Online Giving Being Added for Cathedral & St. Casimir March 27th

During the Stewardship Conference last Fall, one of the things we got excited about was the option to add Online Giving. Online Giving has been something many of you have talked or asked about in the past year or so, and we're excited to be on board.

We are partnering with Our Sunday Visitor, who currently does our envelope system, to give you a user-friendly and secure experience. They are also a non-profit company, enabling them to offer us some of the lowest credit card fees out there. The online option will take ACH (through bank account information) or credit cards (Visa, Master Card, and Discover).

The Online Giving option will enable us to have online payment for more than just weekly and special collections. Users will also have the option to pay for Faith Formation, Vacation Bible School, and other fees online.

Beautiful Final Papal Audience

Pope Benedict XVI spoke for what is considered to be his final public appearance today at the usual Wednesday Papal Audience.  It is estimated that over 200,000 people gathered to show their love and support for the Pontiff as his resignation takes effect tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. CST.  Click read more below the picture of the Pope to read the full text of a beautiful farewell that is filled with gratitude and humility as our Pope prepares for a huge transition for himself and for the Church.

Soup Supper & Stations of the Cross Thursday

Our Thursday Soup Supper & Stations of the Cross program is back at Cathedral this Lent.

5:30 pm - Soup Supper in Holy Family Hall (Free will offering)

6:30 pm - Stations of the Cross in the church

Join us any or every Thursday during Lent to nourish your body and your soul!

A Prayer for the Papacy of His Holiness Upon His Resignation

God, our Loving Father,
we ask Your blessing on Pope Benedict XVI
upon the occasion of his resignation.

Thank You for his years
of dedicated leadership in which he
faithfully administered the mysteries
of Your forgiveness and love.

Thank you, too, for the outstanding pastoral care
he has offered us as our Holy Father. 
May Your Holy Spirit continue to guide him
as he now walks a new path.

Gracious God, bless the future
of Your Holy Church as it now moves forward
to choose a new Pope, 
a new spiritual leader for Your Catholic people.

We pray for the Cardinals as they gather
for their Conclave 
to select the new successor to Saint Peter.
With the inspiration of the Holy Spirit,
may they choose a worthy steward of Your faith
to meet the challenges of today's world.

We ask all these things in Jesus' name. 

Bishop Quinn's Message for the 2nd Sunday of Lent

Lenten Prayer

God of Eternity,
we thank you
for the gift of salvation.
As we walk through the desert
this Lenten season,
we thirst for the healing waters
of your love.
Give us the strength to overcome
the temptation of sin.
Cleanse our hearts and minds
that we might prepare with great joy
for the resurrection of your Son,
Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Reminder: Virtus Session Tonight

There is a Virtus session tonight, February 25th, at 6:00 pm at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. We ask that everyone who plans to attend register online here prior to the class. If you encounter registration problems, or are unable to register, please contact the parish office and we will be happy to help you.
The Virtus program is designed to help volunteers and employees work together to create safe environments for children and vulnerable adults. While attending a Virtus session is part of the safe environment program requirement for volunteers and employees at Catholic parishes and schools, everyone is welcome to attend. 
Thank you for helping us keep our parishes, schools, and communities safe!

WACS Pancake Supper/ K of C Chicken-Q This weekend!

Pancake Supper:
Come join our WACS families at St. Mary's Church Basement on Friday, March 8th from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. They will be serving up pancakes, scrambled eggs, fruit, and beverage all for $5.00/person (3 & Under are free). Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance at the school offices, from a WACS family, or by contacting
We hope to see you there!

Knights Of Columbus #639 Chicken-Q:
The Knights of #639 will be serving up their yearly Chicken-Q in Holy Family Hall at Cathedral on Saturday, March 2nd from 10:30 am until it's gone. Tickets are $8.00 each and include 1/2 chicken, baked potato, beans, and a roll! Deliveries can be made inside city limits for 2 or more dinners.

