Come Home for Christmas
Our Cathedral Parish Family invites you to join us for Christmas Mass. We’re honored to share this celebration with you. We hope you can join us!
Thank you, Gerrie, for your inspiring dedication to Cathedral/St. Casimir and to your fellow parishioners. The gifts and talents you continue to share are blessings from Our Lord through you, and we are so grateful to call you part of our family.
Jesus said, “I am the door” (John 10:7), bringing to fruition the words of the Psalmist, who said, “This is the door of the Lord where the just may enter” (see Psalm 118:20).
The ritual opening of the Holy Door of Mercy in the Basilica of St. Peter, December 8, 2015, marks the official start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pope Francis has encouraged every diocese to designated Holy Doors in local churches and at local shrines so every member of the Faithful can receive the graces and mercy of the Jubilee year in unity with the Universal Church. Bishop Quinn also opened the Holy Door of Mercy (at the main entrance of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart) for our Winona community.
Praise be to God!
Msgr. Rick Colletti
Pope Francis has underscored that the feast of the Immaculate Conception expresses the grandeur of God’s love, and that God's love is manifested in being merciful. In his homily this morning in St. Peter's Square for the Mass which opened the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as well as marked the Marian Solemnity, the Pontiff stated this, noting, "Not only does he forgive sin, but in Mary he even averts the original sin present in every man and woman who comes into this world." While explaining that this is the love of God which precedes, anticipates and saves, he added, "Yet the history of sin can only be understood in the light of God’s love and forgiveness." "Were sin the only thing that mattered, we would be the most desperate of creatures. But the promised triumph of Christ’s love enfolds everything in the Father’s mercy. The word of God which we have just heard leaves no doubt about this. The Immaculate Virgin stands before us as a privileged witness of this promise and its fulfillment."
This Extraordinary Holy Year, Francis noted, is itself a gift of grace. To pass through the Holy Door, which Pope Francis opened today and even his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI passed through as well, means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them. Pope Benedict was present at today's opening ceremony, after having accepted a personal invitation from Pope Francis to be there. While Francis stressed that this year we will grow ever more convinced of God’s mercy, he pondered: "How much wrong we do to God and his grace when we speak of sins being punished by his judgment before we speak of their being forgiven by his mercy (cf. Saint Augustine, De Praedestinatione Sanctorum, 12, 24)! But that is the truth. We have to put mercy before judgment, and in any event God’s judgment will always be in the light of his mercy." In passing through the Holy Door, he said, this should invite us to be part of this mystery of love. "Let us set aside all fear and dread, for these do not befit men and women who are loved. Instead, let us experience the joy of encountering that grace which transforms all things," he said. "May our passing through the Holy Door today commit us to making our own the mercy of the Good Samaritan," Pope Francis prayed.
Celebrate this Holy Day of Obligation with your parish family.
Msgr. Rick Colletti
Msgr. Rick Colletti
Rector, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Diocese of Winona
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Hope to see you there!
Where: Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona, MN
When: Tuesday, December 8 from 6:15pm to 7:15pm (after the 5:15pm Mass) for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
It was on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception that Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and the preborn, 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. This event takes place across the country.
The National Night of Prayer for Life is a prayer service consisting of exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary, silent prayer and hymns. Call Lynn at 507-450-0112 or Kathy at (507)452-1922 for more information.
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of the Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressons; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our national government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best."
George Washington (+1799), the first president of the United States of America, issued this Thanksgiving Proclamation at the request of Congress on October 3, 1789.
May God bless you, your family, and your friends on this Thanksgiving Day. We intone the prayer and sentiments of President Washington on behalf of our nation and her citizens. May Mother Mary and the Saints intercede to Christ that our nation glorify God in our words and deeds.
In Christ's Name, we pray. Amen.
A Cathedral parishioner is in need of an affordable, reliable vehicle for purchase to use for her school and work commute as soon as it is available, particularly for the spring semester.
If you have any information or available vehicles to sell, please contact Anna Therneau at the -Cathedral office, 507-452-4770.
Thank you in advance for your care and generosity. We pray that our parish can support this young woman as she continues to achieve greatness in her studies and work.
Look in the ministry booklet that you took home or on our previous Be Won By Christ post for a list of ministries available in your Cathedral parish.
Bring completed sign-up forms to Mass and place them in the collection basket or bring them to the Cathedral office on Main Street.
WACS 2nd Grader Hamilton Brewer has just been announced as a top
Facing the Giants
This inspirational drama combines faith and football in the tale of high school coach Grant Taylor (Alex Kendrick), who faces a losing team, a fading marriage and the possibility of being fired, but rises above failure to create a winning spirit on the field. While dangling at the end of his rope, Taylor puts his life in God's hands and, in doing so, finds a stronger purpose in this spiritual film.
2006 Rated PG 112 mins
- Ushers for Sat. 5:15 Vigil Mass & Sun. 7am Mass
- Lectors for Sat. 5:15 Vigil Mass & Sun. 7am Mass
- Sacristans for ALL Masses
- Eucharist Ministers for Sat. 5:15 Vigil Mass & Sun. 7am Mass
- Money Counters
- Communion Ministers to Assisted Living and the Homebound
- Perpetual Adoration Participants
- Youth Discipleship
- Small-Group Members
- Host Home
- Coordination Leader for scheduling & training of:
- Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
- Communion to Assisted Living and Homebound
- Money Counters
- Faith Formation: Bible Study, ENDOW, Small Group Faith Sharing
- Special Event Reception Workers and Bakers
- Home Delivered Meals
- Social Media/PR Support
At The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, The Door of Mercy is ritually closed now until December 13 when Bishop Quinn will open it for the Year of Mercy.
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You are Lord over all creation.
Everyday we are surrounded by the miracle of life.
Your creativity bursts across the skies at sunset, it emerges from spring buds that bloom.
Thank you for the beauty of marriage, and the love shared by John and Sue.
Their love flows from you. Continue to bless them as we celebrate their life together.
Give us the Grace to reflect this love in our lives for Your Glory.
In Christ's Name,
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