"I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him
will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing."
~Jn 15:5
Frassati Great Outdoors Virtual FUN-draiser has Begun!
There's Still Time to Partake in the Auction!!
 
The 2021 Spring FUN-draiser Virtual Auction at Frassati Catholic Academy, began April 28 and goes through the 30! Have you registered for your bid number yet? If not, there's still time, please do so now by visiting: https://fca.cbo.io/

Each year, we identify a specific area of need, known as our annual Fund-a-Need project, which supports an aspect of our STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts, and mathematics) curriculum. Our 2021 Fund-a-Need will raise funds specific to our science curriculum, impacting the learning experience in every classroom in our great school. In the auction preview site, you will see several auction items that you can “purchase” to directly support a teacher’s science curriculum.

Please join us! Bidding will close at 9:00 PM on Friday, April 30, so be sure to claim your items before the virtual event closes.
 
Chapel of the Beatitudes
Last year’s Fund-a-Need was the Chapel of the Beatitudes, a joint project between St. Mary of the Lake and Frassati. As I mentioned last week, Archbishop Hebda dedicated the chapel on April 21, 2021. Parishioners have asked about seeing the new chapel, which is located on the second floor of the Parish Life Center. We will schedule opportunities to visit the new chapel once school finishes in early June.  
 
May – The Month of Mary and the Month of the Rosary
Each year, the Church highlights Mary and the Rosary during the month of May. This year, Pope Francis is asking Catholics to pray the rosary for the end of the pandemic. http://www.pcpne.va/content/pcpne/en/news/2021-0423.html. For those unfamiliar with praying the rosary or for those looking for new reflections on the mysteries of the rosary, I invite you to visit the Word on Fire website and Bishop Robert Barron https://www.wordonfire.org/rosary.  
 
Peace, Fr. Talbot 
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.

Please note: Some weekend Masses are reserved for Confirmation families.  
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 livestreamed so that others can participate online.
NEWS & EVENTS
Family Rosary Procession
Sunday, May 2, 1:15 PM from the State Capitol to the Cathedral of Saint Paul  
Please join Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda for the May Family Rosary Procession. The gathering at the Capitol will begin at 1:15 PM and the procession will begin at 2:00 PM. Limited seating will be available at the Cathedral. The event will also be livestreamed via the Cathedral of Saint Paul Facebook page. For more information visit minnesotarosaryprocessions.org
Outdoor Volunteer Thank You!
Thank you so much to those who volunteered to clean-up and prep all the shrub areas at the church! Your work is greatly appreciated.
Senior Mass and Lunch
The Senior Mass and Lunch is Thursday, May 13, at 11:00 AM. This year’s Mass will be in the church and you may attend Mass in the church or stay in your car in the parking lot and listen on your radio. Communion will be brought to your car. Box lunches will be distributed after Mass. RSVP is not required for this Senior programming event.
Memorial Day Mass at the Cemetery
After cancelling this event last year due to Covid, we are going to bring back the outdoor Mass at the cemetery in 2021! The Mass will be on Monday, May 31 at 9:00 AM. Our cemetery is located at 1625 Stillwater Street in White Bear Township. Please bring a lawn chair. The Mass takes place in the north end of the cemetery. In that area, there is a road around the big central area. There is plenty of room to park there. Otherwise, there is limited parking in the rest of the cemetery and parking on the street is the alternative.

The protocol for an outdoor event in Minnesota is that the workers/volunteers are required to wear masks. Participants are not required to wear masks if they stay six feet from others. If you want to receive communion, you will have to put on/wear a mask for the Eucharistic minister to approach you. Other things that are different from past Masses at the cemetery are the following: no worship aids, no passing the basket (although there will be a way to donate) and no treats after Mass this year. Let’s hope it is a beautiful day! As a back-up, the location in case of rain is the church.   
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
Join a Synod Small Group at your Parish this Fall!

Learn more about what will be discussed, participation and how to join HERE.
FAITH FORMATION
Faith Formation Summer Programs
Our Summer BLAST program for 25 middle school youth, currently in grades 6-8, will take place on the Thursdays in July: 1, 8, 15, 22* and 29 from 9:00 AM – noon. Each day will include a concept of the day, a service project and fun games. Youth can pick and choose which days they want to participate. Register HERE.
*On July 22 we will have an outing to Feed My Starving Children, leaving at 8:15 AM and returning around Noon.

Vacation Bible School will take place August 9 – 13, 2021. The maximum number of children will be 45. It will be an outside program on the church grounds (not the PLC) from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. You can sign up in groups of five, or we can assign children into groups. Register HERE. Register to Volunteer HERE.

Contact Karlene Feidt with questions at kfeidt@stmarys-wbl.org.
POSITION AVAILABLE
Our Faith Formation department is looking to hire a part-time Preschool/Kindergarten/VBS coordinator. The ideal candidate will have experience/education in working with preschool children and knowledge of basic Catholic theology. A full job description will be posted on the website next week.

The position is available to start July 1, 2021.
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
May: 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

  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
Reduce, reuse, recycle are habits our Frassati Falcons practice year-round! And for Earth Day, the students make a point of it to elevate the ways they are caring for our one beautiful planet. From the whale the middle school students create out of plastic bags (inspired by the story of Jonah and the whale from the book of Jonah), to the recycled items that fill the floor as kindergarten students select their materials for a special art project, the students are always looking for new ways to reduce their waste.
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
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