Event News

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

  • ADVENT/CHRISTMAS ART: Many thanks to those who so generously shared their beautiful MADONNAS (Mother Mary + Child) paintings and sculptures for display in our Gathering Area during the Advent/Christmas Season. The remaining art has been removed by us, and can be picked up in the Parish Office.

  • GROCERY CARDS are available at each weekend Mass or at the Parish Office. An excellent fundraiser used to help make St. Mary’s mortgage payments! They make an excellent gift for students going away to college and university, or for those people who already have everything - we all need groceries, and gas for our vehicles! 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.

  • RECYCLED CHRISTMAS CARD TREES: Save your used Christmas Cards to recycle and raise money for our Church!It takes approximately 100 cards and 3 1/2 hours of work to make one Christmas tree. This will be a project for next year. Drop off Baskets are in the Gathering Area and at the West door for you to put your used cards into. Thank you!

  • DEVELOPMENT & PEACE PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION: Saturday, Jan. 13, 6:30 pm, to inform parishioners about the ministry and its mandate, and to to kick start the activities for the year. Everyone welcome! For more info. contact: Nalini Andrade, 587-999-2009; naliniandrade@gmail.com

  • UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS DINNER Huge Thank You's – Last Saturday, January 6, the Knights of Columbus and the Ladies of St. Mary's joined forces to treat us all to a WONDERFUL Ukrainian Christmas Eve! The joyful music, the delicious feast, and the Yalenka Dancers to entertain us and share their culture with us all combined to make the evening PERFECT!! Thank you to the planners and organizers, the incredible chefs, the servers, and the hosts! You made the evening a memorable experience for all.

  • MEN’S RETREAT : Battery need recharging? Transmission slipping? The Men’s Retreat at Mount St. Francis Feb. 2 - 4 is the answer! Registration or more info.: Ken Hagel at 403-932-7067.

  • POST-ABORTION GRIEF PROGRAM DESIGNED FOR MEN - A WEEKEND RETREAT: 7:00 pm on Friday, Feb. 9th till 1:00pm Sunday, Feb. 11th at River's Edge Camp, Water Valley. Cost $75 - includes 2 nights lodging, meals, and materials. For information or to register contact Rick Bergh, Retreat Coordinator, 250-361-6291; rick@rickbergh.com Sponsored by Cochrane Pregnancy Care Centre.

  • PLEASE PRAY FOR MARK KOSTECKY and ALL SEMINARIANS: Seminary years are comprised of human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation – the four pillars of priestly formation. Seminarians study philosophy at the undergraduate level, and theology at the graduate level. Studies and pastoral formation can take up to eight years.The seminary years are a time of journeying, of exploration, but above all of discovering Christ. Please pray for our Diocesan Seminarians, including our own Mark Kostecky, as they progress through their years of preparation, and discerning the will of God in their lives.

  • CAT CHAT CHILDREN'S PROGRAM: - we meet the first Monday of every month. For all children, Grades 1-4 (parents are not required to stay), the next meeting will be Feb. 5, 2018 (no meeting in January) from 6:15-7:30 pm at St Mary's Church. Kindergarten children are welcome to take part if the parents can stay and help! The kids have a blast as they sing, play, watch a skit about the virtues, and eat good food. Contact: Sarah Simoni sarahsimoni100@gmail.com

  • 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

  • IMPORTANT NOTICE RE: Registration for the SACRAMENT of CONFIRMATION for CHILDREN (in Grade 6) : Confirmation registration w ill take place on Wednesday, January 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. at the Church

    —Message from Fr. Dennis, ofm

  • St. Mary's MOTHERS' GROUP: Are you looking for an opportunity to share in the joy and struggles of motherhood with other ladies from the parish and community? We gather every other Wednesday. Our next date is Jan 17th (no gathering on Jan. 3rd) 9:30-11:30 am, in the Gathering Area. For more info, CLICK HERE or check us out at "Cochrane Catholic Moms" on FACEBOOK. For EMAIL contact: stmarysmothersgroup@gmail.com

  • BABYSITTERS NEEDED for the MOTHERS' GROUP— If you are interested in making a little extra spending money as a babysitter, the mothers' group meets every second Wednesday at St. Mary's Parish from 9:30 – 11:30 am. Babysitters are paid $15/hr and must have a police record check submitted to the parish secretary. If you are interested, please contact the parish office, or Sarah Simoni at stmarysmothersgroup@gmail.com

  • DAYS FOR LIFE LENTEN KICK-OFF— will be held at St. Luke’s Parish in Calgary on Saturday, January 27, from 4:30 – 6:00 pm. Come and be encouraged by dynamic speakers like Stephanie Fenly, Wilberforce Project Director, and Daniel Nugent who will talk about the “Theology of the Body” which are reflections from St. John Paul II. Please confirm your attendance at 40daysforlife.calgary@gmail.com

  • NOTE: Lenten Mission at St. Mary's with Father Larre to be held from Monday, Feb. 26 to Thursday, March 1. Mark your calendar!

  • 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 lindamnicol@outlook.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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