Movie Night: October Baby Feb 15

Movie Night – Come Join Us  
Looking for something to do on a cold Sunday evening?  You are invited to the Monthly Movie Night (third Sunday of the month) at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Meet in the St. Augustine room (off Holy Family Hall) at 6:30pm.  Bring your family and friends!  Bring your own snacks and soda.  Allow two hours for the movie and some fellowship time.  Everyone is welcome!

Sunday, February 15 October Baby 
(PG 13, may not be appropriate for under age 13)

Hannah steps onto the stage….only to collapse moments later.  Countless medical tests all point to one underlying factor:  Hannah’s difficult birth.  The doctor’s diagnosis is nothing compared to her parents revelation:  Hannah was adopted – but there’s much more she wasn’t prepared to learn.
Bewildered, angered, and confused, Hannah embarks on an incredible journey with Jason, her oldest friend.  She searches to discover her hidden past, locate her birth mother, and find hope for her unknown future.

"Is Catholicism Still Relevant?" by Matthew Kelly

This week's video is brought to us by Matthew Kelly, founder of Dynamic Catholic Institute and world-wide speaker on Evengelization and the genius of Catholicism. Matthew answers the popular question, "Is Catholicism still relevant in today's world?"
We have many of Matthew's materials (books, cd's and a dvd) available in our lending library at Cathedral and St. Casimir's. Stop by the parish office to check out a resource or visit to purchase a copy.

Vatican Announces Day Against Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON—The feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, February 8, has been designated as the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. Last year, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration designated such date as an annual day of prayer for survivors and victims of human trafficking. Later that year, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General at the Vatican, announced that the 2015 event will also be observed internationally.  

St. Josephine Bakhita was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and taken to Italy. Once Josephine demanded her freedom, she entered the religious life with the Canossian sisters and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering.

The day is intended to raise awareness and to encourage reflection on the violence and injustice that affect the numerous victims of trafficking. The observance is being promoted for all dioceses, parishes and church groups.

Pope Francis highlights in Evangelii Gaudium that human trafficking affects everyone. “How I wish that all of us would hear God’s cry: ‘Where is your brother?’ (Gen 4:9). Where is your brother or sister who is enslaved? Where is the brother and sister whom you are killing each day in clandestine warehouses, in rings of prostitution, in children used for begging, in exploiting undocumented labour? Let us not look the other way. There is greater complicity than we think. The issue involves everyone!” Pope Francis wrote.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled that the focus will now be international. Our brothers and sisters around the world want to prevent human trafficking as much as we do. It’s awe-inspiring to think that Catholics from so many different countries will gather together on the same day to pray for the same cause,” said Ambassador Johnny Young, executive director of USCCB Migration and Refugee Services.

Bishop Martin Holley, auxiliary bishop of Washington, will hold a special Mass on Sunday, February 8 at noon, for the victims and survivors of human trafficking at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Catholics who do not live near Washington are encouraged to host or attend prayer services or awareness-raising events in their own communities and parishes. More information is available at 

USCCB’s Anti-Trafficking Program advocates for better protection for victims of human trafficking, provides training and technical assistance to service providers and educates the public on the prevalence of human trafficking. In 2013, USCCB launched the Amistad Movement to empower immigrants and local leaders to prevent human trafficking in their communities.

Prayer Service for Life (Pictures)

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Prayer Service for Life and March for Life on Sunday, January 25th at the Cathedral! Below are some pictures from the event. 

Pictures are courtesy of Carol King.

9 Days for Life: Day 9

Day Nine: Sunday, January 25, 2015

Intercession: May we treat others with the love & respect that is due to each person as a “masterpiece of God’s creation.”
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection:  When God created each of us, He did so with precision and purpose, and He looks on each of us with love that cannot be outdone in intensity or tenderness. Moreover, the Lord invites each of us to behold ourselves and each other with the same wonder and awe. “Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.”  - Pope Francis’ Day for Life Greeting

9 Days for Life: Day 8

Day Eight: Saturday, January 24, 2015

Intercession: For an end to all domestic violence.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection: “A correct reading of Scripture leads people to an understanding of the equal dignity of men and women and to relationships based on mutuality and love. Beginning with Genesis, Scripture teaches that women and men are created in God's image.” ("When I Call for Help: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence Against Women," USCCB 2002. See:

9 Days for Life: Day 7

Day Seven: Friday, January 23, 2015

Coming soon! Printable versions of Day Seven: (color) (black and white)
Intercession: For an end to the use of the death penalty in our country.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection: As Catholics, we believe and put our hope in a merciful and loving God. We are conscious of our own brokenness and need for redemption. Our Lord calls us to imitate him more perfectly by witnessing to the inherent dignity of every human being, including those whose actions have been despicable. Our faith and hope is in the mercy of God who says to us, "Blessed are the merciful for they shall be shown mercy (Mt 5:7)* and, "I desire mercy, not sacrifices" (Mt 9:13)*. As Christians we are called to oppose the culture of death by witnessing to something greater and more perfect: a gospel of life, hope and mercy.

"Pro-Life Culture" with Chris Stafanick

This week's video is brought to us by Chris Stefanick, founder of Real Life Catholic and national speaker on Evangelization. He talks about the misconceptions regarding abortion:
"Abortion is bad for women, bad for society, and ends a human life. When you think about it...if abortion isn't wrong, what is? Thankfully, the writing is on the wall...this is the generation that's going to end it.
Check out"

9 Days for Life: Day 6

Day Six: Thursday, January 22, 2015

Intercession: May each person suffering from the loss of a child through abortion find hope & healing in Christ.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Today, on this 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we consider the past four decades in which our society has legally permitted abortion. Since that tragic decision, many children’s lives have been lost, and many suffer that loss—often in silence. Yet God’s greatest desire is to forgive. No matter how far we have each strayed from his side, he says to us, “Don’t be afraid. Draw close to my heart.” 

“In the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, also called confession, we meet the Lord, who wants to grant forgiveness and the grace to live a renewed life in him. … We bishops and priests are eager to help you if you experience difficulty, hesitation, or uncertainty about approaching the Lord in this sacrament. If you have not received this healing sacrament in a long time, we are ready to welcome you” ("God’s Gift of Forgiveness": Let us run into the arms of Jesus, who is love and mercy. 

9 Days for Life: Day 5

Day Five: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Intercession: May all people reject pornography and discover the true meaning of love through an encounter and relationship with Christ.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection: Today we honor the life of St. Agnes, a 12-year old girl martyred in Rome in AD 304. Agnes never wavered in her commitment to remain a virgin and to give her whole life to the Lord, refusing proposals to marry. Her innocence and heroism facing death helped bring an end to the persecutions of Christians in Rome. Following the example of St. Agnes, let us remain steadfast in recognizing Christ, who is Love Incarnate, as the source and summit of our lives. May his love give us the determination and courage to live for him and for others, especially the most vulnerable among us. St. Agnes, pray for us!

9 Days for Life: Day 4

Day Four: Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Intercession: May children awaiting adoption be welcomed into loving families.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection: Let us reflect on today’s reading from Hebrews (6:10-20)*, which reminds us to “hold fast to the hope that lies before us. This we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm” (Heb 6:18-19)*. We pray that children awaiting adoption would be filled with the hope of Christ and “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding” (Phil 4:7)*. We also remember that, we too, can cling fast to this anchor of hope, for we have received “a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, ‘Abba, Father!’” (Rom 8:15)*. May our loving Father envelop each of us in His love today and open our eyes in faith, that we may see and rejoice in it. 

9 Days for Life: Day 3

Day Three: Monday, January 19, 2015

Intercession: May those who long for a child of their own be filled with trust in God’s loving plan.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection: It can be very difficult and painful when the Lord doesn’t answer our prayers the way we hope. We may have many doubts and questions, wondering why we face the challenges that we do. Yet even though our suffering is often shrouded in a sense of mystery, we believe that the Lord loves us with great tenderness and compassion that is beyond our imagination. Knowing this, we can trust that “all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28).*

9 Days for Life: Day 2

Day Two: Sunday, January 18, 2015

Intercession: May those near the end of their lives receive medical care that respects their dignity and protects their lives.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection: In today’s Gospel reading (Jn 1:35-42),* John the Baptist testifies that Jesus is “the Lamb of God.” How often do we meditate on Jesus as the Lamb and our salvation? There is nothing we could ever accomplish on our own that could make up for our daily failures to love others with the merciful and sacrificial love of Christ. But in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, he forgives our faults, wipes the stain of sin from our souls and gives us the strength to begin anew with the help of his grace. Let us live each day in gratitude for the mercy God shows us!

