We’re Hiring! Receptionist

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church is seeking a full time Receptionist that will serve visitors by greeting, welcoming and directing them; notifies company personnel of visitors’ arrival; maintains security and telephone system; performs routine administrative and office support services and basic accounts and recordkeeping duties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • The front desk of a church is often a weekday caller or visitor’s first experience with the church community. The receptionist will, therefore, need to present him/herself with a neat appearance and keep the workspace orderly.
  • Accepts all phone calls and walk-ins as a warm and welcoming representative of the church, answering questions, and directing inquiries appropriately.
  • Treats every visitor, caller, or service person with courtesy, cheerfulness, and respect.
  • Must be able to learn computer software as required by the Parish.
  • Prepares Mass Intentions, and records using the Facility Scheduler and Mass Intention register.
  • Applies postage to outgoing mail and prepares it for pickup. Updates Accounting Department when additional postage needs to be purchased.
  • Keeps copy and fax machines supplied with paper and print cartridges. Distributes associated records.
  • Cleans coffee areas in the morning and afternoons. Restocks sugars, creamers, teas, etc. as needed.
  • Maintains personal contacts, files, and documents.
  • Intakes and processes sick calls for the priest as appropriate.
  • Picks up mail.
  • Receives, opens, processes and distributes mail. Receives and signs for specially delivered packages.
  • Checks mail, e-mail, phone messages, prayer requests, etc., communicating information in a timely manner to appropriate persons.
  • Processes welcome letters for new parishioners.
  • Receptionist must relate well with a diversity of persons (Clergy, Staff, Church Leaders, Parishioners and Office Visitors).
  • Assist with processing and mailing and/or faxing Sacramental Certificates.
  • Assist with recording Sacraments in appropriate Sacramental Register.
  • Maintains confidentiality in all areas of responsibility as required.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing results as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience:
  • High school degree or equivalent. 
  • Three years receptionist or equivalent required. 
  • Excellent telephone skills and ability to stay calm in stressful situations. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel and Outlook; knowledge of Parish Data Systems a plus. 
  • Solid organization skills and ability to work independently.
  • Requires an appreciation and respect for the Catholic Church and its teachings. 
  • Church employees must conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with and supportive of the mission and purpose of the Church. 
  • Their public behavior must not violate the faith, morals or laws of the Church or the policies of the diocese.
Language/Communication Skills:
  • Ability to read and interpret basic correspondence. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizations skills. 
  • Must have a pleasant telephone manner and good communication skills.
Reasoning Ability:
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
Physical Requirements:
  • The ability to sit and stand for long periods of time. 
  • Must be able to reach, grasp, feel, and see up close and from afar. 
  • Must be able to use basic office computer hardware and peripherals, with or without reasonable accommodation. 
  • Must be able to communicate verbally and in written form.

We’re hiring! Resale Shop Assistant Manager

Come join our team!

Our Mother’s Attic is a ministry of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. The funds generated through this ministry directly support our Our Mother of Mercy Food Pantry & Outreach, Wildwood Soup Kitchen, and the Lazarus Free Medical Clinic. Come be part of a team that is dedicated to helping those in need!

Job Description:

We are actively seeking a 12-15 hours a week Resale Store Assistant Manager who assists, supervises, monitors and evaluates the daily operations of Our Mother’s Attic Resale Shop. The Assistant Manager provides support to the Resale Store Manager by establishing and maintaining guest services, and is accountable for the operation of a store ensuring maximum sales and profitability through merchandise. Responsible for inventory, expense control, overseeing volunteers and managing operating costs and shrinkage.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Actively promote the vision and mission of the St. Vincent de Paul Resale Store.
  • Welcome and attend to customers and volunteers.
  • Assists store manager with store operations. Control shrink, expenses, and payroll.
  • Improve in-store aesthetics, flow and organization.
  • Ensure store is well stocked while maintaining a clean, attractive and safe environment.
  • Ensure accurate pricing. Maintain inventory system for sales floor. Train volunteers in cashiering, inventory and customer service skills.
  • Manage cashiers/volunteers to achieve maximum efficiency.
  • Conduct opening and closing store operations. Prepares daily reconciliations and secure money in tamper proof bags.
  • Produce daily and monthly reports. 
  • All other duties as assigned. Adheres to Diocesan policies and procedures, including Fingerprinting and SET

