Event News

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

  • SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION for ADVENT 2018: "REJOICE IN GOD'S MERCY"— In addition to the regular parish schedule, the sacrament of Reconciliation will be available Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 7 to 8 pm. First Reconciliation Celebration For Children, and Parish Advent Penitential Service and Confessions will be Wednesday, December 12th, 7 pm. (Please note: 6 priests will be available on this evening)

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • MUSICIANS INVITED TO HELP AT CHRISTMAS MASSES: St. Mary’s Choir warmly invites other Musicians of our Parish to join us for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses. For further info., please contact Nathene Arthur at (403)851-9912 or rnarthur@telus.net.
  • CHRISTMAS CHOIR REHEARSAL: Wed., Dec. 19, 7pm. We will be practicing the Christmas Carols at that time. We will also have a Bell Choir practice at 6:30pm that night. Please contact me if you can attend as either a singer, a bell ringer, or if you have a special instrument (like a flute, harp, violin, cello, etc.) and can help with one of our Masses. God Bless!


    Last Meeting
    First Meeting
    in 2018
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    Marian Prayer Group
    Dec. 11
    Jan. 8
    Rosary Makers
    Dec. 12
    Jan. 9

    St Mary’s Moms’ Group
    Dec. 13
    Jan. 10
    Dec. 16
    Jan. 6
    Dec. 20
    Jan. 10

  • ADVENT CHRISTMAS TREE: Remember a loved one at Christmas by purchasing an angel from the Memorial Advent Tree. Angels are $5.00 each and can be paid for at the Grocery Card table.

  • PARISH FINANCIAL REPORT: see the Bulletin for the report as at October 31, 2018.


    SUNDAY CIRCLE: for ages 3-5 years. Children's Liturgy of the Word is a lectionary based program, offered during the Sunday Morning Mass. The children are dismissed from Mass near the beginning and return during the Preparation of Gifts. Involves story telling, singing songs, and a craft activity.

    CHILDREN'S LITURGY: for ages 6-8 years. Children in Kindergarten to Grade 2 are invited to participate. The Liturgy of the Word is celebrated using age-appropriate readings bringing the Word of God closer to the children's understanding level

    — MISSION MEXICO: DECEMBER 12— ' Lady of Guadalupe, December 12, Mission Mexico Day in our diocese. Donations may be made through our parish collections on the weekend of December 8 & 9. Our goal is to have EVERY PARISHIONER IN OUR DIOCESE DONATE A "LOONIE" TO THE COLLECTION.
    — Gratefully yours on behalf of Mexico's poorest of the poor,
    Sr. Rita Kim, FMM

    NOTE Extension: There are DONATION ENVELOPES at the church if you need one.
    DONATIONS still accepted Sat./Sun Dec. 15/16.
    Find out the latest news about Mission Mexico HERE.

    — 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

  • "Come, Little Prince, to my Stable Rude"— PARISH ADVENT RETREAT: Join us for an evening of encounter with God, Sunday, December 16 and Monday, December 17, 6:30–8:00 pm, at St Mary’s Church, Cochrane. Family friendly! Babysitting will be provided for small children.

  • 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.

  • 2019 DONATION ENVELOPES are ready. These are for the 2019 tax year, so please do not use them in advance of the intended dates. If you no longer want / need your assigned envelope, please contact Greg Braganza or Charlene Gale so that the number can be reassigned. 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 Parish, Cochrane.

  • ROSARY MAKING: Wednesdays, 9:30 am, Meeting. Room. 3. New Rosary Makers are welcome to join anytime. Working together is a great way to form friendships. Rosary Makers’ next meeting will be Jan. 9.

  • FR. DENNIS WILL BE AWAY from Wednesday, December 26th to Friday, December 28th. Fr. Kevin Lynch will celebrate the weekday Masses on Thursday and Friday of Christmas week (December 27 and 28). For any emergencies, please contact the Parish Office.

  • IT’S BACK! KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS GARAGE SALE: After a five year hiatus, your Knights will be holding a Garage Sale on Saturday, May 25th, 2019 at the Boys and Girls Club Parking Lot. We will be asking the parish for donations of items for the sale at a later date. Please watch for further notices and info. early in 2019.

  • 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 donations will be picked up by the Activettes on Sun., Dec. 16. after the 10 am Mass. No donations for "Share Your Christmas" can be accepted here at St. Mary’s after that time. Late donations would have to be taken to other collection points. Boxes will be in the Gathering Area and by the West Doors.

  • BULLETIN BY EMAIL: The email copy is in beautiful colour, and all other documents handed out with the bulletin at the church are also sent out with the email bulletin. If you are interested in saving paper, please contact Charlene at the Parish Office to be put onto the bulletin email list 403-932-2944; secretary@stmaryscochrane.ca

  • 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: Items for Christmas and holiday season: Advent calendars and wreaths, Christmas greeting cards and stationery, ornaments, children's books, and other seasonal items are now available. There are many gift choices for Christmas and all occasions. Come check us out!

  • 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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