Movie Night: The Mission [PG] (1/8)

 
Come Join Us! 

The Mission” 
1986 Rated PG 125 mins

“The story of two men – a man of the sword and a man of the cloth.”

In the 18th century, a Jesuit priest builds a mission in Brazil, where he is joined by Rodrigo, a reformed slave trader, seeking redemption. When a treaty transfers the land from Spain to Portugal, the Portuguese government wants to capture the natives for slave labor. The priest and Rodrigo resolve to defend the mission, but disagree on how to accomplish the task.

Fri 1/8, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm in Cathedral’s St. Augustine Room.


Feel free to bring your own snacks and soda.  Popcorn is provided.  
Everyone is welcome! 
Contact Donna 507-454-1296.

Our Seminarian, Matt Wagner, Home For Christmas & Needs Our Help

It was great to have Matthew Wagner here at the Cathedral for Christmas and assisting at our Christmas Masses.  As you know Matthew is a seminarian in 1st theology at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit studying for the Diocese of Winona with Cathedral as his home parish during his years of formation. If you would like to support his vocation during this time of study in theology School, I have two opportunities for you:  The Cathedral is going to purchase his Alb that he needs for service at the altar in the ministry of Acolyte. The cost of the Alb is $320.00.

The second opportunity is the Desert Formation Experience that all first theologians at Sacred Heart Seminary attend in the Holy Land in May of 2016. The class walks in the same paths as Jesus visiting the place of his birth and his ministry. This study opportunity is guided by the faculty of Sacred Heart Seminary. The cost of this life-altering journey is $1400.00.  If you are able to contribute, please make your donation to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and put in the check memo line, Sacred Heart Theology support. I will put in the bulletin and on our WEB Site when we reach this goal for Matthew.

Thank you for supporting Matthew’s vocation,

Msgr. Colletti

Holy Hour for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty (1/2)

The monthly Holy Hour of Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty is held on the first Saturday.  Everyone is invited to join us on January 2 at 8:30 am (after the 8:00 am Mass) at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 360 Main Street, Winona, MN.



 “In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration…It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering.” - Pope Benedict XVI

Come Home For Christmas: Mass Times @ Cathedral/St. Casimir

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!

Christmas Eve (Thursday 12/24)
 4 pm  St. Casimir
5:15 pm  Cathedral
9 pm  Cathedral

Christmas Day (Friday 12/25)
7 am  Cathedral
9 am  St. Casimir
10:30 am  Cathedral 


Congratulations to Gerrie Hengel

On Sunday December 13th, Gerrie Hengel received the Bishop's Medal for her outstanding work as a parish volunteer. She has worked with such dedication for Faith Formation, retiring from that work after thirty-five years. Gerrie now works as a Chair of the Funeral Committee, organizing luncheons and hospitality. 

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. 


Jubilee Year of Mercy Begins with Opening Mass (12/13)

To celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy, our amazing Bishop Quinn, Monsignor Colletti, Father Jonathan, and seminarians served mass and opened the Holy Door on Sunday, December 13th at 10:30am. 


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!

Jubilee of Mercy Prayer

Embrace! Rejoice! Proclaim!
Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
"If you knew the gift of God!"
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

Amen.




Msgr. Rick Colletti
Rector, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Vicar General/Chancellor 
Diocese of Winona
507-317-0301

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Year of Mercy begin today with the opening of the Holy Door of Mercy at St. Peter's Basilica

 

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.

 

Immaculate Conception Dec. 8

Celebrate this Holy Day of Obligation with your parish family.



Mass Times:


Dec. 7th     5:15pm    St. Mary's
Dec. 8th     7:00am    Cathedral
                   8:00am    Basilica of St. Sanislaus
                   9:45am    Basilica of St. Sanislaus (school Mass)
                 12:10pm    Cathedral
                   5:15pm    Cathedral
                   5:15pm    St. Mary's
                   5:30pm    Basilica of St. Sanislaus

Thank you to our Cathedral decorators for Main Street display












Msgr. Rick Colletti




Msgr. Rick Colletti
Rector, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Vicar General/Chancellor
Diocese of Winona
507-317-0301

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Christmas Movie Night (12/11)


The Nativity Story
2006   Rated PG  101 mins
Under Herod’s tortuous reign, families struggled to survive. In the midst of this turmoil, is the dramatic account of the Annunciation, a miraculous pregnancy, and the arduous journey of Mary and Joseph from their home in Nazareth to Bethlehem, Joseph’s ancestral home, to register for a census ordered by King Herod. This is a meticulously researched and visually lush adaptation of the biblical tale of the Nativity. The film follows the pair’s difficult journey of over 100 miles, through treacherous terrain until they find shelter in an innkeeper's stable for the history-defining birth of Jesus.



