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. 
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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,

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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: MCC is the public policy voice for the six Minnesota Catholic dioceses.


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

Excerpts from Pope Francis' Reflection on the Synod from the Saturday Vigil Service

Let us pray that the Synod which opens Sunday will show how the experience of marriage and family is rich and humanly fulfilling", he continued. "May the Synod acknowledge, esteem, and proclaim all that is beautiful, good and holy about that experience. May it embrace situations of vulnerability and hardship: war, illness, grief, wounded relationships and brokenness, which create distress, resentment and separation. May it remind these families, and every family, that the Gospel is always 'good news' which once again enables us to start over. From the treasury of the Church's living tradition may the Fathers draw words of comfort and hope for families called in our own day to build the future of the ecclesial community and the city of man".
The Pope emphasised that "every family is always a light, however faint, amid the darkness of this world. Jesus' own human experience took shape in the heart of a family, where he lived for thirty years. His family was like any number of others, living in an obscure village on the outskirts of the Empire".
He gave the example of Charles de Foucauld who "came to understand that we do not grow in the love of God by avoiding the entanglement of human relations. For in loving others, we learn to love God, in stooping down to help our neighbour, we are lifted up to God. Through his fraternal closeness and his solidarity with the poor and the abandoned, he came to understand that it is they who evangelise us, they who help us to grow in humanity".
The Holy Father encouraged the faithful to enter into the mystery of the family in order to be able to understand it. "The family is a place where evangelical holiness is lived out in the most ordinary conditions. There we are formed by the memory of past generations and we put down roots which enable us to go far. The family is a place of discernment, where we learn to recognise God's plan for our lives and to embrace it with trust. It is a place of gratuitousness. of discreet fraternal presence and solidarity, a place where we learn to step out of ourselves and accept others, to forgive and to be feel forgiven".
"Let us set out once more from Nazareth for a Synod which, more than speaking about the family, can learn from the family, readily acknowledging its dignity, its strength and its value, despite all its problems and difficulties. In the 'Galilee of the nations' of our own time, we will rediscover the richness and strength of a Church which is a mother, ever capable of giving and nourishing life, accompanying it with devotion, tenderness, and moral strength. For unless we can unite compassion with justice, we will end up being needlessly severe and deeply unjust". 
"A Church which is family is also able to show the closeness and love of a father ... a Church of children who see themselves as brothers and sisters, will never end up considering anyone simply as a burden, a problem, an expense, a concern or a risk. Other persons are essentially a gift, and always remain so, even when they walk different paths. The Church is an open house, far from outward pomp, hospitable in the simplicity of her members. … This Church can indeed light up the darkness felt by so many men and women. She can credibly point them towards the goal and walk at their side, precisely because she herself first experienced what it is to be endlessly reborn in the merciful heart of the Father", Francis concluded.
Msgr. Rick Colletti
Rector, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

