50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary Pictorial Directory

We are getting ready to create a new pictorial directory and we need YOU to help make it complete! Our directory will showcase our families, provide contact information, and become a useful resource to keep us connected. By participating, you will receive both printed and electronic versions of the new directory, as well as a free 8’ by 10’ photograph from your professional photography session. There will be no charge to you to participate, unless you decide to purchase pictures after viewing. Sign up today using one of these three easy methods:

Schedule your appointment online

Sign up after any weekend Mass on March 25/26, April 1/2, April 8/9, April 22/23, or April 29/30 in the south overflow room in the church.

Call Nancy Campbell at 248-462-5553 for assistance.

Portrait and Pricing Information

We are pleased to initiate these pages highlighting the Golden Anniversary of St. Irenaeus. Monthly, we will track the milestones of its vibrant history, highlight our Founders Club members and feature biographies of those who laid the foundation of this parish. You’ll also find information on events and activities that lead up to our Golden Anniversary celebration on June 25, 2017 and extend to the end of this glorious year. Throughout the coming year, keep checking the church bulletin which will feature a weekly page, called In the beginning . . .

In the beginning . . .

St. Irenaeus Parish celebrated its First Mass on Sunday, June 26, 1967. Pastor of the newly-formed 200-family parish was Monsignor Raymond Kuzava.
Construction of the temporary church, which is now the Parish Activities Building, began almost immediately. It was not until November of 1980 that the current church building was
consecrated by Cardinal John Francis Dearden of the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Over the next 50 years, St. Irenaeus grew not only in size – there are now more than 2100
families in the parish – but in Religious Education and Christian Service programs and activities. Today, more than 500 children annually participate in Religious Education classes that include preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion, as well as Confirmation.
As people of faith enlivened by the Holy Spirit, the members of St. Irenaeus are called to
proclaim God’s glory by reaching out and administering to the needs of the parish, the
community and beyond through worship, education and Christian service.

A message from Fr. Brian . . .

As we approach our 50th anniversary in 2017, we remember and give thanks
to those who built the spiritual and physical foundations of our St Irenaeus
Parish. We fondly recall Monsignor Kuzava and all those who planted the
mustard seeds of faith and community, building from what was an empty
field in Avon Township into our parish family today of over 2000 households.
Our mission today remains the same as when our parish was established
in 1967 – to share and live the Good News that is Jesus Christ. While our
anniversary will look back and celebrate 50 years of parish life, we will
also look forward and continue to build the spiritual foundations for
tomorrow. May the Holy Spirit lead us in the year ahead, as we joyfully
celebrate being followers of Jesus Christ!
Yours in Christ,
Father Brian

Significant Anniversary Events


Throughout The Year

50 Acts of Love, an ongoing program consisting of projects of mercy and hope that benefit our congregation, the archdiocese and the surrounding community. Sponsored by the Christian Service Commission, 50 Acts of Love commemorates our parish’s 50 years of service to the community.

January 7-8, 2017

Anniversary Launch. Receptions after each mass, to inaugurate activities and events.

February 4, 2017*

Annual Wine Tasting. An evening of elegance which benefits OCIMA.

April 29, 2017*

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.* Long-time parish volunteers will be given special recognition.

May 7, 2017*

Spring Tea and Boutique Sponsored by the Social Commission; all revenue after expenses will be donated to selected parish charities.

June 25, 2017*

Celebratory Mass at 11:30. Archbishop Allen Vigneron will preside and Mass will be followed by a reception in the Parish Hall, extending outside. Parish Founders (current members of the parish who registered from June of 1967 through December of 1968) will be honored at this Mass and at a brunch earlier that week.

July 23, 2017*

Family Festival. This event is sponsored by the Social Commission and includes fun, food and games for children and adults, along with a silent auction.

September 9-10, 2017*
40th Anniversary of Fr. Brian’s Ordination.
Saturday: Reception/Dinner for parish adults, Fr. Brian’s former parishioners, classmates, family and friends.
Sunday: Reception/Brunch for parish families with small children and teenagers.

Parish Pictorial Directory – Golden Anniversary Edition will include anniversary year events.

May, 2017: Parishioner Photo Sessions
December, 2017: Publication

*Reservations or tickets required.

We encourage all parishioners to participate in events, activities and projects throughout the Golden Anniversary year. Keep informed by checking . . . this website and the Weekly Church Bulletin.

We Honor Our Founders

The following are the Founding members of St. Irenaeus.  They registered with the parish between its initiation on June 21th 1967 and December of 1968 and remain members of the congregation.   Their dedication, extra effort and hard work turned this mission church into the successful, welcoming parish we know today.

Shirley Brown
William and Barbara Connors
Henry and Karen DeGrendel
Dr. Peter and Lois Duhamel
Randy Evans
Joan Gadoua
Donna Harder
Shawn Harris
Lillian Hund
Patrick Hund
Bob and Be Jasinski
Lynn and Patricia Jenkins
Sally Kabodian
Bernie Kovaleski
Henry Klebans
Nancy Knittter
Edward and Dolores Kristofik, Jr.
John and Yvonne Lelli
Elaine McLean
Sam and Karen Mandalari
John and Diane Martin
Margaret Murasky
Gilda Polselli
Angela Rogers
Harold and Gladys Schell
Leta Schmitt
Mary Schmitt Preston
Richard and Delores Valentine
Dorothy VanDevelder

Our Anniversary Celebration Begins

Following the masses on Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8, we launched our Golden Anniversary celebratory year.  The event was open all parishioners and hosted by our Pastor, Fr. Brian, the Parish Council, the Anniversary Steering Committee and Parish Staff.  Guests were treated to refreshments, live music and the beginning panels of an anniversary historical display which will develop throughout the year.    This was also an opportunity for parishioners to obtain information and sign up for various volunteer activities which will be going on throughout the year.   Attendees were generous with their positive comment and we hope to build parishioner involvement as we move forward.