He said to him, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment."
~Mt 22:37-38
Respect Life Month
Each year, the Church dedicates 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,” said Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Chairman, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, in his 2020 message for Respect Life Month. 
In order to fulfill our responsibility to care for our brothers and sisters, especially the most vulnerable and those on the margins of life, we must know the Church’s teaching and the application of that teaching to the specific issues. Our bishops have developed many resources to help Catholics and all people of good will understand the life issues. These issues cover life “from womb to tomb,” including abortion, marriage and family life, human sexuality, health care, racial equality, immigration, care for creation and end of life issues. Here are some of those resources.
1. Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship – Document of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) 
The best document for understanding the issues of the day from a Catholic perspective is Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States, which can be found at www.usccb.orgThis document has been updated in anticipation of the 2020 election. You can read it online, download as a pdf or order your own copy.
2. US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
The USCCB Respect Life website has many resources to discover and celebrate the wonderful gift of life. https://www.respectlife.org

3. MN Catholic Conference (MCC)
The Minnesota Catholic Conference is the policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota. The MCC supports the ministry of our state’s Catholic bishops by working with political and community leaders to shape legislation that serves human dignity and the common good. The MCC website has resources for the 2020 election at https://www.mncatholic.org/resources/election. You can find resources for the various life issues by clicking on the “Advocacy Areas” tab.

I encourage all of us to bring faith and reason to the public square to promote and defend life at all stages, from conception to natural death.
Peace, Fr. Talbot
Notification to Parishioners
We have been notified that a person who felt fine and attended 9:00 AM Mass on Sunday, October 11, subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Previously, we contacted the MN Department of Health and explained the situation, including our protocols for Mass and the distribution of Holy Communion. The MDH representative confirmed that we were following all the recommended safety measures, which ensured that no direct contact occurred between the person who tested positive and anyone else. Therefore, the MDH representative advised that no one in attendance at that Mass is required to be tested or quarantined. This case offers the opportunity to remind everyone to 1) stay at home if you do not feel well or are experiencing any symptoms or have been around anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 or is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; 2) sanitize your hands often; 3) wear your mask as required; and, 4) practice social distancing. Thank you for following our safety protocols and for your care for one another! ~ Fr. Talbot
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.
Parish Calling Campaign
The Mission Committee along with members of the PLC will begin calling parishioners, under the age of 70, October 21 and continue through November 1. 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 called or would like more information, contact Samantha Hagel at srhagel@stmarys-wbl.org.
Appalachian Christmas During COVID
Due to the COVID pandemic, the season of giving will have to change for a number of St. Mary’s ministries. Appalachian Christmas, in which parishioners donate gifts for two parishes in Beattyville and Pikeville, Kentucky, will experience change. Gifts will be collected at St. Pius (door A at the church) and monetary donations can be sent to St. Mary’s. Please write “Appalachian Christmas” on the memo line of your check. If you have any questions please call Casey at 651-429-7771, option 1. 


If you have any questions please email or call
Casey Green at cjgreen@stmarys-wbl.org or 651-429-7771. 
Miracles in the Making
The Women’s Life Care Center Premier Virtual Fundraiser
Thursday, October 29, 2020 7:00 PM

Find out about our amazing journey and experience the stories of mothers who rallied impressive courage on behalf of their babies. They’re proving that babies are the most amazing motivators! 

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Sister Deirdre Byrne!
She is superior of the D.C. Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts and a retired U.S. Army colonel, board-certified general surgeon, and recent speaker at the 2020 Republican National Convention!!!

Learn More and Register HERE
Thank you to Pro-Life Volunteers
Thank you to all who participated in ‘Adopt A Day,’ which occurred on October 16 for volunteers from St. Mary’s and St. Pius X. A special thanks to all who prayed in their homes, at church and the Planned Parenthood location.
New Building in Marfranc, Haiti
St. Mary’s and Reiser Relief have partnered to complete a second building at the Cecelia M Duffy Memorial School in Marfranc. Sr. Evelynne reports that while costs for construction have nearly doubled, she anticipates the building will be completed by the end of the year. Your continued support makes this progress possible! Sr. Evelynne and Reiser Relief send their thanks and prayers to the parishioners at St. Mary’s.
Invitation to Discern Ministry Involvement
Since COVID-19 related safety precautions began, ministry needs and roles have changed and continue to evolve every day. For example, ushers and greeters at Mass welcome people as they arrive at Mass guiding them to social distance when seated and sanitize their hands. Despite these changes due to COVID-19, St. Mary’s members’ long history and commitment to service of others has remained constant. St. Mary’s is inviting you to consider where God is calling you to serve. Currently, your church needs ministers to fill the following minister roles: catechist, hallway helper, ushers, greeters, and projectionists for Mass, church cleaners, ministers to bring communion to the homebound, writers to craft notes to seniors, mentors for new parishioners, and prayer partners. 

If you are called to serve in one of these minister roles, please reach out to Nick Brady at nbrady@stmarys-wbl.org
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, option 1 or mbjambor@stmarys-wbl.org for more information.
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis monthly prayer request for priests:

October: View Here
November: 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.
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
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 Catholic Academy Chapel of the Beatitudes

Frassati Catholic Academy’s new Chapel of the Beatitudes has a niche for a statue of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. The Frassati statue is being hand carved in Italy! The chapel is available to the students and staff of Frassati, the students and leaders in Faith Formation, the parish staff, and small faith sharing groups.
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:

  • 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