Welcome to Holy Trinity Catholic Church
We are a Catholic community striving to become intentional disciples in love with Jesus,
inviting everyone to experience the Joy of the Gospel.
Mass Times: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m., Saturday 4:30 p.m., Sunday: 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Monday - Friday 7:30 - 7:50 a.m., Saturday 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m., also by appointment
Parish Center Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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!
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.
*We open doors at 9:45am each Sunday!
*Need to sign in your child/provide your cell number in case we need to text you during mass.
*Serve Parents of Children (infant thru Kindergarten)
*Free play & story time towards the end with Cookie Crisp cereal served.
SERVICE HOUR OPPORTUNITY—Attention: High school students/ Jr high students!! Who needs service hours and would like to volunteer to work the Church Nursery? Send me a text/call 309-319-0876 so we can schedule which Sundays you are available. We are needing adult helpers, too. Why not work the Nursery together (parent & teen)? Adults need to have completed the SAFE training that is required for school/church to volunteer. Any questions text/call Maggie Jefferson 309-319-0876. Thank you!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
The music ministry at Holy Trinity is seeking musicians who play woodwind, brass, string, and percussion instruments at an intermediate high school level or higher to join the newest music ensemble at Holy Trinity. The Orchestra at Holy Trinity will provide music in conjunction with the Choir at Holy Trinity for Sunday 10:00 Masses throughout the year, festive occasions, and other performances.
If you or someone you know is interested in joining or would like more details, contact Holy Trinity’s Director of Music, Sam Fleming at
email@example.com or call the church office.