Solemnity of Mary Schedule (Jan 1st)

Solemnity of Mary Schedule
Monday, December 31st
4:00 pm - St. Stan's
5:15 pm - St. Mary's
5:15 pm- Cathedral
(Office Closes at Noon)

Tuesday, January 1st
7:00 am - Cathedral
9:00 am - St. Casimir
(Office Closed)

Holy Family

We continue with the Octave of Christmas this Sunday as we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family.  Jesus, Mary, & Joseph serve as a powerful model for us but even more than that we celebrate the reality that Jesus has entered the circumstances and experience of the entire human family.  Jesus has entered our world and our lives and so wants to be with us in all that we do and experience.  Open the doors of our hearts and He will flood our lives with His grace! Click here for the full text of my weekend homily.

Stewardship “Countless Blessings” Prayer

Generous God, you have blessed us immeasurably.
We are eternally grateful for your many blessings.
The beauty of the world we live in,
the wonder of creation,
and the miraculous gift of life itself.
The loving support of family and friends,
their caring sympathy during troubles
and their sharing happiness during our joys
The challenge of the tasks we work at,
the satisfaction of our accomplishments,
the enjoyment of our hobbies and diversions
and the meaningfulness of our volunteering.

Merry Christmas

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!  Merry Christmas and every blessing to you and yours from all of us here at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and St. Casimir's.  May Jesus who has taken flesh in our world, come into your life more profoundly in these holy days.  The Church will celebrate the next few weeks in jubilation for God's coming into the world as the Christmas season unfolds.  Click here for the full text of Fr. Kern's Christmas Homily

Cathedral and St. Casimir Christmas Mass Schedule

Christmas Eve—Monday, December 24
4:00pm—St. Casimir

Winona Area
4:00pm—St. Stanislaus
4:30pm—St. Mary’s
6:30pm—St. John’s
8:00pm—St. Mary’s
10:00pm—St. Stanislaus
Christmas Day—Tuesday, December 25

9:00am—St. Casimir

Winona area
8:30am—St. Mary’s
10:00am—St. Stanislaus
10:30am—St. Mary’s

Congratulations to Eagle Scout Award recipients

Erik Ness, David Peterson, and Avery Prondzinskiof Boy Scout of America Troop 11 of Cathedral of the Sacred Heart were awarded The Eagle Scout at ceremonies at the American Legion Post #9 this afternoon. Congratulations from our parish family to you and your families. We are proud of you! For details of their Eagle Scout projects see:

Jesus is the Fulfillment of All

We have already reached the final Sunday of Advent and now in just two days Christmas is upon us.  In these exciting and holy days we take time amidst the blur and speed of all we have to do to yet again invite Jesus into the circumstances of our life.  He is the authentic desire of our heart and so fulfills all of our longings and indeed all the longings of our world for what is true, whole, good, & beautiful.  Blessed are we who believe that what was spoken by the Lord would be fulfilled!  Click here to read the full text of this weekend's homily. 

Revised Faith Formation Schedule

The revised Faith Formation schedule is now posted under both the Calendar and Faith Formation pages. There are some changes to both the regular schedule, as well as the Growing up Catholic schedule. There will be a retreat for families on February 24th at St. Mary’s Parish from 11:30 – 2:30.
If you have any questions about the changes, please contact the parish office.

Christmas Office Hours

The parish office will be closed on Monday, December 24th and Tuesday December 25th for Christmas. The office will be open from 9am until 1pm on Wednesday, December 26th.

Perpetual Adoration Closed

Due to the weather Perpetual Adoration is closed for the night (12/20/12). It will reopen in the morning after the 7am Mass.

December 23 and 30 Bulletin

Additional Confession Times This Week

There will be additional times for Confession this week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Wednesday, December 19th: 11:00 am - Noon
Thursday, December 20th: 11:00 am - Noon, 6:30 pm until all are heard
Friday, December 21st: 11:00 am - Noon

O Come O Come Lord Jesus

Over the next seven days the Church intensifies our preparations for the coming of Christ into our lives.  The prayers are more specific and vigilant in the expectation for Jesus to come to us.  For example, the prayer for this morning:
"O God, Creator and Redeemer of human nature, who willed that your Word should take flesh in an ever-virgin womb, look with favor on our prayers, that your Only Begotten Son, having taken to himself our humanity, may be pleased to grant us a share in his divinity."
Another way the Church prays during these seven days is with what are called the "O Antiphons".  Called this simply because in the Latin they all begin with O but prayed in the Church at the end of Advent for more than one thousand years.  Each Antiphon invokes the coming of the Messiah, beginning with a biblical title and closing with a specific petition.  These antiphons are sung at evening prayer and also have been added to the liturgy for the Gospel acclamation (the Alleluia) during Mass.  The traditional hymn we know so well, O Come, O Come Emmanuel is based on these antiphons as well.  For example: here is today's "O Antiphon": O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care: Come and show your people the way to salvation.  This website shows the antiphons for each day and a beautiful description of each.
This prayerful video also describes the antiphons:

Stewardship “Gathering” Prayer

Good and loving God source of every grace and blessing,
We bring you thanks as we gather today for the many gifts you have given us.
We seek to be good stewards,
Lord! Bless us as we gather here to share Your gifts.
Send us Your Spirit and be present among us — in the mouth of all who speak, in the ears of all who listen at the heart of all we say and do.
We ask in Jesus' name.

On Tap This Weekend (Dec 15th & 16th)

Christmas Bake Sale at Cathedral (10 am – 2 pm, Holy Family Hall)
This Saturday Cathedral will host a Christmas Bake sale from 10-2 in Cathedral’s Holy Family Hall. There will be baked goods for sale, as well as a General Store and Christmas Store. We’ll also have a set-up where kids can make an ornament that will go on our Christmas trees this season. Proceeds go to the Youth Group.

