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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

Praying with Body, Mind, and Voice

In the celebration of Mass we raise our hearts and minds to God. We are creatures of body as well as spirit, so our prayer is not confined to our minds and hearts. It is expressed by our bodies as well. When our bodies are engaged in our prayer, we pray with our whole person. Using our entire being in prayer helps us to pray with greater attentiveness. During Mass we assume different postures— standing, kneeling, sitting—and we are also invited to make a variety of gestures. These postures and gestures are not merely ceremonial. They have profound meaning and, when done with understanding, can enhance our participation in the Mass.


Standing is a sign of respect and honor, so we stand as the celebrant who represents Christ enters and leaves the assembly. From the earliest days of the Church, this posture has been understood as the stance of those who have risen with Christ and seek the things that are above. When we stand for prayer, we assume our full stature before God, not in pride but in humble gratitude for the marvelous things God has done in creating and redeeming each one of us. By Baptism we have been given a share in the life of God, and the posture of standing is an acknowledgment of this wonderful gift. We stand for the proclamation of the Gospel, which recounts the words and deeds of the Lord. The bishops of the United States have chosen standing as the posture to be observed for the reception of Communion.


In the early Church, kneeling signified penance. So thoroughly was kneeling identified with penance that the early Christians were forbidden to kneel on Sundays and during the Easter season, when the prevailing spirit of the Liturgy was one of joy and thanksgiving. In the Middle Ages kneeling came to signify homage, and more recently this posture has come to signify adoration, especially before the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. It is for this reason that the bishops of this country have chosen the posture of kneeling for the entire Eucharistic Prayer.


Sitting is the posture of listening and meditation, so the congregation sits for the pre-Gospel readings and the homily and may also sit for the period of meditation following Communion. All should strive to assume a seated posture during the Mass that is attentive rather than merely at rest.


Every procession in the Liturgy is a sign of the pilgrim Church, the body of those who believe in Christ, on their way to the Heavenly Jerusalem. The Mass begins with the procession of the priest and ministers to the altar. The Book of the Gospels is carried in procession to the ambo. The gifts of bread and wine are brought forward to the altar. Members of the assembly come forward in procession—eagerly, attentively, and devoutly— to receive Holy Communion. We who believe in Christ are moving in time toward that moment when we will leave this world and enter into the joy of the Lord in the eternal Kingdom he has prepared for us.


We begin and end Mass by marking ourselves with the Sign of the Cross. Because it was by his death on the Cross that Christ redeemed humankind, we trace the Sign of the Cross on our foreheads, lips, and hearts at the beginning of the Gospel, praying that the Word of God may be always in our minds, on our lips, and in our hearts. The cross reminds us in a physical way of the Paschal Mystery we celebrate: the death and Resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ.


Bowing signifies reverence, respect, and gratitude. In the Creed we bow at the words that commemorate the Incarnation. We also bow as a sign of reverence before we receive Communion. The priest and other ministers bow to the altar, a symbol of Christ, when entering or leaving the sanctuary. As a sign of respect and reverence even in our speech, we bow our heads at the name of Jesus, at the mention of the Three Persons of the Trinity, at the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and at the name of the saint whose particular feast or memorial is being observed (see General Instructions of the Roman Missal - GIRM, no. 275).


As a sign of adoration, we genuflect by bringing our right knee to the floor. Many people also make the Sign of the Cross as they bend their knee. Traditionally, Catholics genuflect on entering and leaving church if the Blessed Sacrament is present in the sanctuary of the Church. The priest and deacon genuflect to the tabernacle on entering and leaving the sanctuary. The priest also genuflects in adoration after he shows the Body and Blood of Christ to the people after the consecration and again before inviting the people to Holy Communion.

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Parish Picnic: Huge Success!

A big thanks to all who came to the parish picnic last weekend. The Lord was so gracious to us and blessed us with perfect weather. It was great to see so many people; babies, children, teens, and adults eating, laughing and having fun together in the beautiful surroundings. I am sure everyone had a great time and probably some found time to build bridges with those whom you have never met before. Thanks to all those who brought the little to be shared with all.

Three Cheers to our Parish Picnic organizers, they are the Parish Council members, Worship Commission members, Men’s Club members and all those who helped in one way or another. I need to specially mention the names of Ted Kozlowski, Tom Beaudoin, Dave Prowse, Tom Bushart and Sherry Bushart and thank them for their dedicated service. THANKS to one and all on behalf of the committees for making this another successful picnic. I hope we can continue this long standing tradition year after year.


The parish picnic was a huge success! The games were enjoyed by the young and the young at heart. Below is a sampling of the games, enjoyed by all!

Parish Mission Coming This Fall

St. Valentine's Parish Mission -• Three (3) evenings—October 5 thru 7
• Featuring: Fr. Bill Cieslak - Capuchin Province of St. Joseph
• Save the dates; watch our bulletin for more detail

Save the Date !

Nineth Annual Fun Run and Spaghetti Dinner
will take place on Sunday, September 21st. Start lacing up your tennies !

Download the 2014 5K Fun Run Application now! Print form and return with your check in the collection basket or at the rectory. Registration deadline is Sept. 10th!


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 August 29, 2014