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Weekday and Sunday Masses (75 attendees allowed per Mass) must be pre-booked. To register, simply click HERE.

NOTE: If you register for a Sunday Mass, and if you just can’t attend even though you planned to, please contact the Parish Office before noon on Friday to cancel your reservation. After noon on Friday, please email Fr. Dennis at dennis.vavrek@franciscanfriars.ca to cancel your reservation. This will allow others to pre-register.

For virtual live-streamed MASSES, see the Diocese website at: https://www.catholicyyc.ca/livestreammass.html

BAPTISM PREP CLASS: organized and taught by Deacon Ron Fortier and his wife, Sandra Fortier. Before parents have their first child baptized at St Mary's, they must take a Baptism Prep. Class, and are welcome to attend the class with all children they are having baptized. Godparents are welcome to attend, as well. Please pre-register so we know how many to prepare for! 403-932-2944.

The sign-up for FIRST EUCHARIST and/or CONFIRMATION for 2021 is now under way and concludes Monday, February 1st. Please register by filling out the appropriate form (CONFIRMATION, FIRST EUCHARIST) and emailing to the Parish Office at secretary@stmaryscochrane.ca OR phone Charlene during office hours at 403-932-2944 for assistance. For the HOME-BASED PREPARATION for each of these sacraments, CLICK HERE.

Get ALL the information, in the BULLETIN

** About our SCHOOLS (including COVID-19 information)

** From the DIOCESE

** From Mt. St. Francis and FCJ Retreat Centers

** Inspirational Thoughts, Prayers, Videos, and Music

** And a little HUMOUR

Here's our FLOOR ARRANGEMENT for Masses during the pandemic –

At St. Mary's weekday Masses and Sunday Masses the seating arrangement (which can accommodate only 75 people) looks a bit different than it used to before COVID-19! Notice the social-distancing.

Photos by Warren Harbeck

PROCEDURES REGARDING WEEKDAY AND SUNDAY MASSES

Regarding all the Masses, please keep in mind the following procedures:

  • You will be greeted AT THE MAIN DOOR by a “point of entry person,” who will ask you some questions and direct you to pick up a mask (if you don’t have one) and disinfect your hands at a cleaning station.

  • Masks must be worn when moving around the church and for walking to the front to receive Communion.

  • Children must be with their parents/guardians at all times in the church building.

  • An usher will direct you to your seat. Strict social distancing will be maintained before, during and after Mass.

  • Please refrain from using the washroom as much as possible. Only one person at a time will be allowed in each washroom unless you are from the same family.

  • Mass will be shorter than usual, with no singing and a shorter than usual homily.

  • For the Rite of Communion, Fr. Dennis will put a mask on and distribute the Eucharist silently. He will drop the Eucharist into your hand. After you receive the Eucharist, walk three or four paces to the right or left, stop, briefly uncover your face, and consume the Eucharist, and then return to your seat. Please remember to keep at least six feet (i.e. two meters) apart. Please note: The Precious Blood will not be shared, and receiving Communion on the tongue has been suspended at this time.

  • A collection will not be taken during Mass. Two collection boxes will be in place, one box in the Gathering Area and one at the west doors or point of exit.

  • After Mass, the “point of entry people” will open the WEST EXIT DOORS and the ushers will direct your departure from the worship area.

  • Please do not linger in the doorways or entrances.

  • After each celebration, all surfaces will be cleaned with disinfectant. All pews, chairs, light switches, door handles, and washrooms will be thoroughly cleaned by a designated “cleaning and disinfecting team.”

If you have any questions or concerns about these or any other protocols, please email or call me. I will be more than happy to further discuss this matter with you.

Peace and all good,

Fr. Dennis, ofm


What's Open at St. Mary's —

—WEEKDAY MASSES with special restrictions.: Wednesday at 9 am; Friday at 9 am. SUNDAY MASSES —Saturday at 4 pm and Sunday at 10 am and Noon. Currently, a maximum of 75 people are allowed at any given Mass (per recent AHS regulation). Pre-registration is required. Click HERE FOR EASY REGISTRATION ONLINE. IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to limited seats available at all Masses, if you have signed up to attend BUT ARE UNABLE TO COME, please contact the office prior to 11:30 am on Friday, OR, if any time afterward, email Fr. Dennis at dennis.vavrek@franciscanfriars.ca to cancel your reservation.

— GROCERY CARDS are available for "contactless" purchase. Call the Parish Office.

— The CONNECTIONS gift shop is “open” by appointment or through email. Contact: Marcey Skye: mskye@shaw.ca OR secretary@stmaryscochrane.ca

—CONFESSIONS: Fr. Dennis is available to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation or just to talk. Please call the Office to make arrangements 403-932-2944.

— At this time, the CHAPEL is open for prayer only during weekday office hours.

— EUCHARISTIC ADORATION is held Tuesdays and Saturdays, 11 am –noon (20 people are allowed). Reserve a seat at https://stmaryscochrane.flocknote.com/signup/5106

— The PRAYER CHAIN continues. Contact Linda Nicol at lindamnicol50@gmail.com

THE RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA) is the church's way of bringing new adult members into the Catholic Church. Instruction is provided on a weekly basis, Thursday evenings, beginning September 24th from 6:30-9:00 pm. Some of this instruction may take place on Zoom. For further information email lindamichaud42@gmail.com.

CHILDREN NOT BAPTIZED? For children over the age of 7 years who have not yet been baptized, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC) is a process leading to the Sacraments of Baptism and First Eucharist. Information: lindamichaud42@gmail.com

Should you have questions, please call Father Dennis at the parish office at 403-932-2944 or his cell phone at 780-668-0145 or e-mail at dennis.vavrek@franciscanfriars.ca

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Every Tuesday and Saturday, Eucharistic Adoration will be held in Christ the King chapel from 11:00 am - noon. In keeping with the requirements of social distancing, 20 people are now permitted. Entering and exiting will be through the west doors only and hand sanitizer will be made available at the door. Please sign-up in advance in order to reserve a seat at https://stmaryscochrane.flocknote.com/signup/5106.

MASKS ARE NOW MANDATORY at all public indoor gatherings in Cochrane. This includes at Mass and during all visits to St. Mary's.

PARISH GIVING— Our weekly collections INCOME has and will continue to drop due to the attendance restrictions at Mass. Collections make up the majority of the funds required to offset our monthly costs and disruptions to this revenue stream will have significant long-term financial effects on the Parish. In order to help this situation, there are a number of ways to ensure that your generous donations can continue to help St. Mary’s during this very difficult time:

1. Your generous donations may be dropped off in the COLLECTION BOXES placed in the Gathering Area and near the West exit to the church at Mass times.

2. Weekly donations by cheque can be mailed in to: St. Mary’s Parish, 10 River Heights Dr. Cochrane, T4C 0N8.

3. Weekly donations can be sent via e-Transfer directly to St. Mary’s Bank account using accounting@stmaryscochrane.ca as the target email account. Identify the transaction as "Donation" and if you are password-protecting the transaction, you can use your envelope number as the answer to the security question.

4. Periodic donations can be made (weekly, monthly etc.) via Direct Debit or Credit Card payment by simply completing the proper form from our website www.stmaryscochrane.ca/forms. The form can be printed, scanned or photographed then emailed, or mailed, or dropped off at the church during our regular office hours. You can also contact Greg Braganza directly and arrange this by telephone at 403-932-2944.

5. Online giving is also available via the Calgary Diocese website (which re-directs the funds to St. Mary's Cochrane per your request) at https://www.catholicyyc.ca/give.


QUESTIONS? Please contact accounting@stmaryscochrane.ca or phone 403-932 -2944, ext.228.

Enthroning the Holy Bible

Pope Francis has declared that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study, and dissemination of the Word of God “that the life of our people be constantly marked by this decisive relationship with the living word that the Lord never tires of speaking to his Bride” (Aperuit Illis, 2)

In 2021, the Sunday of the Word of God falls on January 24.


Enthroning the Bible: The faithful have shown reverence to the Bible as the inspired Word of God since ancient times. The enthronement of an open bible has often served as a symbolic invitation to delve into the sacred text as the source of our spiritual life.


Monday, January 18 to Monday, January 25

International resources for 2021 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland, a group of religious sisters from different church traditions brought together by a common vocation of prayer, community life, and hospitality and by their commitment to Christian unity.