Now Hiring: Parish Catechetical Leader

Job Description

The Parish Catechetical Leader (DRE), under direction of the pastor, is responsible for the overall direction of the parish’s total catechetical ministry. Envisions, plans, develops, and then organizes and evaluates all facets of the parish’s formation programming (adult, young adult, adolescent/youth, children, infants, and family as well as sacramental preparation for initiation –including the catechumenate– and proximate preparation for marriage). Coordinates, recruits, facilitates training for, and evaluates catechists and volunteers involved in catechetical programming.

Researches and selects appropriate materials and media for parish use. Communicates with parishioners, parish staff, and diocesan representatives on relevant matters. Stays current with regard to developments or trends in the field of catechetics, education, and ministry

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develops goals, objectives, and implements strategies for a comprehensive catechetical program that serves adults through Pre-K,  including preparation for Sacraments of Initiation, Reconciliation, and Marriage.
  • Develops and implements a coherent and unified curriculum and catechetical plan for the parish, in conjunction with the pastor, parish staff, formation team, ad-hoc advisory committees, and others.
  • Directs and oversees various catechetical programs that support a comprehensive, systematic, lifelong, and ongoing discipleship in the Catholic faith for all parishioners in accordance with Church teaching and practice as outlined by Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), the General Directory for Catechesis (GDC), the National Directory for Catechesis (NDC), church law diocesan guidelines, and parish needs.
  • Responsible for the recruitment and training of catechists/volunteers and assures that they fulfill diocesan Safe Environment and certification requirements.
  • Oversees and directs the work of the formation team; works with them on the development of a yearly schedule for all programs. 
  • Responsible for administrative functions such as maintenance of all Sacramental records, program registrations, evaluations, and other pertinent data or information.
  • Evaluates the parish formation programming and makes recommendations to the pastor.
  • Researches, evaluates, and recommends primary and supplemental catechetical resources and materials.
  • Utilizes the parish bulletin, weekly update, website, social media and other media to communicate and market catechetical programming, best practices, and milestones.
  • Provides support to the formation team in the areas of training, resources, and programs.
  • Keeps current in developments/changes with diocesan policy. 
  • Acts as a resource person in the area of catechetics for the formation team, parish staff, pastor, and parish community.
  • Prepares annual budget for review by the pastor and parish finance council and oversees expenditures to maintain budget within parameters. 
  • Develops an accurate and reliable statistical metric of the parish’s catechetical efforts and submits reports to the pastor, pastoral council, diocese, or other as required.
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings.
  • Attends and facilitates formation staff and/or committee meetings.
  • Attends meetings/events convened by the diocese as related to catechetical ministry or job-responsibilities.
  • Participates in local and regional professional organizations related to catechetics; gives priority to professional development and to keeping credentials current as a parish catechetical leader serving in the Diocese of Orlando.
  • Performs any other job-related duties as required. 

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • The Parish Catechetical Leader has supervisory responsibility for the parish faith formation team, which includes catechetical professionals and a Faith Formation Administrative Assistant.

Education & Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Theology, pastoral studies, religious education or a related field (or equivalent) preferred.
  • At least five (5) years of ministry experience in a parish or diocesan position (related degrees and comparable experience will be considered) and a minimum of three (3) years of supervisory experience.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to travel as required.
  • Must pass diocesan Safe Environment Requirements and background screening.

