Church of St. John the Baptist constructed 1925 in northerly Arran; R.M. 301.

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

In the fall of 1916 the parishioners poured a concrete foundation for the first church. This foundation, however, was too small for the church and consequently was removed. Between 1917 and 1918 a large church was constructed; its construction costs were liquidated within a few years through the parishioners’ private donations and loans. In 1924 the church as well as the Metropolitan Sheptytsky parish hall were destroyed by fire. The present church was constructed in 1925 on the site of the first church.

Bishop Nicetas Budka blessed the cornerstone of the first church in 1918; Archbishop Basil Ladyka blessed the present church in 1936; Bishop Andrew Roborecki honoured the parish with several visitations and last visited the parish and celebrated Divine Liturgy in the church on July 7, 1970 on the occasion of the church patron’s feastday.

The church stands on a one and a half acre site in northerly Arran. It is a wood constructed cruciform structure, 70 x 40 feet, with exterior and interior wood siding, a large centrally located octagonal dome apexed by a cupola and a three-armed cross, and two frontal towers also apexed by cupolas with one-armed crosses; a third frontal cross appears at the apex of the gable roof.

The church is west-east oriented with an east main entrance, which is sheltered by an open porch, and a west sanctuary. The sanctuary is elevated, rectangular in form and has two adjoining sacristies. Directly opposite the sanctuary, extending over the eastern end of the nave, is the choir loft which is reached by a stairway at the north wall. The central area of the church is dominated by a high well-illuminated dome supported by pilasters and arcades of the cruciform vaulted ceiling. Preserved to this date are three paintings and the ornamentation decorating the church done in 1936 by Stepan Meush; the three paintings are the center mural of the three painting composition behind the main altar and the two side altar icons. All other murals and icons were painted in the 1950’s by Theodore Baran. The church has a wooden floor and wooden pews seating approx. 100 persons, electrical lighting and central oil heating.

The parishioners constructed the church for $2,300 through private financial donations and countless hours of voluntary labour. Chief foremen of the construction were Wasyi Huziak and the Semeniuk brothers. The church site was also purchased through the collective funds of the parishioners.

Near the church stand the rectory and the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky parish hall; this second hall was constructed in 1935.

Ukrainian settlers arrived in the Arran district in 1907 predominantly from the Zaiishchyky and Borsh-chiv counties. The founding members of the parish were: Hnat. Nimets, Petro Shumka, Antin Zahariychuk, Teodor Demchuk, Kindrat Boyko, Iliya Chorneyko, Vasyi’ Zahariychuk, Klym Babiuk, Yosyf Lyiyk, Lev Boyko. Prior to the construction of the first church, holy services were held at the private homes of the founding members and were served by: Rev. Adelbert Saburen, Rev. Klaulu, Rev. John Dumych and Rev. Emilian Andruchowicz. The second church was constructed with the assistance of Rev. Nestor Drohomyrecki.

Until 1931 the parish was spiritually served by the pastors of the Canora pastoral district; from 1931, the-Arran pastoral district has had a permanent resident pastor, the first being Rev. Peter Kryworuchka with whose assistance the parish was able to liquidate the church construction loan and construct the parish hall.

In 1941 the parish registered 45 members with 180 children (Prop. Knyha), in 1961, 175 souls (Directory) and in 1975 there were 26 families and 13 individual members. In 1976 the parish was under the directorship of: Rev. Zdzislaw Karcz, MSF, pastor, John Hataley, Bill Dedio and John Hrycenko.

The Ukrainian Catholic parish of St. John the Baptist at Arran is the seat of the pastoral district of Arran with satellite parishes at Arran-Vesna, Pelly, Whitebeech and Maybridge. The pastor for this district is Rev. Zdzislaw Karcz, MSF.

Arran St. John the Baptist Church

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Arran St. John the Baptist New Cemetery

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Arran St. John the Baptist Old Cemetery

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Kamsack Norquay District Parishes - Bulletins & Website

Yorkton Protopresbyterate (Deanery)
Rac, Very Rev. Joakim, Dean
Box 1137, Canora, SK S0A 0L0
Dungen, Rev. Warren  Kamsack, St. Josaphat
(Res)119 Nicholas Street,
Box 1628, Kamsack, SK S0A 1S0
306-542-2220; Cell: 306-590-7900
Yorkton Redemptorist Fathers
155 Catherine Street, Yorkton, SK  S3N 0B9
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Lukie, Rev. Raymond, C.Ss.R
155 Catherine Street, Yorkton, SK  S3N 0B9
Ituna, Sacred Heart (Res) Box 340, Ituna, SK S0A 1N0 306-795-2411
Administrator, Wynyard District
Rac, Very Rev. Joakim, Dean
Box 1137, Canora, SK S0A 0L0
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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