HOST FAMILIES WANTED!

All Catholic parish families in Winona are invited to consider hosting 4 exchange students while they study at Winona Cotter this coming academic year.

The students are Camila Correa, Camila Pareja, Camila Zuluaga, and Pedro Duque.

Three students will need a host for half of the year, and the fourth will stay the full academic term.


Camila Correa, 18 years old, is looking forward to seeing new places and meeting new friends abroad while studying at Cotter. She also is very fun and sweet, hoping to volunteer while studying for the full year (Aug 15, 2015 to June 10, 2016).

Camila Pareja, 15 years old, is a responsible, honest girl who enjoys music and sports. She also loves meeting new people and working hard to make them proud of her. This is her first year to live the student exchange experience and is excited to find her host family for half of the year (Aug 15 to Dec 23, 2015).

Camila Zuluaga, 14 years old, is also new to the student exchange experience. She is very driven by her own goals in sports and sharing her culture with her future host family. She enjoys swimming, running, and reading. She is very honest and respectful of the rules her host family give her during her stay from Aug 15 to Dec 23, 2015.

Pedro Duque, 17 years old, will be a senior at Winona Cotter and already plans to study Business Administration at the University of EAFIT after graduation. He enjoys sports, videogames, and contributing to the household by keeping busy. He hopes that his host family will embrace him as one of their own while he studies from Aug 15 to Dec 23, 2015.


The students have a partial scholarship to attend Winona Cotter and all fees, including their lunch at school, have been paid. The hosting family must provide room and board while they are in the house. 

These kids will be an excellent addition to any type of family. They hope to share their culture with their host families and new classmates while further strengthening their faith during their studies at Cotter. The families of Winona Catholic parishes are so blessed to be given this opportunity to open their homes as Christ would wish while supporting these students while away from their homes and families. Please consider this invitation prayerfully.


If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to become a host for one of these students, please contact Catalina Ferreira by phone, 507-438-7627. She would be happy to answer any questions and also provide the complete application of the student to any potential family.

Young at Heart (8/6)

Young at Heart will meet on Aug. 6th. 

12:10 mass Followed by a Lunch.

Menu: Pork Loin, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Peas, Fresh Fruit, Roll, and Lemon Bars. 

Entertainment: Patti Darbo guitar & singing.

Make reservation by calling Marge at 454-3433 no later than Aug.3rd. 

Cost is $3.00; all are welcome.

Online Giving, There's an App for That

Our Online Giving system is now available as an App for Apple and Android products. You can download it for free in the App Store, Google Play Store, or go to OLGapp.com. If you are new to Online Giving, register by entering our church ID of 1235.

Another way you can manage your church giving right from your phone.

Holy Hour of Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty (8/1)

The monthly Holy Hour of Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty will be held the first Saturday of the month so those who take part in the First Saturday Devotions can join us for the Holy Hour. 

Join us for Holy Hour and Devotions on August 1 at 8:30 am (after the 8:00 am Mass) at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 360 Main Street, Winona.  

The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed and a beautiful rosary will be offered, along with prayer and reflection.  Gather in the Adoration Chapel. Everyone is welcome.


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

12:10 pm Mass Canceled July 28 through July 31

The 12:10 pm Mass at Cathedral will be canceled during the following dates.

Tuesday, July 28 - Friday, July 31st

Mass intentions will be moved to the 7 am on these days. Thank you for understanding.

Young Adult Catholics Campfire Cookout (7/31)

Winona Area Young Adult Catholics:

Come for Campfire/Cookout Friday July 31 at 6:30 pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, 750 Terrace Height, Winona. 

This is a great opportunity for fellowship and community with post-college Winona Area Young Adult Catholics in their 20s and 30s, married or single, who wish to meet and share faith and friendship. 

Join Bishop Quinn for the Women Betrayed Rally (7/28)



You are invited to join Bishop Quinn in attending a Women Betrayed Rally in Rochester next Tuesday, July 28th, from 12 – 1 pm. The rally comes in the wake of the undercover videos which have shown more atrocities of Planned Parenthood. 

