Saskatchewan Roman Catholic Churches ~ Online Parish Registers ~ History
The Red River Settlement was the first western community establishing Christian missions and churches in western Canada (known as Rupert's Land between May 6, 1670 and July 15, 1870). Two Roman Catholic priests, Father Joseph-Norbert Provencher (1787-1853) and Father Sévère-Joseph-Nicolas Dumoulin (1793-1853), arrived in 1818 at Red River and undertook missionary training. It wasn't until 1840 that the Roman Catholic Church began expanding westward across the prairies to Fort Pitt, Fort Edmonton and to other Hudson Bay Company Forts in the plains under early missionary priests such as Father Jean-Baptiste Thibault (1810-1879) and Father Jean-Édouard Darveau (1816-1844).
Three main factors served the expansion of the Roman Catholic church. The "persons who eagerly left France to seek hardship of life in Canada were zealous priests and nuns who came to convert the Indians to Christianity."~ Dorland p49 The French government was eager for an expansion of the fur trade, and the conversion and friendship of the Indians was deemed necessary. Father Le Caron began missionary work in Quebec as early as 1615. In 1818, a permanent mission arose in the Red River Settlement under Father Provencher. The Cathedral of St. Boniface was erected in 1844 by Bishop Provencher to serve the Apostolic Vicariate of North-West (established from the Archdiocese of Québec). From here, missionaries began traveling west, and Fathers Lafleche and Taché established the mission at Île-à-la-Crosse, Rupert's Land in 1846 as a base for the Northern posts. The Diocese of St. Boniface was created in 1847 serving all of the northwestern areas of Canada. The pioneering works of early missionaries in Canada was published overseas, and these "Relations" were widely read, encouraging others in the church to serve as missionaries.
1867 marks the year when Canada formed as a nation, referred to as the Canadian confederation year. On March 20, 1869, Rupert's Land was sold by The Hudson's Bay Company to Canada. This great expanse of land became known as the North West Territories (NWT) (les Territoires du Nord-Ouest, TNO). By 1871, the Suffragan Sees of St. Boniface, St. Albert and British Columbia were formed.
The Dominion Lands Act of 1872 made homesteads available for a $10 filing fee. On December 16, 1878, Patrick Gammie Laurie of the Saskatchewan Herald the North West Territories first newspaper, wrote, "Within the last five years...the buffalo-hunter is rapidly giving way to the farmer, and the Indian trader to the merchant."~Hardy pp300 In 1882 the NWT was divided into districts ~ Assiniboia, Alberta, Keewatin, Athabaska and Saskatchewan. In the late 1800s, L'abbé Jean Gaire, l'abbé Louis Pierre-Gravel, and l'abbé Moise Blais all had designation of "missionnaire-colonisateur" for the Diocese of Saint-Boniface, recruiting, colonizing and acting as land agents as well as missionaries for the diocese and its several missions. In 1890, the Vicariate-Apostolic body of the Saskatchewan was created The railway reached Regina in 1883, both Saskatoon, Yorkton, and Prince Albert in 1890 and Willow Bunch in 1926. Along the iron tracks, frontier towns, villages and communities were springing up.
John Archer, summarizes the second factor, as, "The church contributed to the spiritual and educational life of pioneer communities, bringing hope, comfort and social contacts to the lonely and frequently disheartened homesteading families"~Archer 78. By the end of the 1800s church work shifted from mission work with the First Nations to also establishing parishes in the early pioneer agricultural communities. European Catholics joined the French Catholic immigrants, soon priests were not only trained in English and First Nation languages, but also learned the language of their community. The work of the sisters creating convents, hospitals, and schools complemented the spiritual services of the Roman Catholic church. Religious bloc settlements even immigrated with their missionary priest such as the German Catholic settlers in St. Peter's, St. Joseph's (Josephtal) and St. Joseph's Colonies. Early settlements would remain faithful, with services held in pioneer homes, tents, school houses, hotel dining rooms, railway stations or even barn haylofts until the congregation constructed a church.
Western Canada began with mission churches serving ethnic bloc communities. "The Catholics had missions for the Métis at St. Laurent near Fort Carlton, and at St. Labert, Lac la Biche and Lac St. Anne." ~Hardy p300 Wauchope, Bellegarde, Wolseley, Lebret, Willow Bunch and Montmartre were all listed as French centres in the Archdiocese of Regina. Whereas, Balgonie, Mariahilf (Grayson), Regina, Holdfast and Claybank served German congregations. Cedoux, Candiac and Ituna were predominantly Polish Roman Catholic parishioners. Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Swift Current were diverse Roman Catholic churches listed in the Archdiocese of Regina.
The third factor which affected the expansion of the Roman Catholic church in Canada occured when the government in France passed the 1905 French law on the Separation of the Churches and State (Loi du 9 décembre 1905 concernant la séparation des Églises et de l'État) caused an upheaval. No longer could religion be taught in public schools funded by the government of France. "As the clergy," in France, "were in the main monarchist in their political sympathies this was a reason for fearing their influence on the educational system" said Alfred Cobban, Professor of French history. The teaching brothers and sisters were driven away by the government in France. The newspaper "La Croix" advertised teaching opportunities and freedoms of religion in Canada. Missionaries were needed by the Roman Catholic church in Western Canada for the rapidly growing population and villages which sprung up like wild fires along the rails. It was on September 1, of this same year, 1905, that the province of Saskatchewan formed from lands taken from the Districts of Athabaska, Assiniboia, and Saskatchewan North West Territories.
The early priest was often a homesteading farmer as well as postmaster, and school teacher. Appointments in the country side were met with long drives, and the missionary fathers "went their rounds by horse and buggy, on horseback, and sometimes on foot." ~ MacDonald p.3 Priests would hitch a stoneboat to a team of horses to maneuver the winter snow drifts. "Sparsity of settlement meant long treks to church for many people and lengthy trips for the clergy when visiting parishioners." ~ MacDonald p.69 At permanently established mission sites, the missionary now constructed chapel, home, established a garden and put in a crop for homestead duties.
Father Jean-Baptiste Thibault (1810-1879) proficient in both Cree and the Saulteaux languages was the first missionary priest here arriving in 1844 from the Apostolic Vicariate of North-West on a missionary visit. One of the first records shows a baptism recorded in the mission register written up in French is for Catherine Kopiltcho on March 10, 1867, five month old daughter of Akoyse Kopiltcho and Marie Asefuiba. Fr. Thibault welcomed Fathers Alexandre-Antonin Taché Oblate of Mary Immaculate O.M.I. (1823-1894) and Louis-François Laflèche (1818-1898) who both arrived in 1846 and established St. Jean-Baptiste (Chateau St. Jean).
1846-1911 Copy of the Register baptisms, marriages, burials for the mission St. Joseph of Lake Cumberland, Saskatchewan, stated in French. Within the first pages is a baptismal certificate dated April 25, 1933 for the June 15, 1869 baptism of Louison Marsolais aged twenty three months at Fort Grand Rapids. Daughter of Pierre Marcellais and Therese Constant. The surname of father and daughter show different spellings within the document. Signed Laferriere O.M.I.
The Mission de St. Joseph was established at Cumberland House or `waskahikanihk' (Cree) between 1875 and 1877. Father Ovide Charlebois O.M.I. (1862-1933) established the mission at Cumberland House, and remained with the congregation for Cumberland House, in 1870 and again in the early 1900s. In 1890 Charlebois School was established bringing education to Métis children. This one room schoolhouse, built in 1840 as an Anglican mission school, is still standing.
Fr Charlebois "asked the federal government in 1892 to allow Métis to remain, Ottawa traded 640 acres of land at Cumberland House for land elsewhere," according to David M. Quiring in "CCF Colonialism in Northern Saskatchewan: Battling Parish Priests, Bootleggers, and Fur Sharks". Barges traveled regularly between Cumberland House and The Pas, Manitoba, a traditional First Nations "trade route that was utilized for thousands of years before the first European explorers arrived.". The remains of the riverboat, the S. S. Northcote, can be seen at Cumberland House.
Currently the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas serves the area of Cumberland House. Historically the parish originally was served by the Diocese of St. Boniface until 1891 when the Suffragan See, the Victariate Apostolic of Saskatchewan, was created from a portion of territory from St. Boniface. The parish belonged to the Vicariate Keewatin in 1911. In 2011, the northern village of Cumberland House had a population of 772 residents, and Cumberland House Cree Nation 20 had a population of 715.
Historically, Chief Seekaskootch's reserve 119 and Chief Makaoo reserve 120 comprised Onion Lake reserve. A slough located in the midst of the reserve was called Onion Lake or in Cree it was termed Wehahuskooseya Sakayekun or Stinking Grass Lake. A name derived from the plentitude of wild onions in the area. As Sylvie Marceau-Koazicki notes in her report, Onion Lake Indian Residential Schools 1892-1943, the location of Onion Lake near Fort Pitt was directly on the Fort Carlton to Fort Edmonton Red River Cart trail, and north of Fort Pitt.
Firstly, Reverend Father Lestanc O.M.I. (1830-1912), Reverend Father A. Fafard and Brother Boon arrived in Fort Pitt in 1877 to initiate the Onion Lake Mission to serve St. Francis Regis at Fort Pitt; Our Lady of Good Counsel at Frog Lake and St. Charles at Long Lake. They met with Mr. McKay, Chief Factor of the Hudson Bay Company post. Fr Lestanc is described as having a "hardy-moulded figure, and a strong clear voice. One cannot listen to him for long without being impressed by his affectional force and broad reach of humanity," describes Janey Canuck.
Father Merer constructed at Onion Lake a house chapel and in 1884 he was joined by Father Felix Marchand (1858-April 2,1885) O.M.I. Fr. Marchand founded the Onion Lake mission, arriving in the spring of 1885, however his life was lost in the Frog Lake Massacre. Both the Frog Lake Massacre and the Riel Resistance had a powerful impact upon the Onion Lake reserve community. "Tout pres cependant, le gouvernement a fait elever un monument commemoratif sous forme d'une pyramide assez massive avec une plaque portant les noms de ceux qui furent tues la par les malheureux Indiens. Pendant longtemps, cet endroit a ete abandonne et evite et on l'appelle *Kamayikamikak* c'est-a-dire * la ou la mal a ete commis." Roughly translated as; "Very close, however, the government has made a commemorative monument rising up in the form of a massive pyramid with a plaque bearing the names of those who were killed by the unfortunate Indians. For a long time, this place was abandoned and avoided and is called * Kamayikamikak * that is to say, the * or evil has been committed." according to the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Province d'Alberta-Saskatchewan; Missions de la Congrégation des missionnaires oblats de Marie Immaculée.
The Holy Rosary First Nations 120 Cemetery is located in the Rural Municipality of Frenchman Butte 501 at South East section 6 Township 55 Range 27 west of the third meridian. The Sisters of Assumption from Quebec came to Onion Lake in 1891 to serve the community on the advice of Bishop Grandin. Meridian.
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Father Émile-Fortuné-Stanislas-Joseph Petitot O.M.I. (1838-1917) holds mass in a teepee chapel in 1862. It is not until 1877 that a chapel is built. The villages that the La Loche Mission served in 1895 were located in the District of Athabasca, North West Territories; in present day terms, north west Saskatchewan and north east Alberta.
The parish is currently the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le-Pas, however, historically the Mission de la Visitation was created from Oblate priests from the Apostolic Vicariate of North-West. The North-West apostolic was promoted to the Diocese of Saint-Boniface two years after the mission was first visited. The Diocese of Saint-Boniface was divided in 1891 and the Apostolic Vicariate of Saskatchewan serving the lands of present northern Saskatchewan beyond the 52° 30' North latitude. By 1907, the Saskatchewan Vicaraiate was promoted as the Diocese of Prince Albert. This Diocese then created the Apostolic Vicariate of Keewatin to serve the Church of Our Lady of the Visitation in 1910. In 2011, the population in the northern village of La Loche rose to 2,611.
At this time Father Ovide Charlebois O.M.I. (1862-) took over at St. Gertrude's mission for a few years. Before Fr Charlebois left he constructed a new church with bell, and a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes. The next priest serving St. Gertrude was Father Nicholas Guilloux O.M.I. (1879-) who served for forty two years before leaving to Île-à-la-Crosse. in 1949.
Visiting Oblate priests from the Diocese of Saint-Boniface initiated formation of the Mission de Sainte-Gertrude. Territory of the Diocese of Saint-Boniface was divided in 1891 resulting in the formation of the Apostolic Vicariate of Saskatchewan serving the lands of north of the 52° 30' North latitude. The Saskatchewan Vicaraiate was promoted as the Diocese of Prince Albert in 1907. The Apostolic Vicariate of Keewatin was created from territory of the Diocese of Prince Albert to serve the Church of St. Gertrude in 1910. Church of St. Gertrude at Pelican Narrows is currently part of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas. Close to 790 people make residence in the northern village of Pelican Narrows, and another 1,342 populate Pelican Narrows Indian Reserve 1848.
The parish register begins that "This is the original Acts of the mission Pike (Lake Caribou) 1846-1870 entrusts the custody of the bishopric by Reverend Father A Darveau OMI Director in March 1957. Laurent Poirie OMI." The first record shows the baptism of Teraxine Morin aged one, daughter of Antoine Morin and Pelagie Boucher at the trading post by Father Alex Taché O.M.I. on August 4, 1846.
As Rupert's Land was transferred to the Dominion of Canada in 1869, this north western region of Canada had no territorial districts, no provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba and was not a part of the Dominion of Canada until after 1869 when the great expanse became known as the "North West Territories."
Visiting Oblate priests from the Apostolic Vicariate of North-West initiated formation of the Mission de Sainte-Gertrude. This North-West Victariate was promoted as the Diocese of St. Boniface in 1847. Territory of the Diocese of Saint-Boniface was divided in 1891 resutling in the formation of the Apostolic Vicariate of Saskatchewan serving the lands of north of the 52° 30' North latitude. The Saskatchewan Vicaraiate was promoted as the Diocese of Prince Albert in 1907. The Apostolic Vicariate of Keewatin was created from territory of the Diocese of Prince Albert to serve the Church of St. Gertrude in 1910. Church of St. Gertrude at Pelican Narrows is currently part of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas. Brochet Indian Reserve 197 located currently in the province of Manitoba has a population of about 550.
