The Director of Liturgy and Music is a salaried, professional member of the Pastoral Staff. He/She assists the pastor and works with the Liturgical Committee in exercising liturgical and musical leadership in the parish. He/She works a flexible schedule as determined by the activities of the day and seasons of the year, which will include evening and weekend work.
- Provides liturgical formation for the parish which fosters full, active, conscious participation and helps the parish grow in its understanding of liturgy and prayer.
- Share responsibility with Parish Council and Pastoral Staff in serving the parish according to Catholic teachings and the parish mission and goal statements.
- In conjunction with the Liturgy Committee, coordinates and implements liturgical plans (i.e. Giving Tree and Starfish/Rice Bowl, etc.)
- Oversees the Sunday Eucharist with quality liturgical seasonal celebrations and sacramental services.
- Coordinates eucharistic liturgies and other liturgical celebrations (i.e. reconciliation services, Liturgy of the Hours, Stations of the Cross, Morning Prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, etc.) throughout the year. This is accomplished by collaborating with the pastor/parochial minister, staff and other ministers in preparing liturgical events.
- Coordinates volunteers who train and schedule all liturgical ministers (Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, acolytes, sacristans, Ministers of Hospitality and others as needed).
- Oversee the coordination and planning of seasonal art and environment; including ordering flowers, candles, hosts, wine, liturgical resource books and other supplies for use during liturgies.
- Serves as a local parish resource to the principal, adult and religious education personnel, youth minister, RCIA, etc. in providing assistance or consultation for their worship needs and responsibilities.
- Assures the Liturgy budget is prepared and submitted on time. When budget is approved, assures the monthly monitoring of expenses and revenue; authorizes all expenditures for that budget in a fiscally responsible manner.
- Maintains a current level of knowledge and skills required to function as a Parish Liturgy Director. This is accomplished by continued education, through reading and attendance at workshops and conventions. Also participates in local, regional, and national professional liturgical organizations, as approved and as appropriate.
- Responsible for the obtaining of copyright permissions, the production of the liturgical orders of worship for parish celebrations, and the reporting of music usage to appropriate companies.
- Serves as the parish staff member in coordinating liturgical services within our cluster. Attends meetings with other liturgical ministers within the cluster as needed.
- Responsible for the liturgical celebrations on weekends, feasts, school liturgies and special occasions: choose and play music, coordinate the music ministry, and (for all liturgies) as the lead musician. (Consultation, playing and singing at weddings and funerals is expected but over and above the job description and will be compensated for as scheduled.)
- Recruits, trains, directs and supervises choirs, instrumental ensembles (handbell choirs) and cantors for all liturgical celebrations. Arranges for instrumental resources as needed (i.e. special feasts and celebrations such as Christmas, Easter, etc.)
- Finds substitute musician when needed for weekend liturgies, funeral Masses, weddings, special events, etc.
- Meets with engaged couples for the preparation of wedding liturgies.
- Maintains parish music/liturgy library.
- Prepares assembly for liturgies through rehearsals prior to liturgies, rehearsals with students in parish school or Christian Formation programs.
- Communicates through parish bulletin as needed and monthly newsletter.
- Actively participates in parish organizations including pastoral/parish staff, Liturgy committee, liturgy preparation groups.
- Maintains and develops personal and professional skills.
- Attends in-service training opportunities and Archdiocesan meetings as necessary.
- Sharpens skills through personal practice.
- Develops budget for liturgical music and manages funds allocated in a fiscally responsible manner.
- Cooperates with the liturgical music projects of the Archdiocese when feasible.
- Performs other duties as assigned by the Pastor.