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Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C.
Job Description: The Principal Organist works collaboratively with the Pastoral Associate for Liturgy and Director of Music Ministries to support the musical and liturgical life at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Jesuit-sponsored parish in Washington, DC.
Primary Responsibilities include:
Principal Organist for Liturgical Celebrations
• Two to three Masses per weekend
• Holy Days including Triduum/Easter, Christmas, other feasts, major parish celebrations
• Prelude/Postlude at all Masses
• Parish weddings and funerals as needed
• Wednesday evening choir rehearsal (1.5 hours)
• Pre-Mass warm up/review for choir and/or cantor
• Combined choir rehearsals for Triduum and other major liturgies
Coordinate upkeep of musical instruments
• Excellent organ and piano skills
• Degree in music or equivalent experience
• Practicing Roman Catholic preferred with good knowledge of the role of music in the liturgy
This is a part-time position with weekend and holiday work required. Compensation is commensurate with experience and distributed by call or rehearsal.
Application Instructions: Questions, letters, resumes, and/or recordings may be forwarded to David Pennington, Pastoral Associate for Liturgy at email@example.com.
Executive Director of Cultural Diversity and Outreach
Archdiocese of Washington in Hyattsville, MD
The Executive Director of Cultural Diversity and Outreach provides leadership and guidance to the ministries that serve all of ethnic/cultural groups throughout the Archdiocese of Washington.
Responsibilities – Parishes and Schools
• Provide direction and oversight for all ministerial activities associated with the office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach including the Hispanic/Latino Catholic Community, the Black Catholic Communities, Asian and Pacific Islander Communities and Native American Communities.
• Supervise the Program Director, Coordinator and Intern.
• Participate and advocate for programs promoting intercultural ministry competencies, unity, and diversity appreciation.
• Support and collaborate with offices and agencies that are part of the Secretariat for Pastoral Ministries and Social Concerns to develop formation and ministry opportunities.
• Visit parishes to promote and facilitate inter-parish collaboration to respond to the needs of all ethnic communities and encourage intercultural participation in parish life.
• Enhance communication to increase awareness of the programs and services provided by the Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach.
• Provide programs for ministry formation and training by making available resources for ministerial and spiritual growth accessible to people of all cultural communities present in the Archdiocese.
• Support and participate as needed in ethnic group advisory committees.
• Provide guidance and promote cultural-specific events and activities that enhance ministry within cultural groups in the Archdiocese such as liturgical celebrations and V Encuentro.
• Represent the Archdiocese at local and national conferences, on various committees, and at public events as directed.
• Assist in the preparation of annual budgets for the Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach.
• Collaborate with other offices in the Central Pastoral Administration, Parishes and Catholic institutions.
Responsibilities – Vicar of Ethnic Ministries
• Assist in providing pastoral accompaniment through advocacy and direct support to migrant and refugee communities in collaboration with Catholic, faith-based and secular organizations.
• Support the work on the Vicar of Ethnic Ministries among pastors serving Hispanic/Latino, African/African American/Afro-Caribbean Catholics.
• Candidate must be a Catholic in good standing with a love for the faith and an understanding and appreciation for the mission of the Catholic Church.
• Excellent communication skills and the ability to adapt messages to the needs and characteristics of different audiences.
• Must be able to communicate effectively in English and Spanish.
• Excellent planning, organizational and problem-solving skills.
• Demonstrated skill in organizing and supervising people in formation and administration in a multi-cultural setting.
• Ability to work independently and highly self-motivated.
• Must be open and able to work evenings and weekends as needed.
• Must be open and able to travel throughout the Archdiocese.
Education, Training and Experience
• Masters’ degree or equivalent experience in theology, pastoral studies, or intercultural ministry is preferred.
• Five or more years of experience in ministry at the parish or diocesan level with intercultural ministerial experience.
• Experience in supervising and leading others.
Kindly forward a current resume to Lisa Calla-Russ at firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions? Feel free to call me at 301-853-4496.
Saint William Catholic Church in Round Rock, TX
Saint William is the largest Catholic Church in the Austin diocese with over 7,000 registered families, a multi-million dollar budget, 50+ part time and full-time staff on 30 acres of property. We are a vibrant, growing parish seeking a full-time Liturgy Coordinator who is a strong servant leader with the ability to work creatively in a fast-paced environment. The Stewardship and Development Coordinator will use this position to strengthen and uphold the Pastor’s vision and become an effective member of the Saint William team.
Under the supervision of the priest director of liturgy, this position facilitates the worship life of the parish community by coordinating and providing quality liturgical experiences that celebrate and strengthen the membership’s journey of faith.
1. All duties as assigned by the pastor and/or his delegates.
2. The liturgy coordinator and any volunteers directly supervised by them must exhibit the capacity to work well with the overall staff of Saint William.
3. Coordinates the parish worship program, including, but not limited to the planning of rehearsals, liturgical sessions, sacramental celebrations, funerals, and the liturgical calendar in collaboration with the priest appointed as the Director of Liturgy and with the Director of Music Ministry.
4. Communicate with the scheduler of Saint William on booking times and spaces for all decorating and rehearsals for Christmas, Holy Week, and Holy Days of obligation.
5. Provide leadership and assistance to the Parish Worship Committee and coordinates the work of the liturgy teams and committee and its various meetings.
6. Coordinates and schedules all persons involved in liturgical ministries.
7. Prepares and manages the worship budget in consultation with the finance department.
8. Provides a periodic evaluation of the quality of the worship celebrations and liturgical ministries (Altar Servers, Sacristans, Lectors, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion).
9. Oversees aesthetic décor and cleanliness of the worship space, the provision of sacred vessels and vestments, the assurance of an effective sound system, purchase of missalettes, homily helps, and other resources.
10. Collaborates with other parish staff members to provide assistance or consultation for their worship responsibilities.
11. Recruits persons for various liturgical roles, involve new members, parishioners of all ages and diverse parish subgroups.
12. Coordinate with homebound and nursing home volunteers.
13. Attend meetings/seminars to stay current in job practices.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed namely:
1. Knowledge of theological views of the Catholic Church.
2. Knowledge of current best practices of leadership principles.
3. Skill in using computers and related software applications.
4. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Saint William staff, executive management, peers, ministries, outside agencies, vendors, community groups, the general public, and media representatives.
5. Ability to work with and coordinate between multiple ministries and different ministry structures to meet agreed-upon goals and objectives.
6. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
7. Ability to develop, implement, and administer goals, objectives, and procedures for providing effective and efficient services to the Church.
8. Ability to work with frequent interruptions.
9. Ability to work with and lead a highly diverse membership base.
10. Ability to prepare and conduct public presentations.
11. Ability to learn and communicate Parish functions and timetables.
12. Ability to work days, evenings, weekends, and holidays.
13. Ability to lift 20 lbs.
Education and Trainings:
Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in a field related to Theology. Preference to a degree in Sacred Liturgy.
2 years or more experience as parish liturgist or assistant liturgist.
Bilingual in Spanish; able to read and write, (preferred)
• Knowledge of USCCB’s letter on Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response.
• Knowledge of Vatican II document Sacrosanctum Concilium, on the Liturgy
• Knowledge of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM)
• Must be certified in Diocese of Austin EIM within 60 days of employment and maintain certification throughout the employment period.
Application Instructions: Please submit your cover letter and resume to email@example.com
Liturgical Music Director
Church of Saint Patrick in Wadsworth, IL
DIRECTOR OF LITURGICAL MUSIC
Church of Saint Patrick
15000 West Wadsworth Road
Wadsworth, Illinois 60083
(847) 244-4161 www.stpatrickwadsworth.org
Saint Patrick Catholic Church is a vibrant active parish of 3000 families located 10 miles south of the Wisconsin border just east of Route 41. Its ministries include a parochial school (450 students) and a religious education program (150 students). The position of Director of Liturgical Music is a full-time staff position. There is also a full-time Director of Liturgy. The present Pastor has taught Liturgy courses for over ten years in the Archdiocesan Permanent Deaconate Program. He also plays both organ and piano.
The ideal candidate for this position should possess confident leadership skills and a spirit of cooperation and collaboration. Possessing the following characteristics:
Be an active member of the Roman Catholic Church (or other liturgical church, Anglican, Lutheran, etc.)
Music background preferred; proficiency with keyboard, piano, and organ required.
Vocal performance ability
Able to direct choirs that would include both adults and children groups
Plan music for both parish and school liturgies
Plan and execute music for wedding, funeral, sacramental liturgies
Collaborate well with the Pastor and Director of Liturgy on weekly Eucharistic Liturgies
Function as part of the Full-time pastoral staff
Possess an openness to various musical styles and compositions of various liturgical
Have at least a rudimentary skills in different languages – especially Latin and Spanish.
Attend and participate in a cross-section of Parish activities
Have a knowledge of hand-bell performance techniques (there is a hand bell coordinator)
Have a workable familiarity with a variety of present day hymnals (both Catholic and Protestant)
Be present and functioning at the full schedule of weekend liturgies
Train and rehearse volunteer cantors (including children)
Position responsible for working with the Pastor and Director of Liturgy in preparing music in addition to four weekend Masses; weekly school Mass, Holy days, special prayer services, Parish events, such as parish missions, penance services, are expected. Position also responsible for developing and directing adult choirs, utilizing existing volunteer singers, scheduling cantors. Additional tasks as agreed upon.
Experience preferred working with Church liturgies, choirs and as an accompanist. Individual must possess strong desire to work and assist in making the music at our Eucharistic Celebrations faithful, prayerful, and beautiful. Salary commensurate with experience.
Deep understanding and appreciation for Catholic liturgy and theology.
Committed to developing and maintaining active congregational singing.
Knowledge of the complete tradition of Catholic music.
Background in selection of appropriate music for liturgies.
Experience in leading choirs and working with cantors.
Enthusiastic, dynamic, outgoing personality.
Ability and openness to working with people of all ages.
Ability to recruit and train parishioners for parish choirs.
An approach to ministry rooted in prayer and reflection.
Maintain the music library
Supervise maintenance of all parish instruments.
Musical Background of the Parish:
At the present there are three choirs – 2 adult and 1 children. There is no school choir at present. Each choir has several cantors with varying levels of performance abilities. Each weekend celebration uses the same basic music selections including hymns. There are no Sunday masses without music; each mass is a fully sung liturgy. There is a Resurrection choir that practices regularly and sings at all funerals. Members are some-what older. Usually 6 to 8 persons come to sing at each funeral (about 50 persons a year).
In the pews we are using “Breaking Bread,” hymnals (with readings) and “Spirit & Song” (text only /no music). Worship aides are printed for Palm Sunday, Triduum, Easter, Confirmation, First Communion, Graduation, Memorial Day field Mass (we have our own cemetery). ASA is between 1000-1500. Triduum liturgies are well attended and valued by parishioners as important and spiritually uplifting. A well defined and highly involved Bereavement ministry is in place to assist families with funeral liturgy preparation.
Current Mass settings are:
Advent and Funerals “Mass of Creation”
Lent “Latin Chant Mass”
All other times “Mass of Saint Ann” (Boldluc)
Spanish Masses “Misa Luna”
For any further information:
We welcome your application and thank you for your interest. Please contact the parish office between Tuesdays and Thursdays at (847) 244-4161 and please ask for Fr. Jim Merold. You may also attach your resume and email to Fr. Jim Merold (firstname.lastname@example.org). Position available starting July 1, 2019 or until position is filled.
Director of Liturgy and Music
Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Bowling Green, KY
Holy Spirit Catholic Parish seeks full-time musician and liturgist, piano proficiency, with Vatican II vision of liturgy and liturgical music. Bachelor’s degree in music or related field, at least three years experience in pastoral ministry, excellent people skills, computer knowledge, well-catechized practicing Catholic in good standing with the Roman Catholic Church. Director collaborates with Pastor and Staff in facilitating the liturgical life of the parish. Additional education and experience in theology, liturgy and catechesis appreciated. Equal opportunity employer, benefits.
E-mail cover letter, resumé, three letters of recommendation to email@example.com or mail to Fr. John M. Thomas at 4754 Smallhouse Road, Bowling Green, KY 42104 .
Holy Family Catholic Parish in Lawton, OK
Holy Family Catholic Parish in Lawton, OK, is actively seeking a Director of Music. Candidate must be a practicing Catholic. This position will report to the Pastor and will be responsible for the following: serving as the principal musician, organist/pianist, and choir director; planning, directing, rehearsing and performing music for Sunday Masses, occasional daily Masses, Holy Day Masses, Funerals, Weddings and other liturgical celebrations. Also, recruiting, supervising and providing musical coaching and vocal training for choir members, children’s choir, and scholas.
We host a Byzantine Catholic Community as well and Divine Liturgy is offered once a month with extra Services during Holy Week and other feast days (about 16 Services a year). The music director would be responsible for cantoring these Services and help in training other Cantors. Help would be provided in learning this music.
Salary negotiable based on education and experience. Benefits provided.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required: The Director of Music must have a strong understanding of liturgical music, Tradition and Sacred Scripture, and must also be familiar with recent Church publications regarding Vatican II English chant liturgical music. Candidates should possess the following: a high degree of proficiency in the use of musical instruments, particularly the piano and organ, and should be vocally trained; organizational skills; ability to plan and prepare a budget; experience with ministry development; and pastoral understanding of ministry.
Minimum Qualifications: A solid understanding of Catholic Liturgy, with at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, some formal liturgical education and previous or current work experience in liturgical music.
Application Instructions: Send Introduction Letter and resume with references to firstname.lastname@example.org.