• Summer Vacation Blast Camp 2020

    What is that??
    It is a cross between Vacation Bible School and Summer BLAST. You gather with your family, tune in each morning to the music and lesson video of the day, then carry out the daily mission.

    When is it?
    The first video will be posted on YouTube starting Monday, August 10. We will post one video each day for five days. The beauty of this is if you are not able to tune in the first day, that’s ok, just go to the DAY 1 video as soon as your family is ready to start. It could be a day or two later or a whole week—it’s up to you!

    What exactly is our daily mission?
    Your mission might be to pray for a particular person assigned to your family, play a game or sing a song and complete a specific service project. But most of all, it is to intentionally reach out into the hearts of others during a time when we have been instructed to keep our distance.

    How do you get started?

    Register HERE for our first-ever Summer Vacation Blast Camp! There is no cost for this camp.

    Then come to the Parish Life Center some time between Thursday, August 6 and Sunday, August 9 to pick up your take-home kit. We will send you a confirmation email with more information after you register.

    View the Summer Vacation Blast Videos HERE.

  • Open Wide Our Hearts

    “But racism still profoundly affects our culture, and it has no place in the Christian heart. This evil causes great harm to its victims, and it corrupts the souls of those who harbor racist or prejudicial thoughts. The persistence of the evil of racism is why we are writing this letter now.”

    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has published a pastoral letter against racism. View Here.

    Practical Steps for Eradicating Racism: An Invitation – This Guide was prepared to assist Catholics and people of good will in reflecting on the evil and harm of racism. While this is not a comprehensive list, it provides actionable steps that may assist Catholics to reflect and respond in faith.

    Just Mercy

    Based on the bestselling book by Bryan Stevenson, the film Just Mercy presents the stunning and true story of Walter McMillian, a Black man convicted and sentenced to death in Alabama in 1988 for a crime he did not commit. The film illustrates the structural racism endemic to our capital punishment system, and lays bare how this system devalues and cheapens all human life.”

    View the movie trailer HERE. View reflection questions, Catholic Teaching, and more – Here

    Just Faith

    Weekly resources are being shared and are free to access.  St Mary’s has a JustFaith group that continues to meet.  They have shared this video: Speech delivered by Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

    Fr. Bryan Massingale Professor, Fordham University and author of Racial Justice in the Catholic Church.  This video is an interview about how the church can combat racism and white privilege. View Video.

  • 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.



  • Mission Matters Series 2: Prayer Life – Our Conversations with God

    In this upcoming series, the mission team will again reflect on that special relationship that each Christian has with the Lord.  Those relationships are centered in prayer. This 4-week series began July 17 and will focus on three common forms of prayer: The Our Father, The Psalms and Lectio Divina.

    • The Our Father is part of every Eucharistic liturgy and was prayed three times a day by the first Christian communities. Casey Green reflected on the Our Father on July 24.
    • The Psalms are a mirror of God’s marvelous deeds in the history of his people, as well as reflections of the human experience of the Psalmist.  Carley O’Bryan will share reflections on July 31.
    • Lastly, Nick Brady will share his reflections on the ancient prayer of “lectio divina,” which opens us up to reading and meditating on sacred scripture.

    View Nick Brady’s reflection about Lectio Divina HERE

    Mission Matters Series 2 Reflections:

    Your Mission Matters, surround yourself with people on the same Mission!

  • Fair Trade Sales – Virtually

    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 nbrady@stmarys-wbl.org if you have any questions or concerns.

    Order Form and Step to Place Your Order

  • Prayer Opportunities
    Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis August monthly prayer request for priests: View HERE
  • 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