Event News

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


  • NEWS FLASH!! GROCERY CARDS raised $17,829 in 2017!! Thanks to all for purchasing Grocery Cards which are always available at each weekend Mass or at the Parish Office. Sales of the Grocery Cards are an excellent fundraiser to help make St. Mary’s mortgage payments! We all need groceries, and gas for our vehicles and this fundraiser doesn't cost you anything extra! Come visit us! We are waiting to see you in the Gathering Area! More info: Helen Stock (403) 932-2782 OR email hy.stock@gmail.com.

  • Pope Francis invites all the Church to observe Friday, 23rd of February as the DAY of FASTING and PRAYER for PEACE in the many areas of conflict throughout the world, particularly the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan.

  • 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

  • SPECIAL for LENT: Get premium (free) Lenten video content from Bishop Robert Barron’s "Word on Fire"! Click HERE.

  • 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.

  • RETROUVAILLE: YOU CAN HELP YOUR MARRIAGE – Feeling alone, frustrated, angry with each other? Does talking about it only make things worse? Thousands of married couples experiencing difficulty in their relationship have found the help they needed by taking the Retrouvaille program. The program begins March 9-11, 2018. For information about registering, access their website at www.helpourmarriagecalgary.com or call 403-879-7893 if you have further questions.

  • REJOICE in GOD'S MERCY during LENT– Opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation are as follows:
    1) Each day of the Lenten Mission (Monday, February 26th to Thursday, March 1st), from 4:00 - 6:00 pm Our Lenten Retreat preacher, Fr. Lucien Larre, will be available.
    2) The Parish Lenten Reconciliation Service and First Reconciliation Celebration for children is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14th, at 7:00 pm. There will be six priests available to celebrate the sacrament this evening.
    3) Fr. Dennis will be available at the parish to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesday, March 7th, 21st, and 28th, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.
    4) On Saturdays from 11:00 am to noon.
    5) 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.

  • 2017 TAX RECEIPTS: are available for pick-up in the Gathering Area. They are in alphabetical order by last name. If you have any concerns or questions about your receipt, please contact Greg Braganza, Parish Accountant: accounting@stmaryscochrane.ca or 403-932-2944.

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

  • The WORLD DAY of PRAYER will be held on Friday, March 2, 2018, at 2:00 pm, at St. Andrews United Church, 128 1 St E, Cochrane. The 2018 theme is “All God’s Creation is Very Good,” hosted by Suriname. Refreshments will be served following the program. Everyone is welcome.

  • A CHALLENGE from Fr. Dennis: To HELP Get YOUR "HEAD and HEART in the GAME for LENT"– you are invited to watch a very short YouTube video called "Lent in Three Minutes," click HERE.
    ——I dare you to watch it! Fr. Dennis, ofm

  • 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 Mar. 5, 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 Fridays during Lent, beginning at 6:15 pm, prior to The Stations of the Cross for a meal of meatless soup and buns. Please sign up on the sheet in the Gathering Area if you are coming, so we know how many guests to prepare for.

  • STATIONS OF THE CROSS, in the church, 7:00 pm every Friday during LENT:
    - February 23rd led by Parish Pastoral Council
    - March 2nd led by RCIA & RCIC
    - March 9th led by the Ladies of St. Mary's
    - March 16 - led by Couples for Christ (CFC)
    - March 23 - led by Marian Prayer Group
    EVERYONE is WELCOME to ATTEND ANY or ALL of THESE LITURGIES.

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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 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


  • LENTEN MISSION at St. Mary's with Father Lucien Larre to be held from Monday, Feb. 26 to Thursday, March 1. See the Bulletin for a break-down of the week's topics of discussion. Also, confessions will be available every night after the Mission talks.

  • WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE CHANGE: There will be NO morning Masses during our Lenten Mission, Wednesday, Feb, 28, and Thursday, March 1. There WILL be a Mass Friday, March 2, 9:00am, as usual, since the Lenten Mission ends Thursday night.

  • 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!




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