The "Registres Paroissiaux" begins on the front page stating; "Registre des Mariages, Baptêmes et Sépultures pour la Mijsion de St. Vital Battleford N.W.T. Puifsance du Canada 1878," and then the register delves into the history of the mission as such a rough translation;
Registre Vol. 1. Lebret Paroisse records a frontispiece of the "Registers of the West" following the typed index. This frontispiece is partially typed and partially hand written, and reproduced here:
Reverend Father Jules DeCorby O.M.I. (1841-1916) was a pioneer missionary and the first priest at the St. Florent mission on the eastern shore of Mission Lake at Lebret. One of the first baptisms of Fr DeCorby was of Justine McKien born December 9, 1868, daughter of Thomas McKien and Yasette Laplante. Father DeCorby was a man of many names, Petit Pere (Small Father), Staroushka (Old loving one) and the little Father who speaks all languages. Fr. DeCorby spoke French, English, German, Bohemian, Cree, Blackfoot, Sioux and Saulteaux.DeCorby preached to the 500 families in this area between 1868 and 1874. Though the church burned to the ground in 1869, Father DeCorby was able to save parish records, however Mr Antoine Desjarlais fell in the blazing inferno also trying desperately to retrieve church treasures from the blaze.
In the late 1800s, a large cross was erected atop the hill overlooking the village of Lebret. As parish priest in 1884, Father Louis Lebret (1829-1903) requested the name change from St. Florent to St. Florent to Sacré Coeur de Jésus.
The Métis settled in the regions between Lebret and Fort Ellice embarking on a journey westward from the Red River Colony following the Red River Rebellion of 1869-1870). Bishop Tache sums up the effects of the Resistance; "I have always feared the entry of the North-West in Confederation because I have always believed that the French Catholic element would be sacrificed ... The new system is of such a nature that it will ruin everything that has cost us so dearly."
The Sisters of Our Lady of the Mission arived in 1899 establishing Saint Gabriel's Convent. The Stations of the Cross mount the hill to the chapel shrine first erected in 1919 and re-built in 1929 following a fire.The site is frequented by huge processions especially during Corpus Christi celebrations observed on Holy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter. Sacred Heart Church was constructed in 1925. In 1927, the Sacred Heart Scholasticate was built as a theological training centre for all the western missionaries. The Mission of the Sacred Heart in Lebret is currently served by the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Regina. Initially traveling missionaries from the Diocese of St. Boniface made the trip to the Qu'Appelle Valley. It was in 1910 that the Diocese of Regina was created from the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface. In 2011, about 200 folk made their home in Lebret.
Reverend Joseph P. Campeau, O.M.I. from the Diocese of St. Boniface was one of the first French missionaries who conducted mass in a settler's home. However, it was Reverend J.A. Roy who settled down in 1890, five years after the Riel Resistance, and by 1892, the first church was erected. In the late 1800s, Saint Boniface in Manitoba serves as the Episcopal seat for all of the prairie region. This church, therefore similarly, served a huge area, encompassing the missions of St. Hubert, (Troy) Qu'Appelle, Moose Jaw, Maple Creek, Swift Current, Balgonie, Grenfell, Broadview, Whitewood, Montmartre.
The "Eglise St. Anne Church. Registre des actes de baptême, mariage et sépultures des missions de Wolseley. Balgonie, Qu'Appelle, Grenfell et Broadview T.N.O. (Church of St. Anne Church. Registry of Deeds of baptism, marriage and burials for the missions Wolseley. Balgonie, Qu'Appelle, Grenfell and Broadview, NWT)" shows the bapstism of Marie Eva Gilly Mailhot from Wolseley, daughter of Alfred Mailhot and Georgiana Tourigny solemenized by Geo Montreuil in 1888. The second baptism was on September 10 for Joseph, the son of Michel Vivier and Elise Deschamps of Qu'Appelle. Also, in the parish registers, it is recorded that Mary Irene Maryniak daughter of John Maryniak and Katherine Danylchiuck born October 13th was baptised by Father J. Alb. Turgeon.
Fr. Roy traveled by one horse buggy on dirt roads for a 50 miles (80 km) radius around Wolseley. The congregation swelled, and by 1902 the first brick church in the province was raised. The old church was moved becoming St. Anne's Parochial School, and then community hall. The new church was rapidly becoming too small, however soon new parishes formed for the outlying missions. Reverend Emmanuel Garon arrived in 1900, Rev. Joseph Luyten in 1902, Rev. Charles Maillard arrived in 1909, and Rev. Charles Sauner in 1917.
The chuchyard features the Grotto to the Blessed Virgin Mary constructed in 1952 from the demolished rectory. Wolseley soon found itself located on both the Reston - Wolseley Canadian Pacific Railway C.P.R. branch line and Canadian Pacific Transcontinental Railline West. Sacred Heart Church and Sacred Heart Scholasticate theological training centre in Lebret is about 42 miles (68 km) north west of Wolseley. Following the creation of the Archdiocese of Regina in 1910, Wolseley was grouped into a vicariates forane; the Qu'Appelle Deanery . 864 persons lived together in the town of Wolseley as of 2011.
Section 31 Township 2, Range 6 West of the 2nd Meridian (Killaly)
Killaly is a neighbouring community to Grayson previously named Nieven.
Our Lady of Good Help (St. Mary's Church / Our Lady of Perpetual Help) parish was established at Grayson. One of the early records written up in Latin shows the baptism of Johannaur (Johann) Exner son of Johan Exner and Rosalieae (Rosalie) Hegel on October 1, 1899 conducted by F. Woodcutter, parish priest. The frontispiece, also in Latin, states that the book has inscribed within it the names of those who have been baptised, joined in marriage, who were buried, and those who received communion within the parish which was set up by D.D. Adelardo Ludovio Philippo Langevin ( Louis Philippe Adélard Langevin (1855-1915)) of St. Boniface under Saint Winnifred. From here other parishes north of the Qu'appelle valley could be served.
In 1903, the community name of Grayson was adopted from the Canadian Pacific Railway naming, previously it had been called Nieven. Between 1928-1931 a larger church was erected, the smaller church became a church hall until 1933 when it succumbed to fire. Esterhazy Deanery, an ecclesiastical entity of the Diocese of Regina, oversees the Killaly and Grayson parishes. The village of Grayson saw a population of 184 residents in 2011, and the village of Killaly 74.
St Ignace Church at Willow Bunch shows that the first baptism was conducted by Father Pierre St. Germain, O.M.I. was performed January 9, 1881 for Joseph Edouard Beaupré, (Géant), son of Gaspard Beaupré and Florestine Piché. The chapel from Wood Mountain area (Section 20, Township 4, Range 3, West of the 3rd Meridian) was moved to Willowbunch in 1882 by the Métis families. That fall, Fr St. Germain decided to stay on in this community.
