Director of Pastoral Services
The director of pastoral services is a central figure in the life of the parish center. It is expected that the coordinator be the point person for religious education and sacramental life. The coordinator will know general church policies and procedures in these areas, as well as local applications.
The coordinator will be well-organized, and keep all religious education and sacramental records and schedules, and have them handy for prompt requests by clergy and parishioners alike. The coordinator has to be a good collaborator, and maintain an excellent daily working relationship with the parish clergy and the operations and pastoral directors.
The coordinator should participate in ongoing lay ministry training offered by the diocese or beyond, be aware of Catholic social teaching and its application in the parish. In turn, the coordinator can offer trainings in various areas.
The coordinator must possess excellent speaking skills, be fluent in more than one parish language, and able to address various groups with various needs. The coordinator needs to be fluent in Word, Excel, ParishSoft and other software.
The coordinator participates actively in the liturgical life of the parish. He/she should be commissioned to serve as a lector and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. Ideally, as often the first point of contact for new parishioners, the coordinator is also trained in the community organizing arts, so as to initiate and anticipate various leadership needs in the parish by meeting with parishioners on a one-on-one basis.
The coordinator should be able to run meetings, address parents preparing their children for sacraments, lead wedding and Quinceanera practices, serve at funerals, wake services and other special liturgies and prayer services.