Event News

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


  • ST. MARY’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CHOIR & BELLS: Parishioners are once again warmly welcomed to join the “Christmas Choirs” for Christmas Eve Masses (8pm and 10pm). We will be rehearsing on Wednesday, December 20, starting at 7pm. This year, we also have a (new) two-octave bell set, and will have a few bell song options. Bell Ringers please sign up early, as we will need one extra practice, time TBA. We have room for eight people. Let us have the most beautiful Christmas Eve music ever! For more information please contact Nathene at rnarthur@telus.net

  • CHRISTMAS PAGEANT and CHILDREN'S CHOIR PARTICIPANTS WANTED: A Christmas Pageant with Children's Choir will take place during the Children's Christmas Eve Mass Dec. 24, at 6 pm. Any elementary school children that would like to be involved are invited to attend the rehearsal on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 6 pm at St. Mary's.

  • THE CHRISTMAS LITURGICAL MINISTRY SIGN-UP SHEETS are by the Sacristy, awaiting your signatures. Please sign up right away so we can prepare our schedules! Thank you! Your help is needed for dates from Dec. 14th through to Jan. 7th.

  • 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.

  • See the BULLETIN for the 4th Sunday of Advent and Christmas Season MASS SCHEDULE. The schedule is also posted on the Home page of this website.

  • ANNUAL Knights of Columbus SPECIALTY MEATS SALE – We expect orders will be available for pick-up on December 16th. 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. Thank you for your support!

  • LADIES OF ST. MARY’S ANNUAL COOKIE WALK– The Ladies of St. Mary's would like to thank all those who baked and who bought cookies. The Cookie Walk was a great success. There were 5 raffle items. The winners were: Betty Goodsell - won items # 1 & 5; Therese Trimble - won item # 2; Ron (no last name) - won items #3 & 4. Thank you to everyone for your participation.

  • UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS DINNER January 6th, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Gathering Area. MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!
    Tickets now on Sale: $35 each or $90 for families (immediate family of parents with school-aged children.) Pre-schoolers are FREE.

  • ADVENT/CHRISTMAS ART INVITATION: For this Advent/Christmas Season, Dec 3 - 24, 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 at the church office, 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 6/7, 2018.

  • 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

  • THE 2018 DONATION ENVELOPES are ready for pick up in the Gathering Area. Please note that these are intended for the 2018 tax year so please do not use them in advance of the intended dates. For those who do not have envelopes but would like some, please fill out one of the forms on the table and leave it in the basket provided. If you would prefer to automate your gift-giving, debit and/or credit card Authorization Forms are on the tables as well. (Please be mindful of the fees charged on Credit Card transactions). Thank you for your continuing generosity to St. Mary’s.

  • ADVENT CHRISTMAS TREE: Remember a loved one at Christmas by purchasing an angel from the Memorial Advent Tree in the Gathering Area. Angels are $5.00 each and can be paid for at the Grocery Card table.Proceeds from the sale of the angels will go to the Ladies of St. Mary’s and St. Mary’s Church.

  • CHRISTMAS STORE – Tuesday, Dec. 19, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm., Holy Spirit School Each year we hold a Christmas Store where students can purchase Christmas items for their friends and families. Items range in price from $0.25- $10.00 DONATIONS: We will be accepting gently used (or new) items to be donated to our Christmas Store from Dec 4-18. Items can be dropped off at the front office of the school. Some ideas would be: toys, books, games, knick-knacks, decorations, bath and body, pictures, etc. Anything but the kitchen sink!!! **Children are asked to bring their own bags to bring gifts home.

  • SACRAMENT of RECONCILIATION duringADVENT 2017: REJOICE IN GOD'S MERCY – In addition to the regular parish schedule, the sacrament of Reconciliation will be available at parishes throughout the Diocese of Calgary all the Wednesdays of Advent, Dec. 20, from 7:30 – 8:30 pm.


  • NOTE: RCIA/RCIC meeting is cancelled Thurs., Dec. 14th, the night of our ADVENT Reconciliation.
    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: 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.
    - First Eucharist and First Reconciliations 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.
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  • 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 Dec. 20th, 9:30-11:30 am, in the Gathering Area. After that, Feb. 17th (no gathering on Jan. 3rd). 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

  • COUPLES FOR CHRIST: Come and follow Jesus through a journey of faith through Christian Life Program - Sundays, Dec. 10 and Dec.17, 1:00 - 5:00 pm, here at St. Mary's Church. The program consists of 12 Talks that will be distributed on 4 Sundays as scheduled. Dec. 17: "Growing in the Spirit," "The Life & Mission of the Couples for Christ," "Transformation in the Christ/ Dedication."



  • 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 for Christmas and the holiday season: Advent calendars and wreaths, Christmas 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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