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. ADVENT RECONCILIATION SERVICE will be held Wed., Dec. 14th at 7 pm.

  2. ADVENT MANGER of PRAYERS, see "Featured" below for link to the Prayer and Intention Card.

  3. COOKIE WALK & CHRISTMAS CAFE FUNDRAISING on Sat., Dec. 10th from 10 am – 2pm. See BULLETIN for details.

  4. Connection Gift Shop (open before + after Mass) has wide variety of Christmas/Advent cards, gifts, mementos, etc.

  5. CHRISTMAS FAMILY DANCE + DATE NIGHT on Sat., Dec. 3 after the 4 pm Mass. See BULLETIN for details.

  6. In recognition of the great parish support this year, the K of C will hold their Christmas Advent WINE & CHEESE Sun., Dec. 11th from 7 - 9 pm. See BULLETIN for details.

  7. Pick up your Donation Envelopes (for 2023) from the Gathering Area.

  8. Please join all NEW PARISHIONERS (registered from 2019-2022) for special "WELCOME" (with cake!) after Masses on weekend of November 26/27. Everyone's invited!

  9. Registration for Confirmation open till March 1st, 2023. See menu top of this page: GROW—> Sacraments.

  10. Read how Fr. Dennis explains the use of "Mass Intentions" 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, Pastor

Fr. Dennis 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

Fr. Joe Glaab, ofm

part-time Associate Pastor

Deacon Ron Fortier

New to St. Mary's since early Oct. 2022, Fr. Joe is a Franciscan Friar, a member of the same community as Fr. Dennis. Ordained to the Presbyterate in 2017, he comes from St Joseph the Worker Parish in Richmond, BC where he served for four years. His ministry here in Cochrane will be divided between St. Mary’s Parish and Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre. To reach Fr. Joe call the Parish Office, 403-932-2944 or EMAIL: jofglaab@hotmail.com

Deacon Ron is available by appointment for anyone who would like to talk with him. To set up a time, call the parish office at 403-932-2944 or EMAIL him directly: 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