Ascension of our Lord Church constructed 1940-1941, 10 miles east of Nipawin; R.M. 487.

NIPAWIN (farms) — The church of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ is the first church of the parish.

The church was constructed in 1940-1941 on a two acre site ten miles east of Nipawin. The first Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Rev. Michael Horoshko. Bishop Andrew Roborecki visited the church m 1960.

At first raw timber was obtained from forests twenty-five miles away from the settlement. It was later prepared, gratis, into construction lumber at the sawmill of the brothers Ivan, Mykhaylo and Stanyslav Fran-tsishyn. Construction began in 1940 under the foreman-ship of Nykola Gulka with all parishioners taking part. By 1941, the church was completed and equipped with all the necessities for holy services. In 1945, Hryhoriy and Ivan Gulka finished the interior, painted the church and constructed the pews.




The east-west oriented church is a rectangular structure measuring 38 x 32 feet with a shingled gable roof centrally apexed by a small blind cupola. The small adjoining porch-sacristy is north of the sanctuary. The interior contains but one main altar, a nave and a choir loft entered by a stairway south of the main entrance. A cast iron stove near the sacristy provides the heating system. There is no vestibule. Decoration in the church consists of several oil prints brought by earlier pioneers from their homeland.

Near the church stands a mission cross and adjacent to it, a belfry was constructed in 1940. The parish hall, constructed in 1947, was sold in 1970. The two acre church and cemetery site was purchased for a symbolic fee from Hryhoriy Pushkarenko.

Ukrainian settlers arrived in the 1930’s from various parts of Canada but predominantly from the Ituna, Yorkton and Cudworth districts. The first organizational meeting, in November 1939, was attended by 10 members. At the second meeting, on January 21, 1940 at the home of Michael Pihowich, the first executive was chosen with: Nicholas Gulka, president;

Peter Yurkowski, vice-president; Michael Pihowich, secretary; William Gulka, assistant secretary; Hryhoriy Pushkarenko, treasurer, and John Senkow, financial secretary. Prior to the construction of the church, holy services were held in private homes by the pastors who commuted from Prince Albert.

In 1941 the parish had 20 members (Prop. Knyha) and in 1961, 60 souls (Directory). At present the parishioners are affiliated with the parish of All Saints in Nipawin.

Updated October 2003

The wooden belfry, situated on the north side of the church succumbed to the elements in the early 1980’s.  The bell was mounted on a concrete pedestal on the side of the original wooden belfry. The mission cross also located on the north side of the church collapsed in the 1970’s because of decay and deterioration. In 2002, the one armed metal cross from All Saints Church in Nipawin was set on a concrete base on the south side of the church, replacing the original wooden metal cross.

In 1989, the 50th anniversary of the organization of the Ukrainian catholic parish of The Ascension was observed.  In preparation for this special occasion, the barbed wire fence, shrubs and trees that served as the border of the church property were cleared and replaced with evergreens.  The late John Arabsky constructed a magnificent metal gate and archway entrance to the church grounds.  The interior of the church was repainted in its original colors.  The late John Arabsky and his wife Matha restained all the pews of the church.  The shingles on the roof were replaced.  Steve and Ann Derkach replaced the original maroon woven carpet with a woven white one.  A commemorative outdoor Divine Liturgy was celebrated by the late Reverend Father Lubomyr Ramach, pastor, and Reverend Father Walter Kostiuk, former pastor.  Nipawin All Saints choir sang the responses.  A short program and barbeque followed prepared by the Knights of Columbus completed the celebrations.

Although the church of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ is no longer used, the parishioners have a special sentimental feeling for it. The cemetery on this site serves the churches of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ and All Saints in Nipawin. (See Nipawin All Saints Parish.)

The Ukrainian Catholic parish of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Nipawin (farms), still remains under the pastoral charge of Melfort.

Nipawin Farms Ascension of our Lord 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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