WELCOME to St. Mary's Parish, Cochrane

Father Bill

On behalf of St. Mary's, I extend a warm greeting to all. I invite you to share the Stewardship of your time, talent, and treasure with us and join us in worship as a family of faith. God Bless.


To the many folks that helped in any way with Fr. Bill’s farewell BBQ last Saturday after the 5 pm mass, I send my abundant gratitude! To the KCs and Ladies of St. Mary’s who made sure we enjoyed a great meal, to our Parish Pastoral + Finance Councils for their tremendous planning and organizing, to the others who set up and cleaned up and supplied a joyful “wishing well”, to those who decorated with pictures and flowers, to the choir for their touching musical tribute, and to all who were able to celebrate.

It has been a joy and privilege to serve as your parish priest for these last 7 years. As St. Mary’s continues to grow, I pray all may be welcomed and nourished in Christ, as warmly as I was into your hearts and homes.

My last weekend will be July 5/6, and Fr. Eric Nelson will be here for the remaining July Weekends. On July 8, I am off to France, and for August 1 to St. Pius X Parish (2424-24 Ave., N.W. Calgary, AB T2M 2A2; 403-289-3602).

God bless,

  • For St. Mary's SEPTEMBER 2014 CALENDAR of EVENTS, click here.

  • SUMMER LITURGICAL MINISTRIES: As summer approaches, we are always short of Liturgical Ministers. If you are a regular Liturgical Minister and happen to be around through the summer, please come early and help where you can at Mass. THANKS!

  • NOTE: the location for ONE ROCK (Aug. 15, 16, 17, 2014) has changed. Click here for more information.

  • SUMMER OFFICE HOURS: July & August: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 8:00 am – 12:00 noon. Closed Mondays & Fridays. EXCEPTION: The Parish Office will also be closed July 1st (Canada Day) and July 8, 9, 10. Regular Office hours begin again September 2.

  • Our GROCERY CARD fundraiser has been a HUGE success! NOTE: With Sobeys having moved from Cochrane in early April, there are a few changes. Click here for information.

    Gissing's Last Supper

  • See the Parish Bulletin (June 8) for information about the painting: "The Gissing Last Supper" by famous local artist, Ronald Gissing, now hanging in the office complex at St. Mary's.

  • St. Mary's is YOUR parish community. Get involved. Sign up in a parish ministry. To volunteer click here.


St. Mary's
Catholic Church
River Heights Dr.
Cochrane, Alberta


We are just south of the town and east off Hwy 22
at James Walker Tr.

To learn the story
behind our
Tree-of-Life Crucifix

click here.

Confessions & Adoration

Saturday 11 am - 12 noon
or by appointment



    Saturday: 5:00pm


NOTE Revised Weekday Mass Schedule for the Summer . . .
JULY: Weekday Mass: July 2 at 7 pm and July 3 & 4 at 9 am only. All other weekday Masses in July are cancelled.

AUGUST: Weekday Mass: No Mass Tuesday or Wednesday. The Thursday & Friday Masses continue at 9 am.
EXCEPTIONS: Tuesday, August 12, Mass at Bethany 1:30 pm. And on Thursday, August 28, the Mass at Big Hill Lodge 10:30 am will REPLACE the usual 9 am Mass on this Thursday only.
    REGULAR TIMES (September through June) Tuesday & Wednesday:
    7:00 pm

    except on the second Tues. of each month when Mass is celebrated at Cochrane Bethany Care Center at 10:30 am

    REGULAR TIMES (September through June) Thursday & Friday:
    9:00 am

    except on the fourth Thurs. of each month when Mass is celebrated at Cochrane Big Hill Lodge at 10:30 am

Also at Mt. St. Francis:
Tues - Fri 11:15 am

If a funeral is scheduled,
the weekday Mass at St. Mary's
may be cancelled.

Are You NEW to the PARISH?

  • We extend a warm welcome to new parishioners. Please take a moment to print and fill out the New Parishioner's REGISTRATION FORM. It's a sure way to make certain you're included in Parish communications. You can scan and e-mail or FAX the form to our Secretary or drop the hard copy into the collection basket next time you're at Mass. For a brochure explaining Catholic Stewardship click here.

  • If you want to become actively involved in our parish community, a MINISTRY is a great way to do so.

  • Print a VOLUNTEER/STEWARDSHIP sign-up FORM and place the completed form in the collection basket at Mass or drop it off at the Parish Office.


  • Grocery Card FUNDRAISER: Buy our Grocery Cards and support this very profitable fundraising endeavour. CO-OP (5%); SOBEY'S (10%); SAVE ON FOODS (6%); NO FRILLS (5%); and SAFEWAY (8%). July 1st and August 5th are the summer 10% TUESDAYS for cards at these stores! Join us!! To learn how you can redeem your SOBEYS (10%) cards, click HERE.

  • See important information re. change of venue for ONE ROCK August 15. 16, and 17 at top of page.

  • NOTE Summer OFFICE HOURS and changes to WEEKDAY MASSES for July and August. See above or check on sidebar to the right.

  • For more events, visit our CALENDAR and BULLETINS pages (or click on the tabs at top of this page).

STEWARDSHIP of Time, Talent, Treasure

Our STEWARDSHIP is a complete and total way of life. It acknowledges our dependence on God for all we have and all we are. Stewardship of our time, talent and treasure lies at the heart of our Christian life. In short, it’s something we do; it’s the way we live. As Christian stewards, we receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them in loving justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.

Stewardship of TREASURE

Please consider the spiritual and practical benefits of a pre-authorized commitment to the Stewardship of Treasure. Your gifts toward weekly Sunday offerings, the Building Fund, Together in Action, and other Catholic charities can be handled by Direct Debit, MasterCard or Visa simply with your pre-authorization. Click here for the necessary forms. Fill out your preferred method of contribution; then drop your signed MasterCard brandVisa acceptancepre-authorization into the collection basket next time you're at Mass, or hand-deliver or Fax it to the Parish Office. NOTE: the signed form may be scanned and attached in an email to the Parish Secretary.

Stewardship of TIME and TALENT

One of the greatest gifts God gives us is our TIME. When we hand back a portion of each day to the One who made all our days without thinking about what we get in return, we are living the life of a steward. Please prayerfully ponder the descriptions of the various MINISTRIES that St. Mary's offers and begin your discernment.

Additionally, every one of us has something we can do to help others. The gift of our TALENTS invites us to recognize, cherish and share our God–given abilities. How can YOU enrich your parish’s faith family? Click here for a brochure about Catholic stewardship. Then print a VOLUNTEER/STEWARDSHIP FORM and sign up for the ministry(s) of your choice. Drop the completed form into the collection basket next time you're at Mass or mail it to us.

Parish Mission Statement

We are a community of faith trusting in God's love, open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit working within each member, attempting to model ourselves on Christ, and called to serve Him in others.
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