Join a Synod Small Group at your Parish this Fall!

Year 3 of the Synod Has Begun

Year 3 (2021-2022): The Church Engages

Fall 2021: Parish Consultation Process with Small Groups

  • Small groups meet in every parish to learn, pray, and discuss the Focus Areas.
  • Parish feedback on the Focus Areas will help determine the Synod Topics.

January/February 2022: Deanery Consultation Process

  • Pastors and parish representatives gather to learn, pray, and discuss the Focus Areas.
  • Deanery feedback informs the Parish Consultation Process.

June 2022: Archdiocesan Synod Assembly (Pentecost Weekend)

  • Approximately 500 appointed delegates (including two from each parish) gather to learn, pray, and discuss the Synod Topics and recommend pastoral priorities to Archbishop Hebda.
  • After considering the Synod recommendations, Archbishop writes a Pastoral Letter (Nov. – Feast of Christ the King), leading to a Pastoral Plan to move our Archdiocese into the future.

If you do one thing this fall… 

Help Archbishop determine priorities under each Synod focus area, with Synod Small Groups!

In his August 13, 2020 article for The Catholic Spirit, Archbishop Hebda announced three focus areas for the Archdiocesan Synod. He then unpacked each of the focus areas with hard-hitting questions, such as:

  1. What can we do to make parishes more welcoming and accessible?
  2. How can we offer meaningful life-long formation for discipleship?
  3. How can we better assist parents in forming children as disciples who know and love Jesus and his Church?

In Synod Small Groups this fall, you help determine the response of our local Church. In one session per week for six weeks, you will:

  • Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
  • Experience the compelling truth of the Catholic faith in today’s culture context.
  • Examine questions under each focus area, sharing perspectives among a small group of sisters and brothers in Christ.
  • Weigh in on how we as a Church might respond to these questions, to help Archbishop determine priorities.

To make sure all Catholics have an opportunity to participate, every pastor in the archdiocese has been asked to host Synod Small Groups this fall. If just 100 gather in small groups at each parish, Archbishop Hebda will hear from nearly 20,000 Catholics!

Be part of this historic moment now, and the future of our local Church. Join in your parish’s Synod Small Groups beginning in September!

Watch for more to come on Synod Small Groups, plus find all video series from Year 2 of the Synod, at

Social Justice Legislative Tracker

Legislative Tracker – March 23, 2021 – View 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 [email protected].**


Cuppa Joe: 10 Talks on the 10 Wonders of Saint Joseph

First Tuesday of the month, March – December 2021, 4:00 PM
Cuppa Joe is a series of 10 talks by 10 theologians on the the 10 wonders of Saint Joseph, taking place at 10 locations in our archdiocese entrusted to the patronage of our spiritual father. These talks take place on the first Tuesday of the month, March through December, at 4:00 PM – just in time for your afternoon coffee. Talks will be posted on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram – and at


Open Wide Our Hearts: The Catholic Church Confronts Racism

The tragic death of George Floyd has ignited a public conversation about ongoing racial inequity and injustice in America. How can the Church uphold the dignity of all human persons and foster the common good during these contentious times? What issues do we need to address with our own Church that prevent an appropriate response? The Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota, is hosting this forum for priests, deacons, educators, and lay ecclesial ministers on the memorial of St. Peter Claver to provide an opportunity for formation and reflection on these critical issues in our community, and how we as a Church can respond.

This free online event will take place on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 from 10 AM – Noon. To register, please visit

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 it 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 is 4690 Bald Eagle Avenue, White Bear Lake, 55110.

Thank you so much for your support in this difficult time.



The Church Responds to the Death of George Floyd and Civil Unrest 

View resources from St. Mary’s, the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), Archdioceses of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Catholic Spirit HERE, view prayers HERE.

Virtual Fair Trade Sales

Are you running low on your favorite coffee, chocolate bars, or olive oil? Then place your Fair Trade Sales order today. The Social Justice Committee of St. Mary of the Lake is resuming their Fair Trade Sales this week and every week after, virtually! Please follow the steps HERE to place your order. Contact Nick Brady, Coordinator of Mission at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.

Order Form and Step to Place Your Order

Catholic Podcasts – Listen Now

Looking for Catholic Podcasts to listen to when on the go! We have a few recommendations for you highlighting a variety of timely, inspirational and educational topics.


Gathering Space Newsletter

On a regular basis, St. Mary of the Lake publishes The Gathering Space to keep parishioners informed of activities and news from the parish. Click here for the most recent edition.

Past editions: Lent 2020 | Advent 2019 | Lent 2019 | Advent 2018 | Lent 2018 Part 2 | Lent 2018 Part 1Advent December 2017November 2017Lent 2017 Part 2Lent 2017 Part 1November 2016 Part 2November 2016 Part 1Lent 2016Advent 2015Summer 2015