Benefit for Dan Jonsgaard (May 3rd)

December 10, 2013, - A Winona Man suffered life threatening injuries in a Western Wisconsin semi-truck/ pickup accident. A pickup crossed into the left lane (the lane Dan was in) causing the pickup & Dan’s semi-truck to “hook” bumpers and roll several times. Daniel Jonsgaard suffered very traumatic injuries including; a diffuse axonal brain injury, an irreversible brain stem injury, his whole face being fractured, multiple cuts and lacerations, and etc. Dan was in a coma for two months and could not breathe on his own. He is still currently being treated for his severe injuries in the hospital. The driver of the pickup was uninjured.

Dan Jonsgaard’s Benefit will be held on: May 3, 2015 

Where: The Blackhorse Bar & Grill- Winona,MN

Time: noon-8:00 P.M

Silent Auction: noon-6:30 P.M

Also- Bake sale & much more!! Everyone is welcome!

Cost: $8.00

Meal: Pulled Pork sandwich catered by Black Horse Bar & Grill, pickle slice, chips, dessert and drink of choice

Tickets sold at: Volkman’s Garage, Merchants- downtown Winona, Golfview Liquor & at door

** All proceeds will go to Dan Jonsgaard & his family: Cathy (Dan’s wife of 30 years), Sandra (19), Dan Michael (15), and Jake (14)

 If you would like to donate or volunteer for the “Dan Jonsgaard Benefit” or have any questions call Cathy (Dan’s Wife) or Sandra (Dan’s daughter) at (507)452-6907 or email at

Virtus Class April 23rd

We will be offering a Virtus session Thursday, April 23rd at 6:30 pm at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Holy Family Hall. All parish volunteers are asked to attend one training session. Please register by going to our Safe Environment page and clicking on "Sign up for a Virtus Session"
Registration is required. If you have questions or do not have a computer, please contact the parish office and we'll be happy to help!

The Virtus program is designed to help volunteers and employees work together to create safe environments for children and vulnerable adults. While attending a Virtus session is part of the safe environment program requirement for volunteers and employees at Catholic parishes and schools, everyone is welcome to attend. 
Thank you for helping us keep our parishes, schools, and communities safe!

Cyclone Pam Disaster Relief

On March 15th, Cyclone Pam, a Category 5 storm, has devastated Vanuatu—leveling thousands of homes, knocking out power and water, destroying crops and leaving 82,000 children in need of humanitarian aid. CRS staff are on the ground in Vanuatu working to assist families and children with their immediate needs. The UN in Vanuatu says 24 people have died and 3,300 are displaced after Cyclone Pam hit the Pacific archipelago early on Saturday.  The UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination team in the capital, Port Vila, said 37 evacuation centers had been set up, but communication with outer islands was still down. President Baldwin Lonsdale said the storm had "wiped out" all development of recent years. Our Winona Diocese has partnered and supported the Vanuatu Diocese in the past.

Deacon Chris Walchuk has kept us informed through our Social Concerns arm of Catholic Charities. We are told that our best course in supporting Vanuatu is to promote the efforts of Catholic Relief services.  CRS is currently very active in supporting the people of Vanuatu.  They are coordinating their efforts with Caritas Australia, the agency which has taken the lead on disaster relief during this crisis. The people of Vanuatu have a great fear that, because the death toll was so low, the world will ignore them.  100% of the gardens on Vanuatu were destroyed by the cyclone, and the gardens are the primary source of food in the nation.  CRS, along with Caritas Australia and other agencies, is supplying seeds for replanting, but harvest will be three to four months away.  There is currently less than a one-month food supply in the nation.

CRS is leading the effort for fundraising  in the United States to bridge the two-to-three month gap in food supplies.  CRS has the technical expertise and the experience to make sure that all aid will be properly routed to the areas of greatest need.  The USCCB has not asked us to designate a special collection, but to support the efforts of CRS.  Encouragement to support the Rice Bowl and to donate online to CRS would be helpful to the people of Vanuatu.

Ministers Needed for Holy Week (Updated)

We are in need of the ministers listed below for our Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday liturgies at Cathedral. Please contact the parish office at or 507-452-4770 if you are available to help. Thank you!

(Updated 4/1 at 3:15pm)

Holy Thursday: The Lord's Supper (7:00 pm)
  • 2 people to bring up the Oils
  • We are also in need of 4 people to have their feet washed during the liturgy. 

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil (8:00 pm)
  • 2 Eucharistic Ministers
  • 3 Ushers

Easter Sunday (7:00 am)
  • 3 Eucharistic Ministers
  • Gift Bearers

Easter Sunday (10:30 am)
  • 3 Eucharistic Ministers
  • 2 Ushers

Holy Week Mass Schedule

This week we celebrate the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord. Holy week is an excellent time to come back to Church if you've been away and an even better time to invite a friend or family member to join us!

Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper
April 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm – Cathedral
    *Confession available after Mass

Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion
April 3, 2015 at 12:00 Noon – Cathedral
    *Confession available after Liturgy
April 3, 2015 at 5:15 pm – St. Casimir

Holy Saturday: The Easter Vigil
April 4, 2015 – 8:00 pm – Cathedral

Easter Sunday: Resurrection of the Lord
April 5, 2015 at 7:00 am – Cathedral
April 5, 2015 at 9:00 am – St. Casimir
April 5, 2015 at 10:30 am – Cathedral

There are many liturgies celebrated during this week other than Easter Sunday that are truly beautiful experiences. We encourage you to join us for one or more.

Happy Easter!

On behalf of all of us at Cathedral and St. Casimir, we'd like to wish you a very happy Easter!
A reminder that during this time, the parish office will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday while we spend time celebrating with our friends and family.

A prayer for Easter:

"Oh God, Who this day by Your only-begotten Son vanquishing death, has unlocked for us the gate of eternity, help us to attain the desires to which You have led us by Your inspirations. We ask this through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Oh God, as we renew our Baptismal vows, help us to be made worthy of Eternal Life, that we may always seek to do Your will in our hearts and minds, that we may show others Your saving grace and Your love. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Oh God, who makes the faithful to be of one mind and will, grant that we, Your people; may love what you command and desire what You promise so that, amid the changing things of this world, our hearts may be fixed where true joys are to be found. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen."

2015 Bishop and Rector's Dinner

2015 Bishops and Rector Dinner 
12th Annual Dinner
Friday, April 24, 2015
Social Gathering 6:00 pm Dinner and Program 7:00 pm

7333 Airport View Drive SW
Rochester MN, 55902

 If you wish to attend please print and fill out the RSVP form on the IHM Event Website (Here) and return to the Seminary. 

RSVP by 4/10/2015
The proceeds of this event will benefit the Human Formation Program at IHM Seminary.
Proceeds of the dinner go toward the Human Formation Program at IHM Seminary.

2015 Immaculate Heart of Mary Award
Presented to George Weigel
George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals. He holds EPPC’s William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies.
From 1989 through June 1996, Mr. Weigel was president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he led a wide-ranging, ecumenical and inter-religious program of research and publication on foreign and domestic policy issues. From June 1996, as a Senior Fellow, Mr. Weigel prepared a major study of the life, thought, and action of Pope John Paul II. Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II was published to international acclaim in the fall of 1999, and has since been translated into twelve languages, with a Chinese edition currently in progress.

ENDOW Coming to Cathedral

Now is the time to join the exciting educational ministry that brings women together to pray, study, and learn. Enjoy faith and fellowship; each class is 8-10 weeks long and there is no homework! For your convenience there are two class options: Sunday evenings from 7:30-9:30 PM or Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:30 AM. 
                 Name of Class:    Letter to Women
         Location:     Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, St Thomas Room
         Start Date:     Sunday, April 12, 2015 or Wednesday, April 15, 2015
                 Time:     Sunday (7:30 – 9:30 PM) or Wednesday (9:30-11:30 AM)      
                 Cost:     $19.95 + S & H

For more information about Endow or to register online, go to

**To receive study materials on time, the registration deadline is Friday, April 3rd**
For further questions, call Paula at 507-313-4716

ENDOW (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) brings women together to discover their God-given dignity and to understand their role in humanizing and transforming society. ENDOW provides women with a forum through which to explore and understand what it means to be a feminine person created in God’s image. As a basis for discovery, ENDOW promotes the New Feminism, which is defined by Pope John Paul II. The New Feminism recognizes and affirms the “true genius of women” and responds to our culture’s desperate need for an authentic feminine presence in every aspect of life and society. 

Priest Art Show April 17-19

A little unusual and never been done before, but a surprise in waiting!

Beside being clergy, priests are also human and enjoy being creative in many different ways, which most of us have not seen or heard before. Music, sculpture, building, graphic design, and cooking are all areas of developed interests that make the priest the person that he is.

The Polish Museum has a small exhibit on its second floor that expresses the Catholic Church of the Diocese of Winona by its collection of liturgical artifacts from its past. To extend and enlarge that experience into the present day, the Museum is sponsoring this art show to get to know and better understand the servants of that Church.

The presentation will span three days, April 17, 18, and 19, with different priests or seminarians there at various time.

April 17-19, 2015
Friday, April 17 -- 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 18 -- 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 19 -- noon - 4:00 p.m.

Craftsmanships and Talents Including:
• Architecture
• Artwork
• Authors
• Boys in Black
• Cooking - Italian
• Fishing Rods
• Fly Fishing Lures
• Gourmet Recipes
• Icons
• Men in Black Choir
• Painting
• Picture Framing
• Rug Making
• Soap Making
• Stained Glass
• Vestments
• Vexillologist
• Vocations
• Wine Making
• Wood Carving/ Working

This is a one-of-a-kind experience not to be missed!