Cathedralfest Help & Donations

As Cathedralfest is quickly approaching us, various booths are still looking for help and donations! If you are interested in volunteering at the fest, please sign up in the Cathedral gathering space or call the parish office at (507) 452-4770

Coffee Cakes: 8-10 bakers are needed to help make the coffee cakes on October 14 & 15. Raspberry cream cheese, brown sugar pecan, and poppy seed cakes are being sold before and after all Masses. Cost: $9 each, or 3 for $25.

Bakery: Any type of baked product (cupcakes, cookies, pies, cakes, candies, bread, etc.) are encouraged to be donated! Items may be dropped off in the church basement anytime Saturday, October 22 or early Sunday, October 23. If you are able to bake but unable to get the finished product to the church on the appropriate days, contact Ann Ringlien at 459-4277 to make arrangements for pickup.

Crafters: Donate your hand crafted items to Cathedralfest's Crafy Corner! Items can be dropped off at the church office (please mark items "Crafty Corner"). 

Odds N' Ends: Looking for your new or gently used items. Items to be donated may include household, knick knacks, seasonal, jewelry, etc. (but please no clothing items). Any donations may be dropped off at the parish office, marked "Odds N' Ends." For any questions, or if you would like to volunteer, contact Kim Heer at

Tootsie Roll"ette" booth and Children's Games: Donations are still being accepted for children's games and prizes for the Tootsie Roll"ette" booth. Please drop off any donations at the parish office marked appropriately for each booth.

Silent Auction: Donations of new items only are being accepted for the silent auction. Donations may be dropped off at the parish office marked "Silent Auction." 

Book Store: The book store is looking for donations of new or used books (children's, adults', hard/soft cover, fiction/non-fiction, cookbooks or how-to books). We ask that no textbooks, encyclopedias, or Reader's Digest condensed books be donated. Jigsaw puzzles, games, CDs. DVDs. and VHS tapes may also be donated. Please make sure that any puzzles and games have all the pieces! Donations may be dropped off in the cloakroom at the Cathedral (down the stairway near the St. Thomas Room). 

Bake a pie: Throughout the upcoming weeks there will be pie pans in the entryways of the Cathedral. If you are interested, please take a pie pan and bake a pie for the fest! Pies can be dropped off anytime Saturday, October 22 or early Sunday, October 2 in the church basement. Soda donations are also welcomed--please drop off in the parish office. 

Thank You for all of your generous donations & help making the festival a success! 

-Cathedralfest Committee-

Register for the Annual Diocesan Women's Conference!

The Annual Diocesan Women’s Conference will be taking place on October 15 at Lourdes High School in Rochester.

The Diocese of Winona Women’s Conference “Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy”
When: Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Lourdes High School -- Rochester, MN

Speakers for the event include:
Grace Mazza Urbanski - author, teacher, and former director of children’s ministry for the Apostleship of Prayer
Ann Marie Cosgrove - Founder of Silent No More Minnesota
Sister Paul Mary - Director of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Winona.

The cost is $25. Register before Oct. 3 for a $5 discount!

Registration and more information at

Fr. McNea's Installation Mass

The following pictures were taken during/after the 5:15 Mass on Saturday, September 24.  This Mass was Fr. McNea's installation as Rector of Cathedral and Pastor of St. Casimir. Welcome Fr. McNea!

Attention! All Parish Volunteers/Liturgical Ministers

Parish Ministries which require VIRTUS:

Parish Festival Volunteers
Choir: Children's (adults who work/volunteer with)
Coffee and Donuts Hosts
Communion to Assisted Living and Homebound
Elizabeth Ministry
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist (Communion Ministers at Mass)
ENDOW (adult leaders for teen ENDOW)
Families in Faith
Event Reception Workers
Funeral Luncheon Workers /Funeral Committee
Home Delivered Meals
Outreach to St. Ann's & Callista Ct.
Welcome Committee
Young at Heart Workers
Adult Altar Servers

If you are involved in any of these ministries and have not attended a VIRTUS training, please sign up for an upcoming class on the following dates:

Saturday, October 15 at 8:30AM -- St. Stanislaus Church
Monday, October 17 at 6:30PM -- St. Stanislaus Church

*for each session, follow the signs at the church leading you to where the training takes place

Thank you for your participation in parish life at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and St. Casimir’s Parish.  Because of your involvement and because you are in a position to help us protect God’s children, we would like to invite you to attend a VIRTUS training session.  It is mandatory that all adults who work with children or vulnerable adults take this training.

Sign up under First Time Registrant at

Looking for: Cathedral Coffee Cake Bakers

Cathedral Coffee Cakes are back again to pre-order for this year's Cathedralfest!

However, they can't be made without the help of bakers!
We are looking for 8-10 volunteers to help with the process of making Cathedral Coffee Cakes.