The Synod of Bishops begins at the Vatican today, the Feast of St. Francis

⛪️.  What is the Synod of Bishops?  Bishops representing all regions of the world will meet in Rome from 4-25 October 2015.   This is the fourteenth meeting of the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, for which the theme is "The vocation and the mission of the family in the Church and contemporary world".
The Synod of Bishops is a permanent institution established by Blessed Pope Paul VI, on 15 September 1965, in response to the desire of the bishops at the Second Vatican Council to keep alive the positive spirit engendered by the experience of the Council. The word "synod", derived from two Greek words syn meaning "together" and hodos meaning "road" or "way", means a "coming together". A Synod is a religious meeting or assembly at which bishops, gathered around and with the Holy Father, have the opportunity to interact with each other and to share wisdom, information and experiences, in the common pursuit of pastoral solutions which have a universal validity and application. Saint John Paul II referred to the Synod as "a particularly fruitful expression and instrument of the collegiality of bishops" (Speech to the Council of the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, 30 April 1983: L'Osservatore Romano, 1 May 1983).
What is the difference between the Extraordinary Synod of 2014 and the Ordinary Synod of 2015?  "Ordinary" Synods are held at fixed intervals and "Extraordinary" synods are held to address some important matter. In view of the greater urgency that justify their convocation, the preparation of extraordinary general assemblies of the Synod of the Bishops is shorter. The participants also are fewer, consisting of the heads of Eastern Catholic Churches, the presidents (only) of episcopal conferences, three members of religious institutes and the cardinals who head dicasteries of the Roman Curia. As of October 2014, there have been three such assemblies, in 1969, 1985 and 2014.
Who will attend the 2015 Ordinary Synod in Rome?  More than 360 participants, including 18 married couples from around the world, are expected to attend October's Synod of Bishops on the family. In addition to the 166 synod members elected by their national bishops' conferences, 22 heads of Eastern Catholic churches, 25 heads of Vatican congregations and councils and 10 heads of men's religious orders, the Pope appointed an additional 45 synod fathers to take part in the October 4-25gathering. 
What do the working documents for the Synod contain.  The  Instrumentum Laboris, or working document of the Synod, is divided into three parts following the structure of the Relatio Synodi (the final report of last October's Extraordinary Assembly). It reflects the close link between the Third Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2014, dedicated to "The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelisation", and the upcoming Ordinary General Assembly. The first part, entitled "Listening to the challenges of the family", relates most directly to last year's Synod, while the second, "Discernment of the family tvocation", and third, "The mission of the family today", introduce the theme of the next Synod.  After the Synod in October, the Bishops will present the Pope with their recommendations. Pope Francis will then evaluate their proposals and provide the Church with guidance.
What were the themes of previous Ordinary General Assemblies and how are they related to the subsequent publication of an Apostolic Exhortation?
An Apostolic Exhortation is a formal instruction issued by a pope. It is traditionally offered to the Church following a Synod and encourages the faithful to do something helpful for the life of the Church. An example is Saint John Paul II's Familiaris Consortio, which affirms the meaning and role of marriage and the family.
1967    Preserving and Strengthening the Catholic Faith      
1971    The Ministerial Priesthood and Justice in the World
Pope Paul VI, Justice in the World (Apostolic Exhortation). 

1974    Evangelization in the Modern World
Paul VI (1975-12-08), Evangelii nuntiandi (Apostolic exhortation).

1977    Catechesis in Our Time Pope John Paul II Catechesi tradendae (Apostolic exhortation). 
1980    The Christian Family                                                                                                
Pope John Paul II, Familiaris consortio (Apostolic exhortation). 

1983    Penance and Reconciliation in the Mission of the Church                                      
Pope John Paul II Reconciliatio et paenitentia (Apostolic exhortation). 

1987    The Vocation and Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World    
Pope John Paul II (1988-12-30), Christifideles laici (Apostolic exhortation).

1990    The Formation of Priests in Circumstances of the Present Day                              
Pope John Paul II, Pastores dabo vobis (Apostolic exhortation). 

1994    The Consecrated Life and its Role in the Church and in the World                       
Pope John Paul II, Vita consecrata (Apostolic exhortation). 

2001    The Bishop: Servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the Hope of the World      
Pope John Paul II, Pastores gregis (Apostolic exhortation).

2005    The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church            
PopeBenedict XVI (2007-02-22), Sacramentum caritatis (Apostolic exhortation).

2008    The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church                                       
Pope Benedict XVI, Verbum Domini (Apostolic exhortation).

2012    The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith                     
Pope Francis (24 Nov 2013), Evangelii gaudium (Apostolic exhortation). 

Msgr. Rick Colletti
Rector, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

Movie Night: October Baby (10/9)

Come Join Us!

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

Friday October 9th
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Cathedral St. Augustine Room 
(off Holy Family Hall)

Feel free to bring your own snacks & soda.  

Allow two hours for the movie and some fellowship time.  Everyone is welcome!

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. 

National Life Chain Event Sunday Oct. 4th

You are invited to an hour of prayer for our country and for an end to abortion.  The NATIONAL LIFE CHAIN event is Sunday, October 4, 2:00 to 3:00pm at Huff and Broadway St. in Winona.  This is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of people praying for our nation and for an end to abortion. Signs are provided. 
Contact Kathy Foerster at 507-313-6880 for questions.

Pro-Life Novena for Pre-born Babies

The Pro-Life Novena for Pre-born Babies began Tuesday, Sept. 29th.  A Rosary for Pre-born Babies will be offered before the 5:15 pm Saturday Mass and before the 10:30 am Sunday Mass.  You are invited to join in the rosary.  

Celebrating the Feast Day of St.Therese of Lisieux (10/1)

Prayer is an aspiration of the heart, it is a simple glance directed to heaven, it is a cry of gratitude and love in the midst of trial as well as joy; finally, it is something great, supernatural, which expands my soul and unites me to Jesus. 

--St.Therese of Lisieux 

O my God! I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to Its infinite merits; and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of Its Merciful Love.

O my God! I ask of Thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in heaven for all Eternity.