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High School Scholarship

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ARCHBISHOP SALATKA ASSEMBLY 2044
2021 College Scholarship Award


For eligible 2021 high school graduating seniors of registered parishioners at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mustang, OK, or St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church in Yukon, OK. The 4th Degree Archbishop Salatka Assembly 2044, Knights of Columbus (KofC) is pleased to present the opportunity for award of two monetary scholarships for post-high school education. The purpose of the scholarship awards is to assist eligible 2021 high school graduating seniors with financial assistance to continue their education. The scholarships will be awarded based on evaluation of an essay submitted to a review panel and titled, “Patriotism in the Catholic Church”. There are two $750.00 scholarships to be awarded. The scholarships will be provided in the form of a check. The successful applicant will be required to supply a valid SSN for the scholarship award.

Scholarship Rules

  1. The applicant is required to submit a 300 – 500 word typed essay entitled, “Patriotism in the Catholic
    Church”, along with an application and a reference letter, to Bill Kennedy, Jr., Archbishop Salatka Assembly
    2044, c/o St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 600 Garth Brooks Blvd., Yukon, OK 73099.
  2. The reference letter must be completed and signed by the parish pastor, deacon, or youth director who can
    comment on the applicant’s status as a practicing Catholic.
  3. The applicant must be a practicing Roman Catholic of the parishes of Holy Spirit Catholic Church (Mustang)
    or St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church (Yukon).
  4. The reference letter and the essay will be used to judge the applicants who are eligible for the scholarship
    award and to determine the recipients of the two scholarships.
  5. The essay evaluation panel will evaluate essays based on content, writing skill and argument.
  6. The essay will be the property of the K of C and will not be returned to the applicant.
  7. The deadline for applicants will be May 1, 2021. The two scholarship winners will be notified on or about
    June 1, 2021.
  8. Scholarship awards will be presented to the two winners at Mass in early June. It is requested that both
    scholarship winners be in attendance for the presentation.

Lara Family Donations

On New Year’s Eve, parishioners Francisco and Margarita Lara’s home was destroyed by fire. Francisco and their son Joel were injured in the fire and were taken to the hospital. They are now at home recovering. The fire claimed their home and belongings. A GoFundMe Page has been set up for the Lara Family to help them rebuild their home and their lives. Our parish will be collecting household items for the family, too. Please continue to pray for the Lara family!

Sign up to donate household items here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080449aeab22a4f58-lara

View and donate to the GoFundMe page here: https://gofund.me/d0ec4869

Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Evangelization (CYE)

FLSA STATUS: Full Time, Exempt

Summary:    

Holy Spirit Catholic Church recognizes that it is the young people who are the hope of our Catholic Church. It is in the formation of young people as disciples of Jesus Christ that leads all of us to an encounter with the God of love. Holy Spirit Catholic Church is a rapidly growing parish in the fastest growing county in Oklahoma.

The parish is seeking a Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Evangelization (CYE) to organize and lead the efforts to evangelize and catechize the youth (Grades 6-12) and their families, as well as the young adults of our parish community. This is an exciting opportunity to build upon a youth and young adult program that has struggled due to the COVID crisis. It is our hope that the successful candidate will be a joy-filled person of faith, be willing to take an active part in the life of the parish, be an example of fidelity to their Catholic faith, and show others what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

The successful candidate will be part of a dynamic pastoral team with an opportunity to help shape the way our parish forms disciples, and assist in providing direction for the future of our parish. The CYE will enjoy the full support of the pastor, as well as the support and camaraderie of a growing parish staff. The CYE will have volunteers to assist in the implementation of efforts to evangelize the young people of our parish. In addition, the CYE will have opportunities to grow by their participation in retreats and leadership development opportunities.

Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years’ experience in catechetical leadership
  • Shows a concern for ongoing personal and spiritual growth
  • Empowers others to use their talents through participation and action 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelors or Masters in theological studies, ministry, religious education or equivalent
  • 3-5 years’ experience in catechesis, catechetical leadership, and ministering to youth
  • Ability to communicate in both English and Spanish

Essential Functions/Responsibilities

  1. Provides yearly formation opportunities to help facilitate an encounter with Christ (such as NCYC, Region X Conference, DCYC,  Steubenville, or other activities)
  • Coordinates and develops all aspects of an evangelization/catechetical program for youth and young adults
  • Assists in the recruiting, support, training, and evaluation of volunteers for the parish’s youth and young adult catechetical and evangelization efforts; encourages volunteers to attend formation opportunities at the archdiocesan level
  • Provides opportunities for parent formation and spiritual growth, and equips parents to take an active role in their youth’s religious formation
  • Develops leadership skills in the youth through training and retreats and offer them an opportunity to attend Archdiocesan leadership events
  • Provides and coordinates community service activities for youth and young adults
  • Communicates, advocates and promotes youth and young adult activities with parents, teens, young adults, volunteers, parish staff and parish organizations
  • Maintains regular communication with the Archdiocesan Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis and regularly attends meetings scheduled by the Secretariat
  1. Cooperates with the parish Safe Environment Facilitator in providing the necessary information about staff and students in the Youth and Young Adult Evangelization programs, including confirming that all catechists, volunteers and any paid staff have completed the Archdiocesan Safe Environment protocols

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Work Environment

  • This job operates partly in an office setting and partly in a classroom setting.
  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
  • It also demands significant evening and weekend working hours.

Required Physical Demands

  • Physical stamina to supervise youth
  • Mobility to move about in a classroom or group setting 
  • Lifting and moving of materials and equipment for presentations is required 
  • Ability to drive  

Travel

  • Travel is required as needed to attend workshops and in-service trainings sponsored by the Archdiocese and others (as approved by the Pastor), as well as national meeting in coordination with the Pastor. 

Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this position.  These statements are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees in this position. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign job duties as required.  This job description is not to be construed as a guaranteed contract of employment for a definite period.

El Arzobispo Coakley mueve la edad de la Confirmación a la escuela secundaria (middle school)

Las directrices para su implementación en el otoño del 2021 y del 2022, estarán disponibles a más tardar el 1 de mayo. No se harán cambios a las clases de Confirmación en la Iglesia Católica Holy Spirit para el año escolar 2020-2021.

OKLAHOMA CITY – El Arzobispo Paul Coakley anunció este martes que ha decidido cambiar la edad para recibir el sacramento de la Confirmación en la Arquidiócesis de Oklahoma City. La preparación para el sacramento se hará en un año, en lugar de dos, y se llevará a cabo durante el sexto o séptimo grado escolar, en lugar de hacerlo durante la preparatoria (high school), como hasta ahora.

El Secretariado para la Evangelización y la Catequesis asistirá a las parroquias en la implementación de este cambio, el cual será efectivo a partir del otoño del 2022. No habrá ningún cambio en este año.

La decisión de mover la edad de la Confirmación a una edad más joven se da después de meses de oración y diálogos con sacerdotes, personal parroquial y padres de familia, y busca promover una mejora en la pastoral juvenil y servir mejor a las familias.

“Todos debemos reflexionar profundamente sobre nuestra Iglesia y las necesidades de la juventud, particularmente a la luz de la cultura moderna y de todos los retos puntuales que enfrentamos hoy. Necesitamos equipar a nuestros jóvenes con las gracias a su alcance. Desafortunadamente hay muchos jóvenes en preparatoria que han sido bautizados y recibieron la Primera Comunión, pero que nunca fueron confirmados, dejándolos sin el don de la fortaleza que nos brinda el sacramento de la Confirmación”, dijo el Arzobispo Coakley.

