Experiences of community inspire us to share our Good News and experiences of being evangelized lead us to seek a community in which to live and celebrate our faith. Vibrant, spirit-filled parish communities commit themselves to continuing renewal of their own Catholic faith, to extending hospitality and welcome to those who have no Church nor faith tradition, and finally to witnessing to the faith in society by living Gospel values in the arenas of family, neighborhood, workplace, city, town and state.
Couples for Christ
Ministry Lead: Jhaynie & Nestor Umalin . 615-957-0801
Couples for Christ (CFC) is an international Catholic lay ecclesial movement whose goal is to renew and strengthen Christian family life and values. The members have committed themselves to the Lord and to one another so that they may grow in maturity as men and women of God and fulfill their primary vocation of raising up 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. CFC draws its membership from all sectors of society, young and old, rich and poor, etc. CFC transcends all cultural, economic, educational, social and other distinctions.
Knights of Columbus
Contact: Jake Woods . 615-513-2786
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 1.8 million members in 14,000 councils, with nearly 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. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life.
Ministry Lead: Anna Milton . 901-428-4747
Koinonia is a three day, weekend retreat offered during the summer to all parishioners, male or female, 21 and older. Designed to refresh, renew, reconnect with Jesus Christ, our St. Philip community, and our Catholic faith.
Ministers of Care
Ministry Lead: Jack & Paddy Gerbic . 615-595-8085
This ministry allows us to visit those unable to attend Mass, the shut-in at nursing homes, assisted living retirement facilities, hospitals, private homes and the jail. With prayer and support those who are unable to attend Mass have the opportunity to receive Communion. The hospital is visited daily. The other care facilities are visited weekly.
Ministry Lead: Chip Williams . 615-794-7632
The goal of the St. Philip Neighborhood Groups is to create a smaller church environment, and its purpose is to know and care for one another as neighbors and fellow members of St. Philip Catholic Church.
Ministry Lead: Mary Anderson . 615-794-7835 and Barbara Pewitt . 615-791-7417
This ministry is open to the members of St. Philip who are willing to become part of the facilitating team or would like to be a sponsor for individuals not of the Catholic faith, but who are interested in learning more about our faith. Inquiry sessions are held in September and October. Meetings for those going through the process and the sponsors are held on Sunday from 9:30-10:45am (between Masses) from October to May. Team members provide support as catechists (teachers), sponsor contacts, hospitality ministers and other roles as needed.
That Man Is You
Ministry Lead: Richard Triggs . 615-794-7711
A 26-week interactive men’s program combining the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of a man fully alive. By honestly addressing the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, That Man Is You! Seeks to form men who will be capable of transforming homes and society. Sessions are held on Saturday mornings and begin in September.
Ministry Lead: Veronica & Bob Sanchez . 615-689-9503 or 865-384-1433
Our parish community is made up of people from many different parts of the country who have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. The Welcoming Committee introduces new members to St. Philip and helps newcomers learn about and get involved in the church ministries and activities. The committee creates informational packets about St. Philip and distributes them to new members.
Ministry Lead: Bruce Ciemniecki . 615-791-8025
This is a small community faith sharing ministry designed to deepen our Catholic faith and connect its teachings to everyday life. Small community groups of 8–10 people meet in homes, once a week for six weeks in the fall and again in the spring. Experience faith learning, faith sharing and faith living.
Women’s Faith Sharing Fellowship
Ministry Lead: Cheryl Beck . 615-595-0571
The Women’s Faith Sharing Fellowship meets weekly on Thursday mornings from September through May. The women of this group meet to share their faith with others of the same values and beliefs. They read and discuss spiritual books while applying the topics to each other’s lives and giving support. Babysitting is provided.
Young Adult Ministry—YAMs
Ministry Lead: Emily Wilson . 615-400-6673
The Young Adult Ministry is for men and women, married or single, in their 20’s or 30’s. The purpose of this ministry is to nourish and support the spiritual growth and personal balance of young adults by fostering relationships, serving God and others, and exploring the faith journey.