February 24 Bulletin

Pope Benedict XVI's Final Sunday Angelus Message

Dear brothers and sisters, thank you for your affection!
On the second Sunday of Lent, the liturgy always presents us with the Gospel of the Transfiguration of the Lord. The evangelist Luke places particular emphasis on the fact that Jesus was transfigured as he prayed: his is a profound experience of relationship with the Father during a sort of spiritual retreat that Jesus lives on a high mountain in the company of Peter, James and John , the three disciples always present in moments of divine manifestation of the Master (Luke 5:10, 8.51, 9.28).The Lord, who shortly before had foretold his death and resurrection (9:22), offers his disciples a foretaste of his glory. And even in the Transfiguration, as in baptism, we hear the voice of the Heavenly Father, "This is my Son, the Chosen One listen to him" (9:35). The presence of Moses and Elijah, representing the Law and the Prophets of the Old Covenant, it is highly significant: the whole history of the Alliance is focused on Him, the Christ, who accomplishes a new "exodus" (9:31) , not to the promised land as in the time of Moses, but to Heaven. Peter’s words: "Master, it is good that we are here" (9.33) represents the impossible attempt to stop this mystical experience. St. Augustine says: "[Peter] ... on the mountain ... had Christ as the food of the soul. Why should he come down to return to the labours and pains, while up there he was full of feelings of holy love for God that inspired in him a holy conduct? "(Sermon 78.3).
We can draw a very important lesson from meditating on this passage of the Gospel. First, the primacy of prayer, without which all the work of the apostolate and of charity is reduced to activism. In Lent we learn to give proper time to prayer, both personal and communal, which gives breath to our spiritual life. In addition, to pray is not to isolate oneself from the world and its contradictions, as Peter wanted on Tabor, instead prayer leads us back to the path, to action. "The Christian life - I wrote in my Message for Lent - consists in continuously scaling the mountain to meet God and then coming back down, bearing the love and strength drawn from him, so as to serve our brothers and sisters with God’s own love "(n. 3).Dear brothers and sisters, I feel that this Word of God is particularly directed at me, at this point in my life. The Lord is calling me to "climb the mountain", to devote myself even more to prayer and meditation. But this does not mean abandoning the Church, indeed, if God is asking me to do this it is so that I can continue to serve the Church with the same dedication and the same love with which I have done thus far, but in a way that is better suited to my age and my strength. Let us invoke the intercession of the Virgin Mary: may she always help us all to follow the Lord Jesus in prayer and works of charity.
I offer a warm greeting to all the English-speaking visitors present for this Angelus prayer, especially the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School. I thank everyone for the many expressions of gratitude, affection and closeness in prayer which I have received in these days. As we continue our Lenten journey towards Easter, may we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus the Redeemer, whose glory was revealed on the mount of the Transfiguration. Upon all of you I invoke God’s abundant blessings!
Four days until his resignation takes effect, before departing his perch for the last time the 265th Pope offered one parting word to a crowd that jammed St Peter's Square and flowed out into the streets beyond....

"In preghiamo siamo siempre vicini!" – "In prayer, we are always close to each other!"

As the schedule stands, just one public word remains: at the Wednesday General Audience.  Praise God for His goodness to our Holy Church! 

Path to the Glory of God

In this second Sunday of Lent, the Gospel for this week is always the Transfiguration.  Jesus goes up the mountain and reveals His glory to Peter, James, and John.  Jesus also invites each of us to share in His glory.  That is, we are all called to live out our call to share in the image and likeness of God.  We are all called to share in the greatness of God, the glory, the joy and love of God.  Click here for the full text of my Sunday homily.

First Annual WACS Flower Sale

The Easter season will soon be upon us and the WACS PTP would like to introduce to you the colors of Spring! Decorate your home with beautiful lilies, potted bulb gardens, mums and hydrangeas from local growers, Pork and Plants. Click Here to see the flyer and Click Here for the order form for details or visit for more photos of the year’s flower selections.

Orders will be accepted through Friday, March 1st. Payment is due with orders.
You can drop off your order form to the parish office, mail orders to: WACS PTP, 625 East 5th St, Winona, MN 55987, Email orders to: Janann Gilbertson,, or Call in orders to: Margie Piechowski, 507.452-0582 or 507.429.4697. 

Flower Pick-Up will be Tuesday, March 26th, from noon to 5:30pm in St. Stan's School front lobby.

Cotter Graduate Brian Rivers stays in contact with blogs from Ghana

Brian Rivers, Cotter class of 2011, recently served with “Engineers Without Borders” in Ghana, Africa.  Brian is an engineering student at UW Platteville.
The purpose of the trip was to invite engineering students into real life building projects.  The materials and equipment available in Ghana are different than what we expect here in Minnesota.

Brian's brothers, Robert and Kevin Rivers, with a map showing how far away their big brother is.
Here’s a quote from his blog:

WSU Habitat Chili Fundraiser This Saturday

The Winona State Habitat for Humanity group will be hosting a chili supper at Cathedral on Saturday, February 23rd beginning at 6:00 pm until gone. Cost is $7.00 a person, or $5 with WSU IDs. It comes with all you can eat traditional chili, veggie chili and white chicken chili, corn bread and homemade desserts.

Proceeds will go toward a trip to Florida (gas, vans, food) to help build houses for the less fortunate. Donations will also be accepted. 