9 Days for Life: Day 1

Day One: Saturday, January 17, 2015

Intercession: For the conversion of all hearts and the end to abortion.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
Reflection: Today’s Gospel reading from Mark (Mk 2:13-17)* recounts Jesus dining with tax collectors and sinners. When the Pharisees question Jesus about this, he responds, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” In a society where millions of people have fallen prey to the false promises of the culture of death, let us witness to the mercy of Jesus and invite all who’ve been wounded to experience his abundant love and healing.

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children (1/22)

The over 56 million abortions since the 1973 decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton reflect with heartbreaking magnitude what Pope Francis means by a “throwaway culture.” However, we have great trust in God’s providence. We are reminded time and again in Scripture to seek the Lord’s help, and as people of faith, we believe that our prayers are heard.

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), no. 373, designates January 22 as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the "Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children”: “In all the Dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.”

As individuals, we are called to observe this day through the penitential practices of prayer, fasting and/or giving alms. Another way to take part is through participating in special events to observe the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

"Do Catholics Worship Mary?" by Devin Rose (Video)

This week's video is brought to us by Devin Rose, a lay Catholic apologist, author, and writer, and has also appeared on EWTN. Devin talks about the misconception of the role Mary plays in the Catholic Church:
"Do Catholics Worship Mary? Why do Catholics kneel before statues and images of Mary? Is the title "Mother of God" wrong?"

Join Us for 9 Days for Life!

Our Annual 9 Days for Life will be starting January 17th. During this special time of prayer for the Sanctity of Life, we will be posting daily reflections, special prayers, and events and activities (listed below) that you and your loved ones will be able to participate in. There are even more ways to get involved via the USCCB and their app, text messages, emails, and online. 
In addition to these things, we would like to remind everyone that our Adoration Chapel is open for any extra time you would like to spend with the Blessed Sacrament. Please join us for this special time of prayer, penance, and pilgrimage for Life!

Upcoming Events:
Sunday, January 18 - Sanctity of Human Life Sunday
Since 1984, when President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Sanctity of Human Life day, churches around the country have gathered on the 3rd Sunday of January to celebrate God’s gift of life, commemorate the many lives lost to abortion, and commit themselves to protecting life at every stage.  See for information.

Thursday,  January 22 - 2015 March For Life (MN State Capitol)
January 22 marks the 41st annual MCCL March for Life after the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion throughout all 9 months of pregnancy. Join people from all around the state outside the Capitol building at Noon to show your support for the Right To Life!

Sunday, January 25th - Prayer Service for Life (Cathedral of the Sacred Heart) 
The Most Reverend Bishop John M. Quinn will preside at the Prayer Service for Life from 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm.  Come early at 1:00 pm for the March  for Life and meet in the gathering space,  returning to the Cathedral at 1:45 pm for the Prayer Service.  Because of this special prayer service, the monthly Holy Hour on Saturday will not be held this month.

Save The Date: Volunteer Appreciation Party

It's Back! Our popular annual Volunteer Appreciation Party will be taking place on February 7th at Cathedral. If you are a minister or a volunteer in our parish cluster (Cathedral, St. Casimir, or the Newman Center) we cordially invite YOU and your family to join us for food, camaraderie, and dancing!
We got close to our capacity last year, so due to space limitations, we will only be able to take the first 250 people who RSVP. RSVP's must be into the office no later than Friday, January 29th so we can plan the food and drinks. 

We look forward to showing you our appreciation!

Want to help out? We're looking for kitchen help, decoration/set-up help, and help with clean-up afterward. Please contact Kristin in the parish office if you're interested!

Tom's Famous Chili Supper

Tom’s famous all you can eat chili supper will be January 21, 2015 beginning at 4:30pm in Holy Family Hall at Cathedral. Cost: $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-10 children under age 4 eat free. Meal includes chili, French bread, coffee, milk or water.  Desserts are $1 each.

Help is also needed for set-up, serving, and clean-up. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the parish office or Tom Lilla.

WACS Gala: Save the Date

Winona Area Catholic Schools is hosting its 6th Annual Gala!

