A Message from our Pastor and Principal
Welcome to St. Irenaeus Parish School! As pastor of St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, I welcome you to our parish school website. I hope that you will find this website both useful and informative for all of the events, activities, educational curriculum and other links vital for a well informed and vibrant community of students, parents, teachers who are supported by our parishioners and dedicated community leaders.
In 2011, we celebrated our 50th anniversary as a parish! One of our exemplary ministries has been our parish school wherein children are educated in the faith, arts, and sciences. At St. Irenaeus Parish School we are dedicated to developing life-long learners who live their faith through commitment to Catholic values, stewardship, and academic excellence.
I am so proud of our students, our teachers, our families; the traditions that reflect our past and the Spirit that promises a future filled with hope and promise. With Mrs. Darlene Hembreiker as principal, we begin a new era of communication and dialogue between the parish, school, parents and all who share our dedication to Catholic education.
I sincerely believe that a parish is most vibrant when it has a parish school which is a sign of hope and promise in our midst. The presence of a school community enriches our daily prayer life and brings a unique vitality to parish life. Whether it is a special liturgical celebration, studying Scripture, providing food for the homeless, having a school as part of our parish has made us richer and allowed us to deepen our investment in the future. I look forward to working with all of you this coming school year.
I am yours in Christ,
Fr. Patrick Moses, Pastor
When I came to St. Irenaeus School as a teacher 25 years ago, I experienced first-hand that being a Catholic school encompassed more than just teaching Religion. Our students embraced the many opportunities to develop their faith – by taking on service projects as outreach to those in need, by beginning each day with prayer and special intentions, by “giving alms” during the seasons of Christmas and Easter, and most of all, by being kind and loving to one another. Our school families were involved in all aspects of the school, from helping with classroom retreats, serving on various committees and boards, serving at student body masses, and providing spiritual opportunities for parents to grow in their faith.
We continue to see this special bond as our families support one another in times of joy and sorrow, from providing meals to families experiencing health challenges, to offering a friendly hand to new families through our Adopt-a-Family program. Catholic Identity is indeed alive and well at our school-and I am privileged to share in this special community of “Faith-Filled Active Catholics”.
Darlene Hembreiker, Principal