Welcome to St. Patrick Catholic Church of Merna and St. Mary Church in Downs as together we serve the Bloomington-Normal and surrounding area. Dating back to 1883, we have a rich history connected with both St. Patrick’s and St. Mary’s that makes us who we are today. Our mission is for everyone to be rooted in the Most Holy Eucharist, and we invite all to a deeper relationship by loving and serving others through our God-given gifts. We believe everyone can have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
We are an active parish offering many programs, activities, and events for all ages. Religious education programs are available beginning with nursery age through high school, as well as various adult Bible studies and classes for those considering Catholicism. We encourage you to check out our school, Corpus Christi Catholic School, which serves preschool through eighth grade, as well as Central Catholic High School.
Many volunteer opportunities are available, from helping in the nursery to assisting neighbors in need, sharing your musical talent, or assisting with vacation bible school and many other special events.
Regardless of where you are in your spiritual journey, and whether you are single, a couple, a family with children, have lived in the area a long time, or are new to the area, we invite you to learn more about us and consider joining our parish family.
May we glorify God by praying and working together to accomplish His plans for our parish through our gifts so, at the end of our days, we can hear… “well done, my good and faithful servant… come share your master’s joy!” (Mt 25:21)