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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

Thank you Fr. Socorro and Fr. Henry for saying yes to God. Happy Priesthood Sunday!

November, The Month of All Souls

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 me.”

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. Amen.

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.

Harvest Blessings

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. 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 28, 2014