Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit constructed 1927, 11/2 miles east, 6 miles south and 1/2 mile east of Rosthern; R.M. 403

ROSTHERN (farms) — The church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost) is the second church of the parish.

The first church was constructed by the founding members of this parish m 1902. It was blessed by Rev. Sonzont Dydyk, OSBM, on May 15, 1904. Bishop Nicetas Budka consecrated the church in 1913. This was the first Ukrainian Catholic church in Saskatchewan. The church was constructed of logs on a site, two miles east and six miles south of Rosthern, donated by Yakiv Huchkowsky. In 1927 it was dismantled and on its site the second parish church was constructed.

The present church is a wood constructed cruciform structure measuring 48 x 42 feet with a blind dome at the axis of the, complementing in form, shingled gable roof. The interior is finished with narrow tongue and groove siding which was placed vertically at the lower wall areas and horizontally in all remaining wall areas. The church was artistically decorated in 1942 by Paul Zabolotny. Preserved to this date are several paintings, including the large church patron painting on the wall behind the main altar, and decorative ornamentation on the walls. The sanctuary is elevated and has a north sacristy. A choir loft extends over the west end of the nave directly opposite the sanctuary. Along the lateral walls of the nave, on corresponding sides of the sanctuary, are small votive altars dedicated to the Holy Mother of God and Christ the Redeemer; these holy images are glass mounted oil prints. At the center of the nave, directly before the main altar, is the tetrapod and on corresponding sides of it are wooden pews which provide seating for approximately 80 persons. The floor is wooden; the sanctuary is carpeted. The cruciform ceiling is vaulted and extends into a windowless dome at its axis. As an east-west oriented structure, the church has a west main entrance through an adjoining porch-vestibule and stands on a high concrete basement which contains the heating facilities.

The parishioners constructed the church at a total cost of $4,000 under the directorship of E. Sichensky. It was blessed by Bishop Andrew Roborecki assisted by the pastor of many years. Rev. Dean Peter Kryworuch-ka, on June 14, 1970.

The church site contains a memorial cross commemorating the Holy Mission of 1952, which was directed by Rev. Gregory Shyshkowych, CSSR, and a bell tower for which the bell was purchased prior to 1910; however, this date cannot be verified. Also on the site is a parish hall which was constructed in 1936. The parish cemetery is across the road from the church on land donated to the parish by Stefan Rogozinsky.

The first Ukrainian settlers arrived in 1897 from the Borshchiv county. The founding members of the parish were: Yosyfat Kaminsky, Anton Hrapchuk, Kyrylo Klepak, Stefan Kowbel, Oleksa Rybchynsky, Yakiv Huchkowsky, and Hryhoriy Wizniuk (Pro-pam’yatna Knyha). In addition to these, the parish register book, dated 1902, lists the following as founding members and first members of the parish: Stefan Rogozinsky, Bartko Remenda, Maksym Stadnyk, Yosyf Rogozinsky, Prokip Rak, Petro Ryhorchuk, Yakiv Manika, Nykola Zayachkowski, Nykola Bunka, Hnat Huchkowsky, Petro Bilak, Pavlo Widuk, Mykhaylo Ternowsky, Alex Sielski, Matvey Nikiforuk, Yurko Pidwerbetsky, Wasylyna Bytskalo (Byckalo), Frank Okhatsky (Ochacky), Anton Tchorewsky, Dmytro Iwanyshyn, Dmytro Mukanik, Nykola Bilyk, Les Hawrysh, Wasyi Twarynsky, F. Kotyk, Matvey Tomyn, Andriy Kopiakiwsky and Petro Martiniuk. From 1902 until the construction of the second church, the following assumed various positions on the church executives: Yakiv Huchkowsky, Hryhoriy Wizniuk, Wasyi Ka-terynych, Pavlo Widiuk, Ivan Derbowka, Oleksa Ryb-chynsky, Danylo Pryma, Andriy Lesko, Yurko Hnatiw, Anton Hrapchuk, Stefan Rogozinsky and Vawro Uly-shyn, (only the legible names have been included).

The first priest to visit this parish was Rev. Wasyi Zholdak who came in 1901. Succeeding visiting pastors, as noted in the parish book of 1902, were Rev. Sonzont Dydyk, OSBM, and Rev. Anton Strocky, OSBM. The first parish cantor was Nykola Melnyk who was appointed to this position on December 25, 1905.

In 1927, when the parish began construction of the present church, the members increased significantly. In addition to the above mentioned pioneers and their families, the following were the first financial sponsors of this church: Mike Regush, Kost (Gus) Bidulka, liko (Alex) Melnyk, Fedir Kisil, Petro Huchkowsky, Anton Bloshka, Maria Huchkowsky, Ivan Mykanik, Petro Manika, Nykola Kaminsky, Mykhaylo (Mike) Ka-minsky, Wasyi Kaminsky, Mykhaylo (Mike) Pryma, Maksym Magus, Yosyf Humeniuk, Wasyi Hrapchuk, Tanas Burowsky (Barowski), Petro Kowbel, Yanko (John) Wolkowich, Anton Twarynsky, Yosyf Huchkowsky, Yurko (George) Salahub, Yosyf Pryma, Petro Ternowsky, Yakiv (Jacob) Pryma, Ivan Kostiuk, Yakiv Burlack, Nestor Hnatiw, Petro Oritsky, Petro Hryhor-chuk, Ivan (John) Yaniv, Nykola Zilkowsky and Leon Hnatiw (parish register).

In 1942 the parish united 64 families with 135 youth (Prop. Knyha), in 1961 there were 70 souls (Directory). In 1975 the numbers decreased significantly as the younger members moved to Saskatoon or left the province while the older parishioners retired in Rosth-ern or Saskatoon. In 1975 the parish was under the directorship of: Rev. Dean Peter Kryworuchka, pastor, Maurice Burlack, Mike Homeniuk, Roze Homeniuk, Nellie Burlack, Pauline Homeniuk, Mary Huchkowsky, Ann Mukanik, Dmytro Homeniuk and Bobby Mukanik.

The location of the church is colloquially given as “Kolo Kaminskykh” in reference to the nearby farmland of the Kaminsky family.

The Ukrainian Catholic parish of The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), Rosthern farms in the year 2003 belongs to the Cudworth church district.  The parish is currently being served by Rev. Vasyl Hnatkivskyy.

Rosthern Farms-Adamivka Descent of the Holy Spirit Cemetery

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Rosthern Farms-Adamivka Descent of the Holy Spirit Church

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List of Parishes

Albertown - Ss. Peter and Paul

Alticane - St.John the Baptist

Alvena Farms - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Alvena Town - St. Michael the Archangel

Antonivka - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Arran - St. John the Baptist

Arran-Vesna -Ss. Peter and Paul

Balcarres - Holy Eucharist (closed)

Bankend - Ascension of Our Lord (closed-no church)

Beaver Dale - Assumption of the BVM

Beckenham -Transfiguration of Our Lord

Bedfordville - St. Nicholas

Bienfait - Ss. Peter and Paul (closed)

Biggar - Sacred Heart (closed)

Birmingham - St. Paraskevia (closed-no church)

Blaine Lake - Our Lady of Perpetual Help (closed)

Bobulynci - Transfiguration of Our Lord

Bodnari - Ss. Peter and Paul

Borshchiv - Ss. Peter and Paul

Broadview - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed-no church)

Brooksby - St. Nicholas

Bruno - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed-no church)

Bruno Farms - Holy Trinity 

Buchach - Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Buchanan - Descent of the Holy Ghost

Calder - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Candiac - Descent of the Holy Ghost 

Canora - Ss. Peter and Paul

Carpenter - Ascension of Our Lord 

Cecil - Holy Trinity (closed-no church)

Chaplin-Thunder Creek - Ss. Peter and Paul

Chekhiv - Descent of the Holy Ghost

Cudworth Farms -Transfiguration of Our Lord (closed-no church)

Cudworth - Our Lady of Sorrows Shrine

Cudworth Town - Holy Eucharist

Dana - St. John the Baptist (closed & sold)

Dobrowody - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Dnipro (Dnieper) - Transfiguration of Our Lord 

Dysart - Holy Eucharist (closed-no church) 

Erwood - Blessed Virgin Mary of Succour (closed-no church)

Estevan - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed & sold)

Fenwood - Ss. Peter and Paul

Foam Lake - Holy Eucharist

Fosston - St. John the Baptist (closed-no church)

Glen Elder - Danbury - Holy Eucharist 

Glentworth - Assumption of the 

Goodeve Farms - Holy Trinity 

Goodeve Town - St. Michael the Archangel 

Grenfell - Ss. Peter and Paul

Gronlid - St. Michael

Guernsey - Holy Eucharist (closed-no church)

Hafford - Holy Eucharist

Havryliuke (Prud'homme) - Sacred Heart

Hazel Dell - Ss. Peter and Paul 

High Tor - Sacred Heart 

Hodgeville - Ss. Peter and Paul

Holar (Elfros) - St. Demetrius

Hryhoriv - St. Demetrius 

Hubbard - Holy Spirit

Hubbard - Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Hudson Bay - Holy Eucharist (closed & sold)

Humboldt- All Saints

Hyas Village - Descent of the Holy Spirit (closed-no church)

Insinger Farms - Ss. Peter and Paul Insinger - St. Nicholas

Invermay - Ss. Vladimir and Olga

Ituna - Sacred Heart

Janow Corners-Meath Park - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

Jaroslaw - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed-no church)

Jasmin-Doroshi - Immaculate Conception (closed-no church)

Jasmin - Ss. Peter and Paul (closed-no church)

Jedburgh Village - Ss. Peter and Paul

Kamsack - St.Josaphat

Kelliher - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Kelliher - St.Vladimir the Great

Kindersley - St.John the Baptist (closed)

Kipling - Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed-no church)

Kovalivka-Tiny - Transfigurartion of our Lord

Krasne - St. John Apostle the Theologian

Krydor - Sacred Heart

Kulykiv - Holy Eucharist (closed-no church)

Kuroki - Ss. Peter and Paul

Kyziv-Tiaziv - St. Demetrius

Lanigan Farms - Sacred Heart

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

Lipton-Herzel - Dormition of Blessed Virgin Mary (closed-no church)

MacDowall - Descent of the Holy Spirit (closed-no church)

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

Major - Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed-no church)

Mamornitz - Virgin of Sorrows Ruthenian Church

Maybridge - St. Nicholas

Meacham - Ascension 

Meadow Lake - St. Catherine (closed & sold)

Melfort - Descent of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost) [Decommisioned]

Melville - St.George the Martyr

Model Farm - Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Montmartre - Ss. Peter and Paul

Moose Jaw - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Nipawin Farms/Silver Pine - Ascension 

Nipawin Town - All Saints

Nora - Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ (closed-no church)

Norquay - Sacred Heart

Norquay Farms - Holy Trinity (closed - no church)

North Battleford - All Saints

Olesha - Sacred Heart of Jesus

Ormside-Ss. Vladimir and Olga

Orolow - Descent of the Holy Spirit

Parkerview - St. Nicholas 

Pelly-Holy Eucharist (closed - church moved to Madge Lake, St. Michael's Camp)

Peterson - Descent of the Holy Spirit (closed - sold)

Plain View - Descent of the Holy Spirit 

Podillia - Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery - (closed-no church)

Ponass Lake - St. Michael the Archangel

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-no church)

Rosthern - SS. Peter and Paul

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

Rosthern Farms-Adamivka - Descent of the Holy Spirit

Runnymede - Ss. Vladimir and Olga (closed-no church)

Samburg - St. John the Baptist

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

Sheho Village - Christ the King

Shipman Rural - Ss. Peter and Paul

Sich-Krydor - St. Michael's (closed-no church)

Smuts/Prymove - St. John the Baptist

Sokal - Holy Trinity

Speers - Ss. Peter and Paul

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

St. Philip's - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed-no church)

Stenen - St. Nicholas (closed-no church)

Stornoway Cemetery (closed-no church)

Stove Creek - St. Elias (closed-no church)

Swan Plain - Ascension

Swift Current - St. John the Baptist (closed & sold)

Tadmore - St. John the Baptist

Thunder Creek - Ss. Peter and Paul

Tribune - Holy Family

Tuffnell Village - Holy Trinity (Decommissioned)

Tway Farms - St. Paraskevia (closed-no church)

Tway Town - Ss. Peter and Paul

Uhryniv - St. Nicholas 

Ukrainian Park - Pike Lake - St. Volodymyr Memorial Church

Vasyliw - Ss. Constantine and Helena

Verigin - St. Nicholas (closed-no church)

Vonda - Sacred Heart

Wadena - Descent of the Holy Spirt

Wakaw - Sacred Heart

Watrous - Holy Mother of God (closed-no church)

Watson - St. George (closed-no church)

Weekes - St. Nicholas 

Welechko - Presenation of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

Weyburn - Holy Trinity

Whitebeech - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Whitesand - Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Whitkow - Ascension of Our Lord 

Willowbrook - Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

Wishart Farms - St. Michael the Archangel 

Wishart Town - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Wolverine - Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

Wroxton-Farms - Ss. Vladimir and Olga

Wroxton-Village - Ss. Peter and Paul (closed-no church)

Wynyard - Sacred Heart

Yellow Creek - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closed-no church)

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

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