Our parish staff is a great asset to the life of the parish. Read more about them.


Fr. Mike Dechant, OMI – Parish Pastor


 Fr. Mike Dechant OMI St. Philip Neri YXE 2018


Fr. Mike Dechant was born in northern Alberta, but then “transplanted” in 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 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, God with God. Whenever you go, go make a difference”.

mdechant@ omilacombe.ca

Fr. Bill Stang, OMI – Associate Pastor

Fr. Bill Stang was born in Saskatchewan and ordained on October 20, 1966. He has been a school teacher and involved with retreat house ministry, as well as involved in youth ministry as a missionary in Kenya for 6 years. Upon return to Canada, Fr. Bill worked with Indigenous people in Manitoba. He joins the team at St. Philip Neri as the Associate Pastor.  

was39@ sasktel.net

Shirley Hyshka – Pastoral Associate



Shirley joined our team early in 2012 after serving as Pastoral Associate at Holy Spirit for 3 years. She was also an elementary school teacher in the separate school system for 31 years prior to her parish work. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her. Shirley enjoys being around people so she would love to meet you especially if you want to register for any of the sacraments. 


Coming soon Youth Minister 



spnyouth@hotmail.com - Youth Ministry










Cathy Martell –
Administrative Assistant
(a.k.a Director of First Impressions)

  Cathy Martell St. Philip Neri YXE Admin Assistant 2018 

Cathy joined the St. Philip Neri staff in 2017. She works part-time as one of your Reception/Administrative Assistants. Cathy is the first person you encounter when you enter our office and the first person to greet you on the phone. Whether you are new to the Parish or a long-time parishioner, and need some information or have a question or concern, Cathy will be able to help you or direct you to a staff member or volunteer who can. 


Marlene Flaman Dunn – Administrative Assistant (a.k.a Director of First Impressions)


Marlene has recently retired after a wonderful 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 one 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!



Joanne Lysyshyn
Music Minister and Bookkeeper


Joanne was hired as the music coordinator for the parish in 2005. This position involves scheduling choirs for all of the liturgies that happen throughout the year, training cantors, setting up workshops, maintaining the keyboards and sound equipment, playing at funerals and helping couples with wedding music if required.

In 2008, Joanne took on the accounting for parish. This means 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. She loves sports and playing games. 


Sandi Lamborn – Custodian/Maintenance


Sandi has been our Custodian since 1998. As you look around our beautifully maintained building, you will see Sandi's handiwork! Sandi oversees everything from ensuring that each bathroom stall has an adequate supply of toilet paper to making sure that each of our air handling units is working properly. Sandi does a great job of making our physical space comfortable and appealing!

Sandi has four children and one grandson: Mike (wife, Samantha and son Seth), Justin, Andrew and Kaylie. Sandi loves to travel, read and ride her horse, Nestle.



Deb Bauche R.N.
Parish Nurse


Deb joined our staff along with Ethna Martin in 2004. Together they pioneered something rather unique to St. Philip Neri: Parish Nursing Ministry. 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 sons Julian and Paul). Deb likes to read and knit and visit her three grandchildren who live out of province. Deb is a 5 year breast cancer survivor and is on the Busting with Energy Dragonboat team.



Ethna Martin R.N.
Parish Nurse


Ethna joined our staff along with Deb Bauche in 2004.  Together they pioneered something rather unique to St. Philip Neri, Parish Nursing Ministry.  Ethna 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.

Ethna and her husband Ken emigrated from Ireland in 1991 with their two sons, James and Matthew. James and his wife Sloane live in Saskatoon. Matthew and his wife Megan live in Warman and have one son, Cormac, and one daughter Caoilinn.

Ethna is a member of the Miscarriage Awareness Committee, set up by the R.C. Diocese of Saskatoon, to encourage dialogue about miscarriage and work for awareness and education. She is a past Chair of CAPNM (The Canadian Association for Parish Nursing Ministry) and currently sits on the Board for CHAS (Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan). Ethna loves to travel, sing and entertain.




Ev Safronetz 
Parish Coordinator of Care

Ev Safronetz-Parish Coordinator of Care

I have been a member of St. Philip Neri Parish for about 20 years.  Parish involvement includes Parish Council, Bishop’s Annual Appeal, and liturgical ministries.  I am completing my second year of the Lay Formation Program.   Currently retired, I enjoyed 26 years of service with Saskatoon Catholic Schools and 4 years as Exec. Dir. of the Catholic Schools Foundation.

Diocesan Covenant of Care

The Diocese of Saskatoon aims to make parishes safe places for everyone. The Covenant of Care and Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Protocol are the code of ethics and procedures dealing with issues of misconduct and abuse by both lay and ordained within our Catholic community. The covenant and protocol is attached or it can be found online at: www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/covenantofcare

All parishes need to select a Parish Coordinator of Care (PCC). Ev Safronetz  (306-343-7605) has been chosen as St. Philip Neri Parish’s Coordinator of Care and her contact information will always be displayed on the front page of the bulletin and on our website here with the parish staff. Anyone who is aware of a breach of the protocol may contact their pastor or PCC. Allegations of a criminal nature should be made directly to city police or the local branch of the RCMP and to our Parish Coordinator of Care. If you are uncomfortable with reporting it within the parish you may contact the Diocesan Coordinator of Care, Blake Sittler, at (306) 659-5834. 

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Mass and Liturgy Schedule

Office Hours:

Monday thru Friday:  9:00 am – 12 noon & 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Office is closed for lunch from 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm) 

Phone: (306) 343-0325

Fax: (306) 343-0900


Regular Mass Times:

Saturday - 5:00 pm

Sunday - 9:30 am & 11:30 am

Summer Mass Times:

Saturday - 5:00 pm

Sunday - 10:00 am

Weekday Masses: Tuesday thru Friday - 8:30 am

(Rosary ½ before weekday Masses)


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