This Rally's purpose is to call out our government to defund and investigate Planned Parenthood. There are similar rallies all across the US including in St. Paul. 

For more information of the rally in Rochester, you can go to the Facebook Event page
You can also reach the rally captain, Theresa Martin, with any further questions: tmartin@dow.org.

Cancellation of 12:10 pm Mass July 24 through July 31

The 12:10 pm Mass at Cathedral will be canceled during the following dates.

Tuesday, July 21 - Friday, July 24th
Tuesday, July 28 - Friday, July 31st

Mass intentions will be moved to the 7 am on these days. Thank you for understanding.

Fr. Jonathan Fasnacht reception


Catholic Daughters of America Priest Appreciation Picnic






Great food, great company, thank you Catholic Daughters










Habitat 500 Breakfast by Cathedral Habitat and other sponsors




Breakfast for 175 bikers and support persons at the Middle school





Prep team got breakfast cooking at 3am today in Holy Family Hall kitchen




Thank you Cathedral volunteers












James: Pearls for Wise Living (Video)

Nourish your faith by signing up for James: Pearls for Wise Living. Information and sign-up links are below for each session. 

Classes begin this Fall on September 22/23, 2015 and run through December 9/10, 2015. It will be offered in two sessions:
  • Tuesday evenings (6:30-8:30 p.m.) at St. Mary's Church in the Visitation Commons
  • Wednesday mornings (9:30-11:30 a.m.) at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in the St. Augustine Room. 
Registration will end on September 8, 2015
Check out the video below to see a sample of the class DVD. To sign up or learn more, click here



Reception for Fr. Jonathan After Masses 7/18-7/19



We are truly blessed to have Fr. Jonathan with us at the Cathedral and St. Casimir Parish Cluster.

Join us after all Masses this weekend 7/11-7/12 for reception and refreshments in the Gathering Space at the Cathedral of Sacred Heart to welcome Fr. Jonathan to his new assignment. Let him know how glad we are to have him.

Young Adults: Mark Your Calendars (7/9, 7/30)

Winona Area Young Adult Catholics:

Come for Gospel and Game Night Thursday 7/9 at 7:00 pm at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

This is a great opportunity for fellowship and community with post-college Winona Area Young Adult Catholics in their 20s and 30s, married or single, who wish to meet and share faith and friendship. 


Also, mark your calendars for a Young Adult Campfire/Cookout Friday July 31 at 6:30 pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, 750 Terrace Height, Winona. 


The Gift of Birth (7/31-8/2)


Weekend retreat for expectant mothers, lead by Susan Windley- Daoust.


July 31-August 2, 2015, at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, WI. 

Registration deadline is July 17th. 

There are brochures at St. Mary's Parish in Visitation Commons. For more information, click here or call 608-791-5295.

FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM Day 14, July 14th, 2015

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II document Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis Humanae, Of Human Dignity). These reflections and articles are intended for daily use during the Fortnight for Freedom, and the readings and the questions that follow can be used for group discussion or for personal reflection.



The theme of this year's Fortnight will focus on the "freedom to bear witness" to the truth of the Gospel.  The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness will take place from June 21 to July 4.

"The fact is that men of the present day want to be able freely to profess their religion in private and in public. Religious freedom has already been declared to be a civil right in most constitutions, and it is solemnly recognized in international documents. The further fact is that forms of government still exist under which, even though freedom of religious worship receives constitutional recognition, the powers of government are engaged in the effort to deter citizens from the profession of religion and to make life difficult and dangerous for religious Communities. This sacred Synod greets with joy the first of these two facts, as among the signs of the times. With sorrow, however, it denounces the other fact, as only to be deplored. The Synod exhorts Catholics, and it directs a plea to all men, most carefully to consider how greatly necessary religious freedom is, especially in the present condition of the human family. All nations are coming into even closer unity. Men of different cultures and religions are being brought together in closer relationships. There is a growing consciousness of the personal responsibility that weighs upon every man. All this is evident. Consequently, in order that relationships of peace and harmony may be established and maintained within the whole of mankind, it is necessary that religious freedom be everywhere provided with an effective constitutional guarantee, and that respect be shown for the high duty and right of man freely to lead his religious life in society."
- Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis Humanae), no. 15 December 7, 1965

