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"

NO RE CLASSES this week, November 14 & 15

NO RE CLASSES next week, November 21 & 22

See everyone on November 28 & 29

Advent by Candelight Desserts

Advent by Candlelight is celebrating its 11th year and Judith Valente will be our guest speaker. We are needing homemade desserts for the dessert buffet. Registration is required to attend the event, space is limited. For more information contact Jana at or 662-7161 ext. 217.  CLICK HERE to signup if you will be bringing a dessert.

Reverse Collection 2017

Each year, St. Patrick Church of Merna organizes a "reverse collection" for the benefit of local charities.  This years collection will begin on November 11th and conclude on November 26th. The charities we are helping this year:

  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Faith in Action
  • Christ Child Society
  • Loaves & Fishes

This is a large undertaking to make this event happen. The parish is in need of volunteers to assist in various ways. If you are interested in volunteering your time please CLICK HERE to view the opportunities that are available.



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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