Peter said to him in reply, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." He said, "Come." Peter got our of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
~Mt 14:28-29
Update from Haiti
The following information was reported in the Reiser Relief Summer Newsletter.

Cecelia Duffy Memorial School in Marfranc: “In 2015, Cecelia Duffy Memorial School was constructed in Marfranc, an isolated village in southwest Haiti. The Little Sisters of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus lovingly care for, and educate, 172 children in kindergarten through third grade at this school. A second building is needed to accommodate increased enrollment and additional grades. Construction began in February and is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. Sister Evelyne is so thrilled to see her dream for the village come true! The second building will provide space for fourth through sixth grade. One new grade will be added each year as current students age.

The school is important in more ways than just education. It provides a community and a source of pride for the families in this rural area. Parents are grateful that their children are able to receive a Catholic education and eat two meals each day. They are also grateful that this education is provided without cost for most families. Job opportunities and means of earning a living are very difficult to come by in Marfranc.

The school property was recently enhanced with a handwashing station and new latrines, equipped with running water and flushing toilets. In addition to the school, Reiser Relief constructed two new elderly homes in the village in 2018, after the original buildings were destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. Twenty-seven elderly men and women are cared for in these homes. Daily medical care and meals are provided to the residents, thanks to your support. None of this would be possible without our partnership with Saint Mary of the Lake Church in White Bear Lake, MN. We are deeply thankful for their love for the people of Marfranc.”

Political Unrest: “Haiti’s political turmoil has not quelled. The parliament was dissolved in January because elections last October were suspended. At the moment, President Jovenel Moise rules by decree. Legislative elections have been rescheduled for December. Kidnappings, gang violence and other forms of crime are on the rise. Protests recently resumed to bring attention to political corruption, increased crime and food insecurity, and the economic repercussions of the COVID-19 shutdown.

COVID-19: “As of July 22, 7,146 people in Haiti have tested positive for COVID-19. There have been 154 related deaths. The virus has not affected anyone supported by our ministries. However, schools, universities, and many businesses remain closed by presidential decree. Schools will reopen in August.”

Please continue to pray for the people of Haiti and that our ministry partners remain safe and healthy. You can support our ministry with the people of Haiti by sending a check to the parish and noting “Haiti” in the memo line.

Peace, Fr. Talbot
Sacrament of Reconciliation—Saturday 9:00 AM (Parking Lot)
Current Options for Mass at St. Mary of the Lake

Daily Masses
We have daily Mass in the church at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. You can only sign-up for one Mass during this time periodPlease view the guidelines for attending a public Mass HERE.
Parking Lot Mass
We have Mass in the church parking lot at 9:00 AM on Friday.
Please follow these instructions: View HERE.

Sunday Mass
We have Mass in the church parking lot at 9:00 AM on Friday. 
Please follow these instructions: View HERE. 

Live Stream Mass
We celebrate the live-stream Mass on Saturday. 
Sign-up for the Daily Masses, parking lot Masses and Sunday Masses HERE. You may also call the parish office between 9:00 AM and noon, Monday through Friday at 651-429-7771 option 1 to sign up for one of the above Mass options.
Adoration Hours
Adoration hours will change slightly. Beginning immediately, adoration will be available at the Parish Life Center Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM and at church on Saturday from 9:00 AM – 4 :00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Blessed Sacrament Chapel Update
Regrettably, our Blessed Sacrament Chapel at church, accessible by entering a code on the exterior door, is closed until further notice. There is no way to monitor social distancing in this chapel.

Description of the Assumption of Mary Icon
Icons are said to be “written”, rather than painted or drawn, because they are meant to communicate spiritual or dogmatic teaching. Icon is the Greek word for image. It is used to describe these works of art, which are “windows into heaven” for us. Our icon was written for our parish by Nick Markell. This is his description of the icon. Learn More
Mission Matters Series 2: Prayer Life– Our Conversations with God
In this series, the mission team will again reflect on that special relationship that each Christian has with the Lord. Those relationships are centered in prayer. This 4-week series began on July 17 and will focus on three common forms of prayer: The Our Father, The Psalms and Lectio Divina.

  • The Our Father is part of every Eucharistic liturgy and was prayed three times a day by the first Christian communities. Casey Green talked about the Our Father.
  • The Psalms are a mirror of God’s marvelous deeds in the history of his people, as well as reflections of the human experience of the Psalmist. Carley O’Bryan reflected on The Psalms.
  • Lastly, today, Nick Brady will share his reflections on the ancient prayer of “lectio divina,” which opens us up to reading and meditating on Sacred Scripture.  
View Nick's reflection on the ancient prayer of "lectio divina" HERE. 
View previous reflections HERE.
JustBooks Summer Series Final Book!
The final book in our JustBooks series is Walk in a Relaxed Manner by Joyce Rupp. Joyce Rupp, a prolific author and member of the Servite Community, tells the story of the pilgrimage she took, along with her friend Tom, a retired priest, on the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. Her memoir is filled with life lessons for us all. As she states in the book, “the Camino inspired me to allow the ups and downs of daily life to be the pilgrimage and adventure it really is. My desire in sharing this story with you is to have these life lessons stir up fresh enthusiasm for your life as they have for mine.” Join the conversation via ZOOM on Wednesday, August 19 from 6:30—8:00 PM.

Please register, so we can include you in the ZOOM invitation. Contact Kathryn Lien at to learn more and to register.
Fall Festival
Thank you to all those who have already returned your Fall Festival raffle tickets. We will live stream the drawing at 1:00 PM on September 20, 2020. Tune in – one of your tickets might be a winner! Watch for more details about viewing the event. Please call the parish office if you need more tickets.
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
August monthly prayer request for priests: View HERE
Subscribe to St. Mary of the Lake on YouTube
Search and subscribe to St. Mary of the Lake - WBL on YouTube for Sunday Mass with Fr. Ralph Talbot. Or, just click on the Mass that is posted on the homepage of our website. 
Parish Office Information
Currently, we will allow access to the front entryway of the Parish Life Center for drop-off and pick-up but the doors to the right and left will be locked. Please call the main number 651-429-7771 option 1 if you need assistance. The front entryway will remain open from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, but the summer office hours have changed. The front desk will be open from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM Monday – Thursday and 8:30 AM to 12 noon on Friday. If you would like our answering service to pick up your call when the front desk is closed, please call 651-429-7771.  

Summer Front Desk Office Hours:
  • Monday-Thursday: 8:30 AM-1:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM-NOON
If circumstances change, we will revisit our schedule and adjust hours. If you would like your phone call to St. Mary’s to go to our answering service, please call our main number 651-429-7771 . 

The July-September Word Among Us and Living Faith booklets are available for pickup at the Parish Life Center during office hours, located in the vestibule. 

Note to Our Parishioners
Assistance may be available for parishioners who need some help during these uncertain times. Email or call the parish office at 651-429-7771 option 1 and ask for Casey Green. Thank you to parishioners who have made a donation to our Emergency Assistance Fund.  
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View this process step-by-step with visuals HERE.
Consider Remote Giving to Support Our Parish
There are currently three ways to give electronically:
  1. Monthly amount transferred from your bank account (click on the DONATE button on our website home page to find a form). It would be better to mail the form to us, since you need to include a voided check.
  2. Weekly, monthly, or one-time checks sent by your bank or other financial service organization (contact your bank to set up a plan that works for you). It is helpful to have your envelope number on the check your bank sends to us.
  3. Weekly, monthly, or one-time gifts charged to your credit card (click on the DONATE button on our website home page to set up your gift).

There is a way to give remotely that is not “high tech”: Simply mail us your check. Our address:
4690 Bald Eagle Avenue, White Bear Lake, 55110.

Thank you so much for your support in this difficult time.
New Beginnings, Endless Opportunities!
Frassati Catholic Academy is blessed with a team who goes above and beyond to teach our students in a small school environment in a style that fits their learning needs. We strive to develop the future moral leaders of tomorrow by instilling the Catholic virtues today. We utilize the STREAM philosophy to encourage a growth mindset in our students. 

We have limited enrollment availability for the fall.
Please contact the school office for more information at 651-429-7771 option 2.

For updates on school this fall at Frassati Catholic Academy - View HERE.

Willow Lane Elementary Market—3375 Willow Ave, WBL
  • 1st Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 PM; August 6, & September 3

St. Andrew’s Market—900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi
  • 2nd Thursdays, 4:00-6:00 PM; August 13 & September 10

Community of Grace Market—4000 Linden Street, WBL
  • 3rd Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 PM; August 20 & September 17

White Bear Senior Center Market—2484 County Road F East, WBL
  • 4th Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 PM; August 27 & September 24
White Bear Area Food Shelf
will have “To-Go” Bags, Monday-Friday

No Appointment Necessary, any and every household is eligible to receive them. Food helpline 1-888-711-1151. Hours: 

Monday: 10 AM-12:30 PM
Tuesday: 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Thursday: 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 10 AM -12:30 PM

Mahtomedi Area Food Shelf: 651-395-5350
Vadnais Heights Community Food Program: 651-746-4158
Questions about “ Meals On Wheels” 651-653-3123
National Alliance on Mental Health: 651-645-2948
Northeast Youth & Family Services: 651-429-8544
Medicare/Health Insurance – Senior Link – Age Line: 1-800-333-2433
YMCA Food Distribution
The YMCA is partnering with Loaves & Fishes and United Health Group to serve free healthy meals to families in need. These organizations believe that supplying healthy fresh food is critical to supporting families in our communities to alleviate food insecurity and hunger. Together they combine the YMCA region-wide distribution network, Loaves & Fishes internationally recognized program, and United Health Group efforts to cover the more than $2 million in food costs and wages for the cafeteria employees preparing meals for people in the Greater Twin Cities.

Families may pick up food from Noon – 1:00 PM Monday through Friday at select YMCA and choose a meal package for a family of four including a protein, vegetables and other fresh food. Also, lunch bags with a sandwich, snacks and fruit are available. The White Bear Lake location is a designated pickup spot. Go to