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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

Mass of the Anointing will be held on
Saturday, September 27 at the 5:00 Mass.

Praying with Body, Mind, and Voice Continued

ORANS POSTURE ("Praying" Hands Extended)

The following explains the origin of the Orans position, (Latin for "praying") in which the priest intercedes during the liturgy on behalf of all. In the last couple decades this posture of praying with hands extended and lifted upwards has become a popular prayer posture for many laity, especially in the Charismatic Renewal.

The priest frequently uses this ancient prayer posture, extending his hands to his sides, slightly elevated. Early Christian art frequently depicts the saints and others standing in this posture, offering their prayers and surrendering themselves, with hands uplifted to the Lord, in a gesture that echoes Christ’s outstretched arms as he offered himself on the Cross.


In this rarely used posture, an individual lies full-length on the floor, face to the ground. A posture of deep humility, it signifies our willingness to share in Christ’s death so as to share in his Resurrection (see Rom 6). It is used at the beginning of the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday and also during the Litany of the Saints in the Rite of Ordination, when those to be ordained deacons, priests, and bishops prostrate themselves in humble prayer and submission to Christ.


“By its very nature song has both an individual and a communal dimension. Thus, it is no wonder that singing together in church expresses so well the sacramental presence of God to his people” (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Sing to the Lord, no. 2). As we raise our voices as one in the prayers, dialogues, and chants of the Mass, most especially in the Eucharistic Prayer, as well as the other hymns and songs, we each lend our individual voices to the great hymn of praise and thanksgiving to the Triune God.


In the Mass, the worshiping assembly prays in one voice, speaking or singing together the words of the prayers. By saying the same words at the same time, we act as what we truly are—one Body united in Christ through the Sacrament of Baptism.


“Silence in the Liturgy allows the community to reflect on what it has heard and experienced, and to open its heart to the mystery celebrated” (Sing to the Lord, no. 118). We gather in silence, taking time to separate ourselves from the concerns of the world and enter into the sacred action. We reflect on the readings in silence. We may take time for silent reflection and prayer after Holy Communion. These times of silence are not merely times when nothing happens; rather, they are opportunities for us to enter more deeply in what God is doing in the Mass, and, like Mary, to keep “all these things, reflecting on them” in our hearts (Lk 2:19).


The Church sees in these common postures and gestures both a symbol of the unity of those who have come together to worship and also a means of fostering that unity. We are not free to change these postures to suit our own individual piety, for the Church makes it clear that our unity of posture and gesture is an expression of our participation in the one Body formed by the baptized with Christ, our head. When we stand, kneel, sit, bow, and sign ourselves in common action, we give unambiguous witness that we are indeed the Body of Christ, united in body, mind, and voice.

Gratis permission is hereby granted to reproduce these materials for nonprofit educational use, when accompanied by the following acknowledgment: “Copyright © 2010 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. (USCCB).

Parish Picnic: Huge Success!

A big thanks to all who came to the parish picnic last weekend. The Lord was so gracious to us and blessed us with perfect weather. It was great to see so many people; babies, children, teens, and adults eating, laughing and having fun together in the beautiful surroundings. I am sure everyone had a great time and probably some found time to build bridges with those whom you have never met before. Thanks to all those who brought the little to be shared with all.

Three Cheers to our Parish Picnic organizers, they are the Parish Council members, Worship Commission members, Men’s Club members and all those who helped in one way or another. I need to specially mention the names of Ted Kozlowski, Tom Beaudoin, Dave Prowse, Tom Bushart and Sherry Bushart and thank them for their dedicated service. THANKS to one and all on behalf of the committees for making this another successful picnic. I hope we can continue this long standing tradition year after year.


The parish picnic was a huge success! The games were enjoyed by the young and the young at heart. Below is a sampling of the games, enjoyed by all!

Parish Mission Coming This Fall

St. Valentine's Parish Mission -• Three (3) evenings—October 5 thru 7
• Featuring: Fr. Bill Cieslak - Capuchin Province of St. Joseph
• Save the dates; watch our bulletin for more detail

Save the Date !

Nineth Annual Fun Run and Spaghetti Dinner
will take place on Sunday, September 21st. Start lacing up your tennies !

Download the 2014 5K Fun Run Application now! Print form and return with your check in the collection basket or at the rectory. Registration deadline is Sept. 10th!


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

Please send your questions or comments to us at
St. Valentine Parish.
This page last updated on September 18, 2014