Reverend Albert Leuret (-1903) arrived in the Northwest Territories in 1892, and was assigned to Willowbunch the following year. Settlers around Cantal, (Section 36, Township 5, Range 34, West of the Prime Meridian W.P.M) close to the United States, Canada border, found it challenging to grow crops, and moved westerly to the Willowbunch area in the early 1900s. Reverend Alphonse Lemieux, O.M.I. (1862-1925) and Reverend Louis Pierre Gravel (1868-1926) both arrived to the Willowbunch area in 1905. So impressed were they of the fertile land, that they encouraged colonization. These efforts were so fruitful, that soon the community of Gravelbourg was formed about 66 miles (100 km) north west at Section 14, Township 10, Range 5, West of the 3rd meridian. 1930 saw the creation of the Diocese of Gravelbourg serving southwestern Saskatchewan. In 1998, these Diocese was suppressed as a Titular Episcopal See, a part of the Diocese of Saskatoon.
It is in 1926 that the rail line comes through to Willow Bunch. The Church of St. Ignace currently is served by the Archdiocese of Regina. The Regina Diocese was created in 1910 from territory of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface. In 2011, the town of Willow Bunch had a population near 300.
Section 8 Township 26 Range 12 West of the 2nd Meridian (Jasmin)
Ituna and Jasmin are neighbouring communities; Jasmin was about 10 miles (16 km) northwest of Ituna.
Section 6 Township 27, Range 14, West of the 2nd Meridian (Lestock)
Lestock is 26 miles (42 km) northwest from Ituna.
The missions of Saint-Stanislas located near Melville (Setion 29, Township 22, Range 6, West of the 2nd Meridian ) were served from the parish established at St. Delphine, Ituna (near Lestock). One of the marriages recorded in the parish register is between Franz Limmer, son of George Limmer and Gheresia Dobjeuski of the Melville mission and Maria Rotmayer, daughter of Koll Rotmeyer and Margarita Potsocrlia also from the Melville mission solemnized by Father H. Kugener on January 11, 1909. Sainte Delphine parish registers are viewable online for the years between 1906 and 1910. Father Henri Kugener Hugonard takes over from Father Joseph Hugonard (1848-1917), O.M.I. in 1908. Around this same time, the Ukrainian and Polish parishioners erect St. Stanislaus Church to the east of St. Delphine. 711 citizens had called the town of Ituna their home in 2011.
The missionaries serve the First Nations from the Muscowequan (Muskowekean), Poorman, Fishing Lake, Nut Lake, Gordon, Day Star and Otchaganesse reserves. The village of Lestock had a vibrant history, it was home of an early Hudson Bay post in the valley. Soon settlers began arriving at the settlement of "Mostyn". The Lestock Station was established in 1911 in continuing the naming of the alphabet line taken up by the Canada National Railway, and the name of the post office changed to Lestock in 1947.
The parish register book commences with the marriage of Samuel James Georges McNab son of Charles McNab (protestant Anglican) with Marie Louise Pelletier, daughter of Alphonse Pelletier and Madeleine Desjarlais meeting the conditions of Mission de la Montagne de Londre - Notre Dame de l'Esperance - Notre Dame de l'Esperance (Mission Mountain London - Our Lady of Esperance) by Father E.P. Campeau, O.M.I. Fr Campeau next married Joseph Desjarlais (20 years old) son of Francais Desjarlais and Suzette Pelletier to Therese Adeline Lapirre (18 years old) daughter of Peter Lapirre and Adelaide Boyer on July 23, 1894.
These two marriages are followed by the list of internments at the Cimitiere de la Montagne de Londre (Cemetery of the Mount of London). It was seen that Joseph Favel, son of Whely Favel and Henriette from the Poor Man Indian Reserve was baptised on the fourth of July 1897 by Father Philippe Vales O.M.I. Father E.P. Campeau, O.M.I., Father Gascon, O.M.I., Father S. Perreault, O.M.I. also served the parish.
In 1924 St. Gertrude's Church was erected. The Mary, Queen of All Hearts Shrine inside the church received pilgrimages to the church in the summer of 1954. An outdoor shrine was added in 1957. Currently the Church of Mary Queen of All Hearts serves Lestock within the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Regina. The village of Lestock had 125 residents in 2011.
Section 30 Township 32 Range 32 West of the 1 Meridian (Fort Pelly)
Section 27 Township 33 Range 32 West of the 1 Meridian (Pelly)
Tucked into the parish register is a marriage certificate between Joseph Langan Jr of Duck Mountain Post Office In Manitoba and Victoria Martin of Walkerburn Post Office In Manitoba married December 1, 1911. And the next page notes that records prior to 1894 must have been kept at St. Lazare (Fort Ellice). On September 10, 1894, firstly, J. DeCorby conducted the baptism of Patric Bourassa born April 12, to Frank Genaille and Henrietta Peponikiopan, then secondly Marie Emilie, about 15 years of age, mother Marie Stevenson was baptised. The next secular event was the marriage of William Henry and Marie Peponikopan.
The mission included a small chapel, a day school and a rectory. St. Philip was located in the North West Territories before it was divided into territorial districts or provinces. Today, the site is located near the present day Manitoba-Saskatchewan border. Examining boundaries of St. Phillips Parish on present day maps, the missionary would travel into the Beaver Plains and Vesna areas of present day Manitoba to an ethnic bloc settlement of Belgian families, and three Indian reserves; Kijikons later named Keeseekoose, the Cote and Key reserves.
Kamsack was a distance of twelve miles (19 km) from the parish. Missions were regularly established near trading posts. The first Fort Pelly Hudson Bay Company trading post was built in 1824 on the banks of the Assiniboine River about 8 miles (13 km) from the present location of Pelly. The buildings of this post were taken by fire in the winter of 1843 and re-built. Fort Pelly was moved in 1856-1857 to higher ground 1/4 mile (1/2 km) from the first trading post site. The rooming quarters and the barn were still used at the first site. The Canadian Northern Railway (CNoR) arrived in 1909 establishing the hamlet of Pelly near Fort Pelly. As Fort Pelly was located six miles (10 km) south of the rail, it was abandoned. (The site is now owned by the University of Saskatchewan.) The second land location is a National Historic Site.
The parish of St. Phillips was located close to Fort Livingstone, the choice in 1874 for a North West Mounted Police Headquarters, and capital of the North West Territories. However, changing circumstances mandated Battleford become the territorial capital in 1877. There is not any longer a settlement at Fort Pelly.
St. Philips parish was visited by the Dean from the Yorkton Deanery after the archdiocese of Regina was created in 1910. Before this it was under the Archdiocese of St. Boniface. The village of Pelly had about 300 citizens in 2011.
The early name for Prud'homme was Howell.
Father Constant Jean-Baptiste Bourdel (1862-) held the first mass services in a pioneer home and lived in a tent in the summer of 1904. He had left France at the age of 42, along with his nephew's family, Mr and Mrs. Joseph Poilièvre. For this community, local mass in Prud'homme is celebrated in French. By that fall, a home was built, and in 1905, a convent erected with the help of funds from Miss Hélène Dejoie (1861-1918).
A change in policy in France forbade religion being taught in schools. Residents residing in France still were under pressure to send their children to school. Families and teaching brothers and sisters left France to Canada where the newspaper "La Croix" advertised that freedom in teaching was offered in Canada..
That summer, 1905, the Daughters of Providence (Les Filles de la Providence) would arrive also. By 1907, construction commenced on St Donatien church in Prud'homme, again funded by Miss Dejoie. That summer, the cemetery was moved to the location of the new churchyard.
Besides speaking French and Latin before coming to Canada, Father Bourdel learned English and Hungarian. It was in 1938, that four crosses were erected on the corners of the parish land on NE 1/4 section 28 township 38 Range 28 West of the second meridian, SW 1/4 section 4 township 39 Range 28 West of the second meridian, NE 1/4 section 5 township 39 Range 27 West of the second meridian, and NE 1/4 section 35 township 38 Range 28 West of the second meridian.
Prud'homme is currently served by the Diocese of Saskatoon established in 1933 from the Diocese of Prince-Albert–Saskatoon. The Diocese of Prince-Albert created in 1907 when the Saskatchewan Victariate was promoted. The Prince Albert Diocese was renamed in 1921 as Diocese of Prince-Albert–Saskatoon. The village of Prud'homme had a population of 172 in 2011.
Section 16, Township 5, Range 33, West of the 1st Meridian (Alida)
Note: Two separate neighbouring places.
St. Raphael's parish was founded in 1892 at Cantal. By 1912, the Canadian Pacific Railway reached the area, A magnificent stone church was erected in 1914 not at the end of the C.P.R. line at Alida but rather adjacent to the former church site closer to Cantal.
The Register begins by stating "Register of the parish of St. Raphael, Cantal P.O. Sask." in French. The first record on October 29, 1899 is a baptism for Anna Antoinette born August 10 of the current year daughter of Guilaume Crugwels and Jeanne Germain by Father A. Lemieux. In the margin in another handwriting states Baptism for Anna Antoinette Crugwels Maria and Adelard Martel 22 October 1917.
When the Regina archdiocese was created in 1910, it was divided into ecclesiastical units called Deaneries. The Estevan Deanery appointed a Dean who visited the following parishes; Alida, Arcola, Bellegarde, Benson, Bienfait, Bromhead, Browning, Cantal, Carlyle, Carnduff, Estevan, Forget, Kenosee, Lampman, Landau, Macoun, Manor, Mariethal, Maryland, Midale, Oxbow, Redvers, Storthoaks, Torquay, Tribune, Wauchope, Whitebear Indian Reserve, and Woodsworth. Cantal is an unincorporated area, and was enumerated within the rural municipality of Reciprocity No. 32 in 2011. Alida grew in population reaching 131 persons in 2011.
Section 8-Township 22- Range 26-West of the 2nd Meridian (Chamberlain)
Section 24-Township 18- Range 13-W of the 2nd Meridian (Indian Head)
Section 21-Township 25- Range 25-West of the 2nd Meridian (Liberty)
Section 33-Township 19- Range 21-West of the 2nd Meridian (Lumsden)
Section 23- Township 14- Range 22-West of the 2nd Meridian (Rouleau)
1904 Register of Baptisms District of Rouleau and Lumsden, Chamberlain and Liberty were all recorded. Aylesbury, Bethune, Broderick, Chamberlain, Craik, Craven, Davidson, Dilke, Elbow, Findlater, Glenside, Hawarden, Holdfast, Imperial, Imperial, Kenaston, Liberty, Lumsden, Outlook, Regina Beach, Silton, and Simpson were all parishes served by Oblate Fathers from the Davidson Deanery of the Archdiocese of Regina (created in 1910).
Father Lukas was the first missionary priest to conduct services for the St. Anne's Catholic parish at Chamberlain, SK in 1914. St. Anne's church planned in 1915 was blessed by 1919. The Oblate Fathers from St. Mary's in Regina traveled to Chamberlain every week-end to conduct mass. In 1945, a new church was constructed.
Father Joseph Hugonard O.M.I. (1848-1917) organised the Catholic community of Indian Head to construct a church, St. Joseph's Parish in 1903. By that fall, the first mass was held in a church built of brick and stone, and this parish at Indian Head was "served by the priests from Lebret-Qu'Appelle" A 1929 mission census found that the congregation was composed of German, English and French Catholic families.
The Qu'Appelle Deanery was created within the Regina Archbiocese. This decanate appointed a dean or Vicar forane who coordinated the pastoral activity within the parishes of Arat, Balcarres, Balgonie, Edenwold, File Hills Indian Reserve, Fort Qu'Appelle, Grenfell, Indian Head, Lake Marquerite, Lebret, McLean, Muscowpetung Indian Reserve, Pasqua Indian Reserve, Pilot Butte, Qu'Appelle , Sintaluta, Standing Buffalo Indian Reserve, and Wolseley.
St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church in Liberty, Saskatchewan is a part of the Archdiocese of Regina. Between 1910 to 1912, the first church was built adjacent to Wolff Valley School District 1495 located at SW section 10 Township 26 Range 26 West of the 2nd Meridian on land donated by Wm. H. Wolff one of the original Catholic families in the area. Oblate Fathers from Regina served the mission, conducting the first mass in pioneer homes before 1907. After 1907, church services were held in the school until the church was finished. The German Catholic settlement of Neu Elsass Colony originating in 1885 extended its missionary service initially to encompass the settlement at Liberty, Saskatchewan. Then Oblate Fathers from Regina served St. Anthony's congregation until 1938 when this mission was served out of the Mission of St. Boniface, Dilke, SK. Ten years later, 1948, St. Anthony's church and school were relocated into the village of Liberty.
Lumsden, SK parishioners constructed the current St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in 1957, and the old church converted into a hall. However the Canadian Pacific Railway came through the region in 1889, and the CPR established the town site, which became incorporated as a village in 1889 with a population of 100. Mission Priests from Holy Rosary Cathedral in Regina traveled out to administer to these early Catholic settlers. (The first St. Peter's Church had been completed in 1944).
Settlers from Eastern Canada and the United States began arriving at Rouleau in the early 1900's. The village of Rouleau soon incorporated in 1903 with about 100 residents, and in 1907, with a population over 500, Rouleau became a town. Rouleau served as a centre for supplies, grain and coal for the communities of Avonlea, and Ormiston. Rouleau was located on the Canadian Pacific Railway Line connecting Moose Jaw and North Portal. This CPR "Soo Line" was completed in 1893. Rouleau is about 45 miles (72 km) from Regina on a circumambulating route, and 33 miles (54 km) on a direct route from Moose Jaw.
After the Archdiocese of Regina was created in 1910, parishes were no longer under St. Boniface in Manitoba. The Moose Jaw Deanery was created in the Archdiocese of Regina. This ecclesiastical entity joined together the following neighbouring parishes; Bayard, Bridgeford, Central Butte, Claybank, Ernfold, Grainland, Marquis, Mayberry, Mayberry, Moose Jaw (C.F.B. Chapel), Moose Jaw (Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament), Moose Jaw (St. Joseph's), Parkbeg, Pense, Riverhurst, Robin Hood, Rouleau, Secretan, Spring Valley, Thunder Creek, Truax,
The village of Chamberlain had 88 residents in 2011 whereas the town of Indian Head grew to 1,815, the town of Lumsden to 1,631, the village of Liberty to 88, and the town of Rouleau to 453 residents.
