"The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone."
~Mt 21:42ab
Today is Respect Life Sunday and the beginning of Respect Life Month. During October, the Church invites Catholics and all people of good will to focus on the gift of human life and our duty to respect the dignity of every human person. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities issued the following statement:
“As Catholics in the United States, we will soon mark our annual observance of October as Respect Life Month. It is a time to focus on God’s precious gift of human life and our responsibility to care for, protect, and defend the lives of our brothers and sisters. This year’s theme, ‘Live the Gospel of Life,’ was inspired by the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s encyclical, The Gospel of Life. Pope John Paul’s masterfully articulated defense of the right to life for children in their mothers’ wombs, the elderly, persons with disabilities and the marginalized is more relevant today than ever before. Last November, the U.S. bishops reaffirmed that ‘the threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives destroyed.’ While we noted not to ‘dismiss or ignore other serious threats to human life and dignity such as racism, the environmental crisis, poverty and the death penalty,’ we renewed our commitment to protect the most fundamental of all human rights – the right to live. This past January, I shared with Pope Francis that the bishops of the United States had been criticized by some for identifying the protection of the unborn as a preeminent priority. The Holy Father expressed his support for our efforts observing that if we fail to protect life, no other rights matter. Pope Francis also said that abortion is not primarily a Catholic or even a religious issue, it is first and foremost a human rights issue. The Gospel of Life provides a blueprint for building a culture of life and civilization of love. The important work of transforming our culture begins by allowing the Gospel of Christ to touch and transform our own hearts and the decisions we make. May we strive to imitate Christ and follow in his footsteps, caring for the most vulnerable among us. Through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, may Our Lord grant us the grace to live courageously and faithfully his Gospel of life.”
Parish resources have been developed around the theme of “Living the Gospel of Life” and are available at www.respectlife.org.
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.
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.
Fair Trade Sales Will Take Place this Weekend  
This weekend (and the 1st weekend of every month) is Fair Trade Sales Weekend. Sales will take place virtually! 
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 HERE.
Contact Nick Brady, Coordinator of Mission at nbrady@stmarys-wbl.org if you have any questions or concerns. 
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.
Becoming Pray-ers
Through Whole Parish Catechesis, we are focusing on the gospel readings and becoming pray-ers. As you make decisions about forming a small Christian community, or studying independently, you are encouraged to also find a prayer resource. Here is a link to the Praying with the Scriptures series: https://www.archspm.org/synod/.
This five-part virtual series on praying with Scripture offers practical tools for growing in holiness, drawing upon the rich tradition of the Catholic Church. Archbishop Hebda and Bishop Cozzens will teach the fundamentals of praying with Scripture and explain how to use a Prayer Companion resource to enrich your prayer experience. This series began September 13 and can be downloaded and used at your pace.
This site also has a number of resources for becoming pray-ers.
If you are looking for other ideas, please contact Samantha Hagel at srhagel@stmarys-wbl.org.
Habitat For Humanity - 1,500 Homes — Wow!
At the end of August, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity closed on its 1,500th home. Thank you to Habitat volunteers, donors, staff, and the greater community for creating a huge impact that multiplies for generations. Read more here

To volunteer or support Habitat for Humanity go to tchabitat.org
The theme of Year 2 in the Archdiocesan Synod is “The Church Prepares.” The Year 2 journey begins this fall with two virtual opportunities for prayer and study.
Praying with Scripture Series
This five-part virtual series on praying with Scripture offers practical tools for growing in holiness, drawing upon the rich tradition of the Catholic Church. Archbishop Hebda and Bishop Cozzens will teach the fundamentals of praying with Scripture and explain how to use a Prayer Companion resource to enrich your prayer experience. This series began September 13. Watch at your convenience with family, friends or on your own. Learn more HERE.
Healing and Hope Series
This five-part virtual retreat grounds each person’s fundamental identity as a beloved child of God. Yet each person has experienced wounds that bind. This retreat explores how to unbind these knots through the intercession of Our Lady, Un-doer of Knots, and open these wounds to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Encountering Jesus’ love and mercy brings healing and hope. This series begins October 18. Learn more HERE.
Focus Areas Announced
Based on the information already gathered in the Prayer and Listening Events, as well as the information gathered for the Ad Limina visit with Pope Francis in January, and the results of the Disciple Marker Index, Archbishop Hebda has discerned the initial set of focus areas for the Archdiocesan Synod. Those areas will set the parameters for discussions at the deanery and parish levels:

  1. Forming parishes that are in the service of evangelization
  2. Forming missionary disciples who know Jesus’s love and respond to his call
  3. Forming youth and young adults in and for a Church that is always young
Read more in the Catholic Spirit HERE
Contact synod@archspm.org with questions.
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! 

Get Ready to RUN!! 
Thursday, October 8 – 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. We will not be hosting an in-person event this year, so families have the flexibility to complete the run/walk at anytime between Thursday, October 8 - Sunday, October 11.

We can’t wait to share your “5K Story”! 
Have fun - time yourself and your team, record your run on video, take pictures, go live on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube and tag Frassati! 

Event Tags: #frassati5k2020 #runforkidsandeducation #fcafalconpride #frassaticatholicacademy #gofrassatifalcons

View full event details HERE. 
We are excited to partner with Catholic United Financial for the upcoming 2021 Catholic Schools Raffle! Watch for more raffle details! 
Catholic United Financial is more than just a raffle sponsor. They help sustain and grow the impact that Catholic education can have in our community and beyond. By being a Catholic United Member you are eligible to partake in scholarships and other lifelong benefits. 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