"A Minute in the Church" After Mass Chat This Sunday

"A Minute in the Church" by Gus Lloyd
Have you picked up your copy? Get yours by stopping in the Gathering Space at Cathedral.  It's an easy read and a quick study of 37 teachings of the Church and our Catholic Faith.  Then join us for an After Mass Chat following the 10:30 Mass on Sundays.  We gather for 15 minutes to talk about one teaching, picked randomly.  When the timer goes off, we go home.  Quick.  Easy.  Fun!  We'll be meeting in the St Thomas Room.  Grab a donut and coffee and join us!      

Bulletin for Feb 2

Prayer for Catholic Schools

Join us tomorrow in praying for the ability to continue the blessing of Catholic Education, and for the continued support of all those who make our Catholic Schools possible!

Confirmation Preparation Classes

Confirmation preparation classes have started. There are two options for classes:

  • Sundays  from 9:00-10:15 am at Cathedral (Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 23, Apr 27)
  • Wednesdays from 6:15-7:30 pm at St. Mary’s (Jan 22, Feb 19, Mar 26, Apr 30)

Participation in the sessions is mandatory for Confirmation candidates. Sponsors or parents are asked to attend sessions with the candidate. Please see your Confirmation Packets or contact the parish office for more information.

9 Days for Life - Day 9 (Jan 26)

Intercession: For repentance, healing and peace, in every heart and every nation.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Happy National Catholic Schools Week

National Catholic Schools Week
January 26 – February 1.  
Catholic schools are noted for their faith-based education, academic excellence, and commitment to service.  This year's theme of Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service, celebrates these accomplishments.  The following video can be shared with parents and other school supporters in honor of NCSW.  Also, you can embed or link in your website as a visual reminder of your school's high standards.  Please click the image above to watch a short video celebrating Catholic Schools Week.
Happy National Catholic Schools Week!

9 Days for Life - Day 8 (Jan 25)

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

9 Days for Life - Day 7 (Jan 24)

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

January 26 Bulletin

"A Minute in the Church" After Mass Chats

"A Minute in the Church" by Gus Lloyd
Have you picked up your copy? Get yours by stopping in the Gathering Space at Cathedral.  It's an easy read and a quick study of 37 teachings of the Church and our Catholic Faith.  Then join us for an After Mass Chat following the 10:30 Mass on Sundays.  We gather for 15 minutes to talk about one teaching, picked randomly.  When the timer goes off, we go home.  Quick.  Easy.  Fun!  On January 26, we'll be meeting in the St Augustine Room.  Grab a donut and coffee and join us!   

9 Days for Life - Day 6 (Jan 23)

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

Volunteer Appreciation Party February 1st

Did YOU get your RSVP for the Annual Appreciation Dinner in yet? Join us for A Night in Italy with good food and music on Feb 1st at 6:30 pm in Holy Family Hall at Cathedral. This is our way of saying thank you to all of those who have volunteered during the past year to help make our events, liturgies, committees, building & maintenance, and everything else that we do a success. 
Please rsvp to the parish office or our facebook event by Monday, January 27th to help us plan for enough food. We hope to see you there!

9 Days for Life - Day 5 (Jan 22)

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

9 Days for Life - Day 4 (Jan 21)

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

9 Days for Life - Day 3 (Jan 20)

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

9 Days for Life - Day 2 (Jan 19)

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

9 Days For Life - Day 1 (Jan 18)

Intercession: 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.

Pilgrimage to Italy with Bishop Quinn & Msgr. Colletti

Join Bishop John Quinn and Monsignor Colletti on a Pilgrimage to Italy October 8-17, 2014. Beautiful sights will await you in Rome, Assisi, and San Giovanni Rotondo. A Papal Audience with Pope Francis is also schedule for Wednesday, October 15th! Limited space is available and you can take advantage of early booking discounts until February 10, 2014. Click read more for additional information.

January 19 Bulletin

Save The Date: Chili Supper (Feb 19)

Tom's Famous Chili Supper will take place on Wednesday, February 19th at Cathedral in Holy Family Hall. Your ticket  includes: All the Chili you can eat, French Bread, and Coffee or Milk. Desserts are $.75/each
Tickets are :

  • Adults - $7.00
  • Children - Ages 4-10 $4.00
  • Children under 4 are free
  • Maximum Family (Household) - $25.00

Tickets are available at the parish office, at the door, and from Tom Lilla.

A Minute in the Church: After Mass Chats Start This Sunday

Author and radio-host, Gus Lloyd, has written a book, "A Minute in the Church". This is an easy-to-read booklet with 37 one-minute teachings of the Catholic faith. These are all the things you wanted to know but didn't take the time to check out or never asked about!
After Mass Chats will take place after the 10:30 am Mass in the St. Thomas Room starting THIS weekend. A timer will be set for 15 minutes and the topic will be picked out of  the book to discuss. Discussion will end when the timer goes off. Please bring your books to aid discussion.
A Minute in the Church books can be picked up from the Cathedral Gathering Space.

9 Days for Life (Jan 18-26)

Nine Days for Life will be starting on starting January 18th. In conjunction with the USCCB, thousands of Catholics around the country will participate in this focused period of prayer, penance and pilgrimage set aside to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade (the Supreme Court case which legalized abortion during all 9 months of pregnancy). 
During this time, all are invited to participate in prayer for a new intention each of the 9 days. You can visit the 9 Days for Life website to download a free app for your Android or iPhone or to sign up for daily emails or text messages (or text 9DAYS to 99000). Printable version of each day's content are available on the USCCB website. Daily reflections will also be posted on our website and Facebook page. 

