"I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
~Mt 16:19
Public Masses
We are continuing to evaluate the number of public Masses offered and the protocols for registering and celebrating those Masses. If you have any suggestions, please contact me, one of the staff members, or one of the Parish Leadership Council members.

Great News on Debt
As we celebrated our 139th anniversary last weekend, I announced that the members of the parish finance council recommended to the trustees and me that we make another $100,000 discretionary payment. We made that extra debt payment on August 13, 2020, which brought our parish debt under $1 million. CONGRATULATIONS! Your generosity has enabled us to be aggressive on the debt, which has reduced the amount of interest we have needed to pay, which has freed up more dollars for ministry. I am amazed, proud, and grateful for your strong and consistent financial support of the parish.

Capital Projects
Based on your ongoing financial stewardship and a few “surprise” gifts, we were able to complete several capital repairs during the summer, including:

  • Replaced the flat roof at the church
  • Replaced the cracked skylights at the church
  • Completed tuckpointing at the northeast end of the church
  • Repaired and re-shingled the asphalt roofs at the Parish Life Center (PLC)
  • Repaired the flat roof at the PLC
  • Upgraded the sound system at church
  • Added UV lights to HVAC systems at church and the PLC
  • Repaired, sealed and re-striped the parking lots at church and the PLC
  • Joined with Frassati to transform the PLC sacred space into a chapel 

Estate Gift
I was advised this week that the parish will be receiving an estate gift of $20,000. I am grateful to the person who made this gift. To me, estate gifts demonstrate an awareness and thankfulness to God for the blessings of this life, a deep appreciation for the efforts of the parish to share the Good News, and a desire that the ministry of the parish be supported and strengthened for the next generation of Catholics at St. Mary of the Lake. I encourage everyone to have an estate plan and to include St. Mary of the Lake in that plan, so that the ministries of the parish that have fed you spiritually over the years may strengthen future generations.

Peace, Fr. Talbot
Current Options for Mass at St. Mary of the Lake

Please view the guidelines for attending Mass HERE. Masks are required and seats are assigned.

Daily Masses
We have daily Mass in the church at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. There is no limit to the number of times you can attend daily Mass. Sign up is no longer necessary.
Parking Lot Mass - August 28
We have Mass in the church parking lot on Fridays at 9:00 AM. Sign up is required as space is limited.
Please follow these instructions: View HERE.

Sunday Mass
We have Mass in the church on Sundays at 9 AM. 11 am Mass will be added very soon. Sign up is required as space is limited. These Masses are for those who are unable to attend Mass during the week.
Sign up for parking lot Masses and Sunday Masses HERE. Or you may call the parish office between 9 AM and noon, Monday through Friday at 651-429-7771 option 1.
Adoration Hours
  • Adoration will be available at the Parish Life Center Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Saturday, 8/22 at church: 9 am to noon
  • Sunday, 8/23 at church: 2 pm to 4 pm
  • Saturday, 8/29 at church: 9 am to noon
  • Sunday, 8/30 at church: 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Saturday, 9/5 at church: 9 am to 4 pm
  • Sunday, 9/6 at church: no adoration

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.
Are You Being Called to Serve?
St. Mary’s is inviting parishioners with a passion for Outreach Ministries to prayerfully consider if God is calling you to serve on the Outreach Committee. LowAnn, an Outreach Committee member, said this about her involvement: “I strive each day to follow in Christ’s steps and this committee allows me to share in the discipleship of a variety of committees and continue to be a light to the world by bringing people together and sharing the light of Jesus with the world. This committee helps me to live Matthew 5:14-16 everyday by letting my light shine for all to see.”

If you have any questions about this minister role or would like to be a part of the committee, please contact Casey Green, Coordinator of Outreach Ministries, at cjgreen@stmarys-wbl.org or by calling the parish office and asking to speak to Casey.
Open Wide Our Hearts: The Catholic Church Confronts Racism
The tragic death of George Floyd has ignited a public conversation about ongoing racial inequity and injustice in America. How can the Church uphold the dignity of all human persons and foster the common good during these contentious times? What issues do we need to address with our own Church that prevent an appropriate response? The Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota, is hosting this forum for priests, deacons, educators, and lay ecclesial ministers on the memorial of St. Peter Claver to provide an opportunity for formation and reflection on these critical issues in our community, and how we as a Church can respond.
This free online event will take place on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 from 10:00 AM – Noon.
To register, please visit: https://www.mncatholic.org/openwideourhearts/.
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 mbjambor@stmarys-wbl.org. The fee can be paid when we begin or online. Go to “Donate” on the parish website and enter “Confirmation” in the comments — www.stmarys-wbl.org.
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.
Walk for Peace 2020
On Saturday morning, September 19, the Social Justice Committee of St. Mary of the Lake will be holding the 4th annual WALK FOR PEACE. This will be a socially-distanced event, and will take place completely outside. Our observation coincides with the International Day of Peace 2020, which is Monday, September 21. More specific information will follow as we near the date, but plan now to participate in this safe, positive opportunity to spread our Christian Faith in our White Bear Lake Community concerning the important issues of Peace.
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis monthly prayer request for priests:

August: View HERE

September: 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 cjgreen@stmarys-wbl.org 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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You will now receive alerts in your inbox when new publications become available for your church on parishes online.

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

St. Andrew’s Market—900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi
  • 2nd Thursdays, 4:00-6:00 PM

Community of Grace Market—4000 Linden Street, WBL
  • 3rd Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 PM

White Bear Senior Center Market—2484 County Road F East, WBL
  • 4th Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 PM
Get Tested for COVID-19
Free COVID-19 testing Saturdays and Sundays during August.
  • It is open to everyone free,
  • No insurance needed, Symptoms or no symptoms,
  • Drive-thru and walk-up
  • No ID required
  • Pre-registration recommended but not required
  • Interpreters available onsite. 
  • Saturdays: August 22 & 29 2:00-6:00 PM Aldrich Arena , 1850 White Bear Ave. Maplewood
  • Sundays: August 23 & 30 2:00-6:00 PM Washington Tech, 1495 Rice Street , St. Paul
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