Wednesday, May 1, 2024

St. Joseph, the worker

Happy Feast of St. Joseph, the Worker!

When tackling projects at St. Irenaeus Chapel, St. Joseph is invoked under this title – asking “all for Jesus, all through Mary, all in imitation of Thee.”

This prayer is posted in the St. Irenaeus kitchen.

St. Joseph, ora pro nobis!

Recent Accomplishments

During this Easter season, some quiet tasks have been done:

  • A major support beam was secured in the basement.
  • Volunteers ripped up carpet in the nave and moved pews, again!
  • The plumbing for a downstairs restroom is awaiting city permit.
  • An entry door was improved.
  • The new steeple crosses were repainted for a uniform finish.
  • And always…mowing and trimming – nearly a city block worth!

Looking Toward Summer

These are the big things to anticipate in the near future:

  • New flooring installed in the nave
  • New oak pews installed in late July
  • Mass planned for August 15 – the Assumption

A Glance Back In Time

If you have stories or photos about St. Irenaeus, please submit them to  

This photo was submitted by a Clinton native.  It is joy to see old photos come in, as they help to put history and details together.   The son of the couple shared this story:

“At the end of WWII my father came home from the war and my parents got married. Only, twist was that my mother did not want to get married that first year as everyone was getting married and she wanted to be different. When they went to get married, St. Irenaeus was in the process of [see below].  Of course no services were being held at the church do to the ongoing construction. My mother spent one afternoon talking to the priest and somehow she changed his mind for her wedding to be held in the church. Attached is a photo from the wedding with scaffolding in the background.” 

This excerpt describes the restoration work done in 1947, from page 27 of the St. Irenaeus Centennial Celebration booklet, found in full here.

May God Reward You

A small amount is still needed for the pew and flooring project.

This restoration is done all for the glory of God, and all by you, its generous benefactors.  Thank you.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Come To Mass

Easter Wednesday, April 3rd at 6:00 p.m.

Easter Thursday, April 4th at 7:00 a.m.

A simple supper with cold meat sandwiches will follow in the basement on Wednesday evening. Please bring a side dish to share.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Come for stations

Pray the last Stations of the Cross of this Lenten season.    This Friday at 6 p.m. at St. Irenaeus Chapel.

Go to confession

As we approach the Easter season, we recall the precepts of the Church, instructing the faithful to:
1) To assist at Mass on all Sundays and holydays of obligation.
2) To fast and abstain on the days appointed.
3) To confess our sins at least once a year.
4) To receive Holy Communion during Easter time.
5) To contribute to the support of the Church.
6) To observe the laws of the church concerning marriage.

Before approaching the tribunal of Penance, the penitent must make an examination of conscience, with a carefully effort to remember all the sins committed since his last confession. It is particularly necessary to confess the mortal sins committed after Baptism that have not yet been directly forgiven by the power of the keys.

In order to make a good examination of conscience, the penitent will invoke God’s help:

O Holy Ghost, eternal source of light, dispel the shadows that hide from me the ugliness and malice of sin. Give me so great a horror for sin, O my God, that I may hate it, if possible, as much as Thou dost hate it, and that I may fear nothing so much as to commit it again.

He will carefully recall to mind the sins he has committed by thought, word, action or omission against the commandments of God and of the Church, and against his duty of state. He will mention the circumstances that could make a venial sin mortal, the number of times the sins were committed, the harm caused, etc.

If he has any trouble entering into his inner self, the penitent will not hesitate to seek help, either by using a missal or prayer book or by asking the priest to help him, always asking God and especially the Holy Ghost to help him see his faults and negligence more clearly.

Source:, 11-15-2018

For those in the Clinton area, confessions are regularly heard at Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace:
Monday 7:00 AM
Friday 7:00 AM
Saturday 4:00 PM
First Saturday of the month 8 AM and 4 PM 
Second Sunday of the month (with Spanish available) 2:30 PM
or by appointment by calling the parish office: 563-242-3311

plan to attend Mass

Easter Wednesday, April 3rd at 6:00 p.m.

Easter Thursday, April 4th at 7:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Two HOly MasseS

in the Octave of Easter

Holy Masses will be said at St. Irenaeus Church by Fr. Bernard Bevan, SSPX, during the Octave of Easter on: 

More details forthcoming.

