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.


parish "NEWS"

Totus Tuus - July 15-20, 2018!  

REGISTRATION has begun for parishioners of St. Patrick Church of Merna and St. Mary Downs for your child to experience TOTUS TUUS -  a prayer filled, exciting adventure that will help them grow closer to Jesus and His Mother Mary. 

If you like to know more READ HERE

 To complete an online registration form please CLICK HERE

To pay online please CLICK HERE.

Wall Build

Now is the time to register for the St. Patrick Church of Merna Wall Build in conjunctio

Now is the time for the St. Patrick Church of Merna Wall Build in conjunction with our Knights of Columbus , Council #15175our council’s and Habitat for Humanity Wall Build.  The build will take place in the parking lot of St. Patrick on Saturday, May 5. 

We need the support of everyone.  There are different kinds of opportunities fr our Knights to share their time, talent or treasure.  To register and more information. CLICK HERE.

Questions?  Contact Tim Abel at 309-826-3115 or

Deacon Andru O'Brien Ordination

Deacon Andru O’Brien’s Ordination

Bus Trip to the Cathedral in Peoria

An event 62 years in the making for our parish community.

Join us! Saturday, May 26.

2 Charter Buses leave St. Pat’s of Merna parking lot at 8:30am

Parishioners may reserve space on the bus @$10 per adult  (or $20/family).  First come, first served. All individuals must register  to reserve a space on the bus (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER). Payment can be made online (CLICK HERE). You can also drop-off a check or mail a check to the Parish Office.  Call the Parish Office with questions.  REGISTER NOW!

Confession Times Added

We will now be offering confessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:30am  to 12:30pm. Confessions will still be offered on Saturday from 3pm to 3:45pm and by appointment.



REGISTRATION: Begins April 7 - To register your child(ren) CLICK HERE to download a registration form, complete the form and return to the parish office. 

VOLUNTEERS: Are need to make this a successful event. CLICK HERE to download an adult volunteer form and CLICK HERE to download a Jr. volunteer form

PAY ONLINE: CLICK HERE to make a payment, you must still complete a registration form and include your child's name in the intention section.



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: Once you have completed viewing the drivers training program you can print a completed certificate. Once you have printed the certificate please submit the certificate and completed Volunteer Drivers form to Jeff Lopez in our the parish office.

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