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. Outdoor Mass at St. Mary's on Sunday, August 28th at 10 am (weather permitting). Bring your own lawn chairs.

  2. St. Mary's Parish helps to fund the Cochrane Pregnancy Care Centre. Please read an important update from the President of the Board of Directors at the Pregnancy Care Centre HERE.

  3. For archived footage of Pope Francis' visit to Canada and a background article on Lac Ste. Anne written by Mary Anna Harbeck, click HERE.

  4. For the RESULTS from the Synodal Listening Sessions in the Calgary Diocese compiled and submitted in June to the Western Conference of Catholic Bishops for inclusion in Synod 2023 in Rome, see "Featured" below.

  5. See request for Ukrainian Family hosts in our parish in "Featured."

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 to make an appointment 403-932-2944, 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.