They prostrated themselves and did him homage and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. (Mt. 2:11)

Today we celebrate solemnity of “The Epiphany of the Lord.” Now the word “Epiphany” comes from the Greek word ‘Epiphania’ meaning ‘revelation’ or ‘manifestation’. Today’s feast commemorates the public manifestation of God in the person of Jesus.  It’s manifestation of God to the Gentiles. 

Friends, our God is the God of all nations. He is God for all the people and all the nations. The first reading very clearly says that there will come a time when all the people will be brought together around the Lord and blessed abundantly.  The glory of the Lord will descend on earth and His glory will envelop the whole of creation. In our second reading St. Paul speaks of universal salvation. God loves the non – Christians too for they also are beneficiaries of God’s salvific plan.

The feast of the Epiphany was the manifestation of Jesus to the wise men. It was an event which Christians of the early Church celebrated with great enthusiasm.  There was a good reason for it: the wise men were the first non-Jews who believed in Christ, and early Christians, most of whom had been Pagans before, saw in the three wise men three of their own people. They praised God for having called not only Jews, but Pagans as well, to the faith. 

The journey of the wise men symbolically indicates the destination of our journey and the means to reach there. The journey of the wise men reveals to us that we too are pilgrims on earth in search of permanent dwelling place. The journey of the wise men towards the birthplace of Jesus indicates that we too are pilgrims who should travel towards God. We should travel towards God because only in Him can we find our ultimate fulfillment.

 


Gratitude & My Travel to India

  Christmas season is a grateful season. It reminds us to remember what God has done in our life, especially through Jesus Christ. My heart is filled with joy and happiness to appreciate all of you for sending me beautiful Christmas cards and wishes. In a special way I would like to thank you for your generosity and kindness. You are greatly appreciated. It’s been my pleasure to be with you celebrating Christmas and New Year’s. It’s time for me to take leave for a few days and be with my mum and siblings. I would like to inform you that I will be leaving for India on January 11th for vacation. I shall be back to the Parish on February 11th.

 

Kindly remember me in your prayers so that I may have safe travels and a great time with  my mum and siblings. I assure you my prayers. God bless.               

   Fr. Kishore Battu SAC

Feast of the Holy Family

This weekend the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. This feast reminds us especially of the role of the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph in God’s plan of salvation for us. These principal figures, the Holy Family, continue to inspire us and guide us in their faithfulness to the will of God and their loving fidelity to our New Born Savior. Let us ask the Holy Family to pray for all families, especially those most in need.

Here’s a beautiful prayer I found which can be said as a family on this feast day.

 Good and Gracious God, from the very beginning of time you made man and woman to live in loving relationship with you and one another. The family, created to be a reflection of your fruitful love, is meant to continue your mission of love in the world. Be with us today as we reflect on the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, who are models of faith for each of us. Help our families to be holy, even in the midst of struggles and challenges, knowing wherever two or three are gathered in your name, you are present. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Happy New Year!

January 1st, The New Year begins with the observation of the Holy Day of Obligation of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. This Holy Day brings to a close the eight day celebration of the Nativity of the Lord. On this eighth day the focus is on Mary, the Mother of the divine Savior. As we continue to celebrate Christmas, let us ask the Blessed Virgin, the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of all us, to pray for us that we may be increasingly more grateful for the salvation and redemption of her Son and to be faithful to His Gospel way of life. And May Mother Mary assist us to be joyful messengers of the Good news.

    Being a Holy Day of Obligation we have the Vigil Mass on December 31st at 5.00 pm and on January 1st at 9.00 am.

 On behalf of Fr. Kishore I wish you a Happy and Holy New Year. May the New Year find us all receiving the graces offered by God and may we be open to almighty God’s blessings and graces upon us; may our troubles be few; our challenges not overcome us; and our joy increase throughout 2019.

