Albertown church of SS. Peter and Paul constructed 1927 near Hafford; R.M. 435.

ALBERTOWN — The church of the Holy Apos­tles SS. Peter and Paul is the second church of the parish.

The first church, under the patronage of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, was constructed in 1912 by the founding members of the parish and the Roman Catholic community. It was located on a one and one-half acre site six miles north and three miles west of Hafford. Several years later the Roman Catholic community moved the church to their own site and, with the financial assistance of their Bishop Paschal, reimbursed the construction costs to the Ukrainian community. The present church, under the patronage of SS. Peter and Paul, was constructed in 1927 on the original church site. Bishop Andrew Roborecki made several visitations to the parish and last served a Pontifical Moleben in the church on September 21, 1975.

The church is a rectangular wooden structure on a low concrete basement measuring 30 x 20 feet. It has a shingled gable roof with two metal crosses extending above its front and back summits. The exterior and interior walls have narrow wood (v-joint) siding and contain rectangular windows with sharply arched tops; the window directly above the front entrance has a semicircular summit.

The church is west-east oriented with an east main entrance leading directly into the nave; a stairway at the north wall of the nave leads to the choir loft. The west sanctuary is elevated and has a south adjoining porch-sacristy with an exit to the church grounds.  Painted in oils directly on the sanctuary walls are three large paintings: the painting behind the main altar depicts the Last Supper; Christ the Redeemer is portrayed on the north wall; the south wall contains the images of the Holy Apostles SS. Peter and Paul. This artwork was done in 1941 by Peter Leskowski and was funded by: Stephanie Klimchuk, Nellie Bobun, Katherine Harach, Katherine Roshko, Mary Bahniuk, Katherine Duma, Alexandra Gresiuk, Mary Kostynsky, Anastasia Wawryniuk, Ann Zaieschuk, Anasia Toporowski, Ann Shurma, Katherine Humen, Mary Klimchuk, Helen Goldy, Katherine J. Bohun, Katherine N. Bohun, Mary Malicky, Mary Toporowski, Molly Boricki, Theodore and Theodozia Zaieschuk, William and Stephanie Klimchuk.

The church interior is dominated by a vaulted ceiling; the floor of the church is wooden; wooden pews in the nave provide seating for approx. 40 persons. The church is lighted by candles and heated by a wood burning heater. Construction of the church was realized through the financial contributions and voluntary labour of the parishioners who also worked voluntarily in landscaping the church site., planting a shelterbelt, and designating a location on the site for a cemetery. Foreman of the con­struction was Wasyl (William) Klimchuk. The church site was donated by Yakiv Klimchuk.

In 1948 a post bell tower with a pyramidal roof was installed near the church. The bell was blessed by Rev. Myron Pylypchuk. Adjacent to it stands a large wooden cross. The parish cemetery lies in continuation of the church property.

Ukrainian settlement in this area began in 1908 predominantly from the Sokal county. The founding members of the parish were: Yakiv Klimchuk, Yosyf Klimchuk, Wasyi Klimchuk, Mykhaylo Toporiwski, Luts Toporiwski, Wasyi Kuchera, Ivan Duma, Fedir (Theodore) Zaieschuk and Mykhaylo Yaroshko. The first pastors to administer to the spiritual needs of the settlers were: Rev. Ksenophont Rozdolski, Rev. Nicho­las Demkiw and Rev. Nestor Dromhomyrecki.

In 1941 the parish registered 17 members with 43 children (Prop. Knyha), in 1961 there were 50 souls (Directory) and in 1975, 11 families and three single members were accounted for. In 1976 the parish was under the directorship of: Rev. Roman Homenko, pastor, Dmytro Bodnarchuk, Mike Gresiuk, Nick Bohun, Walter Bohun, Bronie Hupalo and Slawko Zaiachkowsky.

The Ukrainian Catholic parish of the Holy Apos­tles SS. Peter and Paul, Albertown, is under the pastoral charge of Hafford.

Updated October 2003

Ss. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church of Albertown has stood for over three quarters of a century, in veneration of God and in commemoration of the pioneers who overcame many hardships and built a place of worship for themselves and for succeeding generations.

Since its establishment, many priests have ministered to the needs of the Ss. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic parish.  Reverend Dominic Mazun served the longest, for a total of 22 years from 1981-2003. The parish presently has 27 members and is under the charge of the Hafford Pastoral District which is under the directorship of Reverend. Fr. Michael Fedoriv.  Victor Hupaelo is parish president, Eddie Hupaelo is vice-president and Walter Bohun is secretary and altar server. Darlene Hupaelo serves as cantor.

The church follows the Julian calendar with Praznyk on July 12.  the parish praznyk is a very important day for the parish as this is when families and friends return to their roots to renew acquaintances and to remember their loved ones buried in the cemetery.

Parish boundaries have now vanished and we also attend Divine Liturgies in neighboring churches, but Albertown is still is our church

Albertown Ss. Peter & Paul Church Cemetery

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Albertown Ss. Peter & Paul Church

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Prince Albert Protopresbyterate (Deanery)
Nahachewsky, Rev. Ivan, Dean - Prince Albert
Saskatoon, Eparchial Substitute Priest - Military Chaplain - Administrator-Humboldt, All Saints
132 Montreal Ave. South, Saskatoon, SK S7M 3K8
Cell:  (306) 961-1390
Kravchuk, Rev. Vasyl
751-14th Street West, Prince Albert, SK. S6V 3L9
Tel.: (Church/Hall/Office) 306-763-5597;
(Rectory) 306-763-3645;  Fax: 306-763-5516
Cell: 306-940-9785
Salahub, Deacon Harrold 
3276 Bliss Crescent, Prince Albert, SK. S6V 7X7
Telephone: 306-764-1410   
Romanets, Rev. Mykola, Vice-Dean
Resides in Saskatoon: 1338 Stensrud Road Saskatoon, SK S7W 0B9
Telephone: 306-978-2230: Cell: 306-270-8628
Derkach, Rev. Ivan
North Battleford All Saints Ukrainian Catholic Church
922-108th Street
North Battleford, SK S7W 0B9
Res: 306-937-3767; Cell: 306-317-8138
Also Serves:
List of Parishes

Albertown - Ss. Peter and Paul

Alticane - St.John the Baptist

Alvena Farms - Assumption of the BVM (closed)

Alvena Town - St. Michael the Archangel

Antonivka - Assumption of the BVM (closed)

Arran - St. John the Baptist

Arran-Vesna -Ss. Peter and Paul

Balcarres - Holy Eucharist (closed)

Bankend - Ascension of Our Lord (closed)

Beaver Dale - Assumption of the BVM

Beckenham -Transfiguration of Our Lord (closed)

Bedfordville - St. Nicholas (closed)

Bienfait - Ss. Peter and Paul

Biggar - Sacred Heart (closed)

Birmingham - St. Paraskevia (closed)

Blaine Lake - Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Bobulynci - Transfiguration of Our Lord (closed)

Bodnari - Ss. Peter and Paul

Borshchiv - Ss. Peter and Paul

Broadview - Assumption of the BVM

Brooksby - St. Nicholas (closed)

Bruno - Assumption of the BVM (closed)

Bruno Farms - Holy Trinity (closed)

Buchach - Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

Buchanan - Descent of the Holy Ghost (closed)

Calder - Assumption of the BVM

Candiac - Descent of the Holy Ghost 

Canora - Ss. Peter and Paul

Carpenter - Ascension of Our Lord (closed)

Cecil - Holy Trinity

Chaplin-Thunder Creek - Ss. Peter and Paul

Chekhiv - Descent of the Holy Ghost (closed)

Cudworth Farms -Transfiguration of Our Lord (closed)

Cudworth - Our Lady of Sorrows Shrine

Cudworth Town - Holy Eucharist

Dana - St. John the Baptist (closed)

Dobrowody - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Dnipro (Dnieper) - Transfiguration of Our Lord (closed)

Dysart - Holy Eucharist (closed)

Erwood - Blessed Virgin Mary of Succour (closed)

Estevan - Assumption of the BVM

Fenwood - Ss. Peter and Paul

Foam Lake - Holy Eucharist

Fosston - St. John the Baptist (closed)

Glen Elder - Danbury - Holy Eucharist (closed)

Glentworth - Assumption of the BVM

Goodeve Farms - Holy Trinity (closed)

Goodeve Town - St. Michael the Archangel 

Grenfell - Ss. Peter and Paul

Gronlid - St. Michael (closed)

Guernsey - Holy Eucharist (closed)

Hafford - Holy Eucharist

Havryliuke (Prud'homme) - Sacred Heart

Hazel Dell - Ss. Peter and Paul (closed)

High Tor - Sacred Heart (closed)

Hodgeville - Ss. Peter and Paul

Holar (Elfros) - St. Demetrius

Hryhoriv - St. Demetrius (closed)

Hubbard - Holy Spirit (closed)

Hubbard - Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Hudson Bay - Holy Eucharis t (closed & sold)

Humboldt- All Saints

Hyas Village - Descent of the Holy Spirit

Insinger Farms - Ss. Peter and Paul (closed)

Insinger - St. Nicholas

Invermay - Ss. Vladimir and Olga

Ituna - Sacred Heart

Janow Corners-Meath Park - Assumption of the BVM (closed)

Jaroslaw - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

Jasmin-Doroshi - Immaculate Conception (closed)

