Religious Education for Youth

Pre-school through High School

Religious Education for Youth. During a child’s baptism, the priest states, “You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so, you are accepting the responsibility of training your child in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring this child up to keep God’s Commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor.”

Our parish religious education program for youth helps parents to meet this commitment by beginning religious education for children as young as three years old! We continue faith formation for our youth through their senior year in high school. After that, they have the opportunity to become part of our college student and young adult ministries. Faith formation is a lifelong activity!

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Religious Education classes are provided each week August through May. The child’s age as of August 15 and their school grade level are the basis for placement in a particular class. Parishioners serve as catechists (teachers). Our Curriculum includes a diocesan required child safety component for students in grades K-12. There are training workshops throughout the year for the teachers. For more information on becoming a teacher, contact Maria Herrera in the Parish Office at 615-550-2840.

3 Years Old – 6th Grade

Michaela Miller, Asst. Dir. Formation of the Young Church
moc.nilknarFpilihPtS@relliMM, 615-550-2837
Carmen Sanchez, Spanish CGS
moc.oohay@11arifalg, 6140-928-516

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori approach to Religious Education. The program is rich in education around Liturgy and Bible. Good Shepherd has three multi-age levels for children beginning at age 3 through 6th grade. Each level builds progressively on the next. For more information, please visit the Good Shepherd website Ministry Description.

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7th & 8th Grade

Julianne Staley, Director of Formation of the Young Church

Confirmation Preparation is a 2 year process at St. Philip. All middle school students age 12 and over must complete both years of Confirmation preparation at St. Philip, regardless of their grade. Confirmation 1 and Confirmation 2 students are asked to attend weekly Faith Formation sessions on Sunday at 9:30am or 11:15am (in Spanish) or 3:30 pm or Wednesdays at 5:00pm with a minimum of 75% of attendance. During these sessions, Confirmation 1 students and parents explore the beauty of Theology of the Body for Middle Schoolers; Confirmation 2 students and parents delve into the Sacrament of Confirmation and what it means to be Catholic. Ministry Description.

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Edge & Connect
Middle & High School

Julianne Staley, Director of Formation of the Young Church
Helen Simpson, Formation Assistant

Edge & Connect are our youth ministry programs for Middle School (Edge) & High School (Connect). Regular meetings take place every Wednesday evening from 6 ~ 8:15pm. Dinner is provided followed by a night that revolves around Catholic lessons while incorporating high energy activities and games. Those 9th graders who may be attending Confirmation 2 are still welcome to join us for Connect in addition to their Sacrament preparation. Ministry Description.

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5th – 12th Grade

Greg Elliott:

Fraternus is a fraternal group for boys, 6th-12th grade. Its goal is to mentor boys into virtuous Catholic men. Meetings, Frat Nights, are Sundays after 5pm Mass and include games, a movie, discussion and prayer. Dinner is provided.

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Learning Center
Ages 3 – 6

Karen Williams, Learning Center Director

St. Philip Learning Center is an affordable Catholic Montessori preschool and Homeschool Enrichment program located in the heart of downtown Franklin. While our catechesis lessons embrace the teachings of the Catholic Church, we warmly welcome all children. St. Philip Learning Center is a ministry of St. Philip Catholic Church, using the Montessori materials and methods to educate children. The children learn in a prepared environment, freely choosing their work while being guided by Montessori trained teachers. Ministry Description.

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Vacation Bible School

Marie McDaniel
Laurie Sakai


VBS is held during one week in June. Religious concepts and scripture passages are taught through various activities including drama, art, crafts, music, games and science for our PreK through 5th graders. VBS needs volunteers as teachers and in various activity areas. Ministry Description.

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Young Disciples
3rd – 5th Grade

Leslie Hundt

3-5th graders are invited to join Young Disciples the second Saturday of each month from 10am-1pm for a great time of faith, fellowship and fun! We’ll have lunch, play games, sing and learn how we can GO and be disciples in our community. Ministry Description.

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Our Class Schedule


Meeting Time

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd,
Level 1, 2 & 3 Ages 3—12

Level 1 ~ Ages 3-6 years
Level 2  ~ Ages 6-9 years
Level 3 ~ Ages 9-12 years

Your child must be 3 years old by August 15th 2017 and potty trained to attend.

Please note if your child attends the St Philip Learning Center (Pre-School or Enrichment Days) your child will receive his/her Religious Education at that time and will not need to attend a separate atrium session.

ENGLISH (Levels 1-3)
Sunday, 9:30am to 10:45am or
Sunday, 3:30pm to 4:45pm or
Wednesday, 5:00pm to 6:15pm

SPANISH (Levels 1-2)
Sunday, 11:15am to 12:45pm

1st Year Confirmation
Completed CGS Level 3

2nd Year Confirmation
Completed 1st Yr Confirmation

Sunday, 9:30am to 10:45am or
Sunday, 3:30pm to 4:45pm or
Wednesday, 5:00pm to 6:15pm

Sunday, 11:15am to 12:45pm

Connect (High School)

Wednesday, 6:00 pm to 8:15 pm

Edge (Middle School)

Wednesday, 6:00pm to 8:15pm

Fraternus (6th-12th Grade)

Sunday, 6:00pm to 8:15pm

Young Disciples (3rd-5th Grade)

2nd Saturday, 10am to 1:00pm