Day 10 reflection for Fortnight


Finally, government is to see to it that the equality of citizens before the law, which is itself an element of the common welfare, is never violated for religious reasons whether openly or covertly. Nor is there to be discrimination among citizens. It follows that a wrong is done when government imposes upon its people, by force or fear or other means, the profession or repudiation of any religion, or when it hinders men from joining or leaving a religious body. All the more is it a

Day 9 reflection for Fortnight


The protection and promotion of the inviolable rights of man ranks among the essential duties of government. Therefore, government is to assume the safeguard of the religious freedom of all its citizens, in an effective manner, by just laws and by other appropriate means. Government is also to help create conditions favorable to the fostering of religious life, in order that the people may be truly enabled to exercise their religious rights and to fulfill their religious duties, and also in order that

Day 8 reflection for Fortnight

Since the family is a society in its own original right, it has the right freely to live its own domestic religious life under the guidance of parents. Parents, moreover, have the right to determine, in accordance with their own religious beliefs, the kind of religious education that their children are to receive. Government, in consequence, must acknowledge the right of parents to make a genuinely free choice of schools and of other means of education. The use of this freedom of choice is not to be made a reason for imposing unjust burdens on parents, whether directly or indirectly. Besides, the

Virtus Session Reminder

We will be offering two upcoming Virtus sessions on Wednesday, July 10 at 9:00 am and Saturday, July 20 9:00 am 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!

Day 7 Reflection for Fortnight


Religious bodies also have the right not to be hindered in their public teaching and witness to their faith, whether by the spoken or by the written word. However, in spreading religious faith and in introducing religious practices, everyone ought at all times to refrain from any manner of action which might seem to carry a hint of coercion or of a kind of persuasion that would be dishonorable or unworthy, especially when dealing with poor or uneducated people. Such a manner of action would have to be considered an abuse of one’s own right and a violation of the

Day 6 Reflection for Fortnight

“The freedom or immunity from coercion in matters religious which is the endowment of persons as individuals is also to be recognized as their right when they act in community. Religious bodies are a requirement of the social nature both of man and of religion itself. Provided the just requirements of public order are observed, religious bodies rightfully claim freedom in order that they may govern themselves according to their own norms, honor the Supreme Being in public worship, assist their members in the practice of the religious life, strengthen them by instruction, and promote institutions in which they may join together for the purpose of ordering their lives in accordance with their religious principles. Religious bodies also have the right not to be hindered, either by legal measures or by administrative action on the part of government, in the selection, training, appointment, and transferal of their own ministers, in communicating with religious authorities and communities abroad, in erecting buildings for religious purposes, and in the acquisition and use of suitable funds or properties.” Declaration on Religious Liberty(Dignitatis Humanae), no. 4 December 7, 1965

Fortnight Reflection for Day Five

“There is a further consideration. The religious acts whereby men, in private and in public and out of a sense of personal conviction, direct their lives to God transcend by their very nature the order of terrestrial and temporal affairs. Government, therefore, ought indeed to take account of the religious life of the people and show it favor, since the function of government is to make provision for the common welfare. However, it would clearly transgress the limits set to its power were it to presume to direct or inhibit acts that are religious.” Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis Humanae), no. 3 December 7, 1965
What the Council Fathers teach in this short paragraph is very important. They previously stated that governments should not deny religious liberty. Here they state what governments should positively do with regards to religion. Since people, through their religious beliefs, direct their lives toward God, governments are positively to take this into account. Not only should governments not hinder religious life, they should also “show it favor.” Since religious belief is a good within culture and society, governments should foster and aid the good that religion brings to the commonwealth. This does not mean that a government should favor one religion over another or that it should attempt to direct what religions should believe or do. Rather, governments are to create an environment in which religious life flourishes for the good of all. In providing such an environment where religious life prospers, governments contribute to the good of individuals as well as to the good of society as a whole.