 “Powerful, timeless and visually magnificent”

Everyone Welcome!
Friday, December 11th                             
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
St. Augustine Room (Next to Holy Family Hall)
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (360 Main, Winona) 
                                                                 
Movie and popcorn provided.
Feel free to bring a snack and a soda.

Hope to see you there!
      For more information

      Cathedral’s Office 507-452-4770   

Mass with Bishop Quinn, Day of Prayer, & Fasting for Human Life


Day of Prayer and Fasting in Reparation for a Culture of Violence and Disrespect for Human Life

Come participate in this day of prayer and fasting with the 
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
December 4, 2015
7:00 a.m. – Mass to begin the “Day of Prayer and Fasting.”
8:00 a.m. – Mass will be followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the morning.
10:00 a.m. – Sacrament of reconciliation will be available until noon.
12:10 p.m. Mass with Bishop Quinn presiding, for the intention of “Reparation for a Culture of Violence and Disrespect for Human Life.”
1:00 p.m. – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will continue after Mass in our Adoration Chapel throughout the afternoon for the intention of respect for human life and an end to violence in our world.

National Night of Prayer for Life - Holy Hour (12/8)

What: Holy Hour of Prayer for the Sanctity of all Human Life
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.

“Prayer joined to sacrifice constitutes the most powerful force in human history”.          
- Pope St. John Paul II



Thanksgiving Meditation from George Washington

"Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly implore His protection and favor; and - whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness":
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.


Student to Buy Affordable Vehicle


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.

Thank you to our Cleaning Crew Volunteers

Thank you to our church cleaning volunteers who gave their time this last week to beautify our Cathedral. We so appreciate the love and support of our Cathedral parishioners, especially in the care of the church itself. Our house is not a home without the care and diligence of every parishioner and we thank you, our cleaning volunteers, for offering that love for our faithful home. Thank you for volunteering.

Be Won Over By Christ - Fill out/Return Ministry Forms

Don’t forget to fill out your ministry forms. What better way to live out Christ’s Mission than to become an active participant in your faith and your home parish? 

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. 

Help a Cathedral Family

Bobi Jo, a 30 year old mother of 4 was in a very serious car accident in August and is still in the hospital.  Her family, parishioners of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, are grateful for  donations  of gas cards to help with the traveling cost to the Traumatic Brain Injury Center in Marshfield, WI.   Donations and cards can be dropped off at the Cathedral Office.  Thank you for your support.

Vote for WACS Second Grader Hamilton Brewer



WACS 2nd Grader Hamilton Brewer has just been announced as a top
25 finalist in the Uncle Ben's Rice contest! This is exciting for both his family and WACS because there are 5 winners - each winner will be awarded $15,000 for college tuition and their school will receive $30,000 for cafeteria upgrades!  That's pretty amazing. The Brewer family would love any help you can give. This online competition goes until November 30th

To vote:
https://www.unclebens.com/ben's-beginners/entry?e=3506&s=Hamilton



Be Won By Christ - Active Parts of Christ's Church

Become an active part in your faith community. 

Discuss the parish ministry opportunities with your family and friends, pray about Christ’s calling of living His Mission, and investigate which roles you are called to fill. 


Ministry forms will be available at Mass on November 14/15. 

An excerpt from one of our witness presentations last weekend:

I believe it is important to give back to God some of the many blessings He has given me by being active in His church.  And by being involved in His church, I have received even more blessings.  My children have learned how to give of themselves  and help others.  My wife and I  have met many people, and made lasting friendships  with others who share our same values and love for God. So in the process of getting involved in our parish to give back to God in thanksgiving for his blessings, we have received even more blessings.  I urge all of you to become involved.  Give of yourselves, even just a little, and you will get so much more back. Thank you.

