Resurrection Window for St. Valentine Church

This is the information we could come up with from the Archdiocese of Detroit regarding these windows.  They come from Our Lady of Lourdes Church in River Rouge which was opened in 1893.  They are from the old red brick church (I believe that it was the second church) that had to be demolished because it was collapsing from the effects of an underground river.  The windows were incorporated into the new church which I think was built in the 1990s.  As of now, Our Lady of Lourdes Church in River Rouge has been closed and merged with St. Andre Bessette. I believe the windows were made by Meier of Munich in the 1920s. If by chance we receive more information, we will definitely pass it on to you.

*Information provided by the AOD.

Welcome Back, Fr. Kishore!

 

St. Valentine Catholic School Open House

St. Valentine Catholic School welcomes all families to our 1st of  2 Open Houses. Our first Open House is on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 5:00-7:00pm and our second Open House is on March 21st from 5:00-7:00 pm. Please join us to find out the many benefits our school can provide for your child. Our school offers faith based educational excellence for Preschool through Grade Eight. At our open house you will have the opportunity to tour the school, meet the teachers, and gain valuable information about how our school can help your child. Our school is located in Redford on Hope St. just off of Beech Daly between Schoolcraft and Five Mile. If you would like more information please call 313 533-7149 or visit our website at 

www.stvalentineschool.com

 


Eighth Grade School News

The eighth grade students had a very busy January! Confirmation candidates went on a retreat as part of their preparation to become adults in the church and strengthen their faith as Catholics. On January 29, students will compete in the National Engineers Week Future City Competition at The Suburban Collection Showplace. Students, along with their teacher and engineer mentors, have worked as a team to design a futuristic city with an innovative power grid that can withstand a natural disaster. We are all very proud of their hard work and wish them luck!

Mrs. Ciechanowski


 

Congratulations, Bob Calleja, and Welcome Bishop Gerard Battersby

 As a part of his preparation and formation to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders to be a permanent deacon in the church, parishioner Bob Calleja will receive the ministry of acolyte. Some of you may remember from years past that before a man received the sacrament of holy orders, he received several minor orders prior to receiving the sacrament. At the Second Vatican Council, the Church discontinued the practice of giving the minor orders and instead retained a couple of them to be conferred as official ministries within the church. The ministry of lector and the ministry of acolyte were the two ministries given to men in formation as steps in the process.

Although people can be and are deputed to act as lectors and acolytes to assist at Mass, there are some who receive these ministries in official capacities from the Church in view of the sacrament that they will receive. As recipients of these ministries, they are encouraged to exercise them when possible in preparation for life as a deacon. As an official acolyte, Bob becomes a kind of official extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. He is not yet an ordinary minister of Holy Communion, but he would be the first extraordinary minister used at Mass if any are needed. When you see Bob do things like administer communion or serve at Mass, know that he is doing this in preparation for the permanent diaconate, which he hopes to receive in 2020. Please keep him in your prayers and congratulate him as he prepares himself to serve in the Church in a new capacity. 


 

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time


Occasionally we hear someone speak about experiencing a miracle. Usually it involves rescue from some accident or health crisis. “It was a miracle that car didn’t hit me, the way they were driving” or “It was a miracle they were able to save her leg, the way that it was smashed.” We even talk about “miracle” drugs, a reference to the amazing properties of life-saving antibiotics, antivirals, and certain other compounds. Miracles have a character of the unexplained to them. While scientists can describe in great detail the action of “miracle” drugs, to the rest of us they seem just amazing. Doctors can illuminate the process by which someone is healed through surgery and therapy, but again, it seems almost unbelievable when we see the results. Engineers can detail why a collision never happened, but to those who escape harm, it seems like a miracle indeed!

The miracle at the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee is the third aspect of what comprises the manifestation of Christ known as the Epiphany mystery. (The appearance of the Magi and the baptism at the Jordan are the other two.) In his Gospel, John describes the action by Jesus at Cana as a “sign” that reveals his glory. It is the revelation of his glory that causes the disciples to believe in him. Jesus is made manifest, and so people come to believe. It is what happened to the Magi; it is what happened to the crowds gathered at the Jordan; it is what happens to the disciples who are with him at the wedding feast.

The wonder of God’s glory is not reserved to spectacular miracles that take place only at rare intervals. It is a wonder that a drug can cure someone, or that a surgeon can work so skillfully, or that for whatever reason, accidents are avoided. Seeing the manifestation of God’s action each day is the sign of one who believes that the Word is made flesh and dwells among us.


Happy Anniversary!!!

St. Valentine Parish would like to invite all couples celebrating a significant anniversary (5, 10, etc.) this year to a reception on Sunday, February 10 after the 9 a.m. Mass. At the Mass, Father will give a special blessing to the couples.

Please contact the rectory (313-532-4394) as soon as possible to make your reservation because we need to know how many people to plan for. If you want to drop off your wedding picture marked with your name at the rectory, we will display it at the reception. We hope you will join us!