Ministers Needed for Solemnity Masses

The following Minsters are needed for the Solemnity of the Virgin Mary Holy Day Masses at Cathedral:

5:15 PM
2 Communion Ministers
3 Ushers
Gift Bearers

7:00 AM
4 Ushers

If you are able to help minister, please contact Sandy in the parish office at 507-452-4770 or info@cathedralwinona.org .

Mass Times: The Solemnity of the Virgin Mary


Wake Up World: 2015 is the Year for Consecrated Life!


Pope Francis  has announced that 2015 will be a year dedicated to the promotion of Consecrated Life. This special year began on November 30, 2014 and end on February 2, 2016 (the World Day of Consecrated Life). His own words clue us to his intent: that for the Church to grow is needs the "witness associated with attitudes which are uncommon: generosity, detachment, sacrifice, self-forgetfulness in order to care for others.... This is the witness, the 'martyrdom of religious life'. Religious should be man and women who are able to wake up the world!"

There are many ways that you and your loved ones can take part and learn more about Consecrated Life. For more information on how you can be a part of this special time, please visit our new webpage dedicated to waking up the world!

Christmas Mass Schedule


The parish office will close Wednesday, December 24th at Noon, and will reopen on Monday, December 29th in observance of Christmas. 

Merry Christmas

From all of us here at Cathedral and St. Casimir, we want to wish you a joyous Christmas Season! As we gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of Jesus, may we offer thanksgiving for all He has given to us. Merry Christmas!

A Christmas Prayer for Vocations
O Blessed Child of Mary and Joseph,
on your journey to be with us,
you chose to be born in a stable.

You made this unlikely place the home
where your Holy Family first lived in love.

Continue to guide young men and women
to find their home with you in the call
to religious life as priests, brothers, and sisters.

May their embrace of consecrated life
bring love to the forgotten, the poor
and those without an earthly home.

We make this prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Christmas Masses: Help Needed

The following ministers are needed to help on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses at Cathedral:

Christmas Eve:
5:15 PM 
2 Communion Ministers
1 Usher


9:30 PM
1 Server
1 Communion Minister
3 Ushers

Christmas Day:
7:00 AM
Gift Bearers

10:30 AM
1 Sacristan
1 Communion Minister


Please email Kristin at kbergin@cathedralwinona.org or call 507-450-1114 if you are able to help in any of these capacities.

Thank You!




Year-End Giving Information


If you plan to make an end of the year gift to Cathedral or St. Casimir, this is a reminder that the check will have to be to the parish office by the end of day on December 31st. On the 31st, the office will only be open until Noon due to the holiday. 
Due to IRS rules, checks that are not to the office by the end of the business day or postmarked on the 31st (Noon) cannot be counted as 2014 giving activity regardless of the date on the check. This includes end-of-year IRA gifts.  Stock transfers must also be completed by the end of the business day on the 31st. 
If you have any questions about year-end giving please contact Kristin in the parish office.

City-Wide Advent Confessions Sun, Dec 21



Our Annual City-Wide Penance Service will be taking place at Cathedral on Sunday, December 21st starting at 4:00 pm. Please join us in receiving the Sacrament of Penance to help prepare yourself for Christmas. Haven't been to Confession for awhile? Click here to see our guide.
All are welcome!  

Can't make it? The sacrament is also available before our 12:10 PM Masses Tuesday-Friday from 11:45-Noon at Cathedral, and on Saturday 4:00-5:00 PM at Cathedral and 4:30-5:00 at St. Casimir. Individual appointments are also available depending on availability of priests. 


Living Out Advent: Week 4

We often talk about the Advent season, but how can you prepare for Christ on a daily basis? The USCCB put together a daily calendar of things you can live out the Advent season and prepare yourself for Christ's coming.



December 21


Fourth Sunday of Advent

  • Light the fourth candle on your family Advent wreath.
  • Pope Francis said of Evangelization. . .   "It is not the mission of only a few, but it is mine, yours, and our mission."  Evangelize by inviting a non-practicing friend to Mass tomorrow.
  • As you and your family prepare to enjoy a peaceful Christmas in a country where freedom to practice religion is a treasured constitutional right, learn about the Christians of the Middle East and the many challenges to peace and free religious practice they face.
  • The ongoing civil war in Syria is a continuing concern.  Pray for a peaceful end to the conflict and for an end to the suffering of the Syrian people.
  • Winter solstice

"A Child Is Born" by Chris Stafanick (Video)



This week's video, and Christmas reflection is brought to us by Chris Stefanick, founder of Real Life Catholic and national speaker on Evangelization.

"This year - this Christmas - we're reflecting on a simple question. What is the greatest gift God offers to each of us? We already know the answer to this: Himself.

But what is it we can offer to Him? What will we offer to Him?

We celebrate Christmas year after year by giving "stuff" to each other. But the greatest gift we can give to God or to one another, is simply ourselves.

So this year we are praying we don't get so caught up in the "busyness" of the holiday that we forget to slow down, to look one another in the eye, and tell our loved ones how much they mean to us.

