Event News

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

  • NEW! FAMILY FUN NIGHT! Join us once a month for food, fellowship and fun following Saturday night Mass. First event: Saturday, November 10th 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Kids are welcome to bring toys & games. Pizza and dessert will be provided! Contact: sarahsimoni100@gmail.com

  • ADVENT/CHRISTMAS ART INVITATION: For this Advent/Christmas Season, Dec. 2 - 23, you are invited to bring your best MADONNAS (Mother Mary + Child) paintings and sculptures for display in our Gathering Area. Please drop these off any weekend or weekday, PUT YOUR NAME + PHONE NUMBER on the back of the pictures, and the bottom or back of the sculptures. We will display this religious art until the end of our Christmas Liturgical Season with the Feast of the Epiphany on Jan 5/6, 2018.

  • ANNUAL K. OF C. SPECIALTY MEATS SALE—Your Knights are offering high quality meats for sale until November 18. We expect orders will be available for pick-up on December 2. 20% of the proceeds of sales will be received by the Knights, and they will be 100% donated to the St. Mary’s Building Fund. Over the last several years, this sale has resulted in approximately $1800 donated annually to the Building Fund. Please visit the kiosk in the Gathering Area to make your order, or you can order online: https://KofCStMarys243.fundfwdshop.ca

  • GROCERY CARDS –Grocery Cards are available in the Gathering Area after each weekend Mass, or at the Parish Office. You can purchase yours with cash, cheque, Debit, Mastercard, or Visa.
    – Co-op (6% profit),
    – Nofrills/Superstore (5% profit),
    – Safeway/Sobeys (5% profit),
    – Save On Foods (6% profit).
    Come visit with us. We are waiting to see you in the Gathering Area. More info: Helen Stock (403) 932-2782 OR email hy.stock@gmail.com.
  • AND DID YOU KNOW? The St. Mary's GROCERY CARDS can also be used for BUYING YOUR GAS!!! (Exception is the Safeway/Sobey's card).

  • LADIES OF ST. MARY'S: We meet for spiritual, educational & social activities. We would like to extend a warm invitation to interested ladies of the parish to JOIN US! Ladies who wish to take part by helping out in the kitchen only, please send your email address to Pat Surowski: patsurowski@gmail.com. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 14, at 7:00 pm, in the meeting rooms at the back of the church. Please enter through the West doors of the church.

    2019 CALENDARS: The Ladies of St. Mary’s will be selling 2019 Calendars after week-end masses for the next several weeks as a fundraiser. The calendars are beautiful scenic photos of the Canadian Rockies, and are selling for $5.00 cash.

  • IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN! LADIES OF ST. MARY’S ANNUAL COOKIE WALK: Saturday, Nov. 24, 12 - 2:00 pm, or until all the cookies are sold out! Please bring a batch or two of your favourite homemade Christmas baking, and help make our Cookie Walk a success! The Ladies are requesting donations of Christmas cookies and squares (no allergens such as peanuts please). If you do use any allergens, please label clearly. Gluten Free baking should also be labelled clearly. Please drop off all baking at the church main entrance on Friday, Nov. 23 from 3 - 8 pm or Saturday, Nov. 24 from 10 - 11 am.

  • ROSARY MAKING: Wednesdays, 9:30 am in Mtg. Rm. 3. New Rosary makers are welcome to join anytime. Working together is a great way to form friendships.

  • 100 BELLS WILL TOLL TODAY, NOVEMBER 11th — On November 11, at sunset, communities across Canada will mark the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War with the ringing of 100 bells. Emulating the moment in 1918 when church bells across Europe tolled as four years of war had come to an end, the bells will ring at Parliament Hill, city halls, places of worship, military bases, Naval vessels, and at ceremonies across the country, and Legion Branches and communities will host commemorative ceremonies and special activities to help Canada Remember. To engage youth in this significant initiative, children, with the help of schools and youth organizations, are encouraged to research, locate, and place flags on the graves of Canadian Veterans of the Great War. When you hear the bells on November 11, take a moment to pause and remember all those who served and sacrificed. We will remember them.

  • BAPTISM PREP-CLASS: November 21, 7:00 pm—organized and taught by Deacon Ron Fortier and his wife, Sandra Fortier. Before they have their first child baptized at St Mary's, parents must take a Baptism Prep. Class, and are welcome to attend the class with all children they are having baptised. Godparents are welcome to attend. Please pre-register so we know how many to prepare for! 403-932-2944.

