Church of St. John the Baptist constructed 1939, 5 miles west and 16 miles north of Hafford; R.M. 466.

ALTICANE— The church of St. John the Baptist is the second church of the parish.

The founding members of the parish constructed the first small wooden church in 1916. It was visited by Archbishop Basil Ladyka in 1933. In 1939 the parishio­ners constructed the second church on a new site. Bishop Andrew Roborecki celebrated Divine Liturgy in this church on September 25, 1962.

The church is a wood constructed cruciform structure, 52 x 36 feet, with an architecturally comple­menting gable roof and a large central dome. The walls of the church are finished in narrow wood siding; the roof is shingled while the central dome has white sheet metal finishing and is apexed by a cupola and cross. The church is east-west oriented with a west main entrance through an adjoining porch which serves as a vestibule. The sanctuary with the main altar is in the eastern extension of the church and has two adjoining sacristies; the north sacristy has an exit to the church grounds. Behind the main altar, directly on the sanctuary wall, is a large church patron painting with a bordering painted frame. It was painted in 1940 by Peter Leskowski. The wall areas throughout the church contain holy images, framed glass Amounted oil prints which were donated by the faithful; the traditional nave paintings of the Holy Mother of God and Christ Who Loves Mankind have votive altars and are also glass mounted oil prints. The church has a choir loft reached by a stairway at the north wall of the nave, wooden pews seating approx. 80 persons, electrical lighting and central oil heating. The interior walls have narrow wood (v-joint) siding, the floor is wooden and partially carpeted. The ceiling is vaulted and extends into the large dome at the axis of the intersecting arms. The church was constructed by the faithful through their financial contributions and voluntary labour during the pastorate of Rev. Nestor Drohomyrecki. Chief Foreman of the construction was Wasyi (William) Koslowski. The church site was purchased from the CPR.Near the church stands a large wooden cross installed in 1946 in commemoration of the Holy Missions of the parish. Adjacent to it stands a post bell tower with a gable roof; it replaced the original belfry destroyed by a storm in 1942 and was installed at the time when Michael Kwas headed the parish executive. Across the road, a short distance from the church, stands the parish hall dating to 1934. The parish cemetery lies in continuation of the church grounds.

Ukrainian settlement in this area began in 1907 predominantly from the Sokal county. The founding members of the parish were: Wasyi Ivanchyna, Ivan Koshliy, Wasyi Dubyk, Fed (Fred) Kossak, Mykhaylo Prokip, Petro Davidowich, Yuriy Bytskal, R. Nikiforuk, I. Sanchuk, Iv. Maskalyk, K. Zhovtok (Zowtok) and V. Bulitny. In 1941 the parish consisted of 26 members with 37 children (Prop. Knyha), in 1961 there were 105 souls (Directory), in 1975, 12 families totalling approx. 30 persons were accounted for. In 1976 the parish was under the directorship of: Rev. Roman Homenko, pastor, Mike Bilanski, Joseph Semeniuk, Mike Wozniak, Mary Bilanski, Ann Wozniak, Peter Babey and Alex Hunchak.

The Ukrainian Catholic parish of St. John the Baptist, Alticane, is under the pastoral charge of Hafford.

The Church of St. John the Baptist is located five miles east and two miles south of Mayfair on S.W. 1/4 – 13 – 46 – 11 W. of the 3rd Meridian in the R.M. of Meeting Lake No. 466.  The church was constructed in 1939 when Father Nestor Drohomyrecki was the priest. The parish hall, located west of the church, was built in 1934. Since it required repairs, it was sold and a newer hall was purchased and moved to its site in 1976. The cemetery is located east of the church grounds. Following is a list of priests who served St. John the Baptist Church:

  • 1939 -1945 – Father Nestor Drohomyrecki
  • 1946 • 1947 – Father John Worona (originally from this parish)
  • 1947 – 1950 – Father Myroslav Oleshko
  • 1949 – 1956 – Father Myron Pylypchuk
  • 1956 -1960 – Father Alexander Schesniuk
  • 1960 – 1964 – Father Basil Osadec,
  • 1964 -1965 – Father Rudolph Luzney,
  • 1965 – 1969 – Father Volodymyr Flak
  • 1969 -1971 – Father Stephen Adamiak
  • 1972 -1974 – Father Robert Hubal
  • 1975 – 1981 – Father Roman Homenko
  • 1981 -1995 – Father Dominic Mazun
  • 1995 – 2003 – Father Janko Kolosnjaji

The Ukrainian Catholic Parish of St. John the Baptist was under the pastoral charge of Hafford up until 1995 when this church was transferred to the pastoral charge of North Battleford. The present pastor is Father Janko Kolosnjaji.

