How Does One Become a Catholic??


St. Irenaeus welcomes with joy those who wish to return to the church of their baptism or to join us in embracing Jesus Christ for the first time! It is an honor and a privilege for us to share our faith with you. Your questions and inquiries will always be respectfully received by the Pastor and staff. Come join us in prayer and see what blessings will be yours.

The Catholic Church warmly welcomes new members and tries to provide an appropriate spiritual formation according to the person’s needs.  Through the Catechumenate the church encourages an ongoing conversion to Jesus Christ and the reign of God he proclaimed.

RCIA is the process through which church ministers assist adults who were previously baptized in another Christian tradition or who were not previously baptized to prepare for full initiation into the Catholic Church. RCIA includes the sacraments of baptism (if not yet baptized), confirmation, and the Eucharist.

If you have any questions about RCIA please contact, Pat Egan-Myers at (248) 651-2443 Ext. 115

Special Needs Prayer Group

On the 2nd Saturday of the month, beginning on October 8, 2016 we are beginning a prayer and reflection time for those with Special Needs. It includes an open and closing prayer led by one of our special needs guests, acting out Scripture with our guests being the characters in the story, crafts, music, and snacks. The event lasts from 1 to 2:30 p.m. You will see lots of smiles from both our guests and those who assist! Come join us to help make this happen!

Contact Deacon John,, if you have any questions or would like to be a helper for this ministry.

Thursday Morning Scripture Study

This lively group of men and women reflects on the Sunday Readings which inspire thought-provoking discussions and reflections about the meaning of these texts in relation to the church of today, the economy, the role of government and the role of political leaders.

The Bible Project

I invite those members of our community who don’t have time to come to classes to take time studying the Word of God. This project has hundreds of videos on the scriptures. The Bible is one unified story that leads to Jesus, but we don’t always treat it that way. At the Bible Project , we make animated videos that explore the books and themes of the Bible.
These videos are usually 10 minutes long. There are study guides you can access.

These videos will help study at home by yourself or with friends.
It has biblical themes as well as going through each book of the bible.

We promise you this is a great way to learn the bible in a simple and clear manner!

The Bible Project Website

Men’s Saturday Prayer Group

Scheduled on First and Third Saturdays of the Month


Activities Building, Rooms 9 & 11

Contact: Deacon John Wright, 248-670-7114

Scriptures are from the readings we will hear at the Sunday liturgies for that weekend. Books that include those readings and commentary are available for you to have and take home.  We read, share, and pray about how the Scriptures touch our lives today. Please join us!       

Fall/ Early Winter Schedule

September 17th
October 1st
October 15th
November 12th
November 19th
(November needs to be scheduled on the 2nd and 3rd Saturdays)
December 3rd
December 17th


ChristLife is a joyful experience where participants can explore the meaning of life and consider how and where Jesus fits into their life, including a faith encounter with the Holy Spirit.  This series is for anyone with an open mind and heart who wishes to explore, revitalize or deepen their faith.  Whether certain, uncertain, struggling with faith, or wishing to grow as a disciple of Christ – this program is for you! The potentially life-changing program consists of three critical elements: discover, follow, and share.

Discovering Christ
is an experience where anyone and everyone, from the baptized in the pews to the unbaptized, is invited to hear the Good News and personally encounter Jesus Christ. Discovering Christ helps people enter into or renew a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, experience the love of God the Father, and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to live as God’s children.  Discovering Christ consists of seven weekly sessions and a retreat day. The weekly sessions include four components: a meal, prayer time, a video teaching, and small group discussion.

Following Christ
helps those who have completed Discovering Christ to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. This is accomplished through the grace of God by praying together, teaching, and supporting one another in some of the basic disciplines and truths practiced by Christians since the early Church. The small groups formed in Discovering Christ are a key component going forward on this spiritual journey.

Sharing Christ
focuses on personal or friendship evangelization, sharing our relationship with Jesus in our daily encounters with people. The course helps to develop an attitude of the heart to be open to share the Good News anytime and anywhere.  Again, the small groups continue forward to support each other in this evangelization effort. This session ends with a “Commissioning Ceremony” at a Mass to go forth and spread the Good News as Disciples of Christ.

Find out more! Join us!

Discovering Christ

Informational videos:

View Video 1  View Video 2

Contact:  Susan Kowalski (248) 651-1577.

Seasonal Adult Formation Classes

Throughout the year, special classes are offered. As information becomes available, it will be published here.

Lenten Programs

Evangelization Movies and Speakers

The Evangelization Committee at St. Irenaeus periodically offers adult formation opportunities to help people better understand their faith.  The activities offered are not structured classroom type activities but entertainment orientated learning experiences that explain the Catholic faith and prepare adults to be more comfortable talking about it.

We have offered the following special showings of multi-segment Catholic programs:

The ten part “Catholicism” series by Bishop Robert Barron

The eight part “Footprints of God” series by Mr. Steve Ray

Speaker events have featured Deacon Alex Jones (convert from the Pentecostal tradition) and several appearances by Mr. Steve Ray.  Steve is an accomplished speaker, tour guide, author and producer of Catholic materials and a convert from the Baptist tradition.

In addition, “inspirational” Movie nights are held that feature movies with faith-filled themes.

Marriage Enrichment


The following is a beautiful poem by Susan Polis Schutz entitled, Marriage is Two People Sharing Everything in Life.

In marriage
two people share
all their dreams and goals
their weaknesses and strengths

In marriage
two people share
all the joys and sadnesses of life
and all the supreme pleasures

In marriage
two people share
all of their emotions and feelings
all of their tears and laughter

Marriage is the most
fulfilling relationship
one can have
and the love that you share
as husband and wife
is beautifully forever

This poem points out how loving couples share everything and live a close life.  Marriages are enriched by the closeness of the couple with each other and with their Lord.  Couples share their fears, joys, and emotions with each other.  The St Irenaeus Marriage Enrichment Committee provides programs, events, and Christian support to enhance their closeness and to renew their marriages.

Remember, growth requires nurturing and maintenance.

Deacon Ron and Dee Valade

Reflection on Sunday

“Mercy Is…” A Reflection on the Year of Mercy

Creative Voice

Preaching Resources
Coming to Commitment
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus, Then Us – But Mary First
Taste and See

Lenten & Easter & Other Scripture Reflections

2020 Lenten Programs