Church of the Assumption of the B.V.M. constructed 1923-1925, 4 miles north-west of Alvena; R.M. 402.

ALVENA (farms) — The church of the Assump­tion of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the second church of the parish.

The first church was constructed in 1905 on a five acre site four miles north-west of Alvena. It was a small log constructed structure and served the parish until 1923. That year it was dismantled and a new church was constructed on its site. The present church was blessed by Bishop Nicetas Budka in 1925 and visited by Archbishop Basil Ladyka in 1929. On April 14, 1957, Rev. Walter Kostiuk was ordained in this church by Bishop Andrew Roborecki.

The church, constructed between 1923 and 1925, is a wooden cruciform structure measuring 80 x 60 feet. It has an architecturally complementing shingled gable roof, a large central octagonal dome apexed by a cupola and cross, and two front towers also apexed by cupolas. The exterior and interior walls of the church and the drum supporting the central dome are finished in painted narrow wood siding and contain rectangular windows which are arched at the top. A small separately roofed adjoining porch-vestibule precedes the main entrance into the church. In the interior the elevated sanctuary contains the main altar and has two adjoining sacristies which also exit to the church grounds. Behind the main altar and on corresponding sides of the sanctuary along the lateral walls of the nave are traditionally dedicated glass mounted oil prints. Direct­ly opposite the main altar is the choir loft which is reached by a stairway in the nave. The central area of the church is dominated by the large well-illuminated dome, the arms of the cruciform structure have vaulted ceilings. The church contains wooden pews seating approx. 150 persons, is lighted by electricity and has central oil heating.

Construction of the church was accomplished during the pastorate of Rev. Joseph Fylyma through the generous voluntary labour and financial donations of the parishioners. Total construction costs were $12,000. Chief foreman was Milko Slonetsky while the architec­tural plans were drafted by Rev. Peter Pasichnyk. The five acre partly forested church and cemetery site was donated by Andrew Hawryschuk.

Near the church stands a wooden belfry construct­ed in 1923. The wooden memorial cross nearby was installed during the pioneer days of the parish. In continuation of church property is the parish cemetery. A small chapel on the site was constructed by N. Chyzyk and contains a painting of the Holy Mother of God which the first settlers brought from their Mother­land. Also on the parish site, a short distance from the church, stands the “Prosvita” parish hall constructed in 1932 during the pastorate of Rev. Stefan Semczuk.

Ukrainian settlement in this area began in 1899 with settlers from the Borshchiv and Sokal counties. In 1910 the settlers of the Alvena district were honoured with a visit by the Servant of God Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky. The founding members of the Alvena farms parish were: N. Chyzyk, T. Kozak, D. Skakun, A. Hawryschuk, I. Kinash and S. Yuzek. The first pastor to visit the settlers was Rev. Wasyi Zholdak.

Between 1902 and 1905, Rev. Mathew Myron Filas, OSBM, founded a Basilian monastery in Alvena and for a short period the Basilian Fathers administered to the spiritual needs of the faithful in the district. The monastery was eventually transferred to Alberta; the monastery structure was purchased by the parishioners and was used as a rectory while the site became the parish cemetery. The second parish cemetery is at the church site one and one-half miles north. During the pastorate of Rev. Stephen Fedoronko, the monastery building was converted into a parish hall and was used as such until it was destroyed by fire.

In 1941 the parish registered 38 members with 100 children (Prop. Knyha), in 1961 there were 35 families and in 1975, 17 families. In 2003 the parish is under the directorship of Rev. Vasyl Hnatkivskyy.  Divine Liturgy is celebrated once a year.

The Ukrainian Catholic parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Alvena farms, is under the pastoral charge of Cudworth.

Alvena Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church

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Dormition MG Pioneer Cemetery

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St Demetrius Cemetery

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Alvena Farms Dormition MG Cemetery

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Bulletins for Cudworth - District Parishes

Cudworth and District Praznyks - 2017

Date - Calendar
(Gregorian- G; Julian -J)
Humboldt, All SaintsMay 22 (G)11:30 a.m.
Adamiwka, PentecostJune 4 (J)11:30 a.m.
Sokal, Holy GhostJune 5 (J)10:00 a.m.
Cudworth, Holy EucharistJune 18 (G)11:15 a.m.
Lanigan, Sacred HeartJune 28 (J)11:30 a.m.
Wakaw, Sacred Heart of JesusJuly 8 - (J)?
Tway, Sts. Peter and PaulJuly 9 (G)11:30 a.m.
Rosthern, Sts. Peter and PaulJuly 16 (J)11:15 a.m.
Carpenter (Hory) AscensionAugust 11 (J)11:30 a.m.
Alvena (Farms), Dormition BVMAugust 28 (J)10:00 a.m.
St. Julien, Patronage BVMOctober 14 (J)10:00 a.m.
Alvena, Archangel MichaelNovember 21 (J)10:00 a.m.

List of Parishes

Albertown - Ss. Peter and Paul

Alticane - St.John the Baptist

Alvena Farms - Assumption of the BVM (closed)

Alvena Town - St. Michael the Archangel

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 - Descent of the Holy Ghost (closed)

Calder - Assumption of the BVM

Candiac - Descent of the Holy Ghost 

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 Ghost (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 the Archangel 

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 (Elfros) - 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

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

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.Vladimir the Great

Kindersley - St.John the Baptist (closed)

Kipling - Presentation of the BVM (closed)

Kovalivka-Tiny - Transfigurartion of our Lord (closed)

Krasne - St. John Apostle the Theologian

Krydor - Sacred Heart

Kulykiv - Holy Eucharist (closed)

Kuroki - Ss. Peter and Paul

Kyziv-Tiaziv - St. Demetrius (closed)

Lanigan Farms - Sacred Heart

Laniwci - St. Volodomyr (2016) - Ascension of our Lord

Lipton-Herzel - Dormition of BVM (closed)

Macdowall - Descent of the Holy Spirit (closed)

Madge Lake (Pelly) St. Michael Camp - Holy Eucharist Church (from Pelly)

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)

Melfort - Descent of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost)

Melville - St.George the Martyr

Model Farm - Patronage of the BVM

Montmartre - Ss. Peter and Paul

Moose Jaw - Assumption of the BVM

Nipawin Farms/Silver Pine - 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

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 - 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/Prymove - 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 Memorial Church

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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