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Welcome to St. Valentine's Web Site. As a faith-filled community located in Redford Township MI, we are celebrating our 66th Anniversary as a parish. Fr. Socorro Fernandes, SAC, is our Pastor and Fr. Henry Rebello, SAC, is our Associate Pastor.

Mass Times

Saturday Mass time is at 5:00 p.m.
Our Sunday Masses are at 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.


Confessions every Saturday at 3:30 pm in Church

Weekday Mass Schedule
All Masses at 8:30 am
Monday, Thursday & Friday in the School Chapel
Tuesday's Mass will be held in Church


AWAIT & Prepare !

Evening Prayer Services at 5 pm in the Chapel on the Sundays of Advent
except for December 14th. On that day, there will be a
Festival of Prayer and Carols at 7 pm in the Church.


Third Sunday of Advent—Gaudete (“Rejoice”) Sunday

The story is told about a young man coming out from the Mass in a Church one day. The priest pulled him aside and said: “My child, you need to join the army of the Lord!” the young man answered. “I’m already in the Army of the Lord, Father.”

“How come I don’t see you except at Christmas and at Easter?” the priest asked. “I’m in the Secret Service, Father,” he whispered in reply.

Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of the Lord: His coming to us sacramentally at Christmas, His coming to us individually at the end of our lives and His coming to us collectively at the end of time. That is why in the First Sunday of Advent, we talked about preparation by being watchful because we do not know when Christ will come again, in other words, the key word in this First Sunday of Advent was the word W-A-T-C-H or let us watch our Words, Actions, Thoughts, Character and Heart. In the Second Sunday, we also talked about how to prepare and be watchful and that is preparing the way of the Lord by way of repentance. Today’s, Third Sunday of Advent talks about Christ’s Coming or His presence among us especially nowadays.

The reason why, nowadays, we could not recognize Jesus as our Lord and Messiah, it is because like the Jews in Jesus’ time, we have definite ideas that Messiah would suddenly descend from heaven. So when finally Jesus came, born of a woman like every other person, they could not recognize Him. He was too ordinary and too unimpressive. In our case, when we celebrate Christmas too it seems that we celebrate Christmas without Christ. What pervades more is the spirit of commercialism that robs away the real meaning of Christmas.

As Christians, actually, we may recognize the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, in the Eucharist and other Sacraments, in Word and many more. We may also recognize Him in our fellow human being especially among the poor, the marginalized, those who have no voice in the society for whom Jesus said: “Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you did this to me,” (Matt 25:40).

Fr. Henry Rebello SAC

ALSO....REMINDER

"Festival of Lessons & Carols" Sunday - December 14 7:00 p.m. in Church

Join us in a special evening of readings, music, prayer and reflections as we prepare ourselves for Christmas.


Discover the Big Picture of the Catholic Faith
And How To Live It—(Brought to you by the Evangelization Committee)

SYMBOLON continues today, Sunday

When: Sundays @10:15 a.m., between the Masses.

Where: The Rectory Meeting Room—enter through the Altar Servers’ Sacristy or outside.

Parish members have been asking for some kind of follow up after Alpha and the Catholicism series. Just such a resource has become available to the Evangelization Committee, and it is shown here at St. Valentine.

Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained opens up the “big picture” of the Catholic faith in a way that helps us know it, live it and articulate it to others. Through beautifully crafted teaching and state-of-the-art video, author, speaker and theologian Dr. Edward Sri leads a team of dynamic teachers who provide a clear and comprehensive explanation of the Catholic faith.

Christmas Collection
On Christmas we take a special collection, and this collection is different from all of the other collections during the year. As you know we get to keep 100% of this collection whereas we only keep 93% of the regular collection. This creates a wonderful opportunity for each of you, and you will get the biggest bang for your buck. You can serve and honor God with a special gift for the Christmas collection, and I ask you to be as generous as your situation allows. Know for sure that every dollar you contribute will be used for the good and betterment of St. Valentine Parish community. Thank you in advance.

Along with St. Paul I would say, I thank God for you all the time, for your faithfulness, generosity, kindness and love.

Nativity Play
The third grade would like to invite everyone to the children's mass on Christmas Eve. They have been working hard in preparation of their performance of the Nativity Play. Join us as we walk you through the events that surround the coming of Jesus. Mass starts at 4:00 p.m. on December 24th. We hope to see you there!


The 8th graders attended their Confirmation Retreat at Marianhill this past weekend.


Fr. Socorro’s Vacation

Fr. Socorro will be on a vacation to India starting from November 9th 2014. He will also take part in the solemn public exposition of the relics of St Francis Xavier, which are kept in a silver casket at the Basilica of Bom (Infant) Jesus in Old Goa, India. He will be back on December 4th 2014. Let us pray for his safe trip. As announced Monday and Tuesday daily Mass will be at OLL and Thursday and Friday at St. Valentine. All masses start at 8:30 a.m.


Harvest Blessings


The third graders in our Faith Formation program decorated pumpkins for the church last week. Take some time this weekend to read the sayings on the pumpkins. Thank you to Mrs. Joan Ricotta and Mrs. Amy Davis for their inspirational messages.


The St. Valentine Women's Club met and assembled Pillow Cases for Angels Place. Please be sure to join us next month, November 19th when we welcome Akroyd's Bakery to our meeting.


 






Guided by the Holy Spirit we strive to live and share the Good News of Jesus Christ. As a Catholic Community we welcome, serve, teach, reconcile, give comfort and hope in the spirit of St. Valentine.


Phone: 313-532-4394
Fax: 313-537-2237


Rectory Office Hours :

Mon. - Fri. ~ 8:30am - 4:00pm
Office closed for lunch 11:30am - 12:30pm

Please send your questions or comments to us at
St. Valentine Parish.
This page last updated on December 10, 2014