Human Concern

Alcoholics Anonymous 
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women which serves as a support for recovering alcoholics.

Contact: Fr. Dustin Schultz, 662-7361, ext. 215


Helping Neighbors in Need 
Our church supports both St. Vincent DePaul Society and the food pantry at Holy Trinity by collecting donations of food items, personal hygiene items and baby items. We serve as a storage satellite location year round. Please see it your heart to become more involved in this outreach.

Contact: Bobbi Hassel, 662-7361, ext. 225


Elizabeth Ministry 
This ministry is a peer outreach to women during the joys and sorrows of motherhood. After attending an orientation, volunteers are available to offer support, resources, prayers and understanding to other women who may be experiencing similar circumstances in their journey as a mother (infertility, death of a child, illness, adoption, everyday challenges of motherhood, etc.).

Contact: Jana Schopp, Family Life Coordinator, 662-7361, ext. 217

Parish Nurse Ministry 
This ministry provides the means through which personal health needs may be addressed with an emphasis on mind, body and spirit. The wellness of the church is an integral part of Christ’s command of restoring the whole person to God. The parish nurses meet the needs of our parish community through interpersonal relationships, health education and referral assistance for special needs under the guidance of the pastor and staff of our parish


Becky Hatfield, R.N.  663-4847 (h), 830-0184 (c) E-mail
Karen Wyant, R.N. 309-725-8061309-725-8061 (h), 530-4225 (c)

Clara Lehan


GriefShare is a seminar and support group for people grieving the death of someone close. Each session includes a video seminar and group discussion. The videos feature top experts on grief recovery and real-life stories of people who have experienced losses like yours. During the small group discussion time you’ll have the opportunity to interact with others who have experienced a loss, learn about their experiences and share your own. 

Contact:  Andrea Arduini, 533-1895

Respect Life Group
This committee works to keep the Church’s teachings on the dignity of life before the community by highlighting issues affecting the unborn, the terminally ill, the elderly, and others whose lives are under threat.

Contact: Parish Office, 662-7361


PURLS of St. Patrick, a CHAIN of PRAYER 
This group gathers once a month to knit/crochet prayer shawls for our parish members who are undergoing difficulties in their lives.  All skill levels are welcome, including beginners. Typically this ministry meets on the second Tuesday of each month with the choice of a day and evening time; 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Contact:  Jana Schopp, Family Life Coordinator, 662-7361, ext. 217

Society of St. Vincent DePaul

Our Mission

Inspired by Gospel values and in the tradition of its patron, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul leads people to grow spiritually by offering person-to–person service to those who are needy and suffering.

Our Purpose

Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are keenly aware that poverty, suffering and loneliness are present for many in our community. For that reason, we collaborate with all who seek to relieve need and address its causes.

We offer tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must assume, also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless. Some 12 million persons are helped annually by Societies of St Vincent de Paul in the United States.

The list of services of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the United States is endless. No work of charity is foreign to the Society. To quote our patron, St. Vincent de Paul:"Charity is infinitely inventive"

How to Get Help?

For assistance from the St. Patrick Church of Merna Society of St. Vincent de Paul, please call 309-585-1712.

How you can help?

Your Prayers - The needy and those in the St. Vincent de Paul ministry always appreciate that you keep them in your prayers.

Your Eyes and Ears - Be aware of those in need in around you every day.  When you learn of such a person, encourage them to contact us.

Your Time and Talents - If you would like to join this ministry or for more information, please call 309-585-1712 or leave your name at the Welcome Center.

Your Treasures - If you would like to support this ministry financially, cash and check donations are accepted at the end of every Mass on the second Sunday of each month.  Donations are also accepted through Online Giving or by using the designated envelope in your monthly envelope packet.  

To donate a vehicle, please call - 800-322-8284 or  Vehicles of any age or in any condition are accepted!



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