The “Black Madonna” at the Cathedral May 24-25

The “Black Madonna” will be at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart  May 24th through May 25th.

The icon of “Our Lady of Czestochowa” (“the Black Madonna”) is reputed to have been “written” on Mary’s table top from her house in Nazareth by Luke the Evangelist.  She has been credited with numerous miracles and healings – both of a spiritual and physical nature.   A beautiful copy of this icon has been blessed and consecrated at the monastery of Jasna Gora in Poland, where the original is kept, and entrusted to the defense of life and family.

Now, after traveling 40,000 miles from Vladivostok in Russia through 24 countries in Europe, she will be visiting the Cathedral parish on her global pilgrimage. Please join us as we welcome her to our parish cluster to ask for her protection of life and family as well as personal petitions. A welcoming ceremony will be held during the 5:15pm Mass on May 24 at the Cathedral.  Feel free to stop in throughout these days to pray through the intercession of Our Lady of Czestochowa.

To download a Holy Card please click here.


Adamczyk Family Update

There are just 10 more meals left on the meal train for the Adamczyk family. To sign up to take them a meal on a Wednesday or Thursday, please go to their Meal Train website or contact the parish office and we will be happy to help sign you up. It's easy and really makes a difference.
To read more about the Adamczyk family please click here.
Thank you to all who have helped with a cash donation, gas card, well wishes and prayers. Your generosity has been, and continues to be, very appreciated.

Prayers in Honor of Pope Saints John Paul II and John XXIII

Prayer in Honor of Pope Saint John Paul II
Wise and gracious God,
in your divine wisdom
you sent Pope Saint John Paul II
to guide and shepherd the Church in changing times.

He courageously defended all human life
from conception to death. 
Through his intention, we pray, 
strengthen us to follow in his footsteps
so that we might experience
"true joy and authentic love,
and a lasting solidarity among peoples."

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Prayer in Honor of Pope Saint John XXIII
Loving and gracious God,
you gave us good Pope Saint John XXIII,
a reflection of your Son, Jesus Christ,
the light of the world.

As the source of our inner peace,
help us be, like him,
a disciple of peace in our care
for the poor and suffering.

Grant that through his intercession,
we may receive the grace to serve others
as we continue Christ's work among us.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.


Stay in the Know

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Reflection: Celebrating Easter

Celebrating the Octave of Easter
We celebrate the eight days of Easter this week.  We keep celebrating so that we might continue to enter into the meaning of the resurrection.  In the early Church, the newly baptized would be at each liturgy this week, wearing their white garments.  We go through our everyday lives this week conscious of the “white garments” we all wear.  We are renewed as a priestly people, committed with Jesus to give our lives for others.

Easter Mass Schedule


Easter Mass Schedule:

Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil)
8:00 pm—Cathedral
Easter Sunday
7:00 am—Cathedral
9:00 am—St. Casimir
10:30 am—Cathedral



Prayer for Easter

Jesus, you are risen, so there is hope for me. You are no longer in the power of sin, of evil! Love has triumphed, mercy has been victorious! God's mercy always triumphs because God's love is stronger than evil and death itself. God's love can transform our lives too. God's love can do this!
-Pope Francis

Divine Mercy Sunday Activities (April 27th)

Come Celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy and receive the remarkable graces associated with Divine Mercy Sunday.

There will be different events taking place at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Sunday April 27th, 2014 from 2:00PM-3:30PM.

1:00PM- Prior to the events from 2:00-3:30PM there will be a video shown in the Cathedral Gathering Space.

2:00PM- Eucharistic Adoration, Welcome & Veneration.

3:00PM- Chaplet of Divine Mercy & Benediction Refreshments following the Service.

A Prayer for Good Friday

Jesus, my Lord, let me go to Mary when suffering threatens to overwhelm me. Ask your mother to stay with me when I am afraid and tempted to surrender. Let me look to Mary as my model for love, as well as my haven of healing. Make sure I am considerate of other people and notice how they are affected by their suffering. I'm not the only one. I beg you, Lord, to help me grow in compassion. If I am faithful to You and close to Your blessed mother, those who suffer will be comforted by my presence... and they will gain courage as I stand beside them, by their cross. Amen.

