An Easter Prayer

Loving God,
you give us new life
through death and resurrection
of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Help us to bring this Good News
to people everywhere
and to be faithful witness
of your love in all that we do.
Through the grace of Easter,
grant hope to the suffering,
healing to the broken,
and peace where there is conflict.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

Alleluia! He is Risen From the Dead! Alleluia!!

Jesus has risen.  He has truly risen.  For this we look not just to a happy circumstance, but to the reality that what this means for our life.  We now have a God in whom we can place our trust.  Our God has saved us from despair and from the consideration of doubt about what we have to look forward to in this life.  God has revealed His love for us through Jesus Christ--by placing our life in the hands of Jesus we are filled with hope that God will always remain close to us and be present to us in difficulties and in joys.  Jesus, you are our Lord and in You we profess the fullness of our trust!  Click here for the full text of my Easter Sunday Homily.

In the Tomb We Await the One Who Will Rise

Today the Church lives the reality that Jesus is sleeping the sleep of death.  And so we await with eager hearts what we profess to be truth: That our Savior Jesus will indeed rise from the dead.  This will be and remains our true cause of joy and hope in a world that has much darkness and despair.  Jesus, be alive to us so that we may be alive in you!  We pray for your risen glory to shine over us in just a few short hours!

Have You Signed Up for Your Photo Time Yet?

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up for our pictorial directory! We have finished entering all the information from last weekend's sign-up at Mass. If you haven't had a chance to sign-up yet, please take a minute to do so online or call the parish office. Cathedral pictures are already starting on Tuesday.

To sign-up online: Please make sure you follow the correct parish link. If you need to sign-up for a time during the other parish times, please contact the parish office. 
Thank you!

Good Friday

The Passion of our Lord speaks for itself.  Might we seek to unite ourselves to Jesus by seeing in our own Cross the path to our salvation.  God is with you.  He is truly with you.  Click here for the text of my Good Friday homily.

March 31 Bulletin

Triduum Prayer

Good and merciful God, you gather your Church in solemn celebration of the mystery of our redemption. Open our hearts and minds as we remember the dying and the rising of Jesus so that we may appreciate more deeply the mystery of our own baptism. May these days remind us that we are not alone in our suffering nor without hope. May the joy we share strengthen us to be witnesses of the gospel throughout the year. We ask this in your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Online Giving is Now Available!

As of today, you can now take part in our Online Giving program! We are excited to be partnering with Our Sunday Visitor to enable us to bring online giving into our parishes.We will now be able to accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and ACH options on a secure and easy-to-use website. We are striving to make this this the most convenient, safe, and easy user experience possible. 
As the user, you would have full control over your account. This includes: every amount given, how often it is given, which credit card or bank account each donation comes from, and keeps your personal information private and secure. Users are able to set up payments to happen weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly. Users are also able to control the dollar amount of every transaction, instead of having to contact the parish office to make any changes. 
In addition to parish support and special collections, this will also enable us to accept online payment for Memorials, Angels Everywhere items, Faith Formation and Vacation Bible School fees, as well as many others. Click on Read More to find out how to sign up!

Bishop Quinn's Message for the 6th Week of Lent

Click on the video below to listen to Bishop Quinn's Lenten Message for the 6th week of Lent.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday which is also known as Passion Sunday is a beautiful liturgy which ushers in Holy Week where we reflect on the reality of Jesus dying on the Cross as the King of our lives.  God is desperate to be in relationship with us and to prove this Jesus who is God in the flesh dies on the Cross to reconcile us to the Father.  What a grace; what a gift!  Click here to read the full text of my Palm Sunday homily

