Catechetical and Faith Formation

The Human Resources Office receives job openings from within the boundaries of the Diocese of San Jose, and open positions are frequently updated on this page. Persons wishing to be considered for these positions should follow the application instructions in the job posting. The hours of the Human Resources Office are: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM and 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Please email the Human Resources Representative at jobs@dsj.org or call at (408) 983-0149 for more questions or appointment schedule.

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Director of Catechetical Ministry and Community Engagement – Holy Spirit Parish – San Jose

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Holy Spirit Director of Catechetical Ministry and Community Engagement (DCM/CE) is a member of the Parish staff and the Pastoral Team. The objectives for this position are to:

  • Develop, plan, organize, and direct the catechetical program for Holy Spirit Parish. This includes programs for age groups from preschool to youth and sacramental preparation.
  • Develop, implement and maintain a collaborative approach to the management of shared ministers at Holy Spirit Parish. Maximize consistent engagement through group life, to include small groups and midsized groups, and service opportunities throughout the life of the church.
  • Encourage and provide opportunities for all parishioners to follow their baptismal call in the giving of their gifts in ministry.

Care is taken to reflect the diversity of the Parish Community thus candidates for this position include men and women of various ages, social and ethnic backgrounds, married and single.

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

 General Responsibilities:

All ministry in and by the Church is substantially different from secular involvement. Church ministers must conduct themselves in a manner which is consistent with and supportive of the mission and purpose of the church. Their public behavior must not violate the faith, morals or laws of the Church or the Diocese. Ministers should carry out all duties and responsibilities in a manner that meet the needs of the Parish Community and is within policies and guidelines of the Roman Catholic Church. They should maintain the confidential nature of all work. Care is taken to reflect the diversity of the Parish Community, thus candidates for this position include men and women of various ages, social and ethnic backgrounds, married and single.

 Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

 Catechetical Ministry

  • Develop, implement, evaluate goals and objectives for all Catechetical programs and processes
  • Oversee Sacramental Prep First Eucharist/Reconciliation Programs
  • Oversee Elementary Catechetical Program Domestic Church and Vacation Bible School
  • Develop and evaluate plan for catechist/ministry formation
  • Prepare and administer the overall Catechetical Budget
  • Supervise maintenance of catechetical records
  • Active involvement in the Diocesan Catechetical committees and other Diocesan groups as necessary
  • Attend appropriate conferences, workshops, training to remain current and up to date on Catholic liturgy and spiritual life.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Pastor and the Pastoral Team

Community Engagement:

  • Collaborates with staff and councils to ensure that common processes exists for recruiting, training, supporting, evaluating and recognizing Shared Ministers.
  • Work across ministries to cultivate and equip leaders and staff to be truly invitational.
  • Maintains an active and current database of ministers that reflects their talent and time.
  • Identifies and promotes opportunities for ministry in both the church and the larger community.
  • Develops role descriptions for shared ministry positions.
  • Collaborates with the staff and councils in identifying and describing shared ministry needs in their areas of responsibility.
  • Work with the councils to identify candidates for leadership positions.
  • Convenes a Shared Ministries Council to collaborate for needed ministers.
  • Develops and collaborates with the Connections Committee to assess, refine and implement the process of new parishioner registration and ambassadors
  • Assist parishioners in identifying and using their gifts for ministry.
  • Fully Utilize the Ministry Scheduler software in ParishSOFT to create and track ministry opportunities.
  • Thanking and recognizing people for their efforts

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree. (Religious studies or related field is a plus)
  • Must have a minimum of five years experience in directing Catechetical Ministry Programs as well as demonstrated organizational and supervisory skills.
  • Must have a thorough knowledge of the content and pastoral application of official Church catechetical documents such as General Directory for Catechesis (GDC).
  • Previous experience coordinating volunteers and volunteer programs is preferable.
  • Is a fully practicing Catholic known to be committed to spiritual growth.
  • Possesses a passion for Catholic spiritual formation and is committed to reflecting the parish community’s needs.
  • Viewed as a leader of the parish community but is also viewed as being approachable and listening to their concerns.
  • Ability and experience in team building and group process.
  • Ability and commitment to work collaboratively with councils, staff and community leaders.
  • Broad experience as a Lay Minister.

 Language Skills: Strong verbal and written communication skills; proficiency in composing reports, correspondence and letters and in publishing newsletters and flyers in English; ability to develop and facilitate workshops, training and presentations; ability to read and understand Church documents, guidelines and professional journals; ability to understand and explain policies and answer questions. Bilingual in Spanish preferred.

Computational Skills: Ability to read and manage a budget and contribute to building a budget.

 Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and respond to a variety of situations related to catechetical ministry.  Ability to understand and apply guidelines and organizational ability required.

 Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Catechist Certificate and valid driver’s license. Must successfully pass required background and fingerprint check.

 Technical Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office and basic knowledge of internet applications and social media platforms. ParishSoft experience is desirable.

Working Conditions: The employee is expected to work a 40-hour workweek. The 40 hours will be on a flexible schedule as work demands.  Evening and weekend work is required.

 Other Requirements:

  • Dependable, responsible and accountable.
  • Must have good verbal and written communications skills
  • Demonstrated planning, organizational, and administrative skills.
  • Sensitive to a multi-cultural parish community.
  • Must successfully pass required background and fingerprint check.

How to Apply: Please email your resume Penny Warne at: pwarne@dsj.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.

Saint Anthony Parish is seeking a part-time Catechetical Ministry Coordinator to manage the Children’s Catechetical Ministry program.  This program is designed to enhance children’s understanding, participation and application of the Catholic faith.  The Catechetical Ministry Coordinator is responsible for developing curriculum consistent with the Diocesan guidelines. The Coordinator maintains the calendar for the program, recruits and supervises catechists and other volunteers, and communicates regularly with students, families, catechists and other volunteers.  This is a part time position working 22-23 hours per week for 10 months of the year, starting August thru May.

Qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, current Basic Catechist and Advanced Catechist Certification and at least two years of experience as a catechist in the area of responsibility.

How to Apply:

Please you’re your resume to Father Larry Hendel at: lhendel@dsj.org .