"If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love."
~Jn 15:10
Mother’s Day
Happy Mother’s Day to all of our moms. I pray that God abundantly blesses you in your vocation as mothers. We also remember our mothers who have died and pray that they now rest with God and intercede for us, their children.

Reopening at Church
Several people have made two requests for the weekend Masses: 
1) that we stop requiring people to register for the Mass; and, 2) that we allow more people. As I mentioned in my recent letter to all parishioners, the COVID-19 protocols remain in place at church. Although there is no cap on the number of people who can attend Mass in person, those who attend Mass must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth and maintain a six-foot distance from people of other households. Archbishop Hebda recently emphasized our obligation to obey and enforce these protocols. Those protocols limit the number of people who can attend Mass in person. The online registration helps us ensure that we have the right number of people for the space, given the limitations imposed on us. Without the online registration, we would be forced to turn away people once our capacity is reached. I recognize that online registration is an inconvenience. However, it is an inconvenience I am asking you to embrace until the rules change and we can open more robustly. We have added the 5:00 PM Mass and increased the number of spots at the other two Masses, so that more people can attend in person. I am grateful for your cooperation with the protocols and request that you contact me with questions or concerns. 

Senior Mass and Lunch
We will have a special Mass for our seniors at 11:00 AM on May 13, 2021. You can attend Mass in the church or from your car in the parking lot. If you are in the parking lot, Holy Communion will be brought to you. A box lunch will be distributed to you after Mass. I look forward to being with you next week.

Confirmation Next Weekend
All of the Masses on May 15 and 16 are reserved for our Confirmation candidates and their families. Please pray for our young people as they receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation.
 
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: All of the Masses on May 15 and 16 are reserved for our Confirmation candidates and their families. Please pray for our young people as they receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation.
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
Mentor Ministry Opportunity Available
Do you feel called to journey with disciples of Christ and help welcome them to the parish? If yes, please consider serving at St. Mary’s as part of the New Parishioner Mentor Ministry! Through this ministry, incoming new parishioners will be connected to a Mentor Minister (this could be you!) 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 would like to discern if this ministry is where God is pointing you, please email Nick at nbrady@stmarys-wbl.org for details on the next steps.
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. 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. Your to go boxes will be inclusive of: chicken salad in a fruit boat, small croissant with butter and a Milano cookie. 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 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! In case of rain we will celebrate Mass in 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!

Help Archbishop determine priorities under each Synod focus area, with Synod Small Groups! Learn more 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:

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
The Frassati students continue to celebrate the Easter season and celebrate the cross as the symbol of love and joy! In Spanish, our kindergarten through fourth-grade students worked on a fun art project, using pastel crayons, while discussing the cross en Espanol. 
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
Help for Housing in Minnesota
Minnesota Housing is pleased to announce that RentHelpMN is now open and accepting applications. RentHelpMN makes it possible for eligible renters to get caught up on overdue rent and utilities dating back to March 13, 2021. It also makes provisions for those at risk of falling behind on rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note that RentHelpMN is in Phase One, in which people with past due rent who meet eligibility requirements are invited to apply.

To apply for RentHelpMN, please visit renthelpmn.org or call 211. The 211 helpline has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions about RentHelpMN, available 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Monday through Saturday.
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