Palm Sunday Reflection

Mark 11:1 – 10  When they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately on entering it, you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here.

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent : Keeping His Word

John 8:51-59 Jesus said to the Jews: "Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death." So the Jews said to him, "Now we are sure that you are possessed. Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ´Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.´ do not know him, but I know him. And if I should say that I do not know him, I would be like you a liar. But I do know him and I keep his word. Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad. So the Jews said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?"

Feed My Starving Children Winona Packing Event 2012

On Saturday 16 volunteers from Cathedral took part in the Feed My Starving Children food packing event. The event was sponsored by the Winona Rotary Club and held at Riverside in Winona, and each group had a two-hour shift. The Cathedral group was there with seven other groups for the first shift (7:50 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.).The first shift exceeded the shift goal of 34,000 meals packed! The total amount of meals packed in the shift will feed 98 people one meal per day, every day, for one year.
We even exceeded our monetary goal of $800 per team! Not only did our parishioners give generously, but a group of girls from the Cotter High School sophomore class sold food before school and at various events to raise a total of $169.71 toward the cause. These efforts put us over our goal with a total of $889.71!
Thank you to everyone who put time and money into such a great cause, and to the Social Justice Committee for all of their work on the organizing side. We're excited to do it all over again next year!

Rally for Religious Freedom

Our Winona group of over 30 took a bus up to St Paul and gathered with thousands for the Rally for Religious at the Burger federal Building. Bishop Quinn led the opening prayer and gave the presentation on the importance of Religious Freedom according to the Constitution of our USA. The Rally supports our 1st Amendment Religious Freedom and calls our legislatures to stop the HHS Mandate which hinders religious freedom.
Click to see more photos from the event!

Ministers Needed for Holy Week at Cathedral and St. Casimir

Sign up sheets for the Masses and Liturgies for Holy Week will be located in the Gathering Space at Cathedral and the bulletin board at St. Casimir. Please check your calendars and volunteer.

Sacrament of Reconciliation during Holy Week

Citywide Communal Reconciliation
 Sunday, April 1 at 4pm at  St. Stanislaus

Individual Confessions will be heard at Cathedral
Tuesday, April 3: 4-5pm and 7-8pm
Wednesday, April 4: 7:30pm 
Holy Thursday: After the Mass of the Last Supper  
Good Friday: After the Good Friday Liturgy  
Holy Saturday: 4:00pm  

Winona Oratorio Chorus Concert April 1 at Cathedral

The Winona Oratorio Chorus will present George Frideric Handel's Messiah Parts 2 and 3 on April 1, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in the Cathedral Church. The concert will be conducted by Dr. Harry Mechell and will feature a baroque orchestra. 
Tickets are $15 for the general public in advance, and $18 at the door. Students are $10 in advance, and $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at, Midtown Foods, Hardt's Music, Oratorio Chorus members, or at the door. Online ticket sales will end at Noon on March 31. All tickets are general seating. 

April Hospitality Help Still Needed

We are still in need for groups of 2+ to help with Coffee and Donut Hospitality at Cathedral in April. This is a great family activity! Your group would simply set the food that has already been delivered out on the table and pour beverages following Mass in the Gathering Space. Everything is provided for you.  The following times are still available:
April 15: 7:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
April 29: 7:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
To sign up please either contact the parish office or write your name on the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Space.
Thank you!

Grief Support Group

Winona Area Hospice will begin a six-week Grief Support Group on April 11th, 2012 at 4:30pm and end promptly at 6pm each week on Wednesday. We will meet in the lounge of Watkins Manor 175 E Wabasha St. If you know someone who has lost a loved one and could use support during the grief process, invite them to this support group. Tom Schoen, Hospice Chaplain & Bereavement Care Coordinator at 507-429-0485.

March 18 Bulletin

April Hospitality

It's easy, it's fun, and there's no training needed! We're looking for groups of two or more people to man the hospitality table following Sunday morning Masses on April 15th and 29th. Groups are asked to simply set out the food and pour the beverages. Food and beverages will be delivered during the 7:00 a.m. Masses. 
If you are willing to sign up for one of the 7:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. time slots please email us or put your group name down on the sign-up sheet in the gathering space. 
Thank you!

Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

Forgiveness from the Heart  Matthew 18:21-35
Peter approached Jesus and asked him, "Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, "I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.