Canadian resources for 2021 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by an ecumenical WPCU Writing and Animation Team of volunteers from member churches of The Canadian Council of Churches working in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Ecumenisim and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN COTTON, SAT., FEBRUARY 6

— 1:15 pm at St. Mary's Church parking lot to organize for a "Birthday Drive-By" for long-time parishioner, John Cotton turning 90 years old!

WHOOOOOO'S GOT THEIR GROCERY CARDS?

* Co-op (6% profit),
* Nofrills/Superstore (5% profit),
* Safeway/Sobeys (5% profit), and
* Save On Foods (6% profit).

'CONTACTLESS' GROCERY CARD PURCHASE AVAILABLE during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • cards are available at the Parish OFFICE

  • OFFICE HOURS:

          • Mon. & Tues. 8 am - 2 pm;

          • Wed. & Thurs. 8 am - 3 pm;

          • Fri.: 9 am - Noon

  • we are respectful of social distancing,

  • the door handles into the office area are sanitized before and after someone comes in

  • the debit / credit card machine is sanitized carefully after each use

  • More information, Helen Stock (403) 932-2782 OR hy.stock@gmail.com

  • PROFITS to AUGUST 2020 = $6615.00

We purchase our grocery gift cards in bulk at a discounted price; you buy them from us for $100 and get to spend $100 - an excellent fundraiser, which is used to help make St. Mary’s Mortgage payments.

The Church reminds us that we have a powerful ally in Heaven who, having lived and worked so long in the shadows like so many unsung heroes, is both Patron of Workers and Patron of a Happy Death.

Pope Francis has announced the Year of St. Joseph (Dec. 8 2020 - Dec. 8, 2021)

The announcement coincides with the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX with the document Quemadmodum Deus on December 8, 1870.

But a celebration of St. Joseph and a call to focus on his patronage is particularly relevant in this time of universal turmoil when so many are having difficulty finding employment, when we are becoming more aware of how much we owe to so many ordinary, hardworking people, and when our human frailty and mortality are so much in our minds and in the news.

MARIAN PRAYER GROUP

Since September, some members of the Marian Prayer Group have continued meeting and reciting the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on a weekly basis together. They would like to invite other members of the parish to join them in these prayer meetings.

There are two times during the week when the members meet to pray together:

- at 7 pm Tuesday evenings, in their own homes, via the Zoom program

- Saturday, in Christ The King Chapel, at 12 pm (after the hour of adoration). Note: Father has given permission to this group to assemble in the chapel after the hour of adoration as long as we register for the hour of adoration.

Anyone who is interested or wanting more information may contact Eugene Limoges: by phone or text at 587-891-1501, or by email at limoeug@gmail.com.

Are You Missing the Sound of Our Choir?

Then you need to listen to St. Mary's Virtual Choir

Message from Nathene Arthur, Choir Director:

Parishioners, family, and friends have been invited to video themselves singing WITH the backtrack to selected songs. Participants needed to wear a headset or ear buds. Then, once the singers had video-taped themselves singing, the final choir presentation was assembled by Lisa at lisa.bettenson@gmail.com with copy to Nathene at narthur@telus.net.


In AUGUST the Virtual Choir produced the hymn: "Let There Be Peace"—thanks for everyone's help.



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."



And, for DECEMBER, 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 will be "How Can I Keep From Singing." Stay tuned for updates.


Want more information? Contact: Nathene at narthur@telus.net or Lisa at lisa.bettenson@gmail.com.

HOSPITAL VISITS BY PRIESTS: We have been informed by Alberta Health Services, that priests who are registered with them, can see patients for the purpose of administering the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, for those in danger due to sickness or old age. To make the necessary arrangements for visits to Rockyview Hospital or Foothills Hospital ; South Health Campus or Peter Lougheed Hospital; or Alberta Children’s Hospital. Please see BULLETIN for particulars.

BULLETIN BY EMAIL: Would you be interested in receiving our weekly St. Mary's Church bulletin by email? The email copy is in beautiful colour. If you are interested, please contact Charlene at the Parish Office to be put onto the bulletin email list 403-932-2944; secretary@stmaryscochrane.ca

Visual Meditation

"Sacred Solitude" is a visual meditation using the photography of Warren Harbeck, the piano arrangement of Joel Rosenberger, and the hymn "In the Garden" by C. Austin Miles.