He bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
~Jn 20:5-7
He is risen from the dead! Alleluia! He is truly risen! Alleluia!
As I said in last year’s Palm Sunday homily, God wins. God always wins. After more than a year of shut down, the Church repeats that same message today with great faith and great joy: God wins. God has defeated the powers of sin and death and opened for us the possibility of eternal life with Him. Yes, many in our world seek to silence that message; sometimes, the harsh circumstances of life can lead us to question the truth of that message. Today’s great Solemnity of Easter encourages us: we will not let the message be silenced; we will not fail to express our faith in Jesus, for he has risen from the dead and we who have been baptized into his life and death are invited to share in his resurrection. Alleluia!

Our mission as a parish is to know, follow and share Jesus, to witness to his love, to announce the Good News. The parish is blessed by so many who live the mission in their daily lives and by serving others in the community. Unfortunately, a great number of these people have been away from active ministry because of COVID-19. I look forward to their return as vaccinations increase. I am very grateful for those who have been able to serve at the daily and Sunday Masses, funerals, weddings, and other liturgies. Your love for God and neighbor has allowed us to welcome people to the church safely and to broadcast the Mass to those at home. On behalf of all the parishioners, thank you for your efforts.

I also want to publicly thank the staff of St. Mary of the Lake. This past year has caused everyone to reevaluate their particular ministry, find new ways to accomplish their mission, and serve in ways not always included in their job descriptions. We have not always done this perfectly, but it is not from lack of trying. Our goals are to serve God and to serve you, the people of God, and to help all of us fulfill our mission to know Jesus more intimately, follow him more closely and share him more generously. May God continue to bless and guide our work.   

Finally, I offer my thanks to all of you, the people of St. Mary of the Lake. Your faith is inspiring. Though this Lent has been better than last year’s, many challenges and disappointments continue. Despite these obstacles, you remain engaged, generous, and grateful. Your words and actions confess your belief that God wins. That God always wins. Thank you. 

No Confessions at St. Mary of the Lake on April 10
I will be away for a few days. Therefore, no confessions will be offered at the House of Mercy on April 10.

Divine Mercy Sunday, April 11
Next weekend, the Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday. I invite you to attend the Divine Mercy liturgy, which includes the opportunity for confession. Divine Mercy liturgies will be celebrated at St. Pius X (2:30 – 3:30 PM) and St. Jude of the Lake (2:00 – 4:00 PM). See their websites for additional information
 
Catholic Services Appeal Update
The 2021 Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) is underway. After five weeks, 335 families have responded. Thank you. I invite all families to contribute to the CSA and the 20 ministries supported by the CSA. You can make an online gift at https://csafspm.org/givecsaf.

Stimulus Payments – An opportunity for extra almsgiving?
President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan, aimed at easing the economic impact of the virus. A portion of the legislation includes up to $1,400-per-person stimulus payments that will be sent to about 90% of American households. Many people need these funds to pay their bills. They have lost their job or had work hours reduced. These funds will be used to make their rent or mortgage payment, buy groceries, and pay medical bills. Other people’s economic situation has not been as significantly impacted by the virus and do not need these funds. To the parishioners in this group, I invite you to prayerfully consider extra almsgiving, by donating some or all of your stimulus payment to one of the following areas:

  • St. Mary of the Lake debt reduction
  • St. Mary of the Lake capital repair and replacement fund
  • St. Mary of the Lake Haiti fund
  • Catholic Services Appeal

An extra gift can be included with your regular Sunday & Easter stewardship. Please clearly indicate your gift intention on the check or on the envelope. Gifts to the CSA should be made payable to the Catholic Services Appeal.
 
On behalf of your parish staff, I offer a blessed Easter to all!!
 
Peace, Fr. Talbot
The parish office is closed on Good Friday (4/2/2021)
and on Easter Monday (4/5/2021).
Holy Week - Easter Sunday Schedule
(All the events requiring sign up are full. Please join us via livestream.)

