Advent is Coming! Are you ready?

Most of us are already busy making plans or buying gifts for Christmas.  Every time we go to a store we know they are ready for us to buy their nice new displays that would look so good in our homes.  However, as Catholic's we remember the true purpose for this season, the coming of our Savior!  Advent is a time of preparation for the incredible reality that God became a human man in Jesus.  As we prepare for Christmas, might we take this week to get an Advent wreath (or make a simple one with our family).  Below I will give a couple links with some simple suggestions for ways to celebrate Advent that can help prepare us for Christmas along with a video of how to make one yourself.

Click here for a blog on some "baby steps for celebrating Advent"
Click here for a link with both some history on the Advent wreath and a how to make one yourself.


Holiday Bake Sale: Dec 15th



Cathedral is bringing back an old tradition this year - the Holiday Bake Sale! Saturday December 15th from 10-2, Cathedral will be selling holiday baked goods and cookies by the plate. Along with the bake sale will be a Christmas Store and a Country Store. 
All proceeds go to fund the Youth Group programs. 
If you're like Sandy, and like to bake, we need you. If you're willing to bake, please call Barb Pozanc (896-3379) or Karen Waters (457-3671). Drop off for baked goods will be 8-10 am the morning of the sale.
If you're like Kris, and like to eat (or shouldn't bake...), mark your calendars for tasty treats!

Christ the King

This weekend we celebrated the Solemnity of Christ the King.  This celebration is always celebrated on the last Sunday in Ordinary Time.  That of course means that Advent begins next week!  As we wind down Ordinary Time, we reflect on the reality that Jesus is truly our King.  Jesus must be the King of our minds, hearts, bodies, and truly entire life.  We are called to be His faithful servants.  How have you served your King?  Click here for the full text of my homily.  

Thanksgiving Schedule

Wed, November 21st
7 am Mass - Cathedral
12:10 Mass - Cathedral
No 5 pm Newman Mass
Office Open

Thurs, Nov 22nd
Happy Thanksgiving!
7 am Mass - Cathedral
No 12:10 Mass
Office Closed

Fri, Nov 23rd
7 am Mass - Cathedral
No 12:10 Mass
Office Closed

Happy Thanksgiving

We want to wish a happy Thanksgiving to everyone. We hope you can take some time today to be thankful for all of the blessings God has given you! 


November 25 Bulletin

A Stewardship “Meal Blessing”


Good and gracious God,
As we gather together for this meal, we
pause from the normal routines of our daily lives
to give thanks and praise for the abundant
blessings you have bestowed upon us.
You have entrusted us with the wonders of your
creation and given us the freedoms and
opportunities to creatively collaborate
in your divine plan.
Bless all of us who gather here in your name.
Give us the grace to be good stewards of your
bounty, the courage to proclaim the Gospel in
word and deed; and the wisdom to claim nothing
for ourselves, but return all to You with increase.
Bless this food we are about to share and
all those who brought it to our table.
Bless our loved ones, family and friends who are
not with us this day; and on those who travel, that
they may reach their destinations safely.
And in a special way, bless those who are less
fortunate than we are today. Grant that we
who are filled with Your abundance never
close our hearts to those most in need of Your
mercy, particularly the hungry, the
homeless and the poor.
We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your

Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God forever and ever.
Amen.  

Happy Birthday Fr. Jason!


We want to wish a happy 27th birthday to Fr. Jason Kern!

Virtus Session Added 12/12

A new Virtus Session has been added on December 12th at 9 am at Cathedral. The session will meet in Holy Family Hall, and will last approximately 2 hours. We ask that you please pre-register if you plan to attend by clicking this link and making an account on Virtus.org.
The purpose of the Virtus program is to help parishioners, volunteers, and ministers, to provide a safe environment in our parish. The Virtus session will aid you in learning about potentially harmful behavior and warning signs. The session will also cover proper reporting procedures. Because of this, Virtus is required for anyone who comes into contact with either vulnerable adults or minors in their volunteer or ministry work.
Please help us make our parishes a safer place by attending a session.

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Mass taping today. We are blessed to have such wonderful stewards who donate their time and efforts for these things. A special thank you to everyone who helped with some last minute things. We appreciate it!

Youth Group Meeting Sun Nov 18th

The youth group will be meeting this Sunday night at Cathedral school. As usual, there will be snacks, games, and a great conversation! Invite your friends. We hope to see you at 6pm on Sunday November 18th!

Stewardship “Blessings” Prayer


Generous and loving God, You call us to be disciples
of your son Jesus and good stewards of all your many gifts.
Open our minds and hearts to a greater awareness
and deeper appreciation of your countless blessings.
Transform us through the power of your Spirit to nurture
a stewardship way of life marked by faith-filled prayer,
service to our neighbor and generous sharing.
Teach us to be faithful servants of your gifts. With Mary’s help,
may we return ten-fold the gifts entrusted to us.
Bless our Parish with a deepening
devotion to prayer, a growing commitment for service,
and increasing levels of generosity as we work to
advance the mission of both our parish and diocese.
We pray through Christ, our Lord. Amen. 

