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