Holy Trinity Parish in Comstock Park is discerning who will serve as its next Pastoral Associate. The successful candidate is an enthusiastic disciple of Christ who seeks to learn and grow more closely to the Holy Trinity by working closely with the pastor to support parish ministries that are pivotal in the life of a Roman Catholic from birth to death and beyond.
The position is full-time with benefits and great flexibility, while also requiring availability many weekends and evenings. If necessary, the duties of the position could be modified to better align with a viable candidate's skills, education and availability.
Located less than 15 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, Holy Trinity is a unique parish where farmers, suburbanites and townspeople gather for the Eucharist in an architectural masterpiece. The parish is among the oldest in the diocese and celebrating its 175th anniversary this year.
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KINDLY APPLY BEFORE OCT. 16, 2023 | Applications will be treated as confidential
The search will continue until the position is filled.
Purpose of this Position
"Whatever you did for one of these least ones of mine, you did for me." ~ Matthew 25:40.
The Pastoral Associate is a servant-leader who works closely with the pastor to accompany and catechize parishioners at pivotal moments of their lives and lead ministries that tend to "the least" among us, especially the homebound, the sick, the dying, the grieving, the poor-and those who care for them.
In addition, the Pastoral Associate coordinates Holy Trinity's Order of Christian Initiation (OCIA) process, provides opportunities for Adult Faith Formation and assists the parish's liturgical life by overseeing the training and scheduling of liturgical ministers.
As a member of the parish core staff, this individual has a very significant role in supporting the parish's overall mission of cultivating faith and sharing its fruits.
Reports to: Pastor
Collaborates with: Parish Staff, deacon, committees and volunteers
Supervises: Parish volunteers
Status: Full-time | Salary, exempt
Pastoral Care and Outreach: Essential Responsibilities and Tasks
1. Manages Holy Trinity's pastoral care and outreach efforts to the homebound, sick, dying, grieving, and poor. Supports parish volunteers who participate in Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy via an array of ministries, such as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the homebound.
2. Provides guidance to the LIFT (Ladies in Faith Together), Christian Concerns Committee and Women's Guild as staff liaison. Aligns the groups' goals with parish needs and pastoral plan.
3. Partners with the pastor and others in ministering to hospitalized and homebound parishioners by providing for their pastoral and sacramental needs. Strengthens ties between the parish community and those in need through the prayer line, get well cards, visits, meal ministry and other efforts.
4. Lends support to caregivers in the parish, providing a listening ear and connections to appropriate resources.
5. Facilitates the grieving process prior to and after death by providing a compassionate presence. Catechizes and guides parishioners with planning or pre-planning funerals.
6. Participates in the Funeral Mass. When needed, presides at vigil services, Funeral Liturgies outside of Mass and graveside rites. Coordinates funeral luncheon ministry.
7. Oversees the parish's grief support ministry.
8. Serves as a resource to the community, such as the Comstock Park Community Outreach organization.
9. Assists as on-call staff for pastoral emergencies when pastor is not available,
10. Completes other duties as assigned.
Christian Initiation and Sacramental Preparation: Essential Responsibilities and Tasks
1. Fosters catechesis of the whole community regarding the role of every Catholic in the ministry of Christian initiation and evangelization.
2. Plans and coordinates the Christian Initiation Calendar, including inquiry opportunities and catechetical experiences pertinent to the periods of Christian initiation and the liturgical year.
a. Develops ministerial relationships with participants and their families in the Christian initiation process, including inquirers, sponsors, catechumens, candidates for full reception, the elect and neophytes.
b. Partners with the pastor and Director of Faith Formation with the initiation of children who have fallen behind their age group on their sacramental journey.
2. Partners with the pastor to provide catechesis for parents seeking the baptism of their infants and in the scheduling of baptisms.
3. Assists the pastor in preparing engaged couples for the Sacrament of Matrimony.
Worship and Adult Faith Formation: Essential Responsibilities and Tasks
1. Assists in training those serving in various liturgical ministries (lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, etc.).
a. Coordinates an annual gathering of liturgical ministers to stimulate their spiritual growth and service.
2. Oversees the scheduling of liturgical ministries for Sunday and Holy Day Masses.
3. Collaborates with the pastor and director of faith formation to provide parish opportunities for Adult Faith Formation.
a. Provides leadership for adult scripture study and faith sharing.
Administration: Essential Responsibilities and Tasks
1. Promotes stewardship of parish resources by developing and following an annual budget in collaboration with the parish business manager.
2. Works closely with parish office staff in the ongoing task of safeguarding and updating parish records, especially the parish census and sacramental records.
1. Bachelor's degree in a related field and two years' experience in a helping profession is preferred. Any combination of education and experience totaling six years is necessary.
2. Manifest a deep faith in Jesus Christ that is yoked to the practice of the Roman Catholic faith, humility, humor and moral character adhered to the values of the Gospel,
3. Familiarity with the Church's sacramental rites, especially the Pastoral Care of the Sick, the Order of Christian Funerals, and Order of Infant Baptism.
4. Appropriate certification and clear criminal background checks required.
5. Flexible schedule with availability for occasional pastoral emergencies, evening and weekend duties.
Skills and Abilities
1. Keen listener, learner and communicator with ability to empathize with those who are suffering and respond graciously in ways that convey our Roman Catholic faith.
2. Demonstrate strong organizational skills, including event planning and project management.
3. Recruit, motivate coordinate, and engage volunteers.
4. Respect personal boundaries and maintain confidentiality.
5. Proficient in use of technology, including Google and Microsoft software: i.e. Drive, Docs, Word, Excel, and social media.
6. Collaborative working style.