Winona Volunteer Services New Hours

Beginning July 1, 2020, food distribution at Winona Volunteer Services Food Shelf will occur:

Monday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Households receive a prepacked box of nonperishable food plus basics like dairy, meat, produce, and bread. We have suspended the use of food shelf cards so there is no need for anyone to come into the office to register. 

If you are sick and need food, please call 507-452-5591 and talk with a staff member to determine other options such as curbside pick-up or delivery.


The Winona Volunteer Services Clothes Shop will be open new hours as well beginning July 1, 2020:

Monday 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Thursday 1:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Friday 1:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am- 1:00 pm

During these hours, we will also be accepting clothing, linen, & clothing accessories donations.  Thank you! 

 Please note: All services, including Food Shelf, Clothes Shop, Home Delivered Meals, and Coordinated Assistance will be closed on Friday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day.

New Titles Available on Our Lighthouse Media Kiosk

Stop by Cathedral's Gathering Space and find some faith-filled summer reading!  
Many new titles added.  Here are just a few:  

The Manly Art of Raising a Daughter book cover       The Mentor’s Handbook book cover      A Priest Answers 27 Questions book cover

Filling Our Father’s House book cover     The Roman Catacombs book cover     Sacred Heart of Jesus Coloring Book book cover

Religious Freedom Week

Beginning June 22, the Feast of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops celebrates Religious Freedom Week. Join us in promoting religious freedom For the Good of All.

All people desire to know their Creator. All people have a natural impulse to seek the good and to live in accordance with that good. All people can flourish when they pursue the truth about God and respond to the truth. Religious freedom means that all people have the space to flourish. Religious freedom is both an American value and an important part of Catholic teaching on human dignity. When we promote religious freedom, we promote the common good and thus strengthen the life of our nation and the community of nations. Learn more at! 

Alpha Youth Happening Now!

Got Questions?
Try Alpha.

Life is better together. Explore purpose, meaning
and ask the big questions of life - together - at Alpha.
Wednesdays.  6-7:30pm.  Holy Family Hall. Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
(Neccessary COVID-19 precautions will be followed).

Cotter Online Auction Fundraiser

We are days away from opening our Online Cotter Auction! More than 130 auction packages have been donated - a huge thank you to all who reached out to contribute!

Among the long list of awesome auction packages, you will find a SeaDoo, Beer and Wine for a Year, Traeger Wood-Fired Grill package, exclusive dinner experiences, artwork, and SO MUCH MORE. All items are available for bidding beginning at noon on Sunday, June 14 and will end at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 20.

Please consider joining us online at to help raise the critical support needed to provide the Cotter educational experience to our students. Registration is free! In the upcoming days video links featuring auction items will be posted on our website and social media.

We have an excellent mix of silent auction & premium silent auction items to bid on. We also have three areas of support that are most needed at this time: 
  • Rambler Relief Fund (tuition aid)
  • Classrooms & Technology Fund (21st Century Classroom upgrades)
  • Activity Bus Fund (our bus must be replaced this coming school year) 
Donation options can be found at our website under "MAKE A GIFT" or through the online auction website.

A big thank you to our event sponsor, WNB Financial, and all of our wonderful sponsors and donors who have stepped up to support our online auction!  

Winning bidders can pick up their packages from Cotter on Monday, June 22 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. We will bring items to your car and place in your backseat or trunks as we abide by social distancing guidelines. We are also offering free local delivery, within 10 miles of Winona, if you are unable to pick up at Cotter. Gift cards will be mailed to the winning bidder if not picked up from Cotter on June 22.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We hope you will join in the fun!

Anna Koopman & Jana Korder 

Catholic Marriage Summit

Married Couples:
If you are...
•          Excited about making the good parts of your marriage great...
•          Committed to making the weak parts strong...
•          And open to renewing all the things in between…

The 2020 Catholic Marriage Summit will show you how to get the marriage you want from the marriage you have! Never before have so many amazing Catholic couples come together to be inspired and learn from some of the most well-known and loved experts in the world! To register for free go to

Over 60+ experts presenting as couples, sharing their hearts and advice on dealing with every day issues. Hosted by, Damon & Melanie Owens, and featuring: Scott/Kimberly Hahn, Edward/Beth Sri, Chris/Natalie Stefanick, Jackie & Bobby Angel, & more!

