Event News

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


  • STEWARDSHIP SIGN-UP: Become involved in your parish! Consider joining a ministry! You will meet wonderful people, and all ages are welcome! There’s still time to signup! The forms are in the Gathering Area and on our website at http://www.stmaryscochrane.ca/Forms.php

  • The ROYAL GALA — ST. MARY’S ANNUAL FALL DINNER and AUCTION to be held October 20, 2018
    Cocktails - 6:15 PM
    Dinner - 7:00 PM
    LIVE and SILENT AUCTIONS
    WINE RAFFLE and MORE!
    TICKETS NOW ON SALE after Mass at $50 each
    BRING YOUR WINE TO CHURCH! Donations of bottles of wine for the Wine Raffle, and donations of new goods or services for the Live or Silent Auctions are greatly appreciated, and will be accepted until October 17. Some suggestions -- tools, gift certificates, unique gift baskets, antiques, art work...
    "Are you fascinated by Fascinators?"

  • ANNUAL PRIESTS’ STUDY DAYS: Fr. Dennis will be attending Fall Study Days for the Priests in the Diocese from Monday, Oct. 1 to Thursday, Oct. 4. Please note: weekday Masses will continue as usual!

  • For ST. MARY’S PARISH FINANCIAL REPORT as at AUGUST 31, 2018 and Together In Action, 2018 as at Sept. 6, 2018, please see the Bulletin this week.


  • 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).

  • ST. MARY’S MUSIC MINISTRY, FIRST SATURDAY MASSES: The Adult/Youth Bell Choir will meet the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7 - 7:35 pm or so. The SATB Choral Hymn Choir will meet the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:45 - 8:30 pm or so. Our next practice is Wednesday, September 26th, 7pm and 7:45pm, in the Parish Hall music area. Contact Nathene Arthur, Music Director, at rnarthur@telus.net or phone 403-851-9912 for more information. Our Regular Choir Practices remain on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.

  • BIBLE STUDY BEGINS SEPT. 24th: "Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible" begins again at St. Mary's this Monday, September 24th at 7 pm in the Boardroom. Registration will be held after Mass on Sept. 22nd and 23rd. Cost is $25.00 for the workbook.

  • 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.

  • SACRAMENT OF FIRST RECONCILIATION – Bishop William McGrattan has requested that First Reconciliation be celebrated in grade 2, and First Eucharist be celebrated in grade 3. Therefore, all children starting grade 2 AND 3 in September will be invited to prepare and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation this next school year. Children starting grade 3, who did not receive their First Eucharist in grade 2, will have an opportunity to prepare and celebrate this sacrament after Christmas. The Sacrament of First Reconciliation will be taught in the Fall, with the Celebration of First Reconciliation to take place during a Penitential Service Dec. 12, at 7:00 pm. There will be a short parent meeting Sept. 19, 7:00 pm, with registration to follow. A copy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate, along with the fee of $25.00 MUST accompany your child’s registration form. Anyone unable to attend that night may register their child following Mass on Sept. 29/30. Registrations will not be accepted after Oct. 8, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Dennis: 403-932-2944 or dennis.vavrek@franciscanfriars.ca or the Sacramental Coordinator at sacraments@stmaryscochrane.ca

  • PLANNED GIVING: Invest just 90 minutes to take control and be inspired to make a difference! Did you know that retired people don't have to worry about outliving their retirement income, how to leave more to their family and friends, or how to make a difference in their charitable giving? That’s because they are living the retirement they always dreamed of… the retirement they planned for! They didn’t agree that it was okay to follow the path of the typical Canadian. Ask them their secret, they would tell you, “It’s simple… take control now!” Do what they did. Learn how to maximize your legacy for your family and charity. Wed., Sept. 26. Registration 5:45 pm. Session 6:00-7:30 pm. Limited seating. Registration required. Contact Doreen Thibeault charities@calgarydiocese.ca or (403)218-5522.

  • BAPTISM PREP CLASS: - organized and taught by Deacon Ron Fortier and his wife, Sandra Fortier. NOTE: before they have their first child baptised 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, too. Please pre-register so we know how many to prepare for! Phone the Parish Office: 403-932-2944.

  • ONE ROCK FESTIVAL of FAITH: September 29, St. Michael Catholic Community, 800 - 85 Street SW, Calgary. Those who are not part of the young adult delegates can now purchase tickets for the Saturday evening program of One Rock. Come and enjoy inspiring conversations with Patrick Coffin and Lizzie Reezay, with music by Access52 and our closing Liturgy. All ages are welcome! For more information contact http://www.theyellowtree.ca/one-rock.html

  • ST. MARY'S — SHARING OUR HISTORY —1895 - A census revealed 80 Catholics living in the Cochrane area thereby warranting the construction of a Catholic church in the hamlet. Land for the church was donated, the Oblate Residence in Calgary contributed $200.00, additional funds were sponsored by residents of the area (including many Protestants), and several fundraising events (bazaars and concerts) raised the rest. By the time of its building the new church was debt-free. The first priest was Father Walter Comire who was assisted by Brother Patrick Bowes. The Oblate superior at St. Mary's in Calgary, Father P. Lestanc, blessed the new church on November 24, dedicating it to "The Holy Name of Mary." NOTE: Picture of the first St. Mary’s Church taken in 1908. This information and more about St. Mary’s Parish Historyt can be found at http://www.stmaryscochrane.ca/history.php.)

  • INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC?
    — 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

  • HHSC FOOD DRIVE: THANK YOU! We had an excellent food drive, and the shelves at the Cochrane Activettes Food Bank are again stocked! Our semi-annual food drives provide the vast majority of all donations to the local food bank. Thank you to the Cochrane Activettes, and to the more than 700 outstanding volunteers from Cochrane and area without whom none of this would have been possible. And a big Thanks! to the residents of Cochrane and Area for giving so generously!

  • 40 DAYS FOR LIFE FALL CAMPAIGN: Wed., Sept. 26 - Sun., Nov. 4th. 40 Days for Life runs the largest campaign ever in 426 cities around the world, praying, fasting, and participating in vigils in front of abortion facilities. There is enough proof that these campaigns work, with more than 14,000 babies saved, and almost 100 facilities which closed their businesses. We as Catholics have the responsibility to insist on respect for the dignity of every human being, and the sanctity of every human life. Now, if you are hearing a call to step up and to do your part, talk with your priest, talk with other parishioners, talk with friends, and encourage your family … Do your part! For more info. call: Jairo Garzón - 403-870-3905; or email 40daysforlife.calgary@gmail.com



  • 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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