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 in need. Specifically, we offer tangible, financial assistance to Bloomington-Normal and McLean County IL residents who have requested financial help with rent or utility bill payments. Assistance is only provided after a screening process and personal visit with those seeking help. This important work is a blessing to both the recipients and the volunteers involved.

Fueled by Generosity

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and volunteers, we have been able to help over 4000 individuals and families since 2010. Monthly collections, independent donations, countless hours of call answering and home visits are essential to the continuation of service to a growing, local population. If you are interested in volunteer or donation opportunities, please visit today to learn how you can become involved.

How to Get Help?

For details about our process, visit today. We are always glad to hear from those in need and also appreciate your referrals.

“Go to the poor: you will find God.” 
― St. Vincent de Paul

SVDP—St. Brigid Conference

St. Patrick Catholic Church of Merna

1001 N Towanda Barnes Rd

Bloomington, IL 61705



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