St. Mary's Church

Cochrane, AB

The Spirit Flows Through Us

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A Message from Father Dennis:

FATHER DENNIS' email address is: 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



Image on the right: copy of painting by Richard Hook, "Thy Will Be Done." The painting is new to the Parish. It hangs at the entrance to the Christ the King Chapel.

Easter Blessings To You!


Did you know that EASTER SUNDAY, the high point of the Church year, is decided by the phases of the moon?

EASTER always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the spring equinox. Got it? If not, then you might want to Google it for a more detailed explanation.

It sounds complicated, but it's not. The spring equinox is the time and day when the hours of light and darkness are "equal" (Note: there is another equinox in the autumn), usually around March 20th or 21st. Then we look for the first full moon, and the Sunday following that is EASTER SUNDAY.

For us in the northern hemisphere, this means that EASTER coincides with SPRING. Christ is risen and the whole world springs to life. New green shoots break the surface of the earth, flowers push forth and bloom, and the smell of lilies fills the air.

The gift of the RESURRECTION, REDEMPTION, and SALVATION, new life in CHRIST, breaks into our world much like life returning to the earth in spring time. CHRIST is RISEN!!! Let us sing "Alleluia" in all that we say and do throughout this EASTER season and always.

Peace and all good,

HolyWeek-2019.pdf


Deacon Ron Fortier arrived at St. Mary's in August 2018 to assist Father Dennis in his pastoral duties.

Thanks for all you do, Deacon Ron!

Our parishioners now have access to premium video content from "WORD ON FIRE" during Lent. These films and videos feature Bishop Robert Barron who has been hailed as “one of the Church’s greatest messengers" and is the second most-followed Catholic in the world on social media (behind only Pope Francis. To access this extraordinary video library, please visit our site on-line at https://stmaryscochrane.flocknote.com/ and click on the WORD ON FIRE link.


If you are not already signed up, do so now and Flocknote will e-mail or text a confirmation message AND another message with a link you'll need to click to complete the process. If you prefer, you can text from your cell phone: SMCochrane to 514-900-0130.


Mass Times

WEEKEND Masses

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

WEEKDAY Masses

CONFESSION:

  • Saturdays 11 am – 12 noon with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction, OR by appointment .
  • See Bulletin for Seasonal Reconciliation Services during Advent and Lent.

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.

NOTE: PARISH OFFICE will be closed Good Friday, April 19, and Easter Monday, April 22.

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

Phone: 403-932-2944

Note: Postal Code on map is incorrect!

OFFICE HOURS:

  • Mon.: 8 am - 12 pm;
  • Tues., Wed., Thurs.: 8 am - 2 pm;
  • Fri.: 9 am - 12 pm.

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 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.