Breaking News

Always check our weekly Bulletin for the latest news in the parish. The following listing contains only some of the "highlights."



  • WELCOME to ST. MARY'S, FATHER DENNIS VAVREK! Fr. Dennis has been appointed as Administrator of St. Mary's Parish, Cochrane, effective August 1, 2017. May God bless Father Dennis as he assumes the leadership of our Catholic community.


  • The RETIREMENT CELEBRATION for FATHER ANDREW was held on July 22nd. For a slideshow of the celebration held in Father Andrew's honor (photos, courtesy of Warren Harbeck) CLICK HERE.

  • IMPORTANT NOTICE re The SACRAMENTS of FIRST EUCHARIST, FIRST RECONCILIATION and CONFIRMATION for CHILDREN: Registration sessions for First Eucharist (children in Grade 2), First Reconciliation (children in Grade 3) and Confirmation (children in Grade 6) have been moved to January, 2018. Registration dates below:
* First Eucharist and First Reconciliation registration will take place on Wednesday, January 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
* Confirmation registration will take place on Wednesday, January 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
– message from Fr. Dennis, ofm

  • CONSOLING THE HEART OF JESUS by Fr. Mike Gaitley, MIC for ten Tuesday evenings, Sept.19 – Nov. 21. Join us for a 10 week small-group retreat that delves into the simplicity and grandeur of Consoling Spirituality, at Our Lady Of Fatima Church, 4747 30 Ave S.E., Calgary. Mass at 6:30 followed by dvd sessions. Cost $10 for the text book and $30 for the retreat companion booklet. Register through Linda Schultz: 403-700-7124.

  • INTERESTED IN RENTING THE PARISH RECTORY? Do you know of anyone interested in renting the parish rectory, as Fr. Dennis will continue to reside in his Franciscan community at Mount St. Francis Retreat? The rectory, which is right next door to the church, will be available by the middle of October. Please bear in mind that the house is in a "plus 45" condo community. If interested please call Fr. Dennis at the parish office or call 780-668-0145.



  • COCHRANE & WESTERN ROCKY VIEW FALL FOOD DRIVE: Saturday, September 16, 10:00 am, Spray Lakes Sawmills Family Sports Centre, Cochrane, AB Volunteers needed and much appreciated!

  • INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC? Are you searching for a Church to call your own? Do you want to know more about the Catholic faith? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) can help you. Every week we explore what Catholics believe about God, life, death, hope, love, forgiveness, etc. Contact Linda at lindamichaud42@gmail.com
    OLDER NON-BAPTIZED CHILDREN: The Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC) meets weekly to prepare children (7 years and up), for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist. For further information contact Linda at lindamichaud42@gmail.com

  • HARVEST MOON GALA ... SAVE THE DATE! St. Mary's Church is holding our 10th Annual Fund Raising event November 4th, 2017 at 6:30 pm. Proceeds will go towards the continued funding of our Church. Since its inception, this fundraising effort has raised over $330,000 in donations which have helped to build and outfit our church kitchen, and reduce our outstanding mortgage. We are once again seeking your support for this year's event which includes dinner, prizes, entertainment,and silent and live auctions. We are hoping that you may be able to provide one or more of the following:
    • Silent Auction Item
    • Live Auction Item
    • Gift Certificates
    • Door Prize
    • Cash donation towards the purchase of a larger auction item
    • Supply goods or services required in preparation of the event (Please, new merchandise only).

    For further information, see the BULLETIN. Also, we are in need of more committee members, so if you would like to help, have any questions, or are interested in purchasing tickets, please do not hesitate to contact Rick Arthur at (403) 489-2026 or EMAIL: rjarthur@telus.net Or contact the Parish Office at (403) 932–2944 or EMAIL: secretary@stmaryscochrane.ca

  • STUDENTS' CHOIR: School aged students, ages 5-18, are welcome to come up to the front of our parish and to help our St. Mary’s Choir lead the congregation with the following hymns on the first and third weekend of each month. Just come up to join the choir when you see the image of Jesus and the children on the PowerPoint. DATES: Sept 17: "Alleluia Raise the Gospel"/Farrell; Oct 1: "Shine Jesus Shine"; Oct 15: "In Christ Alone" (verses 1 & 4 only); Oct 29:"Glory and Praise"; Nov 5:"In Christ Alone" (verses 1 & 4 only); Nov 19: "In the Day of the Lord." To practice at home, see the YouTube Video Playlist, including all of the above music, CLICK HERE.

  • ST. MARY’S CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS BEGIN SEPTEMBER 24th:
    - Sunday Circle Ages 3, 4, 5
    - Children’s Liturgy Ages 6, 7, 8
    Please have your children gather at the altar when called forward at the beginning of Mass. They will return to their seats right after the homily. No registration required - All Welcome! Parents interested in helping with this ministry please call Katherine Kinch 403-971-5363 or Robyn Toner 403-619-3155 for more information.

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  • St. Mary's MOTHERS' GROUP: Go to the 'Ministries' page, to 'Social' to 'Mothers' Group' or CLICK HERE or check us out on FACEBOOK.




  • CAT CHAT KIDS' CLUB – Open to children in grades 1-4. Program is based on the interactive Cat Chat resources that children across the country have come to love. WHEN: 6:15 – 7:30 pm on the LAST MONDAY of each month. CONTACT: Sarah




  • MOUNT ST. FRANCIS EVENTS: see Bulletin for retreat schedules.


  • ST. MARY’S PASTORAL CARE TEAM is eager to visit the lonely, shut-ins, aging, sick, dying and bereaved. If you would like a visit from our team or to arrange a meeting with them, please call Jim Ward (403-981-8882) or e-mail him at jimward@shaw.ca and Jim will arrange it.

  • PRAYER CHAIN:This ministry consists of a group of people who say a special prayer of their choice each day for the prayer chain intentions and especially at the time that they receive a new request. Each new intention is emailed out to the group as I get them. We currently have 64 ‘prayers’ but there’s always room for many more. If you wish to be added to our list of ‘prayers’ or if you just want to put a prayer request onto the prayer chain, please contact Linda Nicol at lindamnicol@outlook.com

  • CONNECTIONS: Your gift shop is stocked with Christian greeting cards, devotional remembrances, medals, religious pendants, auto visor clips, crucifixes, rosaries and many gift choices for all occasions.

  • YOUR SACRED GARDEN LABYRINTH: Consider using the SACRED GARDEN LABYRINTH as a tool for meditation, contemplation and personal reflection. To see the VIDEOS about the LABYRINTH at St. Mary's, click either of these pages: Sacred Garden or Photos/Videos.

  • Come visit St. Mary's LENDING LIBRARY (back of the church in centre meeting room). Find BOOKS and DVDs to borrow (2 weeks at a time). NEW title and author lists are available on the "LENDING LIBRARY" page under the "ABOUT US" tab at the top of this page OR simply click HERE.

  • Our GROCERY CARD fundraiser will RESUME at the end of September.
    Stay tuned!! For more information, click HERE.

  • The DVD LENDING LIBRARY– an ongoing resource for parishioners. See table located in Gathering Area near the Connections Store. Borrow inspirational FAMILY MOVIES for 1-2 weeks. New movies added every month. Donations gratefully accepted. Proceeds to parish building fund.

  • Please pray for those in our parish who are sick or otherwise in special need of God's blessings. Many thanks!




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