Vonda-Sacred Heart

Church of the Sacred Heart constructed 1942-1943 in westerly Vonda; R.M. 372.

VONDA — The church of the Sacred Heart is the first church of the parish.

The church was constructed between 1942 and 1943 on a four acre site in westerly Vonda. The first Divine Liturgy m the yet uncompleted structure was celebrated in 1942 by Rev. Peter Kryworuchka. Bishop Andrew Roborecki honoured the parish with several visitations and blessed the church on June 24, 1951.

The wood constructed rectangular church, 58 x 28 feet, stands on a high concrete basement, has three frontal cupolas, painted exterior narrow wood siding and a shingled gable roof. Two porches with low roofs adjointhe structure; the west porch serves as a vestibule, the east porch serves as the entry into the church basement parish hall. In the interior the walls are finished in pressboard while the vaulted ceiling is finished with donnacona and painted a sky blue color. The wooden floor is covered with linoleum; at the central aisle and in the sanctuary area it is carpeted with a dark red carpet. Behind the main altar in the elevated sanctuary hangs a large oil on canvas painting of the church patron which is the artwork of Paul Zabolotny. Two small traditional holy images in the nave, on corresponding sides of the main altar, are glass mounted oil prints. The church has a choir loft which is reached from the south wall of the nave, wooden pews seating approx. 100 persons, electricity and central oil heating.

Construction of this church was accomplished through private donations, fund raising projects organized by the women of the parish, and proceeds from the Kolyady and Shchedrivky (Christmas and Epiphany caroling) taught by cantor Michael Skakun and amateur play productions directed by Michael Bodnarchuk and Matviy Gabruch. Through these collected funds the construction material was purchased and Alexander Sembalerus was hired as foreman; the construction itself was carried out voluntarily by the parishioners. Additional assistance in both the construction and fund raising was given to the community by the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox and their families.

Near the church stands a mission cross dating to 1942, and adjacent to it stands a belfry which contains a bell donated by John Chruszcz (Chrusch). Also on church property, a parish National Home was constructed in 1952 in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada. This was accomplished during the pastorate of Rev. John Olynyk and under the leadership of Michael Chamey, the foremanship of Wasyi Starosta and the auspices of the parish executive consisting of: Michael Glagowsky, Joseph Boyenko, Wasyi Chamey and John Chruszcz. The priest’s residence, four lots east of the church, was purchased in 1947.

The arrival of Ukrainian settlers in this area began in 1904 from the Borshchiv county. Settlement in the Vonda village occurred somewhat later predominantly from the parishes of Borshchiv and Smuts farms; the latter is also known as “Pryymovoho”. The first priest who served this community and encouraged them to construct a church was Rev. S. Semczuk. Construction of the church was eventually realized through the help of Rev. Peter Kryworuchka. The first organizational meeting,’also attended by Rev. P. Krywonichka, took place at the home of Yakiv Bazhowsky in December 1941; the parish executive selected at this meeting consisted of Peter Starosta, Michael Kulyk and Peter Slywka. One year later, in addition to those already mentioned the following were included into the parish executive: Wasyi Chamey, Anna Wasylciw, Maria Chuback, Kateryna Bodnar, Mykhaylo Wasylciw, Fedir Chuback and Michael Mikituk (questionnaire 1975).

In 1941 the parish registered 207 souls, in 1961, 16′;souls and in 1975, 156 persons were accounted for. In 1976 the parish was under the directorship of Rev. Lubomyr Ramach, pastor, Anthony Slywka, Wasyi Chamey, William Bidulka, Victor Slywka and Nicholas Chrusch.

The Ukrainian Catholic parish of the Sacred Heart at Vonda is the seat of the pastoral district of Vonda with satellite parishes at Smuts, Laniwci, Bodnari, Prud’homme-Havryliuky, and Peterson. Due to the shortage of priests, this pastoral district does not at present have its own pastor and is served by the acting pastor Rev. Lubomyr Ramach.

Updated December 2020

The Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart, Vonda, falls under the Deanery of Saskatoon, under the pastoral charge of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Dormition of the Blessed Mother of God-Saskatoon, which is included in Saskatoon & District, with Reverend André Lalach as Pastor.

