Cor Jesu January

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart invites you and your friends and family to attend Cor Jesu, on Friday, January 5th, 2018from 7-9 PM.  

Cor Jesu is an evening of Eucharistic Adoration, Confessions, and music in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  All are welcome to attend! For more details, search for Winona Cor Jesu on Facebook at, or call Kristopher Kaufman at (859) 760-1619 or Steven Lehn at  (507) 312-9041.

2017 28th Annual National Night of Prayer for Life

2017    28th Annual National Night of Prayer for Life 
Uniting the Feast of the Immaculate Conception with the Feast of St. Juan Diego 
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona 
Friday, December 8, 2017   6:15 pm to 7:15 pm, Adoration Chapel 
(after the 5:15 pm Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass)

This year, we also celebrate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima who appeared to the three children in 1917. The Fatima message continues to be most relevant today! All nations of the world are invited to participate, as we ask Our Blessed Mother to protect all Life, especially the life of the pre-born, and defend the Faith, protect the Family, and establish Peace.

The National Night of Prayer for Life includes adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the holy Rosary, prayer and hymns. For more information, see If you cannot join us in person, please join us in individual prayer.

If my people….humble themselves and pray, and seek my presence and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and revive their land. - 2 Chronicles 7:12

December Movie Night at Cathedral


Junior High Youth Group

 Sunday, December 3 from 6:30-8:30pm in the
 St. Thomas Room at Cathedral

We will enjoy pizza and decorating Christmas cookies.  

We will also discuss the true meaning of Christmas and what it means to have real joy.

Open to all 6-8 graders so please invite your friends!

Upcoming Virtus training

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart 
(Holy Family Hall)
6 pm – 8 pm

Cookie Extravaganza Fundraiser

December 2nd & 3rd

St. Casimir after 9:00am
Cathedral after 10:30am
St. Mary’s after 4:30pm, 8:30 & 10:30am

Lighten your holiday baking this weekend by visiting the annual Cookie Extravaganza.  Proceeds from the Extravaganza will support the youth of our parishes as they attend Camp Summit and Steubenville next summer or the Diocese Catholic Youth Conference (DCYC) next November.  Many of the treats were baked by the kids who plan to attend the camps of conference.  Select your own favorites, or make up a plate to give to a friend or neighbor.  Thanks to a matching grant from Catholic United Financial, each dollar you spend will have twice the impact for the youth of our parish.

Thank you for your support!

Volunteers who need Virtus training

The Cathedral and St. Casimir's requires all volunteers to attend a VIRTUS training.  If you have not completed your VIRTUS training, please come so you can support our parish in fostering a safe environment.

The next session is:
Where: Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (Winona)
360 Main Street
When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

9:00 AM

To pre-register, go to click on the ‘Registration’ under the log in button and follow the prompts. Make sure you select for your ‘Archdiocese/Diocese/Religious Organization from the List’ Winona, MN (Diocese).

Giving Tree

Spirit of Giving

Our parishes provide many opportunities to share in the spirit of giving
 during the Advent season.

 Giving Tree: Tags will be placed on the Giving Tree in the Visitation Commons at St. Mary’s, the Gathering Space at Cathedral and in the church at St. Casimir beginning on November 18. Please choose a tag and refer to the directions on the back for more information and deadlines.

· Toys for Kids
· Goodfellows—Vouchers for winter clothing for youth
· SMU Family Grocery Gift Card
· Birthright—Baby Items

Building and Grounds Update

Christmas Mass Taping

The Diocese will be taping the televised
 Christmas Mass on 
Thursday November 16th at 6:30 pm 
at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.  

All are welcome to come participate 
as the congregation.

Junior High Youth Group

Junior High Youth Group
Crusaders for Salvation 

Where: St. Thomas Room at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart 
When: Once a month Sunday night from 6:30-8:30 for 6-8th Graders!

Discover the Saints! We will be learning about the Saints and how they have changed the lives of those they met and how they can help us grow in holiness too!