I hope and pray you'll put aside your work to spend an hour playing that board game with your son. He'll be happy to unwrap his gift under the tree. But your undivided attention for an hour will be the far greater gift.

So slow down. Play with your family. Live the joy of Christmas. Tell people in your life you love them. And show it. And spend some time in prayer. Try reading Luke 2:8-14 before digging in to your Christmas feast, or with your family before unwrapping your gifts.

"Come, let us adore" the one who gave Himself to us!

But let's follow his example too. Don't just share presents and food this Christmas. Share yourself."


Blood Drive on Thursday (12/18)


Join us at Cathedral's Holy Family Hall on Thursday, December 18th from 1:00-7:00 PM to help save lives in our community. We are headed into the part of the year with more car accidents, meaning that more blood will be needed. Your donation can make an immediate difference!
Click HERE to reserve an appointment time online. Online appointments enable you to get in and out faster than someone who shows up without an appointment time. 
Walk-ins are always welcome! 

Some Facts About Blood:
  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.
  • A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
  • The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
  • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O.
  • The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
  • More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.

New Adult Bible Study Coming in February!

Walking Toward Eternity. Daring to Walk the Walk.
Is it time for a change? Walking Toward Eternity is an inspiring series designed to help you live your faith more fully by developing and nurturing characteristics that are essential to the Christian life. Through daily prayer and meditation with Scripture, you will be drawn into an intimate and life-changing encounter with Christ. 

As you prayerfully reflect on God’s Word, you will begin to hear the subtle ways God is speaking to you, and you will be challenged to set aside those things in your life that keep you from growing closer to him. By putting the fruits of your study into practice, you will be able to make real changes in your life, changes that will make you more like the person God created you to be. Daring to Walk the Walk, the first series of Walking Toward Eternity, introduces seven key virtues and outlines practical steps for living them out in your life.

Join us for the weekly DVD Bible Study, "Walking Toward Eternity - Daring to Walk the Walk" 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

"Walking Toward Eternity" will start February 3/4 and run through March 24/25. The cost of the Study Kit is $15. Registration is due by January 19th 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.

Living Out Advent: Week 3

We often talk about the Advent season, but how can you prepare for Christ on a daily basis? The USCCB put together a daily calendar of things you can live out the Advent season and prepare yourself for Christ's coming.



December 14


Third Sunday of Advent

  • Light the third candle on your family Advent wreath.  Following tradition, the third candle is rose-colored as we celebrate "Gaudete Sunday."
  • Reflect on how the difficult economic conditions of the past few years have impacted your family, parish community and neighbors

Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe


In celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we offer the following prayer from St. Pope John XXIII.

O gracious and loving Mary,
Lady of Guadalupe,
through your presence
make us aware of our
Lord Jesus Christ, your Son. 
May Christ send us
blessings of peace and harmony,
and may we receive
love and the healing
we need to get closer to him. 
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen. 

Virtus Class on Tuesday (12/16)

We will be offering a Virtus session this Tuesday, December 16th at 9:30 am at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in the St. Thomas Room (right off the parking lot with large glass doors). All parish volunteers are asked to attend one training session. Please register by going to our Safe Environment page and clicking on "Sign up for a Virtus Session". 
Registration is required. If you have questions or do not have a computer, please contact the parish office and we'll be happy to help!

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!

Presents Due Tomorrow for Gifts For Winona

A friendly reminder that all presents and gift cards for the Gifts for Winona Program are due back to the parish office this Friday (12/12) by Noon. The parish office is open 8:00-5:00 and presents can be left by the tree after hours or given to a priest before or after daily Mass.

We had 100 tags on our tree at Cathedral and 100 at St. Casimir and there are none left. Thank you to everyone who took a tag for your generosity this Christmas Season!

Red Cross Blood Drive Dec 18th


Join us at Cathedral's Holy Family Hall on Thursday, December 18th from 1:00-7:00 PM to help save lives in our community. We are headed into the part of the year with more car accidents, meaning that more blood will be needed. Your donation can make an immediate difference!
Click HERE to reserve an appointment time online. Online appointments enable you to get in and out faster than someone who shows up without an appointment time. 
Walk-ins are always welcome! 

Some Facts About Blood:
  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.
  • A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
  • The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
  • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O.
  • The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
  • Sickle cell disease affects more than 70,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
  • More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.

"The Moment You Choose Jesus" with Curtis Martin (Video)




This week's video comes to us from Curtis Martin, President of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. He talks about the moment when we give our lives over to Christ, God will do amazing things in our lives. Choosing Jesus is a choice we consciously make with unimaginable rewards!



The Immaculate Conception (Video)



In his Bible Study on Mary, Dr. Edward Sri presents the Immaculate Conception from the spot historians believe Mary's house stood in the Holy Land.
Here, Dr. Sri explains Mary's Immaculate Conception and shows how this teaching is supported by Scripture. He describes how the Angel's greeting to Mary, "Hail, full of grace" (Luke 1:28), points to a deeper spiritual reality about her.
Watch the video below to learn more about this pivotal moment in our Faith!