Reflection for Day Fourteen
In concluding its Declaration of Religious Freedom, the Council rejoices in the fact that religious freedom has been enshrined in the constitutions of many countries as well as in international statements. However, the Council Fathers are well aware that religious freedom is not guaranteed merely when it is stated on a piece of paper. It must be exercised by a living body of people. Moreover, there are actual governments that act against religious communities, sometime in the name of religion. The Council Fathers find such situations appalling and ask that Catholics and all people of goodwill work to rectify this injustice. Since the Vatican Council, has religious freedom improved or deteriorated throughout the world? What is the relationship between growing religious diversity, as well as growing interactions among people of different faiths, and religious liberty?

FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM Day 13, July 3rd, 2015

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II document Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis Humanae, Of Human Dignity). These reflections and articles are intended for daily use during the Fortnight for Freedom, and the readings and the questions that follow can be used for group discussion or for personal reflection.


The theme of this year's Fortnight will focus on the "freedom to bear witness" to the truth of the Gospel.  The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness will take place from June 21 to July 4.

"In turn, where the principle of religious freedom is not only proclaimed in words or simply incorporated in law but also given sincere and practical application, there the Church succeeds in achieving a stable situation of right as well as of fact and the independence which is necessary for the fulfillment of her divine mission. This independence is precisely what the authorities of the Church claim in society. At the same time, the Christian faithful, in common with all other men, possess the civil right not to be hindered in leading their lives in accordance with their conscience. Therefore, a harmony exists between the freedom of the Church and the religious freedom which is to be recognized as the right of all men and communities and sanctioned by constitutional law." 
- Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis Humanae), no. 13 December 7, 1965 

Reflection for Day Thirteen 
While insisting upon the religious freedom of the Church, the Council Fathers do not wish to give the impression that in some manner the Catholic Church is special when it comes to religious liberty. Thus, the Council first states above that where the principle of religious liberty is present, the Church is able to peaceably fulfill her divine mission. It is this amicable relationship between herself and civil authorities that the Church always wishes to pursue and ensure. In the light of this, the Church also champions the religious and civil rights of all so that all people can live “their lives in accordance with their conscience.” In this way there is no conflict with what the Church demands for herself and what she demands for others—the freedom to follow one’s conscience in matters religious. This religious freedom for all is what the Council once more believes should be acknowledged and sanctioned within the constitutional law of countries. In the United States, religious freedom is protected in the Constitution, as the Council desires. Are those constitutional protections enough? Are they growing stronger or weaker in our society today? What else, apart from the law, can strengthen or weaken religious liberty? What should Catholics do to defend and foster religious liberty in America today? What have Catholics done in the past when religious liberty was threatened?

FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM Day 12, July 2nd, 2015

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II document Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis Humanae, Of Human Dignity). These reflections and articles are intended for daily use during the Fortnight for Freedom, and the readings and the questions that follow can be used for group discussion or for personal reflection.


The theme of this year's Fortnight will focus on the "freedom to bear witness" to the truth of the Gospel.  The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness will take place from June 21 to July 4.

"Among the things which concern the good of the Church and indeed the welfare of society here on earth—things therefore which are always and everywhere to be kept secure and defended against all injury—this certainly is preeminent, namely, that the Church should enjoy that full measure of freedom which her care for salvation of men requires. This freedom is sacred, because the only-begotten Son endowed with it the Church which He purchased with His blood. It is so much the property of the Church that to act against it is to act against the will of God. The freedom of the Church is the fundamental principle in what concerns the relations between the Church and governments and the whole civil order."
 
- Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis Humanae), no. 13 December 7, 1965 

Reflection for Day Twelve 
In Chapter I, the Council Fathers considered the nature of religious freedom from a rational and philosophical perspective—the dignity and equality of human beings and the natural right to religious liberty. In Chapter II, they turn to examining religious liberty in the light of Christian Revelation. In this context, the Council Fathers forthrightly insist that the Church must “enjoy that full measure of freedom which her care for salvation of men requires.” Jesus became man, died, and rose from the dead so that all men and women would come to salvation—to know the fullness of truth and the fullness of the Father’s love. This is why the Church’s religious freedom is “sacred.” Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, founded the Church as the means by which his saving message and presence would go forth to all the world. Only then would Jesus’ Gospel be lived out among all nations and peoples. Only if the Church is free can she rightly fulfill her divine commission. This is why the Church jealously guards her freedom while simultaneously fostering harmonious, appropriate, and just relations with various governments throughout the world. What present circumstances threaten the freedom of the Catholic Church particularly? Are threats to the Church’s freedom always from without, or do threats arise from within the Church itself? What threats in the past has the Church in our country had to contend with?

Specific 12:10pm Mass Temporarily Canceled

The 12:10 pm Mass at Cathedral will be canceled during the following dates.

Friday, July 3rd
Tuesday, July 21 - Friday, July 24th
Tuesday, July 28 - Friday, July 31st

Mass intentions will be moved to the 7 am on these days. Thank you for understanding.

Holy Hour of Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty (7/4)

The monthly Holy Hour of Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty will be held the first Saturday of the month so those who take part in the First Saturday Devotions can join us for the Holy Hour. 

Upcoming Holy Hours include July 4 and August 1 at 8:30 am (after the 8:00 am Mass) at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 360 Main Street, Winona.  

The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed and a beautiful rosary will be offered, along with prayer and reflection.  Gather in the Adoration Chapel. Everyone is welcome.


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

FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM Day 11, July 1st, 2015

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II document Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis Humanae, Of Human Dignity). These reflections and articles are intended for daily use
during the Fortnight for Freedom, and the readings and the questions that follow can be used for group discussion or for personal reflection.


The theme of this year's Fortnight will focus on the "freedom to bear witness" to the truth of the Gospel.  The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness will take place from June 21 to July 4.

"Furthermore, society has the right to defend itself against possible abuses committed on pretext of freedom of religion. It is the special duty of government to provide this protection. However, government is not to act in arbitrary fashion or in an unfair spirit of partisanship. Its action is to be controlled by juridical norms which are in conformity with the objective moral order. These norms arise out of the need for effective safeguard of the rights of all citizens and for peaceful settlement of conflicts of rights. They flow from the need for an adequate care of genuine public peace, which comes about when men live together in good order and in true justice. They come, finally, out of the need for a proper guardianship of public morality. These matters constitute the basic component of the common welfare: they are what is meant by public order. For the rest, the usages of society are to be the usages of freedom in their full range. These require that the freedom of man be respected as far as possible, and curtailed only when and in so far as necessary." 
- Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis Humanae), no. 7 December 7, 1965

Reflection for Day Eleven
The Council Fathers are well aware that, while various religious groups are meant to live in harmony, each accepting the equal rights of others, yet, in reality, conflicts frequently arise between various religions. This may be due to what a specific religion holds concerning the nature of its own beliefs in relation to the beliefs of other religions. While each religious group has the right to profess that its religious beliefs are true and that other religious beliefs are either inadequate or contain erroneous tenets, no religious group has the right to persecute or seek to suppress other religious groups. Similar conflict may arise within a religion, in which case, the cause of the conflict does not reside in the religious belief as such, but in a misinterpretation of those beliefs that prompts misguided attacks on other religious groups. Given the reality of such religious conflicts, the Council Fathers acknowledge that the government is responsible for keeping public order, not by taking sides, but by enacting just laws and guarding the equal rights of all. What causes religious conflicts today? Do governments always adequately respond to such conflicts? What distinguishes “public order” (which limits religious freedom) from an ordinary policy preference of government (which does not)?

Parish Office Temporarily Closed 7/3

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart & St. Casimir Parish Office will be temporarily closed on Friday July 3rd, 2015 while the staff travels homeward for the 4th of July holiday.

If you have any business to do with the Office, please complete it by 5pm Thursday July 2nd. We would be happy to help you. You may also call at 507-452-4770 or email at info@cathedralwinona.org.

Regular open hours will resume on Monday July 6th. Thank you for understanding.