Weekday Mass Schedule
All Masses at 8:30 am
Monday, Thursday & Friday in the School Chapel
Tuesday's Mass will be held in Church
you Fr. Socorro and Fr. Henry for saying yes to God. Happy Priesthood
November, The Month of All
As the weather grows colder and the leaves fall, and Thanksgiving
and Christmas approach, it is natural that our thoughts turn to those
whom we have loved who are no longer with us.
How appropriate, then, that the Catholic Church offers us November,
which begins with All Saints Day and All Souls Day, as a month to pray
for all souls. In fact we should pray for the dead throughout the year,
especially on the anniversary of their death, but in this Month of
the Holy Souls, we should devote some time every day to prayer for
the dead. We should start with those closest to us--our mother and
father, for instance--but we should also offer prayers for all the
souls, and especially for those most forsaken.
A beautiful, humbling aspect
to All Soul’s Day is that we can
assist these souls on their journey to our Heavenly Father. The importance
of our intentional, prayerful remembrance is highlighted in St. Monica’s
words to her son, Augustine, while on her deathbed: “Bury my
body wherever you please. Let that not be your concern. Only one thing
I beg of you: At the Lord’s altar, wherever you may be, remember
Here are two simple ways as to how we can help our loved ones who
have passed away complete their journey to Heaven.
Pray for the dead. Pray
in Church. Light a candle and pray at home. Pray the Rosary. Use
the resources at your fingertips to Google “Catholic
prayers for the departed” and “Novenas for the Holy Souls
in Purgatory.” Visit the graves of your loved ones and pray there.
Include prayers for all souls when you say grace before meals.
Have masses said for the departed. This is a loving act we do quickly
and easily upon the death of a loved one that wanes over time. It is
something that we can look at anew and incorporate more regularly in
our spiritual lives. It is also a way of connecting with others in
our faith to bring a shared intention before God.
This All Souls Day, and
throughout this month, be conscious of the difference you can make
on behalf of the journey of the faithful departed
who haven’t arrived in heaven just yet. And we pray, as the church
has ever prayed: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual
light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen. And may the souls
of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Every church will have a celebration where they will remember those
who have died. Here at St. Valentine we will gather as a community
on Wednesday, November 5th at 7.00 pm to pray with each other as we
remember our family members and friends who have passed onto eternal
life. At this Memorial Mass there will be an opportunity where the
names of loved ones who have preceded us in life and faith will be
read and a family member will come up to light a candle in their remembrance.
All though we have sent personal invitations to those who have lost
a loved one within the past year, but everyone is welcome to take part
in the celebration.
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.
Parish Mission Wrap-Up
A sincere "thanks" to
all parishioners who made time to participate in our Parish Mission.
Attendance averaged 107 persons
per night; and based on feedback received during the fellowship reception,
it appears the mission was well received, with high praise given to
our mission facilitator, Fr. Bill Cieslak, Capuchin Province of St.
A "thank you" is
also extended to everyone for their donations. Between our weekend's
2nd collections and the free will offering taken
on Tuesday evening, our parish raised a total of $2,427 for the Capuchins.
Once again, St. Valentine parishioners continue to show a generosity
that is a living example of God's spirit in our parish.
And finally, "special thanks" to
The Parish Council,
Fr. Socorro, and Fr. Henry for approving and supporting the hosting
of a Parish Mission;
To Michael Burden,
for suggesting our using the Capuchins and finding Fr. Bill Cieslak;
And to Joy Zawol
Rust, for setting up the wonderful, fellowship reception on Tuesday.
Remember, God directs our paths in life, the places we will go, the
many ways our lives are changed by everyone we meet. And sometimes,
He provides for us a special person whose kindness, compassion, and
generosity are reflections of His love. Let each of us pray and strive
to become one of those persons.
St. Valentine Worship Commission
Changing Lives Together Update
As we begin the last year of our Changing Lives Together drive, we
are on track to achieve our parish pledge total. We are short of the
archdioceses goal, but this is a wonderful achievement for St. Valentine
Parish in reducing our debt. We ask you to continue your generous giving
in the last year of our drive, and continue to pray for success in
the rest of our Changing Lives Together journey.
We would like to thank everyone
who donated to the Changing Lives Together campaign at St. Val’s. We need every St. Valentine family
to participate in the Changing Lives Together campaign. If you are
new to our parish, we need your help too. Or if you have not yet made
a commitment to the Changing Lives Together campaign, please prayerfully
consider what you can contribute over the next year to help us achieve
our goal. You can call the church office at 313-532-4394 for details.
You can help Change Lives at St. Val’s. All have been blessed,
all will benefit, and all can participate. Mother Teresa used to say, “No
one is so rich that they have nothing to receive, nor so poor that
they have nothing to give.” Our campaign’s success depends
upon the participation and the sacrifice of each and every one of us,
no matter the amount. All have been blessed, all will benefit.
Mr. Bob Rybka