Daily Lenten Reflection: Day 30



Today's Lenten reflection is from Father Rockys "40 Lenten Lessons on the Mass". The lesson of the day is on one of the more frequently asked question topics - the meaning of the Bells during the Mass. We hope you enjoy!

"40 Lenten Lessons on the Mass.
Lesson 29: The Eucharistic Prayer (4) - Bells

I love bells, don't you? Bells are permitted at Mass, but not mandatory. Still, I think they add something beautiful to the experience.

When I was chaplain at Northridge Prep school for boys, the 6th and 7th graders always wanted to serve and always wanted something active to do, like ringing the bells. If it were up to them, they'd ring the bells all Mass long. But no, only three times: once at the 'epiclesis' when the priest puts his hands over the gifts and invokes the blessing of the Holy Spirit; again for the second time when the priest elevates and shows the host to the people; and third time is when the priest elevates the Chalice and shows the Blood of Christ to the people.

So what's up with the bells? We ring bells to get people's attention and let them know something important is going on and something has changed: school bells tell us something has changed, for instance that period 3 is now over and now we begin period 4. Fire bells in the village alert everyone to take action and come and help. And bells at Mass tell us that a miracle has just happened: the transubstantiation."


To celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph, we will leave you with a quote from Pope Francis:
“St. Joseph’s mission is certainly unique and unrepeatable, as Jesus is absolutely unique. However, in protecting Jesus, in teaching him how to grow in age, wisdom and grace, he is a model for every educator, and in particular for every father. … I ask for you the grace to be ever closer to your children, allow them to grow, but be close, close! They need you, your presence, your closeness, your love. Be, for them, like St. Joseph: protectors of their growth in age, wisdom and grace. Guardians of their path, and educators: walk alongside them. And with this closeness, you will be true educators.”

Lenten At-Home Retreat Available

Pray-As-You-Go, the makers of free daily podcasts on the scripture readings, and Sacred Space have teamed up to create an audio retreat for Lent that you can do at home or on the go from anywhere.

"Join us this Lent in a Retreat following the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus as it was experienced by women. This retreat will focus on more than Mary, the Mother of God and Mary Magdalene, to look at peripheral characters like Pilate's wife and the maidservant at the house of the High Priest. All of these reflections will, we hope, help you to experience a closeness with Jesus in his Passion throughout the season of Lent."

The weekly topics are listed HERE with short introductions and the audio tracks and reflections can be found HERE.






Join Us: Stations of the Cross (Video)



Join us Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm during Lent for Stations of the Cross at Cathedral. Stations are led in the church and materials are available. All are welcome to join us!

For a more in-depth look at the Stations, and how they can help lead us to a moral life, check out Fr. Robert Barron's video on the topic below!


Lenten Reflection: Day 29



Today's website Lenten Reflection comes from Fr. Robert Barron. Father discusses the correlation between sin and our fear of death.

"LENT DAY 29 - ENGAGING AT CLOSE QUARTERS

What is our greatest fear? Ultimately, it's the fear of death. The final dark power that rends the world is the power of death.

What flows from our fear of death? The spiritual masters all agree that what flows is sin and division in all its forms.

I lash out in violence and retribution because I'm afraid to die. The same fear causes me to turn in on myself, becoming self-absorbed as you become an enemy. The fear of death is like a dark cloud that broods over human life. Therefore, when God's warrior arrives, the ultimate enemy he comes to face is death itself. And he engages the enemy at close quarters.

Lenten Reflection: Day 28


Today's Lenten Reflection comes from Father Rocky's series, "40 Lenten Lessons on the Mass". Today's Lesson is about the 'Memento' in the Eucharistic Prayer.

"40 Lenten Lessons on the Mass.
Lesson 27: The Eucharistic Prayer (2) 'Memento'
After directing our prayers of offering to God the Father through Jesus Christ, the priest prays for the Church, the Pope, the local bishop and all "who holding to the truth, hand on the catholic and apostolic faith." And then the priest says "Memento" which is Latin for "Remember".
"Remember, Lord, your servants, N. and N."

At this point the priest and all the people pause to pray in silence for a few moments. What do they pray for? Actually, the question is "who" do they pray for? They pray for "N. and N.", with the "N" signifying the first letter of the latin word "nomen" which means "name." The moment has arrived to pray for people and for their needs, because the Mass is first of all an opportunity for prayer of petition.

