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
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!
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.