Vonda Sacred Heart Church

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Vonda Sacred Heart Cemetery

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Saskatoon Dormition and District Parishes Information

Ukrainian Catholic Parish of the
Dormition of the Blessed Mother of God

120 - 105th Street
Saskatoon, SK   S7N 1N2
Tel: (306) 652-4837
Fax: (306) 374-4235
E-Mail: admin.ducc@sasktel.net
Website: www.dormitionsaskatoon.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DormitionSaskatoon/

District Parishes
 Bodnari – Ss. Peter & Paul
Borshchiw  – Ss. Peter & Paul 
 Hawruliuke – Sacred Heart
Laniwci – St. Volodymyr
 Prud’homme – St. John the Evangelist
Smuts/Prymove – St. John the Baptist
Vonda – Sacred Heart

Deanery (Protopresbyterate) of Saskatoon

DEANERY (Protopresbyterate) OF SASKATOON


Nahachewsky, Very Rev. Ivan,
Vicar-General; Vicar of Eparchial Properties; Rector - Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of St. George, Saskatoon;
Military Chaplain
214 Avenue M South, Saskatoon, SK S7M 2K4
Cell:  306-961-1390, Rectory Office: 306-664-3459
Email: inahachewsky@skeparchy.org

Yamniuk, Deacon Myron

Telephone: 306-374-4535
Email: myronyamniuk@gmail.com

Saskatoon Redemptorist Fathers

10th Street East and Munroe Avenue,
(Church Auditorium) 306-343-0033;
(Res) 1202-11th St. East,
Saskatoon, SK S7H 0G3
Telephone: (Office) 306-343-6516
Email: sspp@sasktel.net

Lukie, Very Rev. Raymond, CSsR, Pastor


Dnistrian, Rev. Dmytro, CSsR, Assistant Pastor & Missionary

Nahachewsky, Deacon Thomas
Telephone: Cell: 306-361-1555

Malkov, Rev. Leonid, CSsR, Administrator
Also Serves:
Albertown, Ss. Peter and Paul
Alticane, St. John the Baptist
Hafford, Holy Eucharist
Krydor, Sacred Heart
Orolow, Holy Spirit
Radisson, Protection of the BVM
Speers, Ss. Peter and Paul
Uhryniv, St. Nicholas
Welechko, Presentation of the BVM
Whitkow, Ascension of Our Lord

Lalach, Very Rev. André, Vice-Chancellor, Dean-Deanery of Saskatoon;
Administrator-Saskatoon: Dormition District
Saskatoon, Dormition of the Blessed Mother of God
120-105th Street West, Saskatoon, SK S7N 1N2
Telephone:(Church) 306-652-4837;
(Res) 306-477-1704; (Cell) 306-280-2941
Email: alalach@sasktel.net
Also Serves:
Bodnari, Ss. Peter and Paul
Borschiv, Ss. Peter and Paul
Hawryliuke, Sacred Heart
Laniwci, St. Volodymyr
Prud'homme, St. John the Evangelist
Smuts/Prymove, St. John the Baptist
Saskatoon, St. Thomas More College
Vonda, Sacred Heart

Kachur, Very Rev. Andrei, Judicial Vicar (Marriage Tribunal); Administrator
751-14th Street West, Prince Albert, SK. S6V 3L9
Telephone: (Rectory) 306-763-3645;
Cell: 306-940-8889
Email: stgeorgechurch.pa@gmail.com

(Church/Hall/Office) 306-763-5597;
Fax: 306-763-5516

Also Serves:
Alvena, St. Michael
Alvena Farms, Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary
Cudworth, Holy Eucharist (St. Michael’s Haven)
Gronlid, St. Michael
Humboldt, All Saints
Nipawin, All Saints
Rosthern Farms-Adamivka Descent of the Holy Spirit
Rosthern, Ss. Peter and Paul
Sokal, Holy Trinity
St. Julien, Patronage of Blessed Virgin Mary
Tway, Ss. Peter
Wakaw, Sacred Heart


Salahub, Deacon Harrold, Assistant Administrator
3276 Bliss Crescent, Prince Albert, SK. S6V 7X7
Telephone: 306-930-9709
Email: salah@sasktel.net
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 Baptisthttps://www.skeparchy.org/wordpress/about-us/parishes/sich-st-michaels/

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)