Catechetical and Faith Formation

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This position is responsible for coordinating the activities of the Preschool Faith Formation (PSFF), a children’s ministry program under the guidance of the parish Director of Children’s Faith Formation (DCFF).   This program takes place on Sundays at 8:55 a.m. – 10: 10 a. m. and runs 10 months of the year.  This program addresses the formation needs of children age 3 to 5 years old and adheres to Catholic doctrine in its teachings.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Must have organizational ability.
  • Must have a practical understanding of catechesis and have the ability to train.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills essential.  Command of technology tools including Microsoft Office and Google Apps.
  • Must be collaborative and work well with a wide variety of people.
  • Must be able to attract, retain, and motivate volunteers.

Essential Functions

  • Recruit, supervise, train, and evaluate volunteer catechists and student helpers.
  • Coordinate program components and implement curriculum.
  • Develop/coordinate parent help calendar using the parish Google calendars.
  • Coordinate facilities usage for all Preschool Faith Formation events.
  • Scheduling of facilities
  • Order and maintain curriculum supplies.
  • Coordinating special events and food collections
  • Participate in annual budget process.
  • Must attend regular Faith Formation Team meetings as scheduled by the DCFF.
  • Plan, coordinate and facilitate catechist meetings with PSR catechists
  • Attend diocesan meetings and presentations when necessary
  • Update displays and bulletin boards to reflect the activities of the program.
  • Maintain communications (written and phone) with staff (parish and DCFF), St. Simon Parish School (SSPS), parish organizations, etc.
  • Monitor liability compliance issues for parish as it relates to the PSFF program.
  • Work with Director of Children’s Faith Formation to train volunteers, evaluate program and define goals.

This position requires a basic understanding of Scripture and Catholic theology as it relates to the preschool curriculum.  Catechist certification and experience working with pre-school age children desirable.

To apply, please send DSJ application and resume if available to jmibach@stsimon.org.

Position Description

Responsible for planning, implementing, administering, and evaluating family faith formation, including sacramental preparation. Recruits, forms, and supervises catechists and collaboration with pastoral staff.

Requirements: (ie. education, good communication skills, evening/weekend hours, ability to lift 50 lbs.)

BA or equivalent, with coursework in catechetics, religious ed, theology; certified basic catechist with Master Catechist a plus; 2+ years’ experience in parish catechetical program; experience as catechetical coordinator preferred. Knowledge of Word, ParishSoft, PowerPoint; knowledge of WordPress a real plus.

Email Application to: FrDave@StThomasSJ.org

Director of Religious Education for the Spanish-speaking Community
Position Description

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Director of Religious Education for the Spanish-speaking Community supports the mission of the parish in carrying out his/her role as the chief catechist of Spanish-speaking families. The Director of Religious Education for the Spanish-speaking Community works collaboratively with clergy, catechetical personnel, and volunteers to develop, strengthen, and promote authentic and effective faith formation experiences. Specifically, the Director of Religious Education for the Spanish-speaking Community provides consultation, support, leadership formation, and resources to all persons and respective families involved in sacramental preparation and ongoing faith formation.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
(Other duties may be assigned)

• Organize and oversee the faith formation program for 800-850 children preparing for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, as well as provide ongoing faith formation until Confirmation age. This includes:
 Weekly classes to the children
 Twice-monthly catechesis to the parents of the children
 Continually recruit, organize, train the catechists giving the classes
 Supervise the catechists’ formation and ministry in compliance with the diocesan standards of security clearance and competence
 Organize and conduct post-formation interviews with First Communion families.

• Organize and oversee the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children program for un-baptized children age 7 and up. This includes:
 Organize the formation sessions for children and parents
 Plan a retreat for the families and Sponsors prior to their initiation.

• Supervise and support the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Team in their planning of catechesis and a pre-Initiation Lenten Retreat.
• Organize and oversee the Infant Baptism preparation program.

• Miscellaneous expectations:
 Have thorough knowledge of the Catechumenate Process
 Work in close coordination with the Director of Religious Education Program in English
 Work with Pastoral Support Staff in the registration process.
 Hold regular office hours and be available to parents and other staff members
 Be supervised by the Pastor
 Manage the diocesan protection of children program for children and catechists
 Be available on weekends as demanded by responsibilities regarding on-going pastoral needs
 Respond to all calls, emails and daily correspondence relative to catechists in a timely fashion.
 Arrange the schedule of the celebration of Sacraments in collaboration with the Pastoral Organizers and priests
 Attend Deanery and Directors for Hispanic Ministry meetings as directed by pastor

How to Apply: Please email your resume rbrocato@dsj.org

Reports to: Pastor

 GENERAL:

  • Responsible, in collaboration with the Director of Faith Formation, English; for developing and implementing a faith formation strategy for passing on the faith.
  • Responsible for designing dynamic, engaging and inspiring lifelong faith formation in Spanish that uses the whole parish as a resource and opportunity, uses digital and web technologies, centers on adult faith formation and focuses on family faith formation.

RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FOLLOWING:

  • Assess, develop and evaluate strategic catechetical goals and objectives relating to faith formation in Spanish
  • Develop Spanish catechetical curriculum
    1. Select processes and materials for life long faith formation
    2. Coordinate sacramental preparation, including parent and family faith formation
  • Build and manage a team of staff and volunteers to implement faith formation strategic plan to various age groups
  • Prepare and monitor budget, supervise records and other administrative tasks

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Proficiency in reading, writing and conversing in English and Spanish
  • This position may supervise:
    • a) Administrative assistant; b)Youth Coordinator

How to Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to Raymond Langford at rlangford@dsj.org