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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2017 Advent Reconcilation
Sunday and Christmas Obligations

We are now well into Advent, and Christmas is on the horizon. This is not only a beautiful time of spiritual fruitfulness but often a time we spend with our family and friends. As you make your plans for those days surrounding Christmas and juggle the many obligations you have, I would like to explain our spiritual obligations so they are not neglected thus forgetting the true "reason for the season". 

 The 4th Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve this year share a day and despite their proximity we have an obligation to attend Mass celebrating both days. It could then be stated that there is no "two-fer" deal where attending one Mass fulfills both obligations and thus a need to go twice. Our Mass times are as follows:

4th Sunday of Advent Mass Times

       12/23 - St. Patrick Merna: 4pm

St. Mary Downs: 5:30pm

       12/24 - St. Patrick Merna: 7:30am and 9am (No 11am)

St. Mary Downs: 9am

Christmas Mass Times

See times listed above

May you have a blessed Advent and we look forward to celebrating Christ's birth with you and your families. God bless.

Fr. Schultz



Please continue to pray for Fr Greg as we hold him in our hearts.  
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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