Welcome to St. Valentine,  Fr. Kishore! May God bless you in your ministry!

Hi friends,

     I am Fr. Kishore Babu Battu SAC from Andhra Pradesh, in the Southern part of India. Let me give you a short history of my life. I grew up in a beautiful state called Andhra Pradesh, Guntur region of India, which is known for its education and cultivation of rice, chilly and cotton. I am the fifth of seven children of Mrs. Mary Sunamdalu Battu and the Late Sebastian Battu. My parents are farmers. Unfortunately, I lost my father at the age of 14. I did my elementary school from 1st to 5th at home. Then my parents placed me in the boarding run by the Pallottine Fathers for further studies. I stayed there from 6th to 10th in the Pallottine boarding and successfully completed my studies. Those 5 years were crucial for my vocation to the Priesthood. The Pallottine Priests, their ministry, the Charism of the Society really inspired me to become  a servant in the vineyard of the Lord. I fulfilled my childhood dream of joining the Seminary. For thirteen years I studied at different stages of formation in the Pallottine Seminary.

 

I was ordained a priest for the ‘Society of the Catholic Apostolate’ on April 17th, 2008. I served as associate pastor as well as in-charge of boarding during my first assignment. I had many great opportunities to serve people in mission places, where I was brought up. It was a very satisfying ministry to serve people at these missions. After my first year of service, I was asked to be an administrator of the Millennium Residential High School, where I served as such for three years. It was a wonderful opportunity to take care of the physical and spiritual needs of the children who were in residence with us. At the same time, I also taught the children in the seventh grade and assisted the neighborhood diocesan parish with the Sacraments.

I arrived in Michigan in November of 2012 and was stationed here at St. Valentine parish for six months. Then, I was fortunate to be appointed as associate pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, in Livonia for three years. It really exposed me to different apostolates. Later I was transferred to St. Joseph Parish, in Lake Orion for two years. It has been an amazing experience here in a great parish. I had great experiences working at St. Joseph’s. And now I am so grateful to God for the opportunity to come back to St. Valentine and share the Good News of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I am very glad to be here to share with you the hope, joy and love of God with all of you.

 

God bless you all.

 

Fr. Kishore Babu Battu SAC

Dear Parishioners of St. Valentine,

It is with a heavy heart that I leave St. Valentine, a community I have come to call home. I want to thank all of you for accepting me and for helping me to help our parishes grow. As I have found to be true everywhere I have been, I honestly believe I have received more than I have ever given. God has been very good to me! May God continue to bless you and your families!

God has been extraordinary gracious towards me by placing me in the hands of good, caring, loving brother priest Fr. Socorro. He certainly made my life comfortable and helped me to get acclimated to the new life ever since I landed here. In this process of making my life comfortable, the St. Val’s staff also played an enormous role. So my thanks to Deacon Lawrence Toth, Rachel Damuth, Bonnie Danic, Sue Daly, Kris Brake, Bill and Ricky Charlton. 

I hope and pray that you will welcome Fr. Kishore Babu Battu as your Associate Pastor with open arms and together continue to grow this community that I have come to know and love. I am sure you will get to enjoy Fr. Kishore whom I know very well (as he comes at St. Val’s on his day-off), who like other Pallottine priests have left families and homeland to travel to USA in service to the Gospel.

As I say farewell, I want to assure you that you are all in my prayers and I ask that you keep me in yours. I have been entrusted with a new mission at the clustered parishes of St. Charles Borromeo, Newport and St. Anne, Monroe, that will have its own unique challenges and I will continue to need the grace of God. May the grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you always!

My New Address – St. Charles Borromeo Parish

                                  8033 N Dixie Hyw

                                  Newport 48166-9777

In Christ

Fr. Henry Rebello

 


Farewell, Fr. Henry,

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for ministering us for the past 5 years. We wish you many blessings in your new assignment. May God bless you!

 Bonnie Danic

St. Valentine Parish

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

We have had three consecutive weeks of significant Solemnities—Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, and now the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, better known by the name of Corpus Christi which translates from the Latin as the “Body of Christ.”

Clearly this is a celebration which brings our focus on the Eucharist, which is at the absolute center of our liturgy, and at the core of our Catholic faith. We have mentioned many times that all revolves around the Eucharist when we receive the real Body and Blood of the Lord. 

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (#1324), “The Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life.’ The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself.” 

The Eucharist should be the high point of our week, or even of our day. The author J.R.R. Tolkien (author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy), who was a devout Catholic, once stated, “The only cure for sagging or fainting faith is Communion. Though always itself, perfect and complete and inviolate, the Blessed Sacrament does not operate completely and once for all in any of us. Like the act of Faith it must be continuous and grow by exercise. Frequency is of the highest effect. Seven times a week is more nourishing than seven times at intervals.” Taken from Stewardship Bulletin Reflections

 


High School and College Graduates

Class of 2018 The St. Valentine community wishes to congratulate you on your graduation; and would like to recognize your accomplishment at our Noon Mass on Sunday, June 10th, 2018.

We invite you and members of your immediate family to attend the Mass; and join us afterwards, for light refreshments in the School Meeting Room. 

Please R.S.V.P. to the parish office (313-532-4394) by June 6th, if you plan on attending. Include the number of people who will be joining you; and, if you would like to participate in the Mass (as either a Eucharistic Minister or Lector), let the office staff know when you call.

 


Summer Daily Mass Schedule Change

Monday, June 11 – Friday, August 24, 2018

Our Summer Daily Mass schedule will begin on June 11th. Please, note the change in this year’s schedule.  Mass will be offered at 8:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretto on Tuesdays and at St. Valentine on Thursdays. Mass will be in the Church. 

The host parish will offer the opportunity for fellowship immediately following the celebration of the Eucharist.


Stewardship Thoughts

Today’s Scripture readings emphasize the old and new covenants. In the Book of Exodus, Moses brings the ancient Israelites to an agreement with God through the sacrificial blood of young bulls. This action prefigures Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice on the cross for our sins, and the opportunity for eternal salvation. The author of the Letter to the Hebrews contrasts Old Testament sacrifices of goats and calves with the new covenant sealed in the very Blood of Christ. In St. Mark’s Gospel, the evangelist tells of Jesus’ institution of the Eucharist at our Lord’s Last Supper. This action begins the new covenant with His disciples and us — a covenant that continues today. As faithful stewards, we believe in Christ’s true presence: Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, in Holy Communion. By receiving this tremendous gift, we become what we consume, finding strength to live virtuous and holy lives. As a result, with heart-felt gratitude, we deepen our love for God and neighbor in need. Check to see when Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction are scheduled in your parish and spend some quiet time with our Lord and Savior.


Fr. Henry’s Farewell Party is June 16th after the 5 pm Mass.

Please be sure to let us know if you are attending. All ages are welcome!