The Pastoral Associate/PCL is a member of the parish team who shares responsibility for the pastoral care and the lifelong faith formation of the parishioners within the overall parish mission. In collaboration with the pastor and other staff members, he or she will provide assistance in the planning and implementation of ministries and sacramental actions within the daily activities of the parish.
Reports To: Pastor
o Coordinates and serves with leaders of Communal Prayer/Eucharist Service outside of Mass, Wakes & Cemetery Services, ecumenical gatherings along with the pastoral team and other lay leaders.
o Assists in planning parish seasonal and sacramental celebrations in collaboration with the Worship Committee.
o Oversees volunteers/ministry team leaders including:
§ Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers, Hospitality, Altar Servers, Sacristans.
· PASTORAL SERVICES
o Provides significant personal presence at parish events. e.g., at the church during the hours of Sunday liturgies and parish events. Spends time with parishioners, especially at important moments of their lives.
o Participates in the pastoral care of the sick in homes and hospitals in collaboration with the coordinator of the ministry of care and members of the pastoral team.
o Provides spiritual leadership within the parish for individuals and/or groups through renewal programs, spiritual direction, pastoral counseling, retreats, etc.
o Assists and shares in ministering to persons in crisis, e.g., the sick and the grieving, the divorced and separated, widows and widowers, and emergency requests for assistance.
o Provides support and assistance with those persons processing annulments. Serve as a liaison with the Marriage Tribunal in matters relating to marriages and annulments.
· EDUCATION and FORMATION
o Fosters the faith formation of all members of the parish (contributing to initial and ongoing formation of various parish ministers and groups), while serving as a specialist/consultant for all areas of catechesis and faith formation. This includes; Refugee resettlement, Justice Days, Small Faith Communities, Seasonal programs and Scripture studies.
o Collaborates with the parish wedding team and prepares couples for the Sacrament of Matrimony.
o Administers and directs the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Confirmation
o Oversee the regional parish family faith formation program based currently at Saint Agnes campus. This includes oversight of volunteer catechists.
o Collaborate with and advise parish staff and lay leadership as needed.
o Collaborates with other parish staff and volunteer leadership in the following areas:
§ School Principal, Baptism/Eucharist/Reconciliation Preparation, Youth Ministry, Baptism preparation, Children’s Liturgy of the Word.
o Collaborates with the Parish Administrator in the overall process of parish administration.
o Shares responsibilities with the Pastor and staff in representing the parish at Archdiocesan and regional and community functions, i.e., Office of Lifelong Formation, Highland Community Ministries.
o Assists the Parish Pastoral Council in long-range planning, goal-setting, objectives and action steps for the overall parish mission.
o Exercises fiscal prudence in collaboration with the Parish Administrator regarding planning and expenses for Pastoral ministry and Formation programming.
OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED BY THE PASTOR
· Bachelor’s degree in Theology or related field
· Specialized training in faith formation, theology and pastoral ministry
· Minimum 3 years of experience in Pastoral Ministry
· Minimum 3 years of experience teaching/facilitating educational programs
· Minimum 3 years of experience providing Pastoral Care
· Strong verbal and written communication skills
· Compassionate presence in stressful situations
· Strong organizational skills
· Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills
· Technology literate Available to work evenings and weekends
Practicing Catholic in full communion with the Church