Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Position Opening: Youth Ministry

St. Rose of Lima Parish, Roseville, Minnesota


POSITION TITLE: Youth Minister for the Parish of St. Rose of Lima Church

FLSA Non Exempt

Reports to: St. Rose of Lima Director of Religious Education and Faith Formation

Direct Reports: None

Provides work direction to: Volunteers

Receives work direction from: Pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church or his staff delegate and St. Rose Director of Faith Formation

Resource Person to: St. Rose of Lima Faith Formation Committee, Joint Youth and Adult Advisory Committee/Board/Team and others as requested

This position is part time with personal days and other leave as defined in the Employee Handbook.

Hours hired to work: 16 hours per week, 52 weeks

Purpose of Position: to provide leadership and coordination for the pastoral and spiritual development of youth, and their families; to provide opportunities for their full participation in all aspects of parish life; and to foster their total personal and spiritual growth as guided by the two parishes’ mission statements.


The rest of the job description is available in the Theology Suite.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Franciscan Outreach Volunteers website: want to volunteer next year? Want a job?

We recently received this email from PYM major and alum, Kendall Marsden Grant '06:

...I'm now working for Franciscan Outreach Association as the Volunteer Coordinator [in Chicago]. I run a full time volunteer program like Lasallian Volunteers or many of the others...but on a much smaller scale! Only about 12 volunteers and they work on-site at either our soup kitchen site or the overnight shelter site.

...We're also accepting applications for our volunteer program if you know of any students considering post-grad volunteering I could send you more info. Here at least is the start of our blog, we're trying to use it as a new site for prospective, current and alum volunteers.

Her website:


Thanks, Kendall!

She also sent a listserve to a jobs list, and I should be posting some of those opportunities soon. If you want to sign up for the listserve yourself (a list of ministry jobs available nationally, funneled through the St. Vincent Pallotti center, sent about once a week), I believe you can subscribe here. If you are looking NOW--this is a great resource.

Friday, March 18, 2011

"Aquinas, MacIntyre, and the Reform of Catholic Liberal Education" lecture March 24th

Guest speaker Thomas S. Hibbs will present “Aquinas, MacIntyre, and the Reform of Catholic Liberal Education,” Thursday, March 24, as part of the Saint Thomas Aquinas Lecture Series.

Hibbs is a distinguished professor of Ethics & Culture and dean of the Honors College at Baylor University. The presentation — scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Salvi Lecture Hall — is generously sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, the Dean of Humanities and Sciences, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, in cooperation with the minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. For more information, contact Dr. Joseph Tadie at jtadie or Ext. 6652.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Have you RSVP-ed?

...for the March 18th workshop with Rich Curran?

...do so today in the Theology suite or with Sr. Judy Schaefer....

Friday, March 4, 2011

Lent starts March 9th

...while you are on Spring Break!

Some good Lenten options online:

The USCCB has a nice Lent 2011 page as well, with suggestions and links.

And of course we have many things going on at SMU as well, especially through Campus Ministry (go see them to sign up for small group reflection on Lenten themes). Happy Fat Tuesday, blessed Ash Wednesday, blessings to those going on SOUL trips, and see you after break!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Workshop on Youth Ministry with national consultant Rich Curran, March 18

March 18, 2011
President's Room
Lunch provided with RSVP (email: jschaefe or sign up in the Theology suite!)

A workshop for ALL Pastoral and youth ministry and Theology majors: If you had the chance to ask a ministry expert questions about life in ministry, especially youth ministry, what would you ask? Is there a best “program” to run at a parish? Are all pastors easy to work with? How long does it take to get 100 teens involved? Do they serve Ramen noodles at staff meetings? How do you get other adults to help? Will I burn out? What are the first five things I should do when I get hired?

--Come and spend the lunch hour with national speaker and youth ministry consultant Rich Curran. Rich is a funny, energetic and experienced lay minister who has served in ministry for over 20 years at the parish, diocesan and national level, and now speaks to over 50,000 youth and church workers each year. Rich is also a SMU alum! Bring your questions and spend two hours positioning yourself for a fruitful life in lay ministry. See a clip of Rich in action at www.richcurran.com .

p.s. if you need to miss class to attend, please let us know. We will send a notice to your professors asking them to allow you to attend and make up your classwork.

Also--if you are thinking "but I'm not interested in youth ministry, exactly"--come anyway. Many of the questions have to do with lay ministry in general, culture and theology, and frankly, if you work in a parish, you will be working in youth ministers! And you will be working with young people! This is a workshop that will be of value to everyone in the program. Clear your calendar, RSVP, and see you there!

p.s. Youtube link to Rich in action.