Listening Synod Sessions Rescheduled (3/22, 3/26)

The  Synod of Bishops III Extraordinary General Assembly which talked about the Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization is still taking input from the laity and parishes. Msgr Colletti will lead the final two listening sessions for our Winona area on Sunday March 22 at 5:30pm in Holy Family Hall and on Thursday March 26 at 7:30 pm in Holy Family Hall. The Document with reflection questions can be found online at the following addresses;  (DOW website) http://www.dow.org/Departments/Life-Marriage-Family  
You can go to this Vatican site that has the whole document: http://www.familiam.org/pcpf/allegati/5719/Documento_e_Questionario%20ING.pdf 
There will also be hard copies in the Gathering Space for preparation for these two listening sessions. This will give us enough time to collate the sharing at both sessions and getting the information to the Vatican Office.
-Monsignor Colletti



Power Outage Information (3/16-3/17)

Cathedral, like most of the East side of Winona, lost power this morning. While it has been restored and we're working on getting back up and running, there has been some damage to the sound system and our lighting system in the church itself. Despite this, we will have the scheduled Communion Service Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 7:00 am.
The Adoration Chapel is open and lit. We do ask that you not come after Noon (or if it is cloudy) to pray in the church itself Monday or Tuesday, as there is no lighting at all.


Lenten Reflection: Day 27



Today's website Lenten reflection is from Fr. Robert Barron, head of Word on Fire Ministries. Father discusses Jesus' miracles and how it shows both new life and His vulnerability.

"LENT DAY 27 - LAZARUS, COME OUT!

Jesus raises three people from the dead in the Gospel stories: the daughter of Jairus, the son of the widow of Naim, and Lazarus. In the symbolic language of the Gospels, these physical resuscitations are evocative of raisings from sin to spiritual health.

First, St. Augustine says that the young daughter of Jairus, who dies inside her house, symbolizes the sin that takes place in our thoughts and our hearts. That sin has not yet borne fruit in action.

Second, the dead son of the widow of Naim, carried to the gate of the house, represents sin that has expressed itself concretely in action. This dead man is raised and given back to his mother, who stands for the Church.

Thirdly, and most drastically, we have the case of Lazarus. He stands for the worst kind of moral and spiritual corruption, sin that has been expressed in the world and become embedded in evil custom and habit. This is the rot that has really set in, producing a spiritual stink.

In the Gospel of John, the raising of Lazarus takes place just before the Passion, just before the climactic moment when Jesus defeats death by succumbing to it. When told that Lazarus has died, Jesus says, "Our beloved Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to wake him." With these words, he signifies we are in a new world. Within the confines of the old world, the old consciousness, death is ultimate, and its very finality gives it its power. However, by referring to it as "sleep," Jesus is signaling that through God's power and purpose, death is not ultimate; it is not the final word.

When Jesus first arrives at Bethany, he learns that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. This is to signal that there is no mistake; the man is truly and definitively dead. But it is no concern for the one who transcends both space and time, whose power stretches beyond life and death as we know them.

Martha comes out to meet Jesus and indicates her incipient belief in his identity and power: "Lord, if you had been here, my brother never would have died. Even now, I am sure that God will give you whatever you ask him." Jesus replies, "Your brother will rise again...I am the resurrection and the life." God hates death and doesn't want its phony finality to ruin human life.

Coming to Lazarus's tomb, Jesus feels the deepest emotions and begins to weep. This is God entering into the darkness and confusion and agony of the death of sinners. He doesn't blithely stand above our situation, but rather takes it on and feels it. But then, like a warrior, he approaches the enemy. "Take away the stone," he directs.

Those who are stuck within the confines of this world protest, "Lord, surely there will be a stench." They are essentially saying, "Don't mess with death; you can't reverse it. Its power is final."

But Jesus is undaunted. He commands, "Lazarus, come out!" This is the voice, not simply of a hopeful human being, not simply of a great religious figure; this is the voice of God who hates death and has dominion over it. And therefore, "The dead man came out." Jesus then orders the onlookers to, "Untie him and let him go free."

That command still echoes today. Just as he did with Lazarus, Jesus sets us free from death and the ways of death."


Check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cathedralwinona for Redeemed Online's video reflection discussing our vulnerability - our desire for it and our fear of it. 

Lenten Reflection: Week 4



This week's Lenten reflection is the next part of Chris Stefanick's Lenten video series. Chris explores how we define ourselves in the video below.


