Some Questions and Answers Regarding Communion:

Q. How should I dress for Mass?

A. Out of respect for your fellow parishioners, please dress modestly and appropriately for the Lord’s Banquet. Our clothing and style of dress should not call attention to ourselves, but should reflect a healthy respect and reverence for others and for ourselves.

Q. Are we still supposed to fast for one hour before receiving Communion?

A. Yes. Those who wish to receive Holy Communion are to abstain for at least one hour before Holy Communion from all food and drink with the sole exception of water and medicine. The elderly, the sick, and those who care for them may receive Holy Communion even if they have eaten something within the preceding hour.

Q. Why do we fast?

A. We fast because it helps us to prepare for and appreciate the sacredness of such a great gift: the Holy Eucharist. Fasting reminds us of just what we are doing: receiving the very Body and Blood of Christ. Fasting reminds us that we must prepare ourselves spiritually so that we might truly hunger for the Lord, who is the Bread of Life.

 Q. What about gum or candy?

A. Chewing gum at Mass is certainly not in the spirit of the communion fast. We should never come to Holy Communion with gum or candy in our mouth. In fact, we should refrain from chewing gum or eating candy whenever we are in church, not just before Communion. Catholics do not chew gum at Mass.

 Q. How should we receive Holy Communion?

A. After the person ahead of us has received Communion and stepped aside, we should offer a simple bow of reverence with our head and then step forward. We may receive the consecrated host either in our hands or directly on the tongue. If we receive in the hands we should take care that they are clean (as a sign of reverence) and place one hand over the other and raise them up high, forming a throne with our hands to receive the Body of Christ. As the priest or minister places the host in our hands and says “The Body of Christ” we should respond loudly and clearly “Amen.” The “Amen” is an expression of our faith—that we believe what the Church teaches about the Holy Eucharist. The “Amen” also expresses our willingness to follow Christ and to imitate Him.

 Q. Can I take the host directly from the priest or communion minister before it is placed in my hand?

A. No. The Eucharist is a gift and gifts are received, not taken. In fact, the Holy Eucharist is God’s great gift to us, and like all gifts, it is something that we receive with gratitude and respect, not something that we reach out and take or grab.

St. Valentine Fun Run Coming September 15th!

Please join us for our 14th Annual St. Valentine 5K (3.1 miles) Fun Run/Walk and Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, September 15, 2019, at 2:30 PM.
The Run/Walk will take place in the neighborhood surrounding the parish with the Spaghetti Dinner and other events in the parish gym.
All ages and skill levels are invited to share in the fun, friendship and fellowship.  Please see the attached flyer for more information and the opportunity to registration.  If dining with us is your only desire, please also see the attached flyer for information as a dinner guest.

Thank you for your interest and support in this parish event and we hope to see you on September 15th.

St. Valentine Race Committee
Bonnie Danic,  John Danic
Jim Soter, Patty Soter


RCIA “Right of Christian Initiation of Adults” is the process through which non-Catholics are given instruction to become Catholics. The process will begin this year on October 3rd and culminates with people receiving the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil. The process includes weekly instructional gatherings, two events at the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, and several Sunday celebrations here at St. Valentine. 

 The instructional gatherings provide the participants with information regarding our Faith, including meaning of sacraments, the Holy Trinity, the Saints, the Holy Family, Catholic prayer and liturgy, the Church itself, and many other aspects of our Faith.

 RCIA is for adults who:

· Are interested in learning about the Catholic Faith

· Have never been baptized

· Have been baptized in another Christian faith and are interested in the Catholic Faith

· Are baptized Catholics who have not yet received the Sacraments of First Communion or Confirmation

· Are married to a Catholic and attend Mass and would like to take the next step to become a member of the Catholic Church

· Are Catholic but want to learn more about their Faith

    If you know of anyone interested in becoming Catholic, please invite them to contact the Parish Office at 313-532-4394, Deacon Ron, Fr. Kishore or Fr. Socorro. If you are interested yourself in learning more about our Faith, you are also invited to attend the RCIA sessions. 

 This year the sessions will be held weekly on Thursday evenings at St. Valentine beginning on October 3rd

See you all next Sunday at the picnic Mass and fun!

Fr. Kishore Battu SAC