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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

 

4th Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday

Traditionally, the fourth Sunday of Easter is known as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” On this Sunday in each year of the liturgical cycle, the Gospel is always taken from the 10th chapter of John where Jesus speaks of himself as the "good shepherd.” And so each year the Church presents us with our Lord’s beautiful description of himself as a shepherd who has tender, merciful love for his sheep. Jesus is the Good Shepherd. The Easter Season is a continual celebration of the one central mystery of Christianity; that Jesus gave his life for us by dying on the Cross. He saved us from our sins.

True shepherding is a life of total self-giving. The true shepherd needs time for renewal in order to shepherd the flock. The true shepherd needs to spend time daily with Jesus, the chief shepherd. He will give us the strength, the inspiration and the sustenance to shepherd the flock. Periodic moments of solitude and silence are essential for the continued ability to give unconditionally. If we are going to be true disciples of the Good Shepherd, we must forget ourselves completely and be totally dedicated. Whatever our state in life may be, we are all called to shepherd the sheep that have been entrusted to our care.

For many years now, the Church has also designated this Sunday as World Day of Prayer for Vocations. On this day we are especially asked to pray that the Church may be provided with the leaders needed to do its work of spreading the Gospel. So we pray today and everyday that God will call many more to the great adventure of being shepherds for his flock.

CSA—Catholic Service Appeal

Since in the coming months you will be hearing about CSA and receiving your pledge cards for 2015-2016. I just want to give you a heads up. Our goal for this year is $ 43,382.00. In the coming days you will be asked to pick up your letters along with the pledge cards. If God has blessed you please be generous in sharing your blessing with others. Thank you in advance. Along with St. Paul I would say, “I give thanks to my God always” (Phil 1:4) for your faithfulness, generosity, kindness and love.”

Peace

Fr. Socorro


Crosses on the Chimney

Have you noticed the crosses on the chimney on the school building? If not, take a look while driving down Dow Street or Beech Daly. These crosses on the chimney were etched into the brick and have always been there but you couldn’t see them. One of our talented parishioner, Mr. Phil Masserang, took the time and creatively molded aluminum crosses so they are now visible to everyone traveling Beech Daly or Dow. They really do look magnificent and are a sign of what they represent. The project was financed by a parishioner and we thank all those involved. May each one of them be blessed.


At times, joy could obstruct faith. In the Bible, we find many instances when joy hindered belief. Jacob, the patriarch, was made to believe that a wild beast killed his son Joseph. His other sons showed him a blood stained robe of Joseph to prove their story (Gen 37: 32 – 33). Jacob believed that his son was surely dead. But now, when the brothers came back from Egypt, and reported that his son Joseph was alive, and that he was the governor over all the land of Egypt, Jacobs heart fainted, for we believe them not. But when they told him all the words of Joseph that he had said to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob revived (Gen 45: 25-27). The news of Joseph was too good to be true, and Jacob’s heart sank within him. Joy hindered Jacob’s belief.

We have another incident of joy hindering belief reported in the Acts of the Apostles. When an angel brought Peter out of the prison, and led him out to the street, Peter could not believe that he was free. God had removed every obstacle on the way to his freedom.

In today’s Gospel, we heard about the third appearance of the risen Jesus on the Easter Sunday following the discovery of the Empty Tomb, immediately after the return of the two disciples from Emmaus. When Jesus appeared to them, and showed them His hands and His feet, ‘they still did not believe for joy (Lk 24:41).’ The resurrection of Jesus was too incredible, too unbelievable for the disciples.


As Christians, we believe that the Bible, comprising of the Old Testament and New Testament, is God’s revelation. We must read the Bible more often to see the wonders, which God had done for us in the past, and to believe in the wonders which He is going to work for us in the future.

Let us be happy and joyful that Christ, by His death and resurrection, had worked out our salvation. When the disciples talked to one another, Jesus appeared in their midst, and began to talk to them. We, often, gather together and talk one against the other, and therefore, Jesus never appears in our midst. Let us, at least during this Easter season like disciples, meditate and take time to talk about all the things that happened in Jerusalem, and surely, Jesus who made His divine presence among them, will also make His divine presence among us.

Fr. Henry SAC

Thank You! Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who do so much for the parish in many different ways. A lot of people serve in “hidden” ways: they count money from collections, they purify and launder the linens used at Mass and on the altar, they clean the Church, some try to keep the plants fresh inside the Church, then we have the Ushers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers and even those in the choir make consistent sacrifices to serve the greater body of people here. A big thank you to everyone that helped with our annual Lenten Fish Fry. It could not have happened without the dedication of so many of you that helped with the various tasks, setting up, taking down, cleaning, frying, chopping, cooking, serving, and many other ways. Thank you to everyone who volunteers here at St. Valentine, we are so grateful for all that you do!

Also a special THANKS for your generous contributions towards the Pallottine Missions. The sum total collected was $3,086.45. Be assured that your sacrifices will go a long way to bring smiles on the faces of many people. May each one of you ontinue to experience the blessing of the Risen Lord.

Peace

Fr. Socorro Fernandes


Easter Greetings! Congratulations once again to our newly initiated members. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue on in their Catholic faith.

Besides being the second Sunday of Easter today is also Divine Mercy Sunday. The Lord continually offers us His love, mercy and compassion, even in these modern times. One example of His Divine Mercy is His message to us through St. Faustina. In the 1930s, St. Faustina received from the Lord a message of mercy that she was told to spread throughout the world. She was asked to become the apostle and secretary of God’s mercy, a model of how to be merciful to others, and an instrument for re-emphasizing God’s plan of mercy for the world. The Lord also taught Sister Faustina a special prayer or the “Chaplet of Divine Mercy” which is said on the rosary beads. He also asked that a special prayer and meditation on His Passion be said each afternoon at three o’clock, the hour in which we recall His death on the cross.

Ultimately, I want you to know how beautiful this devotion to the Divine Mercy is, an immeasurable gift that Jesus has given us. Developing your own devotion to the Divine Mercy is a journey that will lead you deeper into the mysteries of your faith and fill you with joyful amazement for His love. Let us rejoice in the God of love and mercy! Let us recommit ourselves to the generous sharing of that love and mercy with others!

On behalf of the entire Parish Family, I would like to thank all of those who worked so long and hard to prepare for Holy Week and Easter and make it such a beautiful week of celebrations. Each and every person, in each and every ministry, should be very proud! May the Risen Christ continue to bless you, and be with you as you continue to give Him glory through your generous service!

Peace.
Fr. Socorro

The ABC of Divine Mercy:

A - Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.

B - Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.

C - Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.

 






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

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This page last updated on April 22, 2015