  • ST. MARY'S — SHARING OUR HISTORY —1999 - Mission Mexico was established as an outreach project for St. Mary's under the leadership of Father Fred Monk. Its goal was to build a new orphanage for 48 children in one of the most poverty-stricken regions of southern Mexico in the village of Tlapa, in the state of Guerrero.
    <><> 2000 - The orphanage in Tlapa, Mexico was built and paid for through the generous donations and fundraising of St. Mary's parishioners.
    <><> 2001-2002 - Mission Mexico had funds available to apply toward a much-needed residence and chapel for the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Texcoco, near Mexico City. Other parishes in the Diocese began to team up with St. Mary's to help with the Texcoco venture, and to subsidize fifteen small work projects designed to help the poor in southern Mexico support their families. The slogan for Mission Mexico became: "A loonie a week is all it takes to change lives." St. Mary's hosted Bishop Alejo and Father Cesar from Mexico when they came to visit the Calgary Diocese bringing thanks and prayers from the people of Tlapa, Mexico.
    NOTE: This information and more about St. Mary’s Parish History can be found at http://www.stmaryscochrane.ca/history.php

  • MISSION MEXICO: is coming to St. Mary's on November 17-18. Mike MacDonald, on-site coordinator for Mission Mexico, the diocesan outreach which had its birth here at St. Mary’s in 2000, will be speaking to us at the end of the November 17 & 18 Masses. He will also be available to visit in the Gathering Area after each Mass. Find out the latest news about Mission Mexico.

    — RCIA is the church's way of bringing new adult members into the Catholic Church. Meeting weekly on Thursday evenings at 7:15 pm, instruction is provided in our Catholic faith.
    — RCIC is a process for children, 7 years and older who have not been baptized. RCIC meets weekly on Sunday morning, at 9 am.
    INTERESTED? Contact Linda at lindamichaud42@gmail.com

  • NEW 2018-2019 SUNDAY MISSALS and SUNDAY MISSALS FOR YOUNG CATHOLICS are available on tables in the Gathering Area for $5.00 each. Please pay for your Missal with cash in the basket on the table or by Credit or Debit at the Grocery Card table.

  • CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: We are in need of someone to organize the Children's Christmas Pageant for the 6:00 pm Christmas Eve Mass. Please call the Parish Office (403-932-2944) if interested and willing.

  • BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE will be in the Gathering Area during the month of November. We invite you to add NAMES of your deceased loved ones. We will remember all during our weekend November Masses.

  • COCHRANE ACTIVETTES "SHARE YOUR CHRISTMAS": Please donate new hats, toques, mittens, gloves and scarves for children & teens, family games & books, toys for children, gift cards for Walmart, Mark’s Work Wearhouse, any fast food place in town, like Subway, pizza, etc. (for teens who are hard to buy gifts for). These will be included in the Christmas Hampers for needy families this Christmas Season. The collection will begin Nov. 24/25 and the donations will be picked up by the Activettes on Sun., Dec. 16. Boxes will be in the Gathering Area and by the West Doors.

  • 40 DAYS FOR LIFE FALL CAMPAIGN—From Sep. 26th until Nov. 4th, 40 Days for Life ran the largest Pro-Life Campaign ever in 426 cities around the world! Thousands of people prayed, fasted and participated in vigils in front of abortion facilities. More than 14,000 babies have been saved, and almost 100 facilities closed their businesses in the last 10 years. We as Catholics have the responsibility to insist on respect for the dignity of every human being and the sanctity of every human life. We thank all participants here in Calgary, and we are looking forward to being in touch with you if you are feeling a call to be bold and to do more for the culture of life. More info? Call 403-870-3905 or go to http://www.40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/calgary/ or email us at 40daysforlife.calgary@gmail.com

  • ST. MARY’S MOTHERS’ GROUP — a weekly gathering for moms, Thursdays 9:30 – 11:30 am. Come join us for some fun, faith building, and food. Babysitting available. Contact: StMarysMothersGroup@gmail.com Or on Facebook: St. Mary’s Mother’s Group When mothers support each other, incredible things happen.

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

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  • FCJ CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTRE: see our Bulletin for ongoing events.

  • CONNECTIONS: Your gift shop is stocked with lots of items such as greeting cards and stationery, ornaments, children’s books, and other seasonal items are now available. There are also many gift choices for other occasions.

  • 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 ‘pray-ers’ but there’s always room for many more. If you wish to be added to our list of ‘pray-ers’ or if you just want to put a prayer request onto the prayer chain, please contact Linda Nicol at lindamnicol50@gmail.com

  • 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.

  • 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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