Pastoral Council

Parish Pastoral Council, a working committee whose purpose is to promote the spiritual growth of the parish community and plan ways for the parish to carry out the mission of the church, provides consultation to the Pastor through a representative body of parishioners, many of whom are appointed from various ministerial committees. The standing committees should reflect the needs and priorities of the parish and can include Liturgy, Stewardship, Social Action, Education and Formation, Evangelization, etc. The council is to serve as a vehicle of dialogue and communication among the Pastor, the parish staff, the committees, parish organizations, and parishioners. The council is not intended to be a decision making body or administrative board but one that collaborates with the pastor to identify the needs of the parish, and then implements the parish pastoral plan through the coordination of various activities and committees. Members are appointed or discerned and join with those from the standing committees in determining council membership.

The Council has a chairperson to conduct the meetings, with the pastor fully participating in the deliberations, planning, and policy development. Guidelines are established for attendance at the meetings. This expectation is clearly stated as part of the discernