All Saints Day Mass Schedule

All Saints Day November 1, 2012 -- Holy Day of Obligation
City-wide Mass Schedule:

Wednesday, October 31
5:15pm Cathedral
5:15pm St. Mary’s

Thursday, November 1
7:00am Cathedral
8:00am Basilica of St. Stanislaus
9:30am School Mass—Basilica of St. Stanislaus
12:10pm Cathedral
5:15pm St. Casimir
5:15pm St. Mary’s

Middle School Fall Party

Middle School Fall Party
Grades 6-8
(All are welcome - Bring a friend!)
Saturday, November 3
St. Mary's Parish / School Gym
6:30-9:30 pm
Cost: $5 ($2 for winning charity)
Costume Contest!! Dress as a Saint and get a special prize!
Refreshments provided. Come for fun, faith and fellowship!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from our Tiger Den Cub Scouts!

RCIA Starts Nov 13th

Do you know anyone interested in becoming Catholic?  The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart will continue offering sessions beginning Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00pm.  These sessions called Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) are for anyone who is looking to learn more about their Catholic faith or for any adult who is seeking to be baptized, receive first holy communion, or be confirmed.  Please contact the office if you or anyone you know is interested.  The office number is 507-452-4770.  

Pumpkin Chucking Pack Takes 1st Place

Scoutmaster Ron Prondzinski,  Cubmaster Matt Cummings, Bryce Cummings, Jacob Simmons, Ethan Cummings, Kole Koehler, Hunter Ramsden, Colton Beier, Devon Beier, Den Leader Kiel Koehler, Nick Latus
The Webelos II from Cub Scout Pack 9 of Cathedral took 1st place for pack built Trebuchet at the 4th annual Pumpkin Chuckin contest on Saturday 10/27/12 held at Gamehaven Scout Reservation in Rochester, MN. They averaged 59 yards per throw in competition. The Pack started construction of their chucker in September.
If you would like information on the Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting programs, please call Cathedral at 507-452-4770 or check out the Youth Activities page on this website.
Click on Read More to see pictures from the building process!

What Do You Want Me To Do For You?

Today, Jesus encounters a blind man named Bartimaeus who calls out to Him.  Jesus, asks Bartimaeus, what do you want me to do for you?  How would you respond to this question?  Possibly by saying, nothing, I am fine as I am?  Bartimaeus is healed by Jesus and then follows Him on the Way.  Jesus desires to encounter each of us in this manner too.  He desires for us to seek Him, to run after Him, and then for us to encounter in Him who Is God an invitation to follow.  Click here for a full text of my homily.

October 28 Bulletin

Additional Youth Group Meeting Nov 4th

Due to consensus, the youth group will be meeting an extra time on November 4th, from 6-7pm.
There will be snacks and a continuation of the discussion on angels, demons and Saints.
*All youth group meetings will at the Cathedral school starting in November. (Enter at Center street and go to the basement.)
*The next meeting will be November 18th from 6-8pm!!  Bring a friend and enjoy some candy and conversation.
*There is still time to sign up for:
   - March for Life, January 23-27, 2013, Washington DC
   - Pine Ridge Mission June 30– July 5, 2013, South Dakota
   - NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference)
     November 21-24, 2013, Indianapolis
Please e-mail Kelly Peter, or call 452-5656 x17 for more information.      

Upcoming Virtus Sessions

Upcoming VIRTUS Sessions in Winona: (Please register online prior to the session)
Tuesday, October 30th 6 p.m. at St. Casimir (Parish Hall)
Tuesday, November 13th at 9 a.m. at Cathedral (Holy Family Hall)
Monday, November 19th at St. Mary’s Parish

Do you need to take VIRTUS?
Every minister or volunteer needs to attend a VIRTUS Session. This includes Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Ushers, Sacristans, Event Volunteers, etc. In order to continue in your ministry or volunteer work, you must take a VIRTUS session. This includes the Parish Festival Volunteers. Because of this, we are encouraging every parishioner to take a session.

Refugee Resettlement Project

As you know, Our social Justice Committee has been working with Catholic Charities on a new Refugee Resettlement Project. Many of you have answered their call for help and donated. The Winona Knights of Columbus also helped out with several new winter coats. Today, we received a letter from the Catholic Charities coordinator in Rochester, Mary Alessio, that she wanted us to share with you.

Dear Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Casimir Parish families:
I am humbled by your kindness and generosity.  Your monetary donations to the Refugee Resettlement Program and donations of pillows, various gift baskets, and new winter coats for our children arriving in need are blessings beyond measure.  

Thank You!

We want to send some Thank You's out to our great stewards!
Thank you to everyone who donated to the United Way last weekend. Your donations were very much appreciated!
Thank you to the wonderful stewards who've been helping out in the office. Your efforts have helped keep us on track during the busiest time of the year. You've given so generously of your time and talent, and we couldn't keep up without you.
Thank you to our wonderful Fall Festival Committees. They have been putting an unprecedented amount of work and planning into this year's festivals. We're excited for you to see all of their hard work pay off in a couple weeks.
Thank you to our Decorating Committees. Your time and efforts keep us looking pretty and festive. 
Thank you to everyone who has taken a VIRTUS session and gotten their background check sheets back to the office. We truly appreciate your willingness to help us protect vulnerable adults and children. 
We'd also like to thank our parishioners for being good stewards in all areas: your time, talents, money, and even items for the festivals. We continue to be impressed with your willingness to pitch in and help your parish. 

Feast Day of Blessed Pope John Paul II

Today is the Feast day of our late great Pope who is already named a Blessed and one approved miracle away from being declared a Saint.  Blessed JPII was a man of heroic virtue and sanctity who led the Church with great courage and relentless witness of serving and living a life of holiness.  Blessed Pope John Paul II was a remarkable man who led the Church into the "New Springtime" calling for the New Evangelization and witnessing to it through pastoral visits around the world and even being credited for defeating communist regimes.  Might we seek his intercession with fervor this day!  Click here for a link with more details of his life from the Holy See press office.

Can I Trust the Church?

In our society we are often confronted with the idea that faith must be something left in the four walls of our Churches.  We are told to believe whatever we want on Sunday's but for it not to be brought beyond there because then we are forcing our beliefs onto others.  If we don't allow our belief's to influence our daily lives, the culture will ultimately end up forcing its beliefs onto us.  We must stand for what we believe and profess as true in the Catholic Church!  Read the full text of my homily by clicking here.

Helping the United Way

A group of students from Winona State will be raising money for the United Way this Fall. They’ll be selling cookies in the Gathering Space after the 10:30 Mass this Sunday for free will donations. In addition to selling cookies, you can also “hire” them to rake up your leaves October 27th – November 17th. Every penny raised will go to the United Way. Want more information? Email Allison at .
 Please stop by the Gathering Space and help them help the United Way.


On Thursday, November 1st our parish family of Cathedral, St. Casimir and the Newman Center will observe All Saints Day with a special Mass at 5:15pm at St. Casimir Church. St. Casimir Church will host the memorial Mass as we alternate each year. We will especially remember those individuals who have been buried from Cathedral and St. Casimir in the past year. Their names will be read aloud as part of the General Intercessions, and an individual candle will be lit for each of them. After the Mass the families of the deceased are invited to a dinner in the church hall. Please RSVP to the parish office at 507-452-4770 by Monday, October 29th at 5pm if you plan to attend the meal.

St. John de Brebeuf and St. Isaac Jogues and Companions

St Isaac Jogues
St. John de Brebeuf

St Rene Goupil
Today is the feast day of the North American Martyr's!  These heroic saints lived incredible missionary lives and risked everything to come over to our country.  They were met at times with hostility by the Native Americans and at other times welcomed or tolerated.  They baptized and converted many to the faith.  Click here for a great biography on their lives.

October 21 Bulletin

Stewardship “Faith Journey” Prayer

Creator God, at Baptism, we accepted the call to follow Jesus. 
Be with us as we move along on our faith journey. Send us your Holy Spirit, that we might have wisdom for the journey. Help us to develop and share our gifts as good stewards, that we may use them in love and service in your Kingdom. We ask this through Christ, our Lord,

Youth Group Meeting this Sunday Night

This Sunday is the next big youth meeting, Oct. 21, from 6-8 pm. They will be having it in the backyard at St. Mary's Parish. Come and bring your friends for snacks, games and a BONFIRE!! They will move into the youth room if the weather is not good. Dress warm!
For more info on the Youth Group, check out the Youth Opportunities page on this site.



New VIRTUS Sessions Added at St. Casimir

There are currently three upcoming VIRTUS sessions in Winona:

  • Thursday, October 18th at St. Mary's Parish (6 p.m.) 
  • Thursday, October 25th at St. Casimir (6 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, October 30th at St. Casimir (6 p.m.) 

Every Volunteer or Minister must attend one VIRTUS session and complete a background check before they are allowed to start/continue their ministry. This includes the Parish Festival Volunteers. Because of this, we are encouraging every parishioner to take a session.

How do I sign up?
You can sign up for a session by clicking on the button on the right side of this website, or by clicking here. At this time, you only need to attend one VIRTUS session for the duration of your volunteering/ministering.

Cathedral Fest 2012

Cathedralfest 2012  November 10/11
Larger Prizes for Big Ticket
Big Ticket sponsored by Schwab, LLC
TV Raffle
Saturday Night Bingo
Meat Raffle, Big Wheel, Silent Auction
Country Store, Bakery, Book Store
Chocolate Chances, Children’s games
Saturday Walking Tacos and Sloppy Joes sponsored by HyVee
Chicken Dinner on Sunday 

Thank you to our General Sponsors of CathedralFest 2012
Brickl Bros
Catholic United Financial
Farmers Insurance (Dan B)
Fawcett Junker
Harvest House
Hiatt Mfg.
Hoff Funeral Home
J&J Rubbish
Meir Plumbing
Miller Felpax
Modern Ready Mix
Mulyck Funeral Services
Rich Mikrut
Rivers Hotel Group
Sim Sound
Wapasha Construction
Winona Heat & Vent

50” TV Raffle Sponsors 
Audio Designs, Merchants Bank, Kendell Lumber
Silent Auction and Big Wheel Donations
Gerard’s Small Engine, GQ, Hiatt Mfg., Holtan’s Jewelry Pieces of the Past, Westgate/Wellington’s River Hotel Group, Motor Parts, Peerless Chain, Waltz, Chrysler Winona, Dalh’s,  Sugar Loaf Ford

Year of Faith

This past Thursday marked the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and 30th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  With the anniversaries of these historic graces for the Church, Pope Benedict XVI has marked them by calling for a holy year!  The Pope has invited us to enter into a  "Year of Faith" in which we rediscover anew the core teachings of our faith primarily through re-encountering the Person of Jesus Christ.  A primary means of doing this is through understanding the Second Vatican Council and Catechism as a "sure compass" for guiding the Church in the contemporary world.  Click here for my Sunday homily on the year of faith.

St. Casimir Fall Festival

November 3rd  and 4th  for St. Casimir’ s Fall Festival
Dinner tickets for November 3rd are now available.
Cost is $10 per person. Take outs will be available.
For more information or to reserve your ticket contact Karen Rossa at 452-3745
or Sue Schreiber at 452-2494 for tickets. Seating is limited.

Winona Area Blood Drive

Winona Area Blood Drive
Friday, October 26th 
10 am - 3 pm
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
360 Main Street

For appointments please call the Winona Red Cross Chapter at 507-452-4258, or log onto and enter 55987. 

VIRTUS Session Thursday at St Stan's, Next Thursday at St. Mary's

There are currently two upcoming VIRTUS sessions in Winona: October 11th at St. Stan's Parish Office (10 a.m.), and October 18th at St. Mary's Parish (6 p.m.).

Do you need to take VIRTUS?

Every minister or volunteer needs to attend a VIRTUS session. In order to continue in your ministry or volunteer work, you must take a VIRTUS session. Since all ministers and volunteers must attend one VIRTUS session, we are encouraging all parishioners to attend a session.
You can sign up for a session by clicking on the button on the right side of this website, or by clicking here. At this time, you only need to attend one VIRTUS session for the duration of your volunteering/ministering.


COMMEMORATION AND CELEBRATION OF Second VATICAN COUNCIL Begins Thursday October 11 Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, announced details of the opening ceremony for the Year of Faith, which will be presided by the Holy Father in St. Peter's Square at 10 a.m. on Thursday 11 October. "It is particularly significant", the archbishop explained, "that the beginning of the Year of Faith falls on the day of the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of Vatican Council II. This is no coincidence. ... Rather, it is an opportunity to revisit that event which left such a deep mark on the life of the Church in the twentieth century, and to examine the influence its teachings have had during the intervening decades and will have over the coming years of Church commitment to new evangelisation.

Two New Doctors of the Church

On Sunday Pope Benedict XVI named two new doctors of the Church!  There are now 35 doctors of the Church.  A doctor of the church is bestowed upon a saint whose writings are deemed to be of universal importance to the Church for all times and the individual must be of "eminent learning and great sanctity".  The two new doctors are St. John of Avila and St. Hildegard of Bingen.  St. John of Avila was a prayerful priest who preached and taught the mysteries of God very beautifully and St. Hildegard of Bingen was an "important female figure of the 12th century."  St. Hildegard was a writer, composer, philosopher, and mystic as well as an abbess and founder of several monasteries. Click here for a Vatican News article on the new doctors.

Do you need to take VIRTUS?

Do you need to take VIRTUS?
Every minister or volunteer needs to attend a Virtus Session. In order to continue in your ministry or volunteer work, you must take a VIRTUS session. You can sign up for a session by clicking on the button on the right side of this website, or by clicking here.

What is VIRTUS?
VIRTUS is a program required by the Diocese of Winona that teaches and enables those who work and volunteer or minister in the church to learn about ways to protect children and vulnerable adults. It teaches signals and behavior to watch for, as well as reporting procedures.

Website Success

Thank you to all of you who have helped make our website such a success this year. We try to provide you with news and information in a more interactive and user-friendly environment. This website opened just before Christmas and has already surpassed 45,000 page views!
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A Stewardship Prayer

Stewardship Prayer
Generous God, I give thanks to you for the gifts you have given me -
          my life, my family, my friends - time, talents, and material possessions.
All that I have comes from you.
Help me to remember this and rejoice in your goodness.
Walk with me, my God.
Help me on my spiritual journey, so that I may
          constantly renew my relationship with you
          and all the good people in
          our parish and throughout the world.

St. Therese of Lisieux

Today is a beautiful Feast day of St. Therese of the Child Jesus.  She is a wonderful saint that has been much loved by many.  Therese is known for being called the little flower and for granting the sign for those who pray her novena of either receiving roses or smelling roses.  She is one of the most popular saints of our day because of her "little way" showing us how we can love God in all we do.  Click here for a quick biography on her life.