Fortnight for Freedom Reflection

These reflections and readings from the Vatican II document Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis Humanae) are intended for daily use during the Fortnight for Freedom, a national campaign designated by the U.S. Catholic bishops for teaching and witness in support of religious liberty. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. Copyright © 2012, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. All rights reserved.
Day 3  June 23, 2013
Further light is shed on the subject if one considers that the highest norm of human life is the divine law—eternal, objective, and universal—whereby God orders, directs, and governs the entire universe and all the ways of human community, by a plan conceived in wisdom and love. Man has been made by God to participate in this law, with the result that, under the gentle disposition of divine Providence, he can come to perceive ever increasingly the unchanging truth. Hence every man has the duty, and therefore the right, to seek the truth in matters religious, in order that he may with prudence form for himself right and true judgments of conscience, with the use of all suitable means.

Join our Prayer for Religious Liberty

Join us this Friday, June 21st at the 12:10pm  Mass with Bishop Quinn as the celebrant as we kickoff the Fortnight for Freedom.  The Bishops of the United States have called for a two week period of prayer and action starting June 21st and ending July 4th to protect our freedom in America to live out our Catholic faith.  This freedom is under attack both in the public square and in legislation in our country including the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate, Supreme Court rulings that could attempt to redefine marriage in June, and religious liberty concerns in areas such as immigration and humanitarian services.

Click here for the US Bishops website with resources and prayers for religious liberty

Upcoming Virtus Sessions

We will be offering two upcoming Virtus sessions on Wednesday, July 10 9:00 am and Saturday, July 20 9:00 am 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!

New: Mother's Prayer & Discussion Group

Mothering Full of Grace prayer and discussion group

Catholic mothers are invited to attend a 13-week series aimed at "encouraging and nourishing women in their vocations of wife and mom." Beginning on Wednesday, June 12th and continuing on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, join us at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Thomas room to pray the rosary, view a DVD episode on a topic such as care-giving, technology, family planning, and education, and join in a lively discussion with those gathered. Contact  Meredith at mariewe@smumn.edu or call 452-2308 for more information.

Holy Hour of Prayer for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty


You are invited to an Holy Hour of Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty  on Saturday, June 15 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am (after the 8:00 am Mass) at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 360 Main Street, Winona. Everyone is welcome.

In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration…It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering.” - Pope Benedict XVI

New: Adult Faith Formation Summer Program

Adult Faith Formation Summer Program
Tuesdays
9:30 am – 11:30 am
St. Thomas Room, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
            
June 11— “7 Secrets of the Eucharist” by Vinny Flynn and Guest Speaker on Eucharistic Adoration
June 18 , 25 & July 2—Discovering Mary Through the Bible by Dr. Edward Sri (3-Part Series)
July 9Fatima by the World Apostolate of Fatima (A New Documentary)
July 16th— The First Saturday Devotion
July 23rd – The Rosary
July 30th— Option to join some parishioners on a  tour of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in LaCrosse
August 6, 13, 20 & 27—Signs of Life by Dr. Scott Hahn (4-Part Series)

All Classes are Free and Open to All!
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June 9 Bulletin

The Bible: A Catholic Book or something more?


The Bible:
A Catholic Book or 
Something More?
The next topic in our Evangelization and Apologetics series will be happening on Tuesday, June 11th at 7:00 pm at the Cathedral. Come listen to Mr. Raymond de Souza, Director of Evangelization and Apologetics for the Winona Diocese,  speak about the Bible and its Good News.

July 2013 Retreat: The Healing Love of Jesus

Christ the King Retreat Center
621 First Avenue South
Buffalo, MN 55313

The Healing Love of Jesus...with Fr. Richard McAlear, OMI
There are lots of ways to hurt. Sometimes it is physical pain. Sometimes it is an inner hurt, such as loneliness or depression. Other times it can be spiritual hurt, in the form of guilt or despair. Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted on every level and from all pain. This retreat is a time to reach out to Jesus and open your heart to His touch.