Mass Tapings This Friday (11/16)

The Diocese will be taping the five December weekend Masses this Friday (Nov 16) at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. We still need help to fill some minister spots, and as always, need help to fill up the front of the church.
The tapings will be at 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm , and 2 pm. We still need Lectors for 10 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm, as well as Sacristans for the 9 am and 10 am Masses. If you would be willing to fill a spot, please contact the parish office at (507) 452-4770, or email info@cathedralwinona.org . 
Thank you in advance!

Catholic Extention 2013 Calendars Out Now

The 2013 calendars from Catholic Extension are out now at Cathedral and St. Casimir. We want to thank our calendar sponsors for making this possible: Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home, Winona Air Expediting Inc, Robert & Frances Fischer, and Ron Gunderson
We order our calendars from Catholic Extension because we believe in their mission. Every penny of proceeds go to support under-resourced Catholic communities in the US. Click to watch the video below. Not only will you learn about CE, but we think you'll feel as good about them as we do!

Have You Given Everything?

This is one picture of a painting of the widow giving the little she had to the temple
This Sunday, in both the first reading and the gospel, we heard stories about two different widows who put what God was inviting them to first in their lives.  Both likely had difficult lives filled with much hardship, yet gave to God before anything else.  God provides for us in our need and always gives us strength to persevere despite hardship.  God is truly our strength and refuge.  His presence fills us with peace.  Click here for a full text of my homily (though my actual homily varied considerably from this).

CathedralFest: This Weekend


Saturday, November 10th

7:00 PM Start
SATURDAY NIGHT BINGO

6:00 PM Start
Taco’s & Joe’s Dinner $5.00 with beverage  (Sponsor: HyVee Foods)

Sunday, November 11th
Breakfast from 7:30 am to 9:30 am
Dinner: Chicken Bar-B-Que
Served from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

A Year of Faith Prayer

Eternal God, everlasting Father,
we lift to you adoring love and praise
for the gift of faith
by which we open ourselves
to the fiery Love of your Spirit,
poured out through the pierced Heart
of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Stir up that faith anew in us,
O Father!
Deepen our trust,
illumine our minds,
kindle our hearts

November 11 Bulletin

Newman Center Capital Campaign

The St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Newman Center, on campus at Winona State University, has embarked on a capital campaign to help with development and growth costs in the next year. You can get more information about who they are, what they do, and where they're going by going to their campaign website and watching the video below.

Election Day

We hope everyone was able to get out and vote today.
An extra thank you, on this Election Day, to all those who help with the election process. Thank you for giving your time to help us all do our civic duty!

RCIA Meetings Start Next Week

RCIA Classes will be starting Tuesday, November 13th at 7 pm in the St. Thomas Room. Classes are open to anyone with an interest in becoming Catholic or learning more about the Catholic faith. There is no cost for the program. Please check out the RCIA page on this website for more information.
If you'd like to help with RCIA, please contact the parish office.

Heart, Mind, Soul, & Strength

We are called to love God above all else!  What does this really look like?  How do we love God in the daily events of our very busy lives?  Click here for the full text of my homily on this deep reality.

SUPERSTORM SANDY DISASTER RELIEF

Remnants of fires caused by Superstorm Sandy
As you are aware, our neighbors to the east are in need of our help. While accurate damage assessments are still forthcoming, we do know that this is a tragedy of the great proportion that requires an urgent response. 
In solidarity with our brothers and sisters affected by this disaster, we will be taking up a second collection at all Masses this weekend. Please make checks out to the parish and clearly mark them for Superstorm Relief. 
We also ask for your prayers for the victims of this disaster. The Diocese of Winona, working with the dioceses of the east and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will continue to research further avenues of assistance for those displaced by this tragedy.



St. Casimir's Fall Festival Starts Tonight!

St. Casimir's Fall Festival starts tonight!
The Polish Dinner starts at 5 pm and goes until the tickets are out. Stop down tonight where $10 gets you the biggest dinner in town! Meal includes roast pork and Polish bologna, meat balls, real mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, sauerkraut,  glazed fresh carrots, pickled beets, cranberry salad, cole slaw, homemade bread and coffeecakes, and your choice of coffee or milk. 
Tickets are $10 each, Take out's available. Meal is served buffet style, and catered by Mary Kay's Kitchen in Arcadia.

The Sunday fun starts at Noon. Come eat lunch and try your luck with kid's games and raffles, or stop by the booths to buy tasty treats, jewelry, and decorations.  The Big Wheel starts at Noon, and the Big Ticket Drawing is at 4 pm. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Stewardship “Gift” Prayer

Lord, you alone are the source of every good gift,
of the vast array of our universe,
and the mystery of each human life.
We praise you and we thank you
for your great power and your tender, faithful
LOVE.
Everything we are and everything we have
is your gift,
and after having created us,
You have given us the greatest of all gifts, your son,
JESUS CHRIST.
Fill our minds with His truth
and our hearts with His love,
that in His Spirit
we may be bonded together into a community
of faithful, caring people.
In the name and spirit of Jesus,
we commit ourselves to be good stewards
of the gifts entrusted to us,
to share our time, our talent
and our material gifts as an outward sign
of the treasure we hold in Jesus.
AMEN.  

Pictures from Msgr. Colletti's Mass of Thanksgiving



Blessing the Confirmation Students and their Sponsors