Reflection: Holy Week Pt 2

Holy Week: The Easter Triduum
Our long journey to the font culminates in the three days that make up the Easter Triduum. These three days draw us into the mystery of our salvation.

How do we prepare for these holy days? By taking just a few minutes each day to understand the liturgies we will participate in during Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.

Ministers Still Needed for ALL Triduum/Easter Services at Cathedral

Ministers are still needed for every service at Cathedral during the Triduum. Please contact Kristin in the office as soon as possible if you are able to help (kbergin@cathedralwinona.org or 507-452-4770).
*List Updated on 4/16/14 at 5:00 pm*

Still Needed:
Holy Thursday - 7:00 pm
Ushers (2)

Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil) - 8:00 pm
Ushers (4)

Easter Sunday - 7:00 am
Servers (2)
Gift Bearers

Easter Sunday - 10:30 am
Server (1)

Sacrament of Penance: Holy Week Schedule

If you would like to receive the Sacrament of Penance before Easter please consult the list below for individual confession times.

  • Wednesday (4/16): 7:00 -8:00 pm at Cathedral
  • Holy Thursday (4/17): Following the Holy Thursday Liturgy at 7:00 pm
  • Good Friday (4/18): Following Good Friday Liturgy at Noon

If you haven't been to Confession lately, or would like a refresher, click here for a simple refresher guide. If you haven't received the sacrament in some time, even years, we welcome you to do so again.

Lenten Prayer

Lord, Holy Father,
show us what kind of man it is
who is hanging for
our sakes on the cross,
whose suffering causes
the rocks themselves
to crack and crumble
with compassion,
whose death brings
the dead back to life.
Let my heart crack and crumble
at the sight of him.

Opportunity to Help: Adamczyk Family

St. Casimir parishioners Richard and Jean Adamczyk are currently experiencing major medical issues. Richard was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor in August of this year. He is experiencing multiple seizures as a side effect of the tumor. During this time Jean was diagnosed with uterine cancer and underwent treatment. The treatment was successful but her she developed leukemia from it. Fortunately, Jean is currently cancer-free. The next step in her treatment is a stem-cell replacement. The replacement will help her body become strong enough to stay healthy after all of her other treatments. She will be required to stay within 15 miles of the Mayo Clinic for a period of 50 days. Unfortunately her medical insurance will not pay for her temporary housing in a sterile environment during this time.

Their son, Brion, and other family members have been helping to take care of Richard and Jean and help get them to their medical appointments in Rochester. As you can imagine, the situation is overwhelming mentally, physically, and financially for everyone. We invite you to consider a donation toward their immediate expenses of gas and Jean’s upcoming housing. Gas cards and cash donations are being accepted at the parish office. If you wish to donate by check, please make checks payable to Brion Adamczyk.

We have also made a sign-up for people to cook meals on Wednesday and Thursdays for the next 8 weeks on the Meal Train Website. If you would like to sign up for a day or would like  more information please see the website or contact the parish office.


Reflection: Holy Week Pt 1

Holy Week: The First Four Days

We enter into a week made “holy” forever by the self surrendering love of Jesus - for us all.

All week, we remember how he loved us.  Whatever we do, no matter how busy or “distracted” we might be, we can let the power of this week be in the background of our daily reflections.

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 Augustine Room.  Grab a donut and coffee and join us!   

City-Wide Reconciliation Service: This Sunday

Join us this Sunday to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Lenten season. There will be a city-wide penance service at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka at 4:00 pm. If you haven't been to Confession lately, or would like a refresher, click here for more information.

Last Stations of the Cross This Thursday

Stations of the Cross—
Thursdays 6:30 pm during Lent
During Lent, Cathedral will be hosting Stations of the Cross in the Church on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm. Stations are led and resources are available. Everyone is welcome!