When: October 14-15
Time: Any time you are able to give during the two days will be much appreciated- working in shifts is okay!

If you are interested in helping, please contact the Parish office at 507-452-4770, or email at

Donations for the Country Store at Cathedralfest

Calling all Crafters

Donate your hand crafted items to Cathedralfest’s Crafty Corner. Items can be dropped off at the church office. Please mark them Crafty Corner.

The General Store

Cathedralfest’s General Store is looking for your new or gently used items. Household, knick knacks, seasonal, jewelry etc… (no clothing please) Items can be dropped off at the church office. Please mark them General Store.

For any questions or if you would like to volunteer, contact Kim Heer at

Feeding the Hungry Awareness Weekend: September 30-October 2

Called To Mercy:  Feeding the Hungry Awareness Weekend
September 30-October 2
 Hunger is a tremendous problem in our world, our state, and our city.  Every three to five seconds a human being dies somewhere in the world because food is not evenly distributed.  To help people in our parishes the Winona Catholic Community invites you to learn about hunger in our world and local community.

Friday, September 30: Hunger Banquet
Families will experience how hunger affects all of God’s family, both locally and globally.  Join us at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Stanislaus parish basement for this engaging discussion.  Learn what it means to live on a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps) budget and how food is distributed in our world.  Speakers from Winona agencies that help the poor have been invited to speak about how each of us can have a part in feeding the hungry.  If you would like to attend this event, please contact Ann Sirianni at St. Stanislaus parish (452-5430); RSVP by September 26 would be appreciated.

Saturday, October 1: Feed My Starving Children Mobilepack event
Families representing each of Winona’s Catholic parishes will participate in a Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) Mobilepack.  FMSC is a Christian non-profit organization based in Coon Rapids, MN.  FMSC provides food to help communities in developing countries become self-sustaining.  The Rotary Club of Winona hosts a Mobilepack food packing event in Winona annually.   Volunteers work a two-hour shift packing meals for the hungry at a cost of just 22 cents per meal.  During a full, eight-hour packing day, up to 100,000 meals can be packed and sent to one of more than 70 countries served by FMSC.

Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2: Food Drive for local agencies at all Masses
All parishioners in Winona parishes are encouraged to bring monetary or non-perishable food donations to Mass; donations will be shared with Winona-area agencies represented at the Hunger Banquet on Friday.

For any questions, please call Ann Sirianni at
St. Stanislaus parish 452-5439, or email at

Protecting Human Life: Pro-Life Gathering, September 19

A Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) expert is offering a brief pro-life presentation on Monday, September 19, 7PM at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. You will learn all about the threats faced by unborn children, how to help a pregnant woman in need, elderly and disabled persons and other vulnerable people, and more.

Find out what you can do to save lives and protect those in danger!

If you would like more information about MCCL, visit their website at

Movie Night for All Ages- Friday, September 9

Movie Night – Come Join Us! 

When: Friday, September 9
Where: Cathedral's St. Augustine Room
Time: 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
Who: All are welcome!
What: Les Mis√©rables AND The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

 Les Mis√©rables          2012        PG-13        2hr 37min
In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker’s daughter.  The decision changes their lives forever.  (8 Academy Award nominations)

 The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe         2005        PG        2hr 30min
Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion. 

No fee.  No signup.  Everyone is welcome!  For any questions, contact Donna at 507-454-1296.

Register Now for Children's Religious Education

The Cathedral and St. Casimir's Faith Formation family is committed to support you in the responsibility of nurturing the faith of your children.
A weekly Faith Formation Program for all children who attend public schools grades 1-9 is offered on Wednesday evenings at St. Casimir's Church from 6:15-7:30 pm. 

First Reconciliation and Eucharist are celebrated in 2nd grade- all of our 2nd graders from the Catholic, public, and homeschools should be enrolled in our Growing Up Catholic program in order to be prepared and ready to receive Jesus in the Eucharist and increase their understanding of the great gift that God gives to us. This program is held once a month on Wednesday evenings at St. Casimir's Church.

Visit to register for Faith Formation before September 14 

For more information, contact Mariann Miller at

Explore the Catholic Faith

If you are an adult and have questions about the Catholic faith, 
If you are interested in becoming Catholic, receiving the Sacraments 
of Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation, or 
If you want to learn more about your own Catholic faith, 
We invite you to join us for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).  
Tuesday evenings 7-8:30pm, St. Thomas Room, Cathedral.  
Our upcoming sessions are: 
Sept. 20th—Overview of RCIA process, Q&A
Sept. 27th—The Human Quest for God and Divine Revelation
Oct. 4th—Faith: the Human Response to God’s Revelation

For more information, please contact Anna Therneau, or to sign up go to