Director of Youth Faith Formation – Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Galloway, NJ)

DIRECTOR OF YOUTH FAITH FORMATION
Religious Education, FT Employee
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Galloway, NJ)

Director of Youth Faith Formation

Responsibilities and Duties:
Religious Education
• Responsible for the registration of children in the parish catechetical ministry.
• Maintain/improve various models of faith formation that will meet the needs of family schedules.
• Recruitment, supervision and formation of Catechists for the ministry.
• Responsible for the background checks for all catechists and aides.
• Examine and order catechetical materials that will best present the Catholic teaching and help meet the needs of the children and families.
• Attend, Coordinate and supervise all parish Religion Education Sessions.
• Work with the pastoral staff to prepare seasonal sacramental celebrations for the children and their families.
• Responsible for the formation of families (children) preparing to celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.
• Maintain and improve sacramental preparation processes including:
Family centered and parish based experiences that will include all of the parish children regardless of the school they attend.
Parish preparation programs that are de-schooled (separate and apart from classroom catechesis).
Retreat based experiences for families in the sacramental formation process.
Conduct organizational and formational meetings for parents who have children preparing to celebrate a sacrament.
Work toward developing the parent formational meetings and retreat experiences to include the entire parish
• Schedule the Child Lures Prevention program each year and complete all Diocesan reporting.
• Responsible to see that all Diocesan Reports (i.e. Parish Catechetical Program Statistical Report and the Spiritual Report) are copleted properly and send in a timely manner.
• Encourage the catechist certification process through the University of Dayton or other approved venues.
• Create and manage a yearly budget.

Youth Ministry
• Addresses the need for formation of youth.
• Develops personal relationships with the youth, provides for formal catechesis, and invites and enables youth to serve others.
• Recruits, trains, assesses, and supports all adult volunteers, while seeking close communication with the families of the youth.
• Responsible for the background checks for all regular adult volunteers.
• Works in collaboration with parish staff to integrate youth into all aspects of parish life.
• Involves youth in service and outreach in the parish and community and developing programs based on the model of whole parish catechesis.
• Implements the U.S.C.C.B. documents, “Renewing the Vision” and “Sons and Daughters of Light” using the eight components and goals in the ministry of teens as a true vision of faith formation.
• Communicates regularly with parish staff and the Pastoral Council in sharing information and working in collaboration.
• Raises up effective mentors for youth and from youth.
• Promotes, plans, and facilitates parish youth in participation in diocesan and national youth events.
• Keeps youth and parents informed of diocesan programs and certification, social, service and retreat opportunities through a distribution of a yearly calendar and monthly scheduled of activities.
• Works in collaboration with the parish music ministry and Liturgy Committee to involve youth in Sunday Masses on a regular basis and in special liturgical celebrations throughout the year.
• Organizes and teaches the youth of the parish to live aspects of social justice.
• Designs and maintains filing and record keeping system for all youth ministry programs and develops and maintain databases such as membership list, resource material, etc.
• Collaborates fully with diocesan office of youth ministry.
• Develops and manages an annual budget.
Requirements / Qualifications
• A Catholic having an active and deep faith with full participation in the communal worship and life of the Church.
• Excellent organizational and administrative skills.
• Knowledge and skills in using personal computers and parish software.
• Ability to communicate well, verbally and in writing.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality.
• Ability to relate to a variety of people.
• Basic proficiency of the Spanish Language (highly recommended).

Education and/or Experience
• Have at least 3 years of administrative catechetical experience (recommended).
• Holds or is working toward a Master’s Degree or BA in Religious Studies, Theology, and/or equivalent.
• Embraces continuing formation through workshops, conference.
• Holds membership/becomes member in CREDO (the diocesan organization for PCL’s)

The Parish agrees to provide
• The cost of registration for annual membership in 1 professional organization.
• $500 annually for continuing education.
• Furnishes office space with at least 1 operating computer with internet access.
• A secretary
Status: Full time

Salary Range: $32,000 – $36, 000/year

Please submit an application with your resume to: Fr. Nick Dudo ([email protected])

Applications accepted until: 7/25/14
Posting date: 7/7/14 (0)

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