IT’S A PARTY!! Come celebrate Advent with us by decorating Christmas cookies and eating pizza! We will talk about joy and how it’s the reason for EVERY season!
Why Youth Group? Youth Group is a great way to find new friends and deepen friendship with others who are also interested in Jesus, games, and food!  

Youth Ministry Assistant

My name is Emily Schumacher
I am a Senior at Winona State University. I am from Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. I grew up going to St. Mary’s Catholic School K-12 and have been involved in many retreats, I have been a counselor at a Young Women’s Discipleship camp for 3 years, and here I am involved in FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), in Winona.

All Saints Day Mass Times

November 1st is All Saints Day
a Holy Day of Obligation

Mass Times:

Tuesday October 31               5:30pm                             St Casmir's

Wednesday Nov 1        7:00am and 12:10pm                 Cathedral
                                                 6:30pm                           St Casmir's

St Casmir Church Fall Festival

Sunday November 5, 2017

Adult Movie Night Friday Nov 10th

Fri 11/10, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm in 
Cathedral’s St. Augustine Room

No fee.  No signup.  Popcorn is provided. Everyone is welcome.

Four police officers.  Brave men well-equipped to deal with hardened criminals. But when they remove their badges, they face a more daunting challenge---fatherhood. As their children drift away from them, can these stalwarts find a way to defend and protect those nearest and dearest to them---and draw closer to God? 

Youth Movie Night Nov 10th

Join us Friday, November 10 for 
Prince of Egypt

WHO: Youth age 5th grade and older; children up to 4th grade are welcome with a parent or guardian.
WHAT: Movie, followed by brief discussion facilitated by VIRTUS-trained chaperones
WHERE: St. Thomas room, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

Egyptian princes Moses and Ramses grew up as the best of friends, and developed a strong bond of free-spirited youth and good-natured rivalry.  That all changed when one of them learns that he is Hebrew and it is his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people, while the other becomes the ruler of the most powerful empire on earth.  Animated.  Voice actors include Val Kilmer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Danny Glover, Patrick Stewart, Steven Martin and Martin Short. 

Cathedralfest 2017

Saturday and Sunday October 28-29
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

Let Us Share the Journey

Adonai, Lord and Master,
Many are the journeys your people have taken:
Abraham’s journey led from fear to understanding;
Moses’ journey led from bondage to liberty;
the disciples’ journey led from death to new life.
Even today, your people journey—
immigrants and refugees, pilgrims and nomads,
searching for hope,
searching for opportunity,
searching for peace,
searching for you.
Lord, I know that I too am called to journey.
Yet too many times, I have heard your call,
and my feet have remained unmoved.
Continue to call me
beyond my comfort and into encounter.
And when I meet a companion on the road,
may we find you in each other’s embrace.
Let us share the journey.

Week of Prayer and Action for Migrants and Refugees

It is a core Catholic teaching that every human being is created in the image of God and is therefore entitled to dignity and respect. The Catholic Church views assisting those in need as a fundamental Christian duty that is derived directly from the life and mercy of Christ, who himself was a refugee. As Christians, we are called to welcome our new neighbors with the same love and compassion we would want ourselves to be shown in a time of persecution. We must remember that refugees from all over the world are sent to our communities and are fleeing danger, exploitation and persecution.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) is one of nine national refugee resettlement agencies in the United States that assists refugees and advocates for the refugee community. Through a cooperative agreement and grants with the federal government, USCCB/MRS works in coordination with Catholic Charities and other partner agencies around the United States to welcome and ensure that the basic needs of each arriving refugee are adequately met.

Cor Jesu with Bishop Quinn

Friday November 3, 2017   7-9 pm
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
360 Main Street
Winona, MN

Week of Prayer and Action for Migrants and Refugees

The Church’s position on migration is rooted in the Gospel and in the rich tradition of Catholic social teaching. A recent example of this teaching is in Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope, a joint pastoral letter concerning migration from the Catholic Bishops of Mexico and the United States. The pastoral letter promotes five principles that should be used to help formulate migration related policy:

Persons have the right to find opportunities in their homeland. 