Knowledge Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of Catholic doctrine and beliefs as presented in the documents of the Second Vatican Council, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other relevant ecclesial documents and publications.
  • Knowledge of the catechumenate process and a thorough understanding of the Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults.
  • Knowledge of the multi-cultural dimensions of catechesis and the ability to work across cultures.
  • Ability to assess needs and desired results to develop catechetical processes and programs.
  • Leadership and teambuilding abilities to direct all elements of catechetical programming.
  • Possess excellent planning, organizational and collaborative skills.
  • Practicing Catholic with sufficient knowledge and training in Theology, liturgy, and ministry in the Roman Catholic Tradition.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with others.
  • Computer literacy; excellent written, oral communication and interpersonal skills required (bilingual English/Spanish or another language in addition to English is a plus).
  • Ability to assess parish needs and resources and perform against objectives and goals to fulfill these needs; an updated knowledge of educational and catechetical trends and practices.
  • Ability to work under pressure; to initiate, be creative, and to anticipate solutions to problems; to exercise good judgment in emergency situations and when working with varied personalities and cultures; must be able to work with frequent interruptions and to multi-task.
  • Ability to maintain accurate fiscal records, to monitor budgets, and to correlate statistical data.
  • Ability to interact with individuals and groups and to maintain appointments or meetings on parish grounds.
  • Is expect to work no less than 40 hours per week including evenings and weekends in order to fulfill requirements of job.

August Saints

  1. Saint Alphonsus Liguori
  2. Saint Eusebius of Vercelli
  3. Saint Lydia
  4. St. John Vianney
  5. Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome
  6. Our Lady of the Snows
  7. Transfiguration of Our Lord
  8. Saint Dominic
  9. Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
  10. Saint Lawrence
  11. Saint Clare of Assisi
  12. Saint Jane Francis de Chantel
  13. Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe
  14. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  15. Saint Hyacinth
  16. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
  17. The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  18. Saint Rose of Lima
  19. Saint Bartholomew
  20. Saint Monica
  21. Saint Augustine
  22. The Passion of Saint John the Baptist
  23. Saint Raymond Nonnatus

Featured Saint
Saint Rose of Lima

Saint Rose was born in Lima, Peru to Spanish colonist in 1586. She was nicknamed Rose because a servant had a vision of her in which her face turned into a rose. Her parents had wished her to marry, but she had other ideas about how she would devote her life to God. In order to help her family she sold flowers and needlework in the market.

In order to ward off perspective suitors she cropped her hair, and marrred her face with pepper to make it blister. She did many penances some of which were very severe, Like wearing a heavy silver crown with spikes that could pierce her flesh, and sleeping only 2 hours a night. She remained living at home and joined the Third Order of Saint Dominic.
It is said that when she died, the city of Lima smell like roses, and, at the time of her death, roses fell from the sky.

She was canonized in 1671 and is the patron of embroiderers, gardeners, florists, and people with family problems.
Her feast day is celebrated on August 23.

Featured Saint
St. Raymond Nonnatus

Saint Raymond was delivered by Caesarean section when his mother died in childbirth. He went to Algeria to ransom slaves, but was held as a hostage when his money ran out. And then because he had converted several Muslims, he was sentenced to be impaled. He escaped that sentence and was later ransomed by Peter Nolasco. He was canonized in 1657 and is the patron saint of expecting mothers and midwives.

Featured Saint
St. Clare

“ They say that we are too poor, but can a heart that possesses God be called truly poor.”

St Clare of Assisi

Saint Clare was born on July 16, 1194. She had listened to St. Francis preach and wanted to live the rule of Saint Francis.
She visited Saint Francis and while she was there she cut off her hair, and received a simple robe and a veil. When her father had finally found her, she refused to leave. Her sister also joined her and so did other women. By living the rule of Saint Francis, Clare did not wear shoes, nor eat meat, but did manual labor and remained silent most of the day.

Eventually her group of nuns became known as The Order of St. Clare. She was canonized in 1255. She is the patron saint of television because when she was too ill to attend Christmas Eve celebration, she said she could see and hear everything in her room.

