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~


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

First Sunday of Lent Pastor Reflection

~ Sometimes we think that God doesn’t care since He allows us to be tempted.  In reality, God gives us the grace to counter any temptation that Satan might give us.  God allows us to be tempted so our faith will be strengthened---though this isn’t the ONLY way our faith can be strengthened.  Even Jesus, the God-Man, was tempted. [We could conclude that those temptations that Jesus was given by Satan must have been extremely strong ones, since Jesus would have had the capacity to resist an enormous amount of temptation.]  God will never allow us to be tempted beyond our means, but rather, to the point where we can grow in faith.  If we discipline ourselves to consistently resist temptations (by both saying “no” to temptations and by consciously making little and big sacrifices in daily life . . . and by incorporating the three-fold Lenten practices of Prayer, Fasting, and Alms-Giving) we will be more like Jesus, we will be pleasing to the Father, as well as being more joyful, peaceful, and fulfilled with ourselves too!  ~Fr Stirniman~

Celebrating Lent: Fast & Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.

Our parishes are now ‘Prayer Warriors’ for local medical Units

~ We Catholics value both the power of prayer as well as our sacramental economy, one of which includes a sacrament oriented towards physical healing and health (ie, Anointing of the Sick).  Recently, in conjunction with our parish nurses, I have coordinated with St Joe’s and Carle-BroMenn to have our parishes of Holy Trinity and Historic St Patrick regularly pray for the patients on designated Units at these two fine local medical facilities.  So, both our two parishes’ parishioners will regularly pray for the Mother-Baby Unit at Carle-BroMenn and for the CCC/ICU (Critical Care Center/Intensive Care Unit) at St Joe’s.

Alms-Giving Boxes (‘Rice Bowls’) Available

Please know we have alms-giving boxes (aka, ‘Rice Bowls’) available in our churches this weekend as well as throughout Lent. These alms-giving boxes serve as an instrument for us to literally carry out one of the three Lenten practices--the ‘giving of alms’ to the poor.  The money collected from these boxes will directly benefit those who lack the basic human needs of food, shelter, and clothing. [Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the Catholic agency that sponsors and gives us these free boxes every year.  CRS is 93% efficient in its charitable work (ie, only 7% of the funds collected go towards administrative costs!).]  Please consider obtaining a Rice Bowl and filing it up with coins and dollars throughout the course of Lent.  Closer to the end of Lent we will inform you of the location of the container for you to return your filled-up alms-giving boxes/Rice Bowls. Thank you for your generosity to the poor ahead of time!

‘Year of St Joseph’ and Consecrating Yourself to St Joseph

~ Pope Francis has declared this year (December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021) as ‘The Year of St Joseph’.  He has encouraged the members of the Church to re-enliven their commitment and devotion to St Joseph.  To this end, please consider finding out how to prepare yourself/your family for consecrating yourself to St Joseph and then actually doing so, by checking out this website: https://stjosephnow.org/ . On this site, you can even officially sign up and receive assistance in the preparation for consecration as well as the consecratory prayer itself.  On this website you will notice it is highly recommended to prepare for this great and powerful consecration on March 19th, which is the most solemn celebration associated with St Joseph in the entire liturgical year, the ‘Solemnity of St Joseph, Spouse of Blessed Virgin Mary’.  St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, Pray for Us!

                                      ~Fr Stirniman~

Empower Illinois Scholarship Program

Corpus Christi and Central Catholic have been selected to receive a scholarship matching gift opportunity from John and Kathy Schreiber.  They are sponsoring a 1:1 matching gift program for donations raised toward Empower tax credit scholarships.  For every dollar raised through Empower Illinois the Schreibers will match the donation up to $15,000.  This program begins on February 1, 2021 and ends on March 31, 2021. Please consider making your donation today and help make this opportunity a success!

You can provide a quality education to children in our parish to families qualifying for tuition assistance who attend Corpus Christi or Central Catholic while also receiving a state tax credit yourself.  The Tax Credit Scholarship Program is a result of the Invest in Kids Act passed in the Illinois legislature in 2017. The Tax Credit Scholarship program offers a 75 percent income tax credit to individuals or businesses that contribute to qualified Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs) like Empower Illinois.  The SGOs then provide scholarships for students whose families meet the income requirements to attend qualified private schools like Corpus Christi and Central Catholic.  We currently have families from our parish who have applied for the scholarship and are waiting for funding for the next school year.  If you would like more information about this program or are interested in making a donation, please see the empowerillinois.org website or contact Kathy Wieland at 309-825-2434.

Deacon Al Lundy hosts “Good News” on Spirit Radio

Our very own Deacon Al Lundy is hosting "Good News" on Catholic Spirit Radio.  Meant for almost teens, teens and even those who used to be teens. Deacon Al will discuss the Gospel, Catholic teachings, how Christ is active in our lives, and answer questions sent in by you.  Email your questions to him at  goodnews@catholicspiritradio.com. Listen to his podcast live Saturday and Sunday evenings at 8pm here.