He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him.
~Mk 1:19-20
Lent 2021—Mending Our Hearts
 
Ash Wednesday
Outside of the United States, Catholics sprinkle ashes on the heads of the faithful rather than marking a cross on foreheads. Since current COVID restrictions do not allow skin contact, we will follow the practice of sprinkling ashes this year. Ash Wednesday is February 17. Signing up to attend Mass or a prayer service is required.
 
  • 8:00 AM Mass
  • 12:00 PM Prayer Service
  • 5:00 PM Mass
  • 6:30 PM Prayer Service
 
Here are pictures of what you can expect for the distribution of ashes:
Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross will be offered at 4:30 PM on Fridays during throughout Lent, beginning on Friday, February 19.

A recording of Stations of the Cross at St. Mary’s will be available on our YouTube site beginning February 19.
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.

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.
Masses on Sunday, January 31 are reserved for
Frassati Catholic Academy families.

There is no parish sign up for in-person Mass on January 31. In celebration of Catholic Schools Week, those Masses are reserved for the families of Frassati Catholic Academy. You can participate in Mass via YouTube. Please pray that our Catholic school may inspire students and families to a life of love and service, modeled after Jesus Christ.
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
Ascend CYA Virtual Conference
Are you "created for worship?" Come find out with other Catholic young adults by attending this virtual St. Paul's Outreach (SPO) conference for young adults (18-39). The event will take place online on January 21-23 from 7:30 - 9:30 PM each night.

Register today at https://www.ascendspo.org/.
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.
2020-2021 Preparation for Eucharist and Reconciliation
If you missed the registration deadline for First Reconciliation/First Eucharist, contact the parish office immediately 651-429-7771 option 1. No registrations will be accepted after Monday, January 25. If you have already registered, you should have received an email with an updated schedule.
Virtual Coffee and Donuts 
Grab your favorite donut and cup of joe at home and join St. Mary’s parishioners for our first ever, virtual coffee and donuts! The virtual social will take place Sunday, January 31 at 10:15 AM and will last approximately 30 minutes. All are welcome to join the ZOOM Video Conference Call! Contact Nick for the ZOOM video link and any questions at nbrady@stmarys-wbl.org
Lenten Retreat
St. Mary of the Lake is offering a Lenten retreat on prayer entitled Praying With America, led by Patrice Halbach and Kathryn Lien. Join us as we explore the archive of articles on prayer written by members and friends of the Society of Jesus and published in America magazine.
 
The retreat begins the week of February 21, the first week of Lent. There will be two sessions each week, one on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30 PM and one on Wednesday mornings from 10:00-11:00 AM. Gather virtually with your fellow parishioners as we reflect on the readings we’ve done, build relationships and enrich our own personal prayer. Each week materials will be sent to you to read. Please take a moment to register by contacting Kathryn Lien at kathrynannlien@gmail.com.
New Parishioner Mentor Ministry
St. Mary’s is excited to announce the start of the Mentor Ministry! Through this ministry, incoming new parishioners will be connected to a Mentor Minister to help them settle into the community life of St. Mary’s. As with all ministries, the Church needs ministers like you, willing and ready to serve. If you feel called or would like to discern if this ministry is where God is pointing you, please email Nick at nbrady@stmarys-wbl.org for details on the next steps.
PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES
Prayer Network At
St. Mary of the Lake
Please call your prayer requests in to the Parish Office 651-429-7771, option 1 or Terry (651) 429-4972.
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis monthly prayer request for priests:

January: View Here

February: 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.  
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.
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
The Path to Success Begins at Frassati Catholic Academy!
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.

Open Enrollment Begins Monday, January 25.

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