Our welcoming Christian community of St. Irenaeus Parish inspired by the words of our patron - "Humankind fully alive is God truly glorified" - journeys together to bring the love of Christ to all in our parish family through worship, faith formation, social justice, and loving service while reaching out to the broader community.

Masses and Services for Holy Week and Easter will be streamed online on the Parish Twitter page at www.twitter.com/st_irenaeus.


All Masses and Services will also be recorded. Links will be posted here on the Parish website.

  • Palm Sunday Liturgy - April 5 - 9:30am
  • Holy Thursday - Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper - April 9 - 7:30pm;
  • Good Friday - Commemoration of the Lord's Passion -  April 10 - 3:00pm 
  • Easter Sunday Liturgy -  April 12 - 9:30am



  • Online at GiveCentral - https://www.givecentral.org/location/410
  • Checks may be mailed or dropped off at the Parish office at the following address: 
    St Irenaeus Church
    78 Cherry Street
    Park Forest, Illinois 60466

Download Holy Week and Easter schedule.

Shelter-in-place order for State of Illinios

Effective 3/21/2020

Governor Pritzker has just announced a mandatory shelter-in-place order for the State of Illinois. What this means for our parishes is that effective 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21 through Tuesday, April 7, 2020:

  1. All churches and adoration chapels must be closed and locked until the order is lifted by the governor. Private prayer in any parish building must be discontinued until the order is lifted.
  2. There can be no live Stations of the Cross or any other gatherings anywhere on parish/school property, nor can any parish personnel be involved in organizing them on any other site.
  3. All weddings and baptisms must be postponed and can be re-scheduled only once the order is lifted. There are no exceptions to this, regardless of the size of the group. However, in case of an extreme emergency for baptism, please seek the permission of your bishop.
  4. Funerals and wakes must be postponed until the order is lifted.
  5. Parish offices must be closed until the governor’s order is lifted. Voicemails may be left at 708-748-6891.

Note: Priests can – and are encouraged – to continue celebrating Mass privately and to livestream their Masses for their parishioners, if possible. Moreover, anointing of the sick and confession/absolution guidelines will be forthcoming.


Mass and Gathering Suspensions
due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)


In keeping with the guidelines established by the Archdiocese of Chicago policy St Irenaeus will suspend public liturgies, including daily Masses.

We will live stream Mass for Palm Sunday, April 5, at 9:30am. Visit our Twitter page on Sunday to join us! https://twitter.com/st_irenaeus/ or tune in on our YouTube Channel.

For previous masses, find the links in the gray "Recorded Mass" box on the right side of the page. You can find the homilies on this page https://stirenaeuschurch.com/documents/collection/homilies

Visitors should be able to view the stream without needing a Twitter account. 

Other Changes

  1. St Irenaeus Church has suspended all Religious Education classes until further notice.
  2. The Lenten Fish Fry Dinners are suspended until further notice.
  3. St Irenaeus/Catholic Charities Procedure Changes, effective March 21, 2020 can be found on the Food Pantry Page.
  4. Our Tuesday evening Lenten Series is canceled. 
  5. All Lenten Faith Sharing groups are canceled.
  6. Stations of the Cross are canceled. 

To read the full statement from the Archdiocese please go to this link: https://www.archchicago.org/en/statement/-/article/2020/03/13/statement-of-the-archdiocese-of-chicago-on-the-suspension-of-public-celebration-of-mass-the-temporary-closure-of-archdiocesan-schools-the-pastoral-cen

Emergency Food Program

Rich Township High School District 227
COVID-19 School Closing Food Service Program


Our Lenten Journey with Jesus through Prayer Series - canceled


Lenten Fish Fry Dinners


Protecting God's Children (VIRTUS) 

St. Irenaeus was scheduled to host a session of Protecting God’s Children (VIRTUS) Training on Sunday, March 22, 2020, from Noon until 3:00pm. Due to the Coronvavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, this live session has been canceled.

In lieu of this live meeting, pre-registered participants may register for another live session after April 1, 2020 or choose to participate in an online format of the training. Pre-registered participants were sent an email directly from Virtus with this updated information. 

For questions about the course or assistance in registering for the training, contact the session facilitator, Karen Hoogland, via email at irenaeus78@gmail.com. 


Why We Love St Irenaeus

Many of our parishioners shared why they love St Irenaeus. Click play to learn why!


Video is from the presentation, Climate Change: The Issues, the Consequences, the Challenges, sponsored by the Park Forest People of Faith, held at St. Irenaeus Church on Sunday, June 23, 2019. Keynote speaker: WGN-TV/Channel 9 Meteorologist, Tom Skilling






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We will live stream Mass for the Palm Sunday,
April 5, at 9:30am

Live stream links will be at the top of the Twitter page. Twitter user account is NOT required to view videos.


Wed. April 1
Daily Mass
Full Mass

Tues. March 31

Daily Mass
Full Mass

Mon. March 30
Daily Mass
Full Mass

Sun. March 29
5th Sunday of Lent
Full Mass - Twitter
Full Mass - YouTube

Fri. March 27
Daily Mass
Full Mass

Thurs. March 26
Daily Mass
Full Mass

Wed. March 25
Daily Mass - Annunciation of the Lord
Full Mass

Tues. March 24
Daily Mass
Full Mass

Mon. March 23

Daily Mass
Full Mass

Sun. March 22
4th Sunday of Lent
Part 1
Part 2

Sun. March 15
3rd Sunday of Lent
Full Mass


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