Insinger – St. Nicholas



Church of St. Nicholas constructed 1931, 2’/2 miles south-west of Insinger; R.M. 275.

INSINGER — The church of St. Nicholas is the third church of the parish.

The first church, 12 x 12 feet, was constructed in 1904 by the Ukrainian Catholic and Ukrainian Orthodox settlers from Bukovyna. In 1911 this chapel-church was replaced by a larger structure at a total cost of $1,400. On April 14,1931 the second church was destroyed by fire. That year the parishioners constructed the present church.

Bishop Nicetas Budka visited the parish on three occasions and blessed the second church in 1913. The present church was visited by Archbishop Basil Ladyka in 1933; it was consecrated by Bishop Neil Savaryn on August 26, 1945. Bishop Andrew Roborecki honoured the parish with several visitations, the latest one took place on August 31, 1975.

All three churches were constructed through the private donations and voluntary labour of the parishioners. The present church was constructed for a total sum of $3,000; construction foreman was A. Chorny of Goodeve. The church is a cruciform wooden structure, 60 x 40 feet, and has an architecturally complementing shingled gable roof. A tall front tower extends above the main entrance and is apexed by a dome containing a bell. The interior is dominated by a vaulted ceiling; the one main altar is in the sanctuary with adjoining sacristies; the choir loft extends above the vestibule. Wooden pews in the nave provide seating for approx. 100 parishioners.

The church is electrically lighted and has a central wood burning system.

Near the church stands a wooden memorial cross commemorating the Holy Mission of 1930.

The parish hall, also nearby, was constructed in 1929 and named “The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Hall”. Also included on the site is the parish cemetery. The ten acre forest bordered church and cemetery site was donated by Ivan (John) Haliuk.

Ukrainian settlers arrived in this area in 1898 predominantly from the village of Volkivtsi in the Borshchiv county. The parish was established in 1904; together with Rev. A. Delaere, CSSR, the founding members were: Ivan Haliuk, Petro Haliuk, S. Haliuk, Ivan Snihur, M. Sprinzhynatyk, Matey Sawchuk, Matey Vivcianyk, Semen Kovalchuk, M. Tsybulsky, Dmytro Tymofiy, Yurko Petranych, Dats Matey, V. Pyndus, Semen Haliuk, T. Kuropatva, Iv. Vivcianyk, V. Piho-vych, Iv. Zatvardnitsky, S. Tymofiy, Y. Tsybulsky, Havryil Tsybulsky, Iv. Soroka, Havryil Kryvutsky, Y. Hudyma, Semen Valchak (Walchuk), On. Tsybulsky, Pavlo Medvid, Yakym Fedorchuk, Iv. Medvid, Porfir Voroshylo, Iv. Panchuk, V. Kuropatva, Pylyp Fedorchuk, V. Boytsun, Pavlo Vivcianyk, 0. Pihovych and Petro Vivcyanyk. The first Divine Liturgy of the parish was celebrated by Rev. A. Delaere, CSSR, on February 25, 1904 at the home of Ivan Haliuk.

In 1941 the parish consisted of 50 members with 70 children (Prop. Knyha). In1961 there were 120 souls (Directory), in 1967, 20 families and and in 1975, 19 families and four single members remained. The parish in 1976 was under the directorship of Rev. Roman Muzychka, CSSR, pastor, Bill Sabulsky, Andrew Sa-bulsky, Andrew Hnatuk, Joseph Timoffee and Michael Sabulsky.

The Ukrainian Catholic parish of St. Nicholas at Insinger is under the pastoral charge of Yorkton.

Dedication to the Founding Members of St. Nicholas ParishInsinger, Saskatchewan:

The beginnings of St. Nicholas Parish date back to 1904, when the Redemptorist ‘Fathers of Yorkton began to celebrate Divine Liturgy for the Ukrainian settlers in this area. The first Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Father Achilles Delaere, C.Ss.R. At first, the divine services were held in the private homes of Simon Kowalchuk, Demetrius Timoffee, Michael Sebulskj and Wasyl Boytson. Later a chapel 12 x 12 feet was built on the farm of John Haluik by Ukrainian Settlers from Western Ukraine and Bukovina. It served as a place of community worship for a number of years until it was replaced by a larger structure in 1911 at a cost of $1,400. This was the first church dedicated to St. Nicholas. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by fire on April 14, 1931.This tragedy was a great shock and loss to all the parishioners. However, through generous donations and voluntary labour of the parishioners a new church was built that same year for $3,000.Which stands as a landmark today 2 ½ miles west of Insinger. The foreman and supervisor of the new church was A. Chorney of Goodeve, Saskatchewan.Bishop Nicetas Budka blessed the church in 1913. Archbishop Basil Ladyka, OSBM., visited the church in 1933. Bishop Neil Savaryn, OSBM., visited the parish in 1945. Bishop Andrew Roberecki visited this parish on several occasions. Bishop Basil Filevich pontificated on Sunday October 9, 1988, and blessed the memorial beside the church on the occasion of the Millennium of Christianity in Ukraine. Bishop Filevich also visited the parish in 1991 on occasion of Ukrainian Centennial as well as in 1994 on the occasion of 90th Anniversary.

