Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Parishes
  • Quakertown, PA, USA
  • Full Time

Interested candidates are invited to send cover letters and resumes to the attention of:

 

Fr. Kenneth Brabazon

Parochial Administrator

Saint Isidore Catholic Church

2545 W. Pumping Station Road

Quakertown, PA 18951

 

Saint Isidore Catholic Church

2545 West Pumping Station Road

Quakertown, PA 18951

Director of Religious Education

Job Description

The position of Director of Religious Education (D.R.E.) is a full-time, 12 months a year position. The Director of Religious Education must be a practicing Catholic, in good standing with the Church.  Additionally, he/she is a person of prayer who is committed to personally living and actively sharing the authentic teachings of Jesus and His Catholic Church.

The Director of Religious Education reports directly to the Pastor (or Parochial Administrator) and obtains his approval and support for the general direction of the religious education programs of the parish.

The Director of Religious Education, as a member of the parish's administrative staff, works with other staff members and parish volunteers to foster and maintain a working environment where worship, prayer, hospitality and learning are the primary motivators.  

The Director of Religious Education is a professional catechetical leader who assists adults, adolescents and children of the parish in their faith formation.

The Director of Religious Education maintains personal compliance with all Safe Environment requirements, policies, and mandates established by the Archdiocesan Office for Child and Youth Protection.

Additionally, the Director of Religious Education proactively ensures, in collaboration with the parish's Safe Environment Coordinator, that all subordinate staff and volunteers maintain compliance with all Safe Environment requirements, policies, and mandates established by the Archdiocesan Office for Child and Youth Protection.

Further, the Director of Religious Education removes from all programs any subordinate staff and/or volunteers that are not in compliance with all Safe Environment requirements, policies, and mandates established by the Archdiocesan Office for Child and Youth Protection (either permanently or until such a time as they are again in compliance).

The Director of Religious Education is proficient in the use of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.), and prepares and distributes program materials and responds to all correspondence in a manner that is technologically current, professional and prompt.

The responsibilities of the Director of Religious Education include, but are not limited to:

  1. Parish Religious Education Program

The primary responsibility of the Director of Religious Education is to administer (design, develop, direct, communicate and evaluate) the Parish Religious Education Program (P.R.E.P.) for the parish children who attend public or non-Catholic private schools. He/She: 

  • collaborates and regularly meets with the Pastor (or Parochial Administrator) to discuss matters relating to religious education and sacramental preparation
  • oversees the development of the Parish Religious Education Program, including a Home School component, from Grade Level 1 through Grade Level 8, in conformity with the guidelines of the Office for Catechetical Formation of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • implements and adheres to all Archdiocesan policies, procedures and directives from the Archdiocesan Office for Catechetical Formation
  • prepares and submits the Parish Religious Education Program schedule of classes and activities to the Pastor (or Parochial Administrator) for his approval 
  • administrates and is personally present at all Parish Religious Education Program activities, which includes regular obligations on weekends and weekday-evenings
  • schedules faith formation opportunities for children and parents within the Religious Education Program calendar
  • provides access and inclusion for children with special learning needs
  • adheres to an annual budget for all expenses related to the Parish Religious Education Program, following all budgetary procedures as established and supervised by the Pastor (or Parochial Administrator) or his delegate(s), such as the parish's Business Manager.
  • researches and requisitions resources (textbooks, audiovisual materials, liturgical worship-aids, reference works, etc.) which complement the religious education efforts of the parish
  • recruits, orients and provides ongoing professional training and spiritual development for the Parish Religious Education Program's volunteer catechists
  • encourages the Parish Religious Education Program's catechists to obtain Catechetical Certification according to the policy set out by the Archdiocesan Office for Catechetical Formation 
  • belongs to the Archdiocesan Association of Parish Directors, Coordinators and Administrators of Religious Education (PDCARE)
  • participates in Archdiocesan sponsored events for Parish Directors of Religious Education, such as the Catechist Convocation, Fall and Spring Professional Days and Retreats
  • attends and contributes to the monthly meetings of the Bucks County Directors and Coordinators of Religious Education sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office for Catechetical Formation
  1. Sacramental Program

The Director of Religious Education oversees the coordination and sacramental preparation of parish school-age candidates who attend the Parish Religious Education Program, Catholic school or private Catholic academies. He/she:  

  • schedules, according to the Pastor's (or Parochial Administrator's) directives, dates for First Penance and First Holy Communion
  • schedules and coordinates the sacramental preparation meetings for parents of school-age candidates for the Sacraments of First Penance, First Holy Communion and Confirmation
  • obtains and organizes all candidate's and sponsor's pertinent documents required for the celebration and proper recording of the Sacraments of First Penance, First Holy Communion and Confirmation
  • sees to the prompt and complete recording of all candidates' Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation in the proper Parish Sacramental Registers
  • prepares and coordinates retreat days for students preparing for First Communion and Confirmation
  • prepares, with the Pastor (or Parochial Administrator) or his delegate, for the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy for the Sacraments of First Penance, First Holy Communion and Confirmation
  • schedules and coordinates practice sessions for student candidates in anticipation of the Sacred Liturgies for the Sacraments of First Penance, First Holy Communion and Confirmation
  • schedules, with the Pastor (or Parochial Administrator), Lenten Penance Services with the opportunity for individual confessions for the Parish Religious Education children
  • creates and oversees, in coordination with the Pastor (or Parochial Administrator), catechetical plans for non-baptized children and teens who seek the reception of full initiation in the Catholic Church through Baptism, Confirmation and the reception of Holy Communion.
  • creates and oversees, in coordination with the Pastor (or Parochial Administrator), catechetical plans for children and teens, who having been baptized in other Christian churches, seek to be received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church through the profession of the Catholic Faith and the reception of the Sacraments of Penance, Confirmation, and Holy Communion.
  • creates and oversees, in coordination with the Pastor (or Parochial Administrator), catechetical plans for baptized Catholic children and teens who have not participated in the typical way in either the Parochial School's program of catechesis or the Parish Religious Education Program of catechesis, but still desire the continuation or completion of their Christian Initiation through the reception of the Sacraments of Penance, Confirmation, and/or Holy Communion.
  1. Program Evaluation and Future Catechetical Planning

The Director of Religious Education, in coordination with the Pastor (or Parochial Administrator), regularly evaluates the effectiveness of the Parish Religious Education Program and Sacramental Program as well as their objectives and outcomes, within the broader context of the pastoral plan and evangelization goals of the parish as a whole.  As such, he/she:

  • may serve as an ex-officio member of the Parish Pastoral Council and/or Parish Finance Council, at the discretion of the Pastor (or Parochial Administrator)
  • may serve in an advisory role and/or be asked to assist with the catechesis of parishioners in the parish's Adult Catechetical Program (commonly referred to as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or "R.C.I.A.")
  • may organize and oversee a Vacation Bible Camp (or similar program) and/or develop a Summer Religious Education Program
  • may'while always collaborating with and seeking the support of the Pastor (or Parochial Administrator)'discover new catechetical needs within the community and discern the creation of new programs and policies to support the ongoing pastoral plan of the parish.

 

Interested candidates are invited to send cover letters and resumes to the attention of:

 

Fr. Kenneth Brabazon

Parochial Administrator

Saint Isidore Catholic Church

2545 W. Pumping Station Road

Quakertown, PA 18951

 

fr.ken.st.isidore@gmail.com

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