Welcome to St. Valentine,  Fr. Kishore! May God bless you in your ministry!

Hi friends,

     I am Fr. Kishore Babu Battu SAC from Andhra Pradesh, in the Southern part of India. Let me give you a short history of my life. I grew up in a beautiful state called Andhra Pradesh, Guntur region of India, which is known for its education and cultivation of rice, chilly and cotton. I am the fifth of seven children of Mrs. Mary Sunamdalu Battu and the Late Sebastian Battu. My parents are farmers. Unfortunately, I lost my father at the age of 14. I did my elementary school from 1st to 5th at home. Then my parents placed me in the boarding run by the Pallottine Fathers for further studies. I stayed there from 6th to 10th in the Pallottine boarding and successfully completed my studies. Those 5 years were crucial for my vocation to the Priesthood. The Pallottine Priests, their ministry, the Charism of the Society really inspired me to become  a servant in the vineyard of the Lord. I fulfilled my childhood dream of joining the Seminary. For thirteen years I studied at different stages of formation in the Pallottine Seminary.

 

I was ordained a priest for the ‘Society of the Catholic Apostolate’ on April 17th, 2008. I served as associate pastor as well as in-charge of boarding during my first assignment. I had many great opportunities to serve people in mission places, where I was brought up. It was a very satisfying ministry to serve people at these missions. After my first year of service, I was asked to be an administrator of the Millennium Residential High School, where I served as such for three years. It was a wonderful opportunity to take care of the physical and spiritual needs of the children who were in residence with us. At the same time, I also taught the children in the seventh grade and assisted the neighborhood diocesan parish with the Sacraments.

I arrived in Michigan in November of 2012 and was stationed here at St. Valentine parish for six months. Then, I was fortunate to be appointed as associate pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, in Livonia for three years. It really exposed me to different apostolates. Later I was transferred to St. Joseph Parish, in Lake Orion for two years. It has been an amazing experience here in a great parish. I had great experiences working at St. Joseph’s. And now I am so grateful to God for the opportunity to come back to St. Valentine and share the Good News of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I am very glad to be here to share with you the hope, joy and love of God with all of you.

 

God bless you all.

 

Fr. Kishore Babu Battu SAC

“It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s God’s love.”

This week’s Vacation Bible School theme was “Superheroes of Faith”.

 

We  learned about five very important heroes of our faith, as well as their superpowers: Daniel…Power of Prayer; Noah…Obedience; Ruth and Naomi…Loyalty; David…Courage; and Jesus…Love.

· We learned ways that we can share in these superpowers by living as God so desires, through Corporal Works of Mercy, the Fruits of the Spirit, the Seven Holy Sacraments, the Parts of Mass, and the Beatitudes.

· We made shields that were added to our superhero capes…to give us the confidence to know that God is always with us, and that we, too, can be superheroes of our faith.

· We kept a prayer journal to remember our heroes.   We can continue to discover strengths of our own and those of others, and add them to our journal.

· We made a prayer box and other crafts to be reminders of our time together.

· We learned a song, “Jesus is My Superhero”.

· We witnessed experiments that made the ordinary quite extraordinary.

Joan and I were blessed with 48 registered students and 21 volunteers! Words cannot express the thanks we have in our hearts for such an amazing week of faith! Our thanks would not be complete without thanking those who helped guide us through our program: Bonnie Danic, Fr. Henry, and Fr. Socorro.

The most amazing part of this week was discovering the superheroes within each and every one of our students this week. We didn’t have to look very far to discover their powers of love, friendship, and devotion to God. They wrote a prayer together that was said each day. The words are proof of their powers…

 

Children’s Prayer

Our Lord is our hero.
Jesus is our hero.
Our hero is brave,
He doesn’t give up.
He loves us.
He saves people.
He is strong and generous.
He protects us and keeps us safe.
He saves us.
He fights for us.
He is smart.
Thank you for being our superhero, Jesus.

Amen.

Written by the students of the St. Valentine Vacation Bible School Program 2018 

God is good all the time…all the time, God is good!

With Thanks and Praise,

Amy Davis and Joan Ricotta

Dear Parishioners of St. Valentine,

It is with a heavy heart that I leave St. Valentine, a community I have come to call home. I want to thank all of you for accepting me and for helping me to help our parishes grow. As I have found to be true everywhere I have been, I honestly believe I have received more than I have ever given. God has been very good to me! May God continue to bless you and your families!

God has been extraordinary gracious towards me by placing me in the hands of good, caring, loving brother priest Fr. Socorro. He certainly made my life comfortable and helped me to get acclimated to the new life ever since I landed here. In this process of making my life comfortable, the St. Val’s staff also played an enormous role. So my thanks to Deacon Lawrence Toth, Rachel Damuth, Bonnie Danic, Sue Daly, Kris Brake, Bill and Ricky Charlton. 

I hope and pray that you will welcome Fr. Kishore Babu Battu as your Associate Pastor with open arms and together continue to grow this community that I have come to know and love. I am sure you will get to enjoy Fr. Kishore whom I know very well (as he comes at St. Val’s on his day-off), who like other Pallottine priests have left families and homeland to travel to USA in service to the Gospel.

As I say farewell, I want to assure you that you are all in my prayers and I ask that you keep me in yours. I have been entrusted with a new mission at the clustered parishes of St. Charles Borromeo, Newport and St. Anne, Monroe, that will have its own unique challenges and I will continue to need the grace of God. May the grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you always!

My New Address – St. Charles Borromeo Parish

                                  8033 N Dixie Hyw

                                  Newport 48166-9777

In Christ

Fr. Henry Rebello

 


Farewell, Fr. Henry,

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for ministering us for the past 5 years. We wish you many blessings in your new assignment. May God bless you!

 Bonnie Danic

St. Valentine Parish