Hosanna to the son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest. Mt. 21:9
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Today, the Church recalls the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. As he rode into the city on the back of a colt, many people waved palm branches and hailed him as king. Within a few days, however, those voices were drowned out by those calling for Jesus to be crucified. We will read the Passion of our Lord, according to St. Matthew. Please visit the parish website for the celebration of the Palm Sunday from St. Mary of the Lake.

Distribution of Palms
I will distribute blessed palms in the parking lot of the church at these times only (palms will not be available at the parish office):
Sunday, April 5: 10:00 AM to Noon
Monday, April 6: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Tuesday, April 7:  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
I will be wearing gloves and hand you the palms through the passenger side window. You do not leave your car. DO NOT COME TO GET PALMS if you are sick, elderly, or have a compromised immune system. Palms are devotionals and not necessary for worship .

Distribution of The Word Among Us Booklets
We have copies of the April edition of The Word Among Us , the monthly devotional. You can get a copy of this booklet when you come for palms. You can also stop at the parish office and get a copy, while they last. The booklets will be located in the entryway to the Parish Life Center (the entryway, not the office, which is locked). You can come to the Parish Life Center Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM–3:00 PM. Please take only one copy per household. 

The Triduum
The Triduum is the shortest liturgical season – three days long. The Triduum begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, which closes the Season of Lent. During the Last Supper, Jesus prayed the great priestly prayer, in whic h he prayed to God the Father:

“I pray not only for them [the apostles] but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me” ( John 17:20-23). 

We are those who believe in Jesus because of the efforts of the apostles; we are those with whom the Lord wants unity. We gain that unity by being in communion with Archbishop Hebda, who, as a bishop, is a successor of the apostles. He is our point of unity in this archdiocese. To emphasize and strengthen that unity with our bishop, I encourage you to celebrate the Triduum with Archbishop Hebda and Bishop Cozzens. I will be celebrating the Triduum privately or with other priests, so there will be no recording of these three liturgies from St. Mary of the Lake. Let us join with our bishops and pray for our local Church, that we may all be one.    
Holy Thursday
In this Mass, we recall the Last Supper of the Lord and the institution of the Eucharist. He took bread and wine, blessed them and gave them to his friends, promising that these simple elements had now become his Body and Blood. He also washed the feet of his apostles, teaching that to be his follower means to be a servant to others. Celebrate this Mass with Archbishop Hebda from the Cathedral of St. Paul at 7:00 PM:  archspm.org/holyweek .

Good Friday
In this liturgy, we recall the suffering and death of Jesus. We hear the Passion of the Lord according to St. John. We solemnly pray for all people of the world, venerate the cross on which hung our salvation, and receive Holy Communion. [Good Friday is the only day of the year that we do not celebrate Mass.] Celebrate this liturgy with Bishop Cozzens from the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis at 7:00 PM:  archspm.org/holyweek .

Easter Vigil
This is the most solemn liturgy of the Church’s liturgical year. We begin in darkness, as we wait for the resurrection of the Lord. We hear the story of salvation history, from the beginning of creation, the exodus of the Israelite people, and finally the victory of the Lord over sin and death in his resurrection. The liturgy includes the renewal of our baptismal promises. Celebrate this Mass with Archbishop Hebda from the Cathedral at 7:00 PM:  archspm.org/holyweek .

The celebration continues into Easter morning, as we hear the glorious news that Jesus has risen from the dead. I invite everyone to return to our website on Easter morning and rediscover with renewed hope the Good News of our faith—Christ has died, Christ is risen and Christ will come again. Invite your family and friends to join us in celebration at stmarys-wbl.org

The celebration of this year’s Holy Week will be unlike any Holy Week we have ever celebrated. And yet, God, in his great love for us, allows us to be present for these celebrations, to be there in the upper room, to be there at the cross, to be there at the empty tomb. We are there as the Lord suffers, dies and rises from the dead. God will fill us with many graces as we faithfully celebrate these mysteries.

On Easter morning, remember the apostles. Like us, they were in the Upper Room behind locked doors. They were isolated from others for fear of being arrested; we are in our homes for fear of catching a virus. Despite the locked doors, Jesus appear to the apostles that Easter day. The Risen Lord will be with us in our homes as well and say to us as he said to the apostles: “Peace be with you.”

Virtual Holy Week Retreat
In addition to the Holy Week liturgies, please visit archspm.org/holyweek for other liturgies and spiritual conferences. The opening conference with Archbishop Hebda will be at 7:00 PM on Sunday, April 5.
Easter Letter  
I will be mailing a letter to each registered household next week. The letter will be an update on parish life.
Financial Stewardship
I am grateful to those who have continued your financial stewardship, by mailing in your check or using electronic giving. As you might imagine, the parish has seen a drop in financial stewardship since public Masses were suspended. I am asking everyone to support the parish financially, so that we can meet our expenses. I will include a giving envelope with the Easter letter for those who want to contribute by check. I strongly encourage you to establish an electronic means of supporting the parish. Please call the office or visit  https://stmarys-wbl.org/donate for more information on electronic financial giving through automatic payment, bill pay or credit card. 
I pray for all of you in my daily prayers and at Mass and ask that you pray for me.
Peace, Fr. Talbot
Important Holy Week Update
We will have Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday recorded Masses posted on our website home page by Sunday morning for both weekends. We will not be recording Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. but encourage you to celebrate these liturgies with Archbishop Hebda and Bishop Cozzens. These liturgies will be the center of the Virtual Holy Week Retreat offered by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
Date(s): Sunday, April 5 – Saturday, April 11
Location: Online

This week-long virtual retreat begins Palm Sunday (April 5) with Mass from the Saint Paul Seminary and culminates with the Easter Vigil Mass from the Cathedral of Saint Paul April 11.

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Collection of Adult White Socks for Listening House
If you already have a package of new white socks, or you can pick them up during a grocery run, we will be receiving them at the Parish Life Center next week.  There will be a bin for them in the entryway from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Thursday, and possible outdoor drop-off near the front door, weather permitting.  Please do not bring them to the church building. The collection of socks for those in need on Holy Thursday has been a tradition at St. Mary’s.
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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.
Parish Office Information
Currently, we will allow access to the front entryway of the Parish Life Center for drop-off and pick-up but the doors to the right and left will be locked. Please call the main number 651-429-7771 option 1 if you need assistance. Our office hours are 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM Monday - Friday until further notice.

Pick up the Easter edition of The Word Among Us and other resources in the entryway.
They're FREE!

The parish office will be closed Good Friday, April 10 and Easter Monday, April 13.
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. Hours: 

Monday: 10 AM-12:30 PM
Tuesday: 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Thursday: 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 10 AM -12:30 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