In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are - the Holy One of God!" Jesus rebuked him and said, "Quiet! Come out of him!"
~Mk 1:23-25
Frassati Catholic Academy: Catholic Schools Week January 31–February 5
Welcome to the students, parents, teachers and staff from Frassati Catholic Academy, who begin Catholic Schools Week at the Masses at St. Mary of the Lake and St. Pius X. 

Frassati Catholic Academy – Open Enrollment for 2021-2022
Enrollment for the 2021-2022 academic year is now open at Frassati Catholic Academy, our regional Catholic school. We expect to reach capacity very quickly, based on the volume of interest from new and returning families. Therefore, I encourage those families with students entering Pre-K to 8th grade to visit the Frassati website at, read about the school and review our 2020 Annual Report. Please contact our principal, Mr. Patrick Gallivan, to schedule a tour of the school and learn more about the school, financial assistance, and the STREAM model of integrated learning (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math). You can contact Mr. Gallivan at 429-7771 (option 2) or

Second Annual Fund Drive for Frassati Catholic Academy
Frassati is funded through tuition and fees, financial support from the parishes of St. Mary of the Lake and St. Pius X, grants from various organizations and supporters of Catholic schools, and fundraisers in the fall (5K Run/Walk), the winter (Catholic United Financial Catholic Schools Raffle) and spring (Gala). Last year, recognizing the need to develop long-term funding that keeps tuition costs affordable, supports teacher development, and offers additional tuition assistance to families, we began the Frassati Annual Fund last year. We encourage alumni of Catholic schools and parishioners and supporters of Catholic schools to support the mission of Frassati through the Frassati Annual Fund. In our first year, generous donors invested more than $200,000, which allowed us to offer additional financial assistance to qualifying families. Normally, a second collection at Mass would provide the opportunity for you to support the Frassati Annual Fund. However, given our abnormal situation due to COVID, we have agreed to allow Frassati to send a letter to each of our registered parishioners inviting your support. Checks for the Frassati Annual Fund should be made payable to Frassati Catholic Academy.

Support the Catholic Schools Raffle at Frassati
Frassati Catholic Academy is joining the annual Catholic United Financial School Raffle for the second time. From January 15 – February 28, students from Frassati Catholic Academy will join students from Catholic schools across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota in selling the $5 tickets. Each ticket purchased gives ticket buyers the opportunity to win a 2021 Ford EcoSport (or $20,000 in cash), or other great prizes totaling $40,000 in value. Best of all, every penny of every ticket sold stays at Frassati Catholic Academy thanks to the Raffle’s sole sponsor, Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company provides all the prizes and promotion materials for the Raffle at no cost to the participating schools. I encourage you to buy some tickets to support our Catholic School and, just maybe, to win a new car!! Tickets can be purchased from a Frassati student or by visiting the school office at the Parish Life Center. Please visit the Catholic United Raffle webpage for a list of the prizes and to see the mission of Catholic United Financial. The Grand Prize drawing ceremony will take place on March 11. 
Peace, Fr. Talbot
Masses on Sunday, January 31 are reserved for
Frassati Catholic Academy families.
Confessions Heard Saturdays,
9:00 AM at the House of Mercy

You never know who will appear 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.
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.
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 is required.

  • 8:00 AM Mass
  • 12:00 PM Prayer Service
  • 5:00 PM Mass
  • 6:30 PM Prayer Service
Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross will be offered at 4:30 PM on Fridays 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.
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.
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
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
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 for details on the next steps.
Pope Francis Releases New Book 
Pope Francis recently released his latest book, “Let Us Dream.” In the prologue, he writes, "But - and I say this with pain and shame - let's also think of the usurers, the payday lenders who have appeared at the doors of desperate people. If they stretch out their hands, it is to offer loans that can never be repaid, and which end up permanently indebting those who accept them. Such lenders speculate with the suffering of others." This is a timely reminder as the Social Justice Committee (SJC) of St. Mary’s continues to focus on the legislative priority to cap interest rates payday lenders charge consumers. If you have any questions about the SJC’s work, contact Kathryn Lien at  
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 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 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.
Catholic Schools Week January 31 - February 5
Frassati Catholic Academy is kicking off Catholic Schools Week on Sunday, January 31 with Mass at St. Mary of the Lake with our Frassati families. The week ahead is filled with a mix of new and traditional activities for our Falcons to participate in throughout the week!
We’ll be collecting donations for the White Bear Area Food Shelf all week. Please drop off all donations at the school office by noon on Friday, February 5. Thank you for your support!
Learn more about Frassati at or call 651-429-7771 option 2.
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
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