Welcome to our Ministries Page. St. Philip has many opportunities to “joyfully follow Jesus on the way of service, the royal road that leads to Heaven” (Pope Francis). Not sure which ministry below is right for you? Use our Online Gifts Survey.
Parish & Family Life
Administration & Finance
Mike Ren, Parish Council Rep
In proclaiming and celebrating the Good News of the Gospel and in serving the people it is essential that material needs such as finances, membership, physical plant and talents of the parishioners be considered. A well run parish enriches all parish life. Ministry Description.
Betty Jo Allen & Marge Ellis
The support of our parish after the death of a loved one is important to those in the grieving process. This ministry provides a prepared luncheon to families following a funeral at St. Philip’s. The members of this committee help by setting-up of the room, supplying salads and desserts, preparing and serving the food and clean-up. Ministry members are encouraged to participate either by being present for the luncheons or by sending in food, when needed. Ministry Description
Building & Grounds
Carol Brown, Parish Council Rep
The mission of our Buildings and Grounds Ministry is to assist the Parish in the management, maintenance and improvement of all Parish internal and external facilities and properties to create and maintain a comfortable, functional and secure environment for all Parishioners and Ministries to flourish and grow. Ministry Description.
Paolo Motta, Parish Council Rep
The Communications Ministry reaches the parish and our community through media in order to inspire, inform, and invite participation in the life, mission, and purposes of the Church through the parish bulletin, parish website, electronic communications, social media, public relations and other special projects. Ministry Description.
Couples for Christ
Buddy & Khryss Campos
Couples for Christ is an international Catholic lay ecclesial movement with the goal to renew and strengthen Christian family life and values. The members have committed themselves to the Lord and to one another so they may grow in maturity as men and women of God and fulfill their primary vocation of raising families under the lordship of Jesus Christ and for the service of the Kingdom of God. Any validly married Catholic couple can become members of CFC. Although a Catholic movement/organization, CFC remains open to having non-Catholic Christians as members. Ministry Description.
Cub Scout Pack 135
Dallas Clements, Cub Master
Mat Adams, Committee Chair
Pack 135 has been part of the Franklin community for over 20 years and welcomes boys and girls from Kindergarten through fifth grade to join. Pack 135 supports our community through service projects such as food drives, memorial flag placements, and community cleanup activities. We also have an incredible amount of fun with camping, pinewood derby, hikes, space camp, and many other activities. Our Pack meetings are the second Thursday of each month during the school year from 6:30 to 8 pm at the St. Philip Community Center.
Foster Care & Adoption
This ministry provides support for those who are in the process of adopting a child/children, those who have adopted a child/children or those who are foster parents. Our purpose is to provide information and support to one another. Ministry Description.
We are a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You’ll gain access to valuable Grief Share resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. We provide seminars and support groups led by people who know what you are going through and want to help. Ministry Description.
Miguel Valadez & Maria Perez, Parish Council Reps
La misión del Ministerio Hispano es servir a la comunidad en lo espiritual, la oración y la educación religiosa, en su propio idioma. The mission of the Hispanic Ministry is to serve the spiritual, worship and religious education needs of the community in its own language. Ministry Description.
“The JOY Ministry provides events for “JUST OLDER YOUTH” (over 40). Events can be spiritual, social or civic in nature. On the 2nd Tuesday of the month we meet at St. Philip at 11 a.m. in the Gathering Area for a speaker/entertainment event. Special events and Dutch Treat meals are held throughout the year providing opportunities for enrichment and enjoyment. Check the weekly parish bulletin and sign up for “flocknotes” in your email for event details. This ministry provides a great opportunity for active “JUST OLDER YOUTH” to get together, make new friends and experience the “JOY” of fellowship. Ministry Description.
Knights of Columbus
Tim Healy, Grand Knight
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded in the United States in 1882, it is named in honor of Christopher Columbus. There are more than 1.9 million members in over 15,000 councils, with almost 200 councils on college campuses. Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Ministry Description.
Manna in the Desert
You are not alone in your grief! “Manna in the Desert” is an online community of persons experiencing the loss of a loved one. By subscribing through Flocknote members receive periodic meditations based on Sacred Scripture to help maneuver daily life and the grief process. Participants may choose e-mail or text messaging to receive these meditations. This online ministry works closely with GriefShare and is part of Parish and Family Life Ministries.
Matt Brzica, Parish Council Rep
This ministry is for the men of St. Philip to serve and support our active parish. All St. Philip men are considered members of the Men’s Club and are invited to take an active part in its functions. The group is organized to serve the church as a whole, physically and spiritually, while offering fellowship among its membership. Ministry Description.
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-11am
All are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and just show up!
Tai Chi is an ancient martial arts discipline that helps the student learn balance and coordination. This is also a great class for students with chronic conditions such as arthritis and joint or tissue inflammation, among others. Movements are slow and detailed and follow a predictable progression.
Traveling Spirits of St. Philip Catholic Church
The Traveling Spirits Ministry provides St. Philip parishioners and their families and friends* opportunities to go on pilgrimages to nourish their Catholic faith and to deepen their relationship with God.
Becoming a Pilgrim in Today’s World
It’s common to be a traveler in today’s shrinking world. Hop on a plane and land in Ireland. Hop off a cruise ship and disembark in South America. Even pack a car and end up on a coast or Canada! Being a traveler, as wonderful as that may be, is not the same as being a pilgrim.
Pilgrims don’t travel; pilgrims “journey.” Pilgrims take journeys to holy places to hear God’s whisperings more clearly and to see more vividly a path through the everyday. Pilgrims who have “journeyed” to holy places rarely return the same.
We hope you choose to become a pilgrim in today’s busy world. It will make a difference in your life!
St. Philip supports Graceworks Ministries by helping those in need. Assistance is needed in the Thrift Store, Office, Food Pantry, Senior Transportation, Parish Nurse and Home Visitation programs. Graceworks also relies on our monetary, food, clothing, household, and furniture donations. Ministry Description.
Habitat for Humanity
St. Philip is one of several churches in our community that are working together with Habitat for Humanity to build a home to provide a local family in need with affordable housing. We need volunteers to provide construction labor and food for the work crews on build dates. Stay tuned for more information and sign ups for this year’s build.
One of God’s greatest gifts is the universal character of the Church, blessing and calling us to live in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in faith throughout the world. Sister Parish relationships help parishes to live out Catholic social teaching. St. Philip’s “Sister Parish” relationship with St. Charles Borromeo in LeBorgne, Haiti dates back to the 1970s. On the first Sunday of the month our second collection is for the Haiti Ministry. In addition to raising funds, our Haiti Ministry actively works with the people of St. Charles helping them in many concrete ways. Ministry Description.
Tom Galantowicz & Declan Weir
Helping Hands ministry consists of volunteer parish facilitators and helpers who identify and assist parishioners in need, to explore possible help from within the St Philip parish community. Helpers receive occasional emails and respond to those that fit their schedule and abilities. Requests will typically fall into (non-financial) categories such as…
- Light housework/repairs/maintenance
With Covid-19, phone volunteers have been contacting parishioners for a courtesy “Wellness Check.” If they have not yet contacted you, or your situation has changed, please complete the Needs form below. It will be handled in a secure and confidential manner.
Joe St. Lawrence
St. Philip has long assisted the people of India. In 2011-13 a church was built. In the years since, through ongoing parishioner efforts, two schools and a chapel have been built working with local Franciscans. Earlier this year, Bishop Spalding gave approval for us to continue our educational support and evangelization of the people of India through formation of the India Mission Ministry.
The Second Collection on the third Sunday of the month will be dedicated to The India Mission. Beginning in May, a giving envelope for the India Mission has been added to your monthly mailing. Giving to the India Mission may also be done online and by texting “India” to (615) 235-7142.
Loaves & Fishes
Paul & Monica Garvey
On the second Saturday of each month, Loaves and Fishes provide St. Philip parishioners an opportunity to prepare and serve a hot midday meal to the hungry and homeless in East Nashville without restriction of religion, race or proof of need. Each week approximately 600 meals are served in a caring environment. At Loaves and Fishes the people who come to eat around the tables are our guests. Guests of the program are also provided referral to appropriate services for housing, additional food, and clothing, within the community.
The program operates in the Parish Center of Holy Name Catholic Church, located behind the church at 508 Main Street, Nashville, TN 37206.
Teams are set in advance. Please email in advance if you would like to help.
- 10:00-11:30am: Meal Prep
- 11:30am-12:30pm: Lunch is served
- 12:30pm-2:00pm: Clean up
Health & Wellness
Health and Wellness at St. Philip focusses on CPR & AED training, blood pressure checks and our partnership with Mercy Community Healthcare. Mercy Community Healthcare (formerly Mercy Children’s Clinic) reflects the love of Jesus Christ by providing quality and compassionate healthcare to both the insured and uninsured in Williamson and surrounding counties – with a focus on Pediatrics, Adult Primary Care and Integrated Mental & Behavioral Health.
Free Legal Clinics are held through out the year at St. Philip in partnership with the Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance (TFJA). The TFJA is a project of the Access to Justice Commission. It is an alliance of faith-based groups in Tennessee who commit to providing legal resources to their congregations and communities. TFJA was created to align needs seen at the local house of worship level with possible legal resources that are nearby, perhaps even within the same congregation. The notion is to connect with people in need in a place they already go to seek help with a problem. That place is quite often their place of worship. It operates on a referral model that is designed to pair volunteer lawyers with congregants in need.
Meals On Wheels
St. Philip participates in Meals on Wheels, a program supported by many local churches. Meals on Wheels operates out of First United Methodist Church of Franklin and provides meals to members of the community. Drivers and cooks are needed. Time commitment can vary. St. Philip provides drivers the fourth week of the month on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Cooking is needed on the fourth Friday of each month. Ministry Description.
Meals with Love
Enrolled parishioners rotate preparing a home cooked meal for our parish priests. The meal is delivered to the refrigerator in the parish kitchen on the assigned Tuesday or Thursday. Current rotation is to cook once every seven months. Enrollment is always open. Please contact the ministry lead at the above email address if interested. Ministry Description.
Mission Honduras is a work project mission trip that lends a hand to our brothers and sisters in Juticalpa, Honduras. The Mission Team works directly with the Olancho Aid Foundation. Join the mission team for a memorable and meaningful mission trip. Ministry Description.
Our Respect Life ministry is dedicated to a respect for all human life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death. Through education and a public information effort the ministry works to identify and address pro-life issues and needs of the parish and community. Various activities include the spiritual adoption of unknown, unborn babies, letter writing campaigns in support of pro-life legislation, the organization of programs addressing respect for life issues, and support of Mulier Care, Tennessee Right to Life and 40 Days for Life. Ministry Description.
Mary Pat Payne
Safe Haven has 30 years of experience in the changing field of family homelessness with proactive programs, evidence based practices and trauma informed care. They increasingly play a leadership role in education and advocacy to address this community-wide issue. Safe Haven is the only shelter-to-housing program of its kind in Middle Tennessee that accepts the entire homeless family. Ministry Description.
St. Anthony’s Closet & Food Pantry
Through the generosity of our parishioners, we stock a food pantry with food for those in need. We also provide gently used clothing and household goods through the Closet. Volunteers are needed to staff St. Anthony’s Closet. We sort clothes, share our excess with Graceworks and share a smile and hospitality with those who come to the Closet.