Holy Week Confessions at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

Holy Week Confessions at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart 
Palm Sunday 4:00PM
Tuesday March 26 at 5:00PM
Wednesday March 27 at 7:00PM
Holy Thursday after the 7:00PM Mass of the Last Supper
Good Friday Liturgy after the Liturgy of the Word,  Adoration of the Cross and Communion Liturgy
Holy Saturday 4:00pm 
Triduum: Holy Week's Special Place 
The triduum of Easter is the three-day celebration of Jesus' paschal mystery. It presents us with the central mystery of the Christian life, perhaps of life itself -- dying to rise, death to life. Even though the Church spreads the triduum liturgies over three days (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil), what we commemorate is one single movement -- Jesus' passage through the pain, humiliation, and suffering of death to the glory and triumph of Resurrection and new life. Because Holy Week has so many implications for the Christian life, the Church savors its richness and complexity. The Church knows we need time, perhaps a lifetime, to make this dying and rising with Christ the central moving force in our lives.

March 24 Bulletin

Lenten Prayer

Loving Creator of mine,
I feel the pace quicken, the time draw near.
I am filled with joy as I move toward Easter
and the promised reconciliation with you.
Teach me to follow the example of your Son,
to be worthy of being called one his people:
a Christian.
Help me to live each day as he did
turning hatred to love and conflict to peace.
I await the new life with eagerness, faith
and a deep gratitude.

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!

Mass Taping for Easter

The Diocese of Winona will be taping the televised Easter Mass on Wednesday, March 20th at 6:00pm at the Cathedral. All are invited to join Bishop Quinn for the taping of this Mass.

How to Sign-Up Online for Pictorial Directory

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up for our pictorial directory! We have finished entering all the information from last weekend's sign-up at Mass. If you haven't had a chance to sign-up yet, please take a minute to do so online or call the parish office.

To sign-up online: Please make sure you follow the correct parish link. If you need to sign-up for a time during the other parish times, please contact the parish office. 
Thank you!

Catholic Daughters Soup and Pie Raffle Winners

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our annual soup & pie luncheon.

Directory and Minister Sign-Up Sheets in Gather Space This Weekend!

Minister sign-up sheets are in the gathering space this weekend for Holy Week and Easter. Please take the time to sign up if you are able. With the extra Masses during Holy Week and Easter season, we really do need your help! Extra Lectors are also needed for Palm Sunday. If you are available for any of the Palm Sunday weekend Masses, please contact the office. Thank you!
Also, don't forget to sign up for your time slot for the pictorial parish directory this weekend after any of the Masses! Pictures will be taken April 2-6 for Cathedral and April 10-13 for St. Casimir. Weekday times go from 2 pm - 9 pm, with Saturday times going from 9 am - 3:30 pm. Come to the Gathering Space at Cathedral or the entryway at St. Casimir and reserve your picture appointment! All participating families get a free 8x10 and directory. (Reminder: there's no 7 pm this week at Cathedral due to Spring Break.) 
If you can't make it to a Mass this weekend, please contact the parish office to sign up next week. We need your help to put names to faces and make this directory a success!

Cathedral Scouts Pancake Breakfast on Palm Sunday

The Cathedral Scouts will be having a Pancake breakfast on Palm Sunday (March 24th) in Holy Family Hall at Cathedral from 7:30 am - 1:00 pm.  Tickets are $5.00 ages 4 and up, with fruit and whipped toppings available for an extra donation. Tickets are available from your local Scout or by calling 507-450-9045. Tickets also available at the door. 

All proceeds go to charter costs, Scouting supplies, and equipment for Boy Scout Troop 11 and Cub Scout Pack 9. 

The Compassion and Mercy of Jesus

Jesus comes to us.  He always wants to come to us.  The Holy Mass is our primary encounter with the Love of Jesus.  His Cross is made present to us through the hands of the priest and we offer our own hearts and lives through the Mass.  Our call is to be converted by this grace and then to go, and sin no more.  To go and share the love of Jesus with this world who desperately needs His compassion and mercy. Click here for the full text of my Sunday homily.

