"I will ask the Father, and he will give you another
Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth."
~Jn 14:16-17a
Public Masses at St. Mary of the Lake
In a letter dated May 1, Archbishop Hebda indicated that we might be able to return to public Masses as soon as May 18. A set of liturgical directives was subsequently sent to each pastor. The directives describe the various requirements to be in place and followed if and when a church reopens. The directives are fairly detailed, yet leave some discretion to each parish to adapt according to its space and resources. The parish staff and I have been discussing the best way to implement the directives at St. Mary of the Lake, I have also consulted with our Parish Leadership Council and with other pastors. As of today, we are not prepared to implement those directives. Therefore, I have made the decision that we will not offer public Masses at St. Mary of the Lake from May 18-25. We will continue to assess the situation and our ability to implement the directives, which seek a reverent celebration of the Mass and care for our worshippers and staff. Once we have developed a concrete set of guidelines for St. Mary of the Lake that meet those two requirements, then we will post those guidelines to the website, mail them to each registered parishioner, post a video on our YouTube page and open for Mass. 
 
In the midst of our parish discussions, Governor Walz spoke last night (Wednesday) and announced that public gatherings of more than 10 people were still prohibited. He specifically included gatherings for worship in that category. His prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people for worship gives us the window to solidify our plans to the liturgical directives. As I write this column at noon on Thursday, May 14, Archbishop Hebda and the other bishops of Minnesota have not responded to the Governor’s announcement. 
 
I recognize that this development (or lack of development) is disappointing. People are hungry for gathering as a community and for sacramental reception of the Eucharist. I am hungry to gather with you. In the meantime, I want to emphasize that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues to be suspended . This means that you do not sin if you do not physically attend Mass. I encourage you to continue watching our livestream of the Mass.   

Update: New guidance from Archbishop Hebda is anticipated before the end of the day today to prepare for when and how Phase II will begin for archdiocesan churches.
Memorial Day Mass
Based on the current restrictions, I have decided to cancel the Memorial Day Mass at our cemetery. We will live stream a Mass from church on May 25 as we honor those who have died in service to our country. We will also remember parishioners and alumni of our school who have died in the past year, as well as others who have been buried in our cemetery in the last year. I invite you to join me via YouTube in this solemn celebration.
 
Peace, Fr. Talbot
NEWS & EVENTS
Mission Matters Series
NEW weekly series from the Mission Team at St. Mary of the Lake!
Each week one of the Mission team members will share a 3 minute reflection on the mission of the church—to Know, Follow and Share Jesus. This week, Samantha Hagel will reflect on mission at St. Mary’s. View Samantha’s reflection HERE .

Your Mission Matters , surround yourself with people on the same Mission!
Just Books to Meet Virtually
St. Mary’s Social Justice committee is presenting our fourth annual summer book club, Just Books. Our 2020 summer gatherings will take place virtually, via Zoom. We will begin at 7:00 PM and end by 8:30 PM. Here is the list of books and the dates for the conversations:
 
·  Wednesday, June 17, Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli.
·  Wednesday, July 15, Staring Down the Tiger, Pa Der Vang, editor.
·  Wednesday, August 19, Walk In a Relaxed Manner by Joyce Rupp.
 
The books have been chosen to highlight the common bond we share as wanderers and seekers, moving beyond our own comforts into a place of compassion and solidarity with our fellow travelers. Please join the conversation, there will be plenty of room! You will need to register, so we can contact you with the Zoom link. To register, or for more information, please contact Kathryn Lien at kathrynannlien@gmail.com
 
PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES

Here are instructions on how to pray the Rosary:

FIRST PRAYER | SECOND PRAYER (to recite at the end of 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  
PARISH INFORMATION
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.  
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.

The parish office will be closed Monday, May 25, 2020 in observance of Memorial Day.

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
Help Us Recognize and Celebrate Our 8th Grade Class of 2020! 
#FCAFALCONS2020 #ALLINTHISTOGETHER
Now Enrolling Preschool through Grade 8 for the
2020-21 School Year at Frassati Catholic Academy!

Explore all that Frassati Catholic Academy has to offer! We strive to develop the future moral leaders of tomorrow by instilling the Catholic virtues today. We utilize the STREAM philosophy to encourage a growth mindset in our students.

For more information contact Principal Gallivan at patrick.gallivan@frassati.org .
RESOURCES
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