 City-Wide Communal Reconciliation (Sun 4pm, Cathedral)
Cathedral will host the communal Reconciliation this Saturday. A short service will start at 4 pm with the Sacrament of Reconciliation to follow until all are heard.

Youth Group Meeting (Sun 6pm, Cathedral School)
This Sunday the Youth Group will be having their Christmas Party in the Youth Group room at the Cathedral School from 6 pm – 8 pm. Bring your friends for food, faith and fun. Anyone in 9–12 grade is welcome. Bring a gift, $3 or less, wrapped, for a gift exchange game!

The Gift and Challenge of Faith; Emphases of Pope Benedict XVI for our Year of Faith

By Msgr. Peter J. Vaghi - The Priest, 1/1/2013
The transmission and the meaning of faith are clear pillars in the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI. If the goal of the new evangelization, a repeated and consistent theme of this papacy, is the transmission of faith, then the recent establishment by the Pope at Rome of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization underscores the urgent need for the development of new strategies for spreading the faith.
The inauguration, moreover, of a full Year of Faith highlights Benedict's desire to help each of us in our individual journeys of faith. Finally, the Roman Synod that took place this past October links two of the above-mentioned themes of the papacy. Entitled "The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith," it becomes clear how the themes of faith and the new evangelization are intimately related for Pope Benedict XVI.
In his 2006 homily in Regensburg, Germany, the Pope asks early on in his papacy the underlying and fundamental question of our time — what does it mean to have faith? In effect, what do we actually believe? In answer, he points to the third-century Apostles' Creed as the basis of our belief system, the twelve articles corresponding to the twelve apostles.

Viva La Virgen de Guadalupe!

Today is the Blessed Feast of the Patroness of the Americas Our Lady of Guadalupe.  This title for Mary comes from her appearing to St. Juan Diego, a humble peasant farmer from Mexico. Take these beautiful words of the Blessed Virgin to heart for yourself today: "Listen, put it into your heart, my youngest and dearest son, that the thing that disturbs you, the thing that afflicts you, is nothing. Do not let your countenance, your heart be disturbed. Do not fear this sickness of your uncle or any other sickness, nor anything that is sharp or hurtful. Am I not here, I, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you need anything more? Let nothing else worry you, disturb you. Do not let your uncle's illness worry you, because he will not die now. You may be certain that he is already well." Click here for more information on this beautiful Feast Day

Virtus Session Wednesday at Cathedral

There will be a Virtus session at 9 am tomorrow (Wednesday, December 12th) at Cathedral. The session will last 2 hours and 15 minutes and will take place in Holy Family Hall.

If you volunteer for any events we've held or minister at any of our Masses our with an outreach program through us, we need you to attend a Virtus Session. This includes the Fall Festivals, Faith Formation, Eucharistic Ministering, homebound communion, nursing home outreach, etc.

Please sign-up online by going to the Virtus website, creating an account, and picking the December 12th class at Cathedral.

Thank you for helping us create and maintain a safe environment for everyone!

Immaculate Conception Holy Day Schedule

Immaculate Conception Holy Day Schedule
Friday, December 7th
5:15 – Cathedral

Saturday, December 8th
8:00 am – Cathedral
8:00 am – Basilica of St. Stanislaus
8:30 am – St. Mary’s

December 9 Bulletin

Kids: Help Us Decorate the Tree

Calling all kids! 

We'd like your help with decorating our Christmas tree this year. Come to the Holiday Bake Sale at Cathedral on Saturday, December 15th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in Holy Family Hall and make an ornament to put on our tree!

Thank You for Your Generosity

A big thank you to all the wonderful stewards who took a tag for the Gifts For Winona program. St. Casimir and Cathedral had a total of 150 tags, all of which were gone in 11 days! If you didn't get a tag, we still have Toys for Tots barrels in the gathering spaces, as well as 10 Days of Giving barrels at the church entrances. The Birthright tree will also be up soon in the Gathering Space at Cathedral. Thank you again for your continued generosity!

Stewardship “Creation” Prayer

All powerful and ever-living God, 
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks.
All things are of your making.
All times and seasons obey you.
You chose to create us in your own image,
and set us over the whole world in all its wonder.
You made us the stewards of creation,
to praise you every day for your wisdom and power.
May we imitate your Son, Jesus in his life of service.
May we be faithful stewards of all your gifts
among the people of God. Amen 

Come Lord Jesus, into My Heart Today

Advent is a time where we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ.  Christ comes to us in a manger in a few short weeks.  Christ will come again in glory at the Second coming and end of time.  Most especially, Jesus comes into our hearts at the Mass and in our daily lives.  He wants to be a part of our life every day.  Click here to ready my homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent

Make Ready, the Lord is Coming

Luke 21:25-28, 34-36   Jesus said to his disciples: "There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand. Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man."
Introductory Prayer: Heavenly Father, I gladly spend a few minutes with you, to be close to you, because you know how much I need your presence and grace in my life. You deserve to be the center of my thoughts and desires; but often I let myself be taken up by the anxieties of daily life. Sorry Lord, but at least here I am right now, hungry for you alone. Today, Lord, I accompany the whole Church as we begin the Advent Season and begin to prepare for your coming to earth as a baby on Christmas morning.

Daily Advent Calendar

Here is a wonderful resource from EWTN to help prepare each of our hearts for Christmas.  This Advent Calendar gives a reflection for each day as well as a practical action and prayer for each day.  Come back to this page each day to assist your daily preparation for the coming of our Savior Jesus.

Click here for the Advent Calendar