We Made the News

But more importantly, we have a new pope!  KTTC was here to film us live.  Some people are calling us celebrities, but we were able to share in the excitement of this joyful day with the entire Church!  God is good to His Church and to us here in Winona.  God be praised for Pope Francis who will shepherd God's holy people!  HABEMUS PAPAM!  We have a pope!

KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

March 17 Bulletin

Reminder: No 7pm Mass this Sunday

This is a reminder that there will be no 7:00 pm Mass this Sunday, March 17th, due to Winona State's Spring Break. The rest of the usual Mass schedule remains the same.

Our New Pope: Pope Francis

We have a new Pope!
After only the fifth ballot of conclave, white smoke rose from the chimney in St. Peter's Square. It would be an hour later that Jorge Mario Bergoglio would emerge as our newly elected Pope Francis. Pope Francis is the first from the Americas (Argentina), as well as the first Jesuit.
We welcome the news of our new Holy Father, Pope Francis, and pledge our prayers for him and for our Church. Click 'Read More' to find out more about Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis.

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

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all,
take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me
the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore Thee,
a heart to delight in Thee,
to follow and enjoy Thee, for Christ's sake, Amen
- St. Ambrose of Milan (AD 339-397)

God's Mercy on Your Family

Painting of the Prodigal Son
Almost all of us have memories of someone in our family doing something that caused a divide in our family.  Sometimes we don't have a clue how to make it better.  Sometimes the grudges can get so ugly that no communication is even available any longer.  It is never easy but the prodigal son offers us an insight into what it means to bring about the change needed in our own families by returning to his father with a sincere apology.  It also required his father to be open to this healing process.  God's desire is to bestow His mercy into our hearts and lives--we can never fear reconciling ourselves to our Heavenly Father.  Click here for a full text of my Sunday homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent.

Protecting Your Identity: Free Class March 19th

Learn how to protect your identity with easy and free class!

Join Kevin Kearney, Community Liaison, Winona Police Department to learn:
• How to prevent Identity Theft
• Ways to lessen your risks of becoming a victim
• What to do if it happens to you!

Tuesday, March 19
9:30-10:30 a.m.

Winona Volunteer Services
402 East 2nd Street
Winona, MN 55987

To register, please call Winona Volunteer Services
at (507) 452-5591 by Friday, March 15, 2013.

Call early to reserve a seat.
Seating is limited.

Chicken Dinner in Pine Creek March 17th

Sacred Heart Parish
Pine Creek/Dodge, WI
Charcoal Chicken Dinner
Sunday, March 17th, 2013
Serving 11:00 - 1:30
Adults $8.00, Children $4.00
Preschool and Under - Free
Bake Sale and Raffle

Conclave to Elect the Next Successor of Peter

It has been officially announced!  The Conclave to elect our next Pope will begin on Tuesday, March 12th.  Might we unite our sacrifices and prayers to the entire Church as we pray the Holy Spirit upon the college of Cardinals as they will begin voting twice a day until a two thirds (plus one) majority vote is made!  God be with His Holy Church!

Soup & Pie Luncheon Wednesday, March 13th

Soup & Pie Luncheon

Sponsored by Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court #191
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
  11:30am to 1pm
Holy Family Hall
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Cost: $7:00

Featuring vegetable beef, chicken noodle and vegetarian corn chowder. This year also featuring samples of gazpacho soup. 

Many assorted pies.

March 10 Bulletin

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

Eternal God,
the refuge of all your children,
in our weakness, you are our strength,
in our darkness, you are our light,
in our sorrow, you are our comfort and peace.
May we always live in your presence,
and serve you in our daily lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
-St. Boniface

Next Topic in our Apologetics Series: What is Papal Infallibility?

The next topic in our Apologetics Series: What is Papal Infallibility?
How can the Pope, being a man like all others, dare to claim that he can teach infallibly?
What are the logical, biblical and historical foundations of such a belief?
Come to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Tuesday, March 19th to hear Mr. Raymond de Souza expound on this most controversial Catholic Dogma.

