Movie Night: The Mission [PG] (1/8)

Come Join Us! 

The Mission” 
1986 Rated PG 125 mins

“The story of two men – a man of the sword and a man of the cloth.”

In the 18th century, a Jesuit priest builds a mission in Brazil, where he is joined by Rodrigo, a reformed slave trader, seeking redemption. When a treaty transfers the land from Spain to Portugal, the Portuguese government wants to capture the natives for slave labor. The priest and Rodrigo resolve to defend the mission, but disagree on how to accomplish the task.

Fri 1/8, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm in Cathedral’s St. Augustine Room.

Feel free to bring your own snacks and soda.  Popcorn is provided.  
Everyone is welcome! 
Contact Donna 507-454-1296.

Our Seminarian, Matt Wagner, Home For Christmas & Needs Our Help

It was great to have Matthew Wagner here at the Cathedral for Christmas and assisting at our Christmas Masses.  As you know Matthew is a seminarian in 1st theology at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit studying for the Diocese of Winona with Cathedral as his home parish during his years of formation. If you would like to support his vocation during this time of study in theology School, I have two opportunities for you:  The Cathedral is going to purchase his Alb that he needs for service at the altar in the ministry of Acolyte. The cost of the Alb is $320.00.

The second opportunity is the Desert Formation Experience that all first theologians at Sacred Heart Seminary attend in the Holy Land in May of 2016. The class walks in the same paths as Jesus visiting the place of his birth and his ministry. This study opportunity is guided by the faculty of Sacred Heart Seminary. The cost of this life-altering journey is $1400.00.  If you are able to contribute, please make your donation to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and put in the check memo line, Sacred Heart Theology support. I will put in the bulletin and on our WEB Site when we reach this goal for Matthew.

Thank you for supporting Matthew’s vocation,

Msgr. Colletti

Holy Hour for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty (1/2)

The monthly Holy Hour of Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty is held on the first Saturday.  Everyone is invited to join us on January 2 at 8:30 am (after the 8:00 am Mass) at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 360 Main Street, Winona, MN.

 “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

Come Home For Christmas: Mass Times @ Cathedral/St. Casimir

Come Home for Christmas

Our Cathedral Parish Family invites you to join us for Christmas Mass. We’re honored to share this celebration with you. We hope you can join us!

Christmas Eve (Thursday 12/24)
 4 pm  St. Casimir
5:15 pm  Cathedral
9 pm  Cathedral

Christmas Day (Friday 12/25)
7 am  Cathedral
9 am  St. Casimir
10:30 am  Cathedral 

Congratulations to Gerrie Hengel

On Sunday December 13th, Gerrie Hengel received the Bishop's Medal for her outstanding work as a parish volunteer. She has worked with such dedication for Faith Formation, retiring from that work after thirty-five years. Gerrie now works as a Chair of the Funeral Committee, organizing luncheons and hospitality. 

Thank you, Gerrie, for your inspiring dedication to Cathedral/St. Casimir and to your fellow parishioners. The gifts and talents you continue to share are blessings from Our Lord through you, and we are so grateful to call you part of our family. 

Jubilee Year of Mercy Begins with Opening Mass (12/13)

To celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy, our amazing Bishop Quinn, Monsignor Colletti, Father Jonathan, and seminarians served mass and opened the Holy Door on Sunday, December 13th at 10:30am. 

Jesus said, “I am the door” (John 10:7), bringing to fruition the words of the Psalmist, who said, “This is the door of the Lord where the just may enter” (see Psalm 118:20).

The ritual opening of the Holy Door of Mercy in the Basilica of St. Peter, December 8, 2015, marks the official start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pope Francis has encouraged every diocese to designated Holy Doors in local churches and at local shrines so every member of the Faithful can receive the graces and mercy of the Jubilee year in unity with the Universal Church. Bishop Quinn also opened the Holy Door of Mercy (at the main entrance of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart) for our Winona community.

Praise be to God!

Jubilee of Mercy Prayer

Embrace! Rejoice! Proclaim!
Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
"If you knew the gift of God!"
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.


Msgr. Rick Colletti
Rector, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Vicar General/Chancellor 
Diocese of Winona

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Year of Mercy begin today with the opening of the Holy Door of Mercy at St. Peter's Basilica


Pope Francis has underscored that the feast of the Immaculate Conception expresses the grandeur of God’s love, and that God's love is manifested in being merciful. In his homily this morning in St. Peter's Square for the Mass which opened the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as well as marked the Marian Solemnity, the Pontiff stated this, noting, "Not only does he forgive sin, but in Mary he even averts the original sin present in every man and woman who comes into this world." While explaining that this is the love of God which precedes, anticipates and saves, he added, "Yet the history of sin can only be understood in the light of God’s love and forgiveness." "Were sin the only thing that mattered, we would be the most desperate of creatures. But the promised triumph of Christ’s love enfolds everything in the Father’s mercy. The word of God which we have just heard leaves no doubt about this. The Immaculate Virgin stands before us as a privileged witness of this promise and its fulfillment."

This Extraordinary Holy Year, Francis noted, is itself a gift of grace. To pass through the Holy Door, which Pope Francis opened today and even his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI passed through as well, means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them.  Pope Benedict was present at today's opening ceremony, after having accepted a personal invitation from Pope Francis to be there. While Francis stressed that this year we will grow ever more convinced of God’s mercy, he pondered: "How much wrong we do to God and his grace when we speak of sins being punished by his judgment before we speak of their being forgiven by his mercy (cf. Saint Augustine, De Praedestinatione Sanctorum, 12, 24)! But that is the truth. We have to put mercy before judgment, and in any event God’s judgment will always be in the light of his mercy."  In passing through the Holy Door, he said, this should invite us to be part of this mystery of love. "Let us set aside all fear and dread, for these do not befit men and women who are loved. Instead, let us experience the joy of encountering that grace which transforms all things," he said. "May our passing through the Holy Door today commit us to making our own the mercy of the Good Samaritan," Pope Francis prayed.


Immaculate Conception Dec. 8

Celebrate this Holy Day of Obligation with your parish family.

Mass Times:

Dec. 7th     5:15pm    St. Mary's
Dec. 8th     7:00am    Cathedral
                   8:00am    Basilica of St. Sanislaus
                   9:45am    Basilica of St. Sanislaus (school Mass)
                 12:10pm    Cathedral
                   5:15pm    Cathedral
                   5:15pm    St. Mary's
                   5:30pm    Basilica of St. Sanislaus

Thank you to our Cathedral decorators for Main Street display

Msgr. Rick Colletti

Msgr. Rick Colletti
Rector, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Vicar General/Chancellor
Diocese of Winona

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Christmas Movie Night (12/11)

The Nativity Story
2006   Rated PG  101 mins
Under Herod’s tortuous reign, families struggled to survive. In the midst of this turmoil, is the dramatic account of the Annunciation, a miraculous pregnancy, and the arduous journey of Mary and Joseph from their home in Nazareth to Bethlehem, Joseph’s ancestral home, to register for a census ordered by King Herod. This is a meticulously researched and visually lush adaptation of the biblical tale of the Nativity. The film follows the pair’s difficult journey of over 100 miles, through treacherous terrain until they find shelter in an innkeeper's stable for the history-defining birth of Jesus.

 “Powerful, timeless and visually magnificent”

Everyone Welcome!
Friday, December 11th                             
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
St. Augustine Room (Next to Holy Family Hall)
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (360 Main, Winona) 
Movie and popcorn provided.
Feel free to bring a snack and a soda.

Hope to see you there!
      For more information

      Cathedral’s Office 507-452-4770