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 for 2017

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  Tuesday, September 26, 2017 to Saturday November 4, 2017. You may sign up by clicking on the icon for as many days as you would like. Thank you!


An evening retreat will be held on Tuesday, September  26th titled: LISTENING WITH THE EAR OF YOUR HEART.  Dinner at 5:30pm and program will start at 6:30pm. To register for this event please CLICK HERE to download the form. 


Staff member, Becky Skibo, after 20+ years of faithful service to our parish family has felt God calling her to different horizons. To show our thanks, appreciation and love we are collecting CARDS, LETTERS, PICTURES, DRAWINGS, etc., that will be compiled and organized into a gift for Miss Becky.

If you, your family, your children hearts have been touched by Miss Becky, please share in this endeavor to let her know how much she is appreciated and loved! Items are being collected at the WELCOME CENTER through the end of SEPTEMBER (the sooner the better).

Any questions please contact Jana at

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.

    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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