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 jeff@stpatrickmerna.org or 309-662-7361