“Prayers for Priests” December 12th

Mark your calendar for December 12, 2021.  That is the next date for our Prayers for Priests.  At 3 p.m. Prayers for Priests will be offered at Historic St Patrick.  We will say a Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and a collection of specific prayers for priests and vocations.  During this season of Advent let us prepare for the coming of Jesus by praying for His priests and ask Him to give us more priestly vocations for our diocese.  At this time when we think of gifts, let us thank the Lord for the gift of His priests.

Download a copy of our prayer sheet here.

Baptism Class – Monday, December 6th

Our next Baptism preparation class will be held at 6pm on Monday, December 6th at the Holy Trinity Parish Center.

*Registration is required.  Call the Parish Center for information.

Elizabeth Ministry Annual Cookie Sale – December 4th & 5th

This year’s Elizabeth Ministry

Annual Cookie Sale

will be

December 4th & 5th after Holy Trinity 4pm & 10am Masses.

*If you’re a baker, please consider baking a little extra to donate to the Elizabeth Ministry Cookie Sale! Cookies can be dropped off at the Parish Center Friday, December 3rd.

If you attend the 10am Mass, please join us in the lower level for our Welcome Weekend Breakfast and meet some of the ladies from the Elizabeth Ministry – they will be there to answer any questions you may have.

If you’re not able to join us this weekend, but feel called to participate in the Elizabeth Ministry, contact any of the ladies listed below for details:

Charlene 309-706-5828, Kristen 309-830-1281, or Kathy 309-825-2434

Carmelite Spirituality Group – December 4th


Saturday, December 4th, 10AM-12PM

  ( 1st Saturday of Every Month )

        Is God calling you to become a Third Order Lay Carmelite? St. Therese of Lisieux said "God would never inspire me with desires which cannot be realized; so in spite of my littleness, I can hope to be a saint." Lay Carmelites are called to live a life in full allegiance to Jesus Christ with our role models Mary our Mother, sister and Patroness, and Elijah the prophet of zeal.

        If you are 18 years or older, and a Catholic in good standing, you are invited to attend the meetings held every 1st Saturday of the month. These meetings are the beginning stages, as we discern and move toward forming a Third Order Lay Carmelite Community.   


   The next "Carmelite Spirituality Group"  will be held on Saturday, December 4th, at 10AM-12PM in the parish hall of Historic St. Patrick's Catholic Church, located at 1209 Locust St. in Bloomington, Illinois.

    Please contact / RSVP - Lorrie Schmidt T.O.C. (Third Order Carmelite) at:       LittlewayofCarmel@gmail.com

The Gospel of Saint Matthew, 101 – Starts Nov 29th

Take your first step on a beginner’s journey into the Gospel of Matthew.  

Monday evenings Nov 29th at 6:30 at the HT parish center consisting of seven sessions. 

*If there is enough interest, a morning session of “The Gospel of St Matthew, 101” will be offered on either Monday or Wednesday mornings beginning at 9am – giving everyone the opportunity to attend the 8am Mass.  Please call the Parish Office at 829-2197 if interested in a morning session.

If you’ve been hesitant to join your fellow parishioners and participate in any study of scripture this may be just the opportunity to open the book and try the Gospel of Matthew to start.  It is here we read who Christ was, why He came, why He lived, and why He died and the Kingdom He brought about. The Gospel of Matthew is often noted as the church’s first catechism and referred to as the teaching Gospel.  

Come join us to better understand the prophecies of the Old Testament and their fulfillment in the New Testament through the Gospel of Matthew.  This DVD series is be presented by Dr. Timothy Gray of the Augustine Institute and Hosted by David Liptak starting Monday evenings Nov 29th at 6:30 at the HT parish center consisting of seven sessions.

*Bring your bible or we can provide one for your reference.

*Please register here or call the parish office.         

RCIA Upcoming topics – All are welcome to attend and support the Participants

Below are the upcoming topics for RCIA. 

We invite all parishioners to show your support for the RCIA Participants by attending any topics that are of interest to you.

Dec 2nd                 Our Eternal Destiny: 

I can only imagine what it will be like when I walk by Your side. I can only imagine what my eyes will see
when Your face is before me. Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel? Will I dance for You, Jesus, or in awe of You be still? Will I stand in Your presence, or to my knees will I fall? Will I sing hallelujah? Will I be able to speak at all? I can only imagine when that day comes, and I find myself standing in the sun/son, I can only imagine when all I will do Is forever—forever worship You. Seeing God face to face in all His glory is the essential aspect of heaven, the beatific vision. To make this possible God must reveal Himself and give us the capacity to behold Him.   What do you imagine it will be like ?

Dec 9th                  The Celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ:  Sacraments 101

              The Paschal Mystery of Christ; Christ, the last supper, the Passion, Easter Sunday, the dying and rising into eternal glory. The word liturgy means “public work or work done on behalf of the people” always referring to an organized community. All worshipers are expected to participate actively in each liturgy, for this is holy “work”.  Through the liturgical celebrations of the Church, the sacraments, we participate in the Paschal Mystery of Christ. We, the Church have a vital role to play in shaping responsible citizens with moral character and a willingness to contribute to the wellbeing of society. Are you participating in this role ? Or are you a spectator sitting on the sidelines.  A participant has skin in the game. A spectator can leave early to beat the traffic.

Dec 16th                Baptism: Becoming a Christian

In His dialogue with Nicodemus, Jesus taught that Baptism was necessary for salvation. “No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.” (Jn 3:5) After his Resurrection, Jesus met with the eleven Apostles and gave then the commission to preach the Gospel and baptize, telling them, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved” (MK 16:16) The word baptism in its origins is Greek and means “immersion” and “bath.” Immersion is a sign of death, and emersion out of water means new life. Not unlike bathing where one undergoes a cleansing.  The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus who wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father.  In order to live a new life with the Father.  Jesus’ Immersion in the water is a sign for of us of the need to die to ourselves to do God’s will, to live a new life with God.  For it is our responsibility as Christians through baptism to bring others to Him.

Dec 23rd               No Class Christmas Holiday  

Dec 30th               No Class Christmas Holiday  

Jan 6th                  No Class New Year’s Break

  All meetings are on Thursday Evenings at Holy Trinity Parish Center @ 6:30 unless otherwise noted.

If you have any questions, please contact David Liptak at 309-829-2197 ext 229