Our Lady of the Snows

A childless couple wanted to leave their money to Our Lady. They wanted a sign as how to do this. She appeared to them and to Pope Liberius. And then on August 5, 352, snow fell in Rome and the way it fell, it formed the outline of the future church that Our Lady wanted to be built. This church is now called St. Mary Major.

The Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows is located just outside of St. Louis Missouri in Belleville, Illinois. It is one of the the largest Marian shrine in North America with 200 acres to enjoy either by foot or car. In addition to the shrine, there is the Lourdes Grotto, gift shop, guest house, and banquet center. Many places for prayer and reflection. Mass is celebrated twice a day and confessions before Mass. For more info or to plan a trip go to: snows.org

That’s NEWS to me!

September 8 is the birthday of Our Lady. In celebration and to honor Our Lady, we are planning on saying the Rosary and The Litany of Loretto. Hopefully, this will be a new CCW tradition. All are welcome. Wednesday evening, 7:00 pm, call in starting at 6:45pm. Please join in on the call line at (848) 220 3100
and then when prompted enter the passcode 6181960#

Of course, we will still be saying the Rosary on September 13 as well as on the 13th of every month.

What’s On TV.

August 4 at 5:30pm – St. John Vianney. The patron saint of parish priest. Documentary of the life of St. John Vianney.

August 13 at 5:00 pm – Father Michael McGivney Founder of the Knights of Columbus. A look at the canonization cause.

August 14 at 8:00 pm – The heroic life and death of Saint Maximilian Colbe

August 21and 28 at 8:00pm – A two-part movie portraying the heroic efforts of Pius XII to save the Jews of Rome during World War II

August 21 at 10:00pm – Our Lady of Knock

My Own Two Cents

On Sunday, July 25 the reading was from 2 Kings 4:42-44
It relates how a man brought 20 barley loaves and fresh grain,
and Elisha instructed his servant to “Give it to the people and eat”.
But the servant objected, “How can I set this before 100?”
And Elisha again said,” Give it to the people to eat for,” thus says the Lord,
“you will eat and have some left over.”
He set it before them and when they had eaten,
they had some left over according to the word of the Lord.

And then in Mark 6:42-43 the verse about the Feeding of the 5,000
“They ate and we’re satisfied.”
“And the disciples picked up 12 basketful of broken pieces of bread and fish.”

The miracle of the Loaves and Fishes was always a favorite in our family.
My mother prepared wonderful dinners whether it was an evening meal or a holiday party;
her motto was “ good and plenty”.
And, yes, there were leftovers, but she would always incorporate them into something completely different for yet another meal.

Now fast forward several years later
when I was to be the hostess for a party for family and friends.
The party would be serve yourself buffet style, but you would eat at a table.
In addition to the dining room table and kitchen table,
I set up tables in the family room and the den.
And then set them with table cloths, napkins, glassware, and dinnerware.

The idea was to get a plate from the table where you would be sitting,
then go to the kitchen and get your food from the buffet on the island,
and then go back to your table and have dinner.

It was working out great, people were coming and going to the buffet line,
laughing and talking, and in general enjoying themselves and the other guests.

A good time was had by all; or so I thought.

Then my mother related the following scenario:
My dear friend arrived late.
As I was involved in conversation, she waved me off and proceeded to the kitchen.
My mom was breezing by the kitchen when something caught her eye.
There was my friend, trying to get something to eat.
At first, she tried to scrape the bottom of the dishes and bowls on the buffet table,
hoping to get a teaspoon of this or that, when that proved unsuccessful,
she uncovered the pots and pans on the stove,
still no luck.
Finally, she opened up the refrigerator door and took out two slices of bread and maybe some cheese,
my mother wasn’t sure.

My mom quietly slipped from the doorway, embarrassed and mortified.

Needless to say, whenever there was a discussion about planning food for a party,
this story became the precedent.

In preparing this, I just learned that the miracle of The Feeding of the 5,000 was the only miracle
found in all 4 Gospels.
I can just hear my mom saying,
“Well, of course, dear. Remember, Good and Plenty.”

“I came that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.”
John 10:10