Last Year's Trip to Upstate New York

Prayer and Action

Pope Benedict XVI has always transcended the labels of conservative and liberal and has done so in many ways.  He is about as balanced as they come and always desires to point us back to the most fundamental reality, that is, relationship with Christ as the foundation.  Here is another excerpt from his message for Lent 2013:

The Christian life consists in continuously scaling the mountain to meet God and then coming back down, bearing the love and strength drawn from him, so as to serve our brothers and sisters with God’s own love. In sacred Scripture, we see how the zeal of the Apostles to proclaim the Gospel and awaken people’s faith is closely related to their charitable concern to be of service to the poor (cf. Acts 6:1-4). In the Church, contemplation and action, symbolized in some way by the Gospel figures of Mary and Martha, have to coexist and complement each other (cf. Lk 10:38-42). The relationship with God must always be the priority, and any true sharing of goods, in the spirit of the Gospel, must be rooted in faith.

Soup Supper & Stations of the Cross Thursday

Our Soup Supper & Stations of the Cross program is back at Cathedral this Lent.

5:30 pm - Soup Supper in Holy Family Hall (Free will offering)

6:30 pm - Stations of the Cross in the church

Join us any or every Thursday during Lent to nourish your body and your soul!

Prayer for Lent

Lord Jesus Christ,
you have power over life and death.
You know what is uncertain and obscure,
and our thought and feelings
are no secret from you.
Cleanse me from my hidden faults,
for I have done evil and you have seen it.
Day by day my life draws nearer to its end.
You know how frail I am, in soul and in body.
Give me strength, Lord, in my weakness
and uphold me in my sufferings. Amen.
-St. Ephrem the Syrian

Pope Benedict XVI Reflections for Lent

One of my favorite themes that Pope Benedict XVI has carried throughout his Pontificate has been his consistent assertion that we as Christian's must ENCOUNTER Jesus.  We are not to just passively go through our lives as if that is what makes us faithful, but instead to open the whole of our lives to Christ and thus meet a Person Who will change our lives filling us with love.  God is in love with us.  Click read more for an excerpt of Pope Benedict's message for Lent 2013.  I will be posting a few more of these in the final days before his resignation goes into effect (28th).

Winona Virtus Session at Cathedral: Everyone is Welcome

There is a Virtus session coming up on Monday, February 25th at 6:00 pm at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. We ask that everyone who plans to attend register online here prior to the class. If you encounter registration problems, or are unable to register, please contact the parish office and we will be happy to help you.
The Virtus program is designed to help volunteers and employees work together to create safe environments for children and vulnerable adults. While attending a Virtus session is part of the safe environment program requirement for all volunteers and employees at Catholic parishes and schools, everyone is welcome to attend. 
Thank you for helping us keep our parishes, schools, and communities safe!

Children's Envelopes Now Available!

Children's weekly envelopes are now back by popular request. The new envelopes are available in a box set and feature a new bible trivia question every week.
To pick up a box set for your child, please stop by the parish office.

WACS Gala This Weekend

Our Winona Area Catholic Schools will be having their annual Gala this Saturday evening at St. Stan's School. Click to read more and for ticket purchasing information.

Pray, Fast, Give Alms

Pray for the grace to offer your life to God.  Fast to make yourself available to God's plan and purposes in your life.  Give Alms to live that authentically generous lifestyle where by giving of yourself you receive God's mercy and love.  This Lent is a time in particular to unite your prayer, fasting, and almsgiving to the entire Church as we pray for the Successor of Peter both for the next 11 days when Pope Benedict XVI officially is resigned and then the conclave of Cardinal's who elect the next leader of God's holy people.  Click here for a link to my Sunday homily.

An Article on Pope Benedict XVI's Resignation

I want to take an opportunity to share a wonderful article and reflection on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.  Our local and national media find ways to criticize the Holy Father on his decision to resign and even criticize the fantastic job he has done as our leader and the leader of all Christian's throughout the world.  Might this article provide insight into Pope Benedict's authentic humility and authentic desire to SERVE not himself but the entire Church.Click here for a link to the article.

Cotter Students Commissioned as Eucharistic Ministers During Catholic School Week

 Cotter Schools provided training for 17 students who are now prepared to be Eucharistic Ministers for school Masses and also in their individual parishes.
Congratulations to the following students that were commissioned by the Most Reverend Bishop John Quinn at the All-School Mass held at The Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka during National Catholic Schools Week:

Happy St. Valentine Day!

Happy St. Valentine Day! 

Click here to find out more about the patron saint of love, young people, and happy marriages! 

Benedictine College Concert This Saturday

St. Gregory the Great Choir from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas will be performing a concert at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona, Minnesota on Saturday, February 16th at 2 P.M. The choir, which specializes in sacred polyphony and Gregorian chant, will be performing works by Palestrina, Tallis, Stainer, Victoria, Arcadelt, and other Polyphonic composers.  The concert is free, although there is a requested donation of $5. Please join us in Winona and listen to the great music of the Church!

