Many of St. Mary's memories from over the years are preserved in their sights and sounds. This page is set aside to celebrate those special events and activities. The memories are organized starting from the most recent.

Easter Vigil 2024

Mar. 30, 2024

. . . Photos courtesy of Mike Wasson

Children's Choir at Mass 

Feb. 3, 2024

. . . Video courtesy of Veronica Rivera

** to play the video, click on the image, wait till loaded, then click the tiny arrow in top right-hand corner. Enjoy!

Pre-Christmas Fun at 

St. Mary's 2023

. . . Photos courtesy of Emilie Dorge, 

Cecilia D'Mello, and SusanCampbell                           

Rosaries for Holy Spirit School

Photos courtesy of Mike Wasson

St. Mary's Synod Listening Sessions, 2022 

Thanks to St. Mary's Synod Committee and Fr. Dennis, our parish hosted two listening sessions (March 27 in-person and March 29 on Zoom).  About sixty participants met and collaborated through reflection and prayer to answer Pope Francis' call to Catholics world-wide about their personal experiences journeying together as Church and to discern what steps the Holy Spirit is inviting all of us, as Church, to take in order to grow in that journeying together ("synodality") for the future.  The Synodal Theme Song, "Listen, Let Us Listen" was played for participants.

Lenten Mission 2022  . . . Photos courtesy of Warren Harbeck

The Virtual Choir

During the pandemic of 2020-2021, we were missing the Sound of St. Mary's Choir! So, Nathene Arthur, our Choir Director, came up with the IDEA of  the Virtual Choir.

She explained:

"Parishioners, family, and friends (are) invited to video themselves singing WITH the backtrack to selected songs. Participants (need) to wear a headset or ear buds. Then, once the singers (have) video-taped themselves singing, the final choir presentation (will be) assembled by Lisa at with copy to Nathene at "

The Virtual Choir began in AUGUST 2020 by producing the hymn: "Let There Be Peace"—thanks for everyone's help.

After that came a steady stream of virtually performed hymns. The song for SEPTEMBER was "There Is A Longing." 

During the months of OCTOBER/NOVEMBER, St. Mary's Virtual Choir worked on "Bread of Angels." 

Then, for ADVENT, the choir performed "Come, Come Emmanuel."

In DECEMBER 2020, the hymn chosen was "Angels We Have Heard On High." CLICK ON THE PICTURE to hear and see the results.

The Song for FEBRUARY 2021 was "How Can I Keep From Singing." 

Thanks to Nathene and the St. Mary's Choir for bringing us joy. It's been a challenge during these "strange and challenging times"! And the sound of music has been gratefully received by so many parishioners.

Visual Meditation

"Sacred Solitude" is a visual meditation— walking through St. Mary's Sacred Garden—using the photography of Warren Harbeck, the piano arrangement of Joel Rosenberger, and the hymn "In the Garden" by C. Austin Miles. 

Charlene Gale's Retirement Party, January 10, 2020

Charlene (on the left in the photo) served over 11 years as Parish Secretary and worked with 3 priests at St. Mary's. She has added immensely to our parish and we are forever grateful. Best wishes, Charlene, on a wonderful and exciting retirement!

. . . Photos courtesy of Warren Harbeck

Fr. Dennis was Installed as Pastor of St. Mary's, September 21, 2019. Bishop McGrattan came from Calgary to make it official.

 . . .  Photos courtesy of Michael Michaud, St. Mary's Parishioner

It was the 70th Anniversary of Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre in August 2019

      . . . Photos courtesy of Warren Harbeck

Cochrane Walk of the Cross on Good Friday, 2019


 . . . Photos courtesy of Warren Harbeck

Bishop McGrattan's Pastoral Visit to St. Mary's, February 1-3, 2019

 . . . Photos courtesy of Warren Harbeck

Ladies of St. Mary's 2018 "Cookie Walk" Sale, November 24, 2018

Every year (except during the time of Covid-19) the Ladies group put on a grand bake sale with proceeds going toward the Parish Building Fund.

Photos courtesy of Warren Harbeck

100 Bells at St. Mary's 

November 11, 2018

 Our parish joined this Diocesan/Canada-wide endeavour to mark the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I . . .

—Photos from W. Harbeck

Filipino Fiesta April 14, 2018

A large fundraising dinner with music and entertainment from the Philippines

. . . Video courtesy of Daisy McKinnon

Father Andrew's Retirement Celebration July 22, 2017

. . .  Photos courtesy Warren Harbeck

St. Mary's 10th Anniversary (2017) in Our New Building

On June 13, 2017 Parishioners and Father Andrew celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the blessing of St. Mary's Church by Bishop Henry. Fr. Andrew also took the opportunity to thank the many ministry volunteers for their help throughout the year!

Photos from W. Harbeck

Walk of the Cross on Good Friday, April 14, 2017

This event is held each year in Cochrane for all Christian communities. St. Mary's has always played an important part.

Photos courtesy of W. Harbeck

A Visit from Bishop Emeritus, Fred Henry 2017

Bishop Fred Henry (then in the early weeks of his retirement) visited our parish on March 30 to speak about the meaning of Lent. He issued a challenge to St. Mary's parishioners: "What would Jesus do?"

How the Works of Mercy Were Celebrated by Our Parish in the Jubilee Year of Mercy 2016  

This display illustrates the ongoing Diocesan Works of Mercy and St. Mary's contribution to its success.

Photos from W. Harbeck

St. Mary's Sacred Garden 

Spring 2016

See this overview of the beautiful Sacred Garden just outside the main church. The video is narrated by parishioner Mike Simpson.

St. Mary's Labyrinth April 2016

This video, narrated by Leslie Davies, was produced to explain the labyrinth experience as part of St. Mary's Sacred Garden. 

Works of Mercy Display 2016

A beautiful exhibit of photographic art by parishioner Lou Perrin was on display in the Gathering Area prior to Easter 2016. View this slideshow of Lou's photographs from across Canada celebrating the seven Corporal Works of Mercy.

Ukrainian Christmas Dinner 2016

Held on January 9th at St. Mary's, this event was well-attended by parishioners and guests. Authentic Ukrainian music was performed by the Korinnya Ukrainian Folk Ensemble, featuring Iryna, the instrumental soloist. The food was outstanding and the fellowship rewarding. A huge success, thanks to the organizers and cooks!! Enjoy the slideshow of the proceedings.

Stations of the Cross – Installed at St. Mary's in 2015              

An introduction to the 16-station Way of the Cross in our worship area was posted on the bulletin board leading into the Gathering Area. 

     The plaques to display St. Mary's  16 Stations of the Cross were designed by Bonnie Farris and installed by Mike Simpson. 

                 . . . Photos by Warren Harbeck

               See VIDEO of the Stations below.

 The answers are in the VIDEO above. 

St. Mary's Parish Picnic - July 26, 2015

. . . Photos by Warren Harbeck

St. Athanasius Greek Dinner - May 2, 2015

            Music by the nationally acclaimed REMBETIKA HIPSTERS

          . . . Photos by Warren Harbeck

Construction in 2007


In May 2015, St. Mary's was honoured to receive the Alberta Masonry Council Design Award 2015 for the unique arches over the main entrance to the church. Read about the design and construction in the article Monumental Masonry Arches from Construction Canada (Oct. 2014, pp. 74-82), written by Mark D. Hagel, PhD, P. Eng. and Monica Guzman, MSc, B. Eng.

A Closer Look at the Arch-way

More Videos Shared by Our Parishioners

World Day of Prayer 2015 

See the celebration that took place on THE WORLD DAY of PRAYER on March 6, 2015 here at St. Mary's. It was a day to share with other faiths and a day to support another country.

Click photo to see the video.

— Video by Pat Grappolini

Blessing of the Sacred Garden Sept. 2014

Bishop Henry came to Cochrane to bless the Sacred Garden at St. Mary's on Sept 7, 2014.  

. . . Photos by Warren Harbeck 

Pilgrimage to Assisi, Oct. 2013

While on pilgrimage to Assisi in Italy during October 2013, Pat Grappolini had the good fortune to encounter His Holiness, Pope Francis.

  Click photo to play Pat's VIDEO.

— Video by Pat Grappolini

Building the New St. Mary's Church on the south side of Cochrane: Construction of Phase One completed in 2007

Photos by Warren Harbeck