“Comúnmente se ve la Confirmación como una opción para convertirnos en adultos en la Iglesia. Como sacramento que es, Dios nos ofrece la confirmación con un don gratuito que consiste más en Dios confirmándonos como sus hijos, que nosotros confirmando nuestra fe en Dios. De ahora en adelante, concentrémonos en apoyar a nuestras familias y a los padres de familia, y en implementar iniciativas profundas e intencionales de formación y pastoral juvenil. Agradezco a todos los que han estado involucrados en este desafío y a todos aquellos que estarán involucrados en la implementación de las directrices en los próximos meses”.

En el verano del 2019, el Arzobispo Coakley creó un grupo de trabajo para revisar las directrices de preparación sacramental y hacer recomendaciones sobre la edad a la que debería administrarse el sacramento de la Confirmación. El grupo de trabajo estaba formado por directores de educación

religiosa, directores de escuela, sacerdotes, ministros de pastoral juvenil, diáconos, padres de familia y personal arquidiocesano.

El Consejo Presbiteral también revisó las directrices y a todos los sacerdotes se les dio la oportunidad de ofrecer sus puntos de vista sobre los distintos aspectos de la Confirmación, y cómo debería implementarse en las parroquias.

El Secretariado de Evangelización y Catequesis trabajará en lo que resta del año en desarrollar opciones y directrices, tomando en cuenta las necesidades particulares de nuestras parroquias. Las opciones y directrices serán enviadas a los párrocos a más tardar el 1 de mayo, para que puedan ser implementadas en el otoño del 2021 o del 2022. El proceso de transición incluirá iniciativas para mejorar la pastoral juvenil en edad de la escuela secundaria y la preparatoria, así como opciones para la administración del sacramento de la Confirmación a los jóvenes cuya edad se encuentre en la brecha entre la edad anterior y la nueva.

Toda la información sobre la Confirmación y las nuevas directrices arquidiocesanas se encontrarán disponibles en archokc.org/confirmation tan pronto como estén listas para su implementación.

Archbishop Coakley Moves Confirmation to Middle School

Guidelines for Fall 2021 and Fall 2022 coming May 1. No changes will be made to classes at Holy Spirit Catholic Church for the 2020-2021 school year.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Archbishop Paul Coakley announced a change in placement for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Preparation for Confirmation will be completed in one year instead of two and will be held in the sixth or seventh grade instead of during high school.

The Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis will assist parishes in preparing for and implementing the transition, which will begin by Fall of 2022. No changes will be made this year.

The decision to move Confirmation to a younger age comes after months of prayer and input from clergy, parish staff and parents with the goal of boosting involvement in youth ministry and better serving families.

“We all need to think deeply about our Church and about the needs of our young people, particularly in light of our modern culture and all of the unique challenges they are facing today. We need to equip our children with all of the grace available. Unfortunately, there are a number of youth in high school who have been baptized and received First Communion but never were confirmed, leaving thousands without the gift of Confirmation to strengthen them,” Archbishop Coakley said.

“It has become common to view Confirmation as a choice to become an adult in the Church. As a sacrament, God offers Confirmation as a free gift that is actually more about God confirming ‘us’ as his children, not us confirming our faith in God. As we move forward, let us focus on supporting our families and parents, and on being thoughtful and intentional in our formation and youth ministry efforts. Thank you to everyone who has collaborated on this challenge and to everyone who will be working to implement the new guidelines in the future.”

In the summer of 2019, Archbishop Coakley created the Sacramental Preparation Revision Task Force to review sacramental guidelines and consider potential changes for the placement of Confirmation. The task force included directors of religious education, principals, priests, youth ministers, deacons, parents and archdiocesan staff.

The Priests Council also reviewed guidelines, and all priests were given the opportunity to provide feedback on various aspects of Confirmation and how it should be implemented in parishes.

The Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis will dedicate the remainder of this year to developing options and guidelines, mindful of parishes’ unique needs. The options and guidelines will be sent to pastors no later than May 1 for a Fall 2021 or Fall 2022 start. The transition will include bolstering youth ministries for middle school and high school and planning Confirmations for youth in the “gap years.”

Information about Confirmation and the new archdiocesan guidelines will be posted online at archokc.org/confirmation as they become available.