In the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, John 3:14-21, Jesus describes his saving work with a rather strange comparison: he compares himself to a symbolic bronze snake!
Jesus was referring to an event in the Old Testament (Numbers 21:4-9). During their journey from Egypt to the Holy Land, God’s people were afflicted with deadly snake bites. No fun. God told Moses the cure. He was to make a bronze serpent, set it on a pole, and anyone who’d been bitten who looked at the sculpture would be healed. That symbol of death became the source of life for people dying from venomous snake bites.

Lenten Reflection: Day 24



Today's website Lenten Reflection is from Redeemed Online. In the video below, Jim Beckman (@JimImpact) shares about the reality of eternity, our deep desire for eternity, and Jesus’ invitation to eternal life.


Can you believe that Easter is just over 3 weeks away? For those of us on the East Coast, the endless winter is finally (hopefully) passed us and signs of spring are showing up. Maybe your Lent is going really well and the time seems to be flying by, or maybe the past few weeks have gone by really slowly. Time is strange like that. Often the most enjoyable experiences in our lives seem to happen so fast, while we watch the seconds pass slowly through the math classes of our lives.

As we approach Holy Week, the theme of time keeps coming up. We worship the Eternal God, we believe that Heaven is eternal joy, and Jesus offers eternal life to those who follow Him. It’s hard to wraps our minds around eternity when everything we experience is passing and fading. And yet we have hope in Christ’s promise of eternal life, a life beyond this world with joy and love that know no end.

+ Taking it offline
Ask the Lord to increase your desire for Heaven.
Share with one person how you have experienced new life and hope in Jesus.
Pray for someone who has died and pray that they would experience eternal life in Heaven.
Dare to ask Jesus in prayer what things are hindering your relationship with Him.
Eternity means life with no beginning or end. God invites us to life of the best kind. Don't wait for heaven to experience this.


You can also check out our Facebook page for Father Rocky's Daily Lenten Reflection about  from his Lenten Series "40 Lessons on the Mass"

Stations Tonight




Join us for Stations of the Cross tonight at 7:00 pm in the Church at Cathedral. Come follow the Way of the Cross with our Catholic Community! All are welcome.

Lenten Reflection: Day 23


Today's website Lenten reflection comes from Father Rocky and his Lenten Series "40 Lessons on the Mass". Today's lesson is on the "secret" prayers said by the priest during Mass.

"40 Lenten Lessons on the Mass.
Lesson 22: The 'secret' prayers (Offertory)
If you watch very closely, you'll notice that the priest is moving his lips and praying some prayers very, very quietly during the Preparation of the Gifts. The rubrics indicate that the priest should pray them 'sub secreto', which is translated as 'inaudibly' or 'secret.'
But there's really no secret, because the prayers are printed in the Roman Missal or other worship resources for the whole world to see. And even though the rubrics indicate that the priest is to pray these prayers, there is absolutely no reason why you can't do that too!
As the priest pours wine and a little water into the chalice, he prays quietly: "By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ, who humbled himself to share in our humanity."
Then the priest bows profoundly and says quietly: "With humble spirit and contrite heart may we be accepted by you, O Lord, and may our sacrifice in your sight this day be pleasing to you, Lord God."
Finally, as he washes his hands he prays, "Wash me, O Lord, from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin."

Check out our Facebook page for today's Lenten reflection from Matthew Kelly. “Don’t take the trivial and make it important. That’s the way of the world. Get clear about what’s really important, what matters most, and life will be a lot simpler and more joyful.”. www.facebook.com/cathedralwinona

Movie Night: "God's Not Dead" March 15

Come join us for the movie “God is Not Dead” on Sunday, March 15th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the St. Augustine Room at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.  This movie tells the story of a college freshman, Shane Harper, who enrolls in a philosophy class taught by an infamous and atheist professor, played by Kevin Sorbo.  When the professor demands his students sign a declaration that “God is Dead,” Harper’s character refuses and is challenged to prove to the class that God is alive.  The movie is rated A II for adults and adolescents.
Contact Donna at 507-454-1296 or Kathy at (507) 452-1922 for questions or see http://www.catholicnews.com/data/movies/14mv038.htm


Remaining Lenten Education Series Cancelled



Due to scheduling conflicts, we will need to cancel the remaining session for the Lenten Educational Series. Stations of the Cross will still be held on Thursday during Lent.
We apologize for any inconvenience and encourage everyone interested in learning more this Lent to utilize the Lending Library, which will be moving into the Angel's Everywhere Gift Shop at Cathedral this weekend.

