the icon for as many days as you would like. Thank you!

Celebrating the Word

What do you get when you combine Children’s Liturgy of the Word with KidSpot??

Well, you take the BEST of both and make it BETTER!

St. Patrick Church of Merna presents:


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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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