Faith Formation

Faith Formation Classes begin Wednesday, September 5th at St. Casimir Church for Cathedral and St. Casimir children grades 1-9. Classes are from 6:15 - 7:30pm. If you did not receive a registration form in the mail forms are available in the back of church at St. Casimir and in the entrances to the church at Cathedral. Reconciliation session for all second grade parents and children will be Wednesday, September 12th in the St. Casimir church hall. For more information contact Mariann Miller at or call the parish office.

For those who will be receiving Confirmation please call Julie Walch at St. Mary's Parish, 507-452-5656 ext 18 for more information and to have your child's name added to the Confirmation list.

September 2 Bulletin

Mass Intentions

An individual may ask a priest to offer a Mass for several reasons: for example, in thanksgiving, for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday), or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul of someone who has died. One must never forget the infinite graces that flow from the Sacrifice of the Mass which benefit one’s soul. Mass intentions are listed in our bulletin each week In his encyclical "Ecclesia de Eucharistia," our beloved late Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, taught, "In the celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, the Church prays that God, the Father of mercies, will grant His children the fullness of the Holy Spirit so that they may become one body and one spirit in Christ. In raising this prayer to the Father of lights, from whom comes every good endowment and every perfect gift, the Church believes that she will be heard, for she prays in union with Christ her Head and Spouse, who takes up this plea of His Bride and joins it to His own redemptive sacrifice" (No. 43).

If you would like to schedule a Mass for a particular intention, contact our parish office.

RCIA Rite of Initiation of Adults

Anyone interested in studying the Catholic faith or becoming a Catholic at Easter 2013 can contact Fr. Colletti, Fr. Kern  or our parish office.  Once we have a number of inquirers interested, we will set a regular meeting day and time in early October.   The sessions begin this fall with a 6 week inquiry program   This is a time to look at the Catholic Church and ask questions about the faith before the Catechumenate period of instruction begins in November.  Also, if you would like to serve on the RCIA Team as a catechist, sponsor, or hospitality member let us know, and we will give you further information.

Cathedral Fest

Big Wheel Needs the following:
Cash or gift cards for prizes. Lots of workers! We will need workers for Saturday, November 10th and Sunday, November 11th. We will have shifts for a relief announcer, recorders, runners, sellers/change persons. We're hoping to make this our best year ever. Please contact Sue Freeman, 454-0839 for your choice of shifts.

Saint Augustine

Today is the Feast day of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church.  Saint Augustine is one of the (if not the) most prolific Catholic writers in the history of the Catholic Church and he died in 430 AD.  He is famous for his conversion from a very worldly lifestyle and writing about how God called Him home to the Catholic faith.  He is a very wonderful saint who is often called the Doctor of Grace for his numerous writings on the theology of grace. Click here for a nice biography on his life

Does God Care About Marriage?

The Church is guided by the Holy Spirit and teaches what Jesus and the Apostles understood from the time that Jesus came.  Sometimes these teachings are difficult to accept.  Saint Paul gives us a difficult teaching on how much God cares about marriage and how marriage is to resemble the way that Jesus gave Himself up for the Church.Click here for a full text of my Sunday Homily.

7:00pm Sunday Mass returns to the schedule this Sunday

As the summer ends and school is back in session, we would like to announce the return of the 7:00PM Sunday evening Mass starting this Sunday, August 26th and continuing through spring at the Cathedral (360 Main Street).  The Newman Center at WSU heads up the liturgical ministry roles and many college students prefer this time for Mass but as usual all are welcome to attend.  See you this weekend!  Other Mass times for the weekend are as always:
All Masses at Cathedral unless otherwise marked:
5:15pm Saturday (at both Cathedral and St. Casimir)
7:00am Sunday
9:00am Sunday at St. Casimir Church (624 W Broadway)
10:30am Sunday
7:00 pm Sunday

Feast Days this Week

St. Bernard
St. Pope Pius X
Queenship of Mary
Saint Bartholomew-Apostle
St. Rose of Lima
St. Louis of France
This week is filled with good saint feast days in the church including, Saint Bernard on Monday who was a doctor of the Church and was one of the earliest to write about the love God has for all of His followers.  On Tuesday we celebrate St. Pius X who was a very good pope who taught the faith beautifully and recommended frequent holy communion.  On Wednesday the Church celebrates the Queenship of Mary a week after her Assumption as we celebrate the feast in which she is crowned as Queen of Heaven and earth.  Thursday continues our week of feast days as we celebrate a holy woman saint, Saint Rose of Lima.  This Peruvian saint was the first saint of the "new world" and practiced prayer and daily penance.  On Friday we celebrate a true feast in the church of one of the apostles--Saint Bartholomew.  Bartholomew is identified in the tradition as Nathaniel in the Gospel and is to have died preaching the Gospel in the east and martyred by being flayed alive.  Saturday concludes with the feast of Saint Louis, King of France.  What a week!  Pray for all these saints intercession and know that God will give us the grace to live a life of holiness and virtue as they did.  Each day God gives us the grace to be a saint!

