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, (deaconjohn@felixagnes.org), Nancy Hust (nhust@aol.com), or Scott Schwalbe (scttschwlb@yahoo.com) (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 Formed.org 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 www.dowr.org.