Wakaw – Sacred Heart

Church of the Sacred Heart constructed 1945-1946 in Wakaw; R.M. 401.

WAKAW — The church of the Sacred Heart is the first church of the parish.

The church was constructed in 1945-1946 on a one acre site in Wakaw. The first Divine Liturgy in the church was celebrated by Rev. Cyryl Lotocki. Bishop Andrew Roborecki blessed the cornerstone and consecrated the church on June 28, 1953, and blessed the church bells on August 23, 1963.

The church is a wooden rectangular structure, 60 x 30 feet, on a high concrete basement and has three frontal cupolas. Originally the walls had an imitation brick finish; in approx. 1971 the exterior was renovated and is now finished with masonite siding of a light color. The church is south-north oriented with a north main entrance through an adjoining porch-vestibule.

In the interior the sanctuary with the main altar is elevated and has two adjoining sacristies; the west sacristy has an entry into the

church basement and an exit to the church grounds. Behind the main altar hangs a large oil on canvas church patron painting which was painted in 1951 by Wasyi (William) Solar. The two oil on canvas icons of the Holy Mother of God and Christ the Teacher, which have small votive altars, are the artwork of Theodore Baran and were painted in 1955.

Opposite the main altar, the choir loft extends above the north end of the nave and is reached by a carpeted stairway; the choir loft, the central aisle in the nave, the sanctuary and its two adjoining sacristies are also carpeted. The base of the interior walls in finished in wood panelling, the upper wall areas and the vaulted ceiling are finished in painted donnacona. The church contains wooden pews seating approx. 60 persons, has electricity, central gas heating and plumbing facilities. The finished church basement serves as a parish hall with kitchen facilities. Entries into the church basement are at the west wall of the nave and the west side of the church grounds through an adjoining porch. The church has electric bells which were purchased in 1963 for $1,800; speakers have been installed in the central front cupola.

Construction of this church was made possible through financial contributions and voluntary labour of the parishioners who worked under the foremanship of Paul Kukuruza. The one acre church site was purchased by the parishioners for $100. The parish cemetery is two miles north of the church.

Near the church stands a cross commemorating the Holy Mission of 1965. The site also contains a rectory which was constructed in 1957.

Ukrainian Catholics moved into Wakaw in 1934 from thfc neighbouring parishes and farms in the district. In 1961 the parish registered 145 souls (Directory), in 1975 there were 44 families and 15 single members. In 1976 the parish was under the directorship of: Rev. Lubomyr Ramach, acting pastor, Michael Diakoff, Bohdan Zadvomy, William (Bill) Buryniuk, Ernest Huculiak, Nykola (Nick) Kalyniuk, Metro Balone, Anton Micheolycia, Sophie Zakus, Mary Moysiuk, Wasylyna Twardy, Tekia Herchak, Joseph Skopyk and Steve Zaieschuk.

The Ukrainian Catholic parish of the Sacred Heart at Wakaw is the seat of the pastoral district of Wakaw with satellite parishes at St. Julien, Sokal, Tway and, during its tenure, Tway farms. Acting pastor for the district is Rev. Lubomyr Ramach.




1934 – Ukrainian Catholics settling  in Wakaw, attending Divine Liturgy in

Ukrainian or Roman Catholic churches


1941—Dreams of the  Sheremetas,Bilorosuks, Werbickis, Mamchurs, Lestashyns,

Ostrowskys, &  Hrynewichs starts to become a reality when an acre of land is

purchased at the present site for a church. Also, an acre of land is purchased

North of town for a cemetery.


Before the church was built, Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the homes of Wasyl

Sheremeta or John Bilorosuk.


1945-1946 – Church construction started and completed, becoming the first church

in the parish.

Construction made possible through financial contributions, bazaars, and

Voluntary labour of Founders who worked under the foremanship of Paul



1946—First Divine Liturgy celebrated by Fr. Cyril Lotocki, and the Parish was under

the Pastoral charge of Cudworth


1951—Sacred Heart of Jesus Icon, behind the alter, painted by Wasyl Solar, donated by

Jacob & Katherine Buryniuk


1953—Bishop Andrew Roborecki blessed the cornerstone and consecrated the church

on July 28.


