Project Description

Advent & Christmas at St. Philip

What all is happening at Good Ol’ St. Philip during Advent & Christmas?
Christmas Basket Week, Events and Prayer Resources. You can see it all here!

Events

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Solemnity of Immaculate Conception: English

December 8 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am

Solemnity of Immaculate Conception: English

December 8 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast: Morning Mass

December 12 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am

Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast: Evening Mass

December 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Christmas Mass for Children: English

December 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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About Christmas Basket Week

December 12-19

Text a donation by texting “[amount] Baskets” to 615-235-7142 (eg “25 Baskets”)
or give online at StPhilipFranklin.com/giving

Preparations and Basket pickup will take place at:

Battle Ground Academy (BGA)
Cherry Gymnasium
336 Ernest Rice Lane, Franklin, TN

Due to social distancing restrictions we ask you to sign-up online to participate.
Please wear a facial mask and social distance at all times for safety and health.

Sign Up

Schedule

Christmas Basket Appeals Program

December 12 - December 13

Christmas Baskets: Unload

December 16 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Christmas Baskets: Prepare boxes

December 17 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 pm

Christmas Baskets: Load Boxes

December 18 @ 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Christmas Baskets: Deliveries

December 19 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

51 years of Giving – St. Philip Christmas Basket Program

They start with nothing — no money, no food — and end with nothing. But more than 300 families receive baskets of food and gifts each Christmas because of the generosity of our parish.

Since 1969, St. Philip has provided baskets of food, clothing and gifts to Williamson County residents in need through our Annual Christmas Basket Program. The first year we modestly served six families. Now, baskets, some accompanied by bicycles, are delivered to more than 300 families. This year, because of renovations at St. Philip, boxes will fill the the Cherry Theater at BGA as families converge to deliver these filled ‘baskets.’

For additional information on the Christmas Basket Program or if you would like to volunteer “behind the scenes” please contact the Men’s Club, at MensClub@StPhilipFranklin.com.

“It started out as people [recipients] from the parish … and it just grew from there,” said Men’s Club member Joe Dembek. He and his family began delivering baskets in the mid 1990’s. He recalls, as many other do, John “Jay” Swauger’s impassioned appeals to ensure the baskets and the right families were served.

“It’s been tough trying to fill his shoes,” Dembek said. “He always seemed to come back with someone who needed a coat or something.” Swauger, and many others who helped propel the program over the years, have passed away. But their efforts endure in the hearts of all who keep it going.

Because of the scale, preparations begin months in advance — ordering food in mid-September as a leap of faith the bill will be paid. Men take Basket Week off from work to help and others donate their labor to fix up big-ticket toys such as bicycles. The Women of St. Philip help to gather and sort toys and coats.

The basket sorting, wrapping, packing and delivering is a weeklong family-centered festivity touching all. Children help wrap, others join in song as nursing homes are visited and family members come home to Franklin to help deliver the baskets and gifts.