Whitebeech – Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

 

Church of the Nativity of the B.V.M. constructed 1949, 141/2 miles north ofArran; R.M. 331.

 

WHITEBEECH — The church of the Nativity of the blessed Virgin Mary is the first church of the parish.

Propam’yatna Knyha, published 1941, on page 244 records the following: “In the forested district north of Arran live several dozen families who are spiritually served by the priest from Arran. Holy services are presently held in a private home. The faithful are raising funds to construct a church and have made plans to begin construction in the spring of 1942. They already have a church and cemetery site”. Based on this information given in the Propam’yatna Knyha this date can be considered as the founding date of the parish. The plans to construct a church were finally realized in 1949; Bishop Andrew Roborecki blessed the church on July 11, 1954.

The wooden cruciform church, 40 x 20 feet, stands on a low concrete basement and has an architecturally complementing shingled roof with a low centrally located blind dome. The dark sheet metal dome is apexed by a decorative cross; similar but smaller in size cupolas grace the frontal towers found on corresponding sides of the main entrance. The exterior and interior walls have narrow wood siding and contain several rectangular windows with semicircular summits.

The church is east-west oriented with a west main entrance sheltered by a low roof. At the east end of the church, the elevated sanctuary contains the main altar and has two adjoining sacristies; the south sacristy exits to the church grounds through a small adjoining porch. In the interior the church is dominated by a vaulted cruciform ceiling with a sealed central dome. The oil on canvas paintings in the church and the stylized flora ornamentation and symbols, painted directly on the walls, were done in 1950 by Theodore Baran.

The church has a choir loft which is entered by a stairway originating at the south wall of the nave; its wooden floor is carpeted before the main altar; lighting is by candles only while heating is accomplished by a wood and coal burning cast iron stove.

The parishioners constructed the church through their private donations and voluntary labour with construction costs totalling $10,000.

Near the church stands a cross with the Crucifixion; adjacent to it stands a single bell belfry which was constructed at the same time as the church. The parish cemetery is two miles south-east of the church.

Ukrainian settlement in this area began in 1907 with settlers predominantly from the Zaiishchyky and Borshchiv counties. Their move to the immediate district of this parish occurred in 1928. In 1961 the parish registered 70 souls (Directory), in 1975 there were 7 families. In 1976 the parish executive included; Rev. Zdzislaw Karcz, MSF, Nick Burtnack and Peter Witow.

The Ukrainian Catholic parish of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Whitebeech, is under the pastoral charge of Arran.

The church was constructed in 1948 in westerly reference to a once existent post office under this name located 14 miles north-east of the church.

Whitebeech Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church

52°05’32.2″N 101°42’14.7″W

52.092264, -101.704078

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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 (closed & sold)

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

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Macdowall - Descent of the Holy Spirit (closed)

Major - Patronage of the BVM (closed)

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Meacham - Ascension (closed)

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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

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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)

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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)

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Weekes - St. Nicholas (closed)

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Wishart Town - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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

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