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NOTE: As of May 28th, 15% of our church seating capacity (or 85 people) is once again allowed. To PRE-REGISTER for in-person Mass attendance— Wednesday and Friday (9 am), Saturday (4 pm) and Sunday (10 am and noon) click HERE.

Pre-registration and social distancing will be required. A list of congregants in attendance at each Mass will kept. Alberta Health Services (AHS) Covid-19 entry questions will be asked of each attendee, and there will be sanitizing of the premises after each Mass. Please note you must wear a mask while in Church. Also remember to enter by the main (front) Church doors.


If you register and then afterward find you are unable to attend, be sure to cancel your registration either online (at Flocknote) or by contacting the Parish office by email (secretary@stmaryscochrane.ca) or phone (403-932-2944) prior to the deadline (Friday 11:30 am). If your decision not to attend comes after the Friday deadline, email Fr. Dennis at dennis.vavrek@franciscanfriars.ca to cancel your reservation and allow someone else your seat(s).


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

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

is held on Tuesdays and Saturdays 11 am - noon (one hour only each of those days). 20 people are allowed in the Chapel. A seat may be reserved HERE.


CCO (Catholic Christian Outreach) "Mission True North"

Here's an opportunity for parishioners from St. Mary's to grow in understanding of the New Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship with the help of CCO Student leaders for THREE Thursdays on Zoom , starting June 17th.

Click on the image/ad to get more information and to sign up.

CLASS OF 2021 GRADUATION UPDATES.pdf

Virtual Wine and Cheese Thank-You's

The virtual wine and cheese event that took place on Friday, May 28th was a huge success. There were 32 participating households! Thank you to Bonnie Gingerysty of Vina Sofia Wines for her knowledge and expertise and helping us appreciate the wines we tasted. Thank you, as well, to Chef Ross Kostecky who provided a tasting plate with items to pair with the wines. We must also thank Charlene and Greg for receiving and managing the money! A very special thank you goes out to Ron Gosselin for the idea and for organizing this fun event.


Everyone who participated in the virtual wine tasting will no doubt agree that

it was a fun way to spend a Friday evening!


Stay tuned for a virtual cocktail party sometime later this summer . . .

Father's Day Wear-a-T-Shirt Sunday

We hope everyone will wear a "Family-Friendly" Shirt at the Weekend Masses on June 19-20.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS 2020/2021 SCHOLARSHIPS

We invite all Grade 12 students, who are parishioners of St. Mary’s Parish, who attend any separate, public or private school or are home schooled and who are planning on attending a post secondary university, college, technical or trade school, to submit an application towards THREE $750 cash scholarships to be awarded to successful candidates in July 2021.

  • • The first TWO scholarships will be awarded to one male and one female candidate.

  • The THIRD scholarship can be either a male or female candidate.

  • The application should be a one to two page letter which outlines the candidate’s academic, athletic, volunteer activities in the community, and their pastoral involvement/activities within St. Mary’s Parish for their Grade 11 and 12 years.

  • It should also include their final average grade for their Grade 12 year, and their future educational plans.

Please send all applications to Grand Knight David Delainey at dwdelain@shaw.ca ON or BEFORE June 30, 2021. If you have any questions you can contact Dave at the same email.

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. – Thurs. 8 am - 2 pm;

          • Fri.: 9 am - 1 pm

  • 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 for 2020 = $9300.00 (despite the pandemic!!)

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.

RCIA for Adults, Children, and Youth

THE RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS. We are an Easter people! The RCIA is a process for non-Catholics who wish to learn about our faith; and, for those adults who have not completed sacramental preparation. You are invited to join us, and discover the reason for our Easter joy. Contact the Parish Office at 403 932 2944.

RCIA FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH: Children and youth are invited to be part of the Easter Story. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is adapted for those over the age of seven who have not yet been baptized. The RCIA process focuses on the life of Jesus, the Church, and the Sacraments. To begin this process in 2021, contact the Parish Office at 403 932 2944.

Pro-Life News

Click the image to read the Diocesan Blog on this important subject.

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 85 people as of May 28th) 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 —

NEW: WEEKDAY MASSES will resume with 85 seating maximum (as of May 28th). To pre-register, CLICK HERE.

NEW: WEEKEND MASSES will resume with 85 seating capacity as of May 29th. 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 be kind and cancel your reservation so someone else may have your spot by contacting the parish office OR by emailing Fr. Dennis at dennis.vavrek@franciscanfriars.ca.

— 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.

NEW: EUCHARISTIC ADORATION is held Tuesdays and Saturdays, 11 am–noon (ONE HOUR ONLY as of May 28th). 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

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

OR place your offering in the drop box at Mass at St. Mary's

For the 2021, first Quarter FINANCIAL STATEMENT, click HERE.

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.

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.

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

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. 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: Fr. Dennis 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 in joining us or wanting more information may contact Eugene Limoges: by phone or text at 587-891-1501, or by email at limoeug@gmail.com.

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.

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