Stewardship Prayer

Oh Lord, giver of life and source of our freedom, we are reminded that Yours is “the earth in its fullness; the world and those who dwell in it.”  We know that it is from your hand that we have received all we have and are and will be.  Gracious and loving God, we understand that you call us to be the stewards of Your abundance, the caretakers of all you have entrusted to us.  Help us always to use your gifts wisely and teach us to share them generously.  May our faithful stewardship bear witness to the love of Christ in our lives.  We pray this with grateful hearts in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Still Time to RSVP for Hats Off To You: Annual Ministry Appreciation Party

There's still time to RSVP for the Ministry Appreciation Party this Saturday! Everyone is invited to help us celebrate everyone who makes parish life possible for our cluster of St. Casimir, Cathedral, and the Newman Center. 
Please RSVP to the parish office if you plan to attend.

St. Paul, MN March for Life

A contingent from the Winona Diocese went to the annual March for Life at our state capitol. Posted below are some of the pictures.

St. Thomas Aquinas

Today is the feast day of the remarkable Saint Thomas Aquinas.  This holy man lived a life of incredible witness by using the gifts of chastity and his powerful intellect for the glory of God.  We pray for the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Newman Center in a particular way today as they celebrate the feast day by who they are named.  St. Thomas' relics are on display at Newman today and they are also one of the numerous saints whose relics are reposed in our altar here at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

Click read more for a beautiful prayer for receiving Holy Communion said by St. Thomas

Day Nine: Sunday, January 27, 2012

Intercession: For repentance, healing and peace, in every heart and every nation.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection: Today is the memorial of St. Angela Merici, foundress of the religious community now known as the Ursuline nuns. Living in northern Italy in the early 1500s, she was moved by the needs of young girls in the community, who were poor and uneducated. She responded to the girls' needs by educating them in the Gospel. Her example reminds us that to share Christ with those in need is to share news of great joy. "…for today is holy to our LORD. Do not be saddened this day, for rejoicing in the LORD must be your strength!" (Nehemiah 8:10) We hear these words proclaimed in today's first reading. The message of the Gospel of Life is one of great joy! Our call to live this Gospel is not marked with sadness and despair, but with hope, expectation and exuberant joy. "It is up to you, young followers of Christ, to show the world that faith brings happiness and a joy which is true, full and enduring.… The Gospel is the "good news" that God loves us and that each of us is important to him. Show the world that this is true!" (Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the 27th World Youth Day, March 15, 2012).

Day Eight: Saturday, January 26, 2012

Intercession: For an end to legal abortion in our nation and for the conversion of all hearts, so that the inherent rights of every human being—especially those most at risk of abuse and rejection—will be upheld.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection: On this memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, we hear St. Paul's words to them: "do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord." These words ring true for us today, especially as we speak the truth that life is worth living, and that every person, without exception, deserves the chance to live his or her life, and experience its beauty and goodness. Blessed John Paul II reminds us that our first step in giving our testimony is to have an outlook of wonder on the beauty of life, "discovering in all things the reflection of the Creator and seeing in every person his living image" (Evangelium Vitae, 83).

Day Seven: Friday, January 25, 2012

Intercession: For elected leaders who oppose any restriction on the abortion license: may God allow them to grasp the brutal violence of abortion and the reality of post-abortion suffering experienced by countless women and men.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection: Today's reading from Acts tells the story of St. Paul's conversion. Before, he was "breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord." After encountering Christ, Paul became a "chosen instrument," filled with the Holy Spirit, and ready to suffer for Jesus' name. There is absolutely nothing and no one outside of the power of God's loving embrace. Today we remember the children, the mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and all those who have been involved in or affected by abortion. We entrust them to the unfathomable healing mercy of God, recalling the words of Jesus to St. Faustina: "The greater the misery of a soul, the greater its right to My mercy" (Diary, 1182).

January 27 Bulletin

Day Six: Thursday, January 24, 2012

Intercession: For those whose work involves promoting abortion and contraceptive use:may God help them understand that the casual sex they foster undermines the capacity for the self-giving, faithful and enduring love that is the longing of every heart.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection: On this feast of St. Francis de Sales, let us consider these words of the great saint: "All that we do must be motivated by love and not force. We must love to obey rather than fear to disobey." St. Francis reminds us that all of our actions must be borne of a spirit of love, and that we find our freedom in living the truth. As we defend the dignity of human life, let us ask St. Francis to pray for us so that everything we say and do for unborn children and their grieving parents is imbued with both compassion and truth.

