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 District Parishes - Bulletins & Website

Yorkton Protopresbyterate (Deanery)
Rac, Very Rev. Joakim, Pastor, Dean
Box 1137, Canora, SK S0A 0L0
Telephone: (Res) 306-563-5148
Dungen, Rev. Warren 
Kamsack, St. Josaphat
(Res)119 Nicholas Street,
Box 1628, Kamsack, SK S0A 1S0
Telephone: Cell: 306-590-7900
Arran-Vesna, Ss. Peter and Paul
Benito, MB, Descent of the Holy Spirit
Bobulynci, Transfiguration of Our Lord
Dnipro (Dnieper), Transfiguration of Our Lord
Kuroki, Ss. Peter & Paul
Madge Lake-St. Michael’s Camp – Holy Eucharist
Maybridge, St. Nicholas
Yorkton Redemptorist Fathers
155 Catherine Street, Yorkton, SK  S3N 0B9
Telephone: 306-783-4594
Malkov, Rev. Leonid, CSsR, Pastor
Zadorozhnyi, Rev. Yevhen, CSsR, Assistant Pastor

Malowany, Rev.
Administrator Ituna and Wynyard Districts

Ituna, Sacred Heart
(Res) Box 340,
Ituna, SK S0A 1N0
Telephone: 306-795-2411; Cell: 306-540-5102
Wynyard District
Stephaniuk, Rev. Jeffrey, Assistant Priest
Wynyard, Sacred Heart 
Box 728 
Wynyard, SK S0A 1N0 
Telephone: 306-560-8885










List of Parishes

Albertown - Ss. Peter and Paul

Alticane - St. John the Baptist

Alvena Farms - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Alvena Town - St. Michael the Archangel

Antonivka - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Arran - St. John the Baptist

Arran-Vesna -Ss. Peter and Paul

Balcarres - Holy Eucharist (closed)

Bankend - Ascension of Our Lord (closed-no church)

Beaver Dale - Assumption of the BVM

Beckenham -Transfiguration of Our Lord

Bedfordville - St. Nicholas

Bienfait - Ss. Peter and Paul (closed)

Biggar - Sacred Heart (closed)

Birmingham - St. Paraskevia (closed-no church)

Blaine Lake - Our Lady of Perpetual Help (closed)

Bobulynci - Transfiguration of Our Lord

Bodnari - Ss. Peter and Paul

Borshchiv - Ss. Peter and Paul

Broadview - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed-no church)

Brooksby - St. Nicholas

Bruno - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed-no church)

Bruno Farms - Holy Trinity 

Buchach - Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Buchanan - Descent of the Holy Ghost

Calder - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Candiac - Descent of the Holy Ghost 

Canora - Ss. Peter and Paul

Carpenter - Ascension of Our Lord 

Cecil - Holy Trinity (closed-no church)

Chaplin-Thunder Creek - Ss. Peter and Paul

Chekhiv - Descent of the Holy Ghost

Cudworth Farms -Transfiguration of Our Lord (closed-no church)

Cudworth - Our Lady of Sorrows Shrine

Cudworth Town - Holy Eucharist

Dana - St. John the Baptist (closed & sold)

Dobrowody - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Dnipro (Dnieper) - Transfiguration of Our Lord 

Dysart - Holy Eucharist (closed-no church) 

Erwood - Blessed Virgin Mary of Succour (closed-no church)

Estevan - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed & sold)

Fenwood - Ss. Peter and Paul

Foam Lake - Holy Eucharist

Fosston - St. John the Baptist (closed-no church)

Glen Elder - Danbury - Holy Eucharist 

Glentworth - Assumption of the 

Goodeve Farms - Holy Trinity 

Goodeve Town - St. Michael the Archangel 

Grenfell - Ss. Peter and Paul

Gronlid - St. Michael

Guernsey - Holy Eucharist (closed-no church)

Hafford - Holy Eucharist

Havryliuke (Prud'homme) - Sacred Heart

Hazel Dell - Ss. Peter and Paul 

High Tor - Sacred Heart 

Hodgeville - Ss. Peter and Paul

Holar (Elfros) - St. Demetrius

Hryhoriv - St. Demetrius 

Hubbard - Holy Spirit

Hubbard - Exaltation of the Holy Cross - Closed

Hudson Bay - Holy Eucharist (closed & sold)

Humboldt- All Saints

Hyas Village - Descent of the Holy Spirit (closed-no church)

