"In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?" ~Jn 14:2
Public Masses
In a letter dated May 1, Archbishop Hebda indicated that we may be able to return to public Masses as soon as May 18. The archbishop offered a few requirements, such as social distancing and the sanitization of the space. However, each parish will need to develop its own protocols based on the worship space and the resources of the parish. We are still reviewing how to best implement the goal of returning to public worship and maintaining public health. I hope to send a communication to you next week, describing the way we will move forward at St. Mary of the Lake.  View Letter.
Mother’s Day
Happy Mother’s Day to all of our moms. I pray that God would bless you in your vocation as mother. We also remember our mothers who have died and pray that they now rest with God and intercede for us, their children.
Giving Opportunities – Catholic Services Appeal
In last weekend’s bulletin, I thanked everyone for your desire to make a gift to those in need and offered a few suggestions for you to consider as you make that gift. I forgot to mention the Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) among those suggestions. As you know, the CSA supports 20 ministries in our local Church, including several ministries that directly support the poor and marginalized in the Twin Cities. You may remember that when we began the CSA in February, I promised to base my gift to the CSA on the following formula: $1 for every parishioner who gives to CSA and an additional $1 for any parishioner who gives this year but did not give last year. As of today, 562 parishioners have given to the CSA, including 125 new givers. This means that my CSA gift is currently at $687. If you have not yet given to the CSA, I ask you to consider making a gift by May 31. I will extend my matching offer to that date.
Chapel of the Beatitudes at Frassati/St. Mary of the Lake
As I have noted in other communications, St. Mary of the Lake and Frassati Catholic Academy are jointly working to transform the current Sacred Space room in the Parish Life Center into the Chapel of the Beatitudes. The chapel will be a beautiful space for Mass and private prayer for the students and staff of Frassati, the Faith Formation students and catechists, faith sharing groups and the staff of St. Mary of the Lake. Most of the liturgical items for the chapel were purchased at the recent Frassati Gala. However, a few items remain. If you or your family are interested in purchasing one of these items or contributing to the project, please call or email me at frtalbot@stmarys-wbl.org. The remaining items are:
  • The altar: $4,000
  • The ambo: $1,500
  • The chapel entryway: $1,200
  • Book of the Gospels: $200
  • Missal (Mass Prayers): $175

Peace, Fr. Talbot 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The month of May is approaching, a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view.

For this reason, I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May. This can be done either as a group or individually; you can decide according to your own situations, making the most of both opportunities. The key to doing this is always simplicity, and it is easy also on the internet to find good models of prayers to follow.

I am also providing two prayers to Our Lady that you can recite at the end of the Rosary, and that I myself will pray in the month of May, in spiritual union with all of you. I include them with this letter so that they are available to everyone.

Dear brothers and sisters, contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial. I keep all of you in my prayers, especially those suffering most greatly, and I ask you, please, to pray for me. I thank you, and with great affection I send you my blessing.

For instructions on how to pray the Rosary:

If you would like a Rosary handcrafted by the St. Mary’s Rosary Makers, stop by the Parish Life Center M-F 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM.

Photo: © Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk  
Walking for Health, Justice and Peace
During these days of COVID-19, many people are taking long walks for exercise and social distancing. If you do, please consider adding an element of prayer to your walks. Based loosely on the prayer-stations-of-peace that are part of our annual Fall “Walk for Peace” here at St. Mary’s, the following link will give you some ideas of special intentions that can be part of your daily walk. Make yours a “Walk for Health, Justice and Peace.”  View Here.

Photo by Sammie Vasquez on Unsplash
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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.

Pick up the Easter edition of The Word Among Us and other resources in the entryway.
They're FREE!

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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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 .
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
Teacher Appreciation Week
Thank you FCA teachers for inspiring our Falcons mind, igniting their imaginations and instilling a love for learning!

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
Dementia Caregiver Support Group
The Dementia Caregiver Support Group is meeting online, on the first Tuesday of every month. This group is conducted by Brookdale of North Oaks and offers the following virtual events:

  • Stopping senior scammers—a member of the sheriff’s department will be there.
  • Dementia education
  • Presentation on isolation with live music from a music therapist.

Call Daniel Reinke at 763-913-6140 to provide your email address.