New Virtus Sessions Added for February

There will be two opportunities to take a Virtus Session at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in February.
Saturday, February 9th at 9:00 a.m. in Holy Family Hall
Monday, February 25th at 6:00 p.m. in Holy Family Hall
Anyone is welcome to attend the sessions. Please click here to sign up online and create your Virtus account. If you have any questions or problems please contact the parish office.
If you have not yet taken Virtus and are or have volunteered or ministered at any catholic parish or school, you must take a Virtus Session. 
Help us keep our parish a safe place for children and vulnerable adults!

Day Five: Wednesday, January 23, 2012

Intercession: For scientists and pharmaceutical employees who help create and manufacture contraceptive and abortifacient drugs: that the Lord will open their eyes to the moral danger and health risks these drugs pose for women and prompt them to work only on medications that benefit human life. Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection: In today's Gospel, we hear how Jesus grieved the hardness of heart of the Pharisees, as he heals the man with the withered hand. Let us open our hearts in faith, entrusting our culture to the healing power of Christ, the One who has overcome sin and the power of evil. We recall the words of Pope Benedict XVI, having faith that "this God exists, and hence that this power to 'take away the sin of the world' (Jn 1:29) is present in the world" (Saved in Hope [Spe Salvi], 36).

Day of Prayer and Penance

Today is the 40th anniversary of the tragic court decision Roe vs Wade which made legal the option to choose to end the life of a conceived child in the womb of their mother.  Today the United States Bishops have urged us to pray and do penance to see that this long-standing tragedy is ended in our nation.  Please join Catholic's throughout our country in offering any sacrifice that you can and praying for the protection of all our nations most vulnerable persons.  Lord, deliver us from all evil.  Click here for my Sunday Homily on this topic.

Day Four: Tuesday, January 22, 2012

Intercession: For the doctors, nurses and counselors who now know they were wrong in cooperating with abortion: may God grant them the courage to renounce their involvement in the abortion industry and open their hearts to doing his will from now on.  Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection: Today, on this 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we consider the past four decades in which our society has legally permitted abortion, wandering far from God. Instead of accepting children in joy and hope, our culture is lost in a barren place marked by rejection of others, sorrow and despair. Yet, like Abraham, whom we hear about in today's first reading, Christians must "hold fast to the hope that lies before us," trusting in faith that Christ makes all things new. With Mary's intercession, let us pray that our nation becomes a place where every child is welcomed with joy, as an irreplaceable gift from our Creator.

Day Three: Monday, January 21, 2012

Intercession: For the parents who influenced their child's choice to abort their grandchild: that they may have the humility and wisdom to see the wrong they've done and to seek forgiveness from God and from their child.  Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection: Today we honor the life of St. Agnes, a 12-year-old girl martyred in Rome in 304 AD during the Diocletian persecution. Agnes never wavered in her commitment to remain a virgin and to give her whole life to the Lord, refusing proposals to marry. Her innocence and heroism facing death helped bring an end to the persecution of Christians in Rome. Following the example of St. Agnes, let us remain steadfast in recognizing Christ, who is Love Incarnate, as the source and summit of our lives. May his love give us the determination and courage to live for him and for others, especially the most vulnerable among us.

Day Two: Sunday, January 20, 2012

Intercession: For the father whose child died with his cooperation and consent: that the Lord grant him the grace to repent and be reconciled with God. Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection: Today's memorial of St. Sebastian, the famous martyr and patron of athletes, lived his faith courageously in the midst of intense Roman persecution. St. Sebastian's life reminds us that even in the midst of threats to the faith, a life lived and died in Christ is the ultimate witness—one that changes others. The wedding feast at Cana, described in today's Gospel, recounts the first miracle Christ performs, changing six stone jars of water into wine. At the request of his mother, Jesus takes up the ordinary substance of water and turns it into something extraordinary—choice wine for the wedding guests. Our life, too, is changed into something extraordinary when given over to Christ. We trust that He always gives us what we need. Today we bring to him our desire to uphold human life, and entrust everything to him, through the intercession of his mother. We can be certain that he will bless all our efforts with success.

Day 1: Saturday, January 19, 2013

For the mother who awakens each morning with the memory of abortion fresh in her mind: that the Lord may still the terror in her heart and lead her gently to the well-spring of his love and mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. May she, and all who’ve been involved in an abortion decision, find healing and hope through Project Rachel Ministry.
Our Father, 3 Hail Mary, Glory Be
Today’s Gospel reading from Mark recounts Jesus dining with tax collectors and sinners. When the Pharisees question Jesus about this, he responds, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” In a society where millions of people have fallen prey to the false promises of the culture of death, let us witness to the mercy of Jesus and invite all who’ve been harmed to experience his abundant love and healing.