February 17 Bulletin

Soup Suppers and Stations of the Cross Every Thursday in Lent

Our traditional Soup Supper and Stations of the Cross are back this Lent. Every Thursday, starting Feb 14th, we will have soup suppers in Holy Family Hall at 5:30 pm, followed by Stations of the Cross in the church at 6:30 pm.

All are welcome!

Lenten Prayer for Ash Wednesday

O Lord and Master of my life, keep
me from the spirit of indifference and discouragement,
lust of power and idle chatter.
Instead, grant to me, Your servant,
the spirit of wholeness of being,
humble-mindedness, patience, and love.
O Lord and King, grant me the grace to
be aware of my sins and not to judge my brother;
for You are blessed now and ever
and forever.

A Lenten Message From Bishop Quinn

Click on the video below to watch a Lenten message from Bishop Quinn.

Scout Sunday

The Cathedral chartered Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts celebrated Scout Sunday last weekend starting with the 10:30 am Mass. After Mass, their Blue and Gold banquet saw four boys cross over from Cub Scout Pack 9 to Boy Scout Troop 11 yesterday in the Arrow of Light Ceremony:
  • Ethan Cummings
  • Kole Koehler
  • Hunter Ramsden
  • Lenny Boberg

Pope Benedict XVI to Resign From the See of Peter

As a remarkably stunning announcement, Pope Benedict XVI announced today, that effective February 28th, he will resign as Supreme Pontiff of the Holy Church.  He cited his age and deteriorating health as the purpose for his resignation from the Papal office.  We must implore the Holy Spirit to again pour forth upon the Church and upon the Cardinal's who will gather to elect his Successor.  This momentous reality will shape Lent 2013 as we as a Church beg the grace of God to continue to show his love and mercy to the world through the next Pope.  Click here for a link to his full statement.

Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule

Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule
7:00 am - Cathedral
9:30 am - St. Stan's (School Mass)
12:10 pm - Cathedral
5:30 pm - St. Mary's
6:15 pm - St. Casimir
6:30 pm - St. Stan's
7:00 pm - Cathedral

40 Days For Life This Weekend

February 13 through March 24 you are invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life—40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You are also invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in front of Semcac, Monday through Friday, 2pm to 6pm at 62 E. 3rd Street, Winona. Semcac is an affiliate of Planned Parenthood, which is known for providing abortions across the country. You may also help spread the word about this important community outreach. If you’d like more information—and especially if you’d like to volunteer to help, please see or contact Patty Woodworth at 507-458-0877.

Scout Sunday This Weekend

The Bishop will be celebrating the 10:30 am Mass this weekend for Scout Sunday at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. The Cathedral Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, along with their leaders, will be honored for their service to our parishes. 
If you see a Scout this weekend, please thank them for all of the help they have provided during the year for our parishes!

Stewardship Reflection

Msgr. Thomas McGread: Teaching Our Children the Importance of Stewardship

Msgr. Thomas McGread is Stewardship Director Emeritus for the Diocese of WichitaStewardship is a gift we need to pass along to our children. As children are growing up, they watch what their parents do with their time, and they learn from it.
Fr. Patrick Peyton, a great man involved with the Family Rosary Crusade, once said, “A family that prays together stays together.” When I first heard this statement years ago, I thought it was very powerful, and I think it’s still important today.

February 10 Bulletin

Tom's Famous Chili Supper Wednesday!

All the CHILI you can eat!
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 4:30 - 6:30 pm in Holy Family Hall.
Also included: French bread, coffee, milk. Desserts $.50
Tickets $6.50 presale, $7.00 at the door for adults. Children ages 4-10 $4 (under age 4 free). Family tickets $25. Tickets can be purchased at the parish office, from Tom Lilla or at the door. Take out available.

Thank You!

A big thank you to all who came to our Hats Off To You ministry appreciation party last Saturday. We wouldn't be able to do what we do without all of your time and energy. We hope you all had a good time and enjoyed a night out on us.
We would also like to thank the Stewardship Committee for their planning and work, Tom Lilla for his excellent cooking skills, and the Saber Tooth Boy Scout Pack from Cathedral for their help with serving and cleaning! 
We look forward to seeing all of your wonderful faces again next year!

New at Angels Everywhere - Fr. Nelson's New Book

Fr. Nelson's new book, "Living Life to Its Fullest: Selected Homilies", is available in a limited number at our Angels Everywhere store at Cathedral for $15.00. The store is open before and after our weekend Masses.