St. John the Baptist is the only Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ottawa. The parish has approximately 300 registered families. Because about half the members prefer to follow that Julian calendar, liturgical services are held following both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. All feast days: Christmas, Easter, Epiphany, etc. are celebrated twice - first according to the Gregorian calendar, and then according to the Julian calendar. During the summer months of July and August, a Saturday evening liturgy is celebrated in English.
St John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine is also a Marian Pilgrim Church. In May, 1991, a copy of the original icon of the Mother of God of Perpetual Help in St. Alphonsus Church in Rome was obtained. This icon was blessed by Pope John Paul II and granted plenary indulgences under the usual conditions (confession, communion, and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father) which may be gained by those who piously venerate this icon in the Shrine. read more
In addition to the Parish Council, St. John the Baptist parish has a very active Women's League (Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada) consisting of 55 members, and an equally active Knights of Columbus Council (St. Vladimir the Great Council 9557) consisting of 46 members, of whom 15 are 4th degree Knights.
St. John the Baptist also owns a summer camp in the Gatineau Hills, 50km (30miles) north of Ottawa on Newcomb Lake, near St. Pierre de Wakefield. The camp property and facilities are managed and maintained by the Knights of Columbus.
In addition to St. John the Baptist Shrine, Ottawa has two other important Ukrainian Catholic institutions: The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at St. Paul University and Holy Spirit Seminary (see links)
During the academic year (September to April), the seminarians celebrate Vespers on Saturday evening in the church in Ukrainian and English, giving the faithful an opportunity to participate in a service addition to Divine Liturgy on Sunday.