Liturgy & Prayer

Rooted in our Catholic tradition, liturgy and prayer are foundational to life at Cotter Schools. We gather regularly for prayer and the Celebration of the Eucharist in order to deepen our relationship with God and strengthen our bonds as a community of faith.

All-School Masses

We gather as a whole school community, on average, once a month for the Celebration of the Eucharist. These celebrations are open to whole Cotter community. We love having parents and friends of the school join us for these celebrations.

2019-2020 All-School Masses - 8:45am- Gostomski Gymnasium - unless noted:

  • August 29 - Welcome Back Mass
  • September 26 - Homecoming Week Mass
  • November 1 - All Saints Day Mass
  • December 5 - Advent Reconciliation- 2:20pm - Chapel of the Angels/St. Cecilia Theatre
  • January 9 - Christmas Season Mass
  • January 31 - Catholic Schools Week Mass - Basilica of St. Stanislaus
  • February 26 - Ash Wednesday Mass
  • March 26 - Lenten Reconciliation - 2:20pm - Chapel of the Angels/St. Cecilia Theatre
  • April 16 - Easter Season Mass
  • May 22 - All-School Baccalaureate Mass - 9:00am

Thursday Morning Prayer

We begin each Thursday morning with a whole school assembly in the St. Cecilia Theatre where we spend time in prayer reflecting on the Word of God. This prayer is lead by Sr. Judy, other faculty and staff members or students.

Reconciliation Services

Each semester we have whole school Reconciliation Service with the opportunity for individual confessions. We are blessed to have numerous priests from the Winona community join us to offer this healing sacrament. For the 2017/2018 school year the Reconciliation Service dates are:

  • December 5 - Advent Reconciliation
    • 2:20pm
    • 9th-12th grades- Chapel of the Angels
    • 7th-8th grades - St. Cecilia Theatre
  • March 26 - Lenten Reconciliation
    • 2:20pm
    • 9th-12th grades - Chapel of the Angels/St. Cecilia Theatre
    • 7th-8th grades - St. Cecilia Theatre

Friday Morning Masses

Every Friday morning we start our day with the Celebration of the Eucharist in the Saint Joseph Chapel at 8:00am. This Mass is open to the entire community and different school groups (teams, clubs, fine arts groups) are given a special invitation to attend.

We encourage family members to attend our weekly mass, but there is a special invitation the week that your child's club or team is invited. 

2019-2020 Friday Morning Mass Schedule - 8:00am- St. Joseph Chapel: 

  • September 13: "Skills for Christian Leadership" Students
  • September 20: Football and Boys Soccer
  • September 27: Boys and Girls Cross Country Team
  • October 4: Girls Soccer and Girls Swimming
  • October 11: Volleyball and Girls Tennis
  • October 25: Cast and Crew of the high school musical
  • November 1: No Friday Mass due to ALL SCHOOL MASS at 8:45am in the Gostomski gym
  • November 8:  Service Trip Participants, Parmies and Students Promoting Awareness (SPA)
  • November 15: Girls Basketball
  • November 22: Student Council and National Honor Society
  • December 6: National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) Participants
  • December  13: Boys Basketball
  • January 10: Winter Co-op Sports
  • January 17: Math Team and Strength Team
  • January  24: Speech and Debate
  • January  31 - No Friday Mass due to City Wide Catholic Schools Week Mass at Saint Stanislaus Basilica
  • February 7: Show Choir (Junior high and High school) and Music Listening
  • February 21:  Cast and Crew of the High School Spring Play
  • February 28:  Book Club
  • March 6:  Mock Trial and Model Legislature
  • March 20:  Cotter Administrative Staff
  • March 27:  Cast and Crew of the Junior High Musical
  • April 3:  Baseball   
  • April 17:   Softball
  • April  24:  Boys tennis
  • May 1:  Boys and Girls Track and Field
  • May  8:  Confirmation Candidates
  • May 15: 12th graders

Daily Prayer in the Foyer

Every day before first period students gather in the foyer on first floor by the center stairwell to pray a decade of the Rosary for peace in our community and the world.