St. John the Theologian Ukrainian Catholic Church



"If the Lord does not build the house, then in vain do the builders labour"

Twenty-four years ago, Fr. Walter Dacko, our founding pastor, and Bishop Idisore Borecky realized a need for a new parish in St. Catharines to serve Ukrainian Catholics who had left our Church seeking a new spirituality.
Hungry for the Gospel and a way to express their Ukrainian Catholic faith in a Canadian way, St. John's was founded, and soon began to thrive.  Under the dynamic leadership of Fr. Walter, a priest who led not only by word, but by example, many returned to their roots.  The first Liturgies in Assumption School Gymnasium truly reflected what it means to be a "Church'.  Although we had no fancy building in which to worship, when we gathered it was obvious that the Spirit of God was present.  There were faces filled with joy, and those who were hungry for a relevant Gospel message were being fed.  It wasn't long before the services were filled.
So much enthusiasm was evident throughout the building of the Church and when it came time to move in, everyone was thrilled and felt a great sense of accomplishment.  I had the privilege to be ordained to the Diaconate and Priesthood in St. John's and to experience this wonderful sense of community and family.
It would seem that over the years, we have lost some of the sense of who we are and why this Church exists, yet the answer is still the same as it was in 1981... To teach the Gospel, reach out to those who are seeking God, to comfort the sorrowful, to share the pain of those who suffer, to share with the needy, to be a tolerant, forgiving and accepting community, living faithfully the command of Jesus...
... To "love one another".
In Christ's Love:
  Monsignor Anton



91 Lakeshore Road, St. Catharines, Ontario L2N 2T6