Lenten Prayer

O gracious Master, infuse in our hearts the spotless light of Your Divine Wisdom and open the eyes of our mind that we may understand the teachings of Your Gospel. Instill in us also the fear of Your blessed commandments, so that having curbed all carnal desires, we may lead a spiritual life, both thinking and doing everything to please You. For You, O Christ, our God, are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies; and to You we render glory, together with Your eternal Father, and with Your all holy, life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

Reflection: Fifth Week of Lent

The Fifth Week of Lent
This week is filled with drama.  We continue to prepare ourselves to be open to God's graces.  We continue to try to choose Lent, to act Lent, in very concrete ways.  We are examining our patterns and realigning our priorities.  Our hearts are being renewed, as we experience God's reconciling love and beg for the gift of healing.

Youth Group Information for April 6th

This Sunday, April 6th:

  • Middle School youth group will meet from 3 - 5 pm at St.Mary's for the final gathering of the year.  There will be a bonfire, if the weather cooperates.
  • High School youth group will meet from 6 - 8:30 pm at Cathedral school for movie night.

There are still 2 adult openings on the new youth commission which will meet this Sunday in Cathedral's St. Augustine room at 12:15 pm, following "A Minute in the Church."  All are welcome to attend the meetings.



"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 Augustine Room.  Grab a donut and coffee and join us!   

2014 Cotter Auction: Soaring to New Heights


2014 Cotter Auction: Soaring to New Heights
John Nett Recreation Center
360 Vila Street on the Cotter Campus
Silent Auction - Live Auction - Fun, Food & Drinks
5:00 pm Silent Auction begins, closing at 8:00 pm prior to the Live Auction
8:15 pm Live Auction begins wit Cotter Raffle drawings

Delicious Hors d'oeures from Ground Round will be served from 5 pm - 8 pm. New this year... Text 2 Bid for the Silent Auction. Visit the Auction website for more info! Reservations are $20 through April 23rd or $25 at the door. Price includes bid number, auction book, hors d'oeurves, and drink token.

Register or Donate today at: www.cotterschools.maestroweb.com
If you have any questions please contact the Cotter Schools Development Office at 507-453-5102 or development@cotterschools.org

Cathedral Scouts Pancake Breakfast

The Cathedral Scouts and Boy Scout Troop 11 and Cub Scout Pack 9 are putting on a Pancake Breakfast!

When: Palm Sunday, April 13th
Time: 7:30AM-1:00PM
Where: Holy Family Hall, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Cost: Tickets are $5 ages 4 & Up

Tickets are available from your local Scout, from the parish office, or
call 507-450-9045.
Tickets are also available at the door.

Fancy fruit and whipped toppings available for extra suggested donation
The proceeds go to charter costs, Scouting supplies and equipment.

Stations of the Cross This Thursday



Stations of the Cross—
Thursdays 6:30 pm during Lent
During Lent, Cathedral will be hosting Stations of the Cross in the Church on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm. Stations are led and resources are available. Everyone is welcome!

Adult Bedding Needed

The Refugee Office for Catholic Charities continues to help Refugees from Iraq, Sudan and Somalia relocate to the Rochester area.  They are in great need of new, like new, or gently used bedding for the new Refugees.  The items needed: Full or Queen sized sheets, Comforters and blankets, Quilts and NEW pillows.  Please bring items to the Cathedral office during Lent and the items will be delivered to Catholic Charities in Rochester.  Thanks in advance for your generosity.  If you have any questions, please speak with any member of the Social Justice Committee: Loretta Boyer, Betsy Rowekamp, Rita Haug, Barb Kleinschmidt, Bonnie McBeth or Mark Boll.



Lenten Prayer

Jesus Christ,
may your death be my life
and in your dying may I learn how to live.
May your struggles be my rest,
your human weakness my courage,
your embarrassment my honor,
you passion my delight,
your sadness my joy,
in your humiliation may I be exalted.
In a word, may I find all my blessings
in your trials. Amen.
-Bl. Peter Faber, SJ