Director of Worship, Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Parish (Ankeny, IA)

Large suburban parish is seeking a full-time Director of Worship. The ideal candidate will have experience and/or training in planning Catholic worship for the Church’s Liturgical Year as well as a working knowledge of Sacred Music, both choral and congregational. This individual must be skilled at interpersonal relationships with experience and knowledge to deal effectively with a variety of situations and personalities.

– Plan liturgies with priests and Liturgy Committee members
– Oversee the church environment for liturgical seasons and feasts that is consistent with the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, Built of Living Stones, and Book of Blessings
– Secure proper copyrights for all worship participation aids
– Work with the staff to prepare for children’s liturgies
– Assist engaged couples with the preparation of wedding liturgies
– Collaborate with parish staff and families in the planning of funeral liturgies
– Maintain an ongoing familiarity of developments and directives in liturgical practices
– Create ritual script with livestream notes for weekend, funeral and other liturgies
 Collaborate with staff on technology in liturgical celebrations

– Coordinate the music ministry for all parish liturgies
– Make creative choices of music and their judicious placement in liturgical celebrations
– Recruit and schedule various music ministries (e.g., choirs, cantors, instrumentalists)
– Train, direct and oversee choirs, instrumental ensembles, cantors, and accompanists.

– Guide the parish to learn new liturgical adaptations & music at an appropriate pace
– Serve as a resource person for the Pastoral Council, Liturgy Committee, and parish staff
– Arrange continuing education workshops for liturgical ministers
– Develop liturgy and music policies in collaboration with the Liturgy Committee and
parish staff
– Prepare an annual budget for the area of worship
– Develop and maintain a liturgical library of resources, including ritual books,
commentaries, and music of various styles and genres for assembly, choir, cantor and instrumentalists
– Arrange for the maintenance of parish musical instruments
– Recommend the purchase of instruments, sound equipment, missalettes, hymnals and church supplies
– Oversee the recruiting, formation, and scheduling of the various liturgical ministers (e.g., lectors, Eucharistic ministers, altar servers, ministers of hospitality)
– Keep current with official statements and documents on music, liturgy, and
developments in the pastoral field;
– Study various liturgical and musical publications
– Maintain membership in professional organizations, attend national and local area conferences and workshops as budget allows
– Attend and participate in staff, inter-departmental and committee meetings

Interested candidates please forward resume/CV to: Becky Robovsky ([email protected])

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