Whitesand – Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 Whitesand church of the Patronage of the B.V.M. constructed 1937, 10 miles north-east of Springside; R.M. 274.


WHITESAND — The church of the Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the second church of the parish.

The parishioners constructed the first church in 1911 at a total cost of $1,000. Initially the parish was served by the Presbyterian clergy; from 1913 it came under the pastoral charge of the Redemptorist Fathers from Yorkton. The parish was visited twice by Bishop Nicetas Budka who blessed the church in 1914. Archbishop Basil Ladyka honoured the parish with a visit in 1933. In 1937 the church was dismantled and a new structure was constructed on the site.

The two acre hilly and partially forested church and cemetery site was donated by Vasyi’ Shpyley and is ten miles north-east of Springside. The church was constructed in 1937 by the parishioners under the foremanship of W. Huziak of Arran at a total cost of $3,500. It is a wooden cruciform structure measuring 64 x 38 feet with a large central dome and three smaller cupolas; two cupolas are above the frontal towers, the third is at the frontal apex of the gable roof.

In the interior of the church the main altar is in an elevated sanctuary; two small side altars dedicated to the Holy Mother of God and Christ Who Loves Mankind are found along the lateral walls of the nave. Opposite the sanctuary, above the vestibule, is a choir loft. The interior ceiling is vaulted and merges into a high central dome supported by a drum with four windows. Wooden pews found in the nave provide seating for approx. 120 persons. The church does not have electricity, central heating is accomplished by wood burning.

The church was blessed by Bishop Neil Savaryn on Sunday, September 3, 1944; Bishop Andrew Roborecki celebrated Pontifical Divine Liturgy in the church on May 17, 1959 and May 18, 1969.
The church grounds contain a mission cross installed in 1933 and a belfry constructed in 1939; the bell was acquired in 1920 for the sum of $380. A parish hall, which was purchased in 1949 from the Yorkton Airport, is also located near the church on parish property.

Ukrainian settlers arrived in the Whitesand area in 1903 predominantly from the village of Lytsivka in the Dolyna county. The founding members who established the parish were: Nykola Bybliv (Byblow), Y. Shpyley (Spelay), Illiya Kucher, N. Shumay, Mykh. Byblow, V. Stefanyshyn, T. Spelay, T. Senkiw, V. Senkiw, Ivan Byblow. Teodor Spelay, Nykola Dyriv (Derrow or Derow), Iv. Diakow, V. Lachmanec, Dm. Shiyakhetka (Shiahetka), Iv. Pawliw, V. Derrow, Illya Derrow, Yu. Popowich, N. Diakow, Ivan N. Pawliw, M. Popowich, M. Stefanyshyn, Tymko Byblow, V. Skalivsky, Iv. Kucher, Semen Popowich, Yu. Lozynsky, M. Tsyupa, V. N. Spelay, V. Byblow, 01. Byblow, V. Shumay, N. Spelay, N. Lachmanec, N. Fedun, Iv. Shpelchyn (Spilchen), T. Shiahetka, V. T. Spilchen, P. Stefanyshyn, M. Trisch and Yu. Shumay. The first Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Rev. Noel Maria Descamps, CSSR, on June 8, 1913. The Rev. Basil Shumay, Rev. Joseph Senkiw, OSBM, Rev. Dmytro Byblow, CSSR, Sr. Mechtilde, M. Byblow, SMI, and Sr. Frances E. Byblow, SMI, originate from this parish.

In 1941 the parish consisted of 75 members with 200 children (Prop. Knyha). In 1961 there were 200 souls (Directory) and in 1975, 38 families and 15 single members remained. In 1976 the parish was under the directorship of: Rev. Roman Muzychka, CSSR, pastor, Mike Shumay, John Shumay, Mike B. Byblow, Lawrence Derrow, Pauline Spelay, Margaret Diakow, Emily Spelay, Pearl Byblow, Mike Diakow and John Popowich.

The Ukrainian Catholic parish of the Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Whitesand, is under the pastoral charge of Yorkton.



In 2003 there are 11 family members and 14 widows, widowers and singles.  Total membership is 25 and total persons are 36.  Board members for year 2002 are Mr. John Popowich, Mr. Peter Kucher, Mr. Paul Byblow, Mr. Lawrence Derow and Mr. Emil Byblow.

Whitesand Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church and Cemetery

51°26’56.4″N 102°39’53.8″W

51.448994, -102.664947

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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