Tway Town – Ss. Peter and Paul


Church of the Holy Apostles SS. Peter and Paul constructed 1947 in northerly Tway; R.M. 430.

TWAY — The church of SS. Peter and Paul is the first church of the parish.

The church was constructed in 1947 on a four acre site in northerly Tway. The first Divine Liturgy in the church was celebrated by Rev. Cyryl Lotocki. Bishop Andrew Roborecki blessed the church on July 12, 1955.

The church stands on a high concrete basement and is a wood constructed rectangular structure, 66 x 30 feet, with two frontal towers apexed by small cupolas. The walls are finished in asbestos board siding and contain fifteen rectangular windows which are of uniform size and have semicircular tops. The church structure has a shingled gable roof while the two front towers have pyramidal roofs apexed by blind drums with white sheet metal domes and crosses. Both towers contain triple in depth windows giving a niche effect; the west front entrance is sheltered by a precast concrete molding giving the same niche effect. Entry is directly into the nave, as the church does not have a vestibule, and immediately at its right are stairways leading to the choir loft and the church basement. Built-in confessionals are also found along the north wall just beneath the stairway leading to the choir loft.

The east sanctuary is elevated and, as in other churches, contains the main altar, prothesis and the church patron painting behind the main altar. Adjoining the sanctuary, at the north and south, are sacristies with the north sacristy also exiting to the church grounds. Two large nave icons, which are hung on corresponding sides of the sanctuary, portray the Holy Mother of God with the Christ Child and Christ the Teacher. The church patron icon and the two nave icons are done in the oil on canvas technique and were painted in 1960 by the artist Theodore Baran.

At the center of the church directly before the main altar stands the tetrapod containing a cross, a picture of the Mother of God, and candles. Rows of wooden pews seating approx. 120 persons are found on corresponding sides of the tetrapod. The base of the interior walls has hardboard finishing, all remaining wall areas including the vaulted ceiling are finished in donnacona and are pianted a light color. The church floor is covered with linoleum; the central aisle and sanctuary are carpeted. Lighting is by electricity and central heating by oil. The church basement contains various rooms for the organizational needs of the parish. An additional entry into the church basement is from the south side of the church grounds through the base of the tower.

The church was constructed by the parishioners through their financial contributions and voluntary labour. Total construction costs were $10,000; construction was carried out under the foremanship of Nykola (Nick) Steciuk. The four acre church site was purchased for $400.

Near the church stands a wooden cross commemorating the Holy Mission of 1946. The wooden post bell tower nearby contains the bell which the parish imported from France in 1950 for $430. The parish cemetery lies in continuation of the parish property.

Ukrainian settlement began in this area in 1899 with settlers from the Radekhiv and Horodenka counties. Initially the settlers established the parish of St. Paraskevia, two miles west of Tway. Their move into Tway occurred somewhat later. The first pastors to serve the Tway parish were: Rev. Anthony Simbalist, Rev. Cyryl Lotocki and the pastor of many years Rev. Jerome Lashkewich. During their pastorships the parish was organized and construction of the church was initiated and completed.

The parish was founded in 1937 by 20 families. In 1961 there were 75 souls (Directory), in 1967, 110 souls and in 1975, 23 families and 12 single members were accounted for (questionnaire). In 1976 the parish was under the directorship of: Rev. Lubomyr Ramach, acting pastor, Dmytro Oranchuk, Eugene Kowal, Joseph Stadnyk, Ksenya Wojcichowsky, Eugenia Marko, Sophie Kostyna, Fruzyna Doktor, Eva Stadnyk, Mary Gulansky, Peter Sarchuk, Paul Shulhan and John Oranchuk.

The Ukrainian Catholic parish of SS. Peter and Paul at Tway is under the pastoral charge of Wakaw.




Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Parish

Tway, Saskatchewan

September 2003 Update

As written previously, the built-in confessionals were to be found just beneath the stairway leading to the choir loft.  This did not materialize.  Confessions are done in the north sacristy.