Whilst living in Marieval, the resident priests served also as post masters, after the Marieval post office formed in 1909, giving an idea of the years served.
A small church was raised again on the eastern side of Crooked Lake in the year 1889 complete with steeple and bell. In 1936, a new large church, St Coeur de Marie Sacred Heart of Mary, was erected to serve Marieval.
It was in 1897, that the Our Lady of the Missions Roman Catholic Immaculate Heart of Mary Rectory. It is now recognised as a National Historic site.
As missionaries came to the Qu'Appelle Valley, and established the parish at Marieval, they served the broader community, traveling across the Qu'Appelle River and about another 13 miles (20 km) hence southerly to Broadview (Section 26, Township 16, Range 5, West of the 2nd meridian.)
The traveling missionaries of the Oblate Brothers of the Immaculate Heart of Mary resided at the rectory as well as four Sisters of Notre Dame des Missions de Lyon (R.N.D.M.) who arrived in 1898. in 1901 four Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec arrived replacing the four original sisters. Together they were committed to serving the Kakewistashaw, Crooked Lake, Ochapowace and Sakimay reserves. Today the magnificent area of Crooked Lake is a provincial park The Church of the Sacred Heart of Mary is served by the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Regina. Marieval was enumerated as a part of the Cowessess Indian Reserve 73 which had a population of 672 residents in 2011.
The Church of St. Mary is served by the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Regina. 2,485 citizens made their home in the town of Moosomin in 2011, and 748 in Moosomin Indian Reserve 112B. Meridian (Moosomin)
Section 9, Township 15, Range 33 West of the 1 Meridian (Wapella)
Moosomin and Wapella are neighboring communities.
The parish book includes the 1884 burial registers which list Angus McCormick (1884 60 years), Marion Steel (1884 1 year), Roderick Alexander McDonald (1884 9 years), Christina McCormick (1884 3 years), Marion McCormick (1884 1 year), Donald McCormick (1884 5 years), Donald McPhee, Catherine McPhee, Donald McEachen (1884), Alexander Morrison (1885) all giving Scotland as their native locality on internment at St. Andrew's Parish by Father David Gillies in the Diocese of St. Boniface.
Similarly, John McDonald, son of Donald McDonald and Effy Morrison; and Daniel McPherson, son of Alexander McPherson and Effy McMillan were both baptised On December 5, 1883 by Father D. Gillies and J.N. Larch.
In 1885, Scottish settlers from South Ulst, Skye, and Benbecula built a log church at section 31 township 13 range 13 west of the 2nd meridian. The community was serviced by Reverend David Gillies and Father Gillies and soon a frame church was needed for the larger congregation, and living quarters for their permanent priest. In 1899, the stone crofters were given permission from Bishop Langevin to proceed with a fieldstone church. This new church was erected 1/2 mile (0.8 km) from the original site, and the cemetery internments were moved to the new churchyard.
When the Archdiocese of Regina was created in 1910, St. Andrew's came under the Esterhazy Deanery. St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church, Hall, and Cemetery are now a National historic site as well as provincial heritage property. 2,485 citizens made their home in the town of Moosomin in 2011, and 748 in Moosomin Indian Reserve 112B. The expanding town of Wapella had a population of 333 in 2011.
Section 24 Township 8 Range 7 West of the 2nd Meridian (Alma)
On October 29, 1899, J. Morard M.S. baptises Camille Henry born in September, son of Camille Guillemin, farmer and Clarice Gilomene Boissard of this parish on a visit to the colony of Alma, District of Assiniboia. A note in the margin of the parish register by Q. Duproz, M.S. reveals that he (Camille Henry) was married November 25, 1924 to Marie Louise Le Caline. In Latin the Missionaries of LaSalette would translate to "Missionarus Salettensis", thus the "M.S." behind Father Morard's name.
In Alma, Fr. Morard had set up rectory which doubled as study, kitchen bedroom and chapel. Fathers Sorrel, Dupraz, Trapeau, Michel, Kuonen, Gerboud, Gerard, and Stephen X. Cruveiller from the La Salette mission would soon arrive in Alma. These Fathers erected the "motherhouse" for La Salette Missionaries in western Canada in the booming town of Forget. From here Fr. Jerry Lebanowski, M.S. reports that missionaries traveled 45 miles (72 km) south to Estevan, 46 miles (74 km) west to Weyburn, 83 miles (134 km) west to Pangman and other neighbouring communities. The population of Forget at this time was 500 souls, most of them Catholics.
Visiting Europe annually, Fr Gaire convinced Catholics from France, (Brittany), Quebec and Belgium to travel to the south east section of the District of Assiniboia, Northwest Territories. Soon St-Raphaël at Cantal, Saint-François-Régis Wauchope, and Notre Dame de la Salette (Our Lady of LaSalette) in Alma (later named Forget) had sprung up. In 1892, Reverend Albert Leuret was "assigned by Archbishop Taché to the town of Alma."
The (Soeurs-de-Notre-Dame-de-la-Croix (Sisters of Our Lady of the Cross) came also to Forget establishing Collège Mathieu ou le Couvent de Forget (College Matthieu or Convent of Forget). The first church at Forget rose in 1899 just outside of the settlement, however the church was lost to fire from a lightning strike in the summer of 1922. A new church replacement was built between 1923 and 1949. Pilgrimages in the 1920s commenced to the shrine to Our Lady of LaSalette at Forget.
Forget fell under the Estevan Deanery, an ecclesiastical entity of the Archdiocese of Regina itself created in 1910. The tiny village of Forget served 35 individuals in 2011.
Father Francis Woodcutter, and his assistant Reverend Jules Pirot organised the Catholic population in 1905 to construct a church, Our Lady of Victories, by that fall it was completed, and served the congregation for 37 years till it was completely ravaged by fire. It was actually Fr. Woodcutter as C.P.R. colonization agent who selected the Esterhazy town site on the Kirkella branch line of the Canadian Pacific Railway line.
The parish record book shows on its first page of volume 1 the summation of 12 baptisms, 8 marriages, and 8 burials, signed by J. Pirot. One of the earliest records written in Latin is for a marriage conducted by Reverend Pirot between George Babjak of Jeannis Babjak and Julianae Lakatoo and Mariam Kiss, daughter of Joseph Kiss and Marie Szepessy on January 13, 1914.
Our Lady of Victories was rebuilt in 1942, two years after St. Anthony's Hospital was established.
Currently, Our Lady of Victories Parish in Esterhazy is a part of the Esterhazy Deanery Pastoral Council, itself within the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Regina. The deanery combines the following parishes into a vicariate forane; Bangor, Broadview, Churchbridge, Dumas, Esterhazy, Esterhazy, Fairlight, Gerald, Gerald, Grayson, Kakewistaha Indian Reserve, Kaposvar, Kennedy, Killaly, Kipling, Landshut, Langenburg, Lemberg, Mariahilf, Marieval, Maryfield, Moosomin, Ochapowace Indian Reserve, Rocanville, Sakimay Indian Reserve, Spy Hill, St. Andrews, St. Hubert, St. Luke's , St. Marthe, Stockholm, Tantallon, Wapella, Wawota, Welby, Welwyn, Whitewood, and Windthorst. In 2011, the town of Esterhazy boasted almost 2,500 persons.
