Second Sunday of Lent Pastor Reflection

~ In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus is transfigured.  Peter, John, and James witness this profound event.  Among other reasons why Jesus does this, it is to give the Apostles HOPE when they see their Friend, Rabbi and Savior arrested, beaten, crucified and killed.  During this Lenten season, let us keep our minds and hearts fixed upon both the crucified and risen Christ, so we appreciate not only His suffering and death for our sins, but also that He is God, and thus He has infinite power over sin and death.  And let us always be mindful that when we rely upon the grace of God we, too, have power over the struggles, sufferings, and wounds this world gives us.

~ Fr Stirniman

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Boy Scout Annual Pancake Breakfast April 17/18th

Scouts BSA Troop 920 & Venturing Crew 2020 Annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

*Curbside pickup only through pre-ordered tickets!

$5 - Large (4 pancakes & 2 sausage)          $3 - Small (2 pancakes & 1 sausage)

Saturday, April 17th and Sunday, April 18th from 6:30 am - 1:00 pm

St Mary School Cafeteria, 600 W Taylor St, Bloomington (pick-up eastbound on Taylor Street)

Advance tickets can be purchased by contacting a Troop 920 or Crew 2020 Scout or go to t20pancakes.square.site  The troop will incur a 30 cent fee per transaction.  Credit card fees may be absorbed by the customer.
*If you don't know a scout and would like to purchase tickets in person, please contact Susie or Jen at the parish offices and they can connect you with one.

Youth Group Lenten Study – Starts Feb 21st

Come join us in a Lenten Bible Study!

Our Lenten Bible Study will run February 21st through March 28 at the Historic St Patrick Parish Hall from 6:30pm - 8:00pm . *We will be skipping the week of 3/7 for break.

There are no books to purchase - the study is free.

No food will be served.

CDOP Covid Protocol will be followed- masks are required to be worn, 6 ft protocol, etc.

Young at Heart St Patrick’s Day Lunch March 17th

Wear your green and join us for lunch Wednesday, March 17th at 11:30am at Times Past Inn, 1216 Towanda Ave, Bloomington, IL.

Corned beef and cabbage will be available or you can order off the menu.    Young at Heart welcomes everyone 50 years young and older.   It is a wonderful way to meet people from all the parishes. 

Reservations:  please call Mary-Margaret  at 452-7976.     

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry – March 5th & 12th

The Bloomington K of C hopes to have a successful Fish Fry March 5th and March 12th, and if we have a good to great turnout, we will continue having the Fish Fry Fridays during Lent. But we need to have real good support as we don't want to waste food. And the support we get by having people come and enjoy a great Fish dinner while trying to social distance, and wear your mask when not eating or drinking, but have a good time socializing with friends. If the first Fish Fry's don't have great amounts of support we will not be able to continue with them this year. So, please come, serving will be from 5:30 till 7 PM. We will try to maintain spacing.

Address : 1706 RT Dunn Dr. Bloomington, IL 61701

We’re Hiring!

Custodian Position Available 

We are now in need of a custodian/janitor for taking care of Holy Trinity and Historic St. Patrick buildings and grounds. The position entails 20 hours/week and offers a decent per hour wage. The work time would be 7:00am to 11:00am Monday thru Friday.  Job description would include (among other things) regular cleaning, building maintenance, basic handy-man knowledge, use of power tools and other tools, and basic grounds-maintenance.  We are looking for a good steward, a conscientious worker, and a responsible individual.  Please contact Fr. Stirniman via email or phone, at either Holy Trinity Parish Center or Historic St Patrick Rectory.


“We would like to sincerely thank Paul Doctorian for his short but very appreciated time spent with us here, at Holy Trinity and Historic St Patrick Parishes, and the fine job he did!  We wish Paul well with the full-time position he has recently accepted.  May God bless him!” ~Fr Stirniman~

RCIA News

What was the ceremony celebrated last Sunday at Mass?

Congratulations to Leslie R. who celebrated the Rite of Sending and Call to Continuing Conversion last weekend.

It marks a key moment; candidates enter a period of intense spiritual preparation. It celebrates the Lord's choosing of people who, with the help of the Church, acknowledge God’s election of them for the Easter Sacraments.

We traveled to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Peoria where Bishop Louis Tylka addressed Leslie: “Hear the Lord's call to conversion and be faithful to your baptismal covenant." It was a wonderful opportunity for her to feel part of the larger Church, she is not just joining a parish community but is becoming part of the Roman Catholic Church throughout the world.

It is a spiritually moving process beneficial to the whole parish community.

As we draw closer to the celebration of Easter, let us pray for Leslie who will be joining us in full communion with Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil.

A very special thanks to all who helped in any way with the celebration, in particular Mark and Tammy V. , Jamie O. and Justin H.

Rite of Sending

Rite of Election

COMING SOON! No Greater Love

No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion

-This will be a 5 week series led by Dr. Edward Sri (theologian, author, and Catholic speaker who regularly appears on EWTN).

OPTION 1Tuesday nights– 6:30-8:15 PM
February 23rd-March 23rd

 OPTION 2Wednesday mornings– 9:00-10:45 AM
            February 24th-March 24th
*Both groups will be hybrid, with the option of participating in person at the Holy Trinity Parish Center OR online via Zoom.                            

  *REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, & REGISTRATION for BOTH groups CLOSES on Monday, February 15th, in order for books to be ordered and to ensure that they arrive on time for the start date.                             

To learn more about this class offering, or to register, click here.