Save the Date: Volunteer Appreciation Dinner (Feb 1)

Have you volunteered your time, talents or expertise to Cathedral or St. Casimir in the past year? Join us for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Saturday, Feb 1st!

Social starts at 6:30 pm
Dinner at 7:00 pm

Please RSVP to the parish office (507.452.4770 or info@cathedralwinona.org) by Monday, January 27th to help us get a food count. Dinner is free for volunteers and their families. 

Liturgical Ministers, Committee Members, Bulletin Stuffers, Money Counters, Funeral Committee, Catechists, Parent Helpers, Choir Members, Decorators, Gardeners, Event Volunteers, Building & Grounds Helpers, Mentor Couples, Videographers, Photographers, Bakers, Quilters, Outreach Ministers, Program Volunteers etc. - We want to see you!

March For Life at the Capital (St. Paul)

MCCL March for Life (MN Citizens Concerned for Life) and Prayer Service at St. Paul Cathedral:
Please consider joining them for the Wednesday, January 22 March for Life at the Capitol in St. Paul.   This is the 41st Anniversary of the Roe V Wade decision, which has led to the tragic loss of over 55 million lives of pre-born babies to surgical abortion.  

They will be car-pooling from the Green Mill parking lot (north end) at 7:00am and joining others on a bus in Rochester at 8:00am.  They will attend a 10:30 am Prayer Service for Life at the Cathedral in St. Paul prior to the March and 12:30pm MCCL (MN Citizens Concerned for Life) program at the Capitol.

They will return to Rochester around 4:30 pm and Winona around 5:15 pm.  The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students and preschoolers (5 and under) are free. Please RSVP to Kathy Foerster at 507-452-1922 by January 17th.

Prayer Service and March for Life (Jan 26)

Prayer Service for Life
Join us for a Prayer Service for Life on Sunday, January 26 from 4:00-5:00 pm at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Bishop John M. Quinn will be the officiant and you will hear about experiences from the March for Life in Washington DC.

March for Life
You may also join us for the March for Life in Winona prior to the Prayer Service from 3:00-3:45 pm. Meet in the Gathering Space at Cathedral. Signs will be provided.

An Opportunity to Help: The Jonsgaard Family

One of our parishioners, Dan Jonsgaard, was in a terrible accident on December 10th while driving his semi:
"A Winona man suffered life-threatening injuries Tuesday when he lost control of his semi after being struck by an oncoming pickup truck in western Wisconsin.
Daniel Joseph Jonsgaard, 50, was eastbound in the left lane of Interstate 90 about 7:15 a.m. in Juneau County near New Lisbon when a pickup truck in the right lane traveled into the left lane, causing Jonsgaard to swerve and roll his semi several times, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.
Jonsgaard was transported to a Madison-area hospital with life-threatening injuries. The pickup driver, Keith Allan Hensel, 29, of Albert Lea, Minn., was uninjured in the crash, officials said." 
Dan was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Since his accident, he has been moved from Madison (near the crash site) to St. Paul’s Bethesda Hospital.
Dan has started to make progress and is responding to family members, but has a very long road ahead with his recovery. His wife (Cathy) and children (Sandra, Dan, and Jake) are driving back and forth to the hospital as much as possible.  At this time, Dan is expected to be in the hospital for the next three months.
We have created a site for the Jonsgaard family on Meal Train to help aid them with frozen and pre-cooked meals while Dan is in the hospital. Using the Meal Train site, you can sign up for a day to provide a prepared or frozen meal.
Kwik Trip gas cards  and cash donations are also being collected to help aid with travel costs to and from St. Paul.
Meals and donations should be dropped off at the Cathedral Rectory and will be taken to the family.
We ask for the help of our parish community to help support the Jonsgaard family during this difficult time and please remember them in your prayers.

Holy Hour for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty

Join us once a month from 8:30 - 9:30 am, after the 8:00 am Mass, for this special hour of prayer.  Plan to meet in the Adoration Chapel at Cathedral (behind the main altar).
Saturday, January 18
Saturday, February 15
Saturday, March 15

How to Get Over the Fear of Inviting People to Church


“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” Romans 10:14

“Would you like to come to church with me sometime?”

Few Catholics would disagree with the principle of this question. We might even agree that inviting people to church is a key part of evangelism and central to the mission of any church body. And get this, people actually want to be invited to church, too: 9 out of 10 unchurched people say they would come to church if invited, according to researcher Thom Rainer.

The only problem is, we rarely ask the question. This next stat is a tough pill to swallow: about 1 in 5 of us churchgoers invites anybody to church in the course of a year, per Rainer. We might have someone who could be totally up for it right in front of us, practically beckoning us to invite them, and instead we hesitate and hem and haw and sometimes don’t even get the words out of our mouths.

Cathedral Church Elevator Out of Order

Just like several people in the area, we have a broken pipe at Cathedral. Due to water damage, the elevator in the Church will be out of order through the weekend and until further notice. Please use the elevator in the Gathering Space instead. Thank you.

Mothering Full of Grace Final Gathering Tomorrow

This Wednesday, January 8th, the Mothering Full of Grace prayer and discussion group will meet one final time in the St. Thomas room of the Cathedral at 7:30 p.m. All mothers are welcome to join and pray a rosary and watch a short episode about Family Planning. There will be time for discussion following.  If you have questions about the Church's teaching on contraception and family planning, this would be a good place to ask them!  Hot tea and treats will be provided.

Mass Times This Weekend

There will be a normal schedule of Mass times this weekend. Our boilers at both parishes are running just fine, even with this cold weather. The parish office will be open on Monday and we do not anticipate having to cancel any activities or meetings due to weather. Please take extra care to bundle up when you are outside the next few days!