“As a manifestation of the human spirit, music performs a function which is noble, unique, and irreplaceable. When it is truly beautiful and inspired, it speaks to us more than all the other arts of goodness, virtue, peace, of matters holy and divine. For good reason it has always been, and it will always be, an essential part of the liturgy”  St. Pope John Paul II, (December 23, 1988).

Music plays an integral part within the Catholic Liturgy. At St. Patrick Church of Merna, our dedicated, hard-working singers and instrumentalists strive for excellence while also seeking to bring our congregation to a closer union with God.

Listed below are various opportunities to share your talents and become involved within the St. Patrick’s community.

Open to individuals age 18 and older, cantors and accompanists lead the congregation in all music during a liturgy. Musicians must be able to demonstrate proficiency and receive specialized training. Cantors and accompanists have the opportunity to participate in all weekend Masses, funerals, weddings, and other special liturgies.

Please contact Jana Schopp at or (309) 662-7361 ext. 217 for more information or to volunteer.

Due to social distancing and other COVID guidelines, we are not currently able to have our choirs provide music for weekend Masses. Please watch for an announcement as to when we will be restarting our choirs. Thank you for your understanding!

9 am Parish Choir

Open to individuals high school age and older, our parish choir runs from September through Pentecost. The 9 am choir provides music at the following Masses:

  • 9 am Sunday Mass (every other Sunday)
  • Every Sunday during Advent
  • 10 pm Christmas Eve Mass
  • All Holy Week Masses
  • Easter vigil Mass
  • Every Sunday during Easter
  • Rehearsals are held every Tuesday evening in the music room from 7–9 pm.

11 am Parish Choir

The Contemporary Ensemble seeks to offer a more “praise and worship” style of music using classic church hymns, all in the context of the sacred liturgy handed down by the Church. This ensemble runs year-round, providing music at our 11 am Mass. In addition to the Sunday Mass, this group also provides music at the 6:30 Christmas Vigil Mass, and 11:30 am Easter Sunday Mass. Accompanied primarily by piano and guitar, this group welcomes any high school age or older vocalist or instrumentalist.  Rehearsals are every Thursday at 7 pm.