One Row to Go!

Monday, February 19, 2024

The Way of the Cross

Join us on Fridays during Lent, 6 - 7 p.m.

You are invited to St. Irenaeus Catholic Church on Friday evenings during Lent at 6 p.m. to pray the Stations of the Cross – “to weep and atone for our sins, understand Our Lady’s sorrow, pray with the Church, contemplate Our Lord as Eucharistic Victim, accept the Will of God, prepare for judgment, and love our neighbor.” 

We will be using the St. Alphonsus version, similar to pages 1-18 found here.

A Look Back to May 27, 2022

The Third Station: Jesus Falls the First Time

The Twelfth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross

Just a little left to fill!

Monday, February 12, 2024

Smiles All the Way Around

From serving and entertaining guests, to demo and detail work, there is joy in the work done at St. Irenaeus – all for the greater glory of God.

valentine Supper

The St. Irenaeus Youth Group organized a formal supper for benefactors, and as a fundraiser for new pews.   The young adults prepared the menu, decorated the venue, served tables and entertained their guests – with smiles all throughout. 

A big, big thank you to The Dutch Oven Co. for their good guidance, contributions and encouragement in the project!


While we pray and wait for a priest to be assigned, we work to make St. Irenaeus Catholic Church Mass-ready for future generations.

How can you help?    See the current PEW CAMPAIGN at bottom of this post!

For a Night View

The Crucifixion scene window received its own ceiling light and automatic timer.  It will now be illuminated during the night-time hours and visible to North 2nd Street.

Hidden Work

Much time has been spent above the nave to arrange wiring for additional lights and ceiling fans. In addition, volunteers constructed a catwalk to span the length of the building to better navigate the rafters.  More time will be spent in this area for smoke and fire alarm necessities.

Paint, Paint, Paint

Volunteers spent many, many hours freshening up St. Irenaeus with new paint.  The old paint was from 1947; it was aged, cracked, and had accumulated decades of dust.  With careful preparation, patience and good help, the painting was done well and for a fraction of the potential cost.

Ceiling Fans

Three 80″ ceiling fans were hung to keep air circulating in the nave.  This will keep heat from being lost at the ceiling level.


Upon inspection, this pillar in the basement was in very poor condition.  It was not steel like the others.  Outside it appeared to be sturdy block, but inside it was failing limestone. 

Temporary Support

A temporary structure was built to carry the weight while the old pillar is removed.  You can see here that it must support two, large weight-bearing beams.  

A Great Workday

Ten men volunteered 50 hours to demo the failing, limestone pillar.  It was sectioned off with plastic to control debris. Noteworthy: On this workday there were three father/son teams, and souls from California to Chicago!

Heavy Lifting

The scale of the building doesn’t accurately show the amount of debris that was hauled out in buckets.   It was a lot!

A Clean Cut

A wet saw and vacuum was used to neatly cut the floor and to dig one foot below the pillar area. New concrete will be poured for reinforcement.

Going Forward

A portion of the ladies bathroom wall was also removed in the demo.  This will allow better door placement and use of space.  Here, three toilets are being marked on the floor.

Professional Help

A father/son team gave 16 hours of labor to move an electrical box out of the kitchen and into a more practical place.  This amount of skill, strength and effort is greatly appreciated! 


New in a Sacristy

A new exterior door in the south sacristy took two professionals most of the day to install, and adds much light to the once-dark corner.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Stephen Jeffrey and Helene Zielinski were married at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church on June 1, 1968.

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First Sundays: To Pray for Vocations

By the prayers of the mothers in Lu, Italy, 323 vocations came out of their community.  May parents, grandparents and Godparents raise up children so that they might say “yes” to His call.

O God, grant that one of my children may become a priest or religious! I myself want to live as a good Christian, and want to guide my children always to do what is right, so that I may receive the grace, O God, to be allowed to give You a holy priest or religious! Amen.


To be offered daily, along with Holy Communion on the First Sunday of each month. It may be prayed at the communion rail after Mass.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Happy New Year!

Currently, 13 1/2 rows of the 19 1/2 rows are filled.

Thank you, benefactors!