1800 South Kolb Road
• Tucson, AZ
• 85710 •
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TO LEARN & GROW:
This bridgehead theme from our former Pastoral Plan will be the theme
introducing the pastoral vision and focus from Pope Francis’
The Joy of the Gospel
specifically to the parish. The specifics of this pastoral vision
and focus will be introduced to the parish during the upcoming Lenten
season. The following quotes from
The Joy of the Gospel
shared in this update so that we may
learn and grow and embrace
his pastoral vision and plan for the Universal Church. The quotes in
italics are a kind of mirror for us to look into and ponder.
THE PARISH IN THE EYES OF POPE FRANCIS:
The Joy of the Gospel
document published by Pope Francis a little more than a year ago, he
makes the following observations on the parish.
In paragraph 28 of the document he says, “The parish is
not an outdated institution; precisely because it possesses great
flexibility, it can assume quite different contours depending on the
openness and missionary creativity of the pastor and the community...
it continues to be “the Church living in the midst of the homes
of her sons and daughters.”
Then he says, "This presumes that it really is in contact with the homes
and the lives of its people, and does not become a useless structure out
of touch with people or a self-absorbed group made up of a chosen few."
Pope Francis defines a parish in the following way:
“The parish,” he says, “is the presence of the church in a given
territory, an environment for hearing God’s word, for growth in the
Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach,
worship, and celebration.” He says, “In all its activities the parish
encourages and trains its members to be evangelizers.
It is a community of communities, a sanctuary where the thirsty
come to drink the midst of their journey and a center of constant
Then Pope Francis adds the following observation, “We
must admit, though, that the call to review and renew our parishes has
not yet sufficed to bring them nearer to people, to make them
environments of living communion and participation, and to make them
In paragraph 33 Pope Francis states the following,
“Pastoral ministry in a missionary key seeks to abandon the complacent
attitude that says: “We have always done it this way.””
Then he says, “I invite everyone to be bold and creative in this
task of rethinking the goals, structures, style and methods of
evangelization in their respective communities.”
In November I had a meeting with representatives of our
Parish Ministries Council, our Stewardship & Development Council, and
our pastoral staff on rethinking the goals, structures, style, methods
of our parish and its Pastoral Plan.
Our Pastoral Plan is being
recast around the focus of Pope Francis’ vision for the parish
and his pastoral vision for the church from
The Joy of the Gospel
I’ve raised a few questions around the preceding
Simple Survey Questions
Pope Francis & “The Joy of the Gospel”
see page 3
How is OMOS doing?
1. Is Our Mother of Sorrows Parish in touch with you,
If so, how?
If not adequately in touch, explain:
2. How does Our Mother of Sorrows Parish fit into the
Pope’s vision of a parish?
In what ways might our parish not be fitting into the
3. Is OMOS mission-oriented? How?
4. How might OMOS be bold and creative in rethinking
goals and structures, etc?
Our Mother of
The Parish Finance Director has primary
responsibility for overseeing and coordinating all of the financial
affairs of Our Mother of Sorrows Parish.
(“Parish” shall include church and school; “financial” shall
include financial planning and management,
personnel management, risk management and insurance, and legal
matters.) The position
supervises the Parish finance staff.
The Parish Finance Director directs these efforts with technical
and legal expertise within the framework of shared ministry in Christian
and Catholic values.
The Parish Finance Director is directly accountable
to the Pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows Parish.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Ministry and Leadership
Performs as a lay minister at the parish level in
support of the parish and the diocese’s spiritual and pastoral
mission; performs as both a
spiritual and administrative leader in the parish
- Budgeting and Planning
Develop and administer total parish budget in
consultation with the Pastor, commission/department heads, and Parish
Finance Council. Present the
budget to the Parish Ministries Council for endorsement.
Develop long-range plan for finances,
replacement of equipment, and personnel.
Monitor financial data and its impact on parish
business and/or finances; make recommendations to the Pastor,
appropriate staff/department heads, and relevant committees/commissions.
- Income and Expenditure
Oversee all day-to-day financial tasks,
including payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable; authorize
and pay all expenditures.
Administer a cash flow management system with
purchasing and payment schedules clearly defined.
Monitor the collection, counting, recording and
depositing of all parish revenue from all sources; maintain records of
memorials and other donations.
Provide planning and organizational assistance
for special projects, such as Annual Catholic Appeal, Yes Lord,
stewardship program, annual parish fiesta, capital fund drives, the
endowment trust, all annual second collections, etc.
Monitor all purchasing; authorize purchases and
review purchasing practices to establish and maintain efficient
procedures and control.
Perform all school tuition and fee accounting
and reconciliation. Function
as primary liaison with 3rd party tuition system
- Records Management
Maintain all parish business and financial
records and files, including bookkeeping records and bank statements;
serve as parish contact with financial institutions.
Prepare regular financial statement reports;
review with Pastor, Finance Committee, and commission/department heads
on a regular basis.
Oversee the maintaining of parish census,
stewardship, and sacramental records.
with Diocese of Tucson
Collect data and prepare reports for Chancery
Office as needed or requested.
Act as liaison with Diocesan Business Office on
financial and business matters.
Promote charitable giving to the endowment and
other special gift opportunities.
With the Pastor and Board of Directors, provide
development program management.
- Personnel Issues and Policies
Maintain employee personnel files; assess
staffing needs and make recommendations to the Pastor.
Implement personnel policies according to
diocesan regulations; work towards resolving employee-related concerns
and issues in accordance with diocesan policies.
Coordinate all other personnel matters under the
direction of the Pastor and in collaboration with other related staff,
especially with regard to the Child Abuse Policy of the Diocese.
Manage bi-weekly payroll, including FICA, other
taxes, employee insurance plans, and pension programs.
Prepare all employee-related reports.
Requires coordination and manual dexterity, normal mental and
visual ability; ability to lift as required in a normal office
Walking, sitting, standing, stooping, reaching, talking,
handling, hearing, carrying, keyboarding.
Must have a working knowledge of and a
strong commitment to the mission of the Diocese and Catholic Church; be
in full communion with the Church
Excellent communications skills, verbal
and written; excellent human relations and interpersonal skills
Exercise courtesy to fellow employees,
parishioners and the general public
Must be a self-starter; well organized;
perform multiple tasks simultaneously and work with a sense of urgency
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Ability to work collaboratively in a team
environment; punctuality is a must at all times; ability to travel
locally as required
Proficiency in computer technology to
include word processing, automated accounting systems, Excel
spreadsheets and Power Point presentations
Professional bearing; clean and neat
Ability to successfully pass a
background, criminal history, and credit history check
Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree in
business or accounting or a related field or a minimum 5 years of
administrative management experience in a business and financial
Preference for proven
success as a first-line manager in a medium to large firm, Catholic
parish or similar organization
Rooted in the
spiritual tradition of the Catholic faith and called to be servant
leaders as disciples of Jesus Christ, we the people of Our Mother of
Sorrows Parish are sent forth to proclaim the message of the Good News
of God's love for all people.
A dynamic faith
community, we are sent forth to serve and grow in our faith and to share
faith and love with one another.
We encourage one another in prayer, in worship, in continuing to
learn and to live daily the meaning of the Christian life.
As disciples of Jesus
we are called to follow Him, our servant leader in loving service, and
are sent forth to love and care for one another.
As a parish we accept our call to reach out to all God's people,
especially to those in need, so that the reign of God may be realized in
our community, in our nation and in our world.