Section 4 Township 39 Range 1 West of the 3rd Meridian
Currently St. Philippe Neri is a rural parish located within the Saskatoon Roman Catholic Diocese. Following an expansion and renovation St. Philippe Neri church was blessed On October 23, 2009 by Bishop Donald Bolen. Kiply Lukan Yaworski placed the age of the church at 86 years in 2009, making the year of construction 1923. “It is important to remember all that your ancestors here did to build up the faith," said Bolen, "all that they did to establish close communities, all that they did to foster a spirit of love and compassion.” The town of Vonda had a populous of 322 in 2011.
German Catholic Settlements.
Section 32 Township 18 Range 18, West of the 2nd Meridian (Zehner)
Section 18 Township 19 Range 17 West of the 2nd Meridian (Frankslake)
This colony's post office was named Arat between 1901 and 1914 before changing names to Zehner.
Arat church, was constructed in 1902 on south east section 6 township 19 range 17 west of the 2nd meridian. The frontispiece of the register states "A.D. 1903 et 1904 Baptêmes a la Colonie d'Arrat. Sépultures et Mariages". (A.D. 1903 and 1904 Baptisms at Arrat Colony. Burials and Weddings) Within this book, written in French, is the record; on December 27, 1903 is the baptism of Hilledegarde born December 2, son of Raymond Kriegel and Léantine Zurowski by Auguste Kim, O.M.I.
Arrat Parish in the Frankslake region was a part of this early German Catholic colony which began settling in 1885. In 1914, Arat changed its name to Zehner. Arat church served the congregation for 62 years, closing its doors in 1964. The population of the unincorporated area of Zehner was too small to be counted as its own community, so it was enumerated with the rural municipality of Edenwold No. 158 in 2011.
The parish book is recorded, however, in English listing Paul Wirl, son of Paul Wirl Sr. and Anna Foster as the first baptism, born September 19, 1892, and baptised November 12, 1892, Father J. DeCorby presiding. In 1907, A. Gerritsma is shown as parish priest.
About 1910, the community of Langenburg began printing community documents in both German and English, and after 1920 English documentation began. By 1917 St. Joseph's church is built at Langenburg which served the community for 55 years. A new church was erected in 1972.
The parish presently belongs to the Esterhazy Deanery Pastoral Council. 1,148 people resided in the town of Langenburg in 2011.
Section 25, Township 15 Range 14 West of the 3rd meridian and Southeast quarter section 5 Township 17 Range 26 West of the 2nd Meridian respectively.
St. Joseph's Church, a National historic site at Balgonie served Katharinental, Kronau-Rastadt and Odessa Colonies near Regina. The frontispiece in the church register states: "Registar containing births, marriages, burials, etc for the missions of Swift Current, Moose Jaw, anno 1891". The distance from Balgonie to Swift Current is 167 miles (269 km) to the west south west, and from Balgonie to Moose Jaw, 60 miles (97 km) also to the west.
The baptism certificate for Margaret Christina Schmidt daughter of Onton Schmidt and Christina Deiss, born May 3, 1909 was baptised May 9, 1909 by the Reverend Father R. Van de Velde dated Balgonie, August 19, 1931 by Father J.M. Heinrich. The first record written in the parish register was on January 20, 1891 for the baptism of Norbert Trottier son of Albert Trottier and Isabelle Caen both of SWift Current by E. Troth (Erasmus Troth).
Josephstal, later known as St. Joseph Colony was the first German Catholic colony, Josephtal settled about 1886 and raised a sod church of mud and stone.
Balgonie was a parish visited by a Dean from the Qu'Appelle Deanery after the Archdiocese of Regina was created in 1910. The town of Balgonie expanded to 1,625 for the 2011 census count.
St. Paschal Church in Leipzig is part of St. Joseph's Colony [near Kerrobert] as is St. Joseph's Church in Scott. The Catholic Colonization Society helped immigrants to this area near Kerrobert and Tramping Lake around the years 1905 - 1910. The parishioners erected the first church in 1906 and was served by Father Theodore Schweers O.M.I.
The land purchased for this St. Joseph's Colony covered a larger area than that held by St. Peter's Colony and here at St. Joseph's Colony 21 parishes were established. St. Peter's Colony, however had more settlers arrive.
One of the parish books states on the cover; "Index of Burials, Baptisms, Marriages, 1905-1919 from Pascals Tramping Lake." The earliest record appears to be for an internment on July 25, 1905 for Barbara Bruchhausen, daughter of Richard Bruchhausen and Mary Bruchhausen. Barbara had passed away on July 20 aged five months and six days. Fr. Th. Schweers O.M.I. presiding.
Kiply Lukan Yaworski mentions that the second church erected in 1913 and it was "one of the largest churches in Western Canada," adorned with magnificent paintings by Count Berthold Von Imhoff (1868-1939). This church fell to fire in 1932, and reconstruction commenced between 1933 and 1941. The Church of St. Paschal is part of the Diocese of Saskatoon. Leipzig, a small unincorporated area was enumerated in 2011 as a part of Reford No. 379 rural municipality.
The post office name was Curzon between 1904 and 1909 before adopting the name of Allan.
The current town of Allan is located north east of the original Curzon settlement consisting of the Roman Catholic church, post office and general store. The parish register books title page states; "Liber baptismorum, matrimoniorum pro ecclesia Catholica ... Cuzon, Sask" The first baptism was of Mariam Armoum daughter of Jacobi Boumann and Symphorosae Riel by Father Wilh. Brabender, O.M.I. The first post office did, in fact, open under the name of Curzon between 1904 and 1909 at Section 32, Township 33, Range 1, West of the 3rd meridian, before changing names to Allan.
When the Grand Trunk Pacific came through the area, businesses became established at the current town site location. St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church Officially opened in 1922 under Father Schweers, however, the basement had been in use since 1915 utilising a temporary roof. St. Aloysius Church began as a missionary religious congregation under the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) until 1999. The Diocese of Saskatoon serves the Church of St. Aloysius currently. The town of Allan saw 648 residents turning in their census of population in 2011.
The first record in the baptismal book for St. Joseph Church is for a baptism by Jos. Laufer, O.M.I. of Agatha Weber born May 7 1906 to Martin Weber and Agatha Meiur in Revenue, Saskatchewan. Joseph Weber born in Revenue, Saskatchewan on July 9, 1906 to Joseph Weber, and Magdalena Wuest was the second baptism recorded by Jos. Laurfer, O.M.I. Then, from Tramping Lake, Anna Maria Gutenberg daughter of Antonius Gutenberg and Teresia Zahu was born July 23, 1906 and baptised July 24. It is noted that the records show that the missionary served St. Carols of Revenue and St. Michael's of Tramping Lake. St. Michael's Cemetery is online by Adeline Sanoy and Kelly Mitchell. Also recorded are baptisms from Groswerder, rites performed by Th. Schweers, O.M.I. (Father Theodore Schweers), such as Joseph Schaechtel, son of Joseph Schaechtel and Maria Kohlman on December 7, 1907. The missionaries also served Muddy Lake baptising Joseph Vieus, son of E. Vieus and Maria Desjardins in 1908.
