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:


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



Guidelines to be followed when you come to Church

If you want to attend Mass Archdiocese of Detroit has set forth certain guidelines that must be followed. These requirements are for your protection, and for the safety of your fellow parishioners.

1.  Those older than 65 years old, with a compromised health conditions or caring for the sick in any way, should be encouraged to stay home. Anyone who is ill, has a temperature, cough, should definitely stay home as an act of justice to the whole community.

 2.  The dispensation from the Sunday obligation to attend Mass is granted to all the faithful through Sunday, September 6, 2020. Although Sunday Mass participation may not be available, attending Mass on weekday should be good as well.

3.  Under the AOD guidelines one needs to maintain social distancing of six feet or more. In order to follow that guideline seating will be limited in the Church. Family members may sit (or walk) together without any concern for the spacing.

 4.  Masks are to be worn by everyone approaching church and inside the Church- (except for those under 2 years old.) You will need to remove or lower your mask and remove gloves if you are wearing them before approaching to receive the Eucharist. After you consume the Body of Christ you need to put your mask back before you start the return trip to your seat.

 5.  If you desire to receive Holy Communion on your tongue, you will need to approach the EM’s last.

 6.  Offertory collections will be dropped in baskets placed near the church entrances.

 7.  When exiting the church after Mass, you will have to be patient in order to maintain the required spacing. Bulletins will not be handed out, but they will be made available at the entrances of the Church. 

Clergy Assignment Announcements from Archbishop Vigneron

Reverend Kishore Battu, SAC, with the concurrence of his superior, Very Reverend Arogyadas Kottana, Regional Rector, appointed Administrator of St. Michael Parish, Monroe, effective August 1, 2020.  Fr. Battu is currently serving as Associate Pastor of St. Valentine Parish, Redford and Our Lady of Loretto Parish, Redford.

The above announcement was made on Sunday, May 17, 2020. As Fr. Kishore’s new assignment begins on August 1st he will continue to serve at both the Churches till then. We definitely want to thank him for his two years of ministry with us, including his responsibility as the Director of Religious Education. With the issue of social distancing being on our way, we may not be able to have a reception in his honor, but we can find ways to thank him personally as you come and go for the weekend liturgies.

Livestreamed Holy Week Liturgies from Blessed Sacrament Cathedral

 Holy Week

Palm Sunday: Palms are not to be distributed in the parish during the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order and may be distributed at a later time.

Chrism Mass: Will be celebrated privately and livestreamed from Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Monday of Holy Week (6 April) at 7 pm. Arrangements will be made for the oils to be distributed to the parishes through the Vicars.

Triduum liturgies are to be offered in private. Triduum liturgies with Archbishop Vigneron will be livestreamed from Blessed Sacrament Cathedral; see times below.

a. Mass of the Lord’s Supper:  Mass will be livestreamed from Blessed Sacrament Cathedral at 7 pm

b. Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion: This Liturgy will be livestreamed from Blessed Sacrament Cathedral at 1 pm

c. Easter Vigil:  This Mass will be livestreamed from Blessed Sacrament Cathedral at 9:00pm

Administering the Sacraments of Initiation to those in RCIA is to be postponed until a later date when the fuller community can be present. The Archbishop will determine a suitable time for the reception of these members into the Church (RCIA, 26-27). This will be announced in advance to allow proper preparation.

Easter Sunday: This Mass will be livestreamed from Blessed Sacrament Cathedral at 11:00am.