Role of Pastoral Worker

 Job Specification

St John’s Parish is now inviting applications from suitably committed and qualified people who desire to work in the service of the Church as Parish Pastoral Workers.

An application form is available from

The closing date for applications is 31st May 2024.


The Role of the Parish Pastoral Worker

The role of the Parish Pastoral Worker is to assist in promoting the pastoral life and spiritual welfare of the Parish by:

  • Building community through quality relationships and pastoral care
  • Developing the Synodal Process
  • Working with existing Parish Ministries and groups
  • Promoting understanding of the Church and its mission
  • Providing opportunities for various constituencies of people to deepen their understanding of their Catholic faith
  • Making links between the sacred and secular
  • Encouraging individuals and the parish community to see the social teaching of the Church as integral to their lives.
  • Reaching out in welcome to newcomers, and to those marginalised by society
  • Working with Parish Pastoral Council in fulfilling its mission.
  • Liaising with other Parishes in the Pastoral Area.
  • Contributing to ecumenical and inter-religious encounter.

The Parish Pastoral Worker works in partnership with the priests and pastoral council of the parish.


Typical duties include:

  • Developing Adult Faith Formation Programmes with an emphasis on promoting lifelong learning and Christian living
  • Co-ordinating faith development initiatives especially with young adults
  • Promoting understanding of the Church and its mission
  • Co-ordinating Pre-Sacramental preparation programmes
  • Developing active participation in the liturgy
  • Working with teachers to resource prayer and liturgy in the parish schools
  • Supporting family prayer
  • Participating in home visitation and working with parents and families
  • Building links between home, school and parish
  • Being available and ‘present’ to individuals and their needs especially the lonely, the sick and the bereaved.



  • Excellent IT skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Strong planning and project management skills
  • Good decision making and problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability to work on own initiative but must also be a team player
  • A qualification or relevant experience in theology/ religious education or equivalent.
  • Relevant pastoral experience
  • Current driving licence and the use of a car

The job will include evening and weekend work.
The successful candidate will be a good communicator and relationship builder with leadership and organisational skills.