Culture of Vocations: You are Loved, Called, Sent

How many of us really feel like we are a part of the mission of the Church?  Well, indeed each one of us has been brought into the family of God through our baptism and inasmuch we are now loved unlimitedly by God, and then called to serve Him, and sent forth by Him to serve and love others.  A culture of vocations can only happen when we create an environment where God is shared, loved, and honored in our families and extended social groups.  By growing in a deeper relationship with Jesus, we can hear the call from God in the ways in which He is calling us to live for Him.  Click here for the full text of my homily

Help Needed at WVS Clothes Shop

Winona Volunteer Services is in need of 2 or 3 volunteers who would be willing to come in  on Monday mornings to help out in our Clothes Shop.  The shift would be from 9a – 1pm each Monday.

The basic job would be helping with the operations of running our store.  They would help with accepting donations ,then sorting through the clothing and hanging it out for sale.

They would not need to cashier, there already is a volunteer for that position. If you would like more information on the job itself, please click here for more information. You can also call Sontha at the Clothes Shop at 507-452-5591 Ext 14. 

Thank you!

National Vocation Awareness Week

National Vocation Awareness Week will be celebrated in our country January 13-19, 2013. Please ask Our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God’s gift of a vocation.

Stewardship “Follow Me” Prayer

Walk with us our God.
Help us on our spiritual journey so that we may constantly renew our relationship with you and all the good people in our parish.
Renew in us your Spirit. Give us the strength and courage
to become a better followers of Jesus, to be a disciple.
Help us hear the call to "Come Follow Me".
We give glory to you, our God,
as we make stewardship a way of life.

FOCUS Mass with Bishop Quinn

Gathering before FOCUS Mass with over 6000 University Students at Conference in Orlando. Archbishop Aquilla joins the Winona Diocese for Mass.

The Complexity of Human Trafficking Explained

In an effort to raise awareness of the complexity and horrors surrounding the issue of human trafficking, two survivors of this underground industry will travel from Washington, D.C., to Rochester, MN, to share their experiences.  Stacy Jewell Lewis will give her spoken word performance, "10 Years and 1 Day," on Friday evening, January 11, at 7 PM at the Hill Theatre, UCR Campus. She will be joined by another survivor of slavery, Shamere McKenzie, for two additional presentations on Saturday morning, January 12, at Assisi Heights.  These presentations will set the stage for our panel discussions with local leaders and law enforcement about the issues faced by all sides in confronting this tragic, oppressive activity.

MCCL Pancake Breakfast

The Winona chapter of MCCL is hosting a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday January 20 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart church basement. The cost will be $5. $4 for children 4 to 10. For more information contact Anne Galewski at 452-4960 after 2pm.

January 6 Bulletin

Catholicism 101: Essentials for the Journey - A DVD Study Series by Jeff Cavins

In this Year of Faith Pope Benedict XVI calls all Catholics to renew and deepen their faith.  We are called to better prepare ourselves to share our faith with others.  This is the “New Evangelization” in which we are all asked to participate.
World renowned author and Catholic theologian, Jeff Cavins, explains the basics of Catholicism in 10 dynamic 60 -minute DVD presentations. Drawing upon the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and presenting in his personal, warm, engaging and entertaining style, Jeff Cavins makes the Catholic faith come alive as he covers:

7 Ups for the New Year

Happy New Year!!!  from Msgr. Colletti, Fr. Kern and the Cathedral and St. Casimir Parish Staff
7 Ups for the New Year (Adapted from Rev. Walter Schoedel)
1) WAKE UP--Begin the day thanking the Lord. It is His day. Rejoice in it.
2) LOOK-UP--Open your eyes to the Lord Jesus. Ask for his strength and blessings for the day through the anointing of his Holy Spirit. After all, he is your only Savior.
3) DRESS-UP--Put on a smile. It improves your looks. It says something about your attitude. It enables Jesus living within you smile at others.
4) SHUT-UP--Watch your tongue. Don't gossip. Don’t be judgmental. Say nice things. Learn to listen to others with love. Be sympathetic.
5) STAND-UP--Take a stand for what you believe. Resist evil. Do good. Have the courage of your Christian convictions by practicing what you believe. 
6) REACH-UP--Spend time in prayer by talking to God with your adorations, confessions, thanksgivings and supplications to the Lord and by listening to Him by attentively reading the Bible and by applying its message to you life.
7) LIFT-UP--Be available to help those in need--serving, supporting, and sharing. Try to find Jesus in others and serve him who lives in others.