"You are witnesses of these things."
~Lk 24:28
Congratulations to our First Communion Class
Congratulations to the young people from the parish making their First Holy Communion this weekend. I offer my thanks to the parents of these children, to Mary Beth Jambor, the Director of Sacraments and Worship, Karlene Feidt, the Director of Faith Formation, and the teachers and catechists who have prepared the children for this important moment in their life. The Eucharist is “the source and summit” of the Catholic life and we welcome our young people to participation in this great mystery of love, which the Lord has given to his Church.

Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda Statement Regarding the Death of Daunte Wright
“I offer my condolences to the family and friends of Daunte Wright for the loss of their son, father, brother and friend. I have also been praying for his eternal repose, for his family and for all those who loved him. Daunte was created by God in his image and likeness and for a “definite purpose,” as St. John Henry Newman wrote, and we grieve the loss of his young life. I also am praying for the Brooklyn Center Police officer involved in the shooting, and for her family and friends. I suspect that they are grieving in a different way. While early indications point towards the shooting being accidental, I encourage allowing investigators from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to complete a thorough investigation before coming to any personal judgments as to what occurred. I hope that we as a community might be able to pause and pray, particularly during this time of already heightened tension due to the Chauvin trial. I am encouraged and inspired by the pleas for peace that have continued to come from the family of George Floyd. As I did last month when the trial began, I ask that all of us take time daily to pray for justice, but also for peace in our families and in our communities.”
Principal from our School in Marfranc, Haiti Kidnapped
As we deal with civil unrest in Minnesota, the people of Haiti continue to suffer the lawlessness that has been their daily lives for the past few years. Gang violence and kidnappings for ransom terrorize the people. This past week, Sister Anne Marie Dorcélus, the principal of the Cecelia Duffy Memorial School in Marfranc was kidnapped, along with five priests, another Sister, and three lay people, as they made their way to Mass for the installation of Sister’s nephew as pastor. The kidnappers, members of a gang, have demanded $1 million ransom for the safe return of the victims. As you can imagine, Sister Evelynne, her religious community, the school community, and the people of Marfranc are devastated by this news. The Conference of Haitian Religious (CHR) expressed the feelings of all Haitians regarding the situation in Haiti: The CHR expresses its deep sorrow, but also its anger at the subhuman situation through which we have been wading for more than a decade. Not a day goes by without weeping and gnashing of teeth, yet the so called leaders of this country, while clinging to power, are increasingly powerless and equally nonexistent if we consider the responsibility of 'a power established according to the norms which govern a nation.’ We can't take it anymore! Please pray for the safe return of these victims, an end to the lawlessness, and a greater respect for the dignity of all the Haitian people.   

Peace, Fr. Talbot 

All the Masses on April 17 and 18 are reserved for families with children celebrating First Communion. Watch Mass on YouTube this weekend and celebrate with our young people as we welcome them to the table of the Lord!
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 not necessary.
Saturday Mass
We have Mass in the church on Saturdays at 5:00 PM. Sign up is required as space is limited. Saturday Mass will continued to be livestreamed and can be viewed HERE.

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 Saturday and 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.
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.
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
Catholic Home Missions Appeal
The Catholic Home Missions Appeal is next Sunday, April 25, 2021. Did you know that over 40% of dioceses in the U.S. and U.S. territories are unable to support necessary pastoral activities for their communities? Even dioceses in our own state receive grants from Catholic Home Missions: Duluth, Crookston and New Ulm. By donating to the Catholic Home Missions appeal, you provide support for even the most basic pastoral programs like faith formation and sacraments. Please prayerfully consider how you can support this appeal. Please write your checks to St. Mary’s. Use your Catholic Home Missions envelope and/or notate Catholic Home Missions in the memo line of your check. Thank you!
Fair Trade 50% Off Sale
Fair Trade products, via the Social Justice Committee Fair Trade Sales, are available for 50% off! Back stock is limited so get your items today. Currently available are bags of coffee, whole and ground, and select varieties of tea and chocolate. Contact Nick Brady to place your virtual order today at nbrady@stmarys-wbl.org.
Outdoor Volunteer Opportunity
Volunteers are needed this spring to clean-up and prep all the shrub areas at the church. Please contact Greg at 612-978-8167 or gmortenson@stmarys-wbl.org.
Mark Your Calendar
St. Mary’s will have the Spring Senior Mass and Lunch on May 13, 2021. Again it will take place in the parking lot with Mass at 11:00 AM and a box lunch served.  
Social Justice
Advocate for peace and justice with our representatives in the Minnesota Legislature. The Social Justice Legislative Tracker provides continual status updates of important legislation impacting our shared values as Catholics. View the latest updates HERE
Synod Update
View the Year 1 and Year 2 recap — looking forward to Year 3 and small groups Synod update HERE. Watch for more to come. 
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:

April: 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 front desk is 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

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  4. Under recent publication, click subscribe.
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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
St. Mary of the Lake parishioners, please register now for your bid number for the upcoming 2021 Spring FUN-draiser Virtual Auction, running April 28-30! Simply visit: https://fca.cbo.io/

The spring event at Frassati Catholic Academy is our most successful fundraiser every year, generating a significant amount of money that helps support both our immediate needs and our long-term goals. Before the pandemic, parents, parishioners, and community members gathered in-person for a Gala and participated in a live auction that raised thousands of dollars for scholarships, a specific annual area of need (known as our yearly Fund-a-Need project), capital improvements, teacher development, and so much more.

As with our 2020 event, our 2021 festivities will again feature a virtual auction! Our 2021 auction line-up is amazing. You won't want to miss this incredible opportunity! With over 100 auction items and packages, there is something for everyone at every price point. Plus, your purchases support the enhancement and expansion of Catholic education in White Bear Lake. WIN-WIN!

If you have questions, please email Monica Kenney at monica.kenney@frassatiwbl.org. Otherwise, please be sure to register now and mark your calendar to visit the virtual auction room at noon on Wednesday, April 28. Claim the items you want before the bidding closes at 9:00 PM on Friday, April 30.

Thank you in advance for your continued support and enthusiasm!

**If you open your camera on your phone and hover over the image, it automatically takes you to the registration site. No special app needed!
Falcon Feed Blog
Stay in the loop on Frassati news and Falcon activities, be sure to subscribe to the Falcon Feed Blog. Have new blog posts sent directly to your inbox. Subscribe HERE
RESOURCES
White Bear Food Shelf Update
March is food sharing month in which every donation given to the White Bear Food Shelf is matched. Because of the pandemic this year, collections will be a little different:

  • First, there will be a social media campaign for nonperishable goods
  • Second, the WBL Food Shelf is in need of fresh and perishable foods
  • Third, diapers (sizes 4-6) and baby wipes are in high demand
  • Lastly, financial donations are encouraged for every dollar donated, the Food Shelf can purchase eight dollars worth of food. 

Please consider this donation. 
White Bear Area Food Shelf
1884 Whitaker Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
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
Safe Environment Information
St. Mary of the Lake is devoted to creating safe environments for all to feel welcome. Protecting children, youth and vulnerable adults is of highest importance. If you want more information or suspect abuse go HERE