Bishop Quinn's Lenten Message for 3rd Sunday in Lent

Click the video to listen to Bishop Quinn's Lenten Message for the 3rd Sunday of Lent.

The Mystery of Suffering and God's Response

The suffering of this world is often called a great mystery... and indeed it is.  This paragraph articulates well how we are to respond to the reality of pain and suffering in our world.  There IS a God of infinite power and wisdom and goodness; I know enough philosophy to be sure that we have very strong rational grounds for believing in the existence of an all-knowing, all-powerful Creator of this universe. And I know that Jesus Christ was and is the true Son of God; I know enough historical evidence about Jesus to be able to say beyond a reasonable doubt that He was not a liar nor a lunatic, but just who He claimed to be. In addition to all that, I have known and experienced Him personally — His merciful and undeserved love for me — in the gospels, in the Blessed Sacrament, in prayer, in times of solitude, in the sun rising in the morning, and the wind rustling the trees, in His whisper in the depths of my heart, calling me to do good and shun evil. So I have met Him: I cannot deny that. No matter how far away He may seem to be at times, I cannot deny that I have known Him when He was near!

Click here for my Sunday Homily full text

Chrism Mass to be at the Basilica of St. Stan's

You are invited to the 
Chrism Mass
Most Rev. John Quinn
Bishop of Winona, Presiding
With the Presbyterate of the Diocese of Winona

March 25, 2013
7 PM
At The Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka
625 East Fourth St.
Winona, MN

Reception to Follow Mass in Church Hall. 

New Cluster Parish Directory This April!

We want YOU to be a part of our new cluster family directory!
Let's put names with faces. We've chosen to partner with LifeTouch for professional photography that will connect our members and tell our story.
Each family will receive a complimentary 8x10 portrait and directory for participating. 
We'll be photographing Cathedral parishioners April 2nd - 6th, and St. Casimir parishioners April 9th - 12th. Time slots will be one hour. Start thinking about the best dates and times for you and your family during your parish's shoot.
Not officially registered for Cathedral or St. Casimir yet? Click here to fill out the registration form online, or contact the office to get paper forms. Not sure if you're registered? Call us!

Lifetouch will photograph at our location. 
In your one-hour session you will :
Be professionally photographed
Immediately review your portraits
Have an opportunity to purchase additional portraits

Are you interested in purchasing portraits? We'll have all the information you need on Sign-Up Weekend (March 16th/17th). 

How a New Pope will be Chosen

This is an image of the Sistine Chapel where the Cardinals will gather to vote and pray to decide who God wants to be the Successor of Peter.
Much is made about exactly how a new pope is named.  This link below from Vatican Insider gives a great interactive look into the process.  Our main duty on this end is to pray for each Cardinal elector to hear the Holy Spirit speaking to their heart that they may choose who God desires to lead our Church.  What a beautiful gift to have the God of the universe leading the Church Jesus Himself established.  Come Holy Spirit!  Here is the link to the interactive look into electing our new Pope.

We Welcome the Neocatechumenal Way Team Members to Winona

We welcome to our Cathedral parish cluster members of the Neocatechumenal Way:  Daniel and Alexa Lopez and their 2 daughters; Seminarians Jesus Garcia Yelo and Angelo Guilherme, Rev. Raul Silva, and team member Victor Bolanos. They will be doing door to door evangelization and bi-weekly catechesis on Monday and Thursdays from April 22 through June 10.  We are happy to have them in our parish cluster beginning around March 20. 
Daniel and Alexa Lopez live in Rochester, so if possible I would like to find a home to let them and their 2 daughters  live in Winona during the 6 week catechesis period.  The seminarians will be staying at our Cathedral Rectory.  If you can provide a living arrangement for them in your home, please let me know ASAP. 
We are also looking for people to help with child care during the evening sessions. If you would be willing to help with this, please contact the parish office.
-Msgr.  Colletti 

March 3 Bulletin