Fr. Mike Dechant OMI – Pastor
Fr. Mike Dechant was born in northern Alberta, but then “transplanted” to Saskatchewan for most of his life. He is an Oblate of Mary Immaculate who believes that Youth are the Future (of the Church) …NOW!
At present, he is working in the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division as the Priest Chaplain at Holy Cross High School, and is the pastor of St. Philip Neri Parish in Saskatoon. As his father was a farmer. planting seeds to feed the people of the world, so too his son has spent most of his life “planting seeds” – seeds of hope and encouragement, the seeds of the Good News of Jesus Christ. His constant encouragement to everyone is: “Wherever you go, go with God. Whenever you go, go make a difference.”
Shirley Hyshka – Pastoral Associate
Shirley joined our team early in 2012 after serving as Pastoral Associate at Holy Spirit for about 3 years. She was also an elementary school educator with the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School system for 30 years prior to her parish ministry.
With three University of Saskatchewan education degrees, as well as a Certificate in Theological Studies and a Diploma in Lay Ministry, she hopes to continue learning more about Jesus as she serves in the parish. Shirley ministers in a variety of areas in the parish which include RCIA, Baptisms, Funerals, and Scripture Study.
Shirley has two children, Chris and Courtney, and she loves spending time with her four grandchildren, lunch with friends, learning new things, reading and doing all things religious!
Joanne Lysyshyn – Music Minister and Financial Administrator
Joanne was hired as the Music Coordinator for the parish in 2005. This position involves scheduling choirs for all of the liturgies throughout the year, training cantors, arranging workshops, maintaining the keyboards and sound equipment, playing at funerals and helping couples with the wedding music if required. In 2008, Joanne took on the accounting for the parish. This entails working very closely with the parish priest, the finance committee and the office administrators. It is essential to have accurate financial records and reporting.
Joanne and her husband, Ted have five children and eight grandsons. Together they enjoy entertaining family and friends, working in their yard and attending musical events. Joanne is also an avid reader and loves sports and playing games.
Cathy Martell – Administrative Assistant
Cathy joined the St. Philip Neri parish staff in 2017 and works part-time as one of the Administrative Assistants. Her role focuses predominantly on maintaining the parish listing as well as parishioner donations. She also handles website maintenance along with all the many reception duties.
Cathy, and her husband Keith, have five children and have been active parishioners at St. Philip Neri for almost 30 years. They have been involved with many of the ministries at St. Philip Neri over the years and most recently have been volunteering as Sacristans and EMCs.
They enjoy travelling, entertaining friends, and maintaining their acreage.
Marlene Flaman Dunn – Administrative Assistant
Marlene has recently retired after a wondeful 35-year career with Saskatoon Public Schools, spending 24 years as a high school teacher and 11 years in administration at the Board Office. Marlene and her family have been parishioners at St. Philip for nearly 30 years; she is a past-Chair of our Parish Pastoral Council and she and her husband, Ken, have been involved in our Communion to the Sick Ministry for many years. Marlene and Ken have three sons, one lovely daughter-in-law, one adorable grandson and on more grand-baby on the way! In their semi-retirement spare time, Marlene and Ken love to bike, hike, kayak and ski, travel the world whenever they can, and spend most summer weekends up at Candle Lake. They especially love to spend time with their rather large extended families, hang out with their dogs and loudly cheer on their beloved SK Roughriders!
Deb Bauche – Parish Nurse
Deb joined our staff in 2004. Together with Ethna Martin R.N., she pioneered something rather unique to St. Philip Neri: Parish Nursing Minsitry. Deb makes herself available to visit those in our parish (and outside!) who are in crisis, in need of comfort or seeking counsel regarding health care. As a parish nurse, she can incorporate our Catholic faith into her work with those she meets. Deb is married to Brian and they have two children: Mike (daughter Ellie) and Nicole (husband Marc and children Julian, Paul, Petra and soon-to-be-here son). Deb likes to read and knit and visit her three grandchildren who live out of province. Deb is an 11-year breast cancer survivor and is on the Busting with Energy Dragonboat team.
Hanook Gill – Custodian/Maintenance
Hanook Gill was born in Gujrat Pakistan and moved to Canada with his sister on March 23, 2018 and immediately became part of the St. Philip Neri Parish community. Since then, he has worked at Trinity Manor and now here at St. Philip Neri where he has met many good friends. In addition to meeting new people, Hanook enjoys learning about Canadian and Indigenous cultures and loves helping and joking with our elders.
Hanook really likes his job at St. Philip Neri and has a dream to buy a house in Saskatoon and bring the rest of his family here someday.