Thursday, April 1
  • Morning Prayer, 8:00 AM - No need to sign up.
  • Holy Thursday Liturgy, 7:00 PM - Sign up required, livestreamed.
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 8:00 - 10:00 PM

Friday, April 2
  • Morning Prayer, 8:00 AM - No need to sign up.
  • Stations of the Cross, 3:00 PM - Sign up required.
  • Good Friday Liturgy, 7:00 PM - Sign up required, livestreamed.

Saturday, April 3
  • Easter Vigil, 8:00 PM - Sign up required, livestreamed.

Sunday, April 4
  • Easter Sunday, 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM
  • Sign up is required for both Masses.
  • Only the 9 AM Mass will be livestreamed.
  • Parking lot option: Sign up is required for both Masses. Listen to the Mass on your car radio and Communion will be brought out to your car. Please park on Bald Eagle Avenue or the parking lot.
Easter Sunday, 12:15 - 1:15 PM - Watch the livestreamed Easter Sunday Mass at home on YouTube, and come and receive Communion between 12:15 PM and 1:15 PM in the church parking lot. No sign-up needed.
To reserve your space go HERE.
Easter Blessings with the Bishops - April 4
Receive a special blessing from the bishops this Easter! Drive past the Cathedral on April 4 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM. Please remain in your cars with the windows rolled up. Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Bishop Andrew Cozzens will be standing outside to offer a blessing for you and your family as you drive past!
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.
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.

View Father Talbot’s Invitation to Reconciliation HERE
Going to Confession 101 – View HERE

There will be no confessions on April 10.
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
Fair Trade 50% Off Sale
Fair Trade products, via the Social Justice Committee Fair Trade Sales, are available for 50% off! Back stock is limited so get your items today. Currently available are bags of coffee, whole and ground, and select varieties of tea and chocolate.

Contact Nick Brady to place your virtual order today at nbrady@stmarys-wbl.org.
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
Pro-Life Action Ministries Good Friday Prayer Vigil:
April 2, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul.
Go to www.plam.org/events/ for more details.
Cuppa Joe: 10 Talks on the 10 Wonders of Saint Joseph
First Tuesday of the month, March - December 2021, 4:00 PM
Cuppa Joe is a series of 10 talks by 10 theologians on the the 10 wonders of Saint Joseph, taking place at 10 locations in our archdiocese entrusted to the patronage of our spiritual father. These talks take place on the first Tuesday of the month, March through December, at 4:00 PM - just in time for your afternoon coffee. Talks will be posted on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram - and at archspm.org/synod/stjoseph/.
Softball is back!
If you are interested in joining or starting a St Mary’s team, we have funds to offset the team cost. There are a variety of softball options from Men's, Women's, CoEd and Church leagues through White Bear Lake community recreation. The season runs throughout the spring and summer evenings. All games played at Lakewood Hills Park. Games will start the week of May 3!

Learn more HERE or email Samantha Hagel srhagel@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:

April: 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
While Pi Day may have taken place while Frassati Catholic Academy was out on spring break, there was no way Mrs. Heinz (our middle school math teacher) was going to let the day go by unrecognized! Our sixth-grade students did a lab experiment to discover (and celebrate!) Pi. In this lesson, students blew bubbles on their desks and then measured the circumference and diameter of the bubbles they created. The sixth graders then recorded their data for analysis and reviewed their findings as a class. To sweeten the lab, the experiment ended with slices of pie for all to enjoy!
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
White Bear Food Shelf Update
March is food sharing month in which every donation given to the White Bear Food Shelf is matched. Because of the pandemic this year, collections will be a little different:

  • First, there will be a social media campaign for nonperishable goods
  • Second, the WBL Food Shelf is in need of fresh and perishable foods
  • Third, diapers (sizes 4-6) and baby wipes are in high demand
  • Lastly, financial donations are encouraged for every dollar donated, the Food Shelf can purchase eight dollars worth of food. 

Please consider this donation. 
White Bear Area Food Shelf
1884 Whitaker Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
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
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