Then Jesus said to her in reply, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish."
And the woman's daughter was healed from that hour.
~Mt 15:28
Happy 139th Anniversary St. Mary of the Lake!!
In 1877, Bishop Grace assigned Fr. Joseph Goiffon to minister to the Catholics of White Bear Lake and for four years Father Goiffon celebrated Mass most Sundays at the Markoe cottage. As the community grew, Bishop Grace instructed Fr. Goiffon to build a church in White Bear Lake. Father Goiffon and the parishioners built a 30' x 60' church on Bald Eagle Avenue between 1st and 2nd Street. Bishop Grace dedicated the church on the 15th of August 1881.

The special Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mass (Anniversary Mass) will be recorded and available for viewing HERE Friday, August 14 after 5:00 PM. At the Mass, we gave thanks to God for those who have come before us and shared their time, talent and treasure in building this wonderful community. We also give thanks that we are the stewards of this legacy. Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our patroness, may we be generous stewards, sharing our time, talent and treasure in building the kingdom of God in and through our parish.

There will also be a live streamed Saturday Mass at 5:00 PM for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time. VIEW HERE
COVID-19 Preparedness Plans for Parish Life Center, Church and Frassati
Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-40 on April 23, 2020. His Order requires that each business in operation during the peacetime emergency establish a “COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.” Schools and churches are included in that Order. A business’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan shall establish and explain the necessary policies, practices and conditions to meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines for COVID-19 and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards related to worker exposure to COVID-19. St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church has developed plans for the Parish Life Center and the church building. Frassati Catholic Academy, which leases the Parish Life Center from the parish, also has a preparedness plan. These plans will be posted to the St. Mary of the Lake website in the coming days. 
Frassati Catholic Academy
Kindergarten-8th grade classes begin at Frassati in person on September 8, 2020. Preschool classes begin for 4 year old full day on September 11, 2020 and for 3 year old half day on September 15, 2020. For more information on back to school news and school preparation for the new year, please visit: We have only a few seats remaining in each grade level. So, if you are interested in having your child attend Frassati this year, please contact Principal Patrick Gallivan as soon as possible at

Peace, Fr. Talbot
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
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.
Looking For New Members
During this time of COVID-19 when meeting in person is difficult to do, we are still involved in mission at
St. Mary’s. The Outreach Ministry Committee is looking for more ministers to serve with this committee in supporting the work that is continuing. More than ever ministry has been challenged by this current environment and needs creative and committed workers to serve the St. Mary’s community. The Outreach Committee meets once a month, from August through May and supports thirty-nine Outreach Ministries in a variety of events and activities of the Parish. For more information contact Casey Green at 651-429-7771 or email her at
2020-2021 Confirmation Preparation
Preparation for Confirmation is open to young people in grade eight and older who are also participating in on-going faith formation (Catholic school or parish Faith Formation program). Candidates attend each session with a parent.
The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 16.
Sessions are on Tuesdays beginning October 20.
For a registration form and more information go HERE. Registration forms can be mailed or scanned and emailed to Mary Beth Jambor at The fee can be paid when we begin or online. Go to “Donate” on the parish website and enter “Confirmation” in the comments —
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.
Chapel of the Beatitudes Progress
The chapel is coming together beautifully, and will be available to the students and staff of Frassati, the students and leaders in Faith Formation, the parish staff, and small faith sharing groups. The chapel will be named “Chapel of the Beatitudes”, recognizing that all of us are called to live the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10) and because Pope St. John Paul II called Blessed Giorgio Frassati “the man of the Beatitudes.” We are excited for construction to finish and to begin using the chapel this fall! 

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