Grant’s Tracks

Capturing Some of Life's Experiences...

Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church (Skaro)

he original church on this site was built from 1901 to 1904. A second, larger church was started in 1917 and completed the next year.

Between 1945-51 funding for a new church was gathered with the old church being dismantled in 1959 and a new church, the present structure, was completed in 1960.…

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Holy Trinity Russo Orthodox Church (Old Wostok)

n July 18, 1897 two priests sent to this area from Seattle celebrated the first Orthodox liturgy sung on Canadian soil for some 380 settlers who had gathered at a homestead across the road from this the original church “Wostok” church, about 1 mile north from the present church.…

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St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Peno)

ithout the Orthodox cross mounted high on the steeple of this church, this church could pass for a United Church.

That’s because it originally was a United Church.

As the  “Lamont County’s Self-Guided Church Tours” booklet explains, a number of local people became disenchanted with the Catholic Church I the area and in 1925 started to hold services in a local home and by 1936 an official Ukrainian congregation was created

After 1938 services were held in the nearby community hall and a decade and a half later the parish purchased the Unwin United Church building, originally built in 1917, for $350 and moved it to the present site.…

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Nativity of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church

After a small chapel was built on this land in 1914, work on the present church began in 1918 and was completed eight years later in 1926.

The full name of the church when it was incorporated was “Ruthenian Greek Catholic Parish of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Leeshore”.

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Holy Ascension Russo-Greek Orthodox Church (Skaro)

Little did I know when I visited this church that this congregation “can be traced back to 1897–1898, making it one of the first Russo-Greek Orthodox parishes in Canada.”

A modest log church was built on this land at that time and served until 1920.…

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Exaltation of the Holy Cross Ukrainian Catholic Church (Skaro)

he original church on this site, then called “Ruthenian Greek Catholic Church of Chesnoho Khresta at Skaro”, was built from 1900 to 1917 and was destroyed by fire in 1942. The present church was built in 1945. The bell tower, however, is the original built in 1920.…

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All the Diamonds in This World

he temperature was brutal in Alberta during the last couple of weeks of December, 2017. For me it caused a sort of forced confinement during a holiday period when I’d normally be taking day trips, maybe taking some photos, maybe doing some geocaching.…

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