Jesus answered them, "the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies,
it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit."
~Jn 12:23-24
Every registered parishioner will receive a letter from me that describes the parish protocols for the liturgies of Lent, Holy Week and Easter. A schedule for those liturgies was included with the letter. I want to highlight and emphasize two items from the letter.

1) Reopening of Parishes
On March 12, Governor Walz relaxed some of the coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings in the State of Minnesota, including church services. Please note that the relaxed guidelines on church services still require that people wear masks and maintain the six foot social distancing rule. The social distancing requirement and the layout of our church prevent us from greatly increasing the number of people permitted at Mass. Therefore, we will continue our current policy requiring people to register for the weekend liturgies. You are not required to sign up for weekday liturgies. Those who have been vaccinated, including those who have been discouraged from attending Mass and serving in ministry during the pandemic because of age or physical condition, are now welcome to attend Mass according to the parish policy. Those in ministry will be contacted by your ministry leader regarding your return to ministry, the timing of your return, and any additional training required based on our new protocols. I appreciate your patience as this unfolds over the next few weeks.

2) 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

Please clearly indicate your gift intention on the check. Gifts to the CSA should be made payable to the Catholic Services Appeal.

Saturday Evening Mass  
During this pandemic, the 5:00 PM Saturday Mass has been livestreamed with full music. With a few exceptions, attendance at the 5:00 PM Mass has been restricted to those serving at the Mass. We will be changing that policy, beginning on April 10, 2021, the Saturday after Easter. Though two upcoming Saturday evening Masses will be restricted to First Eucharist and Confirmation candidates and their families, the general rule beginning on April 10, 2021 will be the same as the current rule on Sunday Masses. Namely, those attending Saturday evening Masses must register online and follow the COVID-19 protocols. The Saturday evening Mass will continue to be livestreamed.
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 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
Reconciliation
St. Mary’s will be having reconciliation during Lent (Form III). 
Signing up to attend is required for the following dates. *Additional space has been added.*
 
  • Thursday, March 18 at 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, March 20 at 10:30 AM
  • Wednesday, March 24, immediately after 8:00 AM Mass
  • Thursday, March 25 at 1:00 PM in the parking lot
  • Saturday, March 27 at 10:30 AM
 
Sign up HERE
Holy Week - Easter Sunday Schedule

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 neccacary.

To reserve your space go HERE.
Free Lenten Resources Available
Please visit the church gathering space immediately before or after a scheduled liturgy you attend or the Parish Life Center Lobby (8:30 AM – 4:00 PM Monday-Friday) to pick up your free Lenten resources. Limited copies of “The Word Among Us” daily readings, “At Home with the Word” Sunday readings and reflections, and “Mending Our Hearts” daily Lenten reflections are available for pickup. “Sunday by Sunday” readings and reflections weekly guide are also available exclusively at the Parish Life Center. Finally, there are still calendars available for anyone who has not already received one. Please contact Nick Brady at nbrady@stmarys-wbl.org if you have any questions.
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
Fused High School Ministry
Hi everyone! We will be starting up our live small group sessions again. They will take place in the St. Joseph room to ensure distancing and follow the Covid safety protocols! Our first meeting will be Wednesday, March 24 at 6:30 PM. I am so keen to see you. Email Carley with questions at cobryan@stmarys-wbl.org.

Follow us on Instagram! St. Mary of The Lake @fusedhsm
Also download remind to receive text message updates @fusedhsm
Stay on Mission this Lent 
This Lent, St. Mary’s is inviting parishioners to engage in this year’s theme of “Mending Our Hearts.” Please consider one or more of the options below for engaging in an examination of what in your heart needs mending. For more information about the options below, please visit www.stmarys-wbl.org or contact Nick Brady at nbrady@stmarys-wbl.org.

  • Join a small group – Registration is ongoing, and options are available for all adult ages including young adults. High school options are also available.
  • Praying with America Lenten Retreat – options to meet via ZOOM include Mondays at 6:30 PM or Wednesdays at 10:00 AM.
  • Synod at Home with Chris Stefanick – 5-week faith enrichment series, especially for families with children at home, developed by the Archdiocese.
  • Stations of the Cross – in-person at the church on Fridays during Lent at 4:30 PM or at home through the recorded version available on our YouTube channel.
  • Free Resources Available -– stop by the parish office during regular business hours to pick-up a couple of the free Lenten resources available to parishioners. 
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

Take part in a survey sharing what social justice issues matter to you most. Download Survey HERE 
**Send completed survey to Casey Green at cjgreen@stmarys-wbl.org.**
Cuppa Joe - 10 Talks About St. Joseph
In celebration of the Year of Saint Joseph, who is patron of Year 2 of the Archdiocesan Synod, the Cuppa Joe series features 10 talks by 10 theologians on the 10 wonders of Saint Joseph, taking place at 10 locations in our archdiocese entrusted to the patronage of our spiritual father. These talks premiere the first Tuesday of the month, March – December, at 4 p.m. – just in time for your afternoon coffee. To find the latest information about these talks and links to recordings of past talks, please visit HERE.
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.
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:

March: 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
2021 is off to a busy and exciting start at Frassati Catholic Academy! In January, in collaboration with Catholic United Financial, we launched the Catholic Schools Raffle and sold a record number of tickets! Sales wrapped up at the end of February and raffle winners were announced on March 15. Thanks to the generous support of our community, we raised $14,705, which will go directly to our Spring Gala fundraising initiative. Thank you for purchasing tickets and for helping us exceed our goal!
At the end of January, we also celebrated Catholic Schools Week and asked parishioners to join us in the celebration by making a gift to the Frassati Annual Fund to honor the many ways Catholic education enriches our community. Thanks again to our amazing supporters, we have been able to raise over $23,000. The Frassati Annual Fund plays a critical role in our ongoing success, and we can't thank you enough for the many ways you have supported Frassati's mission!
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