Welcome to Historic St. Patrick Catholic Church
We are a Catholic community striving to be intentional disciples in love with Jesus,
inviting everyone to experience the Joy of the Gospel.
We are located at 1209 West Locust Street, Bloomington, Illinois. (Click the address for map and directions.)
Please feel free to contact us at 309.829.1355.
Fr. Stirniman's Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent
The season of Advent begins the Church’s liturgical year. Certainly it is proper for us to have spiritual resolution for this “new year.” Advent prepares us for the coming celebration of Christ, at Christmas. Looking at Advent a bit more broadly, we also prepare for Jesus’ second coming as well. The proper and effective way we carry out this preparation is by having and keeping our spiritual resolutions: what do we resolve to do spiritual during this preparatory season? We also rely upon the daily help the Church provides us: Her Sacraments, Her prayers, and the virtues which She reminds us to live. May all of us this Advent season have spiritual resolutions . . . and let us also resolve not be drawn into the consumerism of our culture’s misunderstanding of this season. Let us keep Jesus Christ at the center of this season . . . and ALL seasons of the liturgical year!
Historic St. Patrick
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday 12:05 p.m.
First Friday 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
First Friday 4:15 p.m., Saturday 4:00 p.m.
Sacrament of Reconciliation: also by appointment
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5:00 - 5:15 p.m.
First Friday 4:15 p.m.– 5:15 p.m.
Saturday 4:00 p.m.- 4:45 p.m.
Monday 10 a.m. - 12 noon
Tuesday- Thursday 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Advent Communal Reconciliation Services
St. Patrick Church of Merna
Monday, December 9th 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
St. Mary’s (Bloomington)
Tuesday, December 17th 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
**We will not have a communal Reconciliation service at either Holy Trinity or Historic St. Patrick during Advent. However, all of our regular times for Confession at both parishes during weekdays and weekends will remain available.**
The envelopes for Christmas flower memorial donations are in your monthly contribution envelope packet. If you would like to make a memorial gift in honor of a loved one or loved ones, please print their names on the envelope and return it to the collection basket. Names will be presented in the churches and your gifts will be used to help prepare our churches for Christmas.
PIT Crew (Parish Intercessory Team)
The Most Essential Gift: Prayer!
We know that with the Lord, all things are possible.
We also know that with prayer, God’s Will comes to life in ways unimagined.
We Invite YOU to be a Part of the Mission!
The Holy Spirit is moving in a beautiful way at our parishes; prayer will play a vital role in this movement.
The Parish Intercessory Team’s primary focus is to pray daily for Historic St Patrick & Holy Trinity
wherever, whenever, and however they pray.
The secondary gift of the Parish Intercessory Team is optional monthly gatherings where members could come together to pray as a community and explore different prayer styles.
If you feel that the Lord may be inviting you into this special ministry,
please contact Nicole Henson,
Coordinator of Evangelization & Adult Faith,
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-829-2197.
2019 Giving Tree Ministry is Underway!
The Giving Trees are full of tags for families, individuals, and Birth Right, all needing our assistance again this Christmas season. As a reminder, please include the tag with your gift when you return it to one of the Giving Trees. This is important, as it enables sorting for our delivery effort. A financial donation option is also available. Envelopes will be on the trees, which can be returned with cash or check in an offertory basket at upcoming masses. We would appreciate gifts and donations to be returned by Sunday, December 15. If you have questions or would like to learn about volunteer opportunities, please contact Jean Underwood at either email@example.com or 309-532-7935
Youth Group Christmas Celebration
Sunday, December 8
10:30 a.m. Meet for Caroling
11:30 - 1:00 p.m. Christmas Party
Historic St. Patrick Parish Hall
Prayers for Priests, Seminarians and Vocations
Prayers for Priests and Vocations - Mark your calendar for December 8, 2019. That is the next date for our Prayers for Priests. At 3 p.m. Prayers for Priests will be offered. We will say a Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and a collection of specific prayers for priests and vocations. During this season of Advent let us prepare for the coming of Jesus by praying for His priests and ask Him to give us more priestly vocations for our diocese. At this time when we think of gifts, let us thank the Lord for the gift of His priests.
Church Cleaning ~ We clean each Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. New help is always welcome!
Meeting ~ Everyone is invited to attend the next Altar, Rosary and Activity Meeting this Tuesday, November 19 at 6:15 pm in our Parish Rectory. The meeting will be over by 7:30 pm.