Liturgy Events

Sunday, July 5
  • Mass

    8:00 am - 9:00 am

    at HSP Outdoors (livestream on YouTube Channel)

  • Mass

    10:00 am - 11:00 am

    at HSP (No livestream)

  • Mass

    10:00 am - 11:00 am

    at HT (livestream on YouTube Channel)

Monday, July 6
  • Adoration / Confessions

    7:00 am - 8:00 am

    at HT

  • Mass

    8:00 am - 9:00 am

    at HT (livestream on YouTube Channel)


Below is the schedule for adoration, confession and Mass for the week beginning July 5th.  This schedule is for this week only.  All Masses will be indoors unless stated otherwise.

Sunday, July 5:
8:00 a.m. Mass at Historic St Patrick OUTSIDE 
10:00 a.m. Mass at Holy Trinity 
10:00 a.m. Mass at Historic St Patrick

Monday, July 6:
7:00 a.m. Adoration and Confessions at Holy Trinity 
8:00 a.m. Mass at Holy Trinity 

Tuesday, July 7: 
4:15 p.m. Adoration and Confessions at Historic St. Patrick 
5:15 p.m. Mass at Historic St. Patrick 

Wednesday, July 8:
7:00 a.m. Adoration and Confessions at Holy Trinity
8:00 a.m. Mass at Holy Trinity

Thursday, July 9:
4:15 p.m. Adoration and Confessions at Historic St Patrick 
5:15 p.m. Mass at Historic St Patrick 

Friday, July 10:
7:00 a.m. Adoration and Confessions at Holy Trinity 
8:00 a.m. Mass at Holy Trinity  

Saturday, July 11:
4:00 p.m. Mass at Holy Trinity
6:00 p.m. Mass at Historic St Patrick

There are no events today.

Priority News

Peoria Diocese appoints Rev. Louis Tylka as Coadjutor Bishop of ...

Spiritual Bouquet for our new

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka

please “pledge” a special spiritual gift of prayers, sacrifices,

or acts of kindness/service in preparation for his ordination on July 23rd.

These gifts will be part of an “ad” under our parish name in the Catholic Post.

Online Form

As we prepare to re-open our parish, many volunteers will be needed to ensure a safe return.

We are looking for people to help as greeters and ushers, and with cleaning between Masses, sacraments, and worship.

We are looking for volunteers:

  • Over age 18 (high school under 18 may help with parental consent)
  • Having no underlying health conditions
  • Not experiencing any symptoms of illness
  • Not having traveled internationally or to highly impacted parts of the United States
  • Able and willing to:
    • Attend mandatory training
    • Follow all health & safety protocols/procedures (ie wearing a mask at all times)
    • Understand & assume the risks coming into the church and gathering with others

If this describes you, to sign up or ask questions, email our Volunteer Leadership team at

I’m sure we will need such people for Historic St. Patrick as well, but I do not have contact information yet.

We just received word this afternoon Fr. Geoff Horton has been made Administrator of St. Patrick Church in Wapella and the chaplain at Central Catholic High School, along with continuing as the chaplain at the ISU Newman Center.  Fr. Horton will no longer be assigned to Holy Trinity and Historic St. Patrick Parishes.

Fr Jeff Stirniman will remain Pastor of Holy Trinity and Historic St Patrick Parishes. It is assumed a new parochial vicar will not be assigned with him.

A word or two (or thirty) from Fr. Horton:

Coming home to Holy Trinity has been a great privilege, both seeing new faces and meeting up with old friends. As you can see from my list of assignments, I will still be close to town as well as in town quite often and I hope to see all of you!

And from Fr. Stirniman:

I wish to thank Fr. Horton for his three years of dedicated work to the ministries and parishioners of our shared three parishes of Holy Trinity, Historic St Patrick, and St Patrick, Wapella . . . as well as to the students of Corpus Christi Catholic School!

Please pray for both of us as we both venture into new ministerial assignments!

Pax Domini,
Fr Jeff Stirniman and Fr Geoff Horton

If you’ve seen the Catholic Post article about churches reopening on June 6 (and even if you haven’t), please be patient with us. Many details have to be attended to before we can open, and it is quite possible that we (and many other parishes) won’t be ready to open quite that quickly. Keep us and each other in your prayers, and offer special prayers for those who are doing the work to prepare us to open.


While our parish staffs will attempt to take appropriate precautions consistent with the advice of public health authorities, parishioners and guests should understand that they assume the risk of contracting COVID-19 anytime they enter a public space since such precautions do not eliminate the risk of infection.

Letter from Bishop Jenky, CSC
May 20, 2020


My dear brothers and sisters in the Risen Lord,

These past couple of months have been a truly extraordinary time. As the world struggled to come to terms with how best to respond to the pandemic, we have been unable to participate in the Mass and the Sacraments in the usual way. I know that this has been difficult for both our priests and the people they serve.

As many of you know, consistent with the Governor’s Executive Order, we have begun offering drive-in Masses in a number of our locations. While we are presently only opening our churches for funerals, weddings, and baptisms, we are planning for the day when we will resume weekday and Lord’s Day Masses. It will require many adjustments on the part of everyone, clergy and laity alike.

Please keep in mind that while our parish staffs will attempt to take appropriate precautions consistent with the advice of public health authorities, parishioners and guests should understand that they assume the risk of contracting COVID-19 anytime they enter a public space since such precautions do not eliminate the risk of infection.

