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.