Religious Education for Youth

Julianne Staley
Director of Formation of the Young Church

Michaela Miller
Assistant Director of Formation of the Young Church

Helen Simpson
Formation Assistant

Maria Herrera
Religious Education Administrative Assistant

Parents must complete our Virtual Meeting Consent Form featuring our Diocesan Safety Guidelines. This only needs to be done once and covers all virtual programs for children at St. Philip.

Virtual Meeting Consent Form

Religious Education Fees

We had to change the style of Catechesis this year with the pandemic, so our fees are changing as well. Each family will get a parent guide and each child will get an activity book. Therefore, there will be a Family Registration fee of $45 which will include the Parent Guide and the first child’s Activity Book. For the 2nd and 3rd child there will be an additional fee of $25 per child. For 4th child and above, there will be no additional registration fees. These fees are to cover the costs of books, Zoom Fees, resources for Parent Catechesis Sessions, and materials that will be sent home for students.


  • $45 – 1 child
  • $70 – 2 children
  • $95 – 3 or more children

No one will be refused faith formation based on the inability to pay fees. If any of the financial obligations present a hardship for you please call Julianne Staley at (615) 550-2838 or Maria Herrera at (615) 550-2840.

Parent Handbook

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Changes with the Pandemic

Due to the current situation we are facing during this pandemic, the Faith Formation Team has decided to temporarily reformat Religious Education. CGS will be back. This next year, we plan to utilize at home, Family Catechesis for pre-school through 12th grade. We will have periodic parent sessions to go over material before it is covered at home. Virtual and in-person sessions will be made available for parents accordingly. In addition to the parent sessions, we will have supplemental virtual classes for Level 2 and Level 3 (grades 1st-6th).

Those who will be preparing for Sacraments will receive additional catechesis to complete at home with virtual components. After registration, more information will be sent out to those preparing for Sacraments.

The Family Catechetical series that we will use is called A Family of Faith. This parish family-based Catechism series covers the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church in four years and assists parents in teaching their children the Faith. One special advantage of teaching children catechism at home is that it is an opportunity to draw your family closer together.

Pope St. John Paul II, in Catechesi Tradendae, wrote “Family catechesis… precedes, accompanies and enriches all other forms of catechesis. Thus there cannot be too great an effort on the part of Christian parents to prepare for this ministry of being their own children’s catechists and to carry it out with tireless zeal.”

The vision for “A Family of Faith” is strong Catholic families in which children learn the joys of following Jesus Christ and the truths of their Faith through the witness of Christian life given by their parents.

The goals of the program are:

  • To encourage and equip parents to fulfill their God-given duty and privilege of educating their children in the Catholic Faith.
  • To support and nurture strong Catholic families who image the Blessed Trinity.
  • To provide parents the opportunity for continued growth in the Faith.
  • To build community and celebrate Catholic life together through common prayer, service to others, social activities, and liturgical celebrations.

Our Programs

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.

A Family of Faith
3 Years Old – 8th Grade

Michaela Miller, Asst. Dir. Formation of the Young Church
Maria HerreraAdministrative Assistant, Religious Education

The Sophia Institute created A Family of Faith (in English & Spanish) to help develop strong Catholic families in which children learn the joys of following Jesus Christ and the truths of our Faith through the witness of Christian life given by their parents. Although individual families can easily use A Family of Faith independent of the parish, this program is designed to be used by parishes as an alternative to faith formation classes.

Those who will be preparing for Sacraments (1st Communion & Confirmation) will receive additional catechesis to complete at home with virtual components.  After registration, more information will be sent out to those preparing for Sacraments.

Studies tell us that parental involvement in the faith-life of their child is by far the most important element in ensuring that a child develops into a practicing Christian. A Family of Faith provides both the parish catechist and the parent with an easy-to-use, turnkey solution to catechizing the whole family.

Family of Faith Curriculum Page

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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 Wednesdays at 5:00pm with a minimum of 75% of attendance. During these sessions, first year, Confirmation 1, students and parents explore the beauty of Theology of the Body for Middle Schoolers; second year, Confirmation 2, students and parents delve into the Sacrament of Confirmation and what it means to be Catholic.

  • Confirmation 1 students are also required to complete 10 service hours (5 for the community and 5 for the church) and attend the diocesan Sealed retreat.
  • Confirmation 2 students are required to complete 20 service hours (10 for the community and 10 for church), attend Sealed Retreat and Youth 2000.

Teens who have not yet received the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, or Confirmation should contact Julianne Staley, 615-550-2838, to assess what additional formation may be required. Parents are also encouraged to attend Adult Faith Formation as they continue their own faith formation journey.

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.

Our VBS Page
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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 through zoom from 10-10:30. We focus on Praise and worship and teaching the Word of God. Young Disciples is sponsored by Anointing Fire Catholic Youth Ministry.

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Edge & Connect
Middle & High School

Julianne Staley, Director of Formation of the Young Church
Helen Simpson, Formation Assistant
Maria Herrera, Administrative Assistant, Religious Education

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.

Youth Ministry Page

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