No Communal Penance Services in Advent

No Communal Penance Services in Advent ~ Please avail yourself of the sacrament of Confession sometime in the Season of Advent, which is a season of preparation.  It is not reasonably possible to hold a Penance Service due to the many Covid-19 precautions in place.  [FYI: there will be no Penance Services at any of the B-N area Catholic Churches.]  Between Holy Trinity and Historic St Patrick Parishes we have Confession offered seven times per week: please check bulletin or website for times.  Give Jesus a clean heart in which to dwell at Christmas!

Stay Connected!

In an effort to keep everyone connected to Church News during the pandemic, we want to make sure all parishioners have access to the weekly bulletin. The bulletin is online accessible by visiting our parish website and is also available in paper versions at the doors of the Churches. Do you know of someone who has not been able to attend Mass but would like a bulletin mailed to them? Please let us know by contacting Jen or Susie at the Parish offices.


Giving Tree will happen this year!

Remember last year when all those presents were under the trees at our churches?  We’ll do it again this year to benefit families in our community and Birthright.  It will look different this year because Covid prevents us from having trees and tags.  Check out the page for our Giving Tree.

Update on in person CCD classes

Beginning today, November 16th there will be no in-person CCD classes until further notice.  If you have questions, please contact your CCD Coordinator.

Annual Diocesan Appeal Update as of November 13th

Updated ADA numbers as of November 13th:

Holy Trinity: $139,190 ($28,126 over goal) 

Historic St Patrick: $42709 ($2,140 over goal)   

We are on our way to funding our individual parish projects!

If you haven’t returned your ADA Pledge card, please prayerfully consider helping fund your parish’s project.  100% of all new/additional ADA pledges will be returned to the parishes to fund these needed projects.


A clarification of Pope Francis’ most recent confusing public statement

~ You may have heard or heard about a recent public comment made by Pope Francis, in regard to seemingly giving credence and affirmation to homosexual unions.  Given what he has clearly stated earlier in his pontificate, this is simply not the case.   Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of 2016 entitled, ‘Amoris Laetitia’ (‘The joy of Love’) #251 states:  “In discussing the dignity and mission of the family, the Synod Fathers observed that, “as for proposals to place unions between homosexual persons on the same level as marriage, there are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family”. It is unacceptable “that local Churches should be subjected to pressure in this matter and that international bodies should make financial aid to poor countries dependent on the introduction of laws to establish ‘marriage’ between persons of the same sex”.  As to what he was actually implying (if at all) with his recent statement---as recorded and used within the context of a documentary movie---I do not have an answer and I think it is imprudent on my part to guess.  To the point that, at times, Pope Francis makes statements that are baffling and unclear and are taken out of context and mis-interpreted by a variety of news sources and individuals, there is no doubt.  Going forward, let us continue to pray for Pope Francis and that he is careful with his word choice and that those reporting what he states do not jump to conclusions through “guess-work!

~Fr Stirniman



Travel to France with Father Timothy Hepner Aug 17-26, 2021 with an optional pre-tour to Lourdes August 14-17, 2021

Informational Meeting Thursday, Nov. 5th at 7:00PM

A live presentation will be held at St. Louis Catholic Church, 616 S. Gosse Blvd, Princeton IL.

If you prefer, you may also attend via Zoom.

Kindly RSVP with your preference by November 3rd to Bonnie Newman, Blue Horizon Travel & Yacht Charters at (309) 737-0059 or

Proceeds from this tour will go toward the Monsignor Carton Scholarship

Fund that helps finance the seminarians in the Diocese of Peoria.