Prayers for Priests – April 14

Prayers for Priests and Vocations

Join your parish family at Historic St. Patrick on April 14, 2024, for Prayers for Priests.  A rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and other special prayers will be said for priest and vocations.  Come and join us in this special time of prayer.

Print a copy of the prayers here.


A 30-Day Walk with Jesus – Starts April 10th

6:30pm – 8pm Wednesday evenings

Starting April 10th at Historic St Patrick Hall

No person in history has made such a deep, beneficial and lasting impression on the world as Jesus Christ. Who is Jesus? What were His promises? Why should we devote our lives to Him? In our Bible Study, “A 30-Day Walk with Jesus” we will be studying selected verses from the New Testament. Over this 8-week study, we will explore God’s New Covenant, His “crazy” love for us, and His defeat of sin and death in this world. We will explore His promise for eternal life in exchange for our belief/faith in Jesus as the Son of God and our obedience to His teachings.

Please join our bible study starting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at Historic St. Patrick’s Parish Hall. The meeting will adjourn promptly at 8pm. Our final bible study will conclude on Wednesday, May 29. Each week there will be bible readings, questions & answers, group discussion, group prayer, and fellowship. We will also serve light refreshments each week, and there will be a “pot-luck” celebration on May 29. The study group will be coordinated by Kevin and Becky Vannatta. Please join us for these learning and fellowship meetings. It will be a great way for you to get to know Jesus more intimately, to meet some of your fellow parishioners, and to enjoy the Easter season as we prepare for Pentecost.

Register below:

Spend time with Jesus in Adoration – April 16/17

Diocese of Peoria Traveling Monstrance on Our Parishes’ Campuses Again!

~ During this time of the ‘National Eucharistic Revival’, called by the United States Bishops to promote devotion to Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist, Bishop Louis Tylka has purchased  an official ‘traveling monstrance’ and encouraged us to promote Eucharistic Adoration in all our Diocese of Peoria parishes.  Please know Holy Trinity and Historic St Patrick parishes will once again host the diocesan traveling monstrance from 9am  – 5pm at Historic St Patrick on Tuesday or from 9am – 2pm at Holy Trinity on Wednesday, April 16th and 17th.   

Sign up sheets can be found in the back of our respective churches or you can register here.

Spend the best time of all—an hour or so with Jesus, Our Eucharistic Lord!

~Fr Stirniman~


April RCIA topics

Apr 3: God Calls Us to Pray

                      Presented by: Deacon Joe Knapp

Prayer –  The Heart of Our Relationship with God.

Neither theological knowledge nor social action alone is enough to keep us in love with Christ unless both are preceded by a personal encounter with him.  I have found that it takes time to catch fire in prayer. This has been one of the advantages of the Holy Hour. Sitting before the Presence is like a body exposing itself to the sun to absorb its rays.  In those moments one does not so much pour our written prayers but listening takes place.  The holy Hour became a teacher for me.  Although before we love anyone, we must have knowledge of that person, nevertheless, after we know, it is love that intensifies knowledge. (Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen)

Apr 11: Jesus Taught Us to Pray

               Presented by: Daryl Menke

The Gift: “Our Father”

Jesus prayed always. He prayed regularly in the synagogue and Temple. He prayed before the prediction of his of His Passion and during the Transfiguration. “While He was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white” (Lk 9:29). Jesus prayed at the Last Supper, in Gethsemane for a whole night. “He went up on the mountain by himself to pray” (Mt 1:;23). They noted that He prayed often. So much so the Apostles were so move that they asked Him to help them pray. He responded with what is known as the Lord’s Prayer. He also gives advice on how not to pray. “Do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others might see them. When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your father who sees in secret will repay you. Don’t babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.   The Pharisee and the tax collector went to the temple to pray. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, “O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity-greedy, dishonest, adulterous -or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income” The tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed. “O God, be merciful to me a sinner.” I tell you, for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted. (Lk 18:10-14)  


“The Deep Heart, and the Freedom to Be Myself” – Tuesdays in April

Tuesdays, April 9th through 30th, from 6:30pm – 8pm at Historic St Patrick Hall

presented by Fr Thomas Dunton, Superior at the Princeville Priory of the Congregation of Saint John

You are invited to partake of this journey over four weeks that will explore our human hearts, and above all one’s own, principally drawing upon understandings that we receive from within our Catholic faith. However, an initial mention will be made as to philosophy’s contribution to know the human heart. Guided in a spirit akin to that of a retreat, these classes will enable us to better appreciate the importance of knowing our inner selves for the good of our spiritual lives, as well as empowering us to live our God-given freedom in an intentional, heartfelt way. As the Catechism teaches concerning what is the human heart: “The heart is the dwelling-place where I am, where I live… the place “to which I withdraw.”” (CCC 2563).

Register for Sharing Christ – Apr 8 – May 25

Sharing Christ

Mondays, April 8 - May 25th from 6-8:30pm

Sharing Christ focuses on personal or friendship evangelization, sharing our relationship with Jesus in our daily encounters with people. The course helps to develop an attitude of the heart that moves us to be open to share the Good News we have experienced anytime and anywhere.

Register below of call the office at 309-829-2197