Insinger - St. Nicholas

Insinger Farms - Ss. Peter and Paul 

Invermay - Ss. Vladimir and Olga

Ituna - Sacred Heart

Janow Corners-Meath Park - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

Jaroslaw - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed-no church)

Jasmin-Doroshi - Immaculate Conception (closed-no church)

Jasmin - Ss. Peter and Paul (closed-no church)

Jedburgh Village - Ss. Peter and Paul

Kamsack - St.Josaphat

Kelliher - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Closed

Kelliher - St.Vladimir the Great - Closed

Kindersley - St.John the Baptist (Closed-No Church)

Kipling - Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed-no church)

Kovalivka-Tiny - Transfigurartion of our Lord

Krasne - St. John Apostle the Theologian

Krydor - Sacred Heart

Kulykiv - Holy Eucharist (closed-no church)

Kuroki - Ss. Peter and Paul

Kyziv-Tiaziv - St. Demetrius

Lanigan Farms - Sacred Heart

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

Lipton-Herzel - Dormition of Blessed Virgin Mary (closed-no church)

MacDowall - Descent of the Holy Spirit (closed-no church)

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

Major - Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed-no church)

Mamornitz - Virgin of Sorrows Ruthenian Church

Maybridge - St. Nicholas

Meacham - Ascension 

Meadow Lake - St. Catherine (closed & sold)

Melfort - Descent of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost) [Decommisioned]

Melville - St.George the Martyr

Model Farm - Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Montmartre - Ss. Peter and Paul

Moose Jaw - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Nipawin Farms/Silver Pine - Ascension 

Nipawin Town - All Saints

Nora - Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ (closed-no church)

Norquay - Sacred Heart

Norquay Farms - Holy Trinity (closed - no church)

North Battleford - All Saints

Olesha - Sacred Heart of Jesus

Ormside-Ss. Vladimir and Olga

Orolow - Descent of the Holy Spirit

Parkerview - St. Nicholas - Closed

Pelly-Holy Eucharist (closed - church moved to Madge Lake, St. Michael's Camp)

Peterson - Descent of the Holy Spirit (closed - sold)

Plain View - Descent of the Holy Spirit 

Ponass Lake - St. Michael the Archangel

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-no church)

Rosthern - SS. Peter and Paul

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

Rosthern Farms-Adamivka - Descent of the Holy Spirit

Runnymede - Ss. Vladimir and Olga (closed-no church)

Samburg - St. John the Baptist

Saskatoon - Dormition of the Blessed Mother of God

Saskatoon - Ss. Peter & Paul

Saskatoon - St. Volodymyr Villa Chapel

Saskatoon - Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of St. George

Saskatoon - Ukrainian Park - Pike Lake - St. Volodymyr Memorial Church

Sheho Farms - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sheho Village - Christ the King

Shipman Rural - Ss. Peter and Paul

Sich-Krydor - St. Michael's (Demolished 2018; Cemetery only)

Smuts/Prymove - St. John the Baptist

Sokal - Holy Trinity

Speers - Ss. Peter and Paul

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

St. Philip's - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed-no church)

Stenen - St. Nicholas (closed-no church)

Stornoway Cemetery (closed-no church)

Stove Creek - St. Elias (closed-no church)

Swan Plain - Ascension

Swift Current - St. John the Baptist (closed & sold)

Tadmore - St. John the Baptist

Tribune - Holy Family

Tuffnell Village - Holy Trinity (Decommissioned)

Tway Farms - St. Paraskevia (closed-no church)

Tway Town - Ss. Peter and Paul

Uhryniv - St. Nicholas 

Vasyliw - Ss. Constantine and Helena

Verigin - St. Nicholas (closed-no church)

Vonda - Sacred Heart

Wadena - Descent of the Holy Spirit

Wakaw - Sacred Heart

Watrous - Holy Mother of God (closed-no church)

Watson - St. George (closed-no church)

Weekes - St. Nicholas 

Welechko - Presenation of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

Weyburn - Holy Trinity

Whitebeech - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Whitesand - Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Whitkow - Ascension of Our Lord 

Willowbrook - Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

Wishart Farms - St. Michael the Archangel 

Wishart Town - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Wolverine - Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

Wroxton-Farms - Ss. Vladimir and Olga

Wroxton-Village - Ss. Peter and Paul (closed-no church)

Wynyard - Sacred Heart

Yellow Creek - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (No church; cemetery only)

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