Pastoral Associate/ Director of Adult Faith Formation

The Pastoral Associate/Director of Adult Faith Formation [“Pastoral Associate”] will contribute to a comprehensive parish faith formation program from Baptismal catechesis through Adult Faith Formation working with the Pastor alongside the Formation Team. The mission of the Pastoral Associate will be to help deepen people’s relationship with Jesus Christ in the context of proclaiming the Catholic faith, and to assist them in living the Gospel mandates to love God, love neighbor, and make disciples.

From pre-evangelization to disciple-making, their work would revolve around invitation into the community, vocational discernment, and lifelong learning. They should facilitate the parish community’s mission to work for peace with justice in accordance to Catholic Social Teaching and facilitate the charitable work of the parish.

The Pastoral Associate must have a Bachelor’s degree and preferably a Master’s Degree in Divinity, Theology, Religious Studies, or a related field. The position is a 40-hour week with regular office hours to accommodate the needs of the volunteers, parents, and families and reports to the Pastor.

Primary Mission

  • Collaborates with the Formation team including the Director of Faith Formation for Youth and Young Adults, Director of Children and Family Ministry, and Parish Liturgist and formation administrative staff
  • Shares responsibility for the development of catechetical programs and curriculum for all age levels throughout the parish with the Formation team
  • Evaluates and plans vision and strategies with the Christian Formation Commission, Adult Education Committee, and other leadership groups
  • Works with the parish staff in all areas in developing themes of peace and justice in their respective programs and into liturgical celebrations and other times of community prayer
  • Liaisons with organizations and groups that provide both charitable works in the community as well as advocacy on issues related to poverty including Catholic Charities, Loaves & Fishes, PADS, Family Shelter Service and others
  • Create a Vocational Discernment process for all individuals including assessing gifts, mentoring, and building relationships to recruit and form volunteers and assist with outreach and event management

Please send cover letter and resume to Dan Lawler at dlawler@youthwithheart.com

Director of Music

St. Margaret Mary Parish in Naperville, IL is seeking a Director of Music. We are an inclusive, welcoming and vibrant Roman Catholic Faith community with a history of excellent liturgies. Candidates should be Catholic or have a good understanding of Catholic liturgical practices and demonstrate the ability to use a variety of musical genres. The Director will function as a member of a pastoral team and be responsible for nurturing the prayer life of the community through music at our weekend liturgies, holy days and special liturgies, funerals, and weddings. The Director must demonstrate expertise as an organist and pianist on our Martin Ott organ, and our Yamaha piano. The successful candidate should have experience in choral conducting, and vocal skills.

Qualifications:

  • Inspires and attracts new talent
  • Receives inspiration from being in ministry and from liturgical music
  • Is proficient in piano and organ performance
  • Reads music and understands multi-part composition
  • Has experience in coordinating and directing music/choral groups
  • Reflects an openness to various musical styles
  • Exhibits flexibility, responsibility, and empathy
  • Possesses excellent communication skills
  • Works well with volunteers: singers and musicians of varying abilities
  • Works well with members of other ministries and commissions
  • Understands liturgical music
  • Understands Catholic values and teaching

Responsibilities:

  • Organizes, coordinates, recruits for personnel, and rehearses music with cantors/scholas/choirs for all liturgical celebrations except those covered by the Contemporary Choir.
  • Establishes musical opportunities for the youth in the parish
  • Works with wedding couples to provide guidance and music for weddings
  • Works with the funeral coordinator to provide music for funerals
  • Works in collaboration with the Contemporary Choir director
  • Creates and develops additional prayerful musical experiences for the parish, such as Taizé and Lessons and Carols, as time and resources permit
  • Provides music for special celebrations, such as the Triduum, reconciliation services, and the parish mission
  • Reports to the Pastor

Administrative Duties:

  • Interacts with various parish groups and:
  • Attends weekly staff meetings
  • Attends monthly liturgy planning meetings
  • Attends ad-hoc liturgy planning meetings
  • Attends monthly Worship Commission meetings
  • Oversee the maintenance of parish musical instruments
  • Prepares and administers a music budget
  • Assists the Faith Formation Ministries and other parish groups in providing music and
  • accompanists, as needed, for liturgical and non-liturgical events

Reply to Musicsearch@smmp.com

Parish Secretary

St. Margaret Mary is seeking a Parish Secretary (30 hours per week), to provide a variety of general administrative duties for the parish, including: producing the parish bulletin, coordinating arrangements for funerals, weddings & baptisms, receiving registrations, record keeping, ordering liturgical supplies, and preparing electronic communications. Secretarial experience with good typing skills, and basic knowledge of Microsoft Office required. Familiarity with a large Catholic parish environment is much desired. This position requires self-direction, sensitivity to confidentiality, excellent people skills, and an ability to work in a team environment. Please contact Michael Prus, Business Manager, at mjprus@smmp.com, or by calling the Parish Office, 630-369-0777.