"If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.
If he listens to you, you have won over your brother."
~Mt 18:15
Back to School at Frassati Catholic Academy
Tuesday, September 8, marks the opening of the new school year at Frassati Catholic Academy. We will begin our school year with in-person learning. We know that the great majority of children learn best in the classroom and develop social skills being with their classmates. Frassati will be following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the MN Departments of Public Health and Education, and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. We will provide two sections of grades K-5, with a maximum of 16 students in most classrooms, and one section of grades 6-8, with a maximum of 20 students per classroom. In addition to these smaller classrooms, we will have many other safety measures in place to safeguard the health and welfare of our students and staff. Please keep our students and staff in your prayers. This is the first time they will be in school since mid-March. They will be wearing masks, practicing social distancing, washing their hands a lot, meeting new teachers and students—and learning. I will report on the first week at Frassati in next week’s bulletin.
Adoration – Change in Schedule
I need to make a change to the Adoration schedule. With school back in session, we will no longer have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the Parish Life Center on Tuesdays–Fridays. Also, adoration for today (Sunday, September 6) is canceled due to a rare Sunday afternoon wedding.  
Return of the 11:00 AM Sunday Mass
Beginning next Sunday (September 13), the 11:00 AM Mass returns. You will need to register online for that Mass, since we have a limited number of spaces. I am grateful to people who have offered to serve in the ministries at our “new” Mass, as well as those currently serving at the other Masses.
Labor Day
On Monday, the country celebrates Labor Day. The proper understanding of work, property and the human person has long been a concern of the Church. A most basic understanding is that the worker must always be respected and treated as a human person made in the image and likeness of God and never be used as a piece of property solely for economic gain. Work must be seen in the light of our dignity as human persons and God’s desire for us to advance the common good and bring about God’s kingdom on earth. A good piece of reading on Labor Day is Laborem Exercens (Through Work), written by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1981. 
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
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 9:00 AM. 11:00 AM Mass begins Sunday, September 13. 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 9:00 AM and noon, Monday through Friday at 651-429-7771 option 1.
Adoration Hours - Change to the Adoration schedule.
With school back in session, we will no longer have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the Parish Life Center on Tuesdays–Fridays. Also, adoration for today (Sunday, September 6) is canceled due to a rare Sunday afternoon wedding.  

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.
Fair Trade Sales 
Fair trade sales will take place virtually (this weekend) the 1st weekend of every month.
Supporting Fair Trade is a great way to advocate for Social Justice while enjoying your favorite coffee, chocolate bar, and more. To place your order, please follow the steps under the News and Events section of St. Mary’s homepage at www.stmarys-wbl.org.
Contact Nick Brady, Coordinator of Mission at nbrady@stmarys-wbl.org with any questions. 
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.
Walk for Peace 2020
During this difficult time of isolation, when we struggle to search for ways to actively live out our Christian Faith, please consider joining us for the 4th annual WALK FOR PEACE.

On Saturday morning, September 19, the Social Justice Committee of St. Mary of the Lake will be holding the Walk to coincide with the International Day of Peace 2020, which is Monday, September 21.

Our day will begin at 9:00 AM at the Peace Pole in front of St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church. For those participants wishing to participate, we will hold a brief Prayer Service for Peace at that time. We ask all people to wear masks and observe safe social distances for the Prayer Service.

Following the service, participants may proceed at their own pace along the 2-1/2 mile route of the Walk for Peace. Direction signs will help guide you along the route, and small maps will also be available. At the two busy crossing points of highway 61, volunteer guides will help with safe crossings. All along the route, you will find 12 Prayer Stations for Peace and Justice, with suggestions for your reflection and prayers. After completing the Walk, those wishing to gather once again will be able to meet at the Peace Pole at 10:30 AM for a closing prayer.

There will be a small number of “Walk for Peace” T-shirts available for a donation of $5.00.  
Fall Festival
Thank you to all those who have already returned your Fall Festival raffle tickets! We have had an amazing response. Please note the following: If you don’t want to mail back your tickets, there is a secure drop-off option in the entryway of the Parish Life Center. It is best to separate your raffle ticket payment from your donations to St. Mary’s. It is best to fully complete all the information on each raffle ticket (so we can easily contact you if you win!). 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.
Fall Faith Formation
We have made our decisions regarding the structure of our Faith Formation program for 2020/2021. Families will be receiving an email laying out the programming and a couple of questions that will help them decide which model works better for their family. Families/children will be coming to St. Mary’s once each month for a small group gathering. For the remaining weeks of the month, families will learn together at home. Each person will attend six sessions total throughout the year. The choice each family has is whether they want their children to come on Wednesdays or if they want to come with them in a family model on a Saturday or Sunday morning. The email will list all the dates each model will be in session.
Please make your choice by September 21.

The structure is as follows:
October 7 is material pick up day, answer questions, finish registering if needed.

Wednesday Model: small groups for youth, all sessions will be 6:30–7:30 PM.
  • First Wednesday of the month: seventh and eighth graders – begins November 4
  • Second Wednesday of the month: second and third graders – begins October 14 (this is before MEA)
  • Third Wednesday of the month: fourth, fifth and sixth graders – begins October 21
  • Fourth Wednesday of the month: Kindergarten and first graders – begins October 28
*For this year there will be no in-house preschool on Wednesdays.

Weekend Model: families with all ages can attend at the same time. *Pre-K available.
  • Saturday 8:30 – 9:30 AM – begins October 24
  • Sunday 10:15 – 11:15 AM – begins October 25

Home Program: Families are also able to choose to do their learning completely at home with no in-person group gatherings. They will need to stop in at the office on four occasions throughout the year to pick up materials. *Pre-K available.


Volunteer Catechists (and hallway helpers) are needed once a month to lead a small group. Please discern whether you are called to volunteer in this ministry and check on your Virtus status with Ali Chalupsky in the office achalupsky@stmarys-wbl.org to see if you are up to date on Archdiocesan credentials.

Contact Karlene Feidt at kfeidt@stmarys-wbl.org with questions.
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis monthly prayer request for priests:

September: View HERE
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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. 
The Parish Life Center is closed on Labor Day (Monday, September 7). Office hours will change the week of September 8. 

Parish Office Information
Starting on Tuesday, September 8, the parish office front desk will be open from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Monday–Friday. During office hours, the door from the front entryway towards the front desk (to the right) will be unlocked. However, pick-ups and drop-offs are still available without approaching the front desk itself. If you would like our answering service to pick up your call when the front desk is closed, please call 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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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.
We are excited to welcome back our students and teachers for another great year at Frassati Catholic Academy!

Prayer for Students and Teachers
God of all knowledge and understanding, we see your guidance and direction as both students and teachers begin a new school year. Look with favor upon those who have given so much to be teachers. We know the nervousness of new students, and know you are with them. Give us all the wisdom and patience we need to be good students and teachers. We ask all of this in the name of the good teacher, Jesus, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. 

Community of Grace Market—4000 Linden Street, WBL
  • September 7, 1:00-3:00 PM

St. Andrew’s Market—900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi
  • September 10, 4:00-6:00 PM

White Bear Senior Center Market—2484 County Road F East, WBL
  • September 24, 1:00-3:00 PM
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