Event News

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

  • GROCERY CARDS – Thank you to all who are helping with this very important project to help pay the bills by buying your Grocery Cards in the Gathering Area after each weekend Mass, or at our Parish Office! Your participation in this program is greatly appreciated!! More info: Helen Stock (403) 932-2782 OR email hy.stock@gmail.com.

  • FILIPINO FIESTA - FAMILY DINNER and ENTERTAINMENT: April 14, 6:00pm, St. Mary's Church, Cochrane. Enjoy a night of authentic cuisine, fun games, and cultural music and dances by local Filipino artists. Tickets Now On Sale after Mass in the Gathering Area or at the Parish Office during regular office hours: $30/Adult; $80/Family; Kids below 5 years - FREE! All proceeds go to St. Mary's Parish. For more info., contact Rick Arthur at rjarthur@telus.net

  • NOTICE: CHANGES IN PARISH OFFICE HOURS: <> The Parish Office will be closed Good Friday, March 30. <> NEW Parish Office Hours BEGIN April 9th:
    – Mondays: 8 am - 12 noon,
    – Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays: 8 am - 2 pm,
    – Fridays: 9 am - 12 noon.

  • ST. MARY’S MUSIC MINISTRY CALL FOR MUSICIANS— After prayer and discernment, our Music Ministry is changing. We would like to welcome new, small music groups that would be able to “adopt” a mass or two each month. These groups would: 1) be comprised of at least one secure musician (keyboard or guitar) and one secure singer, 2) would choose their own music selections (from "Breaking Bread" or other Catholic sources), and 3) would help develop a fresh, new, diverse music ministry at our Parish. If you are interested, please contact Nathene Arthur, Music Director, at rnarthur@telus.net for more details.

  • REJOICE in GOD'S MERCY during LENT– Opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation are as follows:
    1) Fr. Dennis will be available at the parish to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesday, March 21st, and 28th, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.
    2) On Saturdays from 11:00 am to noon.
    3) By appointment. Please call the Parish Office.
    Catholics celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation because we recognise that sometimes we fail to do as we ought and because we believe in God’s mercy and forgiveness. Action: Share your faith in God’s mercy with others and let them know that it is available for them also.

  • GOD SQUAD MEN'S CONFERENCE: St. Peter's Church, Calgary, March 16, 6-9 pm and March 17, 9 am to 4 pm. The speakers will include Fathers Jerome Lavigne, Jonathan Gibson, Cristino Bouvette and Raymond de Souza. PLEASE JOIN US! We need committed disciples of Jesus Christ. Teenagers (14 or over) and men with conviction who will recognize God has called us to be Catholics “for such a time as this” because we live in a generation where there are many forces intent on undermining Catholic faith, identity and practice. For more information and to register, go to www.godsquad.ca

  • Holy Thursday, March 29th – NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS will be collected for the Food Bank.

  • Also, Cochrane and Western Rocky View Food Drive will be held on Saturday, April 21, 10:00 am. More info: 587-580-9448, or fooddrive@helpinghandscochrane.ca

  • WALK OF THE CROSS – The annual Walk of the Cross in Cochrane is set for March 30th (Good Friday) at 10 am. It is meant to be a sign of unity among Christians in Cochrane. All interested will meet at the old KFC area (1st Ave West/2nd St West), and walk to Cochrane's Memorial Park. St. Mary's Parish will be assigned one station out of 13. If anyone is interested in participating by reading at one of the stations or carrying the Cross between two stations, please contact Deacon Dan.

  • Rosary Makers' Schedule: They will meet Wednesday, March 21, but then not again until May 9 & 16. Then they will be off for the summer.

  • 18th ANNUAL MASS for PEACE on ST PATRICK’S DAY: will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, March 17th, at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The Irish-Canadian Community of Calgary welcomes all members of Calgary’s Interfaith, their families and friends! Following the celebration of Mass, a buffet lunch will be served in the St Mary’s Parish Hall, which will also showcase Irish culture. Donations of sandwiches, vegetables, fruits, and squares, gratefully accepted. Please deliver food items before Mass at the Parish Hall. Thank you. All are welcome.



    – Letter to Bishop McGrattan: due March 19
    – Candidate’s Retreat: Wed., April 18, 6:30-8:30pm
    – Confirmation: Sunday, April 22, at the 10am Mass

  • FIRST EUCHARIST CANDIDATES' RETREAT: Wednesday, April 11th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Gathering Area

    • 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 Apr. 2, 2018 from 6:00-7:30 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

    • MEATLESS SOUP AND A BUN: Join us Friday, March 23, at 6:15 pm, prior to The Stations of the Cross, for our last meal of meatless soup and buns for this year. Please sign up on the sheet in the Gathering Area if you are coming, so we know how many guests to prepare for. Huge THANK YOU to those who prepared all these wonderful suppers for us this year, and THANK YOU also to those who joined us, sharing this special time together.

    • STATIONS OF THE CROSS, in the church, 7:00 pm on the Fridays during LENT:
      - March 16 - led by Couples for Christ (CFC)
      - March 23 - led by Marian Prayer Group

    • TOGETHER we inspire our youth to a deeper faith, restore hope and help for families, love and encourage clergy and religious in their calling, and respond to the needs of our global community.

      – St. Mary’s sharing commitment for Lent = $24,959
      – Your generosity to date = $ 7,896.25
      – Remaining for Lenten goal = $17,062.75

      St. Mary’s goal is to complete our sharing commitment by Easter. If each family contributes what they can, we’ll reach our goal. Please give generously to our TIA Lenten Campaign. THANK YOU FOR GENEROSITY!!

    • 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 Wednesday at 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 Babysitting is offered free of charge every second week.

    • 40 DAYS for LIFE LENTEN PRAYER CAMPAIGN: until Palm Sunday, Mar. 25. Plan to pray by the Kensington Clinic, 2431 – 5 Ave NW, Calgary, at church &/or at home for the life of unborn babies, for mothers in an unplanned/crisis pregnancy, and for the conversion of the doctor & staff at the abortion clinic. For more info: Call Gwen @ 403-208-9427 or Jairo @ 403-870-3905 or see website at www.40daysforlife.com/calgary

    • DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY – You are invited to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet with the Marian Prayer Group on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 8th immediately following the 10 o'clock Mass.

    • COMING SOON: ""UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY OF THE BIBLE" - from The Great Adventure Bible Study Series beginning mid-April at St. Mary's. More information to follow.

    • HISTORY OF ST. MARY'S PARISH: In a couple of years - 2020 - St. Mary's Parish will be celebrating its 125th Anniversary. A history of St. Mary's Parish was published for the Centennial Anniversary. It has been suggested that the book be republished with an additional chapter ("The Last 25 Years!") for the upcoming anniversary. Please call the Parish Office if you are interested in being a part of a committee to research, compose and publish the 125th Anniversary History Of St. Mary's Parish. – Fr. Dennis, ofm

    • WESTERN CANADIAN CATHOLIC HOME SCHOOL CONFERENCE: All parents & young adults are welcome to attend the Western Canadian Catholic Home School Conference, March 22-24 at Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton. The theme: "Anchoring the Family in this Cultural Storm" will be addressed by Archbishop Smith, Louis Rouleau, and other speakers. Also, enjoy wine and cheese on Friday night, as we discuss home schooling. Info: www.wcchsc.net , Veronica 780-467-8410 or email wcchscreg@shaw.ca.

    • 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!

    Remember, St. Mary's is YOUR parish community. We need you! Get involved. Sign up in a parish ministry. To volunteer click HERE.

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