Be Won Over By Christ - Discern Ministry Calling

Open your heart to the Love of Christ and share it in your Cathedral parish.

Remember to discern the ministry opportunities that are available within your Cathedral parish. 

Discuss these opportunities with your family and friends, pray about Christ’s calling of living His Mission, and investigate which roles you are called to fill. 


Ministry forms will be available at Mass on November 14/15.

An excerpt from one of our witness presentations last weekend:

I believe it is important to give back to God some of the many blessings He has given me by being active in His church.  And by being involved in His church, I have received even more blessings.  My children have learned how to give of themselves  and help others.  My wife and I  have met many people, and made lasting friendships  with others who share our same values and love for God. So in the process of getting involved in our parish to give back to God in thanksgiving for his blessings, we have received even more blessings.  I urge all of you to become involved.  Give of yourselves, even just a little, and you will get so much more back. Thank you.

Movie Night - Facing the Giants (11/13)

Facing the Giants
2006 PG Rated PG 112 mins

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.

NEVER GIVE UP
NEVER BACK DOWN
NEVER LOSE FAITH


Facing the Giants is an inspirational faith-based family movie that provides a strong message of hope. 


Everyone Welcome!


Friday, November 13th                             
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
St. Augustine Room (Next to Holy Family Hall)
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (360 Main, Winona) 
                                                                 
Movie and popcorn provided.
Feel free to bring snacks and a soda.

Hope to see you there!
For more information
      Cathedral’s Office 507-452-4770  

Be Won Over By Christ - Take Part in Your Parish

We are called to be won over by Christ and to win over disciples for Him, but how can we really do this? You are uniquely called by Christ to take part in His Church. Have you ever considered becoming actively involved in your parish life? Participating in the Mass ministries or in parish groups are great ways to live your life for Christ!


You may wonder “Great, but how do I start?”


First, pray about it. Offer prayers to Christ, offering your heart and your hands for His work. The following prayer may be helpful:
Heavenly Father, Stir in my soul the desire to renew my faith and deepen my relationship with your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ so that I might truly believe in your love.   Pour out your Spirit, so that I might be strengthened to go forth and witness to the Gospel in my everyday life through my words and actions.  God, our Father, I pray that through the Holy Spirit I might hear your call to deepen my faith, grow in confidence to proclaim the Gospel and boldly witness how I have been won over by Christ. Amen.

Second, join us as we come together to fulfill Christ’s mission in our parish. During the weekend Masses on November 7/8, volunteers will give witness accounts of their service for Cathedral as well as the personal benefits they’ve gained from serving Christ’s Church. Open your heart to your peers, family members, and friends who give witness and ponder your own witness to the faith in your volunteer work. Everyone attending these Masses will receive a booklet of our ministries for your prayer and perusal. Discuss the roles you’d like to fill with your family, spouses, and friends.

Third, investigate and fill Cathedral’s most urgent needs. Help Cathedral parish revitalize the following areas of ministry:


Urgent Needs
  • 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
    • Mentor

Leadership Opportunities
  • Coordination Leader for scheduling & training of:
    • Sacristans 
    • Ushers
    • Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
    • Lectors
    • Communion to Assisted Living and Homebound
    • Money Counters
  • Faith Formation: Bible Study, ENDOW, Small Group Faith Sharing
    • Leaders
    • Members
  • Special Event Reception Workers and Bakers
  • Home Delivered Meals
  • Social Media/PR Support
  • Adopt-A-Garden

You may sign up by contacting the Cathedral Parish Office Staff at any time. Sign up forms will also be offered at the weekend Masses November 14/15 and collected the following weekend November 21/22. Training and materials will be provided for all volunteer roles.


Come and see what awaits those who live for Christ: the rewards of being engaged in the vibrant life of your home parish.  Take this time to explore, develop, share, and live your faith.

Diocese of Winona Annual Women's Conference


The Diocese of Winona’s Annual Women’s Conference, featuring recording artist and music missionary Danielle Rose, will be held in Austin on November 21st from 9-4…that’s only 3 weeks away! Register now at www.dow.org/women for an event you don’t want to miss! Registration deadline is November 13. Cost is $18 payable to the Diocese of Winona, Office of Faith Formation.

