Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white,
such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
~Mk 9:2-3
Rev. James Himmelsbach (1948-2021)
Fr. Jim Himmelsbach died February 17, 2021 of pancreatic cancer. Fr. Himmelsbach was ordained to the priesthood in 1977 and retired from active ministry in 2015. His life as a priest included twenty years as an active duty military chaplain, followed by serving as pastor at the parishes of St. Joseph in Waconia and Annunciation in Minneapolis. Since his retirement in 2015, Fr. Himmelsbach generously helped at many parishes, including St. Mary of the Lake. He will be greatly missed. We pray that the Lord has generously rewarded him for his service to God and God’s people. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, February 26, 2021 11:00 AM at the Church of the Annunciation, 509 West 54th Street, Minneapolis, MN. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation one hour prior to Mass. Mass will livestreamed at Memorials are directed to your local food shelf. "Go out and let the Christ within you meet the Christ within others.” The full obituary can be found at
Get Catholic Resources at FORMED for Free
A parish family has made a donation that enables every parishioner to have a subscription to FORMED, a website full of Catholic content. As a registered member of FORMED, you will have access to Catholic movies, books, documentaries, and talks. This website contains most everything you ever wanted to know about our beautiful Catholic faith, including the Bible, the sacraments, the saints, the history of the Church, and questions of the day. FORMED has appropriate content for everyone, including families, young adults, teens and children. To register, visit FORMED.ORG, select Sign up and “I belong to a parish.” Search for St. Mary of the Lake by name or use our zip code, 55110. (Be sure you select the correct St. Mary’s when searching by name!) Click “Next,” enter your full name and email address and you are ready to enjoy FORMED! As you access FORMED, please offer a prayer of thanksgiving for the family whose generosity made your free subscription possible.
Returning to Ministry
Last week, we recognized the sobering reality that more than 500,000 Americans have died as a result of COVID-19. Seniors are the people most at risk of death after contracting the virus. For that reason, the parish has continued to follow the recommendation of health officials and the archdiocese and discouraged those over 65 years of age from attending Mass and serving in parish ministries. As more people are vaccinated against the virus, we are reexamining our protocols. Please watch for updates as the CDC and other health care experts provide guidance to us. We want you at Mass and in ministry as much as you want to be back!!
Catholic Services Appeal
I ask that everyone please complete and return your envelope for the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation. CSAF funds 20 ministries in our local Church. You can return your pledge card and gift to the parish, to CSAF or you can make an online gift to Thanks for your generosity.
I hope you enjoyed that nice little warm up in the weather this week.
Peace, Fr. Talbot
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
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.
Please Note: Next weekend is the Rite of Enrollment for First Eucharist. Sunday Masses on March 7, 2021 are reserved for First Eucharist Families ONLY.

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.
Lent Resources
The Word Among Us for Lent and other resources can be picked up at the Parish Life Center or at the church.
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
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 March 14.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowls
Mathew’s Gospel invites us to remember that we are responsible for helping all of our sisters and brothers, even those who are strangers to us. This year’s Rice Bowl campaign focuses on Madagascar, El Salvador and Timor-Leste. 
CRS Rice Bowl provides many resources for daily reflection throughout Lent. Consider these suggestions in your family’s Lenten plan:
  • Visit to watch videos of the people and communities you support through your Lenten gift to CRS Rice Bowl.
  • Read the stories of hope and daily reflections to inspire your Lenten journey.
Due to the pandemic this year, we are not having the Rice Bowl containers. Please donate by check to St. Mary’s and include “Rice Bowl” on the memo line. Thank you!
Lenten 40 Days for Life
We will be having a St. Mary of the Lake/St. Pius X/St. Michael-St. Mary's (Stillwater) 'Day of Prayer' outside of Planned Parenthood during Lent on Wednesday, March 10, 6:00 AM-6:00 PM . On this day (at any hour for any length of time) all parishioners are encouraged to pray, witness and fast in their homes, at church and/or at Planned Parenthood (671 Vandalia St., St. Paul) to end the aborting of the unborn and forever wounding the hearts of their mothers. Parishioners, religious and clergy will lead prayer services at various times throughout the day on the sidewalk in front of PP. Social distancing, masks and COVID protocols will be observed. If you would like to lead a short 5-10 minute prayer service or the Rosary at any time, please contact Cathy Evans, 651-429-0529. A sign-up sheet is at the PLC, 651-429-7771, option 1.
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**
Join a Small Group
St Mary of the Lake encourages all parishioners to be ON MISSION—knowing, following, and sharing Jesus-- by participating in the community life of the parish. SCC’s are a helpful way to grow in faith and support each other on the discipleship journey.

Lent 2021 is the perfect time to join a group! The focus this Lenten Season, Mending Our Hearts, sets our intention on reimagining community through the benevolent eyes of Jesus.

We have a few options for groups this Lenten season: 

Mending Our Hearts - daily reflections, contemplations and prayers focused on healing body, spirit and community.

The Best Lent Ever - uses journaling, the book I Heard God Laugh, and videos to guide us through Lent.

At Home with the Word - follows the Sunday Gospel reading with reflections on the practices of Hope, Faith and Charity.

All these resources are free and can be used in families, as an individual, or in a small group setting.

Contact Nick Brady to get connected to a group or for more information.
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 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 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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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.
Believe and Read Update
In the summer of 2020, we were thrilled to announce that CSCOE selected Frassati to be a host school for the highly praised Groves Academy, Believe and Read program.

We are sharing an update on how this incredible curriculum has already impacted our school in remarkable ways. Read the full post HERE
The Frassati Catholic Academy Spring FUN-draiser event is our school’s largest fundraiser and is scheduled to take place ONLINE this year from Friday, April 23 through Friday, April 30. This flagship event is known for the auction where parents and grandparents, parishioners and local business owners, Catholic school alumni, and supporters can celebrate and support the mission of Catholic education.

Each year, this fundraiser generates support for a specific fund-a-need project. In 2020, we raised the funds necessary to build our school Chapel, ensuring that our kids would have Christ’s presence with them at school. This year, we aim to enhance our science program, providing more tools for our students to research, theorize, hypothesize, and experiment-- all within the framework of our faith. This sure foundation will help enable these future scientists to be ethical and moral as they continue to discover the details of God’s creation, all while delivering a cutting-edge curriculum.

We are currently seeking sponsors and auction donors to help make 2021 our best year yet! Please email Frassati's Director of Development, Monica Kenney, at if you are interested in supporting this initiative. All support is greatly valued and appreciated!
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
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. Curbside Pick Up Hours: 

Monday: 4:00 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM 2:00 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
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