A message from Fr Stirniman

An Earnest Appeal for More Ushers and Sanitizers

~ I am very grateful for the continued excellent work of Karen Walch and Alan McDowell and their respective Teams of Ushers and Sanitizers at our two parishes!  Quite simply, they have all kept us safe and well-organized!  However, as we (thankfully!) have parishioners and others returning to in-person Masses at our parish churches, we are now in great need of additional ushers and sanitizers, especially to usher and sanitize the over-flow areas of our respective parish campuses.   If you can find it in your heart and in your schedule, would you please seriously consider contacting Karen or Alan to volunteer to be an usher or sanitizer?!?  To volunteer as a sanitizer or specialized usher at Holy Trinity, please contact Karen Walch at greeters@holytrinitybloomington.org; for Historic St Patrick, please contact Alan McDowell at jamcdowell41@gmail.com.   With the greatest celebration we have as Catholic Christians soon approaching---Easter---we will be in need of a significant number of additional ushers and sanitizers.  Thank you for your serious consideration!

~Fr Stirniman~

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.


Youth Ministry

Sharing faith is part of who we are as Catholics, which includes encouraging young people in discipleship, inviting them into our church community and journeying with them as they grow. Young people are the church of today, not only the church of tomorrow.

We are all in relationship with young people in some way, and each young person is important. Young people are a part of our community and we all need to be active in ministry with them to reflect this. We are God’s work of art (cf. Eph 2:10) and this means that every human being, including our young people, needs to be given the best. The best is to help each other to develop an even deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.



Ushers assist people with seating, hospitality and taking up the offering of God’s people. If you would like to become an usher or are interested in learning more about this ministry, please contact the parish office.

Altar Servers

Altar servers have been assisting in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist since the early years of the Church. Altar servers assist the celebrant with the duties of ensuring preparations for the liturgy are successfully carried out and assist the celebrant throughout the celebration of the Mass. New servers are trained at least annually. If you are interested or have questions about serving; contact, or have your parents contact the parish office.


This ministry is dedicated to God’s living word as proclaimed by the lector. One way to proclaim His Word in Scripture is through the use of structured verse speaking – simple in concept and dynamic in application. By building the reading line by line from the beginning and maintaining a flow of thought to the end, the life contained within a scriptural reading (or any liturgical proclamation) can be enhanced by the lector applying the elements or tools of this structural format.

To become a lector, contact the parish office.  Good strong voices are always appreciated.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC)

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are given the great honor of distributing the body and blood of Jesus Christ.  This group is essential for a sacramental faith like that of the Roman Catholic church.  If you believe that you are being called to this ministry,  please mention your interest to any one of the priests.