Speers – Ss. Peter and Paul

 Church of the Holy Apostles SS. Peter and Paul constructed 1956 in easterly Speers; R.M. 436.


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

The first church was originally the village Legion Hall which was purchased by the parishioners in 1948 and altered to meet the requirements of holy services. This church served the parish until the construction of the present church at which time it was resold to the village of Speers.

The present church was constructed in 1956 on a one acre site in easterly Speers. The first Divine Liturgy in the church was celebrated by Rev. Alexander Schesniuk. Bishop Andrew Roborecki blessed the cornerstone and the church on August 30, 1964; on July 15, 1973, Bishop Andrew Roborecki joined with the parishioners in their joyous celebration of the 25th anniversary of the parish.

The church is a wood constructed rectangular structure, 50 x 28 feet, standing on a high concrete basement. It has a shingled gable roof with a large decorative metal cross at its frontal summit. The exterior walls have insul brick siding, the interior walls are finished with clear sanded plywood and are painted. The church is east-west oriented with a west main entrance reached by concrete steps.

In the interior, the church consists of a sanctuary with the main altar, the nave and the vestibule. The sanctuary is elevated and has north and south adjoining sacristies; the south sacristy has an entry into the church basement and an exit to the church grounds. The church patron painting behind the main altar and the two traditional nave paintings of the Holy Mother of God with the Christ Child and Christ Who Loves Mankind, are glass mounted oil prints. In the nave, rows of wooden pews seating approx. 80 persons are found on corresponding sides of the tetrapod. The entire interior is dominated by a vaulted ceiling; the floor of the church is wooden, a carpet extends through the center aisle and throughout the sanctuary area. The vestibule contains stairways leading to the choir loft, which extends above the vestibule and part of the nave, and the church basement which serves as a parish hall with kitchen facilities. The church has electrical lighting and central gas heating.

The parishioners constructed the church through their financial contributions and voluntary labour;

construction costs totalled approx. $10,000; chief foreman of the construction was Michael Lebed. All construction details were under the auspices of the parish executive and the construction committee which were headed by Rev. Alexander Schesniuk and consisted of: John Hrynkiw, John Partyka, Michael Bomok, William S. Bomok Sr., Nick Pidwerbeski, Michael Kuzyk and Leon Bomok. The decorative church cross was made gratis by Wasyi Huziak. The church site was donated by William S. Bomok Sr. A local school donated a bell to the parish; a belfry is planned for the future. The parish utilizes the cemetery of the neighbouring Hafford parish.

Ukrainian settlers arrived in Speers in 1920 predominantly from the Ternopil county. Prior to 1948 they attended holy services at neighbouring parishes. In 1948 they purchased the Legion Hall. At this time the parish was spiritually served by Rev. Myroslav Oleshko, Rev. Myron Pylypchuk and Rev. Michael Horoshko. The founding members of the parish were: John Hrynkiw, William S. Bomok Sr., Alex Partyka, John Partyka, Mike Kuzyk, Peter Bomok, Michael Bomok, Stan Koshyna, Nick Pidwerbeski, John Pacaluyko, Walter Pylypchuk, Mike Chayka, Frank Luckowich, Nick Tomman, Philip Baliesh, Leon Bomok, Mike Kormish, Victor Pyra and Mike Kaluha.

In 1961 the parish registered 70 souls (Directory), in 1967 there were 50 individual members and in 1975, 11 families and 4 single members, a total of approx. 40 persons, were accounted for. In 1976 the parish was under the directorship: Rev. Roman Homenko, pastor, William S. Bomok Sr., William Bomok Jr., Steve Michalowski, Nick Pidwerbeski, Nick Tomman and Peter Bomok.

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

Speers Ss. Peter & Paul Church

52°42’30.6″N 107°33’17.4″W

52.708492, -107.554831

Bulletins for North Battleford and Hafford District Parishes

Prince Albert Protopresbyterate (Deanery)
List of Parishes

Albertown - Ss. Peter and Paul

Alticane - St.John the Baptist

Alvena Farms - Assumption of the BVM (closed)

Alvena Town - St. Michael

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 - Holy Ghost (closed)

Calder - Assumption of the BVM

Candiac - Holy Spirit

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 Spirit (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

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 - 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

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.Volodymr

Kindersley - St.John the Baptist (closed)

Kipling - Presentation of the BVM (closed)

Kovalivka-Tiny - Transfigurartion of our Lord (closed)

Krasne - St. John the Apostle

Krydor - Sacred Heart

Kulykiv - Holy Eucharist (closed)

Kuroki - Ss. Peter and Paul

Kyziv-Tiaziv - St. Demetrius (closed)

Lanigan Farms - Sacred Heart

Laniwci - Ascension of our Lord

Lipton-Herzel - Dormition of BVM (closed)

Macdowall - Descent of the Holy Spirit (closed)

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)

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

Melfort - Holy Spirit

Melville - St.George's

Model Farm - Patronage of the BVM

Montmartre - Ss. Peter and Paul

Moose Jaw - Assumption of the BVM

Nipawin farms - 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

Nora - Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ (closed)

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 - Holy Apostles 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 - 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

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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