Let Us Pray

The Importance of Prayer

"The most important thing is to acquire the habit of prayer. It has to become a habit. Without that, we don't have an interior life; we just have an exterior life. And when all we have is an exterior life, we become anxious, restless, and that leads to greed, the inordinate love of possessing. For we end up trying to secure our own happiness and to reduce our own anxiety, and when things do not go our way in life, we become angry, impatient, irritated, we lose the peace that we long for. And when we are at that point, it means we've taken our life into our own hands. But life is not meant to be lived out of our own hands. We are meant to be carried along by God, like a baby is carried in a car seat. We are meant to be carried along by divine providence. God is in control, not us, and we have to surrender to his control. When we do so, life becomes so much more exhilarating."

Deacon Doug McManaman  " The Importance of Prayer" 

How to Pray

“Let us strive to be like Jesus in prayer and connection with the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.” ~ Fr Stirniman

There are five types of prayer:
Praise (hymns and response)
Adoration (adore His presence)
Intercession (pray for the needs of others)
Petition (pray for our own needs)
Thanksgiving (we show our appreciation)

There are three ways to pray:
Vocal prayer (we pray out loud or use our inner voice)
Meditative prayer (meditate on some aspect of God or something God has done or going to do)
Contemplative prayer (contemplate the existence of God and enjoy his presence)

*All of the types of prayer and ways to pray come together perfectly in the Mass.

NOW AVAILABLE -  "Back to Basics"   A refresher of some basic catholic prayers.

"Through adoration of the Eucharist, the Christian mysteriously helps to change the world and plant the seed of the Gospel. Anyone who prays to the Savior draws the whole world with him and raises it to God. Those who stand before the Lord are serving others. They are presenting to Christ all those who do not know him or are far from him. They keep watch in God's presence for all of them."

~ St John Paul II

Eucharistic Adoration

What is Eucharistic Adoration?

During Mass, through the miracle of transubstantiation, the bread and wine which we offer as the sacrifice to our Lord truly become the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, called the Eucharist.  Eucharistic Adoration is the worship of the Holy Eucharist.

Exposition is when the Priest removes the Eucharist from the tabernacle and proceeds to the altar to expose the Blessed Sacrament for Adoration.  The Eucharist is placed in the luna of the monstrance and elevated so that all adorers can see Jesus. This is a time to quiet our hearts, center our minds on Jesus, and elevate our souls to the Divine Presence of Christ in our midst!

Eucharistic Adoration is offered several times each week at both our parishes - see the schedule below:

Holy Trinity: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7:00 - 7:45 am

Historic St Patrick: Tuesday and Thursday 4:15  - 5:00 pm

*All of our Eucharistic Adoration times are also available to view on our YouTube Channel before our weekday Masses.

Pray the Rosary

You can watch/listen to the rosary daily on our YouTube channel by clicking the titles below.

If you would like to print a copy and follow along, click here.

The Joyful Mysteries (Monday & Saturday)

 The Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday & Friday) 

The Glorious Mysteries (Wednesday & Sunday)

The Luminous Mysteries (Thursday)

Pray the Stations of the Cross

You can view our first week of Stations of the Cross, led by Deacon Al Lundy, on our YouTube channel here.

"The Way of the Cross"  - read by Fr Jeffrey Stirniman (20 minutes)

Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

What is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy?

Saint Faustina was born Helena Kowalska in the village of Glogwiec, west of Lodz, Poland, on August 25, 1905.

In the 1930's, Sister Faustina received from the Lord a message of mercy that she was told to spread throughout the world. She was asked to become the apostle and secretary of God's mercy, a model of how to be merciful to others, and an instrument for reemphasizing God's plan of mercy for the world. The message of Mercy that Sister Faustina received is now being spread throughout the world; she has been recognized by the Church as a "Saint"; and her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, has become the handbook for devotion to The Divine Mercy.

How to Recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited using ordinary rosary beads of five decades. At the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts the Chaplet is proceeded by two opening prayers from the Diary of Saint Faustina and followed by a closing prayer.

If you would like to watch/listen to the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, click here to view it on our YouTube channel. If you would like to print your own copy and follow along, you can do so here.

Pray for Vocations

Why should we pray for Vocations to the priesthood?

In 2018 we had 166 Priests in our Diocese, and 162 Parishes.   That same year we instituted the "Traveling Crucifix" to further encourage prayer within our parish families.  Because of the response of a number of parishioners this ministry continued, unbroken, until April 2020.  We temporarily suspended it due to the Covid Pandemic.  Our Diocese now has 179 Diocesan priests, two originally from our own parish, but we need to continue our efforts so that this ministry may grow and flourish.

Traveling Crucifix

So, I encourage every family to take the Traveling Crucifix into their home for at least one week in 2021.   The prayers are simple, yet powerful.  Reserving the " Traveling Crucifix" is also simple. Click here to visit the reservation page and follow the directions listed.

Through these prayers you will contribute, in no small way, to creating a culture that encourages vocations and that will lead to the ordination of future priests.  If you want more information, contact Deacon Mike Marvin at 309-825-0662.


