News

** Our Weekday and Sunday Masses have re-0pened (with restrictions — stage 2) at St. Mary's Cochrane (see HOME page, the BULLETIN, or SOCIAL MEDIA). To pre-register to reserve a seat for in-person Mass, 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.

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

2020-2021 STEWARDSHIP SIGN-UP:

In light of the worldwide pandemic and the directives from the Diocese, we have altered our current year plan for the stewardship campaign.

INSTRUCTIONS for the SIGN-UP FORM: If you would like to respond via email, please copy the form, fill it in, and email it to secretary@stmaryscochrane.ca. Please fill in all fields in the top section and then select the positions which you would like to participate in. (You can indicate “yes” at the title of the ministry you have chosen.) Alternatively, you can print the form, fill it out and drop it off in one of the donation boxes at the church. Thank you. Please use one form for each person. PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY. Ministry Coordinators will contact you. If you are not contacted, please call the Parish Office.

Book of Remembrance for November 2020. Click HERE.

Parishioners are invited to add the names of deceased loved ones to this book. The list of names will reside on the altar to be remembered during Masses each week in November.

2020 Confirmation Candidates and parents!

Bishop McGrattan has granted Fr. Dennis permission to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation during Sunday Mass on the weekends of October 10/11, October 17/18, and October 24/25. There are six Masses, or six opportunities to choose from to celebrate this wonderful sacrament. Your choices are Saturday at 4:00 pm Mass or Sunday at 12:00 noon Mass.

Please call the parish office at 403-932-2944 or email Charlene at secretary@stmaryscochrane.ca ASAP to register.

"NEW" —SACRAMENTS of INITIATION (Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation) for 2020-2021

Please read this ANNOUNCEMENT LETTER from Fr. Dennis. Registration for First Reconciliation closed Oct. 18, 2020 (registration form is attached to the announcement letter). Hegistration for First Communion and Confirmation will take place in January 2021. Details for the three Sacraments of Initiation can be found at "Spiritual Life" —> SACRAMENTS in the menu at the top of this page.

Get ALL the information, in the BULLETIN

** About our SCHOOLS (including September COVID-19 start-up 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 –


As St. Mary's re-opens for Mass (weekday Masses and Sunday Masses), the seating arrangement (which can accommodate only 70 people as of June 13th) looks a bit different! Notice the social-distancing.

Photos by Warren Harbeck

SUPPORT CATHOLIC EDUCATION: Catholic Education Sunday, November 8, 2020, a day to recognize the gift of Catholic education that is ours to cherish and support so that it remains vital for today’s students who will become tomorrow’s community leaders.

TO DONATE:

Online, please visit www.theccef.ca/donors, or

By cheque, mail your donation to: Calgary Catholic Education Foundation, 1000 - 5 Avenue SW Calgary, AB T2P 4T9, or

If attending Mass on November 8, 2020, place your donation in the dedicated envelope from your own box of envelopes, and drop your donation in one of the collection boxes in the church.

Donations of $20 or more receive a tax receipt. Thank you for believing in Catholic Education.

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 receiving 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 70 people are allowed at any given Mass (stage 2 of re-opening). 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, 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. Details in the BULLETIN.

— 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 in our Catholic faith on a weekly basis, Thursday evenings, beginning September 24th from 6:30-9:00 pm. Some of this instruction my take place on Zoom. For further information email lindamichaud42@gmail.com.

CHILDREN NOT BAPTIZED? Do you have 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. There are no RCIC meetings at this time. 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.

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.

Now on Sale: St. Mary’s Limited Special Edition 125th Anniversary Wine Boxes!

** Special Hand Crafted Box made from Red Cedar and Pine with a unique laser etched Logo commemorating our St. Mary’s 125th Anniversary. Comes with 3 select award winning wines. $150 per box.

** Also for sale, we have Cedar or Pine Wooden Plaques with the unique laser etched Logo commemorating our St. Mary’s 125th Anniversary - $35 each. These are a lovely way to commemorate important happenings in our lives— First Sacraments, Weddings, Surviving Covid-19, etc.—all the special events happening during this 125th Anniversary year for St. Mary's! The wooden plaques could be engraved or imprinted with a statement reflecting the importance to your family. Available through the Church Office!

This is a limited edition offer.

Order now so that you do not miss out!!! Available through the Church Office! 403-932-2944

1895 – 2020

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

2. 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).

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. And now there is the option of dropping off your generous donations in the OFFERING BOXES placed in the Gathering Area and near the exit to the church at Mass times.

QUESTIONS? Please don’t hesitate to contact accounting@stmaryscochrane.ca or phone 403-932 -2944, ext.228.

FEED THE HUNGRY

A big thank you to St Mary’s Parish in Cochrane and the Volunteers for supporting Feed the Hungry this past Sunday.

With your help, we served 330 guests and 574 snack bags!!

We couldn’t have done it without you. Also, please see the link below for an invitation to donate to our program.

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.

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.

Positively Pro-Life

Learn more — get involved — and sign up for prayer times by visiting our campaign at: 40daysforlife.com/calgary To access the October Newsletter, click HERE.

BAPTISM PREP CLASS: organized and taught by Deacon Ron Fortier and his wife, Sandra Fortier. Before they have their first child baptized at St Mary's, parents 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. Please pre-register so we know how many to prepare for! 403-932-2944.

DVD STUDY SERIES "THE SACRAMENTS," with Bishop Robert Barron begins mid-October.

Find out why Bishop Barron says, "The sacraments are the most important things in the world." This is a six week study via Zoom. Register for a Monday evening or Friday morning session, beginning the week of October 18th. The cost of the workbook is $33.00. Contact: leslieblair@me.com OR andreiandjamee@gmail.com

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

ST. MARY’S 125TH ANNIVERSARY

1895 – 2020

We will start saying the St. Mary’s 125th Anniversary Prayer at weekend Masses from now until Nov. 21st.


Please pick up a bookmark when you arrive for Mass and bring it to every weekend Mass you attend so you have the wording and can say the Prayer with the congregation.

50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION of the FIRST ST. MARY’S CHURCH, COCHRANE.

This picture was taken in 1945. For more info: https://www.stmaryscochrane.ca/100-years

The LAST SUPPER Artwork

Canadian artist, Roland Gissing donated a large unsigned copy of an old master painting of The Last Supper, to hang in the original church. In order for the painting to be seen above the altar, the corners of the painting had to be cut to fit the slope of the roof. Photo by Warren Harbeck.

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ all about St. Mary's 100 years (1895-1995). Simply click "100 Years" tab at top of this page to read the history. This year, 2020, St. Mary's celebrates 125 years!

The ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE has put the 100th Anniversary Book on the parish website for all to enjoy (and to catch up on our history). Thanks to the book's author, Bev Pamenter, and the St. Mary's 125 Anniversary Committee for providing us with this digital publication. Further, to learn more about our past, check under “About Us” —> “History” and “Church Construction.”

125th ANNIVERSARY PRAYER:

Most Gracious God, we give You praise and thanksgiving for the gift of our parish community. For the past 125 years, You have guided our spiritual journey, and have inspired Your people to come together in prayer and fellowship. Renew our spirit and strengthen our resolve to reach out and serve others as a sign of Your love and, in doing so, be true beacons of Christ’s light in our world. May Mother Mary, our patron, continue to inspire us to be a holy people. And may our devotion to You help us to seek new ways to give witness to the love of Jesus in our commitment to love each other now and in the generations to come. We make this prayer in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen.