Weekday Mass Schedule
All Masses at 8:30 am
Monday, Thursday & Friday in the School Chapel
Tuesday's Mass will be held in Church
“...for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11). With these words an angel
of the Lord announced to the shepherds the good news of the arrival of
the long awaited Messiah. Christmas is a time to reflect upon the great
love of our heavenly Father. And a time for thanking God for offering
Jesus to us. There is no greater gift that anyone could give than the
gift of one’s only child. The celebration of the birth of Jesus
is therefore a celebration of the infinite love of our heavenly Father.
As we experience this love let us pray that we may have love for one
another, be reconciled with each other and accept one another. Let us
take the hand which our Christ Child stretches out to us: It is a hand
which seeks to take nothing from us, but only to give. May the light
and love of Christ shine in the hearts and homes of all, especially the
families of St. Valentine Parish.
Christmas has a way of bringing
to Church individuals and families who, for various reasons, have not
been to Mass or the Sacraments for
months or years. What a wonderful and grace-filled opportunity to put
aside past differences and old habits and begin anew that prayerful relationship
with the Lord and His Church community. I extend to all of you an open,
grateful heart of welcome. Together, may we grow in strength and grace
to know and celebrate God’s presence in our lives and renew our
relationship with HIM.
Along with Fr. Henry and the staff, I wish to say Thank You to all who
have so generously supported us over the last year. Your prayers, your
encouragement and love have been overwhelming. The Parish of St. Valentine
continues to go from strength to strength and we appreciate your ongoing
support as we all strive to live as a vibrant Catholic community.
May our Lord Jesus Christ, born in Bethlehem, bless you, your families
and loved ones at this blessed time of the year. May Mary, the Mother
of the Child Jesus and our Mother, watch over us always and lead us closer
to her Son Jesus.
I wish you all a Christmas full of peace, gratitude, joy and love.
Fr. Socorro Fernandes SAC
A Christmas Gift for Your Parish
In order to balance our parish budget every year we rely heavily on
the generous gifts that come to us through the Christmas collection.
We also rely heavily on the weekly Offertory gifts that are made 52 weeks
out of the year. Both your Christmas gifts to our parish and your weekly
Offertory gifts help us manage our operating budget through winter when
heating bills are high and unexpected costs arise for snow removal. For
this reason, we ask you to please be as generous as possible with your
Christmas gift to the parish. If possible, use both your weekly envelope
and your Christmas envelope this Christmas. We need your support. Thank
you for your generosity both throughout the year and at Christmas!
From the Principal
Dear St. Valentine Parishioners,
Our school children have been
full of excitement in the past few weeks. Our school halls are decorated
with “letting our light shine for
Jesus”. We are learning about the virtues of peace and joy and
are practicing extra acts of kindness so that we can spread Jesus' light
to all. We have celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation in grades
3-8 and are so excited for Christmas! Our Christmas concert on December
18th was a huge success- the children’s voices and our young band
students playing holiday music has really put us all in the holiday spirit.
In the spirit of giving and
service our school children, together with the faith formation children,
participated in “elf day” by
giving a small monetary donation to help families in our community. Our
8th grade National Junior Honor Society members held a bake sale during
our Christmas concert with all donations received going to support the
work of Redford Interfaith. Our third and fourth grade students have
also worked together to present the Nativity which was presented on our
last school day before break and will be presented at the 4:00 Christmas
Eve Mass together with the faith formation students and the voices of
our St. Valentine Children’s Choir.
We are keeping St. Valentine parish in our prayers and request that
you keep our parish school in your prayers. All of the faculty, staff,
and students at St. Valentine School extend to you our warmest wishes
for a wonderful, blessed Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
Mrs. Rachel Damuth
Discover the Big Picture of the
And How To Live It—(Brought to you by the Evangelization Committee)
SYMBOLON continues today, Sunday
When: Sundays @10:15 a.m., between the Masses.
Where: The Rectory Meeting
Room—enter through the Altar Servers’ Sacristy
Parish members have been asking for some kind of follow up after Alpha
and the Catholicism series. Just such a resource has become available
to the Evangelization Committee, and it is shown here at St. Valentine.
Symbolon: The Catholic Faith
Explained opens up the “big picture” of
the Catholic faith in a way that helps us know it, live it and articulate
it to others. Through beautifully crafted teaching and state-of-the-art
video, author, speaker and theologian Dr. Edward Sri leads a team of
dynamic teachers who provide a clear and comprehensive explanation of
the Catholic faith.
The third grade would like to invite everyone to the children's mass
on Christmas Eve. They have been working hard in preparation of their
performance of the Nativity Play. Join us as we walk you through the
events that surround the coming of Jesus. Mass starts at 4:00
p.m. on December 24th. We hope to see you there!