A place to belong in Christ

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


  1. It's time for the annual STEWARDSHIP SIGN-UP. Become involved in your parish. Forms available HERE.

  2. First Eucharist and First Reconciliation (Confession) information now available under GROW –> Sacraments (see menu at top of this page).

  3. St. Mary's 125th ANNIVERSARY GALA, our annual fundraiser, Sat., Oct. 15, 2022. See Bulletin.

  4. Family Fun Nights start Oct. 1st (see "Featured").

  5. St. Mary's Moms Group starts Oct. 3 (see "Featured").

  6. For updates on Synod 2021-2023, click HERE.

Welcome to St. Mary's

in Cochrane!

"A place to belong in Christ"

St. Mary's is a parish in the town of Cochrane, Alberta, and part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary.

For over 125 years, our church has strived to be a welcoming place where people’s lives can be transformed by the love of God encountered in Scripture, in the sacraments, and in fellowship with one another.

Whether you’re a practicing Catholic or someone who’s been away from the Church for awhile, we welcome you here to our parish community, invite you to encounter Christ, and join us in the work of building his Kingdom.


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Fr. Dennis Vavrek, ofm is available for Confessions or just to talk. Please call 403-932-2944 to make an appointment, or Email: dennis.vavrek@franciscanfriars.ca

FOR EMERGENCIES: call Mount St. Francis Retreat at: 403-932-2012

OR call Fr. Dennis' cell at 780-668-0145

Deacon Ron Fortier is available by appointment for anyone who would like to talk with him. Call the parish office at 403-932-2944 to set up a time, or Email: ron.fortier@calgarydiocese.ca

What does it mean to belong at St. Mary's?

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If you need help during the pandemic . . .

St. Mary's parish has a group available to help the vulnerable and those stranded due to the impact of Covid-19. If help is needed, this team can help run errands, do your grocery shopping, and/or pick up prescription drugs.

St. Mary’s Spirit of Giving Program

Do you know someone who is feeling isolated, lonely or just needs a lift? As a parish we can share the Light of Christ with those who could use it.

Please reach out to this email or directly to the Parish Office to submit an individual or family in our community that could use a visit, a phone call, a meal or a prayer for a week.

“We love because he first loved us”

––John 4:19