Hello everyone, we would like to provide you a Parish Council
when we came before you, we discussed our Parish Council goals,
were to increase parishioner’s participation,
reduce our debt, and enhance financial disclosure.
In the spirit
of St. Vincent Pallotti, the founder of the Pallotine order,
vision was to incorporate lay people’s participation
at all levels; we have added evangelization to our goals this
is a frequently heard term, but what does it mean to St Valentine
parish? The U.S. Bishops have stated “It
is the bringing of the good news of Jesus into every human situation.” Blessed
Pope John Paul II also stated “Evangelization is to bring
Christ to all peoples.” The days of waiting for a family
to walk in the doors are long gone. We as a parish must speak
out and invite all to join us. Coming to church and expecting
God to come to us, passively sitting in our pews should be replaced
with seeking how we can bring Him to others.
The Parish Council needs your help to reach out to the community
within and around our parish borders. Our parish currently has
four commissions that are always in need of new participants.
The parish council would also like to invite you to help us create
a new evangelization commission to help guide our parish towards
So what are the requirements of this position?
to 8 members are needed to help guide our parish to bring ideas
an enthusiastic, committed catholic.
an out going personality that can listen to other views.
creative, flexible and willing to bend.
Some ideas already discussed for our new evangelization initiative
course just underway...
walk with Our Lady of Loretto parish, and other denominations
Redford Township this May 4th.
invitation to our activities to other parishes and the local
So, please consider this your personal invite. Our parish needs
you, EVERYONE, to step up and help in any way you can.
We have placed sign up slips for your convenience at each door
or you can call the office for information as well: 313-532-4394
Help us bring Christ to all people.
In closing we would like to share an excerpt from a prayer:
I live in such a way, That those who know me
know God, Will come to know God
Thank you, warm regards,
your Parish Council
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
your wonders in our time, as though by a new Pentecost and
that your holy Church, praying perseveringly and insistently
with one mind, together with Mary, the mother of Jesus, and guided
by St. Peter, may increase the reign of the Divine Savior, the
reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace. Amen.”
In December of 1961 Blessed John XXIII included this prayer
in his announcement of the Second Vatican Council. This call
to prayer for a new Pentecost continues to resound through the
Church even unto our day. In the same Spirit of faith in the
power of the Gospel of Jesus, I am calling the Church of Detroit
to a season of prayer for a new Pentecost to break out in our
own Archdiocese. I invite all the faithful to a year of prayer
for a new Pentecost beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014
and concluding on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.
For the past
five years, we have focused our combined efforts at strengthening
both the parishes and the organization of the
Archdiocese through Together in Faith II and Changing Lives Together.
The seven mission priorities identified through Together in Faith
II – evangelization and catechesis; Christian service and
outreach; youth and young adults; lay leadership; stewardship
and administration; Catholic schools; and vocations – provide
us with the kind of clarity that will guide our pastoral ministry
for years to come. You might call these past five years a time
of practical preparation for mission. The year of prayer for
a new Pentecost aims to provide us with the spiritual preparation
we need in order to engage more effectively the first of our
mission priorities, namely, evangelization.
Of course, the call to evangelization demands also a considerable
pastoral and spiritual formation. It will affect how we engage
parish life and ministry. Evangelization is also something that
many of us are unfamiliar with, and perhaps even a little fearful
of, in that it calls for a reconsideration of who Jesus is in
our own lives and a new openness to sharing that experience with
others. As an Archdiocese, we need some time to learn about evangelization
and to let the Holy Spirit develop in us both the attitude and
the means by which we can embrace this call fruitfully. To that
end I envision convoking an Archdiocesan Synod on evangelization
to be held sometime in the fall of 2016. But before we get busy
with that, we need to pray.
The year of prayer for a new Pentecost will begin with the distribution
of a simple prayer card, which I invite each of you to use in
your daily prayer. You might even pass one on to a family member
or neighbor and invite them to join in this prayer themselves.
Further resources for individual and parish use will be developed
and distributed as the year progresses.
In this year of prayer I ask each of you to pray our heavenly
Father that we might together make way for the Holy Spirit to
awaken the hearts of Catholics to encounter Jesus anew, grow
daily as His disciples, and learn to give witness to the power
of His mercy and love.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit