St. Paul District

Pastor: Rev. Andrij Nykyforuk

Address: 5201 – 51 Street
St. Paul, Alberta

Office Phone: (780) 645-3802

Website: http://stpaul.eeparchy.com/

Sunday Liturgy:
9:00 AM

(Please call parish to confirm service schedule.)

Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish History

PROTECTION of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish – Парафія Покрови Матері Божої  

Fr. George Zydan, OSBM, celebrated the first Divine Liturgy on January 7, 1942 in St. Paul.

The church (66’ x 28’) was built in the northwestern part of the city between 1947 and 1950. The one acre cemetery was purchased in 1952. The first Parish council consisted of three people: Vasl Yakimech, M. Pikh and O. Vashchak.

The first Divine Liturgy was held in the Roman Catholic church basement in 1942 by Fr. Epiphany Paschak, OSBM. The Parish has a dedicated group of UCWLC members. Among many dedicated parishioners the faithful recognized as outstanding were Anna Padleska and Petro Boychuk.

The following Basilian Fathers served the community: Fr. George Zydan (1942- ), and Fr. Sebastian Kurylo (1943- ).

The Eparchial clergy continued from 1949: Fr. Michael Hawryluk (1949), Fr. Michael Gural (1950-1955), Fr. George Maly (1956), Fr. Dmytro Hnat (1957-1980), Fr. Ivan Makuch (1981-1991), Fr. Austin Borynec (1992), Fr. Myron Pyszcz (1993-1996), Fr. Ron Hollohan (1997-1998), Fr. Roman Dobrianski (1999-2008), Fr. Mark Sych (2008- ).

Descent of the Holy Spirit, Bonnyville, Alberta

Parish: Descent of the Holy Spirit
Location: Bonnyville, Alberta
Service Schedule: (Please call parish to confirm service schedule.)

HOLY SPIRIT [Holy Ghost] Parish – Парафія Зіслання Святого Духа  

The church with a finished basement is located in the center of the town in front of the lake. The construction of the church was completed between 1967 and 1971. The first Divine Liturgy was held on March 19, 1971 by Fr. Dmytro Hnat. The first parish council was elected in 1964: V. Slawuta (president), L. Sharun (vice-president), B. Baran (secretary), M. Buzko (treasurer). The Parish counted among their members a well known artist painter named Peter Shostak.

The UCWLC was well organized with dedicated women supporting the parish.

The Eparchial clergy serving the community were: Fr. Michael Hawryluk (1949), Fr. Dmytro Hnat (1967-1979), Fr. Ivan Makuch (1981-1984), Fr. Joseph Royer (1986-1991), Fr. Austin Borynec (1992-1993), Fr. Myron Pyszcz (1993-1996), Fr. Ron Hollohan (1997-1998), Fr. Roman Dobrianski (1999-2008), Fr. Mark Sych (2008- ).

Ascension of Our Lord, Derwent(Farms), Alberta

Parish: Ascension of Our Lord

Location: Derwent(Farms), Alberta

ASCENSION of Our Lord Parish – Парафія Вознесіння Господнього

Location: Section 32, T. 53, Plan 7 – Ten hilly acres of land 10 km. southwest of the town of Derwent. The church was built in 1910 and incorporated in 1911. At the beginning there were 35 members. The members themselves built the church. The beginning of the community goes back to November 1907, when the faithful were gathering to sing Matins (Utrenia) and Vespers (Vechirnia) with their first cantor Anton Zazuliak. The founding members of the parish were I. Fedechko, M. Jablonski, M. Bykewich, J. Kiziak, L. Pashulka, H. Trachuk, M. Hanasyk, H. Jaremco, I. Karpchuk, A. Zazuliak, N. Babyn, I. Wynnyk, E. Zuk, E. Wasylik, V. Syvenky and F. Lesyk. The cemetery was started on the farm of Ivan Hanasyk. It is important here to mention Mr. Ivan Hanasyk and his wife Katherine, who were outstanding parishioners. Although they were poor with many small children, they always opened their home to the clergy for overnight stays. The church burned down on August 21, 1989, and many historic sources were lost. The first missionary, Fr. Joseph Tymochko, celebrated the Divine Liturgy on December 1, 1908 in the house of Ivan Hanasyk. Bishop Nykyta Budka visited the parish in 1915 and Bishop Vasyl Ladyka in 1936 and 1941.

From 1910 the following Basilian clergy served the community: Fr. Ivan Tymochko, Fr. Naucratius Kryzanowsky, Fr. Matthew Hura, Fr. Basil Ladyka, Fr. Ksenofont Rozdolsky, Fr. Josaphat Tymochko, Fr. Porphyrius Bodnar, Fr. Sophron Diakowich, Fr. Paul Olinsky, Fr. Damascene Popovych, Fr. George Zydan, Fr. Paul Hewko, Fr. Joseph Senkiw, Fr. Theodosius Dobko, Fr. Ambrose Wynnyk, Fr. Andrew Truch, Fr. Neil Savaryn, Fr. Isidore Kohut, Fr. Volodymyr Shewchuk, Fr. Markian Pasichnyk and Fr. Methodius Hannas.

Eparchial clergy have served the faithful since 1948: Fr. John Cherkawsky (1948-1985), Fr. Joseph Royer (1985-1992), Fr. Mark Bayrock (1992-1993), Fr. Roman Dobriansky (1994-1998), Deacon Richard Nibogie (1998-2000), Deacon Ed Lemko (2000), Fr. Slavko Dumeč (2000-2008), Fr. Vasyl Nykyforuk (2008- ).

Descent of the Holy Spirit, Derwent, Alberta

Parish: Descent of the Holy Spirit

Location: Derwent, Alberta

DERWENT (town) – DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Parish – Парафія Зіслання Святого Духа

Location: on the edge of the town of Derwent. The land was bought in 1941, and the church was built in 1948. The cemetery was acquired in 1942 (1.6 acres of land). The Parish also bought a residence in 1941 with 6 rooms, 1 acre of garden and a double garage for approx. $6,000.00. The parish was very active with their BUCC, UCWLC and UCYC branches. The first Parish priest was Fr. Markian Pasichnyk, OSBM. In 2004 there were approx. 12 families.

The Eparchial clergy who served the faithful: Fr.John Cherkawsky (1948-1985), Fr. Joseph Royer (1985-1992), Fr. Mark Bayrock (1992-1993), Fr. Roman Dobriansky (1994-1998), Deacon Richard Nibogie (administrator) (1998-2000), Deacon Ed Lemko (2000), Fr. Slavko Dumeč (2000-2008) and Fr. Vasyl Nykyforuk (2008- ).

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Myrnam, Alberta

Parish: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Location: Myrnam, Alberta

ASSUMPTION of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish – Парафія Успіння Матері Божої

Location: NW 1-54-9-4M. The Parish was established in 1916 with a Parish council: V. Romaniuk, president; Ivan Romaniuk, secretary and B. Bednarsky, treasurer. The 3 acres of land for the church and the cemetery were purchased in 1918 and the construction of the church (60’ x 40’) was done in the same year by the contractor Yarema Yanishevsky. The church was painted from the inside and outside by P. Lypynsky for $1,500.00. Originally there were 126 families and their activity was very dynamic in the surrounding district, where a young group of people were singing the Divine Liturgy and performing in the theatre. Most of the pioneers came from Peremyshl and Brody districts. In the beginnings Fr. Naucratius Kryzanowsky was very well known among the people and later on he substituted the clergy on special occasions. The Basilian Fathers from Mundare were visiting the community: Fr. Ivan Tymochko, who served the first Liturgy on March 2, 1909 in the home of Fedir Plishka; followed by other Basilian Fathers, like Fr. Matthew Hura, Fr. Basil Ladyka, Fr. Ksenofont Rozdolsky, Fr. Josaphat Tymochko, Fr. Porphyrius Bodnar, Fr. Sozont Dyakowich, Fr. George Zydan, Fr. Damascene Popovych, Fr. Basil Kamenetsky, Fr. Theodozy Dobko, Fr. Joseph Senkiw and Fr. Ambrose Wynnyk. Missions were given in 1928 by Fr. Athanasius Filipiw, 1933 by Fr. Sophron Dyakowich and in 1935 by Fr. Andrew Truch.

The Parish had several outstanding and dedicated members, among them Theodore and Eva Lesyk, who for many years provided their home for the Basilian missionaries and were always giving a hand of support for the Ukrainian cultural efforts. Among others we shall remember Petro and Anna Melnyk, Emilian and Olha Fundytus, Dmytro and Francis Kutryk and Leona Kuly.

In 1953 a residence for the clergy was built. The activity of the UCWLC, the Ladies club, was visible and important for the life of the community. The Ukrainian National Hall in Myrnam, affiliated with the parishioners, was an important factor in the life of the Church.

From 1949 the Eparchial clergy provided spiritual assistance to the Parish: Fr. Euthymius Melnychuk (1949-1952), Fr. George Maly (1953-1955), Fr. Theophile Hurko (1956- ), Fr. Michael Gural (1963-1967), Fr. Paul Lysak (1968-1974), Fr. Ivan Makuch (1975-1997), Fr. Richard Zuback (1998), Basilian Fathers (1998-2000), Fr. Slavko Dumeč (2000-2008), Fr. Vasyl Nykyforuk (2008- ).

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Glendon, Alberta

Parish: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Location: Glendon, Alberta

ASSUMPTION of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish – Парафія Успіння Матері Божої  

First service in the area of Glendon was held in the house of Nicholas Hupalo, who invited Fr. Ireneus Procenty, OSBM, to do the Easter services. In 1939 Fr. Andrew Truch, OSBM, returning from Iron River, called a meeting of the faithful and it was decided to buy one acre of land in the town of Glendon for the church and one acre of land for the cemetery less than one km. apart. The church (50’ x 24’) was built in 1940 in the form of a cross with an iconostasis. The church community also built a priest’s residence (32’ x 28’) in 1945 and a hall (54’ x 28’) in 1952. The executive at that time was: V. Pshyk, I. Boychuk, I. Pshyk, S. Maliuta, I. Skrypichayko, P. Harmatiuk and N. Hupalo. The cantors (diaky) were: I. Yamniuk and V. Pshyk.

The Parish had active church affiliated organizations, like BUCC, UCWLC, UCYC and altar boys. There was one priestly vocation from the Parish: Fr. William Hupalo. The parish in Glendon, thanks to Fr. Dmytro Hna,t preserved the required liturgical traditions and services, like vespers (vechirnya) and matins (utrenya), for the longest time.

Basilian fathers who served the Parish were: Fr. George Zydan, Fr. Ireneus Procenty, Fr. Dionisius Dzygolyk (1936?-1938), Fr. Andrew Truch (1939), Fr. Epiphany Paschak (1941-1944), Fr. Ireneus Procenty (1945) and Fr. Marian Horishny (1948).

From 1949 the Eparchial clergy provided the services: Fr. Michael Hawryluk (1949), Fr. Michael Gural (1950-1955), Fr. George Maly (1956), Fr. Dmytro Hnat (1957-1982), Fr. Ivan Makuch (1983-1985), Fr. Joseph Royer (1986-1991), Fr. Austin Borynec (1992), Fr. Myron Pyszcz (1993-1996), Fr. Ron Hollohan (1997-1998), Fr. Roman Dobrianski (1993-2008), Fr. Mark Sych (2008- ).

St. John the Baptist, Iron River, Alberta

Parish: St. John the Baptist

Location: Iron River, Alberta

Service Schedule: (Please call parish to confirm service schedule.)

