Gratitude is the memory of the heart

On November 15th, 2012, I landed on American soil and St. Valentine Parish welcomed me that night (Thanks to Fr. Suresh for his willingness to accommodate me) and I remember very well that first night I spent here at St. Valentine. I was invited to the Entrée with Padre dinner with men of the parish. It was an enjoyable evening with foods I had never eaten before! I stayed at St. Valentine until June 2013. Ever since, St. Valentine Parish has been a home away from home for me. I will always feel at home here at St. Valentine. My initial stay here with you was a great learning experience. You were amazing and very welcoming. When I received a call from the Archdiocese to move to St. Valentine, I was so happy to come here and spread the love of God.

It has been a wonderful experience to be with you, learning and growing in the Lord. These few lines of mine come to you in a special way to express my heart felt gratitude and thanks for all that you have been to me, during my stay here. What a blessing and honor to minister here at this amazing parish. I am so grateful to Fr. Socorro for accepting me to do my ministry here at St. Valentine. It is great to be with you. As you know, Fr. Socorro is a great shepherd. I have learned many great things from his way of leading a parish. You are an awesome priest. You are humble, simple, and down to earth. Your way of keeping in touch with parishioners and your availability to them is inspiring.  I thank you for the freedom, support, encouragement, love, and concern. I always felt at home with you. My two years of stay with you gathered a lot of experiences for my ministry. I am grateful for your generosity of time and sharing of your experiences. 

Special thanks to Sue Daly and Bonnie Danic for your friendly atmosphere. Thanks for understanding me and supporting me in learning things here. You are an amazing staff and I am humbled to work with you all. You are spirited, efficient, capable, people oriented, and friendly nature is greatly appreciated. I felt at home and had good company with you all. Thanks a lot for encouraging and supporting me in my priestly ministry.

My sincere gratitude to Bonnie for your great help to me especially running the Faith Formation program. Thanks to all the teachers and volunteers in Faith Formation for your generosity of time and talent.  

Dear parishioners, it is great to know you. I am blessed and honored to be with you at St. Valentine. It has always been my joy and happiness to celebrate mass with all of you. You are all amazing and faithful, loving and caring. I am sure; I am enriched by being here with you. Your openness, community spirit, simplicity and generosity are exemplary. Thank you so much for making it possible for me. Forgive me for my long homilies and my crazy English accent. St. Valentine Parish remains always a home away from home. You are affectionate, open, and hospitable.

And finally, but not least, I had a fabulous time with the children at our school. I greatly appreciate Principal, Rachel Damuth and all the staff. I will miss seeing the children’s smiles and energy. Thanks a lot for everything. I will be ministering at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Monroe. Kindly continue to pray for me that the Holy Spirit may guide me in my new ministry. I will miss St. Valentine Parish. You are amazing. I assure you my prayers. God bless you all.

My new address:

Fr. Kishore Babu Battu SAC
St. Michael The Archangel Parish
502 W Front,
Monroe, MI 48161

 With love and prayers,

Fr. Kishore Babu Battu SAC


Change in Mass Times & Confession Times

At St. Valentine beginning Saturday, August 1st Mass will change from 5 pm to 5:30 pm. On Sunday, August 2nd Mass times will be changed to 8:30 am and 12 noon. Daily Mass at St. Valentine will be on Thursday and Friday’s at 8:30 am in the Church.

At this time confessions will be held ONLY at OLL on Saturday from 3:15 pm—3:45 pm.

At OLL Mass times on Saturday will be at 4 pm and Sunday Mass at 10 am. Daily Mass will be on Monday and Tuesday’s at 8:30 am.

Farewell Wishes to Fr. Kishore

 I want to thank Fr. Kishore for his assistance and for his ministry with us for the past two years. We were privileged to have him at least for two years.  His presence helped me in various ways, although being a pastor for two parishes I did not have to worry about too many things. He took care of most of the things including the Sacraments at St. Valentine. Being the Director of Religious Education program at St. Valentine he truly took his responsibilities seriously and did whatever was entrusted to his care. He met with parents whose children were preparing to receive the Sacraments, he met with children of those receiving Sacraments, and helped with the confessions at the School and the Religious Ed Students.

With his presence with us I could enjoy my vacation without worrying about both the parishes knowing for sure that things will be taken care of, and he did. He did so many baptisms, visited the sick, helped me with taking care of funerals, helped with the Sacrament of Penance and the list could go on. Knowing of the things that he has done here I am confident that he will be able to handle his big responsibility as Administrator of St. Michael the Archangel Parish and later on as its pastor. He is going to Monroe  with rich experiences of ministering in three different parishes. Let us assist him with our prayers.

On behalf of St. Valentine Parish I want to thank you Fr. Kishore for your presence amidst us and for all the help you gave me in my ministry.

I was blessed to have the assistance of both Fr. Henry and Fr. Kishore for 7 years. And now the real fun begins, if I think of all the things that I have to do by looking at the whole year it could be overwhelming so I will just take one day at a time and help minister to people of both the parishes as best as I can. I will need your help through prayers.


 CSA 2020: Theme: “Rise, Be Not Afraid”

 CSA SUNDAY AT PARISHES – the weekend of September 12/13 Weekend after Labor Day.

 This year the Archdiocese is going to handle all the mailings so you should  be receiving your CSA letters during the fourth week of August. The CSA goal has been reduced by 15% of its original goal, so the goal for St. Valentine is $39,100.00 

  With all that said what is also important is that you take care of yourself. So continue following the rules that we are all called to follow, social distancing, wearing masks, staying healthy. Let’s continue holding one another in our prayers.

Blessings on all,

Fr. Socorro


It is Hard to Say Good-bye

We really DO NOT want to see Father Kishore leave. And, we wish to let him know how much we care and will miss him! So, please join us on Sunday, July 26th after the 9:00 a.m. Mass in front of St. Valentine to say good-bye and enjoy a DONUT with him.       


Wanted: Football Heroes

St. Michael in Livonia is calling all 3rd  – 8th grade student athletes from surrounding parishes. To register for the Fall 2020 season follow this link:

https://church.livoniastmichael.org/apps/form/Sports-Registration-Fall2020

Registration is open from July 1 to July 31. We offer 3 football teams:

Freshman (Grades 3-4) Head Coach: Steve Goward

Junior Varsity (Grades 5-6) Head Coach: Brandon McCormick

Varsity (Grades 7-8) Head Coach: Mark Pelton

In order to proceed with having a team, a minimum roster size is required by  the July 31 deadline.

For questions, contact Bob Rowland, A.D. at 313-598-5350 or email

browland@stmichael.org

 

Congratulations to members of Catholic Church!

Congratulations!

On June 14th at the 9 am Mass three of our six Catechumens were brought into the Catholic Church. We congratulate Louis Martin, Jo’Van Martin and Jacob Frankmann. Louis and Jacob went thru the RCIA program held on Thursday evenings and Ja’von was instructed thru our School. We welcome these 3 fine gentlemen. Please be sure to send your congratulations to them when you see them in Church.


 

From the Archdiocese of Detroit;  Directives for Resumption of Public Masses: Phase II

I. Necessary conditions for public Masses in the Archdiocese of Detroit:

1.Face-coverings/masks are to be worn by the faithful in the church.

2.Cleaning and sanitizing of church facilities must be done using proper techniques before or after Masses.

3.Physical distancing is to be practiced in the church and on the church property.

4.Parish churches should not exceed 50% of total capacity for the church.

a. This limit should allow people to remain at least six feet apart.

b. Depending on church layout, this number may have to be less than 50% of the total capacity.

c. An additional location on the church property (e.g. social hall, parking lot) may be used as an “overflow” for additional people desiring to attend public Mass. Any such indoor area should not exceed the same 50% capacity for the space.

5.Outdoor Masses are permitted without a strict capacity limit provided physical distancing guidelines are maintained.

II. Funerals, Weddings, and Baptisms are permitted under the same conditions.

III. With the permission of the pastor, non-liturgical gatherings may take place indoors if they observe strict health and safety guidelines, face-coverings are worn, and the gathering not exceed 10 persons. Non- liturgical gatherings up to 100 people are permitted outdoors provided physical distancing is maintained.

IV. All the faithful in the Archdiocese of Detroit are dispensed from their Sunday obligation to attend Mass through Sunday, September 6, 2020.

V. Pastors have been given directions about Confirmations for the remainder of the calendar year.