1953—Fr. Basil  Woloshyn becomes the first resident Pastor. The parish becomes the

Pastoral seat for missions of Sokal & St. Julien


1955– Icons painted by Theodore Baran, Christ The Teacher, bonated by Stephen &

Sophia Zakus.     Mother of God, donated by Metro & Anne Balone.


1955—U.C.W.L. Branch formed with 27 members.


1955—Mission  Cross placed near the church.


1957—Residence (Rectory ) constructed for Parish Priest.


1963—Church chimes (Bells) blessed on August 23


1980—Parish again under the Cudworth charge.

.            No resident priest. Rectory sold

1988—Millennium of Ukrainian Christianity. May 28th, blessing of the 14 Stations

of the Cross & Vestments donated by Parishioners.

–Blessing of  U.C.W.L. Banner

–Blessing at Cemetery , Cross and Gates.


1995—50th  Anniversary of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Ukrainian Catholic Church

Blessings and prayers, Most Rev. Cornelius J. Pasichny, OSBM.


PRIESTS  Who Served The Parish

1946-51 Fr. Cyril Lotocki

1948-49 Fr. Jerome Lashkewich, Assistant

1951-53 Fr. Jerome Lashkewich

1953-55 Fr. Basil Woloshyn

1955-58 Fr. Nicholas Sydorak

1959-65 Fr.  Stephen Harvanko

1965-66 Fr. Volodymyr Shek

!967-75  Fr. Michael Shewchuck

1975-78 Fr. Dominic Mazun, MSF.

1978-80 Fr.Anthony Chabraszewski, MSF.

1980-85 Fr. Adam Pidwerbeski

1985-88 Fr. Lubomir Ramach, administrator; & other priests

1988-90 Fr. Paul Siska

!990-99 Fr. Leonard J. Romanow

1999-2001 Fr. Roman Ferenc

2001- 2004  Fr.Vasyl Hnatkivskyy

2004 –   Fr. Mykola Romanets

Wakaw Sacred Heart Founders

His Excellency Most Rev. Bishop Cornelius Pasichny with Original Founders and Benefactors

Joseph & Mary Holinaty, Hilda Sheremeta, Anne Balone, Elizabeth Scopick, Anne & Walter Chobotuk




1945-46  Wakaw Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish built.  A Women’s’ Association was formed to help establish religious, cultural and traditional life of the parish. They held various fundraisers to contribute to the beautification of the church and the purchase of furnishings necessary for worship.

1955   Wakaw Women’s Association becomes affiliated with the UCWLC.

Spiritual Director-Rev. Fr. Basil Woloshyn.   President : Michelena Bilosawsky. Sec. Tres. Anne Chobotuk .  Twenty seven members enrolled, paying memberships to the Eparchial Exec.

UCWL made monetary and voluntary contributions to the church: painting , roofing, permanent siding, carpeting church and basement, pews, stained glass windows, electric chimes, amplifier, furnishing and upkeep of residence.

Sent delegates to Eparchial Conventions; Celebrated UCWL  Day-tags and speakers

Sponsored Sisters to teach Catechism; Communion breakfasts, helped pay for school catechism books; held bazaars, bingo, hamper raffles; Spring bake sales- Easter bread and perogies

1971- Wakaw Homecoming: Ukrainian food booth, parade float with Fr. M.Shewchuk and youth.

Classes on making Ukrainian braided bread and Easter eggs;

Catered to weddings, graduations, parish funerals , memorials

Sponsored High School scholarship.

1979-Lenten Retreat conducted by Rev. Fr. L. Romach with visitation of Statue of Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima by Fr. Gruner.

1981-49 members in UCWL

1983- Continue to purchase needed items for church-vestments, linens.

1984-Furnished room in Lakeview Pioneer Lodge for $2800.00

Responded to Hospital Appeal; sent aid to Brazil

1988-Miraculous Icon of Our Lady of Victory brought to parish.

May 28- Ukrainian Millennium Celebration held.

Blessing of vestments, Fourteen Stations of the Cross( painted by Mary Nagy)

Donated by individual families, UCWLC Banner, Victory Icons for each family

10 members of UCWL receive 25 year certificates.

1992- Declining membership forces curtailment of catering and fall suppers

1993- Rosary Club- 1700 rosaries to Ukraine, 100 to local nursing home, communicants

Support to Pro life, Teen Aid ,Telemiracle, Wreath at Legion Remembrance Day, Restoration of churches in Ukraine , Participate in World Day of Prayer, Hospital and Nursing home visitation, Canvas for Donors Choice, Christmas Shoe Boxes to Ukraine.

1995- Membership drops to 30 ( only half active)

1996- Parish Celebrates 50th Anniversary .Fr. L. Romanow, His Excellency Bishop Cornelius Pasichney, and Deacon Ray Lalach officiating;

Following Divine Liturgy, a gold cross, two icons and Holy water font & sprinkler were blessed.

Founding Members and Benefactors of the church were presented with Certificates of Recognition

2001- UCWL hold a Member Appreciation Day: Divine Liturgy by Fr. Ferenc. Eparchial Pres. Gloria Leniuk presents 25 yr., 30 yr., 40 yr, and 50yr pins.

Attend Eparchial UCWLC 50th Anniv. Celebrations with St. George’s Branch, P.A.

–support  relief to Yugoslavia; World Youth Day; Youth for Christ; Mary Duma

Foundation;  Sheptytski Institute; Nasha Doroha Reserve Fund; Pastoral Care.

2002- membership down to 16 members

Members attended and acknowledge the enthronement of Bishops Basil Filevich, Cornelius Pasechney; Michael Wiwchar


Past Presidents: 1955- 1982

Tekla Bilorosek

Anna Werbicki

Mary Lestayshyn

Minnie Mamchur

Nettie Ostrosky

Michalena Bilosowsky

Mary Holinaty

Mary Sheremeta

Hilda Sheremeta

Ann Chobotuk

Anne Balone

Mary Mosejuk

Tillie Schitka



Hilda Sheremeta  1982-83

Tillie Schitka 1984-85

Anne Balone 1986-87;  92-93-94-95; 98-99-2000

Josephine Mamchur  1988

Pauline Pasieka 1989-90; 96-97.

Stella Buryniuk 2001-02-03

Sally Deptuch  2004-



Updated December 2020

The Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart, Wakaw, falls under the Deanery of Saskatoon, under the pastoral charge of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Holy Eucharist-Cudworth, which is included in the Cudworth District, with Reverend Mykola Romanets as Parish Administrator.

Wakaw Sacred Heart Church

52°38’43.9″N 105°44’21.5″W

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Wakaw Sacred Heart Cemetery

52°40’31.5″N 105°43’40.6″W

52.675420, -105.727940

Bulletins for Cudworth District Parishes
Cudworth District Parishes Information
Nahachewsky, Very Rev. Ivan, Saskatoon,
Chancellor; Vicar of Eparchial Properties; Cudworth District; Administrator; Eparchial Substitute Priest; Military Chaplain
214 Avenue M South, Saskatoon, SK S7M 2K4
Cell:  306-961-1390
Email: chancellor@skeparchy.org
Alvena, St. Michael the Archangel
Alvena Farms, Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary
Carpenter-Hory, Ascension
Cudworth Holy Eucharist 
Humboldt, All Saints
Lanigan Farms, Sacred Heart
Rosthern Farms-Adamivka, Descent of the Holy Spirit
Rosthern, Ss. Peter and Paul
Sokal, Holy Trinity
St. Julien, Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Tway, Ss. Peter and Paul
Wakaw, Sacred Heart
Deanery (Protopresbyterate) of Saskatoon

DEANERY (Protopresbyterate) OF SASKATOON


Nahachewsky, Very Rev. Ivan,
Vicar-General; Vicar of Eparchial Properties; Rector - Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of St. George, Saskatoon;
Military Chaplain
214 Avenue M South, Saskatoon, SK S7M 2K4
Cell:  306-961-1390, Rectory Office: 306-664-3459
Email: inahachewsky@skeparchy.org

