Maybridge church of St. Nicholas constructed 1944, 9 miles north-west ofArran; R.M. 331.
MAYBRIDGE — The church of St. Nicholas is the second church of the parish.
The first church was constructed in 1918 on a two acre site eight miles north and one and a half miles west of Pelly. In 1940 this church was destroyed by fire; in 1944 the parishioners constructed the present church on the same site. Bishop Andrew Roborecki visited the church and the faithful in 1956 and 1965.
The church is a wood constructed rectangular structure with two frontal towers apexed by cupolas. It stands on a low concrete basement; its walls are finished in painted wood siding and contain rectangular windows; the roof is gable in form and shingled. The church is west-east oriented with an east main entrance sheltered by a small roof shelter porch. The west elevated sanctuary has a north adjoining porch with an exit to the church grounds. Directly behind the main altar hangs an oil on canvas church patron painting, St. Nicholas (unsigned); the two nave holy images of the Holy Mother of God and Christ Who Loves Mankind, which are found on corresponding sides of the sanctuary, are glass mounted oil prints. The interior walls and vaulted ceiling are finished in donnacona while the church floor is constructed of wood. The church contains wooden pews seating approx. 40 persons; it is lighted by candles only and heated by a wood burning heater. The parishioners constructed the church through their financial donations and voluntary labour as well as the fire insurance funds received for the first church. In continuation of the church site lies the parish cemetery.
The first Ukrainian settlers arrived in this area in 1908 from Halychyna and Volhynia. The founding members of this parish were: Rev. Peter Kryworuchka, the Hubic family, the Ladubec family, Dmytro Perepe-liuk, Stefan Chorniuk (Chornook) and Nykola Todoruk.
In 1941 the parish had a membership of 14 families with 20 children (Prop. Knyha), in 1961, 20 souls (Directory), and in 1975, 6 families were accounted for. In 1976 the parish was under the directorship of: Rev. Zdzislaw Karcz, MSF, pastor, Michael Dedio, Michael Haydamacha, Michael Chornook, Olga Ladubec and Mary Dedio.
The Ukrainian Catholic parish of St. Nicholas, Maybridge, is under the pastoral charge of Arran.
Maybridge St. Nicholas Church and Cemetery
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