News Release: Minnesota Catholic Conference calls on Congress and the President to amend the Affordable Care Act
Cites need to protect human life from conception to natural death, the rights of conscience, and the dignity of immigrant workers and their families as reasons
St. Paul, Minn. (June 28, 2012)—In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today that the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) is constitutional, the Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC), the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota, called on Congress and the President to amend the law to protect the unborn, the rights of conscience, and the healthcare needs of immigrant families. 
“For nearly a century, the Catholic bishops of the United States have been and continue to be consistent advocates for comprehensive health care reform to ensure access to life-affirming health care for all, especially the poorest and the most vulnerable,” said Jason Adkins, MCC executive director.

July 1 Bulletin

Bishop Quinn Gives Homily on Religious Freedom

The podcast below is the audio from Bishop Quinn's homily on Saturday, June 23rd in Rochester, MN. The Mass was part of the Turning Our Gaze To Christ event put on by the Diocese of Winona. Click here for pictures from the event.

Pilgrim Choir in Ireland!

The choir has arrived in Ireland and has performed a concert and sang for one Mass. Here we are singing for Mass at the St. John the Baptist Church in Kinsale, Ireland.

Farewell Fr. Mike

Fr. Michael presides for a final time on Sunday, June 24 at St. Casimir in Winona.  

Pilgrim Choir Ireland Trip

Pilgrim choir director Jim Ballard puts his feet up at a local Dublin pub, after a triumphant concert at st. Maltose church in Kinsale.

UCCB Launches Text-Message Campaign for Religious Freedom

As Catholics we are constantly called to live out our faith in our daily lives.  In our charities, we comfort the sick, feed the hungry, care for the poor, and protect life.  In the marketplace, our values guide us. We strive everywhere to practice what we preach.
These rights are fundamental.  They belong to each and every human being.  We cannot let them be trampled.  We cannot remain silent. Please join the movement to protect our right to live out our faith. Sign up to learn how you can help save our religious freedom. 
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a text-message campaign to “to provide a new way for people to join [its] national campaign for religious freedom.”
“Across America, our right to live out our faith is being threatened — from Washington’s forcing Catholic institutions to provide services that contradict their beliefs, to state governments’ prohibiting religious charities from serving the most vulnerable,” said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, the chairman of the bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. “We encourage all supporters around the country to text the simple, meaningful word ‘Freedom’ (for English) or ‘Libertad’ (for Spanish) to 377377 to join the movement.”
Msg&Data Rates May Apply. Reply STOP to opt-out. Reply HELP or contact FREEDOM@USCCB.ORG for help. Those who join the text-message campaign will receive bimonthly updates.

Concert at St John's

Lots of great talks, music and family activities at the Mayo Civic Center on Saturday from 9am till the free Concert at 6:30pm with Celia Rain

Sara Hardt Concert

Winona Evangelization Event Rochester

Catholic Daughters and Cathedral Women present check for radio Mass

Mary Donahue, Catholic Daughters Regent, presents Fr. Colletti with a check for $900.00 which are the proceeds from their annual spring Salad Luncheon fund raiser. The radio Mass is appreciated by so many of our homebound, so thank you to the Catholic Daughters and Cathedral Women for this wonderful  and very generous gift.

Diocesan Choir Leaves For Ireland Today

The choir did a benefit concert last Friday in our Cathedral for the Franciscan school in Bogota Columbia. God bless their pilgrimage as the travel to Ireland today.

Sound of Music

Deb Sauer, portraying one of the Nuns in Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, poses with Fr. Mike after the closing performance on June 19.  Many parishioners were involved in various aspects of this wonderful production.     The VonTrapp Family Singers once sang in Winona to benefit the parishes of St. Thomas and St. Joseph in the formation of the new Cathedral.  Mr. Richard Letnner of Trempealeau worked with the VonTrapp Family and displayed some of the history and memorabilia, including articles about the Cathedral benefit concert.  Home and Community Options provides support and residential services to people with developmental disabilities in order to enable individuals to live as full members of their communities.   This year's production was HCO's 15th.

A New Home -- Habitat for Humanity

A Housewarming Celebration for the Nicole Krage Family was held Tuesday, June 19, at 321 South Baker Street.  Special thanks to the contractors, suppliers, churches, individual volunteers and special groups who worked on this Habitat for Humanity home and the many individuals who graciously provided hospitality for all the volunteers.  For more pictures, click "read more."