Public Mass Update


The Catholic Parishes of the City of Winona will resume public Masses, with a limited schedule, on the weekend of June 13-14.

Because of coronavirus concerns, the number of worshipers will be limited to no more than 25% of capacity. According to Fr. Mark McNea, Rector of the Cathedral, "As we begin public Masses, the safety of everyone involved is paramount. Parishioners are invited to register to attend and once the limit is reached, they can consider another Sunday Mass. Attending daily Mass is also an option." Bishop John Quinn of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester has dispensed Catholics from attending Sunday Mass for the time being, and individuals older than 65 or living with underlying conditions are encouraged not to attend.

During the last few months, many worship services have been available via live stream - a service which will likely be available in the future. St. Mary's pastor Fr. Mike Cronin said that the "virtual Masses" have been well received. "It's not easy to look out at empty pews.  I know we pastors want to see the folks and I know that people want to get back to regular attendance, but we all agree that we want to do our best to protect the health and safety of everyone who walks through the doors of any parish church in Winona."

The Diocese recently made available to pastors a list of protocols and recommendations to be considered by each parish, which can be found at "The protocols are important and each parish will follow them according to their specific circumstances," said Fr. Patrick Arens, Rector of the Basilica. Fr. Arens noted that appropriate signs will be posted related to social distancing and the wearing of face coverings, as well as other protocols for worship at this time. As new information is learned about COVID-19, and with the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, plans are subject to change.

Hope Harbor Fundraiser

Hope Harbor is a wonderful organization that ministers to teens and their families. Their big fundraiser, the Donut Run has been canceled this year, but check out their virtual event, the Do NOT Run--donuts still involved!

Virtual Catholic Concert series for Covid-19 relief

Public Mass Update

Dear Parishioners,

Please see the May 23rd message from Bishop Quinn regarding the public celebration Mass.  We are working to implement the necessary protocol to resume public worship.  Thank you for your patience during this time.  A letter will be sent to each household when we are prepared to gather again for Mass.  Know that you are in our prayers!

Public Mass Information Update

Please go to the link below to see the latest information update regarding resuming public Masses issued by the Minnesota Bishops.

Public Mass Update

Please read the following letter and protocol from Bishop Quinn regarding public Masses in the Diocese of Winona-Rochester

May 15, 2020

Dear Brother Priests, Deacons, Consecrated Men and Women, and God' s Holy People,

Thank you for your faithfulness during these unprecedented times. I appreciate your patience, as we all yearn and look forward to the day when we can once again gather together for the celebration of the Eucharist. I also want to express my gratitude toward our priests, for their fidelity to their priestly ministry and their continued service to God's people. As society begins a slow return to a state of normalcy, I write to inform you of statewide efforts toward resuming the public celebration of Holy Mass.

A meeting has been scheduled for Monday, May 18, 2020, between faith leaders and public officials to solicit feedback on a new set of public worship guidelines that the Governor's administration will be producing for churches and other houses of worship. Early next week, all the bishops of Minnesota, will together decide on a path forward, which will include identifying a specific date on which to return to limited public Masses for a number greater than 10 people.

Our decision will be guided by three principles: 1) love of neighbor and concern for the common good, including the health and well-being of our neighbors; 2) respect for public authorities and their directives and guidance; and 3) the rights of the faithful to the Sacraments and the duty of worship we owe to God. The faithful can expect that we will weigh these considerations carefully as part of our common responsibility to the state, while also protecting our liberties to assemble and worship freely.

The date of reopening our churches for worship with more than 10 people is still uncertain. Until that date is determined, I am authorizing the priests of the diocese, as of May 18, 2020, to resume the celebration of public Masses as long as they adhere to the current directive that no more than 10 people are in attendance (including the priest) and that appropriate social distancing and sanitization protocols are observed. The Dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect until further notice.

After a date is set for Masses with a larger number of people, each parish may reopen at their own pace, according to the attached protocols, while adapting them as needed to meet your specific circumstances. For further suggestions, the guidelines from the FDLC and Thomistic Institute offer more in-depth guidance. It is suggested that each parish establish a team to help plan for the implementation of the necessary protocols.