St . JOHN the BAPTIST Parish – Парафія св. Івана Хрестителя

The Ukrainian Catholic Parish of St. John the Baptist is located 32 km. from Bonnyville and was established in 1932. Thanks to D. Panas and Roman Slawuta, Fr. J. Tymochko came for the pre-Easter celebrations. Then first Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the house of Roman Slawuta (one of the first settlers) in 1932 and it was so until 1936 when the new church (34’ x 25’) was completed. Fr. Josaphat Tymochko blessed the church on August 2, 1936. The contractors were: P. Syrotiuk and N. Lozynsky. During the time of the depression the faithful were very generous: the land was donated by I. Hunka; the lumber and the shingles were given by the Panas family. There are also 2 acres of land attached to the church for the cemetery. A church residence was built in 1938 and the inside was completed in 1945.

The first Parish council consisted of the following parishioners: R. Slawuta, D. Panas, S. Kruk, N. Panas, P. Hawryliuk, V. Tverdokhlib, T. Yadlovskyi and V. Benyo. The parish had a strong Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada and a group of altar boys. In 1958 the services were held once a month and were attended by 60 people.

The following Basilian Fathers provided the services: Fr. Josaphat Tymochko (1932), Fr. George Zydan (1933-1936), Fr. Dionisius Dzygolyk, Fr. Bessarion Andreychuk and Fr. Lawrence Dzygolyk.

From the Eparchial clergy we have the following names: Fr. Michael Hawryluk (1949), Fr. Michael Gural (1950-1955), Fr. George Maly (1956), Fr. Dmytro Hnat (1957-1980), Fr. Ivan Makuch (1981-1985), Fr. Joseph Royer (1989-1991), Fr. Austin Borynec (1992), Fr. Myron Pyszcz (1993-1996), Fr. Ron Hollohan (1997-1998), Fr. Roman Dobrianski (1999-2008), Fr. Mark Sych (2008- ).

Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary, Angle Lake, Alberta

Parish: Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary

Location: Angle Lake, Alberta

NATIVITY of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish – Парафія Різдва Пресв. Богородиці

Location: 16 km. north of Derwent. The church (38’ x 22’) was built in 1919 by Andrew Sakowski. Fr. Ksenofont Rozdolsky blessed the one acre cemetery in 1919. The first settlers came in 1909 from Western Ukraine: O. Dziuba, I. Gulayets, H. Kravchuk, N. & I. Zayats, T. & P. Gulayets. For the first ten years the people were attending services at St. George’s in Derwent. First visitation of the church was held on July 13, 1934 by Bishop Basil Ladyka.

Basilian Fathers served the community from 1915 to 1949. Then the Eparchial clergy provided spiritual care for the parishioners: Fr. John Cherkawsky (1949-1989), Fr. Joseph Royer (1989-1992), Fr. Mark Bayrock (1993-1994), Fr. Roman Dobriansky (1994-1998), Deacon Richard Nibogie (1998-2000), Deacon Ed Lemko (2000), Fr. Slavko Dumeč (2000-2008) and Fr. Vasyl Nykyforuk (2008-2011 ). Currently Fr. Bohdan Nahachewsky is the administrator.

St. John the Baptist, Northern Valley, Alberta

Parish: St. John the Baptist

Location: Northern Valley, Alberta

St. JOHN the BAPTIST Parish – Парафія Різдва св. Івана Хрестителя

Location: Lot S.E. ¼ 4, Bl. 56, Plan 6-4 (10 acres of land were purchased in 1910 for the church and the cemetery). The church was built in 1934 (wooden structure, 50’ x 24’). The first priest to serve the community was Fr. Naucratius Kryzanowsky, OSBM, who had the service on February 11, 1911 in the homestead of M. Stetsko. From 1958 Fr. John Cherkawsky served the community for many years. From 1985 the church is looked after by the priest from Vermilion.

Holy Eucharist, Elk Point, Alberta

Parish: Holy Eucharist

Location: Elk Point, Alberta

ELK POINT Mission

First one to visit the faithful (12 families) in 1935 was Fr. Ambrose Wynnyk. From the beginning there were high hopes to establish a parish. In 1940 there were 4 services provided by the Basilian Fathers from Mundare.

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