Alticane St. John the Baptist Church

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Alticane St. John the Baptist Church Cemetery

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Bulletins for North Battleford and Hafford District Parishes

Prince Albert Protopresbyterate (Deanery)
List of Parishes

Albertown - Ss. Peter and Paul

Alticane - St.John the Baptist

Alvena Farms - Assumption of the BVM (closed)

Alvena Town - St. Michael

Antonivka - Assumption of the BVM (closed)

Arran - St. John the Baptist

Arran-Vesna -Ss. Peter and Paul

Balcarres - Holy Eucharist (closed)

Bankend - Ascension of Our Lord (closed)

Beaver Dale - Assumption of the BVM

Beckenham -Transfiguration of Our Lord (closed)

Bedfordville - St. Nicholas (closed)

Bienfait - Ss. Peter and Paul

Biggar - Sacred Heart (closed)

Birmingham - St. Paraskevia (closed)

Blaine Lake - Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Bobulynci - Transfiguration of Our Lord (closed)

Bodnari - Ss. Peter and Paul

Borshchiv - Ss. Peter and Paul

Broadview - Assumption of the BVM

Brooksby - St. Nicholas (closed)

Bruno - Assumption of the BVM (closed)

Bruno Farms - Holy Trinity (closed)

Buchach - Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

Buchanan - Holy Ghost (closed)

Calder - Assumption of the BVM

Candiac - Holy Spirit

Canora - Ss. Peter and Paul

Carpenter - Ascension of Our Lord (closed)

Cecil - Holy Trinity

Chaplin-Thunder Creek - Ss. Peter and Paul

Chekhiv - Descent of the Holy Spirit (closed)

Cudworth Farms -Transfiguration of Our Lord (closed)

Cudworth - Our Lady of Sorrows Shrine

Cudworth Town - Holy Eucharist

Dana - St. John the Baptist (closed)

Dobrowody - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Dnipro (Dnieper) - Transfiguration of Our Lord (closed)

Dysart - Holy Eucharist (closed)

Erwood - Blessed Virgin Mary of Succour (closed)

Estevan - Assumption of the BVM

Fenwood - Ss. Peter and Paul

Foam Lake - Holy Eucharist

Fosston - St. John the Baptist (closed)

Glen Elder - Danbury - Holy Eucharist (closed)

Glentworth - Assumption of the BVM

Goodeve Farms - Holy Trinity (closed)

Goodeve Town - St. Michael

Grenfell - Ss. Peter and Paul

Gronlid - St. Michael (closed)

Guernsey - Holy Eucharist (closed)

Hafford - Holy Eucharist

Havryliuke (Prud'homme) - Sacred Heart

Hazel Dell - Ss. Peter and Paul (closed)

High Tor - Sacred Heart (closed)

Hodgeville - Ss. Peter and Paul

Holar - St. Demetrius

Hryhoriv - St. Demetrius (closed)

Hubbard - Holy Spirit (closed)

Hubbard - Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Hudson Bay - Holy Eucharis t (closed & sold)

Humboldt- All Saints

Hyas Village - Descent of the Holy Spirit

Insinger Farms - Ss. Peter and Paul (closed)

Insinger - St. Nicholas

Invermay - Ss. Vladimir and Olga

Ituna - Sacred Heart

Jaroslaw - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

Jasmin-Doroshi - Immaculate Conception (closed)

Jasmin - Ss. Peter and Paul (closed)

Jedburgh Village - Ss. Peter and Paul (closed)

Kamsack - St.Josaphat

Kelliher - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

Kelliher - St.Volodymr

Kindersley - St.John the Baptist (closed)

Kipling - Presentation of the BVM (closed)

Kovalivka-Tiny - Transfigurartion of our Lord (closed)

