Psalms. A treasure trove of prayers.
The Book of Psalms is Israel's book of prayers and liturgical songs for all times and every occasion. But it is more than a random collection of verse. The Psalms is a school of prayer. It gives shape to our inmost needs and longing and helps us direct them toward the One who is our refuge and our help. Praying them, we learn to pray.
Join us for the weekly DVD Bible Study, "Psalms - The School of Prayer" by Jeff Cavins. This study will have both a day and an evening session:
Tuesday evenings (6:30-8:30 pm) at St. Mary's Parish
Wednesday mornings (9:30-11:30 am) at Cathedral
"Psalms" will start September 23/24 and run through December 9/10. The cost of the Study Kit is $22. Registration is due by September 9th and checks should be made out to St. Mary's Parish. For more information, or to sign up online, please visit the Psalms page under the Bible Studies & Book Retreats section of our "Adult" page.
We're introducing a new Lending Library at the parish office. Parishioners will now be able to check out resources in the form of Books, CD's, and DVD's from the parish office during business hours. Books may be checked out for up to 10 business days, CD's and DVD's can be checked out for up to 5 business days. The library is free to parishioners.
Check out the full list of resources by going to the "Adult" tab of our website and clicking on Lending Library!
There will be a book discussion group for Matthew Kelly's wildly successful and engaging book, Rediscover Catholicism, at St. Stan's Basilica this Fall. Study will last six weeks starting September 30 and will be led by Deacon Justin Green. Discussions will be held in the back sacristy from 8:30-9:30 am on Tuesday mornings.
Books are available for $3 through St. Stan's or Cathedral. Call 452-5430 or 452-4770 to register and order your book by September 12.
As we prepare for the transitions of August;
of routines becoming regular,
signs of schools beginning to emerge,
and traffic patterns getting heavier,
help us to appreciate the sacred rhythms in our lives.
Give us the wisdom to make out hearts be still,
much as the August wind is still,
so that we may listen to the gentle words you speak to us.
Help us understand that you alone are the source of every good gift,
of the vast array of our universe,
and the mystery of each human life.
And help us see that we are called to be good stewards of all that you have entrusted to us;
tending them faithfully and responsibly so they may ultimately be returned to you with increase.
In this month of August while a measure of summer's stillness remains,
speak to our hearts,
guide us in your Son's ways,
and through your Spirit, give us the strength to proclaim you justice and peace
in our everyday words and deeds.
Birthright of Winona pregnancy resource center needs pro-life volunteers. Volunteers may serve in a variety of capacities. Those who staff the office will serve as a friendly listening ear for worried women and connect them with local resources as necessary. Please contact Mary Nix at 454-4517 for information about volunteer training.
The 25th Anniversary of the Harvest Mass in the Diocese of Winona will take place on Friday, August 15th in Slayton, MN at the Knuth's Sudden Creek Shire Horse Farm. Meal after Mass is $5/person. All are welcome to attend!
The Diocese of Winona will celebrate the 125th anniversary on September 12-13 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, MN. For more information, go to www.dow.org/anniversary . There is no charge to attend, but registration is strongly suggested. All are welcome!
Do you like to bake? CathedralFest is looking for you! We are in need of bakers. We need pies, cupcakes, cakes, homemade bread, coffeecakes, cake pops,rice crispy squares, brownies, etc. You bake it and we'll sell it!
We are also in need of soda of all kinds and water bottles, and prizes for Chocolate Chances and the Kids Games.
Former parishioner Rachel Wolfe, will be visiting the Cathedral parish this weekend to help raise funds for her volunteer work in El Salvador with the Peace Corps. Below is her letter.
"My name is Rachel Wolfe, a Youth Development Volunteer in El Salvador. I attended WACS for fourteen years, while I grew up in Winona. I was also a part of the Cathedral parish until moving to El Salvador for the Peace Corps in January of 2013. I am extremely excited to come for a visit to see you all! Iw ill be attending the Masses the weekend of of August 9 and 10 in order to raise funds for a scholarship that I offer to a student in my community.
Currently there is one scholarship recipient; however, I am hoping to be able to offer the scholarship to more students. When I arrived to my community a little over a year ago, it was not difficult to see there were few opportunities for a young person who wanted to advance themselves. The children in my community are considered lucky if they can make it through the ninth grade. They are often forced to work if they hope to finish school. If they cannot find a job, they have to drop out.
Children in El Salvador who are not able to go to school are extremely susceptible to gang violence. Working in the streets places them in a vulnerable position. Please help me to keep them off the streets and give them the opportunity to have a bright future. The scholarship covers transportation, school, supplies and meals. Thank you and see you soon!"
1. Think of a charity which is amply blessed at Christmas. Remember them with a gift mid-year.
2. Invite a single friend over for a meal.
3. Attend an extra Mass on a weekday this month.
4. Abstain from something you like-meat, a latte, a cold drink - on Fridays and save the money for charity.
5. Take your rosary with you for an early morning walk.
6. Recycle more.
7. Each day, say a prayer for one of the world's trouble spots.
8. Turn off the TV, phone, and computer, and spend an hour devoted to someone you love.
9. Surprise an old friend with a phone call.
10. Buy or pick a flower for someone without a "reason."
11. Take your family to the Farmers' Market.
12. Stop for a moment during your busy day and enjoy an ice cream cone or other favorite treat.
13. If you hear a great homily, tell the homilist.
14. Splurge on some produce and buy enough to share with someone in need.
15. On occasion, try turning your prayer before meals into a spontaneous prayer of thanks, using your own words.
The above article is copied in its entirety from the International Catholic Stewardship Council Parish eBulletin and can be found here.