Weekday Mass Schedule
All Masses at 8:30 am
Monday, Thursday & Friday in the School Chapel
Tuesday's Mass will be held in Church
The Teachings of the Catholic Church by T. Meagher
Mr. T. Meagher has written
nearly 180 short, apologetic style articles, one for each Sunday of
the Church’s 3 year calendar. Each article
will explain a doctrine or teaching of the Church taken from the 1st
or 2nd Reading or the Gospel and every article has been approved for
truth and content by Dr. Robert Fastiggi, the Censor for the AOD.
If any doubt arises with regard to the teachings of the church, please
email your bulletin editor, Pastor or Associate Pastor.
2 Cor 12:7-10 – 14th
Sunday Ordinary Time
In today’s second reading our Lord says, “My grace is sufficient
for you…” (v9), but what is grace? “Grace is favor,
the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call…” [CCC
1996]. As food nourishes the body, so grace nourishes the soul. Grace
is aimed at enabling us to share in God’s own life; through it
we become “partakers in the divine nature” (2 Pet 1:4), able
to live the Christian life, remain faithful to the Ten Commandments and
the commandments of love. Prayer, too, is the work of grace, for it is
only in the Spirit that we can pray fruitfully (Rom 8:26-27). Grace is
central to all of Catholic life. To present what faith teaches about
grace is to present the whole mystery of Christ, the whole story of salvation, “for
by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own
doing; it is the gift of God” (Eph 2:8). Those who seek to please
God must make use of the means of grace that deepens our relationship
with the Lord, namely the sacraments, prayers, and works of love.
Statement from Michigan's Catholic
Today’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court to redefine marriage
represents a profound legal turning point in the contemporary and cultural
understanding of spouses and family. We continue to teach that every
human person deserves respect and compassion. The experience of same-sex
attraction is a reality that calls for attention, sensitivity and pastoral
care. While every person is called to love and deserves to be loved,
today’s momentous decision will not change the truth of the Church’s
teaching on marriage.
The Catholic Church teaches that marriage is and can only be the union
of one man and one woman. This union brings two persons together and,
because of their natural biological composition, each bring qualities
to the marriage that differ from one another. Man and woman complement
each other; they then become united as one in marriage and together are
unique in their ability to create new life based on sexual and reproductive
Every child has a
mother and a father and even though each child deserves to be loved
by them together, we are conscious of and loving
toward those circumstances in which this arrangement of a married mother
and father in the home is not reality. Married couples unable to conceive
children or family structures that differ – single parents, widowed
parents, adopted children and those being raised by grandparents or other
family members – merit compassion and support for their life situations,
which at times can be difficult and challenging. The Church and her ministries
must remain conscious of and respectful toward these differing dynamics,
especially when support, counsel and love is sought.
Going forward, the
Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage
will have a significant ripple effect upon the first amendment right
to religious liberty. It sets the Church’s teaching about marriage
in opposition to the law and will create inestimable conflicts between
the state and religious persons and institutions. As the impact of the
decision plays out over the coming weeks and months the Catholic Church
will continue to preach the truth about marriage and will promote, in
the public square, this truth as what is good for society and our world.
Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron Archbishop of Detroit, Most Reverend
Earl A Boyea Bishop of Lansing, Most Reverend Paul J. Bradley Bishop
of Kalamazoo, Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone Bishop of Saginaw, Most
Reverend John F. Doerfler Bishop of Marquette, Most Reverend Steven J.
Raica Bishop of Gaylord, Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, Bishop of
Grand Rapids, Most Reverend Michael J. Byrnes Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit,
Most Reverend Arturo Cepeda Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit, Most Reverend
Donald F. Hanchon Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit, Most Reverend Francis
R. Reiss Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit
A heartfelt thank you to all those who have made a gift to the 2015
Catholic Services Appeal. As you can see, we have reached our goal with
the pledged amount, that does not mean that others cannot pledge anymore.
As we all know, anything over and above the goal will come back 100%
to the parish. So far 132 families have pledge $44,450.50 towards our
goal which is $43,382.00. There are many more families in our parish.
If you can make a onetime donation, however small it may be, it will
be greatly appreciated. If you cannot find your CSA packet or if you
have not received one, call the office and we will get a packet to you.
Vacation Bible School 2014-15
Mark your calendars !
Parish Picnic is August 30.
Time to start your walking regimen.
Fun Run/Walk & Spaghetti
Dinner is September 20th.
We Need for Help with Baptism Prep
If you have been looking for a small but rewarding way to get involved
in ministry at St. Valentine, there are immediate openings on our Baptism
prep team. The time commitment is not huge, about two hours once a month
in the evening. Classes are held the first Wednesday of each month at
7 p.m. in the rectory meeting room. If you prefer, you could approach
this as a team of two persons leading the meeting. Depending on how many
people volunteer to conduct these classes, you might be required to only
volunteer every third or fourth month. You do not need any theology classes
or special training. You will be given all the information you need and
will observe some classes before you start. Most important, is a welcoming,
friendly attitude and an ability to talk with the families. Basically,
you will be informing the parents what to expect the day of Baptism,
i.e. where to sit, what do godparents do, when to come up to the baptismal
font, how long the celebration of this sacrament takes, prayers used
during baptism, etc. In addition, a big part of your job is making the
families feel welcome and comfortable at St. Valentine, and offering
congratulations and encouragement to new parents!
If this sounds interesting at all to you, please call the rectory office
at 313-532-4394 and someone will give you more information, and answer
any questions you have. Please prayerfully consider this important means
Mrs. Maggie Neaton (In Charge of Baptism Prep)
Pray for the Institution of Marriage
The United States Supreme Court is expected to announce a decision later
this month as to whether same sex unions must be recognized as marriage
under the constitution, and possibly reject marriage as an institution
funded on the unity of one man and one woman. The Court may, in one stroke,
redefine marriage for decades or even centuries to come. Marriage is
a sacred bond, instituted by God, that is a reflection of the inner life
of God Himself.
Continue to pray that Our Lord will enlighten the hearts and minds of
the Supreme Court Justices to uphold the truth about marriage. Let us
also pray to God to strengthen marriage for the good of the Church and
the world, and to ask Him to give us graces to bring His light, love,
compassion and understanding to those who may struggle with the Gospel
teachings regarding human sexuality and marriage.