Prayers for Priests

Yet another way we can Pray for Vocations is by participating in "Prayers for Priests" held monthly at Historic St Patrick courtyard on the second Sunday of each month at 3:00pm.  You can print out your own copy of the Prayers for Priests flyer here.

We will say a Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and a collection of specific prayers for priests and vocations.  Come and join the voices of those who pray for priests on the second Sunday of the month.

Watch our Parish Events page for more information on upcoming dates!


Pray for our Sick

*For privacy, only first names and last initial will be displayed. If you would like to have a name added to our list, please contact Susie at Historic St Patrick or Jen at Holy Trinity.


 Holy Trinity                                             Historic St Patrick

Brendan Q.
Gary H.
Taylor Q.
Terrie O.
Paul M.
Barbara K.
Fran S.
Velma L.
Donald C.
Marina E.
Jennifer A.
Kris P.

Dustin L.
Sharon T.
Cathryn P.
Jack H.
Mary Ann S.
Ronald C.
Don K.
Maria S.
Jesus S.
Peggy B.
Billy S.

Rita S. Randy R. Zachary T. John M. Margaret L. Mary Ellen S. Dale L. Susan H. Debbie S. Ty A. Sourav S. Bob B.

Lucinda M.
Jerry H.
Patricia Y.

Peter C.
Mary K.
Thomas S.

Sarah J.
Joe J.
Darla R.
Leslie F.

Pray for our Active Military

“Almighty God, You know every veteran by name. You know their deeds, their hard work, and their perseverance. You know their needs, both material and spiritual. Please draw each one closer to you and grant them all the peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7), the peace of Christ to rule in their hearts (Colossians 3:15), and ‘joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand’ forevermore (Psalm 16:11).”

*For privacy, only first names and last initial will be displayed.

Bill S. Army * Amy B. Air Force * Matthew H. Army * Patrick K. Air Force Reserve * Drew F. National Guard * Sarah F. National Guard * Bradley M. US Embassy * Nick  W. Department of Defense * Dominic G. * Brett B.John N. Marines * Joseph F. Army * Seanna F. Army * Chris D. Marines *Aaron D. National Guard * Brandon K. Marines, * Adreon A. Navy * Damon W. Marines * Leif G. Marines * Blake H. Army * Anthony F. Air Force * W. Michael P. Special Forces * Ashley I. Navy * Michael H. Navy * Nicholas D. * John B. Navy * Charles C. National Guard * Ian S. Marines * Michael M. Air Force * Jill M. Air Force * Peter W. Army * Tim S. Army * Jonathon A. Marine * Kyle S. Army * Brad N. * Jeremiah M. National Guard * Jared J. Marines * Benjamin S. Navy * Alex A. Marines * Jeff R. Navy * Alex G. Stateside * Thomas Y. Air Force * Daniel W. Army Special Forces Green Beret * Kate S. Army * Jordan H. Navy * Allison V. Navy * Luci W. Marines * Kristian G. Department of Defense * Alex C. Airforce * Thomas L. Marines * Jack S. Marines * Noah S. Army Reserves

*If you would like to have a name added to our list, please contact Susie at Historic St Patrick or Jen at Holy Trinity.

Recently Baptized

Nathaniel K. - child of Taylor & Danielle K.

Benjamin G. - child of Jeremy & Lauren G.

Recently Married

Aaron & Dora K. - married October 2, 2021

Michael & Mary P. - married October 16, 2021

Brock & Cassidy W. - married October 23, 2021

Chase & Madalon P. - married October 30, 2021

Recently Deceased

Francis Nolan

Joanne Busing

How to Pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory:

Two effective ways to pray for the souls in purgatory are praying the Divine Mercy chaplet for them and remembering them in your Rosary intentions. The Divine Mercy Chaplet and Rosary require a time commitment of approximately 10 and 20 minutes. Even praying these powerful prayers once a week for the Holy Souls isn’t asking that much considering the benefit it brings to your spiritual family members. Finally, one can have a Mass said for the poor souls. Mass stipends are usually $10, the cost of two coffees at Starbucks. This merciful almsgiving is pleasing to God and hardly burdensome to us.

Why Offer a Mass for a Departed Loved One?

From the earliest times of the Catholic Church, we have had Masses said for departed loved ones.  The reason for this is that the Mass is the most efficacious prayer in the world and it directly benefits the soul (or a group of souls) of a loved one for whom the Mass is being offered.  The souls in Purgatory cannot pray for themselves so, we members of the Church on Earth (the “Church Militant”), along with the souls in Heaven (the “Church Triumphant”), must intercede on behalf of the souls in Purgatory (the “Church Purifying/Suffering”) by offering indulgences for them.  We intercede on their behalf in three ways: we offer works of charity on their behalf; we offer sacrifices on their behalf; or, we offer prayers (ie, suffrages) on their behalf.  This communal nature and concern for the well-being of others in the Church is what is called, "the communion of Saints."

If you would like to offer a Mass, please contact Susie or Joan at Historic St Patrick, or Jen at Holy Trinity.  Our available Masses are very limited.

How Can We Pray for You?

The most powerful thing a faith community can do is pray for one another. If you have any specific intentions, if you are in need of prayers, or would like to ask for prayers for another, please visit our "Contact Us" page and email the Prayer Request Team.