Event News

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


  • TWITTER has arrived at St. Mary's!!!
    • Daily content drawn from Father Dennis’ homilies and other Church leaders.
    • Re-tweets of content from the Diocese, Pope Francis and other parishes.
    • Links to content or resources from other parish or Church sources.
    • Event announcements.
    • News from the parish with photos whenever available.
    • Updates and photos from recent events and activities at St. Mary’s.
    • New additions to the parish website or Facebook page with links to those sites.
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    And, thank you to Darryl Goyetche and Warren Harbeck for all your work establishing and maintaining this presence on Twitter for St. Mary's!

  • SPECIAL COMMISSIONING for ALL LITURGICAL MINISTERS: There will be a special commissioning for ALL LITURGICAL MINISTERS (i.e. ushers, altar servers, lectors, gift bearers, communion ministers, music ministers) after the homily on the last Sunday of the Church year, November 25th/26th, which is the feast of Christ the King. It will be a time to recognize and express our gratitude to all those who have been called to service in the liturgy in a new Church year.

  • GROCERY CARD SALES: THANK YOU to all who are supporting us in this endeavour to help pay the bills! We have cards from: Co-Op (9%), No-Frills/Superstore (5%), Save On Foods(6%) and Safeway/Sobey's (5%). You can purchase yours with cash, cheque, Debit, Mastercard or Visa. Please help with this very important project by buying your Grocery Cards in the Gathering Area after each weekend Mass, or at our Parish Office. When you buy a grocery card for $100.00, you use it to buy $100.00 worth of groceries at the store. This fundraiser doesn't cost you anything but it supports St. Mary's! Your participation in this program is greatly appreciated!! More info: Helen Stock (403) 932-2782 OR email hy.stock@gmail.com.

  • YOUTH CHOIR: we are a group ranging from high school age to young adults, who meet once monthly to practice, and sing the following Sunday at 10 am Mass. The next practice is Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 pm. We sing on Sunday, Nov. 19. For more info, contact Brettly: brett_g5@hotmail.com

  • ANNUAL Knights of Columbus CHRISTMAS PARTY– The K. of C. Christmas party is on Nov. 30, 2017, with cocktails at 6 pm, and dinner at 7 pm, at Mount St. Francis. It is open to all Knights, their spouses, clergy, and the widows of deceased Knights. Tickets are free for the clergy and widows. Ticket prices are $40 per person at the door for the dinner and includes wine, beer and soft drinks. Please RSVP asap to Dave Delainey at dwdelain@shaw.ca or call 403-241-2634.

  • BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE will be in the Gathering Area during the month of November. We invite you to add NAMES of your deceased loved ones. We will remember all during our weekend November Masses.

  • ANNUAL Knights of Columbus SPECIALTY MEATS SALE – Your Knights will be offering high quality meats for sale starting November 11 and ending on November 26. We expect orders will be available for pick-up on December 16, if not earlier. 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. Please visit the kiosk in the Gathering Area to make your order, or alternatively, you can order online at https://kofcstmarys205.fundfwdshop.ca/ .

  • IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN! LADIES OF ST. MARY’S ANNUAL COOKIE WALK: Saturday, Dec. 9th 12:15, until 2:00 pm, or when all the cookies are sold out! Please bring a batch or two of your favourite homemade Christmas baking, and help make our Cookie Walk a success! The Ladies are requesting donations of Christmas cookies and squares (no allergens such as peanuts please). If you do use any allergens, please label clearly. Gluten Free baking should also be labelled clearly. Please drop off all baking at the church main entrance on Friday, Dec. 8th from 5 - 8 pm.

  • A QUILTED WALL HANGING to CELEBRATE the 10th ANNIVERSARY of OUR CHURCH: Many thanks to Martha Karau, who made this beautiful quilt. It is presently on display in our Admin. Boardroom.

  • 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.

  • ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED! If you are interested and can help out in this important ministry, please contact Keith Schneberger at snowmountain@shaw.ca or 403-510-1675, or Charlene Gale at the Parish Office. Altar Server training sessions will be scheduled. For dates please contact Keith Schneberger. Thanks for dedicating your time and talent to this important ministry!

  • BISHOP CARROLL HIGH SCHOOL Discover Personalized Self-Directed Learning! Share the word! Information and Open House for current Grade 9 students and parents: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 7:00pm. For those interested in Advanced Placement courses, there will be a brief AP information session at 6:30pm prior to the general information session.

  • COCHRANE ACTIVETTES SHARE YOUR CHRISTMAS: Please donate new hats, toques, mittens, gloves and scarves which will be included in the Christmas Hampers for needy families this Christmas Season. The collection will begin Tue., Nov. 28, and the donations will be picked up by the Activettes on Sun., Dec. 10. Boxes will be in the Gathering Area and by the West Doors.