Yamniuk, Deacon Myron

Telephone: 306-374-4535
Email: myronyamniuk@gmail.com

Saskatoon Redemptorist Fathers

10th Street East and Munroe Avenue,
(Church Auditorium) 306-343-0033;
(Res) 1202-11th St. East,
Saskatoon, SK S7H 0G3
Telephone: (Office) 306-343-6516
Email: sspp@sasktel.net

Lukie, Very Rev. Raymond, CSsR, Pastor


Dnistrian, Rev. Dmytro, CSsR, Assistant Pastor & Missionary

Nahachewsky, Deacon Thomas
Telephone: Cell: 306-361-1555

Malkov, Rev. Leonid, CSsR, Administrator
Also Serves:
Albertown, Ss. Peter and Paul
Alticane, St. John the Baptist
Hafford, Holy Eucharist
Krydor, Sacred Heart
Orolow, Holy Spirit
Radisson, Protection of the BVM
Speers, Ss. Peter and Paul
Uhryniv, St. Nicholas
Welechko, Presentation of the BVM
Whitkow, Ascension of Our Lord

Lalach, Very Rev. André, Vice-Chancellor, Dean-Deanery of Saskatoon;
Administrator-Saskatoon: Dormition District
Saskatoon, Dormition of the Blessed Mother of God
120-105th Street West, Saskatoon, SK S7N 1N2
Telephone:(Church) 306-652-4837;
(Res) 306-477-1704; (Cell) 306-280-2941
Email: alalach@sasktel.net
Also Serves:
Bodnari, Ss. Peter and Paul
Borschiv, Ss. Peter and Paul
Hawryliuke, Sacred Heart
Laniwci, St. Volodymyr
Prud'homme, St. John the Evangelist
Smuts/Prymove, St. John the Baptist
Saskatoon, St. Thomas More College
Vonda, Sacred Heart

Kachur, Very Rev. Andrei, Judicial Vicar (Marriage Tribunal); Administrator
751-14th Street West, Prince Albert, SK. S6V 3L9
Telephone: (Rectory) 306-763-3645;
Cell: 306-940-8889
Email: stgeorgechurch.pa@gmail.com

(Church/Hall/Office) 306-763-5597;
Fax: 306-763-5516

Also Serves:
Alvena, St. Michael
Alvena Farms, Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary
Cudworth, Holy Eucharist (St. Michael’s Haven)
Gronlid, St. Michael
Humboldt, All Saints
Nipawin, All Saints
Rosthern Farms-Adamivka Descent of the Holy Spirit
Rosthern, Ss. Peter and Paul
Sokal, Holy Trinity
St. Julien, Patronage of Blessed Virgin Mary
Tway, Ss. Peter
Wakaw, Sacred Heart


Salahub, Deacon Harrold, Assistant Administrator
3276 Bliss Crescent, Prince Albert, SK. S6V 7X7
Telephone: 306-930-9709
Email: salah@sasktel.net
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 - Closed

Hudson Bay - Holy Eucharist (closed & sold)

Humboldt- All Saints

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

Insinger - St. Nicholas

Insinger Farms - Ss. Peter and Paul 

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 - Closed

Kelliher - St.Vladimir the Great - Closed

Kindersley - St.John the Baptist (Closed-No Church)

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 - Closed

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 

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 Blessed Mother of God

Saskatoon - Ss. Peter & Paul

Saskatoon - St. Volodymyr Villa Chapel

Saskatoon - Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of St. George

Saskatoon - Ukrainian Park - Pike Lake - St. Volodymyr Memorial Church

Sheho Farms - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sheho Village - Christ the King

Shipman Rural - Ss. Peter and Paul

Sich-Krydor - St. Michael's (Demolished 2018; Cemetery only)

Smuts/Prymove - St. John the Baptisthttps://www.skeparchy.org/wordpress/about-us/parishes/sich-st-michaels/

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

Tribune - Holy Family

Tuffnell Village - Holy Trinity (Decommissioned)

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

Tway Town - Ss. Peter and Paul

Uhryniv - St. Nicholas 

Vasyliw - Ss. Constantine and Helena

Verigin - St. Nicholas (closed-no church)

Vonda - Sacred Heart

Wadena - Descent of the Holy Spirit

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 (No church; cemetery only)

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