World Mission Sunday

The Month of October 2019 has been designated as Extraordinary Mission Month. The Holy Father has invited the whole Church to live an extraordinary missionary time commemorating the centenary of the promulgation of the Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud by Pope Benedict XV (30 November 1919).

The Theme of the Mission Month of October is “Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World. In the celebration of this Extraordinary month the Holy Father calls to mind: “Celebrating this month will help us in the first place to rediscover the missionary meaning of our bond of faith to Jesus Christ, faith freely received as a gift in Baptism… It is a mandate that touches us closely: I am always a mission; you are always a mission; every baptized woman and man is a mission… Each of us is a mission in the world because it is the fruit of God’s love.” (Pope Francis, Message for World Mission Sunday)

 Vatican Council II also reminds us that ‘The pilgrim Church is by her very nature missionary’. Today the Church, in a special celebration recalls the mission she had received from Christ. The Church is the assemble of all those who have experienced the joy and the challenge of the resurrection of Christ and the new life he has brought us. All of us are called to deepen our experience of this new life and are sent to share our experience with others by word and by the witness of Christian living.

 During this Extraordinary month of Mission, let us resolve to pray the Holy Rosary for the missions and priests and religious who tirelessly dedicate their lives in missions.

Our Archdiocese is in an effort to Unleash the Gospel in a new way. With the prompting of the Holy Spirit our diocese has been undertaking a lot of initiatives to engage people like never before and thereby save more souls for Christ. We are missionaries in our places. So let us pray for our diocese that we may grow and become missionaries in our lives.

St. Valentine Parish Office Sign

For some time, we have been thinking about putting up a Parish Office Sign to  match what we have in the front of the Church. Mr. Tom Alexander came forward to design and make the sign. Tom with the help of  Mr. Ricky installed it Tuesday morning. As a parish, we appreciate his willingness and generosity. May God bless your family abundantly.

I wish you all a blessed week.

 Fr. Kishore Babu Battu SAC 

Priest Convocation

 On October 13th after our Sunday duties, most of the priests of the Archdiocese of Detroit will be heading towards Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan to take part in the Convocation which will be from Sunday, October 13 through Thursday, October 17.

The theme for this Convocation will be Unleash the Gospel: Sent on Mission. Cardinal Joseph Tobin will be the main presenter and Archbishop Michael Byrnes will be the spiritual director for this year’s convocation.

 Fr. Kishore and I will be attending the Convocation as well. There will be changes in the daily Mass schedule as I am not able to get help to fill in. There is no Mass at Val’s or OLL on Monday, October 14. On Tuesday, October 15, there is no Mass at St. Val’s but a Communion Service will be held at OLL  at 8:30 a.m. followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction at 6.45 p.m. There will be Mass on Thursday, October 17 at St. Val’s School Chapel. Fr. John Wheeler will be the celebrant, but there is no Mass at OLL. On Friday, October 18 we will have Mass at both parishes, 8.30 a.m. at OLL and 8.15 a.m. an All School Mass at St. Val’s.

 Thursday October 17 through Sunday October 20 all the Deacons will be attending the Convocation at the same place. Please remember to keep us in your prayers and be assured of our prayers for you.

 Kindly take note of the changes in the Mass schedule for that week.

 Thank you and God bless you.

Fr. Socorro

Diaconate Program Information Night:

Are you being called to the Diaconate Program? An information night will be held on Wednesday, November 13th at National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Royal Oak.

Rosary Coast to Coast: October 13th 4 p.m.
Join your fellow “prayer warriors” from around the nation as we pray for peace in our nation and our world at the Detroit Renaissance Center on the Riverwalk.

Fun Run/Walk & Spaghetti Dinner

For the first time we had rain to begin our 14th Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk and Spaghetti Dinner. It never seemed to bother our little ones who were jumping in the puddles; it didn’t seem to bother our walkers or runners and our volunteers brought out their umbrellas to stay dry. The rain stopped shortly after 3 p.m. and all had a good time.

Thank you so much to our co-chairs Bonnie Danic and Jim Soter, they along with their spouses John and Patty did an excellent job, and I cannot thank them enough for their willingness to help the parish in this way. It takes in a lot of time and effort to have a successful event and year after year our co-chairs do it. Everything was well-run and organized, and they put a lot of work in behind the scenes to make sure that we had a great day for the parish.  

A huge thank you to our great team of volunteers, as well as all our sponsors. Without the help of all of you who stepped up to help in different ways, it wouldn’t have been as successful as it was. Also a big thank you to our Kohl’s volunteers. Many of the Kohl’s volunteers who helped are parishioners and we thank them for helping out the parish as well. This event has been growing year after year and it has been a wonderful opportunity to bring the parish, school and the neighborhood community together. Thank you so much to everyone who, once again, made this event a huge success.


Fr. Socorro