The Holy Year of Mercy Door at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

The Jubilee of Mercy was announced by Pope Francis as a year to be lived intensely in each particular Church, allowing every person to encounter the mercy of God the Father through diligent labor for the Church's mission there.  The most evident sign of this pastoral care is the chance to open a Door of Mercy in every diocese.  These doors, analogous to the Holy Doors of the Papal Basilicas in Rome, will permit even people who cannot travel to Rome to make a Jubilee pilgrimage.  

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.



Center Street entrance to the Sacred Heart Gathering Space

A special thanks to Wincraft for creating our beautiful banner!



Great job CathedralFest Committee & Volunteers

The CathedralFest fundraiser was a great success! Thank you to our parishioners, volunteers, donors, and collaborators. Special thanks goes to our CathedralFest Committee for coordinating the festivities. The Lord truly does provide all that we need, especially through the good will and talent of those around us. 
Click here to see more CathedralFest pictures on our Facebook page. 











50th Anniversary John and Sue Schreiber

Happy 50th Anniversary John and Sue Schreiber. In the picture, Fr. Stamschror and Monsignor Rick Colletti joyfully celebrate with the Schreibers, as did everyone who attended their anniversary Mass and dinner. Congratulations to you both and may God continue to bless your marriage and family. 


Dear Lord, 
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,
Amen.


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Life and Dignity Weekend (10/10-11)

 

Our Catholic faith calls us to participate in the life of our communities. From conception to natural death, we are called to protect life and to promote dignity and respect for all human beings. In their 2012 Faithful Citizenship statement, the U.S. bishops write these challenging words: "In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. This obligation is rooted in our baptismal commitment to follow Jesus Christ and to bear Christian witness in all we do." (No. 13)

In response to this challenge, the Catholic bishops of Minnesota have established a statewide advocacy network of Catholics who are answering the call to faithful citizenship by becoming more engaged in the political process. On the weekend of October 10-11, 2015, parishes in our area are joining with parishes throughout the state and celebrating Life and Dignity Sunday. During each Mass, the MCC Catholic Advocacy Network will be explained and parishioners will be encouraged to register for the network. Completed registration cards will be forwarded to the Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC) for inclusion in the statewide database. Our bishops will ensure that this network is only used for activities related to the Church's social ministry and policy advocacy.
The MCC Catholic Advocacy Network makes it easy for your voice to be heard in Minnesota's Legislature and in Congress. It is a growing network of more than 35,000 Minnesota Catholics who are learning more about and acting on important state and federal policy issues of concern. Network members receive brief, monthly E-Updates and notices of educational events where they can learn about and take action on legislative issues. In addition, periodic Action Alerts will be sent when the state legislature or Congress is in session, asking members to make a phone call or send an e‐mail or letter to their Senator or Representative. Pre-written communications with key messages and talking points are provided, and they can be personalized by the sender. As few as ten messages to a state legislator from constituents on an issue will cause him or her to take notice. Imagine what 100 can do! A strong voice for life and dignity can and will make the difference for you, your family, and communities in need.
There could not be a more important time for this network to grow, as Minnesota continues to face old and new social challenges. The push to legalize doctor-assisted suicide in Minnesota has arrived; the income gap between the working poor and wealthy Americans is growing; the K through 12 educational achievement gap has spread from primarily urban to now many rural communities in our state; the institution of marriage and the right to life continue to be devalued; and, not least of all, the religious liberty of the Church, her institutions, and her followers is increasingly under attack. As Catholics, we care deeply about all of these "life and dignity" issues. Our state needs a strong, clear, moral voice for life and dignity today. Your willingness to participate within this network will help the Catholic Church become a powerful voice for life and dignity in Minnesota.
You are invited and have the opportunity to register for the statewide Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC) Catholic Advocacy Network, which is a faithful, compassionate, moral voice for life, dignity, and justice in our state. If you registered, thank you! We encourage you to take advantage of the many advocacy resources and Catholic Social Teaching tools that the network provides, and we hope that you will be diligent in responding to the occasional e-mails that the network will send asking you to help us "take action" on an important social or public policy issue. If you missed signing up today, you can still register online at MCC's website: www.mncc.org. MCC is the public policy voice for the six Minnesota Catholic dioceses.


JOIN US AT WWW.MNCC.ORG

Rev. Msgr. Richard M. Colletti
Rector of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Pastor St. Casimir;  Chaplain of Newman Center