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Mary O'Hara in 1995. Photo courtesy of her son, George O'Hara.

In memoriam: Mary O’Hara, 1926-2015

In Memoriam: Mary O’Hara, January 24, 1926-February 17, 2015 Family members and friends gathered at St. Irenaeus Church in Cypress over two days to celebrate the life of Cypress resident Mary O’Hara, a St. Irenaeus parishio...
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Nativity built and installed by Paul Lussman at St. Irenaeus Church in Cypress. Courtesy photo.

St. Irenaeus Parish receives outdoor nativity as gift from neighbor

Paul Lussman, a down-the-street neighbor of St. Irenaeus Parish Church in Cypress, constructed a life-sized outdoor nativity scene and donated it this Christmas season to the Church. As is common in nativity scenes, Mr. Lussman...
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Pictured at the Dec. 20, 2014, Christmas Food Distribution Day at the H.O.P.E. Food Bank by the garages at St. Irenaeus Church is parishioner Janet Pedneault with the canned hams and turkeys that were either donated by parishioners or bought by H.O.P.E. Photo by Edna Ethington.

HOPE gives out food and gifts for Christmas

Volunteers of H.O.P.E. (Help Other People Every Day), the area Food Bank on St. Irenaeus Church grounds in Cypress, have been working for months to prepare for the extra special Christmas distribution of food and Christmas gift...
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St. Irenaeus parishioner Santa John Lewallen waves as he walks the hallways of Karlton Care Center in Anaheim on Dec. 17, 2014, delivering gift bags to bedridden residents. Photo by David Ethington.

St. Irenaeus delivers Christmas gifts and cheer to home-bound parishioners and care center residents

Health Ministry members of St. Irenaeus Church in Cypress started working on their Annual Giving Tree Community Outreach Project early in November. The project depended on the assistance of many people to successfully share the...
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The Filipino Choir sings Christmas songs in Tagalog at Noel Night at St. Irenaeus Church on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. The Choir is directed by Virginia Coquia and accompanied by Rhenee Ferrer. Photos and I.D. courtesy of David and Edna Ethington.

Save the Date: St. Irenaeus Choirs presents annual Noel Night concert Dec. 5

The Choirs of St. Irenaeus will present their annual Christmas concert, Noel Night, on Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. It promises to be a wonderful evening with beautiful songs of the season sung in a variety of styles by the pari...
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Pictured at the September 20, 2014, H.O.P.E. Luncheon Fundraiser at the home of Mary Jo and Roberto Velasco is H.O.P.E. Board Chair Mary Ellen Oves explaining the charitable and philanthropic work that H.O.P.E. does. Seated at right are Fr. Patrick Moses, Pastor of St. Irenaeus Church in Cypress, and parishioner Carol Reed. Photo by Edna Ethington.

Birthday party raises money for HOPE food bank

A person celebrating a birthday often receives gifts on his or her birthday, but Mary Jo Velasco of La Palma had a unique celebration of her birthday on Sept. 20, 2014. She and her husband, Roberto (aka Bert) hosted a fundraisi...
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Facade of St. Irenaeus Church in Cypress, CA.

St. Irenaeus Parish invites caregivers to participate in workshop

Claudia Ellano-Ota, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Director of the Orange County Caregiver Resource Center and the Brain Injury Network at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, will be the guest speaker at the thi...
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Claudia Ellano-Ota

Workshop to help ‘sandwich generation’ learn to care smarter, not harder

St. Irenaeus Health Ministry will sponsor a Worshop for Caregivers on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at St. Irenaeus Parish Hall, 5201 Evergreen Ave., Cypress, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Claudia Ellano-Ota, a Licensed Clinical Social Wor...
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Facade of St. Irenaeus Church in Cypress, CA.

Study the Gospel of Mark at St. Irenaeus beginning Sept. 23

A new ten-week session of Bible study on The Gospel according to Mark will begin at St. Irenaeus Parish on Tuesday, Sept 23, from 10 a.m. to noon. St. Irenaeus is hosting Dr. Bill Creasy’s weekly series on The Bible. Dr. Drea...
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Facade of St. Irenaeus Church in Cypress, CA.

St. Irenaeus holding World Day of the Sick Anointing Mass

St. Irenaeus Health Ministry invites all who are ill, including families, friends, neighbors and community members, to come to our World Day of the Sick Anointing Mass on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Irena...
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Newly assigned parochial vicar Father Martin Nguyen on the patio of St. Irenaeus Church in Cypress on Sunday, Juloy 6, 2014. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

New parochial vicar introduced at St. Irenaeus Parish

July is the month for new assignments in the Diocese of Orange. Accordingly, parishioners attending Mass this weekend at St. Irenaeus in Cypress have met Father Martin Nguyen, newly assigned parochial vicar. Father Nguyen was b...
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Pictured are four of the Super Hero Winners at the St. Irenaeus Fiesta of Super Heroes on June 22, 2014. Left to right are “Wondergirl” Sarah, “Thor” Brycen, “Spiderman” Luke, and “Spidergirl” Eloise.

St. Irenaeus Fiesta award-winners announced

St. Irenaeus Church in Cypress celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Annual Parish Fiesta with three days of food, fun and festivities on June 20, 21 and 22, 2014. The parish grounds were filled with exciting carnival rides, c...
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Helping Other People Everyday (H.O.P.E.), an outreach of St. Irenaeus Church

Eat at Hof’s Hut this week to raise money for H.O.P.E.

Please come to Hof’s Hut in Los Alamitos at 10900 Los Alamitos Blvd. on May 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2014 to help raise funds for H.O.P.E. (Help Other People Every Day)! H.O.P.E. is the non-profit group that is in charge of th...
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Facade of St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, Cypress, CA

The Book of Exodus with Dr. Bill Creasy

Study the books of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation with Dr. Bill Creasy! St. Irenaeus Parish, along with other parishes in Southern California, will host Dr. Bill Creasy leading a study of Exodus from the Old Testament. Dr...
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