Krasne - St. John the Apostle

Krydor - Sacred Heart

Kulykiv - Holy Eucharist (closed)

Kuroki - Ss. Peter and Paul

Kyziv-Tiaziv - St. Demetrius (closed)

Lanigan Farms - Sacred Heart

Laniwci - Ascension of our Lord

Lipton-Herzel - Dormition of BVM (closed)

Macdowall - Descent of the Holy Spirit (closed)

Major - Patronage of the BVM (closed)

Mamornitz - Virgin of Sorrows Ruthenian Church (closed)

Maybridge - St. Nicholas (closed)

Meacham - Ascension (closed)

Meadow Lake - St. Catherine (closed & sold)

Meath Park-Janow Corners - Assumption of the BVM (closed)

Melfort - Holy Spirit

Melville - St.George's

Model Farm - Patronage of the BVM

Montmartre - Ss. Peter and Paul

Moose Jaw - Assumption of the BVM

Nipawin farms - Ascension (closed)

Nipawin town - All Saints

Nora - Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ (closed)

Norquay - Sacred Heart

Norquay Farms - Holy Trinity (closed)

North Battleford - All Saints

Nora - Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ (closed)

Olesha - Sacred Heart of Jesus (closed)

Ormside-Ss. Vladimir and Olga (closed)

Orolow - Descent of the Holy Spirit

Parkerview - St. Nicholas (closed)

Pelly-Holy Eucharist (closed)

Peterson - Descent of the Holy Spirit (closed)

Plain View - Descent of the Holy Spirit (closed)

Podillia - Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery - (No Church-closed)

Ponass Lake - St. Michael the Archangel (closed)

Porcupine Plain - Ss. Peter and Pau (closed & sold)

Preeceville - Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Prince Albert - St. George

Prud'homme - St. John the Theologian

Radisson - Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Rama - Saints Peter and Paul

Regina - St. Athanasius

Regina - St. Basil the Great

Roadside Chapel near Rosthern

Rose Valley - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

Rosthern - Holy Apostles SS. Peter and Paul

Rosthern Farms - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

Rosthern Farms-Adamivka - Descent of the Holy Spirit (closed)

Runnymede - Ss. Vladimir and Olga (closed)

Samburg - St. John the Baptist (closed)

Saskatoon - Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God

Saskatoon - Ss. Peter & Paul

Saskatoon - St. George's Cathedral

Saskatoon - St. Volodymyr Villa Chapel

Sheho Farms - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

Sheho Village - Christ the King

Shipman Rural - Ss. Peter and Paul (closed)

Sich - St. Michael's (closed)

Smuts - St. John the Baptist

Sokal - Holy Trinity(closed)

Speers - Ss. Peter and Paul

St. Julien - Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Pokrov) (closed)

St. Philip's - Assumption of the B.V.M. (closed)

Stenen - St. Nicholas (closed)

Stornoway Cemetery (closed-no church)

Stove Creek - St. Elias (closed)

Swan Plain - Ascension

Swift Current - St. John the Baptist

Tadmore - St. John the Baptist (closed)

Thunder Creek - Ss. Peter and Paul

Tribune - Holy Family

Tuffnell Village - Holy Trinity (closed)

Tway Farms - St. Paraskevia (closed)

Tway Town - Ss. Peter and Paul

Uhryniv - St. Nicholas (closed)

Ukrainian Park - Pike Lake - St. Volodymyr

Vasyliw - Ss. Constantine and Helena (closed)

Verigin - St. Nicholas (closed)

Vonda - Sacred Heart

Wadena - Descent of the Holy Spirt

Wakaw - Sacred Heart

Watrous - Holy Mother of God

Watson - St. George (closed)

Weekes - St. Nicholas (closed)

Welechko - Presenation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

Weyburn - Holy Trinity

Whitebeech - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

Whitesand - Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Whitkow - Ascension of Our Lord (closed)

Willowbrook - Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

Wishart Farms - St. Michael the Archangel (closed)

Wishart Town - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Wolverine - Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

Wroxton-Farms - Ss. Vladimir and Olga (closed)

Wroxton-Village - Ss. Peter and Paul (closed)

Wynyard - Sacred Heart

Yellow Creek - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

Yorkton - Our Lady of Perpetual Help (St. Mary's)

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