  • YOUTH EVENT at ST. PETER's CHURCH: 541 Silvergrove Drive, NW, Calgary: Nov. 24, at 5:45 pm. For YOUNG MEN, 14-17 yrs old. Learn more about Christ the King, and our role in His kingdom. Do you have what it takes to be a soldier for the King? Come to be equipped with some tools to become better men of faith through discussions and fellowship. Online registration available at https://st-peters.ca/st-peters-young-mens-group/ . For more information please contact troy.nguyen@st-peters.ca.

  • 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. 6, 13, and 20, from 7:30 – 8:30 pm. Here at St. Mary's Cochrane we will be having Reconciliation Dec. 6 and 20, but not Dec. 13, due to another celebration taking place that evening.

  • 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

  • MEN’S ROSARY LEAGUE: Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 4747 - 30 Street, S.E., Calgary, invites ALL MEN in the diocese of Calgary to join us, Tuesday, November 21st. Mass at 6:30 pm, followed by one mystery of the rosary. The men will then gather regularly, the third Thursday of every month without exception. Join us!!

  • 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.
    Message from Fr. Dennis, ofm

  • STUDENTS' CHOIR: School aged students, ages 5-18, are welcome to come up to the front of our parish and to help our St. Mary’s Choir lead the congregation with the following hymns on the first and third weekend of each month. Just come up to join the choir when you see the image of Jesus and the children on the PowerPoint.
    Next date is Nov 19: singing "In the Day of the Lord"
    To practice at home, see the YouTube Video Playlist, for the music, CLICK HERE.

  • ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY: The Parish is considering forming a St Vincent de Paul Conference in the Cochrane area, centered on St. Mary’s Parish, to serve the poor and those listed in the St Vincent de Paul manual of operations. The current closest conference is St Peter’s Parish in Silver Springs, Calgary. If anyone is interested in being a part of this society for the Cochrane area, please contact Deacon Danial Plamondon: email deacondanial@hotmail.com or leave a message with Charlene: 403-932-2944.

  • OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE RANCH (OLQPR): Donation Drive from Nov. 7 - 19, the Ranch is collecting clean, gently used children’s winter clothing, books, toys, and teddy bears to stock their free store, "Gab’s Place," in preparation for the 28th Annual Children’s Christmas Party. There will be large boxes at both the front and West doors at St. Mary's for your donations. Deadline for donations dropped off at the church is Sunday, Nov. 19.
    Also, OLQPR would greatly appreciate your help for the 28th Annual Christmas Party.
    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
    - Nov 18: 10 am - 2 pm at OLQP - Main Gift Wrapping **Lunch will be served at noon**
    - Dec 2nd from 9 am till 4 pm - CHRISTMAS PARTY! Hundreds of Volunteers needed! Invite your family and friends to come along and help! To sign up, contact the Ranch Office: 403-949-2044 or email bookings@ourladyqueenofpeaceranch.com.

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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 meeting will be Nov. 22nd, 9:30-11:30 am, in the Gathering Area. For more info, CLICK HERE or check us out at "Cochrane Catholic Moms" on FACEBOOK. Other meetings for 2017 will be: Dec. 6 & 20. For EMAIL contact: stmarysmothersgroup@gmail.com

    MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY! Are you interested and able to lend a hand to play with the children in the toy room every other Wednesday for the ladies who attend the Parish Mothers' Group? If you are interested in helping out once or twice a month with a ministry that has many cute little faces, email Jamee Jaremy at stmarysmothersgroup@gmail.com or call our Parish Secretary, Charlene Gale, 403-932-2944.

  • COUPLES FOR CHRIST: Come and follow Jesus through a journey of faith through Christian Life Program - Sundays, Nov. 26 - 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. The 2 talks on Nov. 26: Talk # 1 - "God's Love" and Talk #2 - "Who is Jesus"

  • COCHRANE HOSPICE SOCIETY NEEDS YOUR HELP! Volunteers wanted to share their time and talents, to enhance palliative and end-of-life care in Cochrane and Area. Please join us on Nov 20th at 7:00pm at FCSS (Stable Room) to discuss how you can contribute to this important community effort. No previous care-giving experience required. Questions? Call Della at 403-932-4078 or 403-815-8502.

  • MEMORIAL LITURGY: Are you, or someone you know grieving from the loss of a child through miscarriage or stillbirth? The Diocese of Calgary invites you to commend your child communally into the embrace of our merciful God, and to support those who are grieving the loss of a child. The liturgy will be celebrated by Bishop McGrattan on Friday, Nov. 24th, 7 pm, at Sacred Heart Church, Calgary. For more information http://www.MiscarriageLiturgy.ca OR 403-218-5500.



  • MOUNT ST. FRANCIS EVENTS: see Bulletin for retreat schedules.

  • FCJ CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTRE: see Bulletin for ongoing events.


  • 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 ‘prayers’ but there’s always room for many more. If you wish to be added to our list of ‘prayers’ or if you just want to put a prayer request onto the prayer chain, please contact Linda Nicol at lindamnicol@outlook.com

  • CONNECTIONS: Your gift shop is stocked with Christian greeting cards, devotional remembrances, medals, religious pendants, auto visor clips, crucifixes, rosaries and many gift choices for all occasions.

  • 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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