It’s certainly not a job or adventure. Maybe a calling…

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These thoughts have weighed heavily on my mind for years, particularly since I’ve hitched my philosophical wagon to CMAA. However, what follows may affirm the suspicions that I’ve remained a stealth outlier since my joining up. Well, to thy own self….

*Future DM’s who wish to be effective will have to commit to being both multi-dimensional in their philosophies regarding sacred and liturgical music AND in their personal musical skill sets. This doesn’t mean some sort of dilineation between the DM as “guitarist….organist….pianist…..solo vocalist……choir master……schola master…..etc.” This means that the functionally successful DM will have a thorough understanding of the modus operandi of “all of the above” and be able to implement, encourage and further the development of their cohorts’ skill sets.

*Future DM’s who wish to further the re-alignment of solid liturgical praxis in both ideal and hostile environs will have to develope the best charismatic aspects of their communication skills in order to represent all the values that the traditions, documents and (Lord help us) spirit of the “times” to clerics, other church functionaries, their own staff and personnel, and the Faithful aggregate and individual. Being a DM who will effect growth and positive reformation will preclude those who prefer to sit on fences, prefer confrontation and combat over long-haul collaboration, collegiality, consensus and sometimes compromise.

*Future DM’s must, despite any mis-connotations of above statements, hold and defend, and when asked, identify, core convictions to which they personally adhere, and have the persuasive skills to defend those without causing defensive reactions and any potential divisiveness. They must seize opportunities and then risk (to a calculated degree) some personal capital in order to influence small to seismic shifts in a parish’s liturgical scenario. This basically means that a DM must understand the Church’s traditions in the macro-sense, know them as intimately as possible, and then advocate for them by whatever means and ways at any and every opportunity.

*Future DM’s must accept that cultural infusion is actually a traditional and normative aspect that complicates, at first, then confuses, then complicates by accretion the “purity” of the liturgical processes in any given parish/cathedral scenario. How that will affect the DM’s effectiveness will depend upon circumstances more often out of the DM’s control and certainly in relationship, fealty and humility to the disciplines that authorities and the Church traditions and magisterial documents articulate, either by law or fiat.

That’s enough for now. Think away or not. But, we must face the reality that though we are all equal in God’s eyes at conception, we are not all equally gifted, and the times? They’re still a-changin’ and we shouldn’t have any expectation that such temporal concerns will be eventually excised from consideration when we discuss how we choose to instrumentally worship the Creator of all.

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Catholics on immigration order: more reform needed

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Washington D.C., Nov 21, 2014 / 03:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration was met with both praise and concern from Catholic groups, who emphasized that more must be done to find long-term solutions for a broken immigration system.

“I am happy that some temporary relief is being offered to help parents and children who right now are living in daily fear that their families will be broken up by arrests and deportations,” said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, the highest-ranking Hispanic bishop in the U.S.
 
However, he cautioned, “the relief is not permanent and the problems are still not fixed.”

On Thursday night, President Obama announced that he would stay the deportation of certain undocumented immigrant parents for up to three years, allowing them to work legally. Eligibility requirements include having lived in the U.S. for at least five years, having children who are U.S. citizens or legal residents, passing a criminal background check and agreeing to pay taxes.

Roughly 4 million people will likely qualify for this measure, while thousands of others will benefit from other changes. The president extended benefits of temporary residence to more children of undocumented immigrants, expanding the eligibility for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and extending their temporary stay from two to three years.

In addition, the president said he would increase border security resources and deport those who had illegally crossed the border recently. He said he would focus government enforcement resources on criminals and those who threaten security.

Archbishop Gomez welcomed the actions as pro-family but emphasized that much more must be done for immigrant families.

Similarly, leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomed the deferred deportations while stressing the need for “a more humane view of immigrants and a legal process that respects each person’s dignity, protects human rights, and upholds the rule of law.”

“They [the bishops] welcome the executive action in the sense that it would ease some of the separation of families here,” Ashley Feasley, the bishops’ Migration & Refugee Services immigration policy advisor told CNA. She added that “the bishops are still advocating for working with Congress for a more permanent solution.”

In a statement responding to the president’s announcement, Archbishop Gomez insisted that “the President’s actions today are no substitute for the comprehensive immigration reform our nation needs.”

“Too many families are being torn apart by deportations, uncertainty about their status, and delays in our visa process that can take years, even decades. Too many men and women who are immigrants are being exploited in the workplace and forced to live in society’s shadows,” he stated.

The announcement of the executive order was met with criticism from members of the Republican Party, who said that it was an overstep of presidential authority that would encourage continued illegal immigration, with negative social consequences.

CatholicVote.org, a group that works to promote Catholic principles in public life, voiced wariness about the precedent that could be set by the executive order.
 
“We support immigration reform. But strongly oppose President Obama’s executive action announced last night,” the group said in an email to its members.

It warned that if a president “may selectively enforce laws based on his or her political preferences (even policies we agree with) – our nation is in trouble.”

Acknowledging the obligation for Catholics to respect the human dignity of each person, Catholic Vote said that the border situation illustrates a need for real reform.

“Children are being led by criminals across the border, families are being torn apart, and gang and drug violence is rampant. It’s disgusting and it’s unsustainable,” the group said, arguing that if the GOP attempts to stall the executive order through a funding decision, they should also offer “reform proposals of their own.”

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., also pushed for a long-term solution to keep families together.

“The administration’s decision will improve the lives of millions of immigrants who are already here, building communities and supporting families,” said executive director Jeanne M. Atkinson.

“However, administrative relief is no substitute for legislative reform. We need a permanent fix to the immigration system that can only be achieved through bipartisan Congressional action.”

 

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Director- Office of Family Life – Diocese of Austin (Austin, TX)

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DIRECTOR- OFFICE OF FAMILY LIFE
Pastoral Ministry, FT Employee
Diocese of Austin (Austin, TX)

The Diocese of Austin only accepts online applications. To apply, please visit our website http://austindiocese.iapplicants.com/searchjobs.php

Director
Family Life Office

Ministerial Character
The Bishop is the visible principle and foundation of unity in the particular Church (the diocese) entrusted to him. In a unique and visible way, he makes Christ’s mission present and enduring as Shepherd of the Christian Community. In order to fulfill his mission, the Bishop employs suitable, chosen collaborators (clerics, religious, or lay people). He shares with them the apostolic mission and entrusts various responsibilities to them.

Each position employed in the Diocese of Austin helps to extend the ministry of the Bishop in particular ways as outlined in the job description. Therefore, the employee in this position is closely connected to and assists the Bishop in the performance of his ministry and thereby engages in ministry for the church.

Job Summary:
The Director of Family Life is responsible for overseeing diocesan programs, initiatives, and resources related to the ongoing catechesis and formation of Family Sacramental Living, i.e. chaste living, marriage preparation, natural family planning (NFP), and enrichment, through the development of resources to encourage discipleship within the family. The position reports to the Secretariat for Formation and Spirituality and operates under general supervision with wide latitude for the use of independent judgment and initiative.

Essential Job Duties:
• Implement the standards of and maintain working relationship with the USCCB Family Life Office.
• Promote Chaste living through catechesis and resources.
• Plan, organize, teach and promote Theology of the Body workshops in English and Spanish.
• Develop, oversee, coordinate and evaluate diocesan marriage preparation, marriage enrichment and marriage dissolution support programs.
• Serve as a resource to parish on the pastoral care of the family throughout the family life cycle.
• Develop family-related resources and programming for use in the diocese.
• Develop policies and procedures, and promote Natural Family Planning (NFP).
• Develop budget and oversee operations of the office.
• Use effective supervision techniques and personnel management practices with assigned staff.
• Maintain a work schedule that maximizes availability to parishes, diocesan staff, and other customers.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Knowledge of Catholic theology and Church teaching related marriage and family.
• Ability to perform in a pastorally sensitive manner and able to inspire others to leadership.
• Ability to communicate orally and in writing, including presenting complex and technical information during workshops to a wide variety of audiences.
• Ability to use effective listening, strategic planning, goal setting and organizational skills.
• Ability to operate various work-processing software, spreadsheets, and database programs.
• Ability to provide excellent customer service and work effectively with staff, clergy, religious and laity.
• Ability to organize, prioritize and utilize effective time management techniques.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.
• Ability to carry out multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
• Ability to follow instructions furnished in verbal or written format.
• Ability to proficiently communicate in English and Spanish (conversing, writing, and reading).
• Ability to use effective supervision strategies and techniques with assigned staff.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education and Trainings:
• Bachelor’s degree in theology or related field of study from an accredited American university or equivalent in a foreign country.
Experience:
• Three (3) years of full time work or volunteer experience in a parish or diocesan ministry that included work with chaste living and family life issues.
• Two (2) years full time or volunteer experience supervising staff or volunteers, preferably in a church or faith-based environment.
Language:
• Bilingual English-Spanish (proficient in conversing, reading, and writing).
Catholic Requirement:
• Must be a practicing Catholic in good standing.
Licenses/Certifications:
• Valid Texas driver’s license.
• Must be certified in Diocese of Austin Ethics and Integrity in Ministry within 60 days of employment, and maintain certification throughout the employment period. (7)

Principal – High School – Diocese of Allentown (Allentown, PA)

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PRINCIPAL – HIGH SCHOOL
Education: Middle/High School, FT Employee
Diocese of Allentown (Allentown, PA)

Reporting Functions: Education Superintendent of the Diocese of Allentown

Job Function: The Principal is the chief administrator of the school and is responsible for overseeing curriculum, enrollment, development and extracurricular matters as well as implementing policies and planning goals for the school, its personnel and operations. The Principal will be the inspirational leader for the school possessing moral and Catholic vision to take the school forward, working with the Bishop, the Board, the Superintendent, and the Diocese and school administration in the further advancement of the school’s Mission, goals and strategies.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Provide vision and leadership for the school, its students, administrators, parents and community.

2. Works with the board in developing and implementing strategic and operating plans in support of school goals.

3. Formulate and prioritize appropriate education and financial goals, balancing the needs and resources of the organization; maintain a balanced budget and fiscally sound operations.

4. Lead and support educational excellence in student curriculum and programs and staff development.

5. In collaboration with the Board of Directors, identify, cultivate and solicit support for school programs and facilities from parents, alumni, private donors, corporations, foundations and community organizations. Analyze trends and results on an ongoing basis; monitor funding opportunities and develop program initiatives and ideas appropriate for funding.

6. Oversee, evaluate and develop, in association with others, marketing tools promoting the school and its programs.

7. Build student enrollment, while retaining current students.

8. Influences a school culture conducive to continuous improvement for students and staff; fosters, recognizes, and supports ethnic, cultural, gender, economic, family, and human diversity, as well as students with learning disabilities, throughout the school community, while striving to provide fair and equitable treatment and consideration for all.

9. Proactively represent the school to community groups, media, local and regional academic organizations, thereby providing a high degree of positive community visibility.

10. Stimulate and advance the ongoing development of an organizational culture characterized by a commitment to faith, continuous learning, quality, integrity, mutual respect and Catholic values.

11. Work with various Diocesan offices in implementing Diocesan policies.

12. Responsible for the hiring of educators, administrators and coaches and oversee student discipline and academic programs, including International and Aquinas Learning Support.

13. Promote and represent High School in PIAA and local conference.

14. Ensure a high level of operational efficiency and safety regarding ongoing building and grounds maintenance.

15. Meet with and establish clear division of responsibilities and regular communication with the Board chair, officers and committee chairs.

16. Report to the Board and Office of Education on academic programs, strategic initiatives, facilities, bonding programs, enrollment, development events and funding, and marketing strategies to support meeting the mission of the school.

17. Other duties as assigned by the Board and Secretary for Education.

Educational Requirements:

1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Advanced degree strongly preferred.

2. Pennsylvania State Teaching Certificate and Principal Certificate.

Other Requirements:

1. 10 years progressively responsible experience in education with a minimum of five years high school teaching or administrative experience at a Catholic school preferred.

2. Strong track record of success in development and fund raising and experience in generating and implementing business, fund-raising, marketing and strategic plans.

3. Proven leader and effective manager who can work successfully in a dynamic environment; a track record of success functioning as the leader of, or key member of a leadership team contributing to the vision, strategic thinking and operational excellence of that organization.

4. Leadership skills and presence as well as strong interpersonal skills needed in developing and managing appropriate and effective relationships with students, parents, alumni, faculty, administration, community, local leaders, educators and Board members.

5. Have the visioning innovative thinking, strategic and influence skills and background necessary to lead and drive action as well as deliver lasting, value-added programs, services and education.

6. Experienced, capable manager of budgets, operations and finances; strong knowledge of non-profit fiscal management.

7. Possess character, personality, and proper social capability to work with and effectively relate to a significant diversity of individuals and/or groups.

8. Cultivate positive relationships with parents and the local community.

9. Effective, articulate and persuasive communicator (oral and written).

10. Must be a practicing Catholic.

Physical Demands: The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, and talk or hear; frequent use of equipment including repetitive motions and computer eye fatigue; frequent prolonged and irregular hours; possible biological exposure to bacteria and communicable diseases. Occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, lift and/or move i.e.: move small stacks of textbooks, media equipment, desks, and other classroom equipment; may occasionally climb stairs or ladders. Vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities.

The demands of extended work days requires a high level of physical endurance and mental clarity. This job requires the ability to handle and balance multiple demands at the same time.

Working Conditions:

1. Normal office environment. Normal work hours are 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p. Monday through Friday.

2. Will be required to meet with the Board, committees and others in excess of normal work hours. Some travel for business purposes required (normally not overnight).

Please submit resume, background clearances, appropriate certifications, salary history with cover letter in confidence to:

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Obama Immigration Order Brings Relief to Some, But At What Cost?

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By PETER JESSERER SMITH | WASHINGTON — Millions of undocumented immigrants found cause for relief after President Barack Obama gave a sweeping executive order protecting many families from break-up through deportation.

But the president’s… (7)

Director of Worship – Diocese of Austin (Austin, TX)

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DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP
Pastoral Ministry, FT Employee
Diocese of Austin (Austin, TX)

The Diocese of Austin only accepts online applications. To apply, please visit our website http://austindiocese.iapplicants.com/searchjobs.php

Ministerial Character
The Bishop is the visible principle and foundation of unity in the particular Church (the diocese) entrusted to him. In a unique and visible way, he makes Christ’s mission present and enduring as Shepherd of the Christian Community. In order to fulfill his mission, the Bishop employs suitable, chosen collaborators (clerics, religious, or lay people). He shares with them the apostolic mission and entrusts various responsibilities to them.

Each position employed in the Diocese of Austin helps to extend the ministry of the Bishop in particular ways as outlined in the job description. Therefore, the employee in this position is closely connected to and assists the Bishop in the performance of his ministry and thereby engages in ministry for the church.

Job Summary:
The Director-Worship Office is responsible for fostering sound liturgical practices in the parishes and organization of the Diocese of Austin through education, consultation and formation, in collaboration with the Diocesan Liturgical Commission which helps to identify needs and gives direction to the work of the Office. The position reports to the Moderator of the Curia and operates under general supervision with wide latitude for the use of independent judgment and initiative.

Essential Job Duties:
• Manage daily operations and staffing of the Worship Office.
• Develop and manage an annual budget for the Worship Office.
• Coordinate the work of the Liturgical Commission in providing resources for parish events as needed in collaboration with the Chair of the Commission.
• Design, develop and conduct workshops and retreats for liturgical ministers as well as for the RCIA process.
• Coordinate, prepare, schedule and monitor diocesan liturgical celebrations including Ordinations, Rite of Election, Chrism Mass, Anniversaries and, other events as needed.
• Collaborate with diocesan offices and parishes regarding liturgical events, as needed, e.g. confirmations, priest’s anniversaries, conferences.
• Act as a resource for priests, deacons, parish staff, and liturgical ministers throughout the diocese.
• Make recommendations regarding the implementation of liturgical policies and procedures.
• Serve on the Building Commission, consults with parishes and other Commission members regarding the approval of the design or renovation of liturgical spaces.
• Work together with the Bishop on ceremonies at which he presides and to ensure quality celebrations throughout the Diocese of Austin.
• Serve as a board member on the SWLC committee.
• Use effective supervision techniques and personnel management practices with assigned staff.
• Maintain a work schedule that maximizes availability to parishes, diocesan staff and the faithful.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Knowledge of Liturgical documents, rituals and resources of the Roman Catholic Church.
• Knowledge of Liturgical music, art and architecture.
• Knowledge of the Catechumenate.
• Knowledge of Multi-cultural liturgical experiences.
• Ability to operate various word-processing software, spreadsheets, and database programs.
• Ability to provide excellent customer service and work effectively with staff, clergy, religious and laity.
• Ability to organize, prioritize and utilize effective time management techniques.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.
• Ability to carry out multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
• Ability to use effective supervision strategies and techniques with assigned staff.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education and Trainings:
• Bachelor’s degree in liturgy, theology or a related field of study from an accredited American Catholic university or equivalent in a foreign country.
Experience:
• Three (3) years of full time experience in diocesan or parish liturgical work.
Catholic Requirement:
• Must be a practicing Catholic in good standing.
Licenses/Certifications:
• Valid Texas driver’s license.
• Must be certified in Diocese of Austin EIM within 60 days of employment, and maintain certification throughout the employment period. (4)

The Fruitful Complementarity of Man and Woman

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By EDWARD PENTIN | Sister Mary Prudence Allen is a Religious Sister of Mercy of Alma, Mich. A philosopher by training, she is the author of a multi-volume scholarly work on “The Concept of Woman.”

In September Pope Francis appointed Sister Mary… (7)

What fuels migration? For Pope Francis, a strong ‘aspiration to hope’

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Vatican City, Nov 21, 2014 / 01:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said on Friday that the desire to migrate from one’s homeland is inspired by the search for hope, and encouraged the Church throughout the world to welcome migrants, whose presence helps build up society.

“Notwithstanding new developments and the emergence of situations which are at times painful and even tragic, migration is still an aspiration to hope,” the Pope told participants in the Seventh World Congress for the Pastoral Care of Migrants on Nov. 21.

In his speech for the Nov. 17-21 congress, which focused on the dynamics of cooperation and development in the pastoral care of migrants, the Pope noted how many persons who live in troubled areas leave in search of a better life for their families at the risk of disappointment and failure.

This is caused in large part by the economic crisis currently effecting every country, he said, which includes factors such as “inequality, poverty, overpopulation, the growing need for employment in some sectors of the global job market, disasters caused by climate change, wars and persecution, and the desire of younger people to relocate as they seek new opportunities.”

Despite the challenges involved in migration, the phenomenon has the capacity to improve both the migrant’s native country as well as the one they traveled to from an economic standpoint, the Roman Pontiff noted.

“In effect, receiving nations draw advantages from employing immigrants for production needs and national prosperity, not infrequently filling gaps created by the demographic crisis,” he said.

At the same time, the nations which migrants leave “show a certain reduction in unemployment and, above all, benefit from earnings which are then sent back to meet the needs of families which remain in the country.”

Among the challenges that migrant families face are the effects on children who have grown up without one or both of their parents, the tension on marriages due to long absences of spouses, as well as the difficulty of integrating into a new society, the Pope observed.

He noted how pastoral work in these situations plays a key role in helping cultural dialogue and as well as with legal issues on the part of the migrant, and helps lessen the repercussions on families living without a spouse or parent in the country of origin.

Pope Francis explained that “sadly migrants often experience disappointment, distress, loneliness and marginalization” due to the fact that they are both uprooted from their home and need to integrate.

The Church, he said, is a community that seeks to engage and welcome migrants, and encouraged parishes to promote pastoral plans that both evangelize and support migrants throughout their journey from their country of origin to the receiving country.

“The Church also seeks to be a source of hope,” the Bishop of Rome explained, noting how she develops programs of education, defends migrants’ rights and “offers assistance, including material assistance to everyone, without exception, so that all may be treated as children of God.”

He spoke of the need to adopt an “integrated perspective” when encountering migrants, which is capable of seeing and valuing their potential, rather that viewing them “as a problem to be confronted and resolved.”

In order to fully develop each person must be assured of their ability to participate in the life of a community, Pope Francis observed, adding that this is even more important in a Christian community, where strangers do not exist.

“Beyond being a community of the faithful that sees the face of Jesus Christ in its neighbor, (the Church) is a Mother without limits and without frontiers,” he said, noting how she constantly strives to build a culture of solidarity “where no one is considered useless, out of place or disposable.”

While migrants are capable of expanding the bounds of fraternity, their presence is also a reminder of the ongoing need to fight inequality, injustice and various abuses, the Roman Pontiff continued.

He concluded his speech by praying for the protection of the Holy Family, “who themselves experienced the difficulty of exile in Egypt.”

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Why Marriage Matters So Much

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Humanum is an international interreligious colloquium on the complementarity of man and woman, hosted at the Vatican. As part of the gathering, they released some AMAZING videos.

The third video in the series is below; it is on the understanding of the complementarity of men and women. It is so very very good.

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SDG news! Deacon schoolin’! Reel Faith! Mockingjay! More!

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By SDG | Hey! Long time no posts!

Well, deacon schooling has been keeping me busy, among other things. My fellow seminarians and I hit a new milestone a few weeks ago as we were installed as acolytes by our archdiocese’s coadjutor archbishop,… (7)

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