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. 

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.

SOME of St. Mary's HEADLINE NEWS: for complete Parish news see our Weekly Bulletin HERE.


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Fr. Dennis Vavrek, ofm Pastor

Fr. Dennis is available for Confessions or just to talk. 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 

Fr. Joe's ministry is divided between St. Mary’s Parish and Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre.  To reach Fr. Joe for Confession or a chat, call the Parish Office, 403-932-2944 or EMAIL: jofglaab@hotmail.com

Ron Fortier, 


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 at: ron.fortier@calgarydiocese.ca

Charlene Jennings

is our Administrator/ Parish Accountant. She's available  at 403-932-2944 OR by EMAIL at secretary@stmaryscochrane.ca and also at accounting@stmaryscochrane.ca

Joseph Kadmous

is our on-site Custodian. To reach him, call the Parish Office;


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

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Should you need help, just ask. We're here for you . . .

St. Mary's parish has a group available to help the vulnerable and those stranded due to the impact of Covid-19 or other illness. If help is needed, this team can run errands, do your grocery shopping, and/or pick up prescription drugs . . .  Lean On Us — LeanOnUs2020@gmail.com