“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” (Mk 8: 34)

This Sunday we begin a series of seven Sunday Gospel readings from Mark’s account of the journey of Jesus and his disciples from northern Galilee to Jerusalem. Along the way Jesus gave
instructions about his identity and what it meant to follow him (discipleship). In training his disciples,Jesus realized that if his disciples did not know who he really was, then his entire ministry,suffering and death would be useless. Hence, he decided to ask a question in two parts. The first question: “who do people say that I am? Their answer was, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.” The second question: “who do you say that I am?”or what is your personal opinion?” For the first time in their relationship, Peter, speaking for the other disciples, declared publicly: “You are the Christ (Messiah) the Son of the living God.” Peter was the first apostle to recognize Jesus publicly as the Anointed One, the Messiah. However, Jesus was quick to explain to the disciples that he was not a political Messiah who would re-establish the Davidic kingdom after ousting the Romans. Instead, he was the Messiah who would redeem mankind by his suffering, death and Resurrection. Then we see Peter trying to dissuade Jesus from such a course. Jesus makes use of this situation and addresses to wider audience of the crowd and explains the three conditions to his disciple. Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.” Jesus lays down three conditions of discipleship. Denying self: This means, with God’s grace, evicting selfish thoughts, evil desires and tendencies from our heart and filling it with God. Carrying of the cross with Jesus: The cross always means pain and suffering. Our sufferings become the cross of Jesus with its saving power when we suffer with him by dying to our self-centeredness through serving others selflessly, enduring physical or mental pain and illness without complaint. Following Jesus: This means that, as followers of Christ, we should live our lives according to the word of God, by obeying what is commanded by Jesus.  What does Jesus mean to me? Founder of a religion? Revolutionary Jewish reformer? One of the great teachers? “How do I really see Jesus? Is Jesus a living experience for me, walking with me, loving me, forgiving me, helping me and transforming my life and outlook?

Fr. Kishore Battu SAC

Mass of Anointing  – September 29th

Having received from the Lord the charge to heal the sick, the Church strives to carry it out by taking care of the sick; and accompanying them with her prayer of intercession.

 Above all, the Church possesses a sacrament specifically intended for the benefit of the sick – the “Sacrament of Anointing”. It was instituted by Christ and is attested to by Saint James:

 

 “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call in the presbyters of the Church and let them pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:14-15).

 During the regularly scheduled, 5:00pm Mass on Saturday, September 29th, our parish will be offering the “Sacrament of Anointing”. This sacrament is intended for:

· Anyone who is seriously ill, including 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, or a family member, fit any of the descriptions above, we encourage you to register your name; attend this Mass; and receive an anointing. All you need do is:

 Call the Rectory Office (313) 532-4394;

 Register your name by Wednesday, September 26th;

And attend the Mass on September 29th.

 

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 on September 29, along with the Sacrament of Anointing, provide an opportunity to do just that.

 

– St. Valentine Worship Commission

Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven 

This Wednesday, August 15th, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven, a holy day of obligation. On this day we honor our Blessed Mother who has experienced the fullness of redemption by being raised body and soul into heaven.

All the feast days of Mary mark the great mysteries of her life and her part in the work of redemption. The central mystery of her life and person is her divine motherhood, celebrated both at Christmas and a week later (Jan. 1) on the feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. The Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8) marks the preparation for that motherhood, so that she had the fullness of grace from the first moment of her existence, completely untouched by sin. Her whole being was filled with divine life from the very beginning, as she was being prepared for the exalted role of mother of the Savior. 

The Assumption completes God’s work in her since it was not fitting that the flesh that had given life to God himself should ever undergo corruption. The Assumption is God’s crowning of His work as Mary ends her earthly life and enters eternity. The feast turns our eyes in that direction, where we will follow when our earthly life is over. Keeping that thought in mind, the opening  prayer for the Mass during the day reads: “Almighty ever-living God,  who assumed the Immaculate Virgin Mary, the Mother of your Son, body and soul into heavenly  glory, grant, we pray that, always attentive to the things that are above, we may merit to be sharers of her glory.” 

 We ask Mother Mary to intercede on our behalf, that we may come to know and love her Son, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World; and that we may someday merit to be sharers of her glory in heaven.

Besides celebrating the Solemnity of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, the Indians also celebrate their Independence Day on August 15, Independence from British rule since 1947. Secondly all the Indian Pallottines belong to the Province of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (ABVM) so it is our Province feast as well. So it is one celebration for all Catholics, two celebrations for all Indians and three for Pallottines belonging to ABVM Province. Happy Feast to All.

Holy Day Masses will be celebrated on Wednesday August 15 at 8.30 am and 7.00 p.m. 

Blessings,

Fr. Socorro

 

Prayer To Our Lady, Assumed Into Heaven

Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, we believe in your triumphant assumption into heaven where the angels and saints acclaim you as Queen. We join them in praising you and bless the Lord who raised you above all creatures. With them we offer you our devotion and love. We are confident that you watch over our daily efforts and needs, and we take comfort from our faith in the coming resurrection. We look to you, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. After this earthly life, show us Jesus, the blest fruit of your womb, O kind, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen


Faith Formation 2018-19

Registration forms for Faith Formation classes for the 2018-19 school year can be found on the table in the back of church or on the parish website at www.stvalentineparish.usunder Faith Formation. We ask you to register early so we can order books and supplies.

If you have any questions please call Bonnie in the Parish Office at 313-532-4394 x101 or email bdanic@stvalentineschool.com

Thank you!


Protecting God’s Children Workshop

St. Valentine Parish will be offering a Protecting God’s Children Workshop on Saturday, October 6th beginning at 9:00 a.m. sharp and ending at 12:00 noon in the School Library.

If you are interested in attending you must register on line. Please use the following format when registering.

Go to the Internet. In the address line type: www.aodonline.org On the right hand side of the page, click  on Protecting God’s Children, this will take you to the  link labeled Register for Training—Protecting God’s Children. Follow the instructions to register.

All adults who work or volunteer with children in the School, Faith Formation Program, Sports Program, and other activities in our parish MUST attend a Protecting God’s Children Workshop and have a Criminal Background Check.