Faith Formation
Big Rapids
Posted 9 months ago


Creates innovative and relevant opportunities to assist families in living out their sacred
responsibility of raising and forming their children in the Faith.


Responsibilities may change at any time or without notice at pastor’s request
1. Spiritual Enrichment
★ Weekly Holy Hour during office hours
★ Annual staff day of reflection
★ Mass of Thursday with Staff
2. Develops and maintains a vibrant Faith Formation Program for 1st – 8th grade students.
★ Leads and supervises the Catechist formation team.
★ Responsible for the development of catechetical programs and approval of curriculum for various age levels
of the parish, 1st – 8th, according to the Religious Education Guidelines of the Diocese of Grand Rapids
★ Responsible for distributing curriculum to elementary religious education catechists, training catechists
about the curriculum, and supervising classes.
★ Responsible for creating catechetical opportunities of the ongoing formation of parents.
★ Obtain approval and support from the Pastor for the general direction of the religious education of the
parish, and keep the Pastor informed regarding the religious education programs.
★ Prepare and administer the operating budget of the religious education programs according to the policies
established by the parish.
★ Provide for the recruitment and training of catechists, and to support and encourage opportunities for
catechist certification as specified by the Diocesan Office of Catechesis.
3. Develops, Maintains and Leads a vibrant High School Ministry
★ Initiates creative outreach to engage the high school age youth and their families.
★ Serves as the main youth leader to the students.
➢ Accompanies them as a mentor and friend through their High School journey.
★ Establishes and runs a weekly program focused on drawing the youth into a deeper relationship with Christ.
★ Plans and executes at least one annual retreat for the high school youth.
★ Prepare and administer the operating budget of the High School Ministry programs according to the policies
established by the parish.
4. Oversees Sacramental Preparation
★ Is responsible for the catechetical formation of youth and their families receiving: the Sacrament of
Confession, the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Confirmation -for both students of the parish
school and those which attend other institutions of learning.
★ Oversees the Marriage prep program and all volunteers in consultation with the Pastor
5. Catholic School Liaison
★ Responsible for cultivating a more robust Catholic Culture within the school community by creating vibrant
events and activities throughout the school year in consultation with the principal and Pastor.
★ Regularly meets with the classes for Faith formation opportunities, ex: Adoration, Rosary, works of service,
★ Engages the school parents and works to help them live out their role as primary educators for their children.
★ Serves as a bridge between school and parish, actively creating ways to unite the two entities.


★ Required Knowledge and skills: Practicing Catholic, faithful to the Magisterium, and in good standing
with the Catholic Church.
★ Successful completion of the Diocesan Safe Environment process.
★ Excellent communication/ presentation skills combined with knowledge of catechetical methodology
and pedagogy in accordance with Magisterial Documents on Catechesis.
★ Computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)
★ Demonstrated competence in theology, catechetics, program coordination, catechist development, and
application of age appropriate teaching methods, communication, administration, facilitation, research,
supervision, and coaching skills

To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to:
Father Jegar Fickel
1009 Marion Ave.
Big Rapids, MI 49307
or email to: [email protected]

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