The foundings members of St. Nicholas Parish were:

 Delare, Father Achilles

Panchuk, John & Katherine

Boytson, Wasyl & Olena

Petranych, George & Anna

Daciw, Matey & Mary

Pihowich, Alex & Dora

Fedorchuk., James & Effie

Pihowwich, Frank & Mary

Fedorchuk, Philip & Katherine

Pindus, Wasyl & Anna

Haliuk, John & Anna

Sawchuk , Matey & Barbara

Haliuk, Peter & Oksana

Sebulski, Catherine

Haliuk, Sam & Annie

Sebulski, Joseph & Anne

Hudyma, Joe & Mary

Sabulski, Michael & Sophia

Koropatwa, Bill & Olena

Sebulski, Neil & Oksana

Koropatwa, Fred & Magda

Sebulsky, Frank & Rosie

Kowalchuk, Simeon & Anne

Sniher, John & Anna

Krawesky, Hawrylo & Mary

Soroka, John & Barbara

Medvid, John & Ann

Springinatic, Michael & Tetiana

Medvid, Paul & Gafia

Timoffee, Dmytro & Katie

Oshenak, John & Kitza

Timoffee, Steve & Anna

Oshenak, Peter & Oksana

Walchuk, Sam & Olana

Oshenak, Paul & Nellie

Woroshelo, Profirko & Lucy

Oshenak, Matey & Todosia

Zatwarmitsky, John & Anatasia

May their Memory Remain with us Forever!

Ukrainian settlers arrived in this area in 1988 predominantly from the village of Volkivtsi in the Borshchiv country.

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Parish Insinger, Saskatchewan:

1904 – First church built 12′ x 12′ feet.

1911 – Chapel church replaced by larger structure at cost of $1,400.00

1931 – Present church construction for total sum of $3000.00All three churches were constructed through the private donations and voluntarylabour of the parishioners.

1927 – Parish built the Hall

1979 – Parish celebrated 75th Anniversary of Parish Bishop Andrew Roborecki

1985 – Wrought Iron steps for front and back of church made and installed.

1986 – Complete renovations of Parish Hall.

1988 – Wrought Iron gates made and installed to entrance of church.

1990 – 1991 – Yard fenced and wrought iron gates made and installed for entrance to hall.

1994 – 90th Anniversary of Parish held July 31st – Aug 1st. 1994  with very good attendance of members and descendants, Bishop Basil Filevich celebrated Divine Liturgy.2000 – Completion of upgrading of the cemetery.2002 – Purchased and installed ramp for church.

Vocations from St. Nicholas Parish
1898 – Sister Teckla, Justina Daciw, SSMI

1981 – Sister Raphael, Mary Saraka, SSMI
1915 – 2003 Sister Euphrozyna, Justina Wiloshyn, SSMI
1907 – 1990 Sister Florence, Antonia Wus, SSMI

1904 – 1990 Bishop’s Visitations
1913 – Bishop Nicetas Budka
1933 – Archbishop Baskil Ladyka
1945 – Bishop Neil Savaryn-Bishop Andrew Roborecki – made several visits and celebrated 75th Anniversary of Parish in
1979 – Bishop Basil Filevich, D.D. visited in 1988, 1991, and in 1994 celebrated 90th Anniversary of Parish.

Bishop Michael Wiwchar will visit parish July 31st – Aug. 1st 2004 celebrating 100th Anniversary of Parish

Renovations, upkeep of church, hall and cemetery all done by volunteer labour of parishioners

.– Church, hall and cemetery very well kept.

-Church and hall heated by oil furnaces.

– Church and hall have vinyl siding.
– Parish under pastoral care of Redemptorist Fathers of Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
– The parish in 2003 is under the directorship of Redemptorist Fathers, Yorkton, Sask.Emil Sebulski, Andy Sebulski, Andy Hnatuik, Michael S. Medvid and Bill N. Medvid. Ladies committee Mary Sebulski, Violet Medvid           and Violet Hnatuik.
– The Ukrainian Catholic parish of St. Nicholas at Insinger is under the pastoral charge of Yorkton.

Fund-Raisers of the Parish
– in early years of parish plays, dances and pie socials were held.
– Caroling
– Bingos & Bake Sales
– Raffles
– Published cookbook on occasion of Ukrainian Centennial
– dedicated to the pioneers of Parish
.– Published a History book of Parish on the occasion of the 90th Anniversary of Parish.
– Published a second cookbook on the occasion of the 90th Anniversary of the Parish.

Insinger St. Nicholas Church and Cemetery

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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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