I am immensely grateful for the work that has been done by the Archdiocese of Chicago, in conjunction with State and local leaders, to begin the formulating of a plan for the reopening of our churches. The Governor has pointed out that the spread of the deadly virus varies from one region of Illinois to another, and his plan for loosening the restrictions currently in place reflects this reality.

In the Diocese of Peoria, we have modeled our plan after the one developed for use in the Archdiocese of Chicago and have made adaptations that correspond to our region. In all cases, the requirements of the appropriate authorities are to be observed. I particularly wish to acknowledge and thank our partners at OSF HEALTHCARE who have made their Infectious Disease Team available to us and who have given their endorsement to this plan.

Please bear in mind that as the situation changes, from one county to the next, modifications may be necessary to the plan. We are working diligently to open our churches and provide you with the Sacraments in a way that reflects our love for God and our responsibilities to one another. As I have said before, we are striving at all times to conduct ourselves as devout believers and responsible citizens. We are all in this together.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C.

See the letter on the diocesan website.

General News

Here are key points to know:

  • Mass will be celebrated outside at Historic St. Patrick. The altar will be in front of the garage, under the tent. The Mass times will remain as they are on our current quarantine schedule.
  • Communion will be distributed after Mass as we are doing currently.
  • Please note that restrooms will NOT  be available.
  • The best way to follow along is with a radio tuned to 105.3 FM. You will be able to follow the livestream if your phone allows you to do that, but be aware that there is a substantial lag (about five seconds) before what’s happening in front of you comes through your phone.
  • If you are using your phone, please use your phone data. Guest Wi-fi has been disabled so as not to overload the system.
  • You may bring your own chair rather than sit in your car. Please observe the following:
    • Maintain social distancing when placing seats–at least six feet away from anyone not in your household.
    • Wear your mask if possible.
    • Don’t park in front of the altar (so that people can place their chairs there).
    • If you’re bringing a chair, park behind the parish hall or (on weekends) in the street to maximize the seating area.
    • The open field to the north of the parking lot belongs to Historic St. Patrick. Don’t park there, but you may place your (socially distanced) chairs there.

Stay tuned for more details.

On Sunday, June 7th, the following people received the Sacrament of Baptism:

  • Lori Spicer
  • Nicholas Sunkel
  • Kristie Dowiat

They also received their First Communion, as did the following:

  • Mark Vivian
  • Justin Harner
  • Tyler Kybartas

Congratulations to all!


This is how we’ll handle distribution of Communion on Sundays, always subject to change as conditions allow:

  • Communion will be distributed after each Mass at the Mass location only.
  • In all the places where we offer Communion, hand sanitizer will be available in line.
  • If you exit your vehicle, please remain at least six feet from anyone not in your household.
  • We request that all communicants wear face masks except when receiving.
  • Those who wish to receive on the tongue are strongly requested to line up toward the end of the Communion lines.


Beginning Monday, June 1, the Holy Trinity parish office will be open by telephone only from 12 noon-2:00 p.m. daily. Phone calls for both Holy Trinity and Historic St. Patrick parishes will be answered at the Holy Trinity parish office. The Historic St. Patrick parish office will not reopen at this time.

The St. Patrick Church of Merna Vacation Bible School Core Team of volunteers is putting together an amazing virtual VBS experience that you don’t want to miss!

Exciting content will be posted to the VBS page on the parish website on June 28, 30, and July 1 and include a funny skit, 2 different Bible story videos, a craft tutorial, music videos, games, and more!!! Watch the videos and complete the projects at your own pace!

The videos will be free to watch, but we highly recommend purchasing a VBS TAKE-HOME KIT for each child in your family! The kits are $10 and come in a commemorative cinch sack filled with everything you need for each day’s craft, recipe cards for themed snacks, items and instructions for games, Bible story resources, and a lot of exciting surprises! We only have a limited amount, so visit today!

Scholarships are available. Contact Jana Schopp at or Jenny Cook at with any questions.

PEORIA, IL: The Diocese of Peoria joyfully announces the ordination of Coadjutor Bishop-Elect Louis Tylka will take place on Thursday, July 23, 2020 in the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, in Peoria. Coadjutor Bishop-Elect Tylka will one day succeed Bishop Daniel Jenky as the ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Peoria. Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, will be the principal consecrator. Bishop Daniel Jenky will serve as co-consecrator.

Follow this link for further details: Official Diocesan Announcement

PEORIA, IL: Today the Vatican announced that His Holiness, Pope Francis, has appointed the Reverend Louis Tylka, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, as the Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Peoria.

Full News Release

Parishioner Interviews: Feel a little disconnected? Yearning for Community? Check out our “Parishioner Interviews” as a way to get to know one another. Peace in Jesus!

Interview Videos

Online Prayer Intentions: The most powerful thing a faith community can do is pray for one another. If you have any specific intentions, email them and they will be remembered in a general way during our online masses. Please send to:

Send Email From Online Contact Page

Many of our financial commitments–for example, payroll, utilities, and maintenance–continue despite the suspension of public celebration of Mass. In order to keep our parish functioning now, and in order to preserve its long-term viability, please continue your generous financial support of your parish as best as you are able. Spiritually and financially supporting the mission of the Church is one of the precepts of the Church. If you would like to contribute electronically, you can call the parish office or click on the Online Giving link for your Parish.

Holy Trinity

Historic St. Patrick