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Junior High and High School Youth Minister – Sacred Heart Saratoga, Saratoga, CA

Sacred Heart Saratoga invites well-qualified and experienced candidates to apply for a full-time position as our Junior High and High School Youth Minister.

Job Summary:

The High School Youth Minister

  • Responds to the spiritual and social needs of Catholic youth, grades 9-12.
The Junior High Youth Minister
  • Junior High Ministry Coordinator
  • Junior High Religious Education Coordinator
  • Confirmation Coordinator
Applicants should have the ability to attract and engage high school students from both Catholic and public or private non-religious high schools, in a ministry which includes the eight components of youth ministry outlined in Renewing the Vision. Additionally, applicants need to work collaboratively with other parishes and Catholic and local schools in developing and executing youth programs.

Candidates should possess a minimum of 3 to 5 years experience working with youth; a bachelor's degree (master's degree preferred in divinity, theology, pastoral studies or related field); certification work in youth ministry studies; completion of or enrollment in the ILM program and an ongoing commitment to continuing professional education; and a theological perspective consistent with The National Catechetical Directory, "Sharing the Light of Faith," and "Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry" (USCCB, 1997).

Those interested should submit their résumés to the attention of:
Janice Thornburg
Parish Administrator
Sacred Heart Saratoga
13716 Saratoga Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070
Tel: 408-867-3634, x522
or email at this link.

(Posted 7/23/14)

Youth Ministry Leader–First Lutheran Church–Palo Alto, CA First Lutheran Church in Palo Alto seeks a leader to engage the high school aged youth of the church, and to collaborate with their parents, the Pastor, and other church volunteers to foster faith, fellowship, and fun, both within and outside the church. The position is approximately 10 hours per week and starts September 1, 2014. For more information, please click here. (Posted 8/29/14)

Administration Positions

Coordinator for Lay Ministry Formation – Diocese of Sacramento – Sacramento, CA

The Diocese of Sacramento is looking for a driven, energetic, passionate bridge-builder to coordinate programs to recruit and train the next generation of lay ministry leaders for the Diocese of Sacramento. Responsibilities include working with a team coordinating formation and training programs for leaders in English and Spanish, creating a campaign to promote formation opportunities to young adults, certifying and re-certifying Catechists and Master Catechists, providing on-going training for lay leaders, and helping to vet speakers and teachers for the Diocese.

The ideal candidate will be bilingual (English/Spanish), have a least a Bachelor's Degree with five years' experience coordinating formation programs for a diverse group of ministers, and an understanding of and ability to work well with Catholics from different cultures and ideologies. A Master's Degree in Theology, Catechesis or Pastoral Ministry is preferred, but not required. Email cover letter and résumé to Kevin Staszkow, Director of Evangelization and Catechesis, Diocese of Sacramento. This is a full time position.

Volunteer Recruiter/Coordinator – Society of St. Vincent de Paul of San Mateo County

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of San Mateo County is seeking a high energy individual with strong interpersonal and organizational skills to support an existing cadre of dedicated volunteers and to recruit, orientate and coordinate additional volunteers for new initiatives currently being designed to impact the cycle of poverty for those forgotten, suffering or deprived.

To apply: Email a letter of application, current résumé, a writing sample, and names and contact information for three (3) professional references. All applications should be submitted to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of San Mateo County electonically using the subject line SVdP VRC Position.

More information can be found here.

(Posted 5/15/14)

Social Justice Positions

No social justice positions are currently listed. Check back frequently for updates.

Liturgy Positions or Related Positions

Music Director — Saint Clare Parish in Santa Clara, CA

Saint Clare Parish in Santa Clara seeks a part-time bi-lingual (ideally) Director of Music to support our Liturgical Ministry. We are looking for someone who can play the piano and sing and is passionate about sharing their faith through music and song. That person should help us to build up a singing community by recruiting choir members and encourage the whole community to sing.
Job responsibilities include:

A) Build up choirs for English Masses
B) Advise/support choir leaders with regard to music choices and written resources
C) For all non-Sunday special liturgies (RICA/ Reconciliation /Religious Education/ Bilingual)
- Help plan music with Liturgy Director and the Pastor
- Organize and practice with the special choirs as necessary
- Prepare special worship aids as necessary
- Play for the liturgy
E) File copyright usage reports.
F) Collaborate closely with school staff.

This candidate must have knowledge of Catholic liturgical principles and practice; have good verbal and written skills in both English (and ideally in Spanish). The candidate needs to be faithful to Catholic Church teachings, to prayer and to Sunday Eucharist. This is a part-time (19 hours), non-exempt position without benefits.

To apply, email a résumé to Fr. Tad (Pastor) at St. Clare Parish in Santa Clara, California at:

(Posted 1/22/15)

Piano Accompanist Needed — St. Thomas of Canterbury Church in San José, CA

St. Thomas of Canterbury Parish in San José has an opening for a Piano Accompanist for the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday mornings 2-3 times per month. Familiarity with Catholic worship and ability to read music are essential. Pay scale is according to Diocesan Guidelines and commensurate with ability.

For more information, please contact Sherry Scott, Catechetical Coordinator, at (408) 364-8840.

Résumés can be sent by email to or by Fax to (408) 378-1215 or mailed to the parish at 1522 McCoy Ave., San José, CA 95130.

(Posted 11/19/14)

Spirituality and Chaplaincy Positions

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