August 19 Bulletin

Server Training Cancelled

Due to a funeral on Friday morning, we will be unable to hold the Server Training Day that was previously scheduled for tomorrow, Friday August 17th. In light of this, Father Kern would like to offer smaller or 1-on-1 training. If your child is interested, please contact Father Kern by email (, or by calling the parish office.
Thank you!

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

When Pius XII defined the dogma of the Assumption, it was a cause of great joy throughout the Catholic world. Believed for centuries, it entered the realm of official Catholic dogma. Our Lady is brought to heaven to share in the glory and joy of her Son and our Lord. We have always looked to Mary as our mother, and so the feast of the Assumption continues to fill us with happiness. She is with Christ, and she is our mother more than ever. We entrust ourselves to her in the same way that Pope John Paul the Great did, “Totus Tuus.”   This feast of the Assumption is proof that God literally lifts up the lowly. Like her Son and his Ascension, Mary is lifted up by God into the realm of eternal life. Sometimes we cling to our pride out of a sort of instinct of self-preservation—“If I don’t look out for number one, who will?” But Mary’s humility is a lesson for us. Our true self-fulfillment lies in becoming everyday more filled with God; We can only do that if we are not filled with ourselves. Let’s ask Mary to help us to live more like her and experience the true joy—the lifting up—that there is in humility.

Feast of the Assumption of Mary Mass times

This Wednesday is a beautiful feast day  in the Catholic Church and is a holy day of obligation .  This special day is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.  This Feast day celebrates the reality "when the course of her earthly life was finished, (Mary) was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death (CCC 966)." 
Mass times in Winona are as follows: 

Tuesday, August 14th: Vigil Mass
  5:15pm St. Casimir 
  5:15pm St. Mary’s 
  5:15pm St. Stanislaus 

Wednesday, August 15th 
  7:00am Cathedral of the Sacred Heart  
  8:00am St. Stanislaus 
12:10pm Cathedral of the Sacred Heart 
12:00pm Polish Museum 
5:15pm St. Mary’s

From Heaven or from Earth?

God calls each of us to imitate Him on this earth.  We all have lives that are filled with the many demands of the world, including work, family, and social engagements that keep us very busy.  Even still, our God invites us to act as He would in the world by loving and caring for those in our lives.  We are all invited to share in communion with God by being His extensions and witness to Him in the world.
Click here for a full text of my homily for this weekend

Holy Hour for Marriage

Join us in praying for the sanctity of Marriage this Saturday after the 8am Mass.  We will have a holy hour and pray for Marriage to be respected and cared for in Minnesota.  In a particular way, we will pray for the Amendment to the constitution to designate marriage between one man and one woman. Click below for more information on the Marriage amendment and why we are praying for this most important cause.

Altar Server Training Day August 17th

All current altar servers and all those interested in becoming an altar server in grades 4-12 from Cathedral and St. Casimir parishes are invited to attend a training session with Fr. Jason Kern on Friday, August 17th beginning at 9:30am in the St. Thomas room at Cathedral.  See the schedule below. Please RSVP to the parish office at 452-4770 by noon on Thursday, August 16th if you will be attending.

9:30am arrival/ registration/ introductions
10:00am Spirituality of altar servers
10:30am Learn names of things, brief tour
11:00am Catechesis on the mass
11:25am get vested for mass (all present serve)
11:45am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
12:00pm Benediction
12:10pm Mass begins
After Mass: pizza social/parents invited

August 5 Bulletin

August 6th--The Feast of the Transfiguration

Today is a powerful Feast Day in the Church where we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus. "Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.  And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them." This Feast day celebrates that Jesus truly is God but also that we are strengthened as His disciples to both trust in Him who is our God and also that we are ourselves transformed into becoming united to Jesus in our daily lives.  May we all hear the words of the Father to Jesus that are spoken also to us with love, "This is my beloved Son. Listen to him."    Below is a video of the place of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor.  I spent two nights here while on pilgrimage to Israel in 2009 and it is a very peace filled place.

God is our Provider

God deeply loves and cares for His children.  We can say that He indeed provides for us--that is, God PROVIDEntially supplies our needs.  God's providence is abundant and perfect in our lives.  The Eucharist is God's most fundamental yet profound way of providing for the needs of His people.  What a loving God!  Click here for a copy of my homily text for this weekend.   

Pictures From Ireland Pilgrimage

Pictures from the pilgrimage trip to Ireland in June of this year. Click on the slideshow below to view the pictures in album form.

Save the Date - Cathedral Fest

First Friday

Somehow August is already upon us and today we celebrate another First Friday.  This devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a special time to reflect on our devotion to the Sacred Heart and to do reparation for our sins.  We are called to draw near to the Sacred Heart of our Savior which loves us and calls us into a personal relationship.  What a blessing for us who celebrate this devotion.  Click Here for a link to more information on the First Friday Devotion