Peter approached Jesus and asked him, "Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive? As many as seven times?" Jesus answered, "I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times."
~Mt 18:21-22
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, has a preparedness plan for the school. We have posted these plans on the St. Mary of the Lake and Frassati websites. 
Cooperation with our Preparedness Plans
We have spent many hours developing the Preparedness Plans for St. Mary of the Lake and Frassati. We have invested a considerable amount of financial resources to make sure the employees, students, parishioners and visitors to the Parish Life Center and the church are safe. We need everyone who comes to the Parish Life Center and the church to abide by the terms of our plans. All the planning and all the resources will be ineffective if people who are sick come to the Parish Life Center or church. Therefore, I want to highlight the most important components of the plans for the school and the parish. 
  1. Stay home if you feel sick, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, been in direct contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, or been in direct contact with anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms may include the following: new onset of cough, shortness of breath, fever (100.4+), chills, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of sense of smell or taste, and gastrointestinal symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting or nausea. 
  2. Wash your hands with soap and warm water, especially before meals and after using the bathroom.
  3. Sanitize your hands often throughout the day.
  4. Wear a face covering when you are away from home.
  5. Cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and avoid touching your face (in particular your mouth, nose, and eyes) with your hands. Dispose of tissues in the trash and wash or sanitize your hands immediately afterward.
  6. Parents, please check with your children each morning and confirm that they are healthy before sending them to school.
I am grateful to everyone who has helped develop and implement our Preparedness Plans. Christian charity demands that everyone cooperate with the terms of the plans so that we can lower the risk of spreading the virus to those who visit the Parish Life Center and church.
Peace, Fr. Talbot 
Sacrament of Reconciliation—Saturday 9:00 AM (Parking Lot)
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 this 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 3:00 PM, 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.

Blessed Sacrament Chapel Update
We are considering to allow Adoration in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at church in a safe manner by allowing only 1 or 2 worshipers at a time. More details to come.
St. Mary’s Embarks on Whole-Parish Catechesis 
“Seek first the kingdom of God” (Matt. 6:33). Jesus’ message to the crowds is part of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus is admonishing them not to be anxious, worrying about the necessities of life, the troubles of the day “but seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” It can be difficult to “seek” on our own. We are made to journey together and to invite others to journey along-side us. Our faith community, our prayer life and our friendships with one another are ways we draw closer to Jesus. This year St. Mary’s turns our attention to whole parish catechesis—each of our programs centered on the singular message of hearing the gospel and becoming doers of the gospel, or as Fr. Talbot has been encouraging us, pray-ers. 

Please watch Nick Brady's video message HERE.
Learn more about the Whole Parish Catechesis HERE.
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 —
Walk for Peace 2020
In this time of social isolation, consider participating in the 4th annual “Walk for Peace”. Meet at the Peace Pole in front of St. Mary’s at 9:00 AM on Saturday, September 19. Bring a mask and good walking shoes as we gather to pray and bear witness to our belief in Peace and Justice on a 2-1/2 mile walk through our community. Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of St. Mary of the Lake.
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. This is the last week to return your tickets! We will live stream the drawing at 1:00 PM next Sunday, 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 Festival Tickets and payments are due in the office (in-person drop off or in the mail that day) by Friday, September 18. Parish Life Center doors are open until 4:00 PM that day.
World Day of Migrants and Refugees
September 27, 2020 is the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Since 1914 the day has been marked to raise awareness about; to stand in solidarity with; and pray for vulnerable migrants and refugees across the world. The theme for this year is “Forced like Jesus Christ to flee.” Pope Francis holds migrants and refugees close to his heart and personally leads an office at the Vatican focused on the topic of migrants and refugees. You can learn more about the office HERE.

Keep an eye out on our Facebook Page each Sunday beginning on September 6 thru September 27 for videos to learn more about migrants and refugees across the world.

If you missed the September 6, 2020 Facebook post, you can access the video shared HERE.
Catholic Young Adults (CYA)
Join fellow Catholic Young Adults for a social outing at Pine Tree Apple Orchard tonight Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 6:00 PM. RSVP to Nick Brady via email at 
or text at 217-361-5297. You are encouraged to wear a mask at this outdoor event. 
Archbishop Hebda is inviting Catholics to take part in a five-part virtual series called “Praying with Scripture,” beginning September 13. Through videos and written materials, participants will learn how to pray with passages from the Bible.

The first “Praying with Scripture” video will be available September 13. Subsequent videos will be posted each Sunday. Videos will also be streamed on Facebook and YouTube at 7:00 PM the following Tuesday for the duration of the five-week series.

The videos and resources can be accessed in two ways:
  • Download the myParish app and search for “Archdiocesan Synod.”
  • Or, sign up HERE for weekly emails during the fall series and receive links to the videos, a prayer outline and prayer companion.

Weekly Themes:
  • September 13 - Prayer is a personal relationship with God
  • September 20 - How to listen to God in our hearts
  • September 27 - Conversation with God: acknowledge, relate, receive, respond
  • October 4 - Discernment of spirits: consolation and desolation
  • October 11 - Overcoming obstacles

Learn more about Praying with Scripture Series HERE

Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis monthly prayer request for priests:

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
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.

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.  
How To Subscribe to Our Parish Bulletin on Parishes Online

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  3. Find your church on the search results page and click on the name of the church.
  4. Under recent publication, click subscribe.
  5. Enter your email, first name and last name in the pop-up box. Click subscribe.

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.
Welcome Back 2020 Falcons!
We have started the 2020-21 school year and back in-person since going to distance learning mid-March! Please keep our students and staff in your prayers.
Prayer for Students
Dear Jesus,
Thank you for the gift of learning! I want to grow closer to you in everything I do at school. In math and science, help me to see your beautiful plan in the world. Help me to discover new stories and values as I read and write. In arts and music, help me to be creative. In sports, help me to treat my teammates and my opponents fairly. Help me to learn new skills in technology. Jesus, you are the perfect teacher. Help me to listen with open ears, an open heart, and an open mind to all my teachers at school. Help me to treat my classmates with care, kindness, and respect. Thank you, Jesus, for school! Amen.
Grief Support Education
Companions in Grief is a 4-week series divided into 8 sessions per year to provide group information and support for those on the journey of grief. There is no fee. Due to COVID the sessions are currently held via Zoom on Thursdays, from 4:00-5:00 PM. To join the virtual group or if you have questions, send your name, phone number and email address to the facilitator, Linda Cherek, at The remaining 4 week sessions are:

September 17-October 8, 2020
October 29-November 19, 2020
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