Welcome to St. Francis Xavier Church
Our mission statement
St. Francis Xavier Parish is a Roman Catholic, Jesuit community of faith called together by God to experience Jesus Christ in His Word, in the sacraments of the Church, and in each other.
We, as the body of Christ, joined in Baptism and inspired by the grace of the Holy Spirit, enrich our faith through prayer and worship, spiritual formation, intellectual rigor, diversity of membership, hospitality and fellowship, attention to family life, and concern for social justice.
Guided by the spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola, we strive to use our many gifts for the greater glory of God.
OPEN POSITION: Pastoral associate for JUSTICE & Life - St. Francis Xavier Jesuit Parish, Kansas City, MO, seeks Pastoral Associate for Justice & Life. Oversees social justice ministries and direct service programs, creates formation and education programs on social justice and Catholic Social Teaching topics, manages budget, oversees volunteers, manages the food pantry, and meets one on one with clients seeking help with emergency assistance. Applications due May 10, 2017. Send cover letter, resume, 3 references to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I. Identifying Information Status: Full-time, Exempt Reports to: Pastor
II. Primary Function of the Position
A. The Pastoral Associate for Justice & Life
- Possesses a deep understanding and passion for Catholic Social Teaching and Jesuit core values as the foundation for planning and conducting programs containing service, education, advocacy, and action components determined through assessment of needs and in collaboration with parish leadership.
- Empowers the parish to fulfill the church’s mission of justice through a communal organized response to societal needs.
- Provides direct service for those in need of food and utility assistance; provides referrals for housing, clothing, and other needs of our food pantry clients.
III. Position Content
A. Social Justice Responsibilities
- Through personal knowledge of Catholic Social Teaching and Jesuit core values, promotes networking, parish involvement and collaborates with civic community service, ecumenical and legislative groups, and other religious associations to lobby for social change.
- Analyzes current social justice issues relative to Catholic Social Teaching and empowers parishioner leadership and involvement in local, state, national and global issues.
- Serve as a staff liaison to parishioner committees such as Justice & Life Committee, Sister Parish Committee, Visitation and St. Francis Social Concerns Committee, Prison Ministry, etc.
- Educates parishioners about Catholic Social Teaching and Jesuit values and issues through the bulletin, newsletters, presentations, social media, community events and programs.
- Fosters cooperation with the Diocesan and Jesuit Provincial offices related to justice and peace/social ministry, utilizing Diocesan and Provincial resources and being responsive to activities and emphases.
- Maintain highly visible and accessible presence at parish meetings, liturgies, and events.
B. Direct Service Responsibilities
- Provides a listening, compassionate ear to clients in need.
- Provides direct resources and referrals for emergency assistance in the following areas: Food and utility assistance - collection, pantry, Christmas baskets, emergency assistance and referral. Shelter - emergency referrals to overnight shelter programs. Transportation services - coordinate limited transportation to food pantry clients as needed. Information, referral and pre-counseling services.
- Remains calm and levelheaded in high-stress situations.
- Acts as an advocate with public agencies to obtain benefits, services, etc. for clients.
- Networks with civic, state, ecumenical groups and individuals to obtain needed services
C. Financial Responsibilities
- Maintains the accuracy of files, records, and databases for the government and partner nonprofits.
- Analyzes and tracks revenue and expenditures to determine budget priorities.
- Orders, purchases, and distributes all program supplies from appropriate vendors.
- Participates in annual budget process for area of responsibility.
- Administers funds and contributions related to this ministry.
D. General Responsibilities
- Attends Parish Staff meetings, Parish committee meetings, and other meetings as needed which will include some weekday evenings and weekends.
- Coordinates and works with staff members and parishioners on special parish events.
- Consults with and advises Pastor, Pastoral Council on Justice & Life matters that affect the parish.
- Remains active and resourceful in related diocesan organizations and attends meetings, events, and programs.
- Maintains professional competence through regular practice, training, and continuing education.
- Establishes and maintains contact with resources, programs, and people to facilitate the growth of new ideas.
- Performs other duties and assumes other responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor.
IV. Education, Training, and/or Experience
A. To perform the job successfully, an individual should have the following:
- Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree or its equivalent preferred in theology or social work, with course work in the social sciences.
- Work experience in parish social ministry or related social justice field.
- Working knowledge of the Church’s social teaching, the use of social analysis, and models of parish justice and peace/social ministry.
- Experience in working directly with the poor and marginalized.
- Experience in empowering parishioners to take on leadership roles in the ministry area.
- Competent with Microsoft programs (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher) as well as ability to learn and teach new software relevant to the ministry.
- Possess basic financial skills such as balancing a check book and following a set budget.
- The ability to carry up to 30 lbs. and/or the equivalent of two bags of groceries up and down stairs.
- Limited travel requirements (e.g. attend annual 3-day conference).
Tuesday - Friday, 7:00 am & 12:00 pm (in the chapel)
Saturday: 4:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am and 10:30 am
See full liturgy schedule
Email us at: email@example.com
Regarding Our Food Pantry:
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement 2015
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Complain_combined_6_8_12.pdf
Metro Volunteer Needs
St. James Community Kitchen, Catholic Charities Turnaround Program
Bishop Johnston will be here in the church on Thursday evening, April 27, from 7:00 to 8:00pm to speak about the school building to all members of St. Francis Xavier Parish, and to listen to their input.
Annual Day of Prayer for the Protection of Children Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Bishop Johnston has made five commitments to support the healing of child abuse victims and to advance education and prevention efforts in making safer environments for our children. One of those commitments was to establish an Annual Day of Prayer beginning on April 26, 2017, during Child Abuse Prevention Month. Pray for the victims and survivors of childhood sexual abuse, particularly those who have been abused by someone in the Catholic Church, and for their families, friends and the entire community. Flyers with details are at the church doors OR go to www.kcsjcatholic.org for more information.
High School Youth Jerusalem Farm Car Wash Fundraiser Saturday, April 29, 9:00-3:00, Advance Auto Parts 5805 Troost Our high school youth are raising money to fund a week of service this summer at Jerusalem Farm. Jerusalem Farm is a Catholic intentional community located in northeast Kansas City, Missouri, built on the four cornerstones of Prayer, Community, Service and Simplicity. Please consider supporting this effort.
First Communion News First Communion Family Retreat on Sunday, April 30, 12-2:30. Practice on Saturday, May 6 at 10:00 am. First Communion Celebration is May 7 at 10:30 Mass. Please pray for our children, their families, and teachers.
A Light In the Darkness May 1, 6:30am Mass 7:00-9:00am program Ritz Charles, Overland Park, KS 2017 City-Wide Prayer Breakfast with Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann and Bishop James V. Johnston. Individual tickets on sale March 27. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds benefit young adults and college students through Saint Paul’s Outreach Kansas City. Sponsorship opportunities available at spo.org/kcbreakfast.