Thank You!

 As a Parish we owe our thanks to the AOH (Ancient Order of Hibernians) for naming St. Valentine School and the Parish as the beneficiaries of the 54th Annual Charity Ball, held on October 14, 2017. After Mike and Maureen Kelly were awarded the 2017 Hibernians of the Year award the organizers called Fr. Henry and myself up and handed us the check in the amount of $6500.00. It was a pleasant surprise for all of us and we are so grateful to the organizers for their donations towards St. Valentine.

A number of St. Valentine parishioners, teachers and parents from the school were in attendance besides many others showing their support through advertisements and patrons. Thank you to all.

May God bless all their efforts and the charitable works the AOH does for the surrounding communities.


Rite of Candidacy

As it was mentioned in last weeks bulletin – Robert Calleja from St. Valentine and Joseph Colleran from St. Kenneth will be installed as Lector on Sunday, October 29th at the Noon Mass – the Mass will be celebrated by Most Rev. Bishop Gerard Battersby. Everyone is welcomed to be part of this celebration. We congratulate Bob and Joe in advance and pray that they may continue to journey with the Lord and serve Him in His vineyard.


Today Is Mission Sunday

Last weekend we heard the gospel account of Jesus speaking the parable of the king who invited his guests to the banquet. “Go out, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.” That mandate parallels Jesus’ command to his disciples, “Go to the ends of the earth and preach the gospel message to all peoples.” Mark 16:15.

That is what the Lord is asking us today as we reach out to those servant-missionaries who are giving their lives for the spread of the gospel and the support of the “Young Churches” they have established. They have truly gone to the main roads of the world and have invited so many to the Lord’s banquet.

We observe the annual day of prayer and sacrifice for the missions today. We unite ourselves also with our fellow Christians all over the world who with us attempt to share our faith with others, especially those who have not yet heard the name of Jesus. Today offers us the opportunity to join our missionaries in the “holiest and greatest work of the Church.”

AOH 54th Annual Charity Ball

Every year the AOH Stephen Walsh Division holds a Charity Ball to Honor two Distinguished Hibernians. This year the two Distinguished Hibernians are our own parish members, Mike and Maureen Kelly.  What a great honor for the St. Valentine family. With the Charity Ball event the AOH also chooses a parish to donate the proceeds to and this year St. Valentine Catholic School and the Parish is going to be the beneficiaries. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to support AOH and show our appreciation for Mike and Maureen Kelly as they do a lot for our community. 


The 54th Annual Ancient Order of Hibernians Charity Ball, will be  on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at  George F. Monaghan K of C Hall, 19801 Farmington Road, Livonia, MI$50.00 per person includes Dinner and Open Bar. Mass at 5:30 pm., Cocktails 6:30, Dinner 7:308:30 pm., Hibernians of the Year Award followed by Dancing to The Classic Band.


Any parish member can participate by purchasing tickets to the event and/or buying patron sponsors for $5.00 (which amounts to your name or family names being listed on a single line as a patron) to a 1/4 page business card ad $40.00, half page ad $60.00 or a full page ad $100.00. St. Valentine get’s 100% of the revenue for the ads/patrons we generate for the Program Book.


 We require ads and patrons to be turned in by October 6, 2017.


For tickets and ad book sales contact Maureen Kelly (St. Valentine School Librarian) at 313.533.719 or Thank you for your support. It would be like a parish event if many of us take part in it. Come let us join in and celebrate the achievements of Mike and Maureen.


In Gratitude

As we begin a new academic year, and here at St. Valentine as we begin to combine the Youth Group with Our Lady of Loretto, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Shannon Mcqueen and Pat Fox for coordinating together to help the young high school students for the past several years. They gave of their time and talent generously without getting any remuneration. They did this so that they could keep the youth connected to the church and help them deepen their faith. The group together did things for the community and took part every year in the Rainbow Conference hosted by the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) in the Archdiocese of Detroit. I am sure all those who have gone through youth group under the guidance of Shannon and Pat will have many cherished memories.

On behalf of Fr. Henry and St. Valentine Parish Community I would like to extend my thanks to Shannon and Pat. May you receive many blessings as a reward for all that you have done for the St. Valentine Parish Community.

God Bless you.

Fr. Socorro


Mass of Anointing—September 30th

During our regularly scheduled, 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday, September 30th, the parish will once again offer the “Sacrament of Anointing”, which is intended for, and should be considered by:

· Anyone who is seriously ill, whether at home, in hospitals or in nursing homes;

· Seriously sick children who are old enough to experience the sacramental benefits;

· Individuals about to undergo surgery due to a serious illness;

· The elderly, suffering the maladies of old age; and

· All individuals who are chronically ill or permanently disabled.

If you see yourself, or a family member, in any of the descriptions above, we encourage you to attend this Mass and receive the anointing  at Mass. All you need to do is:

Call the office at 313-532-4394 – To register your name no later than Wednesday, September 27th.

Remember, part of God’s plan for each of us is that we should fight strenuously against all sickness; and carefully seek His blessings for good health. This special Mass, along with the Sacrament of Anointing, provides an opportunity to do that.

St. Valentine Worship Commission


Meeting … Unleash the Gospel

Dear Friends,

I am calling a special meeting of all Commissions and Council members and all others who will be interested in learning more about Archbishop’s pastoral letter “Unleash the Gospel” which he issued on the Vigil of Pentecost, June 3, 2017. This meeting will be held on Monday, September 18 at 7.00 pm in the school meeting room, I would very much appreciate your attendance. 

In his pastoral letter, the Archbishop is leading the Archdiocese in becoming what Pope Francis has urged the Church to be: a band of joyful missionary disciples.  In doing so, he is following up on what we in the Church in Detroit heard the Holy Spirit say in Synod 16 (held last November). The letter outlines the rationale for this missionary direction, and identifies both the attitudes and actions needed for us to follow this prompting of the Holy Spirit. Our common understanding of the letter is crucial for the path we are called to follow. It signals a time of great blessing for the Church of Detroit.  

Deacon Ron (OLL) and Deacon Lawrence (St. Val) have prepared a presentation and will lead us in our review of the Archbishop’s letter. The meeting will last no more than 90 minutes, including time for Q&A and discussion.

If you wish to read the letter in advance of the meeting, it can be accessed at

Please make this meeting a priority. Thank you for your attention.


Fr. Socorro