The Sacred Garden and Labyrinth

The Sacred Garden

The garden is a contemplative place, a welcome and peaceful place. See the following video (spring of 2016), which provides an overview. It's narrated by parishioner, Mike Simpson.


The Sacred Garden welcomes you. The gates show the way in and are always open 24/7.

Originally inaugurated in the summer of 2012, 

like each of us, the Sacred Garden is always a work-in-progress and is still growing!

St. Mary's Labyrinth

In April 2016 a video, narrated by Leslie Davies, was produced to explain the labyrinth experience as part of St. Mary's Sacred Garden. See below.


The Labyrinth, which completed the building of the Sacred Garden, was opened in 2015. The following video by Joshua Dobrowolski gives a 'bird's-eye-view' of the completed project. 


Additional background information about St. Mary's SACRED GARDEN was printed in two articles—one in 2012 in The Cochrane Eagle newspaper, and one in 2014 in The Kolbe Times.  Both articles were written by parishioner Warren Harbeck. See below.

Article #1

COFFEE WITH WARREN, with Warren Harbeck 

Cochrane Eagle, July 18, 2012 

Mother Teresa's quote, "Let us do something beautiful for God," defines the Sacred Garden at Cochrane's St. Mary's Catholic Church. 

A recently installed plaque outside one of Cochrane's churches features a quote from the renowned missionary humanitarian of Calcutta, Mother Teresa. It reads, "Let us do something beautiful for God." The words are inscribed in a 42-inch steel plate in a beautiful setting of its own, nestled in the centre of a circle of paving stones beneath a bold-timbered arbour in the Sacred Garden at the southwest corner of St. Mary's Catholic Church south of the Bow River. 

The Sacred Garden, a work in progress, has drawn on the contributions of many skilled craftspeople and volunteers to fashion its restful space. The driving force behind the project is our Cochrane-area coffee companion Mike Simpson. Mike is no stranger to doing beautiful things. Among many other achievements over the years, his past engineering career involved designing bridges to bring people together. The Confederation Bridge between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island is an example of his firm's involvement. In the Sacred Garden, however, a bridge of a different kind has been created: a bridge between the visible and the Invisible. 

That's why, I think, Mike's committee settled on the quote from Mother Teresa to define the Sacred Garden. In fact, I was given the honour of selecting the quote. So, just how do I see her wish for us to "do something beautiful for God" working out in our foothills community? Here are three thoughts that come to my mind immediately, and regular readers of these columns won't be at all surprised by my suggestions: 

The beauty of longing hearts. There is an awe-inspiring quality inherent in beauty, whether it's the magnificence of a sunset or the glory of a fragrant garden. In the context of such beauty our hearts find satisfaction for their hunger for the Beautiful One, the Creator of all, expressed in the sensory-awakening splendour of sky and earth. 

WH Article #2.pdf