Living the Fourth: Wait (Video)




During this time of Advent, Vocations Director for the Diocese of Winona, Fr. Will Thompson, has a message about what it means to Wait. 



Living Out Advent: Week 2

We often talk about the Advent season, but how can you prepare for Christ on a daily basis? The USCCB put together a daily calendar of things you can live out the Advent season and prepare yourself for Christ's coming.



December 7


Second Sunday of Advent

    Light the second candle on your family Advent wreath.
  • On December 7, we remember the Americans who perished in 1941 as a result of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that hastened the United States' entry into World War II.  2,403 Americans lost their lives on "a date which will live in infamy,"  as President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared in an address to a joint session of Congress the following day.  Take time today to remember the victims of all wars, our veterans and those currently serving in the military.  Here are some  prayer suggestions. . . from the Archdiocese of the Military Services.
  • December 7 is also the Feast day of the "Martyrs of Africa," approximately 200, many unnamed or for whom there is little if any biographical information. According to Catholic Saints-online, "this is the collective name of those who died for their faith in Africa Latina, the northwestern region of the continent."
    Today, the Catholic faith is spreading rapidly on the African continent, but the Church there is poor and has many needs. Find out how you can help by supporting the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa.
  • On this weekend, many parishes hold the national collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious.
For senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests, that they may enjoy dignified care in their elder years as they continue to devote their lives to prayer and service. Let us pray to the Lord.
R/. Lord, hear our prayer.
For all the elderly in our nation, that they may be treated with respect and compassion and that we as a society may more fully embrace their gifts of wisdom and grace. Let us pray to the Lord.
R/. Lord, hear our prayer.

Young Adult Christmas Party Sat Dec 13


Christmas Potluck Party!
Msgr. Colletti and Fr. Chinnappa will be  hosting us at the Cathedral Rectory for a  Christmas Party on Saturday December 13 at 7:00 PM. We will be having a potluck dinner, so please bring a dish to share. If you will be attending the 5:15 Mass at the Cathedral we have reserved the St. Thomas room and can leave food there during Mass. Please join us for fun and festivities as we celebrate Christmas together!

Winona Area Young Adult Catholics
Building fellowship and community among Winona Area Young Adult Catholics in their 20s and 30s, married or single, who wish to meet and share faith and friendship.

Upcoming Events:
Young Adult Advent Bible Study on Mondays
Please join us for an Advent Bible Study on Monday, December 15, and 22 at 7 PM in the St. Thomas Room at the Cathedral. We will be examining the book of Isaiah as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ. Please join us for any of these evenings you can attend.



Christmas Mass Taping This Tuesday (Dec 9th)


We will be taping the the Christmas and the Sunday after Christmas Masses for the Diocese this Tuesday, December 9th. Taping will be at 9:00 am and 10:00 am, with 10:00 am being the Christmas Mass presided over by Bishop Quinn. We are still looking for altar servers and gift bearers for the Christmas Mass.
Masses are shown on Sundays through KTTC for all those who are homebound or unable to attend. 
If you are able to attend one or more Masses, we are always in need of people to come and be part of the "crowd". Please consider joining us if you are available! 


"Mary: Christ's Greatest Masterpiece" by Dr. Scott Hahn (Video)




This week's video is brought to us by Dr. Scott Hahn, nationally renowned Catholic speaker and author.  Join Scott in celebrating the joy of the coming of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Monday) with this short video about God's greatest masterpiece, Mary. 



25th Annual National Night of Prayer for Life (Dec 8th)

You are invited to join us for this prayerful event on Monday, December 8 after the 5:15 Holy Day Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at St. Mary’s Church, 1303 W Broadway in Winona.  The Holy Hour will end at 7:30pm.
It was on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (then celebrated on December 9th) that Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas and the unborn, first appeared to St. Juan Diego. The National Night of Prayer for Life bridges these two feasts to honor Our Blessed Mother and to pray for the sanctity of all human life.
The National Night of Prayer for Life is a pro-life prayer service consisting of exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary, prayer to St. Michael, silent prayer and hymns.  Call Lynn at (507) 450-0112 for more information.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass Times

City-Wide Mass Schedule for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8th):


7:00 am - Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
8:00 am - Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka
9:30 am - WACS Mass at Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka
Noon - St. Mary's University St. Thomas Moore Chapel
2:30 pm - Cotter Mass at Chapel of the Angels
5:15 pm - St. Mary's Parish


Virtus Session This Week (Thurs, Dec 4)

We will be offering a Virtus session this Thursday, December 4th at 6:00 pm at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Holy Family Hall. All parish volunteers are asked to attend one training session. Please register by going to our Safe Environment page and clicking on "Sign up for a Virtus Session". 
Registration is required. If you have questions or do not have a computer, please contact the parish office and we'll be happy to help!

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!