Fonds OW.069 - Pembina Crossing, St Luke fonds

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Pembina Crossing, St Luke fonds

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  • 1891-1990 (Creation)

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1.5 cm textual material
2 Still Images

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St Luke's Parish, Pembina Crossing, was officially formed 21 May 1892. Services, however, had been held as early as 1880. Some of the first ministers in the area included Rev. T. Wilson and Rev. J.N. Jones. The parish was organized locally on 10 October 1884 and regular services, led by Rev. E.P. Nicholl began. Worship was first held in homes before the congregation fitted up and converted an old Hudson's Bay Company store into a church in 1886. In 1920, the congregation decided a modern church building was required. The new church was soon built and opened 26 September 1920, only to burn down a year later. It was rebuilt in 1922 and opened on 27 August of that year. The church was consecrated on 14 September 1941. The altar was hand-carved by R.N. Lea out of timbers salvaged from a collapsed bridge that was over the Pembina River. It was later stolen and the present altar in the church came from St Alban, Snowflake after its closure in 1981. Following the death of Rev. Nicholl in 1902, St Luke received services from Snowflake (OW.088), along with Kaleida (OW.043) and Mowbray (OW.060). Regular services stopped sometime in the 1960s, but a Sunday School was maintained into the 1970s. The church remains open, however, for biannual services, such as weddings and funerals. Since 1966, St Luke, Pembina Crossing has been part of the Pembina Hills Parishes, along with along with St Barnabas, Altamont (OW.001); St Paul, Clearwater (OW.016); St Andrew, Crystal City (OW.019); St Mary, Kaleida (OW.043); St John the Baptist, Manitou (OW.051); St Matthew, New Haven (OW.064); and St John the Evangelist, Pilot Mound (OW.070). In 1990, following the departure of one clergyman (the parishes had previously been served by two fulltime ministers) the parishes undertook a Total Ministry program. Sixteen members of the parishes took courses that would enable them as lay readers to assist and at times lead in worship. On 23 February 1992, they were commissioned as lay ministers in a Commissioning Service held at St John the Baptist in Manitou. St Luke's does not have regular services and is not part of the ministerial rotation like most of the Pembina Hills Parishes. When special services are required, the priest will perform the ceremony.

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Parish to Diocese in 1999.

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The records of St Luke held at the Diocese include: Canonical Documents (1892-1941); Titles (1891-1894); Blueprints (1894); Record of Service Book (1915-1923); Still images (1984-1990); Research file.

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The Canonical Documents, Titles, Blueprints and Research are held in the Upper Vault. The Record of Service Book is located in the Lower Vault. Still Images are filed by title in the Still Images collection.

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Use of Parish Registers is limited to Archives staff.

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Rural Parishes Finding Aid

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Related material: See also "Thou Grand Old Church of the Pembina Mountain Country: A Historical Synopsis with Special Reference to St Luke's Pembina Crossing on the Boundary Commission Trail" located in the St Luke Research File. See the Sacramental Registers of Snowflake (OW.088) for Baptism, Marriage and Burial entries pertaining to Pembina Crossing. See the records of Mowbray (OW.060) for the Record of Service Book.

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