As Catholics, we demonstrate our love for Jesus Christ not only at Mass, but by living out the Eucharist by what we do outside of Mass. It is precisely through our love of neighbor and concern for the common good that Catholic parishes, schools, and organizations continue to provide meals for our families, shut-ins and elderly who have no food on their table. We provide daycare for essential workers, spiritual direction for those struggling with the pandemic and their loss of loved ones, as well as assisting parents who juggle working from home while teaching their children through distance learning. The Church is a sign of hope, comfort, and love to everyone.

Let us ask the Lord to help us cultivate patience, serenity, and peace of soul during this pandemic, believing that God will bring many graces from our sacrifices. I will communicate early next week, after the meeting with the other bishops of Minnesota, about the path forward. Blessed are you.

Sincerely in Christ ,


The Most Reverend John M. Quinn
Bishop of Winona-Rochester
55 West Sanborn Street | P.O. Box 588
Winona, MN 55987

Protocols for Celebration of Public Masses
Diocese of Winona-Rochester

   The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect until further notice.
•   If possible, live-streamed or taped Masses should continue while restrictions about attendance at public Masses are in place.
•  Those over age 65 and those with underlying health conditions will be  strongly encouraged not to attend. It may be possible to bring them the Eucharist as circumstances allow, through a visit from a priest, deacon, or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. Also, anyone showing any symptoms of sickness, or anyone who has a household member who is sick or showing symptoms of sickness should not come to Church. While much effort will be put into sanitizing your parish facilities, risks still remain for those who choose to attend.
•    While future guidance will be given, total attendance is not expected to exceed more than 1/3 of the capacity of the church at each Mass. You and your team will be responsible for figuring out how to limit attendance. It is best to be proactive in making this decision.
•  The space will be thoroughly sanitized before and after each service, including all entryways and doors. Holy water fonts should be empty and hymnals removed.
•    Signs will be posted concerning social distancing and sanitation requirements.
•    Hand sanitizers will be available at all entryways.
•   Please follow all local safety orders specifically relating to proper face coverings such as masks.
•    People will be instructed not to greet each other by touching.
•   Signs and other instructions will encourage normal, safe practices necessary to stop the spread of infection (e.g. cough or sneeze into a shirtsleeve, handkerchief, or tissue; avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth to help slow the spread of the virus).
•   Ventilation will be increased as much as possible, by opening windows and doors, as weather permits.
•   To reduce the spread of the virus, parishioners are encouraged to attend Mass only at their parish.

Pentecost Virtual Seminar

Diocesan Pentecost Seminar
Living and Growing in the Holy Spirit

Virtual Seminar
DATES: May 30th 8:30 a.m.-Noon & May 31st 3-5 p.m.
 Follow up meeting- June 7th 3-4:30 PM

This online adaptation of a “Life in the Spirit” seminar will awaken the hearts of all those that participate to God’s love and transforming power. The seminar uses material from the popular series, The Wild Goose, along with praise, prayer and witness talks. Parishes and all that receive this flyer are encouraged to invite all who want to go more deeply into living a Spirit-led life. All are welcome. To learn more and to register please contact: Dcn. John Hust (diocesan liaison to Catholic Charismatic Renewal, (, Nancy Hust (, or Scott Schwalbe ( (cell 507 208-0877). **Register via e-mail or phone. Information about the seminar, along with the details on how to attend this free virtual seminar will be sent out a week before to all that are registered.

The Wild Goose with Fr. Dave Pivonka can be viewed on if you want to view this before the seminar. All you need to do to prepare for this seminar is to come with a humble and contrite spirit and pray for the Spirit to breathe new life into our hearts.

Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturdays

Until further notice, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart every Saturday from 2-4 PM unless noted otherwise, beginning this Saturday, May 9.

Social distancing precautions will be made, and as a result there will be no face-to-face confessions.

This is schedule is only temporary, and once public masses resume, we will be returning to our normal times of availability.

Mass of Consecration to Mary, Mother of the Church


As the world continues to face the crisis brought about by the global coronavirus pandemic, the bishops of the United States and Canada have joined to collectively implore the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary by renewing a consecration of the two nations to her maternal care under the title Mary, Mother of the Church.  The act of consecration will take place this coming Friday, May 1st, 2020, and follows a similar action of the bishops’ conference of Latin America and the Caribbean.  The consecration is a reminder of the Blessed Mother’s willingness to accept God’s plan, enabling her to become the vessel through which he might heal and restore humanity.

