Church of the Good Shepherd, located in Hillsboro, MO is seeking a part-time Parish School of Religion [PSR] Coordinator.
The purpose of this position is to provide all families enrolled in the Parish School of Religion (PSR) a robust formation in the Catholic Faith, and to encourage both parents’ and children’s growth in the Faith and integration into the Parish community. This position accomplishes this goal by organizing the necessary personnel and equipment, keeping continuous communication among the Pastor, the Catechists, the Parents in PSR, and any other relevant persons. While the Coordinator focuses primarily on leading the PSR Curriculum, he or she does also suggest opportunities and resources to support the PSR Families and Catechists beyond the classroom.
A note on Good Shepherd’s PSR Curriculum:
New for the 2020-21 academic year is the implementation of the Family of Faith program from Sophia Institute. This family-based model for PSR focuses on equipping parents to be the primary teachers of the Catholic faith for their own children. It reimagines catechesis so that catechists and parents work together to engage the Faith beyond the classroom, bringing it into everyday life and bringing families into the life of the Parish. It empowers parents with the tools for spontaneous conversations, family-based activities, and thematic lessons so that children can continue learning at home and parents can live out their vocation as first educators and role models of the faith for their children.
Thus, Parents attend a monthly Parent PSR Class, which the Pastor and Coordinator jointly lead, and the Children attend PSR Classes with Catechists.
●Estimated time commitment: an average of 13 hours per week, ranging 6 – 20+ based on time of year and month. This is an ‘academic year’ position.
●Flexible Work: because most work is administrative in nature and can be done from a parish cell phone or computer (both provided), most work can be done from home. A personal on-campus office is also provided.
●In-Person Requirements: Classes are monthly, one Wednesday and one Sunday. Meetings with Parents, Catechists, Volunteers, or the Pastor are generally in-person. Staff/Catechist meetings are about once-per-semester; parent meetings are usually only for the Sacraments; pastor meetings are as-needed; meetings with volunteers, such as the Sacrament Prep team, are as-needed. Some meetings can be phone calls.
●Other expected commitments: attend 11 am Mass with the Sunday Cohort; attend the major PSR Events such as Sacraments and Retreats. Also, collaboration with the Catholic Education office and deanery education efforts, and the implementation of Archdiocesan ‘safe environment’ guidelines.
●The PSR Coordinator is expected to have a spirit of evangelization informing the catechetical work. Thus, a living and growing love of Jesus and the Church, and an ability to speak with joy of the gift of the Gospel should be within the heart of any applicant.
●A robust life of prayer is essential as the ‘soul of the apostolate’. A candidate should not only be able to teach prayer in words, but by the example of an integrated life.
●A spirit of zeal, patience and discernment is essential as we accompany the families on their own ‘road to Emmaus’. The theological virtue of Charity must inform all.
●Effective leadership, communication, confidentiality and organizational skills are a must.
Candidates may submit their resume or CV for consideration to [email protected]