Lenten Reflection: Day 22



Today's Lenten Reflection comes from Fr. Robert Barron, head of Word on Fire Ministries. Father speaks about God's anger in the bible, "the negative is always in service of a greater positive". That is why we should never give up in the face of great struggle.

"LENT DAY 22- GOD'S CLEANSING ANGER

When reading about the Cleansing of the Temple, we might assume this was the first time in Jewish history that the Temple had been defiled and needed fixing. But that isn't the case. In the second book of Chronicles we read, "...the princes of Judah, the priests, and the people added infidelity to infidelity, practicing all the abominations of the nations and polluting the Lord's temple."

This is the tragedy of Israelite history. The nation that was supposed to be the bearer of God's holiness had become unholy. The Temple, which was meant to be the dwelling place of God, had become an abomination.

But did God give up? No, he sent messenger after messenger to the people, calling them back to holiness. Isaiah, Hosea, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, and Elijah - all of them were the messengers of God, summoning Israel back to fidelity, "because he had compassion on his people."

Still Israel remained faithless: "But they mocked the messengers of God, despised his warnings, and scoffed at his prophets." At which point the anger of the Lord was awakened.

God's anger is not God's emotional temper tantrum; it is the divine passion to set things right. Sometimes when things get too bad, they just have to be cleaned out. Remedies and halfway measures don't work: a thorough cleansing is called for. Therefore God uses secondary causes in order to realize his will: "Their enemies burnt the house of God, tore down the walls of Jerusalem, set all its palaces afire and destroyed all its precious objects. Those who escaped the sword were carried captive to Babylon."

What does this have to do with us? It helps us interpret our own catastrophes. What does it mean when a marriage falls apart or a loved one is killed? How about when we lose our job or our Church is rocked with scandal? Might there be a cleansing going on in these cases, something purifying and clarifying?

In the Bible, the negative is always in service of a greater positive. But it happens in God's way, on God's timetable. This means we should never despair; never give up even when catastrophe strikes. The entire process is being watched and supervised by God."


Check out our Facebook page for today's Redeemed Online Video Reflection. Michael Gormley considers the subject of Hell which he says exists because freedom is real. www.facebook.com/cathedralwinona 

Lenten Reflection: Day 21



Today's Lenten website reflection comes from Redeemed Online. Kathleen McCarthy talks about the gift God gives us & asks what are you willing to give of yourself.


"+ What an amazing God we have.

As a parent, there is perhaps nothing more difficult than watching your kids suffer. God the Father gave his only son, knowing full well the ending Jesus would face. His love is amazing. He loves so unselfishly.

How do you receive this love? It remains an abstract idea or just a nice concept until we encounter this love. He gives it each and every day for us.

Lenten Reflection: Day 20



Today's Lenten reflection comes from Fr. Robert Barron, head of Word on Fire Ministries. Father talks about using Lent for cleaning out the Temple of our own hearts using the 10 Commandments.

"LENT DAY 20 - CLEANING OUR OWN TEMPLES

Yesterday we saw how Lent is a great time for cleaning out the Temple of our own hearts. One of the best ways to do that is to go back to the basics of the Ten Commandments.

Let's begin by looking at the first three. The first three commandments have to do with the question of one's fundamental spiritual orientation: who, or what, precisely, is the object of your worship? What do you hold to be spiritually basic? If we're honest, a lot of us would say something like money, pleasure, power, honor, or to sum all of this up, our own egos. And so we need to hear the very first commandment: "I am the Lord your God; you shall not have other gods besides me."

Next, you shall not disrespect God with your speech, for this leads rather quickly to a denigration of God: "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain." This can seem fussy and puritanical, as though "swearing" is a terrible sin. But speech is a terribly powerful thing. What we say influences profoundly how we think and act, which in turn shapes our attitudes and behaviors.

Thirdly, you must worship God on a regular basis. There is no place for the attitude of "I'm alright with God; I just have no time for going to Mass." Or "I get nothing out of the Mass." We're obliged to concretize our worship: "Keep holy the Sabbath day."

What shape is the Temple of your soul in with regard to these first three commandments?"


Check out our Facebook page for our Facebook Lenten reflection for today from Redeemed Online. Karen Reynolds talks about how God loves us perfectly even though we sin and mess up. What a great message to start our week! www.facebook.com/cathedralwinona


Lenten Reflection: 3rd Week in Lent



This week's Lenten reflection is the next part in the video series by Chris Stefanick. Click the video below to watch.


