Thank you for your parish support!

Thank You for Your Continued Support

Our parishes of Holy Trinity and Historic St Patrick continue to require financial obligations to pay--for example, payroll, utilities, regular maintenance and upkeep-continued throughout the COVID 19 pandemic, and we are grateful for your support in such a difficult time. In order to keep our parishes operational now, and to preserve their long-term viability, please continue your thoughtful and generous financial support to the best of your capabilities.

Your continued financial support helps our parishes of Historic St Patrick and Holy Trinity to coordinate, organize, and schedule time, people and resources in an effort to offer a variety of programs and services that not only educate, inform and enhance, but bring Spiritual fulfillment and unity with our parishioners through the Mass, Ministries, classes, studies and various events. This can only be accomplished by you offering your financial support of the mission of the Church as one of it's Precepts.

To contribute electronically, you can call the parish office at 309-829-2197 or click on the Online Giving link for your Parish below:

Holy Trinity

Historic St. Patrick

Is He calling you? – See what Blake M. has to say (Dec 5th Edition)

Who or what encouraged or influenced you to pursue it?

"I was given a great foundation of faith during my time at the Catholic schools in Bloomington. I always knew what I believed, and knew that what I believed was true. Still, I was never convicted to live for Jesus according to His commandments until that time in graduate school. During that time, I was in an environment where many people around me were professing systems of belief I knew to be incompatible with my Catholic faith. In His mercy, Jesus drew me back to Himself and allowed me to see that He is true and that He alone can fulfill every human heart. With the help of some great priests and plenty of prayer, I was encouraged to answer God's call to discern priesthood that I may allow Him to enter into and heal my brokenness in a way that He alone can, and to bring the healing love of the Lord to all who need Him through my future priesthood. The examples of Mary, Our Mother, and Saint Augustine were particularly influential as well."

 - Blake M.

Giving Tree update – December 4th

The Giving Tree online sign-up is open and continues to help make the holiday season brighter by your support of community members in need through participating non-profit organizations.  This year’s local non-profit partners include:

Western Avenue Community Center
Labyrinth House
Birth Right
Faith in Action

Wrapped Gifts with Gift Tag # or donations need to be brought in to churches by December 12th. 

Volunteers will gather on December 19th and deliver gifts.

Pastor’s Message the First Sunday of Advent

~ In the gospel reading for the First Sunday of Advent this year, from St Luke’s Gospel, we hear, “Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”  It’s noteworthy that the means by which we remain vigilant for the Lord is prayer---in fact, it’s the only means Jesus mentions as a means by which we maintain readiness.  Especially in the intensely busy Advent Season, let us never underestimate the power of prayer . . . . for the sake of readiness, for the praise of God, for petitioning Him, for helping others, for thanking Him, for understanding the profound beauty of the Christmas story, etc. 

~Fr Stirniman

 

Advent Wreath Lighting Prayers – Week 1

Advent Wreath Prayers Bulletin Stuffer

~ Please avail yourself of the Advent Wreath lighting prayers located below each week.  There’s no replacing the power and importance family prayer has on your family, on your parish, and in our society.  Take advantage of this long-standing important Catholic devotional and quality family-time.

First Week of Advent Wreath-Lighting Prayer

"All-powerful God, increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and ever.

~Amen."

 

Reflection on 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 prepare for Christ’s coming at Christmas.  Additionally, we also prepare for Christ’s SECOND coming as well; and the proper and effective way we carry out this preparation is by having and keeping our spiritual resolutions . . . along with the daily help the Church provides us: with Her Sacraments, Her prayers, and the virtues by which She reminds us to live.  May all of us this Advent season, resolve to not be drawn into the consumerism of our culture’s misunderstanding of this season but rather, keep Christ at the center of this season . . .  and ALL seasons of the liturgical year.

~Fr Stirniman

Advent & Christmas Perspective & Ideas

~ As we gear up for the busy-ness of Advent and Christmas, let us make a firm resolution to keep Christ at the center of these seasons.  Here are some suggestions:

*Make certain you have an Advent Wreath (purchase one or simply "create" your own with three purple candles and one rose/pink one, and some greenery) and light it as many evenings throughout Advent as possible

*Sign up for the overview Bible study of St Matthew's Gospel (which begins Monday, November 29th).

*Attend the Illinois Wesleyan University's Christmas Concert at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday, December 5th, at 3:00pm.

*Read a spiritual book and/or the Bible in Advent.

*Partake in the 'Giving Tree' at our parishes (via visiting the actual tree or via on-line, on our parishes' website.

*Include some spiritual testimonial or religious insight in the Christmas cards you write and send.

*Pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary with your family two nights/week.

*Pray three short prayers for each of the people for whom you buy a Christmas gift (while determining what to buy them, and as you buy that gift, and after you give the gift).

*Pray the 'Christmas Novena', beginning December 16 and ending on Christmas Eve day.

*Listen to beautiful religious Christmas music.

*Put a Nativity Scene somewhere prominent in your home; when hosting a Christmas party, start with a prayer and have a Christmas prayer at all the table settings.

*Place religious items in your front yard for all to see.

*Consider attending at least one Adoration time/week.

*Go to Confession a couple of times throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons.

*Attend at least one weekday Mass throughout Advent and Christmas. 

I pray you have a happy and holy Advent and Christmas.

~Fr Stirniman~

Christmas Flower & Altar Memorials

The envelopes for Christmas flower memorial donations are in your monthly contribution envelope packets. 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.

Action Alert to Tell Congress not to Exclude Catholic Schools from Federal Child Care and Pre-K Programs

Dear Friends, 

Please help us circulate this important ACTION ALERT to Tell Congress not to Exclude Catholic Schools from Federal Child Care and Pre-K Programs.  Email, social media, websites, newsletter, etc...

The House is expected to vote on this proposal next week, and then negotiations will continue in the Senate.  This language must be fixed or faith-based communities will effectively be excluded from both programs. We must make our voices heard!

Click here to contact your member of Congress today: