"Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last."
~Mt 20:16
Fall Festival
I hope you enjoyed a wonderful summer! Normally we would be celebrating the parish Fall Festival this weekend, enjoying time together, shopping for jewelry, silent auction items, and home-made goodies at the General Store, and feasting on our delicious turkey dinner. But safety concerns regarding COVID-19 led us to conclude that the festival could not be celebrated as usual.  
The Grand Raffle will go on as usual. I am grateful to those who returned your tickets and donation. The Grand Prize for this year is $2,500. We have nine other cash prizes of $500. We will live stream the drawing at 1:00 PM on Sunday, September 20, 2020. See below for details – one of your tickets might be a winner. 
The Fall Festival Committee debated the idea of preparing a meal and selling to people in a drive through model. We eventually decided against that idea and, instead, chose to encourage people to spend their Fall Festival dinner money at a local restaurant. We recognize the challenges faced by restaurants during the pandemic and the value these small businesses provide to our community. The following restaurants have supported the Fall Festival in the past: 
  • Acqua/Mizu
  • Cup and Cone
  • Donatelli’s
  • Ingredients
  • Key’s Café
  • Grandma’s Bakery
  • Eat!
  • Rudy’s
  • Smokey’s Pub ‘N Grill
We are grateful for the support of these restaurants and encourage you to support them this weekend and throughout the year!

Peace, Fr. Talbot 
Tune into the live stream Fall Festival Raffle Drawing on St. Mary’s Facebook page Sunday, September 20 at 1:00 PM - View HERE!

If you miss the live raffle drawing, you will be able to view the recording on St. Mary’s Facebook page.
Blessed Chapel Sacrament Update - Adoration Hours
The 24 hour Eucharistic adoration chapel at church is now open for parishioners. Please call our main number 651-429-7771 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM weekdays for the three-digit code to get in the chapel. You will be asked to provide your name. Only one or two worshipers are allowed in the chapel at a time, to ensure social distancing. You must wear a mask in the chapel.
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 and 11:00 AM. 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.
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.  
Have You Heard About the Whole-Parish Catechesis? 
All the staff at St. Mary’s invite you to participate in this year's Whole-Parish Catechesis (WPC). Small Christian Communities, Faith Formation (Pre-K thru 8th Grade), Confirmation Preparation, High School Ministry, and Young Adult Ministry (18-39) will all be focusing on the WPC theme this year which is the Sunday Gospel readings. Additionally, each week, the staff at St. Mary’s will share a question and video message to support your study of the weekly Sunday Gospel reading. Keep an eye out on St. Mary’s Facebook, bulletin, and email for the weekly question and video message. 

Learn more about the Whole Parish Catechesis HERE
Learn more about World Day of Migrants and Refugees
September 27, 2020 is the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Each Sunday thru September 27 2020, a video will be shared on Facebook to learn more about migrants and refugees and how they are “Forced like Jesus Christ to flee.” You can access all the videos previously posted on Facebook by clicking on the links below:

  • “Pope’s Video: To know in order to understand” shared on Sunday, September 6, 2020 - View HERE

  • “Pope’s Video: To be close in order to serve” shared on Sunday, September 13, 2020  - View HERE
SAVE THE DATE - Senior Mass and Lunch
In spite of COVID-19 we will have the “Senior Mass and Lunch” on October 2 in St. Mary’s parking lot. Lunch will be a box lunch. Watch for more details!

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 was 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 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.  
How To Subscribe to Our Parish Bulletin on Parishes Online

  1. Go to www.parishesonline.com.
  2. Enter your church name and your city, state or zip. Click the search icon.
  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.
Frassati 5K and Family Fun Run/Walk 
for Kids and Education! 

We will not be hosting an in-person event this year. Participants have the flexibility to complete their run/walk at any time between Thursday, October 8, and Sunday, October 11. Join us and help raise funds for Frassati Catholic Academy while promoting the importance of physical activity and community in White Bear Lake. Learn more about the race options and register HERE. 
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 lindacherek@gmail.com

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