Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Never Stop Seeking Holiness  Matthew 7:7-12     "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asks for a loaf of bread, or a snake when he asks for a fish? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him. Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets.”

Wednesday of the First Week of Lent

Luke 11:39-42
The Lord said to him, “Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil. You fools! Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside? But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you. Woe to you Pharisees! You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb, but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God. These you should have done, without overlooking the others.”
Holiness is Allowing God to Take the Driver’s Seat: It is not uncommon for us to discover in the autobiographies of saints their own recollections of a kind of spiritual clumsiness, of a profound sense of inadequacy in the face of God’s call. It is not unusual to find that a growing surrender to God left them with interior confusion, uncertainty and all manner of interior trials. In modern terms, we might say they didn’t seem to “have it together.” Don’t we, especially as beginners in the spiritual life, experience something like this at times? When we give ourselves to God and decide to take our call to holiness seriously, we can’t forget to allow God into the driver’s seat. That means we have to let go. We have to give him control in our pursuit of holiness. Then, and only then, will that pursuit be genuine.   by Father Alex Yeung, LC

Cardinal Dolan's Sunday Homily

Archbishop Timothy Dolan was recently made a cardinal. On his return to New York, he gave the following homily on this Sunday's readings which all might benefit from watching.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan: Homecoming Homily from Rocco Palmo on Vimeo.

Lenten Opportunities Around Winona

Cathedral March/April Ministry Schedule Now Online

March and April ministry schedules have been posted for Cathedral under the "Ministry Schedule" area. Or you can click here to view it.
Looking for the Jan-Mar St. Casimir Schedule? Click here.

Want to become a minister? Email us!

Knights of Columbus Chicken Q

The Knights of Columbus will be holding their annual charcoal chicken dinner at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Saturday, March 3rd from 11am to 3pm (or until gone). Meal includes 1/2 chicken, beans, baked potato and roll. Price is $8. Two or more meals will be delivered free by calling 313-9094. Tickets can be purchased by calling Mike Orlowske at 452-9024, from any Knights of Columbus member or at the door. All proceeds go toward the Scholarship Fund.

Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving

As we begin the Lenten season, we are reminded of the need to make reparation for our sins and be reconciled with God. Any attempt to build a spiritual life that neglects the pillars of prayer, fasting and almsgiving is building on sand. Prayer purifies our intentions and relates all we do to God. Fasting detaches us from our comfort and from ourselves. Almsgiving reflects our brotherhood with the poor of Jesus’ family and reminds us that our true wealth is not in things, but in the love of God. We all need to do a reality check on our spiritual lives to make sure we are committed to prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your almsgiving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, they neglect their appearance so that they may appear to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”

Annual Diocesan Appeal - Now Online

Thank you to all who have already given to the Annual Diocesan Appeal! If you forgot to grab an envelope after Mass, or didn't get one, you can now make your donation online. The website allows donations in the form of  credit card or PayPal account. If your envelope is ready to return, you may drop it in the collection baskets at Mass, mail or drop it by the parish office. Your monthly or one-time gift helps us meet not only our monetary goals, but also our participation goal of 25% per parish. Thank you for your continued generosity.

Pancake Breakfast This Sunday

The Winona State University Chapter of Habitat for Humanity will be holding a pancake breakfast this Sunday, February 26th in Holy Family Hall at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Breakfast includes all the pancakes you can eat, fruit and your choice of milk, juice, or coffee. Cost is $5.00 for Adults and $3.00 for kids.

Funds from this event will go toward the participation in Collegiate Challenge. Collegiate Challenge is an alternative spring break program where participants from across the country volunteer with Habitat in over 200 locations during school breaks. Groups spend one week working in partnership with the local affiliate, the local community and partner families to help eliminate poverty housing in the area. This year WSU students will be going to West Virginia.

Be the Hero. Fight Hunger.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us get an early start to our Lenten food drive for Minnesota Shares! The theme for this year is: Be the Hero. Fight. Hunger. All food and donations raised in Winona stay in Winona County.  Our cluster has already collected two barrels of food for the Food Shelf!
Food can be left in the barrels at Cathedral entrances, or inside the church at St. Casimir. If you would like to donate money, please drop off or mail your check to the parish office. Checks may be made out to Cathedral of the Sacred Heart with Minnesota FoodShare in the memo line. We thank you for your continued generosity in the fight to end hunger in Winona County.