 


Vacation Time

Fr. Kishore will be going home for vacation and he will be leaving on January 11th to be back on February 11th. We wish him a safe journey and a relaxing time with his loved ones.  So with him gone we will have changes in our weekday Mass schedule as we have done it for the past several years. Monday’s and Tuesday’s 8.30 am Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Loretto Church and Thursday’s and Friday’s Mass at 8.30 will be at St. Valentine. This schedule will begin on Monday, January 14th and end on Wednesday February 13th, 2019.

Just want to let you know specially to those who are new to this schedule that Thursday’s Mass will be in the school chapel and Friday’s Mass will be in the Church on School days as it will be Mass with the school kids. Thanks for adjusting to these changes.

 


A special thanks:

At this time of the year along with Fr. Kishore we would like to thank everyone who has treated us so kindly with love, greetings, gifts, prayers and blessings. We also extend our thanks to all those who have contributed to make our Advent and Christmas liturgies so meaningful.

The simple beauty of our parish celebrations comes together because of the rich personal gifts, talents and dedication of many in our parish, including decorators, Musicians and Choir Members, Ushers and Altar Servers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, and Sacristans. Thanks to the parents for encouraging their children to take part in the Nativity Play and the Children’s Choir. We are always so appreciative of the all those who attend our celebrations and make it so lively by active participation. Sincere thanks to all who have so generously contributed towards our 2018 Christmas offertory collection. May God bless each and every one of you, and may Christ’s peace reign in your hearts and in your homes.

God Bless you,

Fr. Socorro

Christmas Message – 2018

On behalf of Fr. Kishore and our parish staff I wish you a Christmas full of peace, gratitude, joy and love. May Jesus hold you close to His heart during this Blessed Christmas Season and throughout the New Year- 2019. And may the blessings of this holy season descend on all of you in abundance. “For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.” (Lk.2:11) With these words an angel of the Lord announced to the shepherds the good news of the arrival of the long awaited Messiah. Christmas is a time to reflect upon the great love of our heavenly Father and His great gift to all.  There is no greater gift that anyone could give than the gift of one’s only child. The celebration of the birth of Jesus is therefore a celebration of the infinite love of our heavenly Father. As we experience this love let us pray that we may have love for one another, be reconciled with each other and accept one another. Let this Christmas be special – let us try to experience deep within us that the Love our Heavenly Father has for us and try to share it with others.

Welcome

Christmas has a way of bringing to Church individuals and families who, for various reasons, have not been to Mass or the Sacraments for months or years. What a wonderful and grace-filled opportunity to put aside past differences and old habits and begin anew that prayerful relationship with the Lord and His Church community. Together, may we grow in strength and grace to know and celebrate God’s presence in our lives and His dominion over all things of this world.

As our Archbishop mentions in his letter “Unleash the Gospel” – “For evangelization to have its effect we must ensure that our communities extend a warm welcome to everyone who walks through the door.”

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all those who will be returning back to St. Valentine Parish even though you have not been here regularly – you have 2019 to look ahead and to make new decisions. 

 We also remember those who may be sick, lonely or bereaved and we pray for those who have died. May we share in the Peace and Joy of God’s presence.

Christmas Blessings to all,
Fr. Socorro Fernandes SAC.

 


Lessons & Carols 2019

As a way to close out the Christmas season in January, our parish Worship Commission has scheduled a “Festival Of Lessons & Carols” – on Sunday, January 6, at 7pm in the church.  For more information on this special program, please see this flyer.

 

 

 

St. Valentine Catholic School Open House

St. Valentine Catholic School welcomes all families to our Open House on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 5:00-7:00pm. Please join us to find out the many benefits our school can provide for your child. Our school offers faith based educational excellence for Preschool through Grade Eight. At our open house you will have the opportunity to tour the school, meet the teachers, and gain valuable information about how our school can help your child. Our school is located in Redford on Hope St. just off of Beech Daly between Schoolcraft and Five Mile. If you would like more information please call 313 533-7149 or visit our website @ www.stvalentineschool.com