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Christ the King Roman Catholic Parish

1599 Tunner Drive, Courtenay, B.C.  V9N 8N3


Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada


                                                            The Parish

Christ the King Roman Catholic Parish is located in the city of Courtenay, British Columbia on Vancouver Island. The parish serves the communities of Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland, as well as a mission on Hornby Island.

The parish is large and vibrant and serves all ages and several nationalities. There is a mass on Saturday evenings as well as two on Sundays. In addition, there are week-day masses and a variety of other worship and fellowship opportunities such as the recitation of the rosary, the Stations of the Cross, study groups and adult programs, and social events. There is an active Knights of Columbus chapter and an active Catholic Women’s League. The parish supports the work of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the local l’Arche Community. Within the parish there are 800 families with 180 families having children and/or young adults.


Parish Mission Statement

Christ the King Parish is called to walk the way of Christ through word, sacrament and service as inspired by the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.

Parish Vision Statement

Our vision at Christ the King Parish is to nourish the mustard seeds of faith so that our community

  • welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds,
  • participates in the world-wide mission of the Church,
  • reaches out to the people of the Comox Valley including the less fortunate,
  • builds on the talents of our parishioners who share the responsibilities of our community life,
  • grows as a dynamic faith family centered on a beautiful and meaningful liturgy.

Position Description for Pastoral Assistant[1]           


Position Purpose

The purpose of the Pastoral Assistant position in the parish is to assist the Pastor in three areas of activity: Coordination of Religious Education, Youth Ministry and Outreach to Young Adults. He/she will coordinate and facilitate the various programs, projects and activities within these three areas through direct involvement or the provision of leadership, advice and assistance as needed. A primary role of the Pastoral Assistant is to be an enabler, seeking out volunteers, encouraging participation, calling forth gifts, providing skills training and support.

The Pastoral Assistant will work in cooperation with the Pastor and report to him.  As well, the individual will work closely with the Parish Council and other parish team members and committees in order to fulfill the mission of the Parish and in the process promote discipleship among parishioners as they share their time and their talents.



Personal Qualifications

The Pastoral Assistant will be someone who is

  • Committed to the teachings and traditions of the Catholic faith with a personal devotion to Jesus Christ;
  • Able to articulate and share a personal faith;
  • Deliberate in an approach to personal faith formation;
  • Passionate about working with people, especially young people in our community and our parish;
  • Committed to a team approach to ministry and able to provide clear direction when delegating responsibility;
  • Able to work without direct supervision and willing to act with self-initiative;
  • Personally mature with a professional manner;
  • Willing to work within the context of the whole parish, addressing complex or menial tasks that may be shared by all staff, lay ministers, or volunteers;
  • Intellectually capable and willing to pursue additional study if necessary;
  • Able to relate to youth and young adults in the context of the current culture;
  • Gifted with a joyful spirit and a good sense of humour;
  • Dedicated to working with the pastor and parish staff, parish council and other parish committees to fulfill the mission and vision of the parish;
  • Committed to the growth of the Catholic Church in our time;
  • Resident and practicing the faith in Christ the King Catholic Parish.


                                                            Key Responsibilities

The Parish Assistant will have three primary areas of responsibility. Other duties may arise from time to time.

I.                 Coordination of Religious Education

       The Pastoral Assistant will

·        Work with the Pastor to assure that there are appropriate programs, projects, and spiritual growth opportunities for parishioners, especially children, youth and young adults;

·        Identify areas of need, concern or interest for programming or other initiatives;

·        Recruit, instruct and sustain a team of volunteers and leaders and engage parents and parishioners as partners;

·        Teach youth and parish leaders in large or small group settings;

·        Have an understanding of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of children and youth and young adults;

·        Support individuals on their faith-journeys and spiritual growth;

·        Design, coordinate or implement programs or activities;

·        Schedule events (First Communion, First Reconciliation, meetings with parents, social activities, ongoing programs, etc.);

·        Seek out materials necessary for programs;

·        Prepare an annual budget for presentation to the Pastor and the Finance Committee;

·        Work within the finalized and approved budget to oversee expenditures for approved activities;

·        Prepare reports and meet with Church committees as needed;

·        Work with parish administrators/office personnel to ensure effective planning and to maintain a positive working environment.