What will you give up for Lent?

Thinking about what to give up for Lent? Watch the video below to get some ideas.

Religious Liberty Action

The Senate is preparing to vote on the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, which is being offered in the form of Senate Amendment 1520 to the Transportation Authorization Bill (S. 1813). Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) is the prime sponsor of both the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act and its amendment version.

Please take action immediately! Please click on the link below to send a message to your two U. S. Senators, urging them to support Senate Amendment 1520 to the Transportation Authorization Bill (S. 1813).

The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act will ensure that those who participate in the health care system “retain the right to provide, purchase, or enroll in health coverage that is consistent with their religious beliefs and moral convictions.” Because of the decision by the Obama administration to mandate coverage of sterilization and contraceptives, including drugs that can cause an abortion, the passage of this Act is especially urgent.

Here is a recent bulletin from the USCCB.

Click here to log in and send your message.

Thanks for all you do in support of life!

HHS Rule Bulletin Insert

What is FOCUS Anyway?

Ever since the FOCUS Missionaries arrived at St. Casimir in August people have been wondering - just what is FOCUS? To help answer some of these questions, we have gathered some of your questions and put them to Mark Loidolt, the team director of the group in Winona. In addition, we have made a page on this website labeled FOCUS where you can keep up with our cluster-related FOCUS news. 

Mark took on our most popular FOCUS-related questions:
  • What do they do? Ex. What is an average day like for them?
  • Where are they "headquartered"?
  • What are the benefits from the program for our area?
  • How do they pay their bills? Ex. What kind of fundraising do they do?

Below are Mark's answers.

Minnesota Food Share

The Minnesota Food Share Drive will begin this weekend, February 19th, at our parishes and run until the end of March. Donation barrels are located at the entrances of the church at Cathedral and inside the church at St.Casimir. Please drop your non perishable items in the barrels. If you would like to make a cash donation please mail your check to the parish office or place in the collection basket at Mass. Checks may be made out to Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Please write Minnesota Food Share in the memo line.

Ministers Needed for Ash Wednesday

We are currently in need of Ministers of the Altar for all of our Ash Wednesday Masses.

St. Casimir Mass:
5:15 p.m.

Cathedral Masses:
7:00 a.m.
12:10 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

To sign up for Cathedral Masses please put your name on the sign-up sheets in the gathering space. To sign up for St. Casimir please call (507-452-4770) or email the parish office.
Thank you for your consideration!

Last Theology Potluck

The last Theology Potluck will be held this Sunday, February 19th, from 5-7pm, in the St. Thomas room, at the Cathedral. Since Lent begins only one week later, our topic will be Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving. All are welcome. Please bring some food (snack, drink, hotdish, etc.) to share. 

Server Training

There will be another server training at the Cathedral after the 10:30 Mass on February 26th. This is for new servers. Anyone who is interested in becoming an altar server (4th grade or above) is welcome to attend the training.

Anyone who attended the last training who has not yet filled out the registration cards in the server packet, please fill them out and put them in the collection basket on Sunday. Once we have the registration card, we can put you on the schedule to serve.

February 19 Bulletin

New Marriage Minute Video - Episode 7

Minnesota For Marriage has released a new Marriage Minute video. Episode 7 is entitled “Isn’t Marriage Just About Loving and Committed Relationships?”. To watch the video below please click on the play button. To watch previous Episodes, or for more information, please visit the Minnesota For Marriage website.

True Devotion to the Sacred Heart: The Lamb and the Lion

Why did Jesus come to reveal the devotion to the Sacred Heart?
How important is it for individuals, families and societies?
Why did Pope Pius IX say that this devotion is the salvation of the world?

Come hear Raymond de Souza speak on how the Sacred Heart responds to the challenge put by the de-Christianization of the Western Culture, moral and doctrinal relativism, lukewarmness and apathy among Christians. The True Devotion: the imitation of the virtues of the Sacred Heart: Humility and Meekness. 

