Congratulations to Deacon Daniel Dionesotes!

Congratulations Deacon Daniel Dionosotes on your Ordination and first Deaconed Mass!

~ It is with joy and prayers that I, and our entire Holy Trinity and Historic St Patrick Parish communities, congratulate Deacon Daniel Dionesotes as he is ordained to the transitional diaconate for the Diocese of Peoria.  Daniel and three other men were ordained on Saturday, May 21st by Bishop Louis Tylka, at St Mary Cathedral in Peoria.  “Transitional diaconate” implies Daniel and the others are aspiring to be ordained to the Priesthood and thus, not to remain permanent deacons---as are Deacons Bob, Mike, Joe, and Al.  Additionally, Deacon Dionesotes will be deaconing his first Mass at the 4:00pm Holy Trinity Church on Saturday, May 21st.  Lastly, he will be deaconing and preaching at the Sunday, May 22nd 10:30am Mass at the St Mary Cathedral.  Daniel, we all share your joy as you celebrate this important milestone in your life.  Please know of our continued prayers for you!

~Fr Stirniman~


Birthright Baby Bottle Return

Birthright Baby Bottles - Please return bottles by May 29th

If you took a baby bottle home with you to participate in Birthright’s Baby Bottle Fundraiser, please return them by Sunday, May 29th. There is a designated container located near the Mary statue in Holy Trinity or the baptismal font at Historic St Patrick. 


The Month of Mary

This month the Church celebrates the meeting of Mary and Elizabeth - and the infants in their wombs - in the Feast of the Visitation. The Gospel tells us that not only is Elizabeth overcome with joy at Mary’s greeting, but the unborn John the Baptist actually leaps for joy within her womb. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth immediately recognizes the presence of the Lord concealed within his mother, as she cries out with the familiar words, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb” (Lk 1:42). It is the same presence that leads the unborn John to leap for joy.

This miraculous encounter beckons us to recognize the undeniable humanity of infants hidden within the wombs of Mary and Elizabeth. Scripture also tells us that, following the Annunciation, Mary set out for  the hill country in haste to visit Elizabeth, who is already six months pregnant. At the time of Mary’s arrival, she would have been in the earliest stages of her pregnancy, yet Christ was already fully present and incarnate. Both Mary and Elizabeth place their trust in the Lord, and in doing so, bear life into the world.

As we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we pray that hearts will be opened to recognize the humanity of children in the womb. We also pray in thanksgiving for all mothers who give their own :”yes” to God’s gift of human life.


Meaning of ‘Memorial Day’ to Catholics

~ This national holiday is the closest secular thing to ‘All Souls Day’, recognizing the importance of praying for those in Purgatory; in particular, praying for the souls of departed men and women who died while serving our great nation and who still await the glory of Heaven yet, who depend upon the ‘armaments’ of our prayers to help them achieve this final victory.  Let us practice our Catholic Faith by praying for the souls of these men and women in Purgatory, to show them our gratitude for serving our country, who had willfully put themselves in harm’s way to preserve and protect our freedom. 

Vocation Ministry Spotlight

 Holy Trinity & Historic Saint Patrick Vocation Ministry Committee


God calls us to follow a specific path in life. He may lead us to married life, single life, religious life, the diaconate or the priesthood.  Because of free will, we are not required to follow God's plan, therefore, not fulfilling His purpose for us.    It is no secret that many Catholic families  do not encourage their children to consider a religious life. 

The vocation committee is a group of parishioners from Holy Trinity and Historic St. Patrick whose goal is to raise awareness  and provide the incentive to not overlook the possibility for vocations within our families and within our community.  We do this with prayers for vocations, encouragement for Seminarians and those preparing for religious life, and  by planning small awareness events for both of our parishes.  If you are someone that has been praying for vocations on your own, you may want to consider joining our committee.

If you would like more information please contact Connie Ley at or 309-530-9865 or Deacon Michael Marvin at or 309-825-0662


Transitional Diaconate Ordination – May 20th

Transitional Diaconate Ordination

Saturday, May 20th 10:30 AM.


Bishop Lou plans to ordain Ignacio Cardenas, Daniel Dionesotes, Nathan Hopper and Patrick Wille to the transitional diaconate at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Please keep them in your prayers.

*Daniel Dionesotes will celebrate his first Mass as a transitional deacon at the 4pm Mass at Holy Trinity on Saturday, May 2nd.

Custodian Position Available

Help Wanted

We thank Mike Cardwell for his 3 years of conscientious cleaning and maintenance of our parish facilities as he moves on to a new employment opportunity.

We are now in need of a custodian/janitor to assist in the care and maintenance of Holy Trinity and Historic St. Patrick buildings and grounds. The position entails 20 hours/week (7:00am to 11:00am, Monday through Friday) and offers a decent per hour wage. Responsibilities 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.  

If interested, please contact Fr. Stirniman via email or phone.