Offer your talent and energy to build up the Kingdom of God, right here at St. Irenaeus! We have a vibrant team of parish leaders who are supported and encouraged by the Pastor and staff.

Parish Pastoral Council

Rayanne Gardner, Chairperson
248-373-7372 | Rayanne@Rayanne.com

The Parish Pastoral Council is a group of parish members that serves as a consultative body to the pastor.  It brings together the visions, hopes, and needs of the congregation and translates them into parish planning. The Parish Council also serves as a bridge between the many groups that operate within St. Irenaeus; each Commission within the parish briefs the Council on its various projects, and then communicates the Council’s activities back to the Commissions. See the bulletin for a list of current parish Pastoral Council members.

Finance Council

Mark Gardner, Chairperson
248-373-7372| mark@mggardner.com

The Finance Council is comprised of active parish members acting in an advisory capacity to the Pastor, Parish Council and staff in the administration of the resources of the parish.  The Finance Council oversees all financial and administrative operations of the parish including the budget, normal operating expenses, capital repairs and improvements and plans for the long term stability of the parish.


Commissions and committees are comprised of parishioners who help plan, lead, and give life to the activities, events, and mission of our parish.  Any interested parishioner is welcome to attend meetings and get involved.

Full list of Commissions/Committees


Our staff is ready to assist you! Please contact us if you have questions, suggestions, or need a helping hand.

Staff Directory

Time and Talent Survey

Many of those who worship at St. Irenaeus also express their faith, skills, and creativity through volunteering and leading. Whether you have a couple of hours once-a-year or a few hours each week, you will find a myriad of opportunities through St. Irenaeus to serve fellow parishioners or folks in our community. Look over the Time & Talent survey – it’s the best way to let us know what you want to be involved in!

Time and Talent Survey

Leadership Resources


St. Irenaeus hosted its 5th annual Leadership Conference on September 10, 2017 – “Live It! Love It! Share It!”. Our sincere thanks to the many parish leaders who were able to attend this valuable workshop to improve our communication, planning, and sharing!

Here are links to some of the Parish Leadership Resources distributed at the conference and used throughout the year:

Bulletin Instructions and AdvertisingPolicy on Use of Church FacilitiesActivity Setup Request FormStandard Set Up for Parish Hall Parish Hall Floor PlanSt. I Kitchen PoliciesAccessing Maintenance and Financial SupportsToshiba Copier Policy Parish Website Guidelines

Archdiocese of Detroit Synod 16 Update (November 18-20):


I would like to begin by expressing how honored, privileged, and humbled I am to have participated in the Archdiocese of Detroit Synod 16. This was the first Synod held in our Archdiocese since 1969. Synod attendees comprised a large cross section of people from clergy, laity, some who had participated in the 1969 Synod, Youth (youngest aged 17), Catholic organization representatives, Catholic schools and Seminaries, and all ethnicities from southeast Michigan, gathering at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit, to discuss the various propositions raised during the Data Gathering Sessions held at each parish. You may have participated in one of these sessions here at St. Irenaeus and I can assure you your voices have been heard!

The Synod began each day with a mass at the beautiful St. Aloysius church a block away from the Book Cadillac. After prayerfully asking the Holy Spirit to guide our sessions, we returned to the Westin to begin diligently working on the various propositions, which were: the Individual, the Family, the Parish, and the Archdiocese Central Services. We met in small groups according to parish regional demographics, and after reaching consensus, each table presented their conclusions to the Archbishop and the others in the large ballroom. I was privileged to be the spokesperson for my regional small group, and therefore, presented my table’s findings to the entire Synod. What an honor!

One of the many highlights of the Synod for me was at the closing mass when Cardinal Maida addressed the congregation. This was a rare occurrence for Cardinal Maida to speak publicly since his retirement as shepherd of the Archdiocese of Detroit. The Cardinal noted that there had been 10 Synods since the Diocese of Detroit was formally established in 1883, with each and every one having its own specific purpose and impact on Catholicism in southeast Michigan. He said to the Synod members. “Through the Holy Spirit, you’re forming the Church for the future, and I pray that you’re successful, as there probably will not be another Synod here in our lifetimes.”

The results of the Synod will now be taken and prayerfully studied to determine what the next steps are to be. Archbishop Vigneron, as well as all the Synod members, are committed to keeping the Synod in our hearts and minds. “This is about a total mobilization; that’s what the Synod does. It’s different even from a kind of massive strategic planning event, because it engages the whole diocese,” Archbishop Vigneron said. As written in the recent Michigan Catholic article on the Synod, “Archbishop Vigneron said he wanted to be careful that the Synod would not arrive “stillborn” after the months of careful planning and discernment. To do that, he said, he and his leadership team will work to keep communicating in the weeks and months ahead as a plan of action is developed.”

As updates become available I will be sure to share them with you. If you wish to read more about Synod 16 please pick up a copy of the Michigan Catholic or go online to www.themichigancatholic.org. Please continue to pray for the success of Synod 16 as the work carries on and until the results are announced on Pentecost Sunday 2017!

May God bless you and our Archdiocese of Detroit.

Susan Kowalski, Synod 16 Member