St. Mary's Church

Cochrane, AB

"The Spirit Flows Through Us"

St. Mary's celebrates its "125th ANNIVERSARY" in 2020. The book, "St. Mary's Centennial Celebration 1895-1995" is now accessible in digital form so you can catch up on our history!! Access "100 Years" in the menu at the top of this page.

NEW : all public MASSES in the Diocese of Calgary are suspended indefinitely. HOLY WEEK and the Paschal Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday) will be celebrated by Bishop McGrattan and livestreamed April 9–12 from the Diocesan website www.calgarydiocese.ca.

DATES AND TIMES: Holy Thursday (7:00 pm Mass, April 9), Good Friday (3:00 pm Service, April 10), a simplified Easter Vigil (9:30 pm, April 11) and Easter Sunday Mass (10:00 am, April 12) from the Cathedral in Calgary.

Weekday and Sunday Masses will continue to be livestreamed from the Diocesan website as well.

See IMPORTANT LETTER from the Bishop explaining all of this and more by clicking HERE.

**Domestic Church

Families are to live out their vocation as the domestic Church. Nourish your family spiritually during the pandemic. Let us make our homes a sacred space, where God dwells. Find resources for prayers, devotions and liturgies that you can use at home during this pandemic here.

**Parish Sunday Offering

During this pandemic, our faith community needs us even more. Please remember to keep supporting our parish with weekly or recurring donations. As offering envelopes are not feasible at this time, we ask you to support the parish through online giving. The online giving page on the diocesan website allows us to set up a one-time or recurring donation to our parish. Give now at https://www.catholicyyc.ca/give

IN ADDITION: Please be advised, our parish activities are cancelled (see Bulletin) with a few exceptions (Prayer Chain, Confessions only in emergency, Grocery Cards). Also, see Bulletin and Stay Informed—> News for request for

If you have questions, please call Father Dennis at the parish office at 403-932-2944 or on his cell phone at 780-668-0145 or via e-mail at dennis.vavrek@franciscanfriars.ca

A Message from Father Dennis:

FATHER DENNIS' email address: dennis.vavrek@franciscanfriars.ca OR contact him at the Parish Office: 403-932-2944

FOR EMERGENCIES: call Mount St. Francis Retreat at 403-932-2012 OR call Fr. Dennis' cell at 780-668-0145


“GO THE DISTANCE”

As we enter into Week Two of the Coronavirus Pandemic, there are new expressions we are now using that we never used before. Social distancing, flatten the curve, the new normal, and self-quarantine are now a part of our everyday language.

Do you remember the expression, “Go the distance”? It became popular because of its usage in the film, Field of Dreams. In baseball, go the distance refers to a pitcher throwing a complete game of nine innings. In Field of Dreams the phrase was the invitation for the main character, Kevin Costner, to finish the construction of a baseball field in his corn field.

Many are asking, “How long will this Coronavirus Pandemic last?” “How many weeks?” “How many months?” There are plenty of educated guesses being made on social media in these early days, but the honest answer right now is, “No one knows.”

It appears that this new normal will probably last awhile, and it will test us in ways we haven’t thought of. I suppose a question for us at this time is this, “Can we go the distance?” Do we have the patience, persistence, determination and faith to pitch a complete game, to run the marathon, to fight the good fight (1 Timothy 6:12)?

At some point in time during his ministry Jesus knew that he needed to go the distance to Jerusalem and the cross. We also read in the gospels that Jesus “set his face” to go to Jerusalem (Luke 9:52), which gives us some idea of his single-minded determination to accomplish his Father’s will. During this difficult and trying time in our world, we too are invited to go the distance and accomplish the Father’s will in our lives.

May we do so by imitating Christ, living out our faith, and by emptying out our lives in love of one another.

Peace and all good,

Mass Times at St. Mary's Cochrane are CANCELLED. However, Mass (daily at 10 am and Sunday at 10 am) can be accessed livestreamed from the Diocesan website, www.calgarydiocese.ca

WEEKEND Masses–cancelled

  • Saturday: 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: 10:00 am

WEEKDAY Masses–cancelled

Saturday CONFESSION-now cancelled

However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, if you have an emergency situation, the Sacrament of Reconciliation may be celebrated with Fr. Dennis by calling him to make special arrangements.

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.

Location

Find us just south of the town center and east off Hwy 22 at James Walker Trail & River Heights Drive, Cochrane, Alberta. To get "traditional directions" click HERE.

Address: 10 River Heights Drive, Cochrane, AB, T4C 0N8

Phone: 403-932-2944

Note: Postal Code on map is incorrect!

OFFICE HOURS:

  • Mon. & Tues. 8 am - 2 pm;
  • Wed. & Thurs. 8 am - 3 pm;
  • Fri.: 9 am - Noon

New to the Parish?

  • We extend a warm welcome to new parishioners. Please take a moment to fill out a printable or online NEW PARISHIONER REGISTRATION FORM. Registration will ensure you're included in Parish communications. If using the printable form, you may scan and EMAIL or FAX (403-932-4587) to our SECRETARY or just drop the hard copy into the collection basket next time you're at Mass.
  • For a brochure explaining CATHOLIC STEWARDSHIP (Time, Talent, Treasure), click HERE.
  • A MINISTRY is a great way to become actively involved in our parish community. For more INFORMATION on our ministries, click HERE. To volunteer in one of our parish ministries, click HERE for an online or printable VOLUNTEER/STEWARDSHIP sign-up form. Complete and return the printable form by placing it in the collection basket at Mass or drop off your form at the Parish Office.