"Jesus continues the “shock factor” this Third Sunday of Lent in John 2:13-25. I wonder what it was like to see him overturn the tables in the temple, and then shout out words that no one understood, “destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” He was referring to the temple of his body. They “got it” on Easter Sunday.
You’re a temple too, you know. St. Paul reminds us of that: “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.”
You receive the Eucharist. You are a tabernacle. You’re sacred. God doesn’t hate our sins because he finds us disgusting. He hates our sin because it’s not worthy of us.
I’ll never forget when my son, Ethan, was first learning about modesty as a little boy. He saw a billboard of a half-clothed woman, looked up at me, and said “that’s gross, right Dad?” “No, Ethan.” I said. “That’s not gross. That’s too sacred and too beautiful to be thrown on a billboard.”
This way of looking at our own sin is revolutionary: it should change us.
It brings us from a self-loathing to striving for fulfillment. From a negative guilt that tears us down to a positive repentance that builds us up. From seeing God as a condemning boss to a supportive father.
If you’re doing Lent as you should, you’ve been reflecting on ways you need to change to follow Jesus. Take a few minutes to examine your conscience this week, not with an eye toward your weaknesses, faults, and failings, but in light of the beauty and sacredness God sees in you.
You’re his temple, you know. And he’s passionate about cleansing you, because he loves you.
And with that great love in mind…don’t be afraid to run to him in the sacrament of confession. Confessions are offered at most parishes weekly, and at other special times at Penance Services throughout the Lenten season. (If you haven’t been for a while, don't worry. It’s simple. The priest will guide you through it.)

Lent. It's what Jesus does.
Let's do it with him."

Women's Lenten Retreat March 21st

The Diocese of Winona will be hosting a Women's Retreat this March, titled "The Cross of Christ and Its Meaning for You". The retreat is being led by Sister Edith Mary Heart, RSM, DO. Beside the talks of Sister Edith Mary, the day will also be filled with time for prayer and reflection, opportunities for the Sacrament of Confession, Eucharistic Adoration, and Mass with Bishop Quinn. This is a fantastic opportunity!

When
Saturday March 21, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM CDT

Where
The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse, WI
5250 Justin Road
La Crosse, WI 54602

Registration deadline is March 12th

Have questions? 
Contact Sr. Paul Mary, RSM 
Diocese of Winona 
507-858-1273 

Lenten Reflection: Day 16



Today's Lenten Reflection come from Fr. Robert Barron. He shares examples of the Light of Christ throughout the Bible and explains its' significance.

LENT DAY 16 - DIVINE LIGHT

One of the key visuals in the story of the Transfiguration is the divine light that radiates from Jesus. Matthew says, "His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light." Luke reports, "His clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning." And Mark says, "His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them."

This light seems to signal the beauty and radiance of a world beyond this one, a world rarely seen, only occasionally glimpsed, amidst the griminess and ordinariness of this world.

Is this beautiful and radiant world ever seen today? Let me share a few stories with you. When I was travelling recently, I met a man who, as a young man, met St. Padre Pio, the famous stigmatist. He was privileged to serve his Mass. During the elevation of the host, after the consecration, this man noticed something remarkable: there was a glow around the holy man's hands. Years later when he heard reports of "auras" he said to himself, "That's what I saw that day."

Malcolm Muggeridge, the English journalist and convert to Catholicism, was filming Mother Teresa for a documentary. One day, the electricity was out, and he bemoaned the fact that he had to film her without lights, convinced that the day would be lost. However, when the film was developed, he noticed that the scenes were beautifully lit. To his surprise it appeared as though the light was coming from her.
         
Consider also the Shroud of Turin. There is scientific speculation that the marks on the shroud, the holy icon thought by many to be the burial shroud of Christ, were caused by a burst of radiant energy - light energy.

I'd like to leave you with one last thought: from the time of the earliest disciples, the holy followers of Jesus were pictured with halos above their heads. What is a halo if not the divine light breaking into our world today?"


Today's Facebook reflection can be found at www.facebook.com/cathedralwinona and comes from Redeemed Online. In today's video, Dave VanVickle talks about whether it is okay to ask God for a sign & how God gives us the ultimate sign.

New Items at Angel's Everywhere!