Wine and Candlelight
Purchase tickets by February 16, 2015; $50 per person

Place: Visions Event Center, Winona, MN
Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Entertainment: Winona Cotter Jazz Combo and Music by The John Paulson Quartet
Attire: Dressy Casual

Butler Passed hors d'oeuvres
Garden Salad of Mixed Greens with Champagne Vinaigrette Dressing
Artisan Rolls & Whipped butter
Slow Roasted Pork Loin with Mushroom Pan Gravy, Green Peas, Risotto, and Steamed Broccoli
Dessert Auction

Events: Heads or Tails game, Wine Pull, Dessert Auction, Wall of Wines, Silk Scarves handcrafted by WACS students.

Proceeds from the Gala will be used to improve STEM Education for grades K-6 including technology updates.  In addition, proceeds will be used for a state of the art entryway floor at St. Stan's School.
Please join us for an evening of dinner, drinks, and entertainment.

Questions? Email:
For more information, visit

Movie Night at Cathedral

Come join us for the documentary movie “Star of Bethlehem.” Sun 1/18 at 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.  St. Augustine Room at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.  This movie presents biblical and historical evidence along with modern mathematics and astronomy to discover if the star was a real event. (Feel free to bring snacks.) 
Please call Donna if you have any questions at 507-454-1296.

Who and What is Pastoral Care Ministry?

The Pastoral Care Ministry Needs You
Have you been wondering how you could become more involved in our parish? Why not consider joining the Pastoral Care Ministry?  Yes, you!  We need you and there are many ways you can help.

Currently the Pastoral Care Ministry is focused on bringing communion to parishioners who cannot get to church, but we want to expand the ministry to include a parish visitor program.  There is a role for everyone – we will even create a new role to fit your interests.  There is nothing more central to our Christian faith than sharing the love of Jesus with our neighbors and that is what the Pastoral Care Ministry is all about.  We will match your interests, abilities and availability and then we will be there to support you and to make this a rewarding experience.

SEEK Conference: God's Plan for YOU (Video)

The video below is from the recent national SEEK Conference in Nashville, TN put on by FOCUS Ministries. Fr. Michael Schmitz talks about our relationship with God and figuring out what His plan is for our life. 

Weather Cancellations (Thurs 1/8/15)

Due to the Blizzard warning and plummeting temperatures, there are several cancellations for this evening (Thurs, Jan 8). We will not be having the Serra Club Holy Hour, Young Adult Game Night,  Parish Life Committee meeting, or the AA Meeting. 
Also, we are closing the Adoration Chapel this afternoon (Thurs) starting at 3:00 pm - tomorrow morning (Fri) at 6:00 am. 
If you know someone involved in these activities, please pass this information on to them. Thank you!

"An Encounter with Jesus Christ" by Curtis Martin

This week's video is brought to us by Curtis Martin, President of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. This week, he talks about the personal side of evangelization in this excerpt from his talk entitled "New Leaders for the New Evangelization" at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Curtis Martin's appearance was part of their Spring 2013 Distinguished Speakers Series.

Faith Formation is Cancelled for Tonight (1/7/15)

Due to weather concerns, our Faith Formation classes have been cancelled for this evening (1/7/15). Classes will resume next week as scheduled. If you know someone who is involved or attends our program, please pass this information on to them. Thank you!

Young At Heart Gathering Cancelled for Thursday (1/8/15)

Due to weather concerns, the Young At Heart Committee has decided to cancel Thursday's gathering for 1/8/15. If you know someone who was planning to attend, please forward this information. Thank you!

New Bible Study: Walking Toward Eternity

Walking Toward Eternity is a series of studies designed to help you make real and lasting changes in your life. Through a prayerful reading of Scripture, personal reflection, and a commitment to action, you will grow in faith and be given the means to put it into practice in your daily life. Watch the Video below for more information on this study. 

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

"Psalms" 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.

"Missionary Zeal" with Matthew Kelly (Video)

This week's video is brought to us by Matthew Kelly, founder of Dynamic Catholic Institute and world-wide speaker on Evengelization and the genius of Catholicism. Matthew talks about Missionary Zeal and the effect it can have on everyone around you. Sometimes you are not called to Evangelize in foreign areas, but right in your own backyard.
We have many of Matthew's materials (books, cd's and a dvd) available in our lending library at Cathedral and St. Casimir's. Stop by the parish office to check out a resource or visit to purchase a copy.

Matthew Kelly . Missionary Zeal from the Amazing parish on Vimeo.