Central Illinois winter weather is coming, so it’s time to change from walk-up Communion to drive-up Communion! This change will take place beginning next weekend, Oct. 31/Nov.1.
Some logistical information:
- During Mass when the north (chapel) doors to the church open, that is your sign to begin lining up your vehicle for drive-up Communion.
- Please enter the parish driveway by the Shamrock Hall (signs will indicate this as well).
- Follow the parish driveway past the Parish Office entrance and the west entrance to the church (continue following the signage).
- Communion will be received from your car under the north portico of the church (the chapel side).
- Please form one single line of cars!
**This procedure is subject to change. Thank you for your patience!**
Do you have burning questions or curiosities that you would like to know about Fr. Schultz and/or Fr. Martin but never had the chance to ask?
Here is your opportunity….
Video interview chats are being planned and we would like to include questions from their flock! If you would like to submit inquiries, please do so to Marylynn Meredith, email@example.com
The Divorced Catholic Recovering from Divorce program is specifically designed to help divorced/separated Catholics. This 13-week program offers support and addresses the most pressing challenges of divorce. The program is designed to help divorced/separated Catholics recover by more fully learning and living their faith.
This 13 – week program begins Wednesday September 23 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM in the Conference Room at St. Patric Church of Merna.
For more information contact Pam Goode at firstname.lastname@example.org, calling the Parish Office at 309-662-7361, or submitting the inquiry form below.
Registration for Fall 2020
RE Grades 1-5
As all families plan for the new school year, the uncertainty remains apparent. It is an understatement, by all definitions of that word, that the COVID-19 virus has challenged each family on every imaginable level.
Here at St. Patrick Church of Merna, we have been fortunate to open the church for daily and weekend Mass with an attention to the guidelines necessary to provide a safe environment. I encourage you to check out the parish website for these details and to find out safe ways you can attend Mass, both in-person or virtually.
After weighing all options, we have decided that for the safety and well being of our students and volunteers, we will NOT be meeting in the building. We will continue to consider all options of this fluid situation.
For at least the fall semester, our plan involves a remote approach.
- weekly schedule & pacing guide provided
- workbook & folder provided
- access to Blest Are We & Blessed digital resources
- parent guided lessons
- contract/sign-off sheet
- virtual mini lessons
- virtual teacher-student connection time
Parent involvement has always been a component of faith formation. We are leaning on parents in a new way this year. This is a great time as a family to celebrate our faith.
REGISTRATION: All registration is online.
- Registration is open for all incoming 1st thru 5th grade students.
- Please remember that 1st grade attendance is a prerequisite for 2nd grade Sacrament year.
- Fees cover the cost of the workbooks as well as supplemental items to be sent home for Advent, Lent and other resources.
- If the fees are in any way a burden, please contact Bobbi Hassel at email@example.com or (309) 585-1705.
During the weekend of September 19/20 both our parishes, St. Patrick Church of Merna and St. Mary Downs will be participating in the Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA) for the Diocese of Peoria. As followers of Christ, we are called to respond to God’s grace in our lives and to serve one another. The Annual Diocesan Appeal is an opportunity to respond to His grace by sharing our gifts and so transform lives throughout the diocese. Please give generously as God has given to you.
This past May, after years of study, two men were ordained to the transitional diaconate for the Diocese of Peoria. During their years of preparation for this vocation, they were supported by family and friends – and by everyone who made a gift to the Annual Diocesan Appeal. When you make a gift to the Appeal, you help meet the cost of priestly formation and education, since a portion of Appeal funds are used for this purpose. Please support our seminarians by making a gift to the Annual Diocesan Appeal next weekend.
During the coming week you will be receiving a brochure from the Diocese and a pledge card with a letter from Fr. Schultz asking you to support the Annual Diocesan Appeal. You can pay in full or use one of the payment options provided by the Diocese, please make your checks payable to the Catholic Diocese of Peoria. Donations may also be made by signing up for automatic deduction by credit or debit card, by direct debit or online. May God continue to bless our Diocese and the services and programs provided by the ADA.
For more information CLICK HERE to visit the Dioceses website or contact Jeff Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-662-7361
What is GRIEFSHARE: A support group that meets weekly for 13 weeks. There are 3 key parts to the GriefShare experience:
- Video seminar: encouraging, information packed videos featuring leading grief recovery experts.
- Support group: small group discussion about the weekly video content
- Workbook: journaling and personal study exercises that reinforce the weekly session topics
GriefShare is led by caring people who have experienced grief and have successfully rebuilt their lives. They understand how you feel becuase they’ve been in the same place and will walk with you on the long path through grief toward healing and hope for the future.
WHO is GriefShare for: Anyone desiring help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend. It may be a recent loss or a loss you’ve been struggling with for a time.
WHEN is GriefShare: Due to health and safety concerns from COVID-19, our 13 meetings will be a mixture of in-person and virtual gatherings. the first GriefShare meeting is on THURSDAY, AUGUST 27TH AT 6:30 PM. We will gather in=person on the grounds of St. Patrick Church of Merna (near the chapel). Bring your own lawn chair.
HOW do I register for GriefShare or learn more: Pre-registration is suggested but not mandatory. To register or to ask questions contact Jana Schopp at 662-7361 ext. 217 or email: email@example.com or Rich Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no registration fee.
As we begin to reopen for public worship and Masses, volunteers will play an essential role in ensuring the safe return of our parishioners.
- Be 18 years or older
- Are not considered high risk
- Not live with someone who is high risk
- Have no underlying health conditions
- Not experience any symptoms of illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.)
- Not have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and not yet cleared as noncontagious by state or local public health authorities
- Not have traveled internationally or to a highly impacted area within the United States in the past 14 days
- Attend mandatory training provided by Parish Staff
- Follow all safety/hygiene protocols & procedures implemented by Parish Staff, ex: wearing of face masks at all times,
- Understand & assume any risks
If you fit the above criteria and are able/willing to help, below to sign up now!
During the past months, we have all gained knowledge on the COVID-19 pandemic and navigated the numerous reopening stages for our parish, the state and the country. As a parish community, over 38 families have made a connection with over 60 senior families.
Each participating family has connected with a senior family through letter writing, emails and even phone calls. Many of our seniors have returned the practice by writing a note to “their parish family” creating wonderful new friendships. Knowing that we are all called to continue social distancing, this connection is an extended blessing
It is not too late to make a connection. We thank you! We are blessed!
If you are interested in reaching out to one of our seniors, please email Bobbi at email@example.com
And if you are a senior member that would like to participate, please email Jana at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the next 3 months, St. Patrick Church of Merna and St. Mary Church in Downs will be accepting monetary donations to help fellow parishioners that are in need due to the coronavirus pandemic situation.
Checks may be written to St. Patrick Church of Merna or St. Mary Church in Downs and mailed to St. Patrick Church at the address below. To ensure that your donation is directed to this program, please include “Parishioners Helping Parishioners” or “PHP” in the memo section of your check. We are also accepting donations online. CLICK HERE to sign up for this special program or regular weekly giving.
Parishioners registered with either parish as of March 17, 2020, may request assistance with rent, utilities, groceries, etc. Your parish family is here to help you financially and spiritually. All requests will be kept confidential. To request assistance please complete the electronic application by CLICKING HERE. Once your request is received, a team from the parish will verify it and contact you by phone or email within 7 business days regarding your request. If your request is approved, a check will be mailed directly to your landlord, utility company, etc.
If you have any questions please contact Jeff Lopez at 309-585-1707.
St. Patrick Church of Merna
1001 N Towanda Barnes Rd
Bloomington, IL 61705