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 reserve a seat, click HERE. For live-streamed MASSES, see the Diocese website at: https://www.catholicyyc.ca/livestreammass.html

NEWS FLASH: Outdoor Mass planned for St. Mary's Cochrane (in the parking lot) on SUNDAY, AUGUST 16th 10:00 am

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS: The office hours will remain the same as usual: Monday to Thursday: 8 am – 2 pm; Fridays: 9 am - 12 noon. Closed all Stat. holidays — with the exception of 6 business days when Charlene will be away on holidays. For those mornings while Charlene is away, we are happy to have Heather Hamilton and Daisy McKinnon volunteer. Thank you, Ladies!

  • July 27 – 30: office open 8 am - noon;

  • July 31: office open 9 am - noon;

  • August 3 – office closed - Heritage Day;

  • August 4: office open 8 am - noon.


What's Open at St. Mary's —

—WEEKDAY MASSES: Wednesday at 7:00 pm and Friday at 9 am.with special restrictions. SUNDAY MASSES began June 6-7 —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. Starting this week, during Fr. Dennis’ absence, please email Fr. Dan at friardan47@gmail.com to cancel a reservation after 11:30 am, Friday.

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

— BIBLE STUDY GROUP HAS RESUMED MEETINGS using Zoom. Details in the BULLETIN.

—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. NOTE: Fr. Dan is available for Confessions June 29 - July 17.

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

— EUCHARISTIC ADORATION is held Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10 am –noon (14 people per hour are allowed ); reserve a seat at https://stmaryscochrane.flocknote.com/signup/5106

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

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

— VIRTUAL COFFEE on Thursdays at 9 am. See details in the BULLETIN.

— RCIA/RCIC AT ST. MARY'S remains active, meeting on Zoom for a weekly Breaking of the Word and/or working at home.

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

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, I will put a mask on and distribute the Eucharist silently. I 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

FLOOR ARRANGEMENT for Masses during the pandemic –


As St. Mary's begins to re-open for Mass (weekday Masses and now 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

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Every Tuesday and Saturday, Eucharistic Adoration will be held in Christ the King chapel here at St. Mary’s Church. Due to the requirements of social distancing, we currently can only gather in groups of 15 people maximum per hour, so we will be scheduling 14 parishioners per hour (10:00 am - 11:00 am, and 11:00 am - 12:00 noon) who would like to participate. Of course, the main worship area offers plenty of space for this purpose, and Fr. Dennis will be the 15th person. . 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.

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.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SCHOLARSHIPS

— submissions ended June 30.

For ALL the information, see the BULLETIN

** About our SCHOOLS (including lots of photos and CONGRATS to our graduates)

** From the DIOCESE

** From Mt. St. Francis and FCJ

** Inspirational Thoughts, Prayers, Videos and Music

** And a little HUMOUR

ST. MARY’S CHURCH — NAME THE BELLS CONTEST — AND THE WINNER IS… Dyllahn Kierzak, a grade 5 student at Holy Spirit School!!

Dyllahn’s winning entry reads: “God entrusted Gabriel with the delivering of the most important message of the Catholic faith, as well as other messages. Because of this, he is the patron of messengers. Since we go to church to hear God’s messages I think it would be good if the bell was named Gabriel. That way we can feel protected as God’s messengers.”

Dyllahn and his family will be attending 4:00 o’clock Mass on Saturday, July 25th. Dyllahn, with the help of a member of the Bell Ringing Ministry, will ring the newly named bell, Gabriel, before Mass.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a name for the last unnamed bell in the St. Mary’s steeple. We received many wonderful and creative suggestions!

Congratulations Dyllahn!

NOTE — with weekday and Sunday Masses re-opening (with restrictions) there are two Offering Boxes placed in the Gathering Area and near the exit (west doors) of the church for you to drop off your kind donations.

PARISH GIVING— Our monthly expenses such as Mortgage (Interest and Principal), Diocesan support, Insurance premiums, Utilities, Operations & Maintenance and Payroll, continue as normal. With the cancellation of Masses, our weekly collections INCOME has and will continue to drop significantly. 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-Transferr 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 me (Greg) directly and arrange this by telephone.

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 me (Greg Braganza, Accounting). Email: accounting@stmaryscochrane.ca Telephone: 403-932 -2944, ext.228.

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.

Congratulations, Fr. Fred Monk (former pastor here at St. Mary's)

The Diocese of Calgary congratulates Fr. Fred Monk for the great honour of being bestowed the Meritorious Service Medal for his work of founding Mission Mexico. We thank Fr. Fred for his passion and love towards our sisters and brothers in need especially through the ministry of Mission Mexico.

Through his work in Mission Mexico, many in our Diocese and abroad have been inspired and engaged in providing assistance to the projects that empower the people of the mountainous regions in the state of Guerrero. May Fr. Fred’s living legacy continue to live not only through our ongoing support of Mission Mexico, but especially through the individuals and communities who have benefitted from the projects, and who are now advocates for the good, growth, and development of their communities. (See further details in this week's Bulletin.)

  • A BIG THANK YOU TO THE Mask Makers w Love – AB - Spring 2020: In light of the Covid-19 Crisis, members of this group are making gifts of personal protective equipment for the safety of frontline healthcare and essential services people, as well as other service providers, friends and families. Our objectives - to support, and to help prevent the spread of COVID 19, as well as to encourage and show our appreciation. To do this, we are making cloth masks and laundry bags, to be used in conjunction with (not instead of) social distancing. We need a few more mask makers, as well as donations of tightly-woven, 100% cotton fabric and ¼”elastic. Contact: Laureen Mackenzie: lmack0809@gmail.com. Also, Fr. Dennis is blessing all the masks and bags before they are taken to be distributed. Please say a prayer for the safety and well-being of the recipients.

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.

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 outbreak:

  • cards are available at the Parish OFFICE

  • 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

  • OFFICE HOURS:

          • Mon. & Tues. 8 am - 2 pm;

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

          • Fri.: 9 am - Noon

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


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.

* THANKS to Maria and Gustavo Aguilar for ringing ST. MARY'S BELLS every SUNDAY AT NOON!!

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

REDUCED FREQUENCY OF BULLETINS in JULY & AUGUST: The Summer Bulletins here at St. Mary’s will only be July 4/5, and August 8/9. We go back to our regular bulletin every weekend on August 29/30. Of course, if there are any special announcements during that time that need to be shared with our parishioners, special bulletins will be sent out as needed. Flocknote Newsletters will follow the same schedule, and send out special announcements as needed.

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). Check out more about our past under “About Us” —> “History” and “Church Construction.”

Thanks to the book's author, Bev Pamenter, and the St. Mary's 125 Anniversary Committee for providing us with this digital publication.


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.