Weekday Mass Schedule
All Masses at 8:30 am
Monday, Thursday & Friday in the School Chapel
Tuesday's Mass will be held in Church
We are pleased to announce Bishop Francis Reiss will
be at St. Valentine to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday,
March 15th at the 12:00 noon Mass. As always, all are invited to this
very special Mass.
of the Cross are at 7 pm on Fridays during Lent in
Prayers on Sundays at 5 pm in the School Chapel. Please
|The Elect, Candidates along with their Sponsors who took part in
Rite of Election with Archbishop Allen Vigneron.
Elect: Tina Kozma, Walter Alexander, Daylen Kline,
Fernando & Armando
Candidates: Jennifer & Joseph Hainley, Patricia & Rigo
Garcia, Adrian Serna and Shelly Rushlow.
Sponsors: Stephanie Toth, Jan Dillon, Ellen Kalt,
Dan Benard, Jim & Connie Moran, Colleen Masserang, Walter Bankowski, Stephen
Borowich (Lisa Alexander and Lisa Konchel—not pictured).
The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing
Conversion was celebrated on Saturday February 21st 2015 at
the Most Blessed
Sacrament, Detroit by Archbishop Allen Vigneron. It usually takes
place at the beginning of Lent and marks the end of the period
of the Catechumenate and the beginning of the period of Purification
and Enlightenment. In this rite the Church acknowledges the readiness
of the catechumens and candidates for initiation. The catechumens
and candidates express their will to receive the sacraments of
initiation and be received into the Catholic Church. Following
this rite, the catechumens are known as the “elect.”
I was glad for the opportunity to take with me Five Catechumens
and Six Candidates beside their sponsors for the Rite of Election.
One thing struck me was their amazement to see that they were not
the only ones present but the whole Cathedral was full of people
joining the Catholic Church. It was a unique experience for me
as well because I got the opportunity to seat at the transept of
the Cathedral and present them to the Archbishop.
You will get a chance to see the Elect and the Candidates present
for the Scrutinies. We will celebrate the Scrutinies during the
period of Purification and Enlightenment on the third, fourth,
and fifth Sundays of Lent at St. Valentine Parish at 9am Mass.
They are rites meant to uncover, then heal all that is weak, defective,
or sinful in the hearts of the elect, and to bring out, then strengthen
all that is upright, strong, and good. The Scrutinies deepen the
resolve of the elect to love God above all.
Fr. Henry Rebello SAC
Father Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2015,
“Make your hearts firm”.
“Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities
and every believer. Above all it is a ‘time of grace’. God
does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We
love because he first has loved us’. He is not aloof from us. Each
one of us has a place in his heart. He knows us by name, he cares for
us and he seeks us out whenever we turn away from him. He is interested
in each of us; his love does not allow him to be indifferent to what
happens to us. Usually, when we are healthy and comfortable, we forget
about others (something God the Father never does): we are unconcerned
with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure.
Our heart grows cold. As long as I am relatively healthy and comfortable,
I do not think about those less well off. Today, this selfish attitude
of indifference has taken on global proportions, to the extent that we
can speak of a globalisation of indifference. It is a problem which we,
as Christians, need to confront.
When the people of God are converted to his love, they find answers
to the questions that history continually raises. One of the most urgent
challenges which I would like to address in this Message is precisely
the globalisation of indifference.
Indifference to our
neighbour and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians.
Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the
voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.
God is not indifferent
to our world; he so loves it that he gave his Son for our salvation.
the Incarnation, in the earthly life, death,
and resurrection of the Son of God, the gate between God and man, between
heaven and earth, opens once for all. The Church is like the hand holding
open this gate, thanks to her proclamation of God’s word, her celebration
of the sacraments and her witness of the faith which works through love.
But the world tends to withdraw into itself and shut that door through
which God comes into the world and the world comes to him. Hence the
hand, which is the Church, must never be surprised if it is rejected,
crushed and wounded.
then, need this interior renewal, lest we become indifferent and withdraw
To further the renewal, Pope Francis proposes three biblical texts
1. ‘If one member suffers, all suffer together’ – The
The love of God breaks through
that fatal withdrawal into ourselves which is indifference. The Church
offers us this love of God by her teaching
and especially by her witness. But we can only bear witness to what we
ourselves have experienced. Christians are those who let God clothe them
with goodness and mercy, with Christ, so as to become, like Christ, servants
of God and others. This is clearly seen in the liturgy of Holy Thursday,
with its rite of the washing of feet. Peter did not want Jesus to wash
his feet, but he came to realise that Jesus does not wish to be just
an example of how we should wash one another’s feet. Only those
who have first allowed Jesus to wash their own feet can then offer this
service to others. Only they have ‘a part’ with him and thus
can serve others.
Lent is a favourable time
for letting Christ serve us so that we in turn may become more like
him. This happens whenever we hear the word
of God and receive the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. There we
become what we receive: the Body of Christ. In this body there is no
room for the indifference which so often seems to possess our hearts.
For whoever is of Christ, belongs to one body, and in him we cannot be
indifferent to one another. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer
with it; if one part is honoured, all the parts share its joy’.
The Church is the communio
sanctorum not only because of her saints, but also because she is a
communion in holy things: the love of God revealed
to us in Christ and all his gifts. Among these gifts there is also the
response of those who let themselves be touched by this love. In this
communion of saints, in this sharing in holy things, no one possesses
anything alone, but shares everything with others. And since we are united
in God, we can do something for those who are far distant, those whom
we could never reach on our own, because with them and for them, we ask
God that all of us may be open to his plan of salvation. To be continued…
“Imagine Life Without
Prepare for Easter with Daily email Reflections during Lent
If you enjoyed Fr. Robert
Barron's DVD series on CATHOLICISM, or his "daily,
email reflections from Advent, you may wish to sign-up for his latest
initiative—"free, daily email reflections" throughout
the Lenten season.
Each day, from Ash
Wednesday (Feb 18) through Easter Sunday (Apr 5), Fr. Barron will email
a short, uplifting, spiritual reflection; available
in either English or Spanish (your choice). All you need do is visit
his WEB site (LentReflections.com); follow the procedure to sign up;
and begin to receive Fr. Barron's reflections.
Then, throughout Lent this year, use his reflections as a way to remember
our Lord's sacrifice and the glorious gift he obtained for us - his Resurrection.
I announced in church, I will be leaving for India on the 19th of Feb
80th birthday on the 23rd of Feb. and will be back on the 6th of March.
It is not that we are having a
big party, but just the thought of being there to celebrate with her
and the whole family. During my absence Fr. Antony, a Pallottine, who
is doing his studies in Washington, will be here to help out at the weekend
Masses. Thanks for your patience.