"But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.
He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming."
~Jn 16:13
COVID-19 Protocols and Reopening
We continue to receive updates and guidance for reopening the parish. View the latest COVID-19 protocols as of 5/19/2021 HERE.
 
Pentecost – Come, Holy Spirit!
Today’s wonderful Solemnity of Pentecost closes the 50 days of Easter and celebrates the beginning of the Church. As Mary, the apostles and disciples of Jesus gathered in the upper room, the Holy Spirit rushed upon them as a strong wind and appeared above them as tongues of fire. The Spirit poured forth gifts that enabled this small group of followers to faithfully and fearlessly proclaim the reign of God, often in the face of certain death. Throughout these past two thousand years, the Holy Spirit has watched over the Church and continues to inspire the Church today, sending forth the gifts necessary for every person and every generation to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. We ask the Holy Spirit to protect, guide and bless the work of each parishioner and the parish, as we announce the Gospel in word and deed.  
 
Stewardship
On this Pentecost Sunday, I offer my thanks to all of you who share your gifts of time, talent and treasure at St. Mary of the Lake. I am especially grateful that so many of you have maintained your financial giving during this pandemic. As you can see in the financial corner of today’s bulletin, Sunday giving is slightly behind budget with a month to go in the fiscal year (June 30). However, we have saved money on the expense side. I encourage your continued generosity to support the many ministries of the parish. 
 
Priestly Ordination of Deacon Mike Reinhardt next Saturday, May 29
On Saturday, May 29, four deacons, including Deacon Mike Reinhardt, our teaching parish seminarian for the past four years, will be ordained as priests for service in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. We pray that these five priests would be holy, prayerful and generous servants of Jesus Christ and his Church. The ordination will be held at the Cathedral of St. Paul. The liturgy is open to the public and available via livestream on the Cathedral webpage: www.cathedralsaintpaul.org
 
May is Mental Health Awareness Month 
Millions of people are affected by mental health issues each year, yet the stigma surrounding mental illness silences many people.  You can grow in your awareness of mental health issues by visiting the website of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Mental-Health-Awareness-Month

Peace, Fr. Talbot
Current Options for Mass at St. Mary of the Lake

COVID-19 Protocols and Reopening
We continue to receive updates and guidance for reopening the parish. View the latest COVID-19 protocols as of 5/19/2021 HERE.

Please view the guidelines for attending Mass HERE. Masks are required for attending weekend Masses until at least July 1.

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 not necessary.
Saturday Mass
We have Mass in the church on Saturdays at 5:00 PM. Sign up is required as space is limited. Saturday Mass will continued to be livestreamed and can be viewed HERE.

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.

WEEKEND MASSES
Beginning May 23, when weather permits, you may sit outside and listen to Mass at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM and Communion will be brought to you.
Sign up for Saturday and 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 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. Outdoor confessions will continue at least through July 3.

Learn how to use the House of Mercy in this YouTube video.
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 livestreamed so that others can participate online.
NEWS & EVENTS
Memorial Day Mass at the Cemetery
After cancelling this event last year due to Covid, we are going to bring back the outdoor Mass at the cemetery in 2021! The Mass will be on Monday, May 31st at 9:00 AM. Our cemetery is located at 1625 Stillwater Street in White Bear Township. 
 
Please bring a lawn chair. The Mass takes place in the north end of the cemetery. In that area, there is a road around the big central area. There is plenty of room to park there. Otherwise, there is limited parking in the rest of the cemetery. Parking on the street is the alternative.
 
Although the state mandate now allows for no masks at outdoor events, you may certainly choose to wear your mask.
 
Other things that are different from past Masses at the cemetery are the following: no worship aids, no passing the basket (although there will be a way to donate) and no treats after Mass. 
 
Let’s hope it is a beautiful day! If it rains, we will celebrate Mass in the church.  
JustBooks Summer 2021
Our fifth annual JustBooks series will run from June-August covering three books, with one discussion and one book per month. The start of the series will be on June 9th with Somewhere in the Unknown World by Kao Kalia Yang.  In Yang’s exquisite, necessary telling, these fifteen stories of refugee journeys restore history and humanity to America’s strangers and redeem its long tradition of welcome. A discussion of the book will take place June 9 from 6:30-8:00 via ZOOM.  To register, contact Kathryn Lien at kathrynannlien@gmail.com. For more information and a list of all the books for this summer’s series view HERE
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
Join a Synod Small Group at your Parish this Fall!

Help Archbishop determine priorities under each Synod focus area, with Synod Small Groups! Learn more HERE.
FAITH FORMATION
Faith Formation Summer Programs
Our Summer BLAST program for 25 middle school youth, currently in grades 6-8, will take place on the Thursdays in July: 1, 8, 15, 22* and 29 from 9:00 AM – noon. Each day will include a concept of the day, a service project and fun games. Youth can pick and choose which days they want to participate. Register HERE.
*On July 22 we will have an outing to Feed My Starving Children, leaving at 8:15 AM and returning around Noon.

Vacation Bible School for youth ages 6-10 will take place August 9 – 13, 2021. Maximum number of children will be 45. It will be an outside program on the church grounds from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. You can sign up in groups of five, or we can assign children into groups. Register HERE. Register to Volunteer HERE.

Contact Karlene Feidt with questions at kfeidt@stmarys-wbl.org.
POSITION AVAILABLE
Our Faith Formation department is looking to hire a part-time Preschool/Kindergarten/VBS coordinator. The ideal candidate will have experience/education in working with preschool children and knowledge of basic Catholic theology.

The position is available to start July 1, 2021.

Contact Karlene Feidt to learn more kfeidt@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:

May: View Here
June: 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

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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
With summer hobbies in full swing, now is the perfect time to revisit bike safety tips, including the what and how of hand signals and why helmets are a must!⁠⁠
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These second-grade students did an experiment with Mrs. Reibel to see how an egg endures a drop with a helmet and without. This led to a great discussion among the kids!⁠⁠
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
Companions in Grief
This is a 4-week series, offered eight times during the year, to provide group information and support for those on the journey of grief. No fee. Sessions are held on Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 PM. The first session will begin May 20, 27, June 3, June 10. All sessions are virtual. Please call Linda Cherek at 651-429-6604 to RSVP.

Grief to Grace: Healing the Wounds of Abuse
Still hurting from the trauma of sexual, emotional, physical, or spiritual abuse suffered during childhood, adolescence or as an adult? We offer a healing retreat with therapeutic staff, self-compassion, and hope; and to explore an intimate encounter with Christ. This is a 5-day, overnight retreat on June 6–11. Please contact Deacon Marty Meyer—deaconmeyer@outlook.com or Diane@grieftogracemn.org. For more details go to www.grieftogracemn.org.
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