"When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him."
~Mt 21:32
106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees – September 27
The Universal Church observes the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees at the weekend Masses on September 26-27. Pope Francis issued a message for this weekend’s observance, “Forced Like Jesus Christ to Flee.” You can find the Holy Father’s message and other resources at website of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, View Here or at the Vatican website View Here. The following is a comment from Bishop Dorsonville, chairman of the US Bishops’ Committee on Migration: 

“The World Day for Migrants and Refugees is an opportunity to reflect on the global contributions of immigrants and refugees, and highlight the work of the Church to welcome, protect and integrate them. We are reminded that regardless of our background, we are all built in the image of God and should be treated as such. In his message on the World Day for Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis has highlighted that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the forced displacement of people and the difficulties they encounter when seeking protection. This day is an opportunity to unite the world in addressing forced displacement and pray for the well-being of our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters as we continue to work to bring solidarity, compassion and love throughout our human encounters. It is of vital importance for us to embrace love for our neighbor as we love ourselves and live out this commitment daily. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, also noted in his annual message, ‘To preserve our common home and make it conform more and more to God’s original plan, we must commit ourselves to ensuring international cooperation, global solidarity and local commitment, leaving no one excluded.’”
Senior Day Mass and Lunch
Each fall and spring, I look forward to celebrating the Senior Mass and luncheon. Those events are filled with joy, as we gather to worship God and then share a meal together. Unfortunately, due to the restrictions around COVID-19, we cannot gather as we have in the past. However, we are still planning to celebrate with Mass and a meal. On Friday, October 2, 2020, we will begin with Mass in the parking lot at church at 9:00 AM. We will distribute the box lunches as you leave the parking lot at the conclusion of Mass.
If the parking lot is full, park on the street (3rd Street, 4th Street or Bald Eagle Avenue) and tune into 88.9 FM to listen to Mass. After Mass, enter the parking lot from the 4th Street entrance to receive Communion. You will be given a box lunch before you leave. If you cannot attend Mass, you can still pick up a box lunch until 10:15 AM in the church parking lot.
Peace, Fr. Talbot
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.
Fall Festival
The Fall Festival Raffle Drawing took place last Sunday, September 20. Congratulations to the winners! If you missed the live raffle drawing, you can view the drawing on St. Mary’s Facebook page - View HERE.

Thank you to everyone who purchased a raffle ticket! We have met our fundraising budget for the fiscal year!
Learn More About Migrants and Refugees
In honor of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (September 27), St. Mary’s is inviting you to stand in solidarity with migrants and refugees and learn more about the issues facing our brothers and sisters. Learn learn more HERE.
Senior Mass and Lunch - October 2
Due to COVID-19 the Senior Mass and Lunch this year will be a little different. Mass will be at 9:00 AM in the parking lot of St. Mary’s with distribution of box lunches after Mass. Everyone is welcome—just show up!

If the parking lot is full, park on the street (3rd Street, 4th Street or Bald Eagle Avenue) and tune into 88.9 FM to listen to Mass. After Mass, enter the parking lot from the 4th Street entrance to receive Communion. You will be given a box lunch before you leave. If you cannot attend Mass, you can still pick up a box lunch until 10:15 AM in the church parking lot.
Sacramental Preparation for Adults

If you
  • have never been baptized,
  • were baptized in the Catholic Church but did not continue,
  • were baptized in another Christian faith and are interested in joining the Catholic Church,
  • grew up Catholic but missed Confirmation,
  • are curious about the Catholic faith.

Please contact Mary Beth Jambor 651-429-7771 or mbjambor@stmarys-wbl.org for more information.
Seeking RCIA Team Members
We are all called to share our faith with others. Does this sound like how you might like to share your faith?
  • Accompany someone who is interested in the Catholic Church and is on the journey of preparing to become a Catholic.
  • Pray for and provide spiritual support and encouragement to the person.
  • Be a companion and walk with them through the process of discernment.
  • Break open the Sunday Scriptures and connect them to our faith and our lives.

Please contact Mary Beth Jambor 651-429-7771 or mbjambor@stmarys-wbl.org for more information.
Whole-Parish Catechesis
This year St. Mary’s turns our attention to whole parish catechesis. Individuals, small Christian communities, confirmation preparation, faith formation, high school ministry, and young adults will all focus on the shared theme of the Sunday Gospel. Our mission to form disciples who know, follow and share Jesus is applicable to every one of us, at every age and stage of life. Our faith community, our prayer life and our friendships with one another are ways we draw closer to Jesus. You are encouraged to participate in St. Mary’s Whole-Parish Catechesis this Fall.
Visit the News & Events section on our website for more information about all the ways you can participate in this Whole-Parish Catechesis.
Parish Calling Campaign
The Mission Committee along with members of the PLC will begin calling all parishioners in mid-October. The purpose of the calls is to connect with each other, offer hope and comfort, as well as access to resources and other ministries. If you would like to participate by calling other parishioners—we need help! If you would prefer not to be contacted, call the office and we will be sure you are not called. 
Contact Samantha Hagel for more information at srhagel@stmarys-wbl.org.
Archbishop Hebda is inviting Catholics to take part in a five-part virtual series called “Praying with Scripture,” began 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:

October: View Here
November: 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.  

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. 
Register by October 1 to receive a technical 5K shirt!

Our 2020 Frassati 5K and Kids Fun Run needs your sponsorship!
Become a sponsor and help us to continue providing excellent STREAM-based education to preschool – 8th grade students with affordable tuition for families of all economic backgrounds.
*Sponsors have until October 1 to get their logos on the technical shirts.
NET Ministries Hosting Opportunity - Learn more 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