In response to the pandemic, Heidi and Mark Witte have been producing free 25 minute Children’s Liturgy videos every week in March. Their highly interactive program encourages children to participate, appeals to various learning styles, and helps young children understand Scripture and their faith more fully!
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 85 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 85 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel your reservation.
— GROCERY CARDS are available for "contactless" purchase. Call the Parish Office.
—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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
— 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: email@example.com
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.
OR place your offering in the drop box at Mass at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or phone 403-932 -2944, ext.228.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
** 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
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 email@example.com.