Director of Liturgy and Music

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and School
Employment Type
Full Time
Raleigh, NC
Posted Date

The Director of Liturgy and Music is responsible for collaborating with clergy, staff, ministry leaders, volunteers, and musicians to plan and execute parish liturgies and music for the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful. The Director develops and directs liturgical ministers and musicians to provide leadership on Sundays and other special liturgies that will lead parishioners "to that full, conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations called for by the very nature of the liturgy" (Sacrosanctum Concilium #14). The ideal will be a proficient organist with vocal and choral experience, a practicing Catholic in good standing with a love for the sacred liturgy and the traditions of the church.


  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in music preferred
  • Choral director and organist experience
  • Knowledge of congregational Proper Antiphons repertory in English (especially for the introit and communion)
  • Music Engraving Software facility
  • Active member in good standing of the Roman Catholic Church, living in a manner consistent with Catholic moral principles
  • Comprehensive understanding of liturgical documents including the GIRM, Sacrosanctum Concilium, Musicam Sacram, and other liturgical texts.
  • Proficiency in Gregorian chant preferred

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with Pastor and staff in implementing the mission of the parish
  • Works with the Pastor to ensure the musical aspects of parish life contribute to the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful; selects music for the assembly that makes use of the Proper texts whenever possible, either from the Graduale Romanum or the Graduale Simplex.
  • Assures that quality sacred music is provided for parish and school liturgies. Selects music, recruits and schedules musicians as needed, and directs the music for Sunday liturgies and other significant parish celebrations, particularly:
  • Weekend Liturgies – Saturday 5PM; Sunday 9AM, Sunday 11:30AM. Sunday 5PM may be covered by another organist, but the Director would be responsible for scheduling this musician and ensuring the quality of the music
  • Other major liturgies including evening liturgies on Holy Days of Obligation and designated special feast days and solemnities
  • School Masses, divided with the school organist; assists the music teacher in training the student cantors
    • When unable to be present, ensures that adequate and capable musicians are available to provide music for these liturgies.
  • Implements parish-wide catechesis on the liturgy
  • Develops children and youth choirs, and fosters youth participation.
  • Assists the pastor in the acquisition of permanent books for liturgical worship (hymnals, missals).
  • Provides liturgical scripts and binders for special rites as requested by the pastor.
  • Supervises proper use and maintenance of all musical equipment including the Wicks Pipe Organ, three pianos on campus, handbells, etc, including maintenance and regular tunings.
  • Supervises proper use of sound system within the church and assists as necessary with audio system use at other events outside the church proper.
  • Oversees compliance with copyright laws and licensing procedures.
  • Maintains choir library and liturgical/musical resources as needed.
  • Ensures accuracy of information posted on the website concerning Liturgy and Music.
  • Supervises, approves, and provides music for weddings, funerals, and meets with participants to discuss the rites and ensure proper liturgical and musical practices. Pastorally engages those needing assistance in selecting music for these liturgies; given first right of refusal for all weddings and funerals; when unable to be present, ensures that adequate and capable musicians are available to provide music for these liturgies.
  • Coordinates and approves all non-parish musicians, including guest vocalists and instrumentalists.
  • Provides catechesis as needed in support of the parish Faith Formation and RCIA programs, including liturgical planning of RCIA rites, Confirmation, First Communions, etc.
  • Prepares worship aids as needed for liturgical celebrations.
  • Prepares and administers the music budget as delegated by the Pastor.
  • Ensures proper copyright permissions, usage fees and licenses have been obtained for all material used in the music program.
  • Maintains active memberships in professional organizations such as the NPM, CMAA, AGO, ACDA, etc.