 II.               Youth Ministry

The Pastoral Assistant will

·        Identify appropriate parish needs for youth programming;

·        Direct and coordinate youth programs, events, and projects, differentiating among the needs of various age-groups (target age cohorts are grades 7 - 9 and grades 10 - 12);

·        Recruit and work with parents and volunteers;

·        Make referrals to agencies and social services if necessary;

·        Liaise and report as necessary.


III.              Outreach to Young Adults

      The Pastoral Assistant will

·        Network within the larger community to encourage Church attendance and involvement of young adults (North Island College … );

·        Lead young adults to a deeper participation in the life of the Parish (greeters, lectors, altar servers, choir, participation in study groups, volunteers at social/parish events …)

·        Provide periodic retreat opportunities and participation in Diocesan Youth Camp;

·        Plan special events, projects, or excursions which are of appeal to young adults (participation in World Youth Day, visits to Holy Sites,  … );

·        Coordinate activities for funding special events etc.;

·        Seek ways to bring the Word of God to young adults in settings where they are comfortable and willing to congregate.


Education, Training and Experience

                        The Pastoral Assistant will

·        Have a post-secondary educational background or an acceptable equivalent;

·        Have a sound background and knowledge of the Catholic Christian faith and a confident acceptance of Church teaching;

·        Have a proven track-record of successful ministry with children, youth and young adults (preferably);

·        Have a history of involvement in Church life.


                                                            Special Skills, Knowledge or Technical Skills

                        The Pastoral Assistant will

·        Demonstrate good organizational, planning, and communication skills (including listening skills);

·        Have basic computer skills (email, word processing, spread sheet, power point, etc.)

·        Have strong interpersonal skills, ability at conflict resolution and problem solving.

·        Have a valid B.C. driver’s licence.


Working Requirements

·        Full-time position

·        Some flexibility for evening and weekend work

[1] Guidelines for terms of employment are available in the Administration Manual, Diocese of Victoria.



Temporary (one year)

The RC Diocese of Calgary provides leadership, formation and support to the Catholic parishes and people of Southern Alberta.

The RC Diocese of Calgary invites applications for a full time Coordinator of Social Justice. This is a temporary assignment anticipated to be 1 year to cover a leave.

The Coordinator of Social Justice is responsible for raising awareness on current social justice issues as they relate to the Gospel message and social teachings of the Church. This position:

  • serves as a catalyst and ongoing resource to parishes to develop and maintain parish efforts which link direct service, advocacy, action and empowerment toward concerns of local and global justice
  • researches, analyses, educates, advocates, and responds to local, national and international issues of social and economic justice
  • serves on various committees that address current social justice issues and promote social change such as Diocesan Housing, Social Justice Commission, Prison Ministry
  • works collaboratively and effectively within the Church structure with the Bishop, clergy, religious, laity
  • encourages parish and school participation in the educational programs of Development and Peace and financial support for their socio-economic projects in developing countries
  • coordinates Development and Peace presentations, workshops, meetings, displays, etc. with the Diocesan Council and liaise with the Regional Animator

The successful candidate will have a solid understanding of Roman Catholic theology on social justice, be a practicing Roman Catholic, well rooted in his/her faith, with strong abilities to apply the Gospel message to current day global and local social issues. He/she will be a highly organized leader and team player, a skilled researcher, knowledgeable about world events and issues, a strategic thinker/planner, a superb communicator/presenter/facilitator, resourceful and have a high level of computer and internet skills. He/she will be a person with imagination, energy, and enthusiasm.

The Coordinator must have a reliable vehicle and valid drivers licence, as travel throughout the Diocese is required. Flexibility in work hours is required to accommodate evening/weekend sessions. Physical ability is required for setting up and taking down of tables, chairs, computers, screens, etc.
STRENGTHENING OUR PARISH COMMUNITIES - The Diocese of Calgary fosters “Strengthening Our Parish Communities” a safe environment program. Screening includes a satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Police Information Check and Agreement to the Model Code of Conduct. (see

TO APPLY - This competition will remain open until September 19, 2014
Interested persons may apply by submitting a complete Application Package including:
• Application for Employment downloadable at
• Covering letter describing their suitability for the position by one of the following:
• Resume or CV

E-mail to:
Fax to : (403) 232-6349 (to the Attention of Human Resources)
Mail to Human Resources, Catholic Pastoral Centre
120 – 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2T2

If your e-mail is not confirmed as being received, please contact Human Resources at (403) 218-5533.
We thank in advance all applicants for their interest. Only short listed applicants will be contacted. 






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