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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

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.

Stations of the Cross are at 7 pm on Fridays during Lent in the Church.
Evening Prayers on Sundays at 5 pm in the School Chapel. Please join us!

The Elect, Candidates along with their Sponsors who took part in the Rite of Election with Archbishop Allen Vigneron.

Elect: Tina Kozma, Walter Alexander, Daylen Kline, Fernando & Armando Garcia.

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 Cathedral of 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


Holy Father Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2015, entitled
“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. In 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.

God’s people, then, need this interior renewal, lest we become indifferent and withdraw into ourselves.

To further the renewal, Pope Francis proposes three biblical texts for reflection.

1. ‘If one member suffers, all suffer together’ – The Church

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 the Resurrection”

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 (; 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.

As I announced in church, I will be leaving for India on the 19th of Feb to celebrate my mother’s 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.

God Bless,
Fr. Socorro

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 February 26, 2015