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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

October: Our Lady of the Rosary

The month of October each year is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. This is primarily due to the fact that the liturgical Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated annually on October 7th. It was instituted to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary in gratitude for the protection that she gives the Church in answer to the praying of the Rosary by the faithful.

The development of the rosary has a long history. First, a practice developed of praying 150 Our Fathers in imitation of the 150 Psalms. Then there was a parallel practice of praying 150 Hail Mary’s. Soon a mystery of Jesus' life was attached to each Hail Mary. Though Mary's giving the rosary to St. Dominic is recognized as a legend, the development of this prayer form owes much to the followers of St. Dominic. One of them, Alan de la Roche, was known as "the apostle of the rosary." He founded the first Confraternity of the Rosary in the 15th century. In the 16th century the rosary was developed to its present form—with the 15 mysteries (joyful, sorrowful and glorious). In 2002, Pope John Paul II added five Mysteries of Light to this devotion.

The purpose of the rosary is to help us meditate on the great mysteries of our salvation. Pius XII called it a compendium of the gospel. The main focus is on Jesus—his birth, life, death and resurrection. The Our Fathers remind us that Jesus' Father is the initiator of salvation. The Hail Mary’s remind us to join with Mary in contemplating these mysteries. They also make us aware that Mary was and is intimately joined with her Son in all the mysteries of his earthly and heavenly existence. The Glory Be’s remind us that the purpose of all life is the glory of the Trinity.

The rosary appeals to many. It is simple. The constant repetition of words helps create an atmosphere in which to contemplate the mysteries of God. We sense that Jesus and Mary are with us in the joys and sorrows of life. We grow in hope that God will bring us to share in the glory of Jesus and Mary forever.

In this month of October, let us consider this beautiful prayer of the Rosary as a means that we too can use in order to draw closer to Jesus and Mary by meditating on the great mysteries of our salvation.

Compiled from Saints of the Day

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. Joseph.

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 following:

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

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 October 18, 2014