There are lots of new items in the Angel's Everywhere Gift Store at Cathedral. Open before and after weekend Masses, Angel's Everywhere provides an opportunity to get religious and religious-themed items without the drive to La Crosse or Rochester or the hassle of shipping. Newly stocked with gifts for First Communion, Confirmation, Weddings, and Baptisms, there's a lot to check out! Quantities are limited on new items so shop early for special occasion merchandise.





Lectio Divina: An Easy How-To Guide



Lectio Divina, the practice of praying with Scripture, can be an overwhelming task if you don't know where to begin. This is where an easy-to-follow and fit-in-your-pocket guide would be a great resource. Thanks to FOCUS, we now have one.

This colorful guide will walk you through the 3 steps of Lectio Divina: Eyes to See, Ears to Hear, and Change to Make. For more information and to print the guide, please click the brochure to the right. For your convenience, there are also copies already folded in the Gathering Space at the Lenten Resource Table.

Happy Praying!



Lenten Reflection: Day 16

Today's website Lenten Reflection comes from Redeemed Online.


"+ What consumes you?

It's so easy to be busy. How often are you tempted to answer the question, "how are you?" with "I am busy."  We get consumed by what's immediately in front of us. Sometimes we are so busy we miss the people in our life and the chance to encounter them. We get consumed by our busyness.

24 Hours With The Lord (March 14)


The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart will be the center for the Diocese of Winona's observance of the 24 Hours with the Lord event. Starting Saturday, March 14th with our normal Saturday 8:00 AM Mass, and continuing until Noon with both Confession and Adoration in the Church. Bishop Quinn will also be presiding over the 5:15 PM Mass at Cathedral in the evening. 

Along with the Vatican, we will be encouraging all Catholics to come and partake in Confession during this time, especially those who have not recently received or experienced the blessings of this sacrament. 

If there is someone you know, we ask for your help in reaching out to those who may not feel welcome, may have fallen away form the Church, or may be waiting for an invitation. Please help us spread His love to those around by inviting them to see the healing power of His mercy and the power of prayer!


Lenten Reflection: Day 15



Today's Lenten reflection comes to us from Fr. Robert Barron, head of Word On Fire Ministries. Father talks about the transformative power and importance of prayer in our lives.

"LENT DAY 15 - LESSONS IN PRAYER

As we continue our Lenten meditations, I would like use the story of the Transfiguration as an occasion to reflect on the nature of prayer. Studies show that prayer is a very common activity. Even many of those who profess no belief in God pray!

But what precisely is prayer - or better, what ought it to be? The Transfiguration is extremely instructive. We hear that Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him "up the mountain to pray." Now, as we've said before, mountains are standard Biblical places of encounter with God, with the Yahweh who was imagined as living in the sky. So the higher you go, the closer you come to God.

We don't have to be literal about this, but we should unpack its symbolic sense. In order to commune with God, you have to step out of your every day, workaday world. The mountain symbolizes transcendence, otherness, the realm of God.

Your mountain could be church, a special room in your house, the car, a corner of the natural world. But it has to be someplace where you have stepped out of your ordinary business. And you have to take the time to do it. Jesus and his friends literally stepped away in order to pray.

The text then says, "While he was praying, his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white." The reference here is to Moses whose face was transfigured after he communed with God on Mt. Sinai. But the luminosity is meant in general to signal the invasion of God.

In the depths of prayer, when you have achieved a communion with the Lord, the light of God's presence is kindled deep inside of you, at the very core of your existence. And then it begins to radiate out through the whole of your being. That's why it is so important that Luke mentions the clothing of Jesus becoming dazzling white. Clothes evoke one's contact with the outside world. The God discovered in prayer should radiate out through you to the world, so that you become a source of illumination."


Check out our Facebook page for today's Redeemed Online video reflection. In the video Mark Hart (@LT_TheBibleGeek) talks about why Jesus was so angry and what God really wants from us. www.facebook.com/cathedralwinona 

"Ask A Priest" Event Cancelled (Thursday)


Due to a Pastoral Planning meeting for our Deanery, we will have to cancel the "Ask A Priest: Lenten Edition" this Thursday (3/5) at 6:30 pm in the Church at Cathedral. Stations of the Cross will be held at 7:00 pm.


Catholic Ministries Appeal: Ministering to Youth


This week's testimony highlights Ben Frost's work in the Department of Youth Ministry and work of  Diocesan Director of Vocations, Fr. Thompson. You have seen the Living the 4th videos on our website and Facebook pages in the past year, but there is so much more than that.


