"And a voice came from the heavens, 'You are my beloved Son; with whom I am well pleased.'"
~Mt 1:11
Baptism of the Lord
As the Church celebrates the Baptism of the Lord, we are reminded of our own baptism and our vocation to holiness. We live our baptism and grow in holiness by fulfilling the parish mission statement - being centered in the Eucharist while seeking to know Jesus better, follow him more closely, and share him more generously.

On January 4, the Church celebrated the feast day of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first native born American to be canonized a saint. Mother Seton offered encouraging words on the vocation of holiness to the Sisters in her community. She wrote:

“I will tell you what is my own great help. I once read or heard that an interior life means but the continuation of our Savior’s life in us; that the great object of all his mysteries is to merit for us the grace of his interior life and communicate it to us, it being the end of his mission to lead us into the sweet land of promise, a life of constant union with himself. And what was the first rule of our dear Savior’s life? You know it was to do his Father’s will. Well, then, the first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly, to do
it in the manner he wills; and thirdly, to do it because it is his will.”

The keys to holiness proposed by this great saint are as applicable to us today as they were to the Sisters 200 years ago. I offer a special encouragement to parents, who, at the baptism of your children, promised to be the first and best teachers of your children in the ways of faith. I invite you to sit down with your children, show them the pictures of their baptism, and remind them of the promises you made to God. May God bless you with the grace to fulfill those promises.

The Baptism of the Lord concludes the Christmas season. I offer my thanks to all who shared your time and talent to make our Christmas celebrations prayerful and joyful. I am also grateful to all who shared your financial resources with the parish. Generous and joyful stewardship of time, talent and treasure is central to Christian discipleship and a concrete response to our baptism.

Thanks to those who sent me a card, treat, or gift during the Christmas season. I appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity.

Peace, Fr. Talbot
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.

There will be NO confessions on January 16.

Learn how to use the House of Mercy in this YouTube video.

See Fr. Talbot and the House of Mercy featured on KSTP, Channel 5 News!
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 no longer necessary.
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.
Sign up for 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.
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 live streamed so that others can participate online.
NEWS & EVENTS
Prayer Service for Life
Friday, January 22 at 10:30 AM at the Cathedral. This prayer service commemorates the millions of lives lost to abortion and the many women and men wounded by abortion’s aftermath. Limited seating will be available, and COVID-19 protocols will be followed. The prayer service will also be livestreamed on the Cathedral’s Facebook page. Visit
www.archspm.org/prayer-service-life/ for more details.
PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis monthly prayer request for priests:

January: 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 office front desk will be 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
Discover, Learn and Thrive!
Frassati Catholic Academy is dedicated to educating students in a safe, nurturing and encouraging environment, providing an exceptional Catholic education and encouraging a growth mindset through our STREAM curriculum. We are blessed with a team who goes above and beyond to teach our students in a small school environment in a style that fits their learning needs. We strive to develop the future moral leaders of tomorrow by instilling the Catholic virtues today.

Learn more at www.frassati-wbl.org or contact the school office at 651-429-7771 option 2.
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. Curbside Pick Up Hours: 

Monday: 4:00 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM 2:00 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 United Health 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 United Health 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 – 1:00 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