The town of Scott had only 75 residents in 2011.
In the early years of settlement, pioneers of all denominations would come together to worship. St. Paul's Church adorned with its lofty spire is one of the three churches which are "landmarks in the city and symbols of that earlier period of great prosperity, the 1910-1912 boom, and symbols of the importance religion held for Saskatoon in its formative years." ~ Kerr p. 308
193,100 residents called the city of Regina home, and the Regina census metropolitan area saw a population count of 210,556.
By 1890, Prince Albert was home to the vicariate apostolic under Bishop Albert Pascal, O.M.I. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Prince Albert was created in 1907. The diocese register has for one of its earliest entries at Sainte Flavii (French) the baptism on April 19 of Nagaire, child of Olivier Caron, farmer, and Pauline Godbont by Father Fournier. Another early record shows that on August 13,1882, Elise, daughter of John (no surname given) and Mary Dejarlais was baptised by Father Vegreville, O.M.I. For the "Évêché de Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories" (Diocese of Prince Albert), the file begins with a document from Alexander Gouldhawke, who, though not a member of the Catholic church, is married to Angelina Laieste who does happen to be a member of the Roman Catholic Church. Alexander writes a promise that his wife shall be permitted the free exercise of religion according to the Roman Catholic faith and that all children born of this marriage shall be baptized and educated in the faith and according to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, even if Angelina should happen to be taken away. This is signed in the presence of the Reverend priest A. Maisonueuve O.M.I. and Albert Pascal O.M.I. at Prince Albert on January 22, 1900.
In the spring of 1910, the Holy See appointed Most Reverend O. E. Mathieu, D.D. as the first bishop of the Diocese of Regina. In 1915, Prince Albert became one of the suffragan dioceses under the Metropolitan Province of Regina. The Diocese of Regina became now, an archdiocese. "By 1914, Prince Albert had become the terminus of four railway branch lines." Sacred Heart Cathedral was completed 1914 and was adorned with exquisite paintings by Count Berthold Imhoff (1868-1939) and Peter Haip. An elaborate and magnificent structure, it took $103,000 to construct.
The city of Prince Albert saw a rise in population reaching 35,129 persons, and the Prince Albert Census Agglomeration count was 42,673 according to the 2011 census of population. In the summer of 2012, renovations commenced to get the cathedral in top condition for the centennial in the summer of 2014.
The first role of missionaries was to learn the languages of the parish. Lestanc arriving from France mastered Cree and Saulteaux. In 1874, Father Marie-Jules-Louis DeCorby (1841-1916) took over the parish for six years. The parish Mission de St. Joseph was also visited by other traveling missionaries, Reverend Pierre St. Germain, O.M.I. and Father A. Germaine. By 1883, a church built in Regina provided a permanent base for traveling missionaries to Moose Jaw area.
That same year, the Canadian Pacific Railway arrived, the population of this railway town fluctuated between two to three thousand in that first year, transforming a First Nations fur traders camping ground into a railway divisional point. It was in 1886 that a building was purchased for a church in Moose Jaw. In the early fall of 1893, the Soo Line arrived connecting Moose Jaw and western Canada to Chicago and Minneapolis.
In 1901, a large brick church was erected. In 1907, a new larger building was purchased and blessed by Archbishop Louis-Philippe-Adélard Langevin (1855-1915) of St. Boniface. This third church operated for four years. By the fall of 1911, a new St. Joseph's church was opened under Bishop Mathieu.
33,274 was the 2011 population in the city of Moose Jaw, and if you consider the census agglomeration it was 34,421. Meridian
The "Registre contenant Baptêmes, mariages, and Sépultures des differentes missions galicumes du district de Yorkton Assa. (Register containing baptisms, marriages, and burials of different missions in the district of Yorkton Assiniboia, North West Territories)". The first baptism was "on the sixth of April, one thousand eight hundred and ninety nine. I priest undersigned, here solemnly baptised Anna Maria born on the eighth of January of the same year of the lawful marriage of John Soroski and Tekla Klies, the godfather has been Antony Griffith and the god mother Sara Griffith. Father A. Page O.M.I." The next baptism was for Iwan Joseph, son of Kevonki Cremanki and Maria Kyreluk on September 9, 1900 following the birth the day before. On May 25, 1905, Fr A. Page, O.M.I. married Vendal Gulas son of George Gulas and Agnes Turi to Elizabet Kosmos daughter of Stephen Kosmos and Carbala Boda in the church of the Holy Trinity serving the parish of Otthon
In Marriages with index 1903-1910, the "Registrum Matrimoniorum in Ecclesia Sancti Gerardi of Yorkton, Dioecesis Ste. Bonifatee" begins showing the conjugation of Petrum Stefanowski of Czelatoera, father Anonii Stefanowski to Valeriam Zotnierz of Rokitnica, Father Jacobi Zotnierz on July 19, 1903 by Pastor Flor. Borgonie C.Ss.R. (Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris ~ Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris). The Oblate missionaries requested help from the Belgian Redemptorists at Brandon, Manitoba. Soon Fathers Achille Delaere, Godt, Gerard, Burquoie and Brothers Cyril and Idesbald arrived to serve Yorkton and the neighbouring missions.
The parish of St. Gerard was blessed by Archbishop Langevin in December of 1904. The redemptorist fathers moved to St. Mary's Parish in 1913, and in 1910 St. Gerard's Parish Church was erected. After Regina was made into an archdiocese in 1910 separate from St. Boniface, the Yorkton Deanery was created within the Regina archdiocese. The Yorkton Deanery included Bredenbury, Brewer, Buchanan, Cana, Canora, East Brewer (Melville), Goodeve, Ituna, Jasmin, Jedburgh, Kamsack, Kelliher, MacNutt, McKim, Melville, Mikado, Oak Hill District (Otthon), Otthon, Parkerview, Saltcoats, Saxon Hill, St. Philips (Fort Pelly), Theodore, Tiny, Willowbrook, and Yorkton.
One of the records on the first entry page of the Register of Baptisms, Marriages and Funeral services 1905 (Continued from Vol. I) states that Olga Bogdasierrich daughter of Basyl Bogdasierrich and Rosalia Yarczynska from the Beaver Hills of Yorkton was baptised on September 17, 1905 by P. Girard C.Ss.R., E. Vrydaegs C.Ss.R., and A. Delaere C.Ss.R. are also listed as performing rites. On October 14, 1905, E. Vrydaegs C.Ss.R. "interred in the cemetery of the Hungarian church at Otthon the body of John Gulas, farmer, husband of Barbara Gulas, deceased of Otthon, the twelfth of October aged forty five."
15,669 citizens resided in the city of Yorkton on the 2011 census enumeration, and this number swells to 18,238 if considering the census agglomeration. The hamlet of Otthon had a 2011 population of 67 people.
Written by Julia Adamson
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