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 7 p.m.
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart - Winona, Minn.

Online Parish Sign-up/Update Information Form

Are you new to the Parish? Are you coming to Cathedral or St. Casimir, but just haven't registered yet?
If this is you, we encourage you to check out the online form on the right side of this site named "Join the Parish or Update Your Info". 
Just need to update your information? As the name implies, there's a section for that too. Update us with your new information at the time most convenient for you. 
This online form helps us bring convenience to the registration process. 

Server Sign-Up Sheets

If you or your child still has a server sign-up sheet for Cathedral or St. Casimir, they should be returned to the parish office. Sign-up sheets may be dropped off, mailed, or placed in the collection baskets.
Thank you!

Donations Still Needed for Feed My Starving Children

We are still in need of donations for the Feed My Starving Children campaign. At a cost of only $.24 per meal, every dollar makes a difference. We need to raise a total of $800 for the March date. Checks can be made out to Cathedral of the Sacred Heart with Feed My Starving Children in the memo line. They are a truly wonderful non-profit Christian organization servicing a very real need. Thank you for your generosity.

Scout Sunday

Bishops Renew Call to Legislative Action on Religious Liberty

WASHINGTON – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have issued the following statement:

The Catholic bishops have long supported access to life-affirming healthcare for all, and the conscience rights of everyone involved in the complex process of providing that healthcare. That is why we raised two serious objections to the “preventive services” regulation issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in August 2011.

Lake Winona Ice Fishing Derby

The WSU Collegiate Bass Fishing Team proudly presents the 1st Annual Lake Winona Ice Fishing Derby! The derby will take place on Saturday, February 18th on Lake Winona (Franklin Street Boat Ramp), with registration from 7am-10am. The price is $25, or $20 with a student ID.

Fr. Ginther Rest In Peace

Father Lawrence Paul Ginther, age 91, of Winona, MN, died on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, at his home.
He was born on August 6, 1920, in Winona, MN, to John Vincent and Martha Rose (Bloch) Ginther. He attended St. Stanislaus Grade School, Cotter High School, St. Mary’s College, in Winona, and and also attended Philosophical and Theological Studies at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, MN.

World Marriage Day February 12

World Marriage Day is an annual event, founded by Worldwide Marriage Encounter 28 years ago, held on the second Sunday of February. The day is meant to honor, affirm and promote the vocation of husbands and wives and the positive impact of their dedicated example on our society, families, communities, Church and nation. Prayer for Marriage from the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis:

Heavenly Father, Through the powerful intercession of the Holy Family, grant to this local Church the many graces we need to foster, strengthen, and support faith-filled, holy marriages and holy families. May the vocation of married life, a true calling to share in your own divine and creative life, be recognized by all believers as a source of blessing and joy, and a revelation of your own divine goodness. Grant to us all the gift of courage to proclaim and defend your plan for marriage, which is the union of one man and one woman in a lifelong, exclusive relationship of loving trust, compassion, and generosity, open to the conception of children. We make our prayer through Jesus Christ, who is Lord forever and ever. Amen.

Parish Survey Results

The Pastoral Council has been using the results from the last Parish Survey to set goals for our cluster. The survey was conducted in Spring of 2011 and there were 145 surveys turned in.

Click here to view the results in PDF format.

Feed My Starving Children

Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, shipped to nearly 70 countries around the world. Cathedral will sponsor and work at the event on March 24th. We need 16 volunteers and $800.00 (we already have $500.00 committed).

Update on the USCCB response to the HHS Rule

A video featuring Cardinal-Designate Dolan, USCCB President can be found here.

No Theology Potluck February 5th

Due to the Superbowl, there will be no Theology Potluck this Sunday, February 5th. The topic for the following week (February 12th) will be Love & Marriage.

Fall Festival Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

There will be an appreciation dinner this Friday evening, February 3rd in Holy Family Hall for those who volunteered and helped with the Fall Festivals at St. Casimir's and Cathedral. There will be a social and dinner starting at 6:30 p.m..
If you plan on attending, RSVP's would be greatly appreciated to the Parish Office by Thursday at 5:00 p.m..