"As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world.
And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth."
~Jn 17:18-19
Ascension Sunday
Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Ascension, which recalls the day when Jesus Christ, having completed his redemptive work on earth, entered into heaven in his glorified human body. Before ascending to the right hand of His Father, Jesus promised to send them the Holy Spirit. He also instructed gave them the mission of the Church: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you (Mt. 28: 19-20).” The ability of the apostles to succeed in that mission was the Holy Spirit who descended upon them and filled them with gifts on Pentecost. As we await the celebration of Pentecost next weekend, we pray that we would be generous and faithful disciples of the Lord, striving to fulfill the mission of the Church. We sing, Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come Holy Spirit) as we prepare to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church on Pentecost Sunday.
 
Confirmation
At this weekend’s Masses, fifty-eight young people will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation and receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit’s gifts. We pray that our newly confirmed put those gifts to use in service of their family, the parish, and the wider community. I am grateful to the parents of Confirmand and all those people responsible for their formation. 

New Guidelines for Mass – May 29/30
Our current guidelines for gathering for Sunday Mass will stay in place until the weekend of May 29/30. Until then, you must register for weekend Mass on line, wear a mask and maintain a six foot distance between you and those not in your household. HOWEVER, beginning on the weekend of May 29/30:

  • you will not need to register for Masses (Alleluia)
  • the social distancing requirement will be eliminated (Alleluia)  
  • we will have congregational singing beginning on May 29/30 (Alleluia)  

Everyone will be required to wear a mask until July 1 or as soon as 70% of people are vaccinated (whichever is earlier). I am grateful for your patience as we worshipped through this pandemic. St. Mary of the Lake was able to stay open through these days because of your cooperation. 

Bishop Elect James Golka
Pope Francis has appointed Fr. James Golka from the Diocese of Grand Island Nebraska to be the next bishop of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Father Golka attended the St. Paul Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 1994. Some of you may remember Fr. Golka from his days as a teaching parish seminarian at St. Mary of the Lake. Fr. Golka will be ordained a bishop in Colorado Springs on June 29, 2021, the Feast of
Ss. Peter and Paul. We pray that God would abundantly bless the bishop-elect in his new ministry.
 
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 this weekend 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
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. Although the state mandate now allows for no masks at outdoor events of this size, you may certainly choose to wear your mask. 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. Let’s hope it is a beautiful day! If it rains, 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.

The position is available to start July 1, 2021.

Contact Karlene Feidt to learn more kfeidt@stmarys-wbl.org.
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.  
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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
Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, Frassati families and friends, St. Pius X parishioners, St. Mary of the Lake parishioners, the companies and individuals who donated items for the virtual auction, and our outstanding sponsors, we were able to raise $106,570. A portion of this money will be used to purchase the science curriculum items that were directly funded via this year’s Fund-a-Need. The remaining proceeds will help support immediate needs and long-term goals, including scholarships, capital improvements, teacher development, and so much more.
 
Thank you for all you did and continue to do to support our mission, as we strive to provide an exceptional Catholic education to the children of today while inspiring them to be virtuous leaders of tomorrow.
 
We would like to especially thank our Presenting Sponsor, Rink-Tec International, the industry leader in ice rink construction and service throughout the Midwest and nationwide. Kyle Gillespie, owner, and his wife, Kim, are parishioners of St. Mary’s and active supporters of Frassati since 2016. They have two children who attend Frassati, Logan in third grade and Kate in first. Frassati is beyond grateful for Rink-Tec signing on as our first sponsor of the 2021 event, and investing in our mission as our exclusive Presenting Sponsor!
Falcon Feed Blog
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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