Job Description
PARISH CATECHETICAL COORDINATOR
St. Teresa’s Parish, St. John’s, NL
Seasonal Part Time – 15 Hours per Week (September – June)

Reporting to the Parish Priest, the Catechetical Coordinator is required, in collaboration with the Parish Priest, to develop and maintain comprehensive parish catechetical programs for families and children, working closely with the various parish liturgical committees and parish council. This individual must be a self-starter, good listener, have the ability to safeguard confidential information, ability to give and take direction, handle multiple tasks, exhibit excellent oral and written communication skills, and utilize email and computer technology. This individual must also be collaborative; adept at planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating programs. The hours for this position are flexible as some evenings and weekends will be required for Sacramental Preparation for children and parents, meetings with parents and other Catechetical Ministry support, and Liturgy of the Word with Children.

Key Responsibilities

1. Be in regular communication, and collaborate with pastor, and parish leadership; attending regular parish staff meetings
2.  Provide necessary support and guidance, engage families with the Archdiocesan Living Faith weekly resource
3.Engage families with regular Family Gatherings
4. Prepare and facilitate catechetical sessions using approved materials
5. Oversee and engage families in Sacramental Preparation processes.
6. Facilitate the registration of children and youth in the sacramental preparation catechetical process and facilitate appropriate parents’ meetings
7. Coordinate Rituals for the community with those families who have candidates preparing for Eucharist, Confirmation, and Reconciliation
8. Attend Archdiocesan catechist meetings and serve as liaison with the Archdiocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis
9. Recruit, train and monitor the effectiveness of all catechists and volunteer support personnel at the parish level, ensuring all catechists have approved qualifications and adequate formation and that they carry out their responsibilities
10. Coordinate Liturgy of the Word with Children at Sunday liturgies
11. Develop and maintain Facebook or other Social Media networks for various groups
12. Complete clerical responsibilities: letters, certificates, etc.
13. To provide lists of participating families and registration to parish office
14. Maintain and update parish registers for Baptism and Confirmation
15. To be in compliance with and ensure volunteers have necessary Code of Conduct and Vulnerable Sector checks for being involved with ministry in the Archdiocese
16. To work with pastor, and parish leadership to plan and publicize activities and events
17. To create a welcoming environment in session venues
18. To be supportive and encouraging to the young people and their parents or guardians
19. To prepare and administer the annual parish budget for catechesis
20. To commit to ongoing formation 

Key  Responsibilities                                                                                                                                    To contribute to the effectiveness of the spiritual life of the parish by overall leadership, guidance and support of the faith development of the families of the parish, with specific reference to:                                                                                                                                                   Family Faith Formation, using the Living Faith resource mandated by the Archdiocese of St. John’s
Sacramental Preparation for Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, and Reconciliation
Liturgy of the Word with Children                                                 

Key Relationships
Parish Priest
Pastoral Team
Families
Archdiocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis
Archdiocesan Catechists

Skills                                                                                                                                                            Strong organizational skills
Dependable
Flexible
A good understanding of Catholic teaching, Scripture, Liturgy, and Catholic Tradition
Have some knowledge of the General Directory for Catechesis
Familiar with the principles of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Honest and caring relationships with the age groups being served
Effective teaching techniques and strategies
Good facilitation skills
Familiar with and able to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel
Ability to work with websites and social media in the process of family catechesis

Attributes                                                                                                                                                  A practicing Catholic
A desire to grow in and share the Catholic faith
A commitment to the Church’s liturgical and sacramental life and moral teachings
A self-starter, showing initiative, able to work with minimal supervision
Strength of character built on patience, responsibility, confidence, and creativity
Generosity of spirit, respect for diversity, and a habit of hospitality and inclusion
Awareness of God’s grace and the desire to respond to that grace
Lives as witness to their faith and minister of the Gospel
Willing to learn              

Characteristics                                                                                                                                      Positive attitude
Healthy ego
Empathy
Friendliness
Goal oriented
Neatness and appropriateness in appearance
Contribute to suggesting positive solutions for challenge

Resumes to be forwarded to Theresa Whiffen, Human Resources Manager, RCEC at twhiffen@rcsj.org or faxed to (709)726-3615. 

Deadline for applications is November 14, 2017. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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