For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light,
so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.
~Jn 3:20-21
Daylight saving time officially starts Sunday, March 14 at 2:00 AM.

Don't forget to change your clocks,
and enjoy an extra hour of sunshine.
The Ten Commandments
The first reading from last Sunday included the 10 Commandments, which I spoke about in my homily. I have listed them below, so that you can easily complete your homework assignment of posting them on your refrigerator and bathroom mirrors.

  1. I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange gods before me.
  2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
  3. Remember to keep holy the Lord's Day. 
  4. Honor your father and your mother. 
  5. You shall not kill. 
  6. You shall not commit adultery. 
  7. You shall not steal.
  8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 
  9. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife. 
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods. 
Explanation of the commandments is contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, sections 2052 – 2557.

The Sign of the Cross
Last weekend’s homily also included an encouragement to understand the sign of the cross as a prayer, a prayer that should be prayed frequently throughout the day, intentionally and reverently. A book, “The Sign of the Cross: Recovering the Power of the Ancient Prayer”, was recently released through Word on Fire ministries. You can find the book at WOF or Amazon in paperback or electronic versions.

Vaccines
Last week’s bulletin column included information on vaccines. After the bulletin went to press, two other articles were published, one from the US Bishops Conference (usccb.org) and one from a group of pro-life Catholic scholars (eppc.org). Both articles provide important perspective to the moral question surrounding the vaccines.

CDC Guidelines for Vaccinated People
Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines for people who have been fully vaccinated (www.cdc.gov). We are reviewing those guidelines and waiting for recommendations from the archdiocese.

Reconciliation
I continue to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the House of Mercy every Saturday at 9:00 AM. Also, we will celebrate several Communal Penance Services with General Absolution in the coming weeks. In his prayer intention for March 2021, Pope Francis prayed for a renewal of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEBGFCsKbU). In my own video posted on the parish website, I encourage everyone to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation throughout the year, and especially in the Season of Lent, as we seek to “mend our hearts”.
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.
We are inviting parishioners to be prayer partners for our First Eucharist candidates throughout their months of preparation. They will celebrate their First Eucharist on April 17-18. If you would like to pray for one of our candidates, pick up a card the next time you are at church or pick one up at the Parish Life Center.
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.

See Fr. Talbot and the House of Mercy featured on KSTP, Channel 5 News!

Fr. Talbot was recently featured in The Catholic Spirit: View HERE
Reconciliation
St. Mary’s will be having reconciliation during Lent (Form III). 
Signing up to attend is required for the following dates.
 
  • 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
View Father Talbot's Invitation to Reconciliation HERE
Going to Confession 101 - View 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.

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.
Old Palms Collection
Palms from last year can be brought to the collection box in the Gathering Space through this weekend March 14.
NEWS & EVENTS
Joint Religious Legislative Coalition
How do you care for those who experience poverty and homelessness? Support pathways out of homelessness? How does your faith move you to act with compassion and for justice? The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC) supports your engagement as faithful citizens. JRLC offers learning and opportunities for statewide social justice advocacy. Please join us for the annual JRLC Virtual Day on the Hill – Make Justice Your Aim Isaiah 1:17. The program is Thursday, March 11 from 6:30 – 8:45 p.m. and will examine justice for Minnesotans of color and those who are unsheltered in the context of COVID-19 vaccines. Then we'll prepare to meet legislators to work for justice. Registration details and legislative visit information at 2021 Day on the Hill.

Questions contact Joan Miltenberger, Statewide Organizer, jmiltenberger@jrlc.org, 612-230-3232.
Catholic Solidarity Sunday
This Sunday, March 13-14, is Global Solidarity Sunday. This year’s theme is, “For God so loved the world…” (Jn. 3:16). We share the love of God with those who still hunger and thirst for God’s love, mercy and healing. We are invited to offer gifts of support by contributing to this collection for four global initiatives designated by the US Catholic bishops: Africa, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and the humanitarian activities of Catholic Relief Services. Please use the Global Solidarity envelope in your envelope packet or find one in the Gathering Space at church. Please write your checks to St. Mary of the Lake and indicate “Global Solidarity” in the memo line. Thank you for your generosity.
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.
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.**
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
Frassati Catholic Academy was filled with all sorts of fun before the spring break kickoff! In preschool, the classes were enjoying a week-long Dr. Seuss celebration, complete with themed days, special art projects, and lots of book reading! Here are a few pictures that were taken. Go to our Falcon Feed Blog to see even more pictures from the festivities! View HERE.
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