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Job Announcement: Director of Evangelization and Ministry Formation

St. Raymond Catholic Church
Menlo Park, CA

This medium-sized, San Francisco Archdiocese and Dominican parish, is seeking a Director of Evangelization and Ministry Formation.  The Director will motivate parishioners to gain a greater understanding of the Catholic faith, deepen their spiritual life, and enable them to preach the Gospel by speaking openly in the world about our relationship with God through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit.

The Director will lead the faith formation of our clerical and parish staff, ministry leads, advisory councils, and parishioners and will foster unity across all ministries.  Working with our community, the Director will guide our ministry leaders, empowering them to design and to implement programs which will welcome all to join and become engaged with our parish family and will further our parish mission as a center of evangelization in the peninsula.

This position requires pastoral care and spiritual leadership experience along with energy, commitment, courage and creativity.  Successful candidates will be proficient in planning, organizing, and teaching, with exceptional leadership and communication skills.

Preferred candidates will hold a master’s degree in religious education, theology or pastoral studies, have at least five years of parish pastoral and leadership experience ideally in Director of Faith Formation, Director of Ministries, or Pastoral Associate positions, and have management experience.  The candidate must be a practicing Catholic.  Knowledge of or active interest in Dominican spirituality is a plus.

For more details, please review the complete job description.

The position is currently available.  Finalists will be interviewed in Menlo Park, CA. Interested applicants should send a resume and completed application to cfadok@straymondmp.org.

St. Raymond Catholic Church is located at 1100 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025.

Summer Highlights…


Air Conditioning for the Church—Find out how you can help on page 2 in the bulletin.

Summer Book Club– Information on page 2. New Belonging Committee—See page 2 in the bulletin for more.

Faith Formation for Special Needs Families—Read more on page 4 in the bulletin.

Summer Help Needed—Details on page 4 in the bulletin.

Together in Holiness Marriage Conference—More on page 5 in the bulletin.

Join Our Belonging Ministry

YOU are invited to join St. Raymond
Parish’s NEW Belonging Ministry!

Plans programs and events to help us meet
one another and help us to develop a deeper
sense of community. Our goal is to help
every person find a way to belong!

Yes, it’s summer and many of us are away
for some of the time – but we are planning
for Fall events, specifically our September
“Month of Belonging”. Please consider
offering your time for one of the following –
we guarantee a fun time!
For more information or to join the Ministry,
please contact Sarah Gonzalez
(bergersb@gmail.com) or Karyn Leahy


** Be a Greeter during the Month of
Belonging (September 2017)!
Sign yourself (and/or your family) up to greet
people as they arrive at mass and pass out
material at the end. We are seeking at least 2
people at each Mass (Saturday 5:15pm;
Sunday 8am, 10am, and 6pm). You may sign
up for one weekend or more as your schedule
*No training required!

** Volunteer for the Parish Picnic:
September 17, 2017 from 11am-2pm
Hospitality, Communications, Music, Children’s
Games (Bounce house and balloon animals);
Bingo, Cornhole, Photo Booth, etc.; Food and
Beverage; Set up or Clean up

**Welcome new members to the Parish!
St. Raymond Parish continues to grow,
welcoming new individuals and families on a
regular basis. Join the Belonging Ministry to
help welcome them into our community!

Father Christopher’s Last Pastor’s Corner

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Grace to you and peace. This weekend we welcome
our new pastor, Fr. Daniel Syverstad, O.P.! Fr. Daniel
and I are good friends, and I can’t tell you how happy I
am for him and for our church and school. I’m excited
about the future and I look forward to witnessing from
not-too-far-away in Oakland the wonderful ways in
which the Spirit of God manifests himself in the prayer
and work you enjoy together, as you grow more
deeply in faith, hope, and love, radiating the joy of the
Gospel from St. Raymond Parish.

Fr. Daniel was provincial (the guy in charge) of our
Western Dominican Province when I entered the
Order of Preachers in 2002. I had entered once in
1997, but left the Order after about six months, and
almost five years later, it was Fr. Daniel who allowed
me to return. I’ve always admired Fr. Daniel’s abilities
as a leader, and I’ve always been inspired by the selfsacrificing
character of his priesthood. He’s a true
servant of the people of God.

As a “student brother”—a young(ish!) man studying to
become a priest and a preacher—I had the privilege in
2006 of ministering with Fr. Daniel for a year at
Blessed Sacrament, our parish in Seattle, where he
was pastor. He became a mentor to me, and a few
years later, I also spent a summer as a deacon with
him. Fr. Daniel honored me with the request to serve
as his associate in Seattle after my ordination to
priesthood. I gladly accepted his offer. I asked Fr.
Daniel to preach at the very first Mass I celebrated as
a priest, and then I joined him for three years in
Seattle before I arrived at St. Raymond as your pastor
in 2013.

If I have done any good as a pastor, I attribute it to
God and his grace, to Fr. Daniel as a mentor, and to
you and your joyful support of my efforts. For my
shortcomings, big and small, I of course accept
responsibility. It has been an amazing four years for
me—the experience of a lifetime. I’m immensely
grateful to our devoted and hard-working parish staff,
past and present, and to the dedicated and generous
members of councils and committees with whom I’ve
had the great blessing to serve. I’m profoundly
beholden to all of you in our St. Raymond family.
Thank you!

Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord!

Fr. Christopher, O.P.

Welcome Father Daniel Syverstad to St. Raymond Parish!

Welcome Father Daniel Syverstad to St. Raymond Parish!

Say hello to Fr. Daniel Syverstad, OP, on his first weekend as our pastor! Father Daniel was Father Christopher’s pastor and mentor when he served as a priest at Blessed Sacrament in Seattle. Fr. Daniel has been a priest for 35 years and brings an immense depth and breadth of pastoral wisdom and gifts to St. Raymond. He is a great priest– a real “man of the people.” He has been pastor of several parishes, including experience with Catholic schools. He also served for 8 years as the Provincial of the Western Dominican Province. Please give him a warm welcome!