All persons have the right to find in their own countries the economic, political and social opportunities to live in dignity and achieve a full life through the use of their God-given gifts. In this context, work that provides a just, living wage is a basic human need.

Persons have the right to migrate to support themselves and their families. 

The Church recognizes that all the goods of the Earth belong to all people. When persons cannot find employment in their country of origin to support themselves and their families, they have a right to find work elsewhere in order to survive. Sovereign nations should provide ways to accommodate this right.

Sovereign nations have the right to control their borders.

The Church recognizes the right of sovereign nations to control their territories and their borders. However, wealthier nations, which have the ability to better protect and feed their residents, have a strong obligation to accommodate migration flows.

Refugees and asylum seekers should be afforded protection. 

Those who flee wars and persecution should be protected by the global community. This requires, at a minimum, that migrants have a right to claim refugee status without incarceration and to have their claims fully considered by a competent authority.

The human dignity and human rights of undocumented migrants should be respected.

Regardless of their legal status, migrants, like all persons, possess inherent human dignity that should be respected. Often they are subject to punitive laws and harsh treatment by enforcement officers from both receiving and transit countries. The Church recognizes the right of every sovereign state to control its borders in order to promote the common good. It also recognizes the right of every human being to migrate in order to enjoy his or her God-given rights. These teachings complement each other. Government policies that respect the basic human rights of the undocumented are necessary.

Families in Faith All Saints Day Party at Cathedral

Come celebrate Sunday, Nov. 5, starting at 3pm in Holy Family Hall.  We'll have easy family dances, crafts, and games.  If you want, bring a carved pumpkin for the pumpkin carving contest, and dress like a saint for the "guess the saint" game.  Please bring a dish or two to share for the potluck dinner which starts around 4:30.  We conclude with Benediction in the Church around 5:30. 

There is fun for all ages, and all are welcome!

Questions?  Call Bernadette (507) 454-4791

Week of Prayer and Action for Migrants and Refugees

On September 27, 2017, Pope Francis launched a global campaign to support immigrants and refugees around the world called “Share the Journey.” Our brothers and sisters often make perilous journeys, leaving their homelands because they are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict, poverty, persecution and violence. There are more refugees and internally displaced people now—over 65 million—than at any other time in recorded history. Our faith calls us to “love our neighbor,” to see Christ in those who are in greatest need, and to welcome newcomers seeking the security, peace, and opportunity they cannot find in their home countries.
We can join Pope Francis and the Church around the world, and share the journey with fellow children of God by:
Learning about their journeys. Read stories, watch videos, and pay attention to news that can help sensitize us to their reality. Then, share what you learn with others by:

  • Joining the #sharejourney campaign on social media!
  • Meeting immigrants and refugees. Contact your local Catholic Charities agency to learn how you can join or support their programs that serve immigrants and refugees. 
  • Saying a daily prayer for all people, and especially children, who have fled their homes in search of peace and safety.
  • Supporting the work of local and international Catholic agencies, like Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services, who help to care for the needs of immigrants and refugees in the United States and around the world.

Learn more about and get involved in the “Share the Journey” global migration campaign at

Need your VIRTUS Certification?

The next two Virtus Trainings will be held:

When: Tuesday, October 17
Where: St. Mary Church
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

When: Tuesday, November 28 
Where: Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Church 
 Holy Family Hall (Church basement) 
Time: 9 am – 11 am

100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun

Rosary for Peace

October 14th at noon

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
360 Main Street, Winona
(in front of the church)

Theology Uncorked

“Mark your calendar for our October Theology Uncorked at 7:00pm, Thursday, October 26th. Our very own bishop of the Diocese of Winona, Bishop John M. Quinn, will be with us for his presentation, “Finding Our Way Home.”  Bishop Quinn will be bringing us through the period and particulars of the Reformation and Counter Reformation, presented from a specifically Catholic perspective. It’ll be our last event until the new year, and it’s sure to be a good night!

Located at The Oaks Wine Bar, 75 W 3rd St, Winona, MN 55987”

5th Anniversary of Holy Hour for Life, Marriage & Religious Liberty

The 5th Anniversary of our monthly Holy Hour of Prayer for Life, Marriage & Religious Liberty will be celebrated on Saturday, October 7th, with Fr. Mark McNea presiding.  The Holy Hour is at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart from 8:30 am to 9:30 am, preceded by the Mass for the Sanctity of Life & Marriage, (8:00 am – 8:30 am).  We hope to overflow the Adoration Chapel so we can celebrate in the main sanctuary.  Invite your family and friends!

“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

October Movie Night

Friday, Oct 13, 2017         6:30 pm – 9:00 pm          
St. Augustine Room (Basement -- Northeast corner)
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart    
360 Main, Winona, 507-452-4770 

Finding Fatima

A powerful documentary with archival footage, reenactments, Fatima experts, and stunning visuals to tell the whole story of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.  This DVD includes crucial details about the appearances and messages of Our Lady in Fatima in 1917, a message of prayer, penance, and conversion that is desperately needed in our modern world. From the initial apparitions of the angel who prepared the children for Our Lady's coming, to the Miracle of the Sun.

Defeating the Devil
We recommend Parental Guidance

The devil's powers, his tactics, objectives, and limitations, are discussed by several renowned experts in the field of demonic phenomena, including the most famous of all, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, the Official Exorcist of the Diocese of Rome and author of perhaps the definitive scholarly work on demonology.

We discover how the devil works, by using temptation, curses, infestations, hexes . . . and possession. We learn what his preferred victims are like and how they fall in his traps. We also explore the world of spiritualism, Tarot cards, astrology, Satanism, and other occult practices. The Dark Side . . . that which is vanquished by the light of faith in Christ who is more powerful than all evil.

Youth Movie Night

Friday, October 13
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
St. Thomas Room

Suggested age 5th grade and up
Discussion led by Winona Community Catholic youth ministry.
Bring your own pillow, blanket.  Popcorn, water provided.

Based on the incredible true story of the Beam family. When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.

Theology Uncorked Presents: Theology of the Body and the Interior Life

Theology Uncorked 


Theology of the Body and the Interior Life

by Dr. Kevin Rickert

Thursday, September 28, 7:00 pm
The Oaks 

October Cor Jesu

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart invites you and your friends and family to attend Cor Jesu, on Friday, October 6th, 2017, from 7-9PM.  Cor Jesu is an evening of Eucharistic Adoration, Confessions, and music in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  All are welcome to attend! For more details, search for Winona Cor Jesu on Facebook, go to, or call Leandra Hubka at (507) 990-3402 or Steven Lehn at  (507) 312-9041.

Upcoming Pro-Life Events

National Life Chain – 30th Year
The National Life Chain takes place across the country and in Canada on Respect Life Sunday, October 1st.  Join us from 2:00 to 3:15pm for a time of silent prayer for our country, for the babies lost to abortion, and for all those affected by abortion. In Winona, the location is Huff and Broadway Streets.  Bring your family and invite your friends!  Call Kathy Foerster at (507) 313-6880 for questions.   Signs are provided.  For those outside of Winona, see for a location near you.

Joe Scheidler of Pro-Life Action League to Speak in Winona
Save the Date - Sunday, October 1stJoe Scheidler, the founder and national director of the Pro-Life Action League, based in Chicago, will be speaking at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Respect Life Sunday, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, directly after the National Life Chain event. He will be speaking on the spiritual dimension of the pro-life movement and the privilege of being called to defend and protect life. 
Dubbed "The Green Beret of the Pro-Life Movement," by columnist Patrick Buchanan and known among pro-lifers as “the Godfather of Pro-Life Activism,” Scheidler has been featured on hundreds of radio and TV programs, has spoken in forty-eight of the fifty states, and motivated many who have become leaders in the fight to restore the sanctity of life. A free-will donation will be taken.

Scheidler is the author of CLOSED: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion, and Racketeer for Life, a memoir of his pro-life career. To learn more about Joe Scheidler, see  Questions on the event, contact Kathy Foerster at or 507-313-6880.

Why I Am in Favor of VIRTUS: A Personal Witness

"A nephew of mine was one young victim among many. I have seen first-hand the suffering that follows in the wake of a sexual predator: long-lasting and oftentimes irreparable damage to the victim which affects the entire family. The best doctors, best meds, best treatments are sometimes to no avail -- not everything damaged is fixable. 
My nephew is probably as well as he will ever be. There were other classmates of his who were also abused, some doing better than others, all these years later.  And the parents had no clue what was going on. That has to end."
~ Fellow Parishioner and Volunteer

Please pre-register online at 

Gain the knowledge necessary to prevent and stop child abuse in your community.  Upcoming VIRTUS Training sessions will be held:

When: Sunday, September 17, 2017 
Where: St. Mary's University Winona
Time: 12:00 PM 

When: Tuesday, September 19 
Where: Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Church 
Holy Family Hall (Church basement) 
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

When: Tuesday, October 17
Where: St. Mary Church
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Bible Studies Beginning in September

Our Adult Faith Formation program will be conducting 2 Bible studies this Fall: Ephesians and Matthew.
Click the links for more info and to sign up online!
Ephesians: Discover Your Inheritance
Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Sept. Movie Night

Do You Believe?   

2015    PG-13    2hr                     

A dozen different souls—all moving in different directions, all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in the Cross of Christ.   More than a movie, it's a question we all must answer in our lifetimes: Do You Believe?
From the creators of God's Not Dead.

Friday, September 8, 2017        
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm    (come at 6:00 for fellowship time)
St. Augustine Room  (Basement, north corner )
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (360 Main, Winona)  
Office Phone:  507-452-4770
Movie and popcorn provided. 
Feel free to bring a snack and a soda.

Adult Faith Formation: Purgatory, The Forgotten Church

Monday Nights at the Cathedral

August 28, 2017         
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm    
St. Augustine Room

Purgatory –The Forgotten Church

DVD      2013   1h   25m    NR          

Is Purgatory real?  Could the Afterlife require suffering?  Can the living help alleviate the anguish of the dead?  This DVD investigates these life-after-death questions, uncovers new research and offers fresh insights regarding the consolation of Purgatory.

No Registration.  No Fee.
Everyone Welcome!

Theology Uncorked: The Spiritual Graces of Exposition and Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Monsignor Thomas Cook
To present:
The Spiritual Graces of Exposition and Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament 
Thursday August 24th 7:00 pm
At The Oaks
75 W. 3 rd. St. 

Adult Faith Formation: Cosmic Origins

Monday Nights at the Cathedral

August 21, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
St. Augustine Room

Cosmic Origins –The Scientific Evidence for Creation          

DVD      2012      1h 10m      NR

How did we get here?  How did everything get here - our planet, our solar system ... our universe?  Cosmic Origins expertly conveys a vital and important message for everyone - our Christian faith is not disproven by modern science, but rather corroborated by it.
No Registration.  No Fee.

Holy Day of Obligation: August 15th The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Holy Day Mass Times:
St. Casimir's  5:30pm Vigil Mass, August 14th    
Cathedral      7:00am, August 15th     
Cathedral      12:10pm, August 15th    

Get Your VIRTUS Certification

Calling all volunteers!
There is a VIRTUS Training 

  • August 15th 6pm at Cotter School 
  • August 24th 6-8pm at the Cathedral in Holy Family Hall

The Cathedral and St. Casimir's requires all volunteers to attend a VIRTUS training.  If you have not completed your VIRTUS training, please come so you can support our parish in fostering a safe environment.

To pre-register, go to click on the ‘Registration’ under the log in button and follow the prompts. Make sure you select for your ‘Archdiocese/Diocese/Religious Organization from the List’ Winona, MN (Diocese).

2017 Cathedral Parish Potluck Picnic

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart invites all parishioners to come share in the fun times,  fine weather (we hope!), and good fellowship at our parish potluck picnic on August 13th after the 10:30am Mass.  Details below.