Weekday Mass Schedule
All Masses at 8:30 am
Monday, Thursday & Friday in the School Chapel
Tuesday's Mass will be held in Church
The Teachings of the Catholic Church by T. Meagher
Mr. T. Meagher has written
nearly 180 short, apologetic style articles, one for each Sunday of
the Church’s 3 year calendar. Each article
will explain a doctrine or teaching of the Church taken from the 1st
or 2nd Reading or the Gospel and every article has been approved for
truth and content by Dr. Robert Fastiggi, the Censor for the AOD.
If any doubt arises with regard to the teachings of the church, please
email your bulletin editor, Pastor or Associate Pastor.
2:13-18 – 16th
Sunday Ordinary Time
Working of the Holy Spirit”
In today’s second reading we see the part played by the Holy Spirit
in the work of salvation. Prior to Christ’s coming, mankind was
excluded from heaven, the gates of heaven were closed. The words “in
one Spirit” (v18), besides identifying the access route to the
Father, implies two additional facts. First, the mysterious union which
binds all Christians together is caused by the action of the Holy Spirit
who acts in them. Second, this same Holy Spirit is inseparable from the
Father and the Son because all three share the same divine nature, always
present and continually active, yet distinct. In the 3rd century St.
Irenaeus wrote “…where the Church is, there is the Spirit
of God; and where the Spirit of God is, there is the Church and the fullness
of grace” (Against Heresies, III, 24). St. Augustine called the
Holy Spirit the “soul” of the Church (Sermo, 267, 4).
Marriage and the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has tragically
declared that states must issue marriage licenses to two persons of
the same sex and recognize same sex “marriages” that
were contracted in another state.
This broad, adverse ruling
redefines marriage in the law throughout the entire country, changing
thousands of laws regarding marriage, family
and children and threatening religious freedom in numerous ways. “Regardless
of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment
in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged
and unchangeable.” -Archbishop Kurtz, President of the USCCB
WHAT YOU CAN DO
SACRIFICE - The Bishops have encouraged Catholics to participate
in a Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty. Visit
learn more and commit to praying and fasting for life, marriage, and
FOR MARRIAGE - Don’t
be afraid to talk about it.
Be a witness
for the truth of marriage. Take advantage of opportunities
to speak about it kindly with family, friends, neighbors or co-workers.
Be prepared for false charges of discrimination and to respond with the
following truths in charity.
What is marriage? Marriage is the permanent and exclusive union of one man and one woman,
for the good of the spouses and for the procreation and education of
children. One man, one woman, for life.
is the difference. Men
and women are equal and different. Sexual difference is essential
to marriage and raising children.
Ignoring or removing “the difference
is… the problem, not the solution” (Pope Francis).
fathers matter. They
aren’t interchangeable. While single parents and others raising
children often make heroic sacrifices and deserve support, society should
also affirm every child’s basic, natural right to come from and
be raised in the loving marital union of his or her own father and mother.
freedom - The
First Amendment Defense Act is one way that Congress is seeking to
protect religious believers
from being coerced to accept, condone,
or participate in same-sex “marriage.” The Child Welfare
Provide Inclusion Act is another important piece of legislation. Please
let your representatives know that you support this legislation through
our action center, and keep informed of other such measures.
more resources on the authentic meaning of marriage. For resources
for engaged couples and married couples,
visit www.ForYourMarriage.org and www.PorTuMatrimonio.org.
A heartfelt thank you to all those who have made a gift to the 2015
Catholic Services Appeal. As you can see, we have reached our goal with
the pledged amount, that does not mean that others cannot pledge anymore.
As we all know, anything over and above the goal will come back 100%
to the parish. So far 132 families have pledge $44,450.50 towards our
goal which is $43,382.00. There are many more families in our parish.
If you can make a onetime donation, however small it may be, it will
be greatly appreciated. If you cannot find your CSA packet or if you
have not received one, call the office and we will get a packet to you.
Vacation Bible School 2014-15
Mark your calendars !
Parish Picnic is August 30.
Time to start your walking regimen.
Fun Run/Walk & Spaghetti
Dinner is September 20th.
We Need for Help with Baptism Prep
If you have been looking for a small but rewarding way to get involved
in ministry at St. Valentine, there are immediate openings on our Baptism
prep team. The time commitment is not huge, about two hours once a month
in the evening. Classes are held the first Wednesday of each month at
7 p.m. in the rectory meeting room. If you prefer, you could approach
this as a team of two persons leading the meeting. Depending on how many
people volunteer to conduct these classes, you might be required to only
volunteer every third or fourth month. You do not need any theology classes
or special training. You will be given all the information you need and
will observe some classes before you start. Most important, is a welcoming,
friendly attitude and an ability to talk with the families. Basically,
you will be informing the parents what to expect the day of Baptism,
i.e. where to sit, what do godparents do, when to come up to the baptismal
font, how long the celebration of this sacrament takes, prayers used
during baptism, etc. In addition, a big part of your job is making the
families feel welcome and comfortable at St. Valentine, and offering
congratulations and encouragement to new parents!
If this sounds interesting at all to you, please call the rectory office
at 313-532-4394 and someone will give you more information, and answer
any questions you have. Please prayerfully consider this important means
Mrs. Maggie Neaton (In Charge of Baptism Prep)