The Ad Limina Audience

Of the many highlights of our wonderful week with the Ad Limina Visit for Regions 8, was an Audience with Pope Benedict last Thursday. After the Hoy Father welcomed the Bishops of Minnesota, Fr. Melvin and I had the opportunity to meet Pope Benedict and have our picture taken with him.  This photo was taken after Bishop Quinn introduced me to Pope Benedict.  After the photos, Pope Benedict met with the Bishops of our Minnesota Dioceses, followed by an audience with the Bishops from North and South Dakota who are also a part of Region 8.

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

The Gift of Life
Friday of the Second Week of Lent March 9, 2012
Matthew 21: 33-43, 45-46 Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people:  "Hear another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey. When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce. But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed, and a third they stoned. Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones, but they treated them in the same way. Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking, ´they will respect my son.´ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another, ´This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.´ They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?" They answered him, "He will put those wretched men to a wretched death and lease his vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the proper times.” Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the scriptures: ´The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes´? Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit." When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they knew that he was speaking about them. And although they were attempting to arrest him, they feared the crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet.

March 11 Bulletin

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent March 8, 2012
Luke 16: 19-31 
"Jesus said to the Pharisees "There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man´s table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he cried out, ´Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.´

Waiting for Pope Benedict

Outside the Paul VI stanza

Ad Limina audience

At the conclusion of the audience I was able to take this photo

Papal apartments with Archbishop Harvey

Archbishop Harvey is from Milwaukee and has been the secretary of the Papal household for the past 25 years or so

Ad Limina Thursday

Before Audience with Pope Benedict

Ad Limina Wednesday

Wednesday's Mass was at the Basicila of St. Paul Outside the Wall where we prayed at the tomb of St. Paul.

Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

Matthew 20: 17-28 
"As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day." Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached him with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something.

Bakers Needed for Quest Retreat

Bakers are needed to provide a treat for confirmation students who are on retreat this weekend. Please contact  the parish office at 452-4770 for more information or if you would be able to provide either cookies or bars.

Altar of Blessed John Paul

Tuesday of Ad Limina

The Ad Limina group of Region 8 gathered at the Altar of Blessed Pope John Paul II for morning Mass at St. Peter Basilica. Fr Melvin and I are pictured with Bishop Hoeppner of Crookston, native son of our
Cathedral parish after Mass in the sacristy of St. Peter. The Bishops meet today with the Congregations for the Clergy, education, and evangelization.

Mass at St. Mary Major

Today's Mass for Monday of the second week of Lent was at the Basilica of St Mary Major dedicated to Mary, mother of God, Mother of the Church, and Mother of priests. It was a beautiful Mass with the Region 8 Bishops and many people of Rome as with gathered at the largest Church in the world dedicated to
Mary. Tomorrow we have Mass at the tomb of Blessed John Paul II in St. Peter's.

Bill Daniel with Cardinal Burke

The Winona Ad Limina group joined Bill at the University of Santa Croce for his latest book on Canon Law gathered with other authors and his publisher.

Ad Limina Pligrage

Fr. Colletti and Fr. Melvin joined the Bishops of Region 8 for Morning Mass of the 2nd Sunday of Lent at the North American College for the installation of 55 men of 2nd theology in the ministry of Acolyte.

Sign Up Now to Host Sunday Hospitality in March

We are currently in need for hosts for the Sunday doughnut and coffee hospitality at Cathedral in the month of March. It involves groups of two to four to simply put the donuts and fruit out and serve the orange juice and coffee. All of the food and beverages are delivered during the 7 a.m. Mass.
We currently need groups for the following Masses:

  • March 4 - 7 a.m.
  • March 11 - 7 a.m.
  • March 18 - 7 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
You can sign up by putting your name down on the sign-up sheet in the gathering space, or by sending us an email at
Thank you!

March 4 Bulletin

Soup Suppers and Stations of the Cross Every Thursday During Lent

Join us at Cathedral every Thursday during Lent for a Soup Supper followed by Stations of the Cross. There is no cost to attend the dinner but donations are accepted. Stations are led by either Father Colletti, Father Cronin, or Deacon Welch. If you have any questions or would like to help in the kitchen, please contact the parish office by phone (507-452-4770) or email. We would love to see you there!
For more Lenten opportunities, please check out the Lenten Opportunities Brochure