Expand your compassion and skills by serving with others at St. Irenaeus! We have the reputation as a dynamic, involved, and generous parish in our community. Making it convenient and easy for you, our staff and parish leaders offer a wide variety of service projects throughout the year. Join in!
Christmas Helpers! (throughout December)
Help us bring Christmas to those in need! We still need back-up shoppers, gift-wrappers, and drivers to deliver gifts to local agencies. Please find the opportunity that interests you most, and spread the word!
Christmas Helpers-click here!
Works of Mercy Planning Team
Our next Works of Mercy Afternoon will take place Sunday, January 28 after the 11:30 Mass. Our planning team helps choose the projects and determine the recipients who will receive the fruit of our labor. If you would like to join the Works of Mercy planning team, or help out with pre-event preparation, please contact Cindy in the Christian Service Office at 248-656-8720, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Year’s Day Meals on Wheels Delivery
Pick up meals and a list of addresses at American House, 3741 S. Adams, Rochester Hills at 10:30 am, and bring a hot meal to seniors in the area. This is a great opportunity to involve children or do with a friend! Call Cindy for more info…
Meals on Wheels Delivery!
January 12, January 19 – all Friday evenings from 6:15 – 8:45 pm
We are seeking loving adults to help watch a group of children in the parish hall (paid position).
Contact Cindy to learn more 248-656-8720, email@example.com
Office of Christian Service
By our baptism, we are called by Christ to serve our brothers and sisters, especially the poor. We respond to the needs of others by offering the assistance they require such as food, clothing, and fellowship (charity) and by speaking up on their behalf against social conditions that may create poverty (justice). Many Christians find the call to serve easy to fulfill! It is natural that our love for the Lord and our gratitude for all the blessings he has given us produce delight in the chance to return His love by serving others. Parishioners of St. Irenaeus have a reputation for being very active, creative and generous in their outreach!
The Christian Service Office coordinates opportunities in which you can take action benefiting those in our parish and community who need our care and encouragement. The pages on our website describe the committees and main projects in which we participate. You are welcome to contact the committee / project leader for more information and to find out how you can serve. Please also check a current bulletin for upcoming efforts.
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Christian Service Commission objective:
to create and/or promote programs that strive to address human needs and achieve justice as called for by Catholic Social Teaching
Committees and Objectives
There are several specific ministries that fall under the umbrella of our Christian Service Commission, allowing us to make a significant and creative impact on our parish and community. These include: Catholic Social Teaching, Earth Ministry, Gospel of Life, Parish Health Ministry, Parish Services, Prayer Warriors, Senior Fellowship, and our newly added Special Needs Prayer Group. These committees are great ways to link your passion with a purpose!
There are many monthly and annual opportunities for meaningful service that come out of the Christian Service Office. If you would enjoy serving in a soup kitchen, making blankets for the homeless, delivering food to the homebound, blessing someone at Christmas time—or any number of different opportunities—take a peek and see how you can get involved!
Christian Service Year End Summary
Jesus explains our final judgment – the Son of Man will separate people into two groups, with the ones who inherit the kingdom of God being in the group who responded with mercy and love:
I was hungry and you gave me food…
I was thirsty and you gave me drink…
I was a stranger and you welcomed me…
I was naked and you clothed me…
I was ill and you comforted me…
I was in prison and you visited me…
(from Matthew 25:31-46)
Over the past year, our St. Irenaeus Christian Service initiatives have truly focused on fulfilling the Works of Mercy. Click on the link below to see what we did last year… and consider how you’d like to get involved this year!