On behalf of Fr. Kishore and our parish staff I wish you a Christmas full of peace, gratitude, joy and love. May Jesus hold you close to His heart during this Blessed Christmas Season and throughout the New Year- 2019. And may the blessings of this holy season descend on all of you in abundance. “For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.” (Lk.2:11) With these words an angel of the Lord announced to the shepherds the good news of the arrival of the long awaited Messiah. Christmas is a time to reflect upon the great love of our heavenly Father and His great gift to all. There is no greater gift that anyone could give than the gift of one’s only child. The celebration of the birth of Jesus is therefore a celebration of the infinite love of our heavenly Father. As we experience this love let us pray that we may have love for one another, be reconciled with each other and accept one another. Let this Christmas be special – let us try to experience deep within us that the Love our Heavenly Father has for us and try to share it with others.
Christmas has a way of bringing to Church individuals and families who, for various reasons, have not been to Mass or the Sacraments for months or years. What a wonderful and grace-filled opportunity to put aside past differences and old habits and begin anew that prayerful relationship with the Lord and His Church community. Together, may we grow in strength and grace to know and celebrate God’s presence in our lives and His dominion over all things of this world.
As our Archbishop mentions in his letter “Unleash the Gospel” – “For evangelization to have its effect we must ensure that our communities extend a warm welcome to everyone who walks through the door.”
I would like to extend a warm welcome to all those who will be returning back to St. Valentine Parish even though you have not been here regularly – you have 2019 to look ahead and to make new decisions.
We also remember those who may be sick, lonely or bereaved and we pray for those who have died. May we share in the Peace and Joy of God’s presence.
Christmas Blessings to all,
Fr. Socorro Fernandes SAC.
Lessons & Carols 2019
As a way to close out the Christmas season in January, our parish Worship Commission has scheduled a “Festival Of Lessons & Carols” – on Sunday, January 6, at 7pm in the church. For more information on this special program, please see this flyer.
St. Valentine Catholic School Open House
St. Valentine Catholic School welcomes all families to our Open House on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 5:00-7:00pm. 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 @ www.stvalentineschool.com