DVD Available

Fr. Cronin's presentation in early May, "Life, Death, Christian Funerals," is available on DVD.   Contact Fr. Mike via email at or by phone at 507-254-1642 for a copy.

June 17 Bulletin

Newly Ordained

Fr. Jason Kern

Congratulations to Fr. Jason Kern on the occasion of his Ordination to the Priesthood on Friday, June 15, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.  At the end of the liturgy, Bishop John Quinn announced that Fr. Kern is appointed Parochial Vicar at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and St. Casimir parish in Winona, in addition to service as chaplain at the WSU Newman Center.

St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish Minor Basilica Celebration

On the Weekend of September 8 & 9, St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish will celebrate as their church is formally raised to the distinction of Minor Basilica.  They are planning several activities for the weekend, and wish to invite the entire Winona Catholic community.

On Saturday night, September 8 at 7:00, the Lire ensemble from Chicago will present a concert of Polish music in the basilica.  To learn more about the group, please feel free to visit their website:  Prior to the concert, there will be a wine and cheese reception in the Pacholski Hall and, following the concert, dessert will be served in the Hall.

Bishop Quinn will be the principal celebrant of the Mass of Elevation at 10 AM on Sunday, September 9.  A reception will be held after mass.

Please RSVP by calling the Parish office at 452-5430 or by sending an email to 

Vocation Story: Deacon Jason Kern

Deacon Jason Kern will be Ordained on Friday at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
You can learn more about Deacon Jason's vocation story in the video below.

Fortnight for Freedom Mass in Rochester June 23

US Bishops call for Fortnight for Freedom

The United States Conference of Bishops is calling for a Fortnight for Freedom- fourteen days of prayer, education, and action- in support of religious freedom, from June 21, through July 4, 2012.  During those two weeks, we will celebrate several saints who were martyred for their Catholic faith, and in the face of great persecution, remained faithful to Christ and His Church:  St. John Fisher, St. Thomas More, St. John the Baptist, Saints Peter and Paul, and the first Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church. 

Turning our Gaze to Christ June 22-23

There is still time to register for the Turning our Gaze to Christ evangelization event in Rochester June 22-23.  You can sign up for the event by visiting the online information and registration site or by contacting the parish office.  

Salad Luncheon Wednesday June 13th 11am - 1pm

The Catholic Daughters will be hosting the Annual Salad Luncheon will be June 13th from 11 am to 1 pm in Holy Family Hall at Cathedral. A wide variety of salads will be available. Cost is $7 per person and tickets are available at the door. Take out available.

Mission Helpers of the Holy Savior

On Sunday, June 10, Fr. Rick Colletti was principal celebrant at the  10:30  liturgy at which 4 members of the Mission Helpers of the Holy Savior made their Solemn Profession.  Fr. Pablo Straub, a Redemptorist priest, founded the order in 1984, and received the sisters' Profession.  The sisters serve the Hispanic community within the Diocese of Winona.

Fr. Pablo Straub, founder of the Mission Helpers of the Holy Savior, poses for a picture following the 10:30 liturgy on Sunday, June 10.

Newly Baptized

Congratulations to Landon Steven Porter, son of Steve and Kelly (Holzer) Porter, baptized at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, on June 9, 2012.  Pictured with Landon and his parents are Godparents Shari Heyer and Cameron Porter, and Fr.  Michael Cronin.


Kyle Justin and Samantha Duellman pose for pictures prior to their wedding on Saturday, June 9, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

Newly Baptized

Elizabeth Kathleen Biesanz, daughter of Matthew and Elizabeth Biesanz, was baptized at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Saturday, June 9, 2012.  Congratulations and welcome to Elizabeth!

Diocese of Winona Pilgrim Choir Concert

Diocese of Winona Pilgrim Choir
In Concert
Friday, June 15, 2012
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
360 Main Street, Winona, MN


The Annual Salad Luncheon will be June 13th from 11 am to 1 pm in Holy Family Hall at Cathedral. A wide variety of salads will be available. Cost is $7 per person and tickets are available in the parish office or at the door. Take out available.

Pilgrimage to Poland and Eastern Europe

 16 spots remain open for Pilgrimage to Poland and Eastern Europe hosted by Fr. Steve Peterson and Fr. Michael Cronin, from October 31 to November 11, 2012, visiting Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague.  If interested, please email Fr. Cronin at or at as soon as possible.