Photo/Video Gallery



St. Mary's 10th Anniversary

On June 13, 2017 Parishioners and Father Andrew celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the blessing of St. Mary's Church by Bishop Henry and thanked our Ministry volunteers for their help throughout the year!




A Visit from Bishop Emeritus, Fred Henry 2017


Bishop Fred Henry (now in the early weeks of his retirement) visited our parish on March 30 to speak about the meaning of Lent. He issued a challenge to St. Mary's parishioners: "What would Jesus do?"



Walk of the Cross on Good Friday, April 14, 2017.

This event is held each year in Cochrane for all Christian communities. St. Mary's has always played an important part.




More Works of Mercy for the Jubilee Year of Mercy 2016 (in Gathering Area).

This display illustrates the ongoing Diocesan Works of Mercy and St. Mary's contribution to its success.




St. Mary's Sacred Garden Spring 2016

See this overview of our beautiful Sacred Garden. The video is narrated by parishioner, Mike Simpson.




St. Mary's Labyrinth 2016

In April 2016, a video, narrated by Leslie Davies, was produced to explain the labyrinth experience as part of St. Mary's Sacred Garden. See below.




Works of Mercy Display 2016

A beautiful exhibit of photographic art by parishioner Lou Perrin was on display in the Gathering Area prior to Easter 2016. View the slideshow below celebrating the seven Corporal Works of Mercy in photographs from across Canada.



Ukrainian Christmas Dinner 2016

Held on January 9th at St. Mary's, this event was well-attended by parishioners and guests. Authentic Ukrainian music was performed by the Korinnya Ukrainian Folk Ensemble, featuring Iryna, the instrumental soloist. The food was outstanding and the fellowship rewarding. A huge success, thanks to the organizers and cooks!! Have a look at the slideshow below.



Stations of the Cross
installed 2015

An introduction to the 16-station Way of the Cross in our worship area has been posted on the bulletin board leading into the Gathering Area.



Designed by Bonnie Farris and installed by Mike Simpson with photos by Warren Harbeck


DID YOU KNOW? The Stations of the Cross were installed at St. Mary's in the spring of 2015 with the framing of each station done over the summer.

DID YOU KNOW? The beautiful images depicting the Passion and death of Christ were commissioned by our parish and painted by renowed artist Bev Tosh.

DID YOU KNOW? There are 16 stations in St. Mary's Way of the Cross, not the traditional 14. Do you know why this is so? Have a look at the VIDEO below.



St. Mary's Sacred Garden
Summer 2015

— Courtesy of Joshua Dobrowolski

CLICK on the PHOTO to view VIDEO.


St. Mary's Parish Picnic
July 26, 2015

Photos by Warren Harbeck



St. Athanasius Greek Dinner at St. Mary's
May 2, 2015

— Music by the nationally acclaimed REMBETIKA HIPSTERS


DESIGN AWARD 2015

In May 2015, ST. MARYS' was honored to receive the Alberta Masonry Council Design Award 2015 for the unique arches over the main entrance to the church. Read about the design and construction in the article (below) from Construction Canada (Oct. 2014, pp. 74-82).



Click HERE for the article, "Monumental Masonary Arches."

article written by Mark D. Hagel, PhD, P. Eng. and
Monica Guzman, MSc, B. Eng
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More Videos Shared by Parishioners



World Day of Prayer 2015

See the celebration that took place on THE WORLD DAY of PRAYER 2015 (Mar. 6th) here at St. Mary's. It was a day to share with other faiths, a day to support another country.

Click HERE for the video.

Video by Pat Grappolini

Pilgrimage to Assisi

Pilgrimage to Assisi, Oct. 2013

While on pilgrimage to Assisi in Italy during October 2013, Pat Grappolini had the good fortune to encounter His Holiness, Pope Francis.

Click HERE to play Pat's VIDEO
about her visit to Assisi.

Assisi Visit in the company of His Holiness,
Pope Francis by Pat Grappolini (October 2013)


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Slideshows from 2013-2015


Photos of St. Mary's Parish Community



Slideshow: More Parish Events from 2005-2007

Building the New St. Mary's Church: Construction Phase One



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More About Our New Church

— Phase One was completed in 2007


The six stained glass windows at the front of the Parish Hall originally adorned the chapel at Calgary's former Holy Cross Hospital. When the hospital was closed, they were no longer needed. St. Mary's, Cochrane acquired them and had the north end of our new Parish Hall designed especially for them in celebration of the beauty of holiness.

The Celtic Cross and Crucifix is a central focus in our worship space in the Parish Hall—at present a temporary worship space until the building of Phase II which will include our Worship Space Proper. The specially designed and handpainted Celtic Cross was a labour of love accomplished by two very talented artists who are parishioners serving on the Arts and Environment Ministry at St. Mary's. Bonnie Farris and Anne Manning painted the Celtic Cross onto the wall of the Parish Hall, then mounted a bronze crucifix that we have had for some time in the parish. The result was a beautiful work of art situated in the centre of the six stained glass windows forming a sacred backdrop to the altar where we celebrate the Sacrifice of the Eucharist every weekend, on holydays throughout the year, and at weddings, funerals, and the initiatory sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation for our parishioners.

The Bells of St. Mary's, all three, arrived in Cochrane from faraway geographic locations where they were each fashioned from bronze in the early 1900's. Needless to say they were quite corroded. The photo shows Marta Stocker busy polishing one of the historical bells. Today all three bells hang proudly in the tall bell tower attached to St. Mary's Parish Centre.

The construction of the bell tower was a masterful endeavor on its own. And when it was finally ready, the three bells were carefully hoisted aloft into that tower to await their sacred duty: chiming out the joyful call to all the Faithful, "Come join us in Holy Worship here at St. Mary's."

To read more about the Bells of St. Mary's, click here.

The wrought iron door handles and other iron features/art are also unique to the new St. Mary's church. Hans Stocker of our parish, a retired blacksmith, very graciously offered his expertise to fashion and install the beautiful wrought iron items located throughout the building. See below a collage showing the blacksmithing process in pictures.

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