PASTOR: The pastor is a priest who is entrusted with the pastoral care of a parish or parishes under the authority of the diocesan bishop. In accord with the norm of the law, the pastor carries our for the community the duties of teaching, sanctifying, and governing with the cooperation of other presbyters, deacons, and lay members of the Christina faithful who together share in the mission of Christ. The pastor is paid according to the Diocesan Policy on Compensation of Priest with parishes contributing in an agreed upon formula determined through the Area Catholic Community.
PAROCHIAL VICAR: A parochial vicar is a priest who is appointed by the diocesan bishop as aco-worker with the pastor in implementing the total pastoral care of a parish or parishes. The parochial vicar renders services in common counsel and endeavor with the pastor and is accountable to him. The parochial vicar according to the Diocesan Policy on Compensation of Priest with parishes contributing in an agreed upon formula determined through the Area Catholic Community.
PASTOR IN SOLIDUM: The bishop entrusts the pastoral care of three or more parishes to tow or more priests in solidum – a Latin term that means “in solidarity,” or as equals. Exercising pastoral care in this way requires the designation by the bishop of one priest to serve as moderator, that is “one who directs the joint action and answers for it to the bishop (see. 517 no. 1). On a practical level, pastors in solidum means that the pastoral care of the parish will be divided between the priests as determined through the planning process. The pastor in solidum is paid according to the Diocesan Policy on Compensation of Priest, with the parishes contributing in an agreed upon formula determined through the Area Catholic Community.
PAROCHIAL ADMINISTRATOR: A parochial administrator has the same duties as a pastor; however, the scope of authority may be limited by the bishop (c. 540). The bishop in time may decide to appoint the administrator as the pastor. The parochial administrator is paid according to the Diocesan Policy on Compensation of Priest, with the parishes contributing in an agreed upon formula determined through the Area Catholic Community.
SACRAMENTAL PRIEST: A sacramental priest is an ordained priest assigned by the Bishop and is responsible for preaching the Gospel and administering the Sacraments while collaborating with a Pastor or Parochial Administrator who coordinates the activities of a parish. He does not have any administrative role in the parish or Area Catholic Community. The Sacramental Priest is paid according to the Diocesan Guideline for compensation of priests (weekend/weekday), with parishes contributing in an agreed upon formula determined through the Area Catholic Community.
DEACON: A deacon is an ordained man who is appointed by the diocesan bishop in service to a parish or Area Catholic Community. Deacons work with pastors in creating a covenant of ministry for 10 hours/week that is approved by the Bishop. Deacons may also be hired by a parish or Area Catholic Community as a Pastoral Associate or Director of Ministry.
PASTORAL ASSOCIATE: A pastoral associate is a deacon, lay woman, lay man or religious who is associated with the pastor in the care of an Area Catholic Community/a parish. The pastoral associate is hired by the pastor and is accountable to him. The ministry of the pastoral associate is comprehensive, relating to all aspects of ACC/parish life, but with designated responsibilities, e.g., liturgy, faith formation and development, pastoral care, or social outreach. The responsibilities assigned to the pastoral associate depend on the needs of the parish and the gifts of the pastoral associate as well as the gifts of other members of the pastoral staff. The pastoral associate is expected to have at least a certificate in theology or pastoral ministry, with preference for a master’s degree in theology or pastoral ministry or be willing to work toward one.
ACC/PARISH BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR: The ACC/Parish Business Administrator is responsible for the supervision and management of all financial activities, administrative functions, human resources, church properties and facilities, oversight of long-term improvement projects, and all related processes and systems for the parish. Under the direction of the pastor, the ACC/Parish Business Administrator provides efficient and professional business and facility management leadership with the purpose of allowing the pastor maximum freedom to provide pastoral care to the parish community, directing these efforts within a framework of shared ministry and Catholic values consistent with the mission and purpose of the parish. This responsibility includes safeguarding Church assets, exercising prudence in financial matters, accountability to those who provide monetary support to the Chruch and to regulatory authorities, and compliance with all civil regulations. The ACC/Parish Business Administrator generally participates in the hiring, training, and supervision of the ACC/parish staff and volunteers and administers employee benefits including insurance coverage, retirement plan, scheduling, and payroll functions in accordance with diocesan and ACC/parish policies.
SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: The Catholic school principal serves as the spiritual, educational, and managerial leader of the school. Emphasizing qualities of excellence, commitment, creativity, and innovation in all school endeavors, the principal guides a community committed to the development of the whole child. The principal works collaboratively with the pastor of a parish school or the CEO of a separately incorporated school. The principal is responsible for establishing, demonstrating and promoting the highest standards and expectations for academic performance, behavior and spiritual growth of all students, as well as directing and nurturing all members of the school faculty and staff, as well as the school parents, who are recognized as the primary educators of their own children.
DIRECTORS: A director of ministry is a lay woman, lay man, deacon or religious who is associated with the pastor in the care of a particular ministry of a parish or Area Catholic Community (e.g. Director of Youth Ministry). The director of ministry is hires by the pastor and renders services under the supervision of the Pastor, ACC/Parish Business Administrator, or the Pastoral Associate. The director is expected to have a least a certificate in theology or pastoral ministry, with preference for a bachelor’s degree in theology or pastoral ministry or be willing to work toward one.
COORDINATORS: A coordinator of ministry is a lay woman, lay man, religious or deacon who is associated with the pastor in the care of a particular ministry of a parish or Area Catholic Community (e.g. Coordinator of Youth Ministry). The coordinator of ministry renders services under the supervision of the Pastor, ACC/Parish Business Administrator, or Pastoral Associate.
SUPPORT STAFF: A support staff member is one who is hired by a pastor to assist with the operations of a parish or Area Catholic Community. A support staff member could be a bookkeeper, parish secretary, administrative assistant, custodian or other role deemed necessary for the operation of the parish/ACC.
Approved by the Presbyteral Council
17 March 2020