“Fr. Thompson helps youth and young adults to grow in their faith and loving service to God and their Church by showing them real and practical ways of how to live out the faith in everyday life! He incarnates the Good Shepherd to these young people as he personally witnesses the unity, joy, and love he has with Christ to those who are both in the ‘fold’ of the Catholic Church- at various Diocesan-coordinated youth events, as well as those who may be outside the ‘fold’- by sharing his “Living the 4th” video series via Social Media. I have learned a great deal about the gifts God sends through self-giving love by witnessing Fr. Thompson this past year living the 4th in his life. He has led me and many others Closer to Christ on our journey of faith!”
-- Beverly Miller, Ss. Peter and Paul, Mankato;

Please give generously to the Catholic Ministries Appeal, www.catholicfsmn.org/Appeal.

Lenten Reflection: Day 14



Today's website Lenten reflection come from Redeemed Online. Ennie Hickman talks about anger and how it can actually be an opportunity to grow in holiness.


+ Are you angry? Do something about it.

This Sunday we see in the cleansing of the temple that Jesus got really angry. It's a moment that calls each of us to look at our emotions and passions. What makes you angry?

Do you find yourself getting angry too quickly? Are you filled with road rage? Or perhaps your anger is deeper. Perhaps you feel hurt and hold a strong anger towards someone you loved deeply. I believe Jesus desires to not just love us this Lent, but to allow that love to transform us and break through even our deepest hurt and anger.

Soup & Pie Luncheon March 11



The Catholic Daughters Court #191 of Winona will be sponsoring their annual Soup & Pie Luncheon on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
11:00 am to 1:00 p.m.

Holy Family Hall
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
360 Main Street
Winona, MN  55987

Featuring: 
Vegetable Beef Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup
Vegetarian Corn Chowder
Assorted Pies


Cost: $7.00
Lap Quilt Raffle Chances: $1.00

Tickets can be purchased at the Cathedral parish office or at the door.



Movie Night: "God's Not Dead" March 15


Come join us for the movie “God is Not Dead” on Sunday, March 15th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the St. Augustine Room at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.  This movie tells the story of a college freshman, Shane Harper, who enrolls in a philosophy class taught by an infamous and atheist professor, played by Kevin Sorbo.  When the professor demands his students sign a declaration that “God is Dead,” Harper’s character refuses and is challenged to prove to the class that God is alive. The movie is rated A II for adults and adolescents.


Contact Donna at 507-454-1296 or Kathy at (507) 452-1922 for questions or see http://www.catholicnews.com/data/movies/14mv038.htm


Lenten Reflection: Day 13



Today's website Lenten reflection come from Fr. Baron, head of Word On Fire.

"LENT DAY 13 - ENCOUNTERING GOD ON THE MOUNTAIN

The Transfiguration was, obviously, of great importance for the first Christians. We've been talking about how the early Church related it to the Akeda so let's take a deeper look at its Biblical framework.

The Transfiguration takes place on a mountain, and this right away places it in relation to the Old Testament. Abraham is willing to sacrifice his son on a mountain; Noah's ark comes to rest on Mt. Ararat; the law is given to Moses on Mt. Sinai; Elijah challenges the priests of Baal on Mt. Carmel; Jerusalem is built on the top of Mt. Zion. Mountains are places of encounter with God.

In the New Testament, Jesus gives the law on a mountain, the Sermon on the Mount; he dies on Mt. Calvary; and, in a climactic moment in his public life, he brings three of his disciples to the top of a mountain - and there he is transfigured before them.

What is especially stressed here is the manner in which Jesus represents the fulfillment of the Old Testament revelation, economically symbolized by the two figures with whom he converses: Moses, representing the law, and Elijah, representing the prophets. When a Jew of Jesus' time would speak of the Scriptures, he would use a shorthand: the Law and the Prophets.

In speaking to Moses and Elijah, in the glory of the Transfiguration, Jesus signals that he brings the law and the prophets to their proper fulfillment. N.T. Wright, the great contemporary Biblical scholar, says that the Old Testament remained, fundamentally, a story without an ending, a promise without fulfillment...that is, until Jesus came into history."


Today's Facebook Lenten reflection comes from Redeemed Online. Paul Kim talks about the journey of faith. Jesus calls us close to himself wherever we are. He makes all things new. It's the journey to Him that perfects us. Visit us at www.facebook.com/cathedralwinona to watch the video!