Pentecost Sunday

This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost, the culminating feast of the entire Easter season, which we have kept already for a full fifty days. Today is observed as the “birthday” of the Church. The same Holy Spirit Who hovered over the Virgin Mary at the Annunciation was sent by the Risen Christ into the hearts of the first disciples gathered in prayer together in the Upper Room with Our Lady, making them witnesses of the Lord’s promises to the ends of the earth. The Holy Spirit bestows and liberates gifts.

  We receive the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Baptism and Confirmation strengthens them. As we celebrate Pentecost, Jesus wants us to rekindle those gifts in our hearts and lives. It’s good to remind ourselves today the 7 Gifts of the Spirit, what they are and what effect they have in our lives:

 · Knowledge – the gift of knowing the truth; knowing the Father and Jesus the Savior whom He sent among us.  

· Wisdom – the power to see all things as God sees them.

· Understanding – the gift of understanding God’s revelation.

· Counsel – the gift of helping us to see just what we should do in a difficult situation.

· Fortitude – the power to carry through joyfully what we know to be right.

· Piety – the gift that leads us to feel for God the love that a child feels for a loving parent and enables us to see all others as our brothers and sisters.

· Fear of the Lord – the gift that enables us to be willing to respond to the impulses of the Holy Spirit and gives us a fear of being separated from God. 

 It is important to remember, though, that being a Christian is the first gift of the Holy Spirit, and that each person has special gifts which the Holy Spirit uses for the good of the whole Church. 


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.


Stewardship Thoughts

On this Pentecost Sunday, the Scripture readings reveal the powerful works of the Holy Spirit in the early Christian community. On this occasion of Pentecost, the Church “is made manifest to the world” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1076). In other words, it is at Pentecost that the Catholic Church is born. In the Acts of the Apostles, we observe the power and authority that the Holy Spirit bestows upon the disciples through the symbols of wind and tongues of fire. In St. John’s Gospel, Jesus gives His followers the gifts of the Spirit: peace and the power to forgive sins. In his First Letter to the faith community at Corinth, St. Paul persuades them to strive for unity and to acknowledge one another’s gifts, service, and works given by the Most Holy Trinity as one Body in Christ. As faith-filled stewards, what God-given gifts and services do we offer weekly at the altar of the Lord to uplift our parish communion? In a spirit of evangelization, are we building up the Body of Christ by inviting our brothers and sisters to a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior? To build a relationship with the Holy Spirit, please visit the Franciscan website, The Wild Goose, at thewildgooseisloose.com.


Go Tigers!!!!!!!!

 We have a total of 16 tickets left for the Tiger Game on Friday, July 20th. This is the Detroit Tigers versus Boston Red Socks,  we will travel in a fine motor coach, the bus driver is able to park close to the gates, so there isn’t much walking. The cost is very reasonable $39 per ticket and that includes the motor coach and game. There are fireworks afterward, we do stay to watch. So please come and join us, you will be glad you did! Let’s fill the bus and root for our Tigers!

Your money is due now. If you have ordered tickets and still owe please send a check payable to “St. Valentine” drop it in the collection basket marked “Tiger Game.”

Call Cecilia Gallagher for tickets or information on 313-613-7463 or email cecgall@ameritech.net.

 

 

Mother’s Day Blessing

Prayer for Mothers

Heavenly Father,
from the beginning you have chosen to entrust
the human person to mothers in a special way.
We thank and praise you for the gift of mothers;
for their tenderness, care, and compassion,
for their intuition and encouragement,
for commitment and sacrifice.
Bless all mothers this day.
Keep, strengthen, and refresh them
in your loving care.
May they be blessed by our open-hearted
love and gratitude. 
Amen.

Feast of the Ascension of the Lord

On this Feast of Ascension, Jesus is commissioning the disciples to go and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. A ‘commission’ means a task or matter entrusted to one as an agent for another. We are entrusted with a mission that Jesus himself wanted to do.

  “After speaking to them, the Lord Jesus was taken up into heaven and took his place at the right hand of God” (Mk 16:19). After the incident of Ascension, Jesus is no more present in this world in the physical human form. Today we are the ones who represent Jesus in this world. We are the ambassadors of Christ (2 Cor 5:20). We are to continue the ministry and mission of Jesus. In Luke 10:1, we read “the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go”. Whenever we preach the Good News to someone, we are continuing the Ascension experience that disciples had two thousand years ago and is making Jesus manifest in this world. Remember that “we are the aroma of Christ” (2 Cor 2:15).

 They will cast out demons, they will pick up snakes, and if they drink anything poisonous they will be unharmed, they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will be healed” (Mk 16:17,18). As Christians who are sent out to represent Jesus in this world, we are given the share of his power too and are offered victory over demons, sickness, and harmful objects and so on. We must live in this awareness that we are given the victory by the Lord already. We are a victorious people.

 “The Eleven went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the wonders that accompanied it” (Mk 16:20).Wherever disciples preached the Good News, there were miracles too. By a word Peter cured the crippled beggar who was at the gate of the Temple (Act 3:1-10). But always remember that these wonders happened in the life of the disciples only after they started to preach the Good News. We too will be able to perform miracles if we begin to preach, not any time before that. Therefore, start to Act Now.

 The Feast of Ascension of our Lord is giving us the responsibility of representing Jesus in this world. Let us ask ourselves whether, in this life, have given Jesus to at least one person who was ignorant of Jesus; may be a shop keeper, or a car driver, or our co-worker in the office, or may be a student in our class. Let us be ‘proud of being a Christ-ian.

 Let’s make Jesus Christ visible in this world!

Fr. Henry


Rummage Sale

Our Spring Rummage Sale is just around the corner Saturday, May19th, from 9am to 2pm. PLEASE we need volunteers in order to make this a success. There is no experience necessary. If you are a high school or college student that needs community service hours or if you are new to the parish and would like to volunteer please call me, we would love for you to join us.  You may drop off your items on Friday May 18th from 7 am to 7 pm. All proceeds go to St. Valentine Parish. Thank you.

 Cecilia Gallagher –

Rummage Sale Coordinator


 

Spring Clean Up, Come One, Come All

We will be setting aside Saturday, May 26th, from 9am to 12 pm, for Spring clean up inside and around the church. 

A heartfelt THANK YOU!! Our  parish grounds look so beautiful this Spring thanks to the all the dedicated helping hands who have responded to the call at previous spring and fall round ups. 

We will again be planting flowers and sprucing up the beds for summer beauty. The inside of church needs some extra hands to help clean those beautiful stained glass windows and a few other lighter housework tasks. 

If you can spare some time, please bring your tools and talents and join a fun group of folks while making our grounds look beautiful!! 

If there is a Funeral that morning, the inside work will have to be postponed.

Thank you in advance for YOUR dedication to our parish.

Please call Eileen MacDonell if you have any questions: 313-592-0481.

Faith Formation Farewell for Fr. Henry!

On Monday, April 29th the Faith Formation year came to an end with a Prayer Service in the Chapel with Fr. Henry.  Children, teachers, staff and parents were on hand for the Prayer Service.  Fr. Henry thanked everyone for their volunteering, as well as the children and parents for attending this year.  We concluded the gathering with our own Thank You to Fr. Henry.  We thanked him for his leadership these past 5 years and wished him well in his new assignment.

As a parting gift we gave Father a HUGE Father O’Henry Chocolate Bar filled with chocolates and good wishes from the kids.  The entire Faith Formation Program wishes you all the very best!