It was realized as years went by, that due to the moisture in the area, the walls of the church basement were starting to deteriorate.  In 1992, the committee began what was to be a long process of fund raising, for moving the church to a new foundation.  Thus trips to Prince Albert for monthly bingos started.

     In 1997, after standing for 50 years, the church was moved just several meters south of it’s location, to a new foundation.  It now stands on a concrete foundation with concrete piles.  The basement has been eliminated with only a crawl space beneath it.  Entrance to the crawl space remains from the back of the church via the existing basement door, as well as through an outside entrance from the east side of the church.  It is deep enough to house the gas furnace, which at this time replaced the old oil furnace.

As funds permitted through continued bingos, in 1998 the concrete entrance steps, with a wheelchair ramp were built and new landscaping was done surrounding the church.  In 1999, along with donations from generous people across Canada, new doors and a canopy were added.  June of 2001 brought another major undertaking ~ the replacing of the weather beaten shingles with blue metal roofing.  At the same time, the frames of the niche effect windows in the front towers were covered with a white coloured metal.

By 2002, it was a must to replace the windows.  The committee made a special request for donations suggesting ‘pay for one window in memory of your loved ones’.  The campaign was a great success.  Four windows were blocked off, two in front and one in each sacristy.  This left eleven windows that were replaced.  The windows remained the same style, except the semicircular tops are coloured.  A plaque of appreciation has been hung at the back of the church, indicating the donor’s name and the names of the individuals in who’s memory the donations were made.

Bingos are still being worked, with hopes of continuing our renovations with new siding outside and interior painting; both are badly needed.  Due to the small working membership (majority are elderly) the congregation is most grateful to some non-Catholics from our community, and catholic and non-catholic friends and relatives from other communities, who faithfully help us, work the bingos.  Thus, they are helping us to preserve our church for future generations, however small in number.

In the more recent years priests who have served us were:  Rev. Adam Pidwerbeski, Rev. L. Romanow, Rev. R. Ferenc and currently Rev. Vasyl Hnatkivsky.  Past cantors were Mr. Joseph Stadnyk, Mr. Paul Calyniuk and the present, Mrs. Mary Pidskalny.  Some committee members after the initial write up were:  Nick Steciuk, John Marko, Patricia Romanchuk, Eugene Kowalchuk and Evan Marko.  The current committee consists of:  Eugene Chyz, Lydia Gulansky and John Romanchuk.  There is no organized U.C.W.L., just some volunteer hard-working women.

Our membership had decreased, but with the determined restoration of our church, we have an increase.  Families who left the area, now inspired, are becoming members and support the church, with a desire to return to their roots for their final resting place.  Membership now stands at 22.

Our church still has one mass per month, year round.  With the closure of Wakaw Rectory and no resident priest there, our pastoral services are from Cudworth again, as they were when the church was built.

Tway Ss. Peter & Paul Church and Cemetery

52°44’22.8″N 105°26’15.5″W

52.739656, -105.437633

Bulletins for Cudworth - District Parishes

Cudworth and District Praznyks - 2017

Date - Calendar
(Gregorian- G; Julian -J)
Humboldt, All SaintsMay 22 (G)11:30 a.m.
Adamiwka, PentecostJune 4 (J)11:30 a.m.
Sokal, Holy GhostJune 5 (J)10:00 a.m.
Cudworth, Holy EucharistJune 18 (G)11:15 a.m.
Lanigan, Sacred HeartJune 28 (J)11:30 a.m.
Wakaw, Sacred Heart of JesusJuly 8 - (J)?
Tway, Sts. Peter and PaulJuly 9 (G)11:30 a.m.
Rosthern, Sts. Peter and PaulJuly 16 (J)11:15 a.m.
Carpenter (Hory) AscensionAugust 11 (J)11:30 a.m.
Alvena (Farms), Dormition BVMAugust 28 (J)10:00 a.m.
St. Julien, Patronage BVMOctober 14 (J)10:00 a.m.
Alvena, Archangel MichaelNovember 21 (J)10:00 a.m.

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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