They set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them who were saying, "The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!"
~Lk 24:33-34
Letter of Archbishop Hebda
On April 17, 2020, Archbishop Hebda sent a letter to all the people of the archdiocese, announcing that suspension of public Masses will continue until at least May 4, 2020. I encourage you to read the letter.

Confirmation and First Eucharist
Easter Season is the time for the celebration of sacraments. We will schedule the celebration of First Eucharist and Confirmation when the suspension of public Masses is lifted. Archbishop Hebda has given pastors the faculty to celebrate Confirmation in the parish. Please keep the candidates for First Eucharist and Confirmation in your prayers.

Adoration and Confessions
We will continue to have Adoration of the Lord every day from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM. On Saturday and Sunday, adoration will take place at the church; Monday through Friday, adoration will be at the Parish Life Center. The Blessed Sacrament will be inside the building; you will be outside the building. Please observe social distancing should other adorers be present. Confessions will be held in the parking lot of the church every Saturday from 9:00 AM–10:00 AM.

Cancelation of Upcoming Events
Based on the current situation, we have decided to cancel the following events: the spring/summer rummage sale, the Respect Life Tea and flower sale, and the summer concert. I will have more to say about the summer concert in a future bulletin article.

Catholic Community Foundation – Catholic Emergency Relief Fund for Parishes/Schools
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Catholic parishes and schools are having to adapt at an alarming rate. The ingenuity that adaptation requires is costly and comes at a time when collections are in significant decline. In response, the Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota — in partnership with Archbishop Hebda — has established the Minnesota Catholic Relief Fund. Many people from outside our parish helped us when we were in difficult financial times. If you are able to make a gift to help another parish beyond your regular support of St. Mary of the Lake and Frassati, I encourage you to do so at

Frassati Gala and the Chapel at the Parish Life Center
See below for information about the Frassati Gala online auction, which begins tonight! We pray that the Gala will be a success, as we celebrate the wonderful formation and education our students are enjoying. The Fund a Need for the Gala is the creation of a chapel at the Parish Life Center. This joint project between Frassati and St. Mary of the Lake will transform the Sacred Space room on the second floor the Parish Life Center into a simple and beautiful chapel, where we can celebrate Mass and reserve the Blessed Sacrament. We will have additional information posted on the parish website following the Gala. Our hope is that the chapel will be ready for use in the fall.

Peace, Fr. Ralph Talbot
The ONLINE Frassati Spring Gala Auction Begins Tonight!
Although we may not be together, we are not letting that stop us from celebrating the great work being done at Frassati to educate and inspire our students to be tomorrow’s leaders.

Bidding begins TONIGHT Wednesday, April 22 at 6:00 PM and closes Friday, April 24 at 10:00 PM.

No cost to register! Register to bid and begin bidding HERE

This year, the 2020 FCA Spring Gala 'A Night in Tuscany' Fund-a-Need Project is a Chapel of the Beatitudes in the Parish Life Center at Frassati Catholic Academy.
Archbishop Hebda recently announced his decision to alter the Synod schedule so that we can all focus on our parishes and schools without any distraction during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Parish Consultation with Small Groups stage of the Synod will be delayed one year. While the Deanery Consultation planned for a Saturday in January or February of 2021 will still be held at that time, the more intensive Parish Consultation process, originally planned for Fall 2020, will now occur in Fall 2021 (the exact dates will be forthcoming).
There is great progress still underway for the Synod! We had over 8,000 people participate in the 19 general prayer and listening events and 11 focus events, providing over 35,000 comments. In addition, our Archdiocese had the highest response rate to the Disciple Maker Index of any diocese, with approximately 30,000 responses. Based on this information and other consultation, Archbishop Hebda plans to announce the initial set of focus areas in late May that will set the parameters for our discussions at the deanery and parish levels. Please keep that discernment in your prayer.
If you have questions about the Synod process, or what is happening at St Mary’s, contact Samantha Hagel
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Parish Office Information
Currently, we will allow access to the front entryway of the Parish Life Center for drop-off and pick-up but the doors to the right and left will be locked. Please call the main number 651-429-7771 option 1 if you need assistance. Our office hours are 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM Monday - Friday until further notice.

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Note to Our Parishioners
Assistance may be available for parishioners who need some help during these uncertain times. Email or call the parish office at 651-429-7771 option 1 and ask for Casey Green. Parishioners who are able to financially assist other parishioners are encouraged to make a donation payable to St. Mary of the Lake and note “Emergency Assistance Fund” in the memo line. Your gift will be restricted for the purpose of helping those in need.   
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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.
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 UnitedHealth 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 UnitedHealth 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 – 2:00 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