Jasmin - Ss. Peter and Paul (closed)

Jedburgh Village - Ss. Peter and Paul (closed)

Kamsack - St.Josaphat

Kelliher - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

Kelliher - St.Vladimir the Great

Kindersley - St.John the Baptist (closed)

Kipling - Presentation of the BVM (closed)

Kovalivka-Tiny - Transfigurartion of our Lord (closed)

Krasne - St. John Apostle the Theologian

Krydor - Sacred Heart

Kulykiv - Holy Eucharist (closed)

Kuroki - Ss. Peter and Paul

Kyziv-Tiaziv - St. Demetrius (closed)

Lanigan Farms - Sacred Heart

Laniwci - St. Volodomyr (2016) - Ascension of our Lord

Lipton-Herzel - Dormition of BVM (closed)

Macdowall - Descent of the Holy Spirit (closed)

Madge Lake (Pelly) St. Michael Camp - Holy Eucharist Church (from Pelly)

Major - Patronage of the BVM (closed)

Mamornitz - Virgin of Sorrows Ruthenian Church (closed)

Maybridge - St. Nicholas (closed)

Meacham - Ascension (closed)

Meadow Lake - St. Catherine (closed & sold)

Melfort - Descent of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost)

Melville - St.George the Martyr

Model Farm - Patronage of the BVM

Montmartre - Ss. Peter and Paul

Moose Jaw - Assumption of the BVM

Nipawin Farms/Silver Pine - Ascension (closed)

Nipawin Town - All Saints

Nora - Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ (closed)

Norquay - Sacred Heart

Norquay Farms - Holy Trinity (closed)

North Battleford - All Saints

Olesha - Sacred Heart of Jesus (closed)

Ormside-Ss. Vladimir and Olga (closed)

Orolow - Descent of the Holy Spirit

Parkerview - St. Nicholas (closed)

Pelly-Holy Eucharist (closed)

Peterson - Descent of the Holy Spirit (closed)

Plain View - Descent of the Holy Spirit (closed)

Podillia - Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery - (No Church-closed)

Ponass Lake - St. Michael the Archangel (closed)

Porcupine Plain - Ss. Peter and Pau (closed & sold)

Preeceville - Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Prince Albert - St. George

Prud'homme - St. John the Theologian

Radisson - Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Rama - Saints Peter and Paul

Regina - St. Athanasius

Regina - St. Basil the Great

Roadside Chapel near Rosthern

Rose Valley - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

Rosthern - SS. Peter and Paul

Rosthern Farms - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

Rosthern Farms-Adamivka - Descent of the Holy Spirit (closed)

Runnymede - Ss. Vladimir and Olga (closed)

Samburg - St. John the Baptist (closed)

Saskatoon - Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God

Saskatoon - Ss. Peter & Paul

Saskatoon - St. George's Cathedral

Saskatoon - St. Volodymyr Villa Chapel

Sheho Farms - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

Sheho Village - Christ the King

Shipman Rural - Ss. Peter and Paul (closed)

Sich - St. Michael's (closed)

Smuts/Prymove - St. John the Baptist

Sokal - Holy Trinity(closed)

Speers - Ss. Peter and Paul

St. Julien - Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Pokrov) (closed)

St. Philip's - Assumption of the B.V.M. (closed)

Stenen - St. Nicholas (closed)

Stornoway Cemetery (closed-no church)

Stove Creek - St. Elias (closed)

Swan Plain - Ascension

Swift Current - St. John the Baptist

Tadmore - St. John the Baptist (closed)

Thunder Creek - Ss. Peter and Paul

Tribune - Holy Family

Tuffnell Village - Holy Trinity (closed)

Tway Farms - St. Paraskevia (closed)

Tway Town - Ss. Peter and Paul

Uhryniv - St. Nicholas (closed)

Ukrainian Park - Pike Lake - St. Volodymyr Memorial Church

Vasyliw - Ss. Constantine and Helena (closed)

Verigin - St. Nicholas (closed)

Vonda - Sacred Heart

Wadena - Descent of the Holy Spirt

Wakaw - Sacred Heart

Watrous - Holy Mother of God

Watson - St. George (closed)

Weekes - St. Nicholas (closed)

Welechko - Presenation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

Weyburn - Holy Trinity

Whitebeech - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

Whitesand - Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Whitkow - Ascension of Our Lord (closed)

Willowbrook - Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

Wishart Farms - St. Michael the Archangel (closed)

Wishart Town - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Wolverine - Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

Wroxton-Farms - Ss. Vladimir and Olga (closed)

Wroxton-Village - Ss. Peter and Paul (closed)

Wynyard - Sacred Heart

Yellow Creek - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed)

Yorkton - Our Lady of Perpetual Help (St. Mary's)

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