Seek God’s grace through the sacraments of initiation, healing, and mission! St. Irenaeus parish joyfully walks with you as you encounter Christ in Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders.
The Sacraments are a visible sign of the invisible reality of God’s presence in our lives. They express through ritual and forms that we can see, the free and loving gift of grace of God that we cannot ‘see’.
The sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the second Sunday of each month immediately following the 11:30am Mass, except through the Lenten Season. Those families wishing to participate in this sacrament should contact the Parish Office. You will be put into contact with Deacon Ron Valade who will arrange a date and time for the Baptism and explain your need to participate in the Baptism Class.
Catholics believe that the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood we are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God. If you have questions about receiving the Eucharist, please contact the Parish Office and someone from the pastoral staff will be happy to speak with you.
Our preparation for receiving First Eucharist begins in second grade. Please click here for information on preparing for the Sacrament of First Communion.
Confirmation increases and deepens our baptismal grace through the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The Rite of Confirmation signifies the gift of the Holy Spirit as the bishop extends his hands over the candidate and anoints him/her with chrism on the forehead.
Our immediate preparation for receiving Confirmation begins in 8th grade. However, attendance and participation in the 6th and 7th grade curriculums are required prior to receiving the sacrament. Like the celebration of the sacrament of Eucharist, children are expected to attend Sunday liturgy.
The program in the 6th grade involves the study of the Old Testament and New Testament. The 7th grade studies questions about Catholicism and stories from the New Testament. All three grades have the young women and men participate in service projects and acts of charity.
The 8th grade program involves parents in meetings once a month. All sacrament are things we live and not simply get. Sacraments call us to live these realities every day. Please click here for information on preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The Rite of Reconciliation offers freedom from sin and a challenge to give the same compassion and forgiveness to others.
In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church.
At St. Irenaeus, Reconciliation is offered 3:30-4pm every Saturday. Communal Penance is offered approximately one week prior to Christmas and Easter.
Our preparation for going to Reconciliation for the first time usually is conducted in grades 2 through 4. Please click here for information on preparing for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation.
Anointing of the Sick
Through the ministry of the priest, Jesus touches the sick to heal them. The primary effect is a spiritual healing through which the person receives the Holy Spirit’s gift of peace and courage.
There is community Anointing of the Sick on the first Tuesday of each month following 8:30am Mass in the Church.
This is a sacrament of the living and anyone young, middle age, or old in years who is suffering from any mental, emotional, or physical problems or is preparing for surgery may receive it. Anointing of the Sick may be received any number of times.
Individual anointing and the Sacrament of Reconciliation for those in the hospital or home bound may be requested by calling the Parish Office.
Note-All hospitals have a Catholic Chaplin assigned; contact the Chaplin’s Office at any one of the hospitals.
The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God.
All couples planning to be married at St. Irenaeus should contact Fr. Brian Chabala or the Parish Office. You must initiate contact a minimum of six months prior to the wedding.
Valuable planning details are accessible in this Marriage in St. Irenaeus brochure.
Ordination to the priesthood is always a call and a gift from God. Those who seek priesthood respond generously to God’s call using the words of the prophet, “Here I am, send me” (Is 6:8). If you have questions about becoming a Permanent Deacon or Priest, please contact the Parish Office and Fr. Brian or one of the deacons will be happy to speak with you.