Bishop John M. Quinn of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester said, “the renewal of this consecration acknowledges our relationship as spiritual children of Mary, who always points to her son Jesus as the answer to every human question.  This consecration is particularly meaningful for our local Church, as the Diocese of Winona-Rochester has always recognized the special patronage of Mary, whose symbolism is present on our diocesan coat of arms.  I pray that Mary, Mother of the Church, with her loving child, might bestow a blessing of hope and comfort to all those struggling with the effects of COVID-19.”

Bishop Quinn will participate in the consecration with a private liturgy on Friday, May 1st at 2:30pm at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona.  All are welcome to join Bishop Quinn via live stream on the diocese’s YouTube channel or Facebook page.  For more information, direct links and a worship aid in English and Spanish go to

Let the Divine Mercy Shine from Your Home!

To protect you and your family, the Marian Fathers urge you to post an Image of the Divine Mercy on your front doors. Father Chris Alar, MIC, explains why. More info here.

Confessions on Divine Mercy Sunday

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be made available this upcoming Sunday, April 19 from 2—4PM at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka in Winona.

Social distancing precautions will be taken, and as a result, there will be no face-to-face confessions offered.

Even if you are not able to attend, we encourage everyone to rejoice in the mercy of God on this Divine Mercy Sunday.

"Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself." (From the Divine Mercy Chaplet)

Easter Greeting!

From Pastor, Fr. Mark McNea, Parochial Vicar, Fr. Matthew Wagner, and seminarian, Tim Welch, we wish you and your families a very blessed Easter!

Holy Week Time for Confessions

Looking for an opportunity to go to Confession during this Holy Week? Confessions will be available at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart this Saturday, April 11 from 10AM — 2PM.

Proper social distancing precautions will be taken, and as a result, there will only be behind the screen confessions.

Signs will be posted in the Cathedral on Saturday  morning which will guide penitents to the available confessional areas. 

Holy Week Greeting

Hello from Fr. McNea and Fr. Wagner, during this particularly unique Holy Week. Prayers and blessings to you and your family during these sacred days ahead.

Prayer Ministry

The Diocesan Office of Missionary Discipleship has organized a prayer ministry to reach out to people who would like someone to pray with.  Anyone can be prayed with by phone and ultimately connected to someone at the nearest parish for prayer.  Please share this with family, friends, and those who may be interested!

or 507-454-4643 x277 

This is not reserved for Catholics only.  It's here for anyone who needs prayer.

Holy Week Liturgies at the Cathedral

This year, all Holy Week Liturgies celebrated privately by Bishop Quinn will be live-streamed from the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart at the following times. All the faithful of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester are invited to join with him in prayer, and to enter into the Liturgies that celebrate our salvation in Jesus Christ.

❖ Palm Sunday: 10:30 am
❖ Chrism Mass (Monday of Holy Week): 7:00 pm
❖ Holy Thursday: 7:00 pm
❖ Good Friday: 12:00 pm
❖ Holy Saturday: 8:00 pm
❖ Easter Sunday: 10:30 am

These Liturgies can be accessed at the Diocese of Winona-Rochester Weekly Mass webpage, where the links for viewing the live-stream will be posted for Facebook and Youtube.

Palm Sunday - Palms Available

Palms Available at Cathedral

Blessed palms will be available to pick up after 1 PM this Sunday, April 5 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. A table with the blessed palms will be placed in the gathering space, and will remain available to the public from April 5 through April 8. As a reminder, the Church is open everyday for public prayer until 7PM. As the palms will be available for individual pickup, please honor the request that only one palm be taken per person. Thank you, and know that our prayers are with you as we prepare for Holy Week.

COVID 19 Parish Updates

In addition to the cancellations and postponements previously posted the Cathedral and St. Casimir Parish office is now closed until further notice. Email will be checked periodically. For emergencies  contact Fr. McNea at 452-4770 ext 014.

The parish bulletin will be updated each week and is available online through our website.

At this time, the Cathedral will continue to be open for individual prayer daily. Confessions are being heard by appointment. Please contact Fr. McNea or Fr. Wagner if you wish to set up an appointment. 

Cancellations and Postponements

Mass broadcast schedule Diocese of Winona-Rochester

Mass recordings are also available online on the Diocesan Youtube channel.

