St. Valentine Parish Council Meeting Minutes – Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Attending:  Fr. Socorro, Jeff Kramer, Ron Fron, Mary Anthony, Lisa Alexander, Fr. Henry, Joe Kelly, Tony Janisse, Walt Bankowski, Mike Nowak, Rosemary Fox

Meeting was opened at 7:30 PM with a prayer from Mary Anthony

New Business

Linda Thompson provided feedback from a forum they attended at OLGC concerning the Catholic Women Bible Study called “Walking with Purpose”.  

· There are 22 weekly lessons to study at home and a monthly meeting (with coffee) for discussion.

· Will need small space for the meeting and advertising (and perhaps child care)

Parish Council agreed to support

Old Business

Fundraising events

No decision was made on a future event.  Many ideas were discussed.  More ideas/discussion on events are needed

Commission Reports

 Pastoral Update: Fr. Socorro

Father will be in India April 9th to May 8th

 Pastoral Update: Fr. Henry

During the Easter Vigil, 9 people will be receiving sacraments

 Christian Service: Rosemary Fox

· The seven members of the committee have completed their work for this year.

· The Lenten Soup Supper at St. Valentine went well.

The Right to Life baby shower was a good event


· The Receiving of the Cup will return for Easter

Funding for the LED lights project was approved by Men’s Club.  They should be ready for Easter.

 Meeting was closed at 9:10 PM with a prayer from Fr. Henry

 Next Meeting is April 17, 2018 – 7:30 PM

Stewardship Thoughts

The themes linked in today’s Scripture readings call for us to avoid sin by following the Lord’s directives, to repent, and to seek forgiveness. St. Peter, in the Acts of the Apostles, relates the evil of Christ’s passion and death, and that through repentance and conversion, our sins be wiped away. St. John, in his First Letter, reminds us that Jesus is an offering for our sins. In St. Luke’s Gospel, Jesus appears to His disciples after His Resurrection while two of them recount their encounter with Jesus on the road to Emmaus. They finally recognize Him in the breaking of the bread. The Church has long taught that partaking of the Eucharist forgives lesser sins. Likewise, participating in the sacrament of Reconciliation for the forgiveness of sins opens us to Christ’s grace, bringing us closer to Him, giving us peace in our lives. This week, go to confession and receive Holy Communion to draw into union with Christ.



The 2018 Lenten season has begun; and people are considering what they can do to make this Lenten season more meaningful in their daily lives. As you may know, the theme our parish selected for 2018 is a traditional one – “Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving”.

And to help parishioners decide on their Lenten resolution(s), a “Preparation Guide For Lent 2018” was inserted in our church bulletin dated 2/11/18. If you missed the bulletin, or misplaced the Guide, simply click here to view it online .

– St Valentine Worship Commission

Synod 16 Update

 I had the esteemed honor of attending the now famous Synod 16 as a member of St. Valentine’s Parish. The three days were packed with so much it is hard to give you an adequate summary without taking multiple pages. I encourage you to go to the Michigan Catholic on line, November 25th edition, or the Archdiocesan website:  for well written and  captivating video portrayals of this historical event.

 Throughout the preparation period and at the Synod itself, many themes surfaced. We were to find ways that would “change the DNA of the Archdiocese,” to “Unleash the Gospel “ and to encourage all of us to  “become joyful missionary disciples,” professing the saving Love of Christ to all in southeastern Michigan.

  At our first gathering of the Synod, we soon felt in our souls that these were not mere slogans. More than 400 Catholics processed outside singing Come Holy Ghost, in public streets along Washington Boulevard. During the ensuing mass at the magnificent St Aloysius Church, the fervor, and the intensity of the congregation was impressive and palpable. Something very different was happening here. Certainly the Holy Spirit was upon us and remained with us as we spent three days praying, discerning, discussing, evaluating, and prioritizing goals that will allow us to actualize the message in those themes. It was equally inspiring to witness members in all 6 of the AOD counties share similar deliberations and conclusions despite our diversity.

A pastoral letter from Archbishop Vigneron will likely be given during Pentecost 2017.  What do we do until then? Well, one thing for sure that we should not do, is be a passive observer in our pew. It is time to change our own DNA, NOW!!  As one synod members aptly said, “The challenge for the individual is to be a faithful Catholic, a committed Catholic, to be something worth sharing.“ To paraphrase a famous quote: ask not what God can do for you, but what you can do for GOD.

  Thank you to all who prayed for us during the Synod. We are asked to continue praying for the success of Synod 16 and, if I may add, pray for the rebirth of us, the individual, as the Holy Spirit continues to guide us.

 There are personal pictures from the event on our church bulletin board in the main vestibule.

 Warmest Regards, and wishing you all a Blessed Christmas,

Eileen MacDonell

 Synod 16 Prayer:

God our Father, you have called us to be witnesses to Jesus and have sent us on a mission to lead all people to encounter him. Send you Holy Spirit to enlighten our minds and enkindle our hearts, so that we may grow daily as your disciples. Empower us to face bravely the challenges of our time. Keep us close to you, together with Jesus your Son, Mary our Mother, and St. Anne our patroness as we engage in Synod 16 to Unleash the Gospel. Transform us into a band of joyful missionary disciples, who will bring the message of Jesus’ power and mercy to every person in Southeast Michigan. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

                                                                                                Archdiocese of Detroit ( AOD)