"So they went and saw where Jesus was staying, and they stayed with him that day."
~Jn 1:39
Living our Baptism
In last weekend’s homily, I emphasized the need for all of us to embrace our own baptism. Embracing our baptism means claiming Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and then living in the world as another Christ. We live as another Christ by obeying his teachings, including the call to serve, rather than to be served. The service of each person varies depending on our state of life, the gifts and talents entrusted to us by God, and our discernment about where God is calling us. The parish offers many opportunities for people to serve others. The pandemic has required us to limit some of these ministries, but other ministries have been created to respond to the consequences of the pandemic. I encourage you to visit the parish website and click on the “Serve” tab. You will see a blue box on the right of the screen that lists the different areas of service. Click on the service area of your choice, which will bring you to to a page that lists the ministries in that area, as well as the staff person to contact with questions. Whether you find a service opportunity in the parish or in the wider community, through work or at your child’s school, please embrace your baptism by obeying the Lord’s command to serve the other.
 
Pray for our country and our political leaders
On January 20, Mr. Biden will be sworn in as our new President. Please pray for him, for our representatives in the United States House and the Senate, and for the justices of the Supreme Court. Please pray for Governor Walz, our representatives in the MN House and Senate, and the justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court. We pray that all of these women and men would serve in ways that are pleasing to God, that strengthen the common good, and that protect all life, from conception to natural death. We also pray that each person in our great nation honor and respect the dignity of the other. 
 
Building a Culture of Life - A Day of Prayer, Fasting and Penance 
January 22, 2021 marks the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the Supreme Court decisions permitting the legalization of abortions. During these years, the Church has continued to speak against laws and court decisions that allow a mother to take the life of her unborn child, laws and decisions based on a false understanding of freedom, choice and privacy. The Church will mark January 22, 2021 as a day of prayer and penance for the violation of the human person that is abortion. We pray for the children whose lives have been taken and for the healing of mothers and fathers who have been involved in an abortion. We will pray for the respect of all human life, from conception to natural death. I encourage you and your family to perform some act of penance and say additional prayers for the cause of life. 
The resources of the Church are available to those who suffer from their involvement with abortion. God’s mercy is infinitely bigger than any sin, including the sin of abortion. I am most willing to meet with you, assure you of God’s love and mercy, and direct you to helpful resources. One of the best resources is Rachel’s Vineyard (www.rachelsvineyard.org), a retreat specifically designed to heal the wound of abortion. Let us rededicate ourselves to promoting the dignity of the human person and to advancing the culture of life. A great source for resources on Church teaching regarding abortion and other life issues can be found at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/abortion/index.cfm.

Peace, Fr. Talbot
Confessions Heard Saturdays, 9:00 AM at the House of Mercy

Thanks to a generous donation, outdoor drive-up confessions will continue this winter with Fr. Talbot sheltered in a fish house, a.k.a. “The House of Mercy.”

Drive up and stop alongside the fish house and Fr. Talbot will hear your confession through the window.

There will be NO confessions on January 16.

Learn how to use the House of Mercy in this YouTube video.

See Fr. Talbot and the House of Mercy featured on KSTP, Channel 5 News!
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, Thursday and Friday. There is no limit to the number of times you can attend daily Mass. Sign up is no longer necessary.
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 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.
Funerals are Private
In our ongoing efforts to keep parishioners as safe as possible during COVID-19, funerals at St. Mary’s will be private. Many families choose to have the funeral live streamed so that others can participate online.
NEWS & EVENTS
Prayer Service for Life
Friday, January 22 at 10:30 AM at the Cathedral. This prayer service commemorates the millions of lives lost to abortion and the many women and men wounded by abortion’s aftermath. Limited seating will be available, and COVID-19 protocols will be followed. The prayer service will also be livestreamed on the Cathedral’s Facebook page. Visit www.archspm.org/prayer-service-life/ for more details.
Knights of Columbus Pro-life Cinnamon Roll Sale
On Sunday January 17, your Knights of Columbus will once again be offering fresh baked cinnamon rolls for sale with all profits to the Women’s Life Care Center. Pick up in either the front or back parking lots at St. Pius X starts at 9:30 AM and will continue while supplies last. A donation of $5 or more is requested for a box of 4 rolls. 
PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis monthly prayer request for priests:

January: View Here
Blessed Sacrament Chapel - 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.
PARISH INFORMATION
Parish Office Information
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.  
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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. 
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 CATHOLIC ACADEMY NEWS
Discover, Learn and Thrive!
Frassati Catholic Academy is dedicated to educating students in a safe, nurturing and encouraging environment, providing an exceptional Catholic education and encouraging a growth mindset through our STREAM curriculum. We are blessed with a team who goes above and beyond to teach our students in a small school environment in a style that fits their learning needs. We strive to develop the future moral leaders of tomorrow by instilling the Catholic virtues today.

Learn more at www.frassati-wbl.org or contact the school office at 651-429-7771 option 2.
RESOURCES
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. Curbside Pick Up Hours: 

Monday: 4:00 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM 2:00 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