Additional Televised Masses:
EWTN—Daily 7:00am, 11:00am, 6:00pm, 11:00pm
             Sunday 7:00am, 11:00am 11:00pm

Information Updates
St. Mary’s, Cathedral and St. Casimir Parishes will continue to update information over the next eight weeks on our websites and  will continue to do a bulletin which can be viewed online by clicking on the link provided on our websites. A limited number of printed copies will be available in St. Mary’s and Cathedral Churches. You may also choose to follow updates on the Diocese of Winona-Rochester website at
Parish contact information:
St. Mary’s: 507-452-5656 or
Cathedral/St. Casimir: 507-452-4770 or

At this time the Parish Offices will remain open. We ask that you call before visiting the office to help keep our staff healthy.

Local Resource for Updates
A new site has been created to get updates on community and services changes due to coronavirus. It will be continually updated as new information is received. You can check the information at The site includes information about local businesses, restaurants and places of worship etc.

Events & Activities cancelled or postponed until further notice:

St. Mary’s

  • Faith Formation sessions, including Growing Up Catholic & Confirmation
  • Small group bible study groups,
  • Sunday School, Nursery, Children’s Liturgy of the Word during 10:30 Mass
  • the Quilters
  • Donut Sundays
  • Scout meetings

 Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

  • Eucharistic Adoration
  • Stations of the Cross
  • All Faith Formation classes including Growing up Catholic and Confirmation/Chosen classes.
  • First Communion Retreat
  • RCIA (Right of Christian Initiation) classes and Retreat
  • Adult Faith Formation bible study groups
  • Families in Faith weekly gathering
  • All prayer groups
  • Quilters
  • That Man Is You group
  • Marriage Enrichment Group
  • Cor Jesu (First Friday)
  • Holy Hour (first Saturday)
  • Elizabeth Ministry
  • Hearts for Life group

 St. Casimir Parish:

  • All Faith Formation classes including Confirmation
  • First Communion Retreat
  • Quilters
  • Catholics in Recovery group
  • Knights of Columbus bi-monthly meetings
  • Serra Club monthly meeting
  • Girl Scouts bi-monthly meetings
  • Lay Carmelites—First Saturday

 Other Events

  • Lenten Communal Penance Service on Sunday, March 29, at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka has been cancelled.
  • Theology Uncorked scheduled for March 26
  • Young at Heart April Luncheon
  • Life in the Spirit Seminar during lent
  • Hearts for Life/Elizabeth Ministry Rummage Sale scheduled for May
  • Catholic Daughters Ribs & Kraut dinner scheduled for April 4
  • Public Rosary scheduled for Saturday, March 21 in front of the Cathedral
  • Catholic Daughters' trip to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help scheduled for April 18

Magnificat Special Announcement

During this difficult time, many of the faithful may be unable to attend Mass. To help them sanctify their day and to keep walking in the liturgical rhythm of the Church, Magnificat will be temporarily making their online version available for everyone for free.

In addition to its online edition, MAGNIFICAT is offering complimentary access to its IOS and Android Apps throughout May. To register for free access in English, visit  For free access in Spanish, visit and register at
We are also happy to make available complimentary access to MagnifiKid. Visit to view and download each weekly booklet of our colorful Sunday missalette for children ages 6 through 12. While so many children are missing formal religious instruction and are unable to attend Mass, MagnifiKid! can be their special guide, accompanying them through each week as they prepare to attend Mass or watch it at home.

Prayer of Spiritual Communion:
Jesus, really present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar, since I cannot now receive thee under the sacramental veil, I beseech thee, with a heart full of love and longing, to come spiritually into my soul through the Immaculate Heart of thy most Holy Mother, and to abide with me, thou in me, and I in thee, in time and in eternity. Amen.

Ash Wednesday City Wide Mass Schedule

City Wide Schedule

7:00 am—Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

8:00 am—Basilica of St. Stanislaus

9:45 am—Basilica of St. Stanislaus
                  (School Mass)

12:00 pm—St. Mary’s

12:10 pm—Cathedral

5:15 pm—Cathedral

5:30 pm—St. Mary’s

6:00 pm—Basilica of St. Stanislaus

6:30 pm—St. Casimir

Red Cross Blood Drive

Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, February 7, 2020 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm in Holy Family Hall (basement) at the church. 

Please call 1-800-RED Cross (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter: cathedralwinona to schedule an appointment. Walk ins welcome.