Altar Servers

Due to social distancing and other COVID guidelines, we are not currently using altar servers for weekend Masses. Please watch for an announcement as to when we will again be able to use servers for our liturgies. Thank you for your understanding!

Altar servers assist the priest and deacon during Mass. Responsibilities include carrying the cross during the procession, assist with preparing the altar, and various other important tasks before, during, and after Mass.

All our young parishioners, entering 5th grade and older to consider becoming an Altar Server for each Mass. Those interested must attend the required training before participating in this ministry.

For St. Patrick Church of Merna, please contact Jana Schopp at or (309) 662-7361 ext. 217 for more information or to volunteer.

For St. Mary Church in Downs, please contact Deacon Gary Koerner at for more information or to volunteer.