Youth Ministers from across the Diocese gather to pray and learn from each other

Last week, the Office of Youth and Young Adults (YYA) of the Diocese of San José hosted a gathering of their constituents at the Chancery. Sandra Torres, the Director of the Office of YYA, said that they coordinate these gatherings because “it’s very important for all Youth and Young Ministers to come together to foster fellowship, equip leaders, and nurture their spirituality as a team for the young Church.  We hope these gathering inspire leaders to cultivate their discipleship in Christ.”

While prayer is a big component of these gatherings, the youth ministers also make time to share best practices, give each other advice, and brainstorm how to overcome the challenges they each face in their ministries.

Row David, Youth Director at Holy Spirit Parish, reflected on this opportunity to gather with his peers. “Compassion builds community, and as a community, we build compassion. We are not just individual Youth Directors but a community, a team who shares the same hopes and enthusiasm for this next generation of Catholics.”

The enthusiasm and camaraderie was indeed palpable in the room and exciting to watch. As expected from this group of “fun-to-be-around” people who are on fire with the Lord, they requested a picture with “silly faces” – we agreed!

We are extremely grateful for the work these Youth Ministers are doing in our community every day, and we can’t wait for them to unveil their plans for the next Diocesan Youth Retreat!

Youth Ministry Coordinator, Saint Frances Cabrini Parish

The Coordinator of Youth Ministry (CYM) provides vision and coordination for the parish’s efforts in ministry to young people from 6th through 12th grades. This includes high school and middle school sessions (weekly or bi-weekly gatherings), monthly activities, catechesis, and sacramental preparation (confirmation).

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned):

  • Direct a comprehensive Youth Ministry program for Middle and High school students.
  • Promote and lead youth ministry in the parish school community
  • Coordinate the recruitment, training, supporting, and evaluating of volunteers in youth ministry program
  • Be a resource person to parish staff on issues related to Middle and High school youth ministry
  • Serve as the liaison with the pastor, parish staff, parish council, and Diocesan Youth Ministry Office
  • Collaborate with the Liturgy Committee in the implementation and development of the youth liturgy.
  • Plan, coordinate, and implement overnight youth retreats, Youth Masses, evenings for prayer and reflection, etc.
  • Assist Catechetical Coordinator in Confirmation programs
  • Collaborate with the Evangelization committees in the parish faith formation
  • Mentor a Core Team of Youth leaders to help plan vision and direct youth events

 

Job Requirements

  • Practicing Catholic able to participate in the Sacraments of the Church
  • Bachelor’s degree in Religious Education or Theology, or certification in Youth Ministry with a background in theology and educational methodologies and a willingness to seek degree
  • Good communication skills; proficiency using technology and social media
  • Proficient in using the computer including Word, Excel, Publisher, Adobe, etc.
  • Ability to be present in the parish office as needed
  • Previous Experience as a youth minister is desired.
  • Ability to build and maintain rapport with youth and volunteers.
  • Knowledge of Catholic music and worship is desired

Working Conditions:

The employee is required to be physically present in the office to complete office task, be available to work outside of regular business hours as required and check in with and provide calendar to administrative assistant. The employee must be able to work cooperatively with other members of the staff and with youth leaders and volunteers. The employee must be able to multi-task.

The work week is 18 hours per week on a year-round basis; however, the position requires a willingness and flexibility in work hours, including nights and weekends, and occasional travel when necessary to fulfill job responsibilities. Must successfully pass required background and fingerprint check.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and a resume to Fr. James Okafor @ james.okafor@dsj.org

 

 

Concert, Women’s Retreat & Youth Rally

Stories & Songs weekend with Steve Angrisano, Sarah Hart & Jesse Manibusan.
Sept 9th & 10th, Church of the Resurrection

Friday, September 9, 2022 at 7:00pm  with Jesse Manibusan, Sarah Hart, and Steve Angrisano, three well-known Catholic composers will host this Friday night concert and play many of their well-loved songs, share their spiritualities, and provide many opportunities for everyone to sing along.

Saturday, September 10th – 9:00 am to 1:00 PM  with Sarah Hart one of the leading figures in contemporary Catholic music today. Her songs of faith, spirit of joy, and love for teaching and leading workshops have touched the lives of thousands.

Saturday, September 10th – 1:30 to 3:30 PM with Steve Angrisano one of the most effective and versatile ministry leaders in the Church today. A veteran musician, composer and youth minister, he’s performed at seven World Youth Days, the National Catholic Youth Conference, and many other national and international events.

Concert, Women’s Retreat & Youth Rally

Stories & Songs weekend with Steve Angrisano, Sarah Hart & Jesse Manibusan.
Sept 9th & 10th, Church of the Resurrection

Friday, September 9, 2022 at 7:00pm  with Jesse Manibusan, Sarah Hart, and Steve Angrisano, three well-known Catholic composers will host this Friday night concert and play many of their well-loved songs, share their spiritualities, and provide many opportunities for everyone to sing along.

Saturday, September 10th – 9:00 am to 1:00 PM  with Sarah Hart one of the leading figures in contemporary Catholic music today. Her songs of faith, spirit of joy, and love for teaching and leading workshops have touched the lives of thousands.

Saturday, September 10th – 1:30 to 3:30 PM with Steve Angrisano one of the most effective and versatile ministry leaders in the Church today. A veteran musician, composer and youth minister, he’s performed at seven World Youth Days, the National Catholic Youth Conference, and many other national and international events.

Youth & Young Ministry Coordinator, Part-Time, St Catherine of Alexandria Parish

This position administers the youth and young adult parish ministries in both English and Spanish and is responsible for a comprehensive youth and young ministry program.

Duties and Requirements: (i.e.. education, good communication skills, evening/weekend hours, ability to lift 50 lbs.)

Responsibilities include:

  • Interpreting the needs of the youth to the pastoral team and community.
  • Facilitating, planning, implementing, and evaluating long and short-range program goals
  • Leads team members in planning and coordinating the programs and services
  • Develops job descriptions, recruits, and facilitates the training to support the youth leaders.
  • Develop and implement the Life Teen program and Junior high program.

          – Coordinate program components and implement curriculum.

  • Assist in the development and managing the program budget
  • Establishing a collaborative relationship with other members of the pastoral staff
  • Assure that legal and moral responsibilities are provided within context of the parish program
  • Support families in their role of promoting healthy adolescent development and faith growth
  • Administer designated parish program: Confirmation Program
  • Must have knowledge of Pastoral Plan of the Diocese of San Jose and works to implement it
  • Attend all parish staff meetings and obligations
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends.

How to Apply: Please send resume and references to: Sergionoe.ovando@dsj.org