St. Valentine Parish Council Meeting Minutes – Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Attending:  Fr. Socorro, Jeff Kramer, Ron Fron, Mary Anthony, Lisa Alexander, Fr. Henry, Joe Kelly, Tony Janisse, Walt Bankowski, Mike Nowak, Rosemary Fox

Meeting was opened at 7:30 PM with a prayer from Mary Anthony

New Business

Linda Thompson provided feedback from a forum they attended at OLGC concerning the Catholic Women Bible Study called “Walking with Purpose”.  

· There are 22 weekly lessons to study at home and a monthly meeting (with coffee) for discussion.

· Will need small space for the meeting and advertising (and perhaps child care)

Parish Council agreed to support

Old Business

Fundraising events

No decision was made on a future event.  Many ideas were discussed.  More ideas/discussion on events are needed

Commission Reports

 Pastoral Update: Fr. Socorro

Father will be in India April 9th to May 8th

 Pastoral Update: Fr. Henry

During the Easter Vigil, 9 people will be receiving sacraments

 Christian Service: Rosemary Fox

· The seven members of the committee have completed their work for this year.

· The Lenten Soup Supper at St. Valentine went well.

The Right to Life baby shower was a good event


· The Receiving of the Cup will return for Easter

Funding for the LED lights project was approved by Men’s Club.  They should be ready for Easter.

 Meeting was closed at 9:10 PM with a prayer from Fr. Henry

 Next Meeting is April 17, 2018 – 7:30 PM

Stewardship Thoughts

The themes linked in today’s Scripture readings call for us to avoid sin by following the Lord’s directives, to repent, and to seek forgiveness. St. Peter, in the Acts of the Apostles, relates the evil of Christ’s passion and death, and that through repentance and conversion, our sins be wiped away. St. John, in his First Letter, reminds us that Jesus is an offering for our sins. In St. Luke’s Gospel, Jesus appears to His disciples after His Resurrection while two of them recount their encounter with Jesus on the road to Emmaus. They finally recognize Him in the breaking of the bread. The Church has long taught that partaking of the Eucharist forgives lesser sins. Likewise, participating in the sacrament of Reconciliation for the forgiveness of sins opens us to Christ’s grace, bringing us closer to Him, giving us peace in our lives. This week, go to confession and receive Holy Communion to draw into union with Christ.


Happy Easter! 

Christ is Risen! Alleluia!  Alleluia! 

 Christ is Risen! Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Happy Easter! 

 From all of us here at St. Valentine Parish, Priests, Deacon, and our entire staff, we pray that you and your loved ones may have a blessed and hope-filled Easter. May we accept the grace Jesus won for us with gratitude and amazement, and live our lives as his resurrected people. And being filled with Easter Joy may we share that message to those who still sit in darkness and fear. Archbishop Alan Vigneron wants us all “to move towards the goal of becoming a band of joyful missionary disciples.” In joy, may we answer Jesus’ mission to us, and go out to our brothers and sisters in our own homes and neighborhoods, bringing Jesus and His new life through our words and actions.

With heartfelt gratitude, we would like to thank all those who worked hard to make our Lenten and Easter celebrations so meaningful. Added to that, thanks to our ushers, altar servers, Eucharistic Ministers, lectors, Kevin, Katrina and the choir members, Michael Burden and those who assisted him in changing the liturgical environment, Religious Education teachers and aids, and teachers of the Word for the Little Ones, for all your dedicated and loving service to the parish. We are indeed blessed with such selfless and loving followers of Christ.

 Congratulations to Kendall Drake, Aubrey Locklear, Allison Alexander, Nickolas Bilski, Richard Franz, Bonnie Zelakiewicz, Wendy Wagner, Jodi Williams and Kimberly Mathis who walked the journey and now are fully initiated into the Catholic Church. We pray that you continue to grow deeper in your relationship with Jesus.

May Jesus live in all our hearts, that we may always embrace Him with love and gratitude. And may the Risen Christ bless you and your families abundantly throughout the fifty days of this Easter Season and always.

Rejoice! For He has Risen, Alleluia!

 Fr. Socorro and Fr. Henry


Divine Mercy Sunday—April 8—3:00 p.m. in the Church

 The celebration includes a recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.

 In preparation for the Feast, and to gain the greatest indulgence, you should receive the Sacrament of Penance during the Lenten Season; and pray the Divine Mercy Novena and Chaplet daily, starting Good Friday — ending April 7th. A pamphlet for praying the Novena and Chaplet is available in all the vestibules of Church.

 Please join us in celebrating this wonderful devotion.

 “Jesus, I Trust In You”



Holy Thursday – March 29

Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7 p.m.

Followed by Eucharistic Adoration until midnight in the School Chapel

Good Friday – March 30 

 A day of fast and abstinence

Stations of the Cross – 1:30 p.m.

Performance of Passion Play Presented

by the 8th Grade Class following the stations

Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion – 2:30 p.m.

Holy Saturday – March 31

Fasting and /or abstinence encouraged

Blessing of Food (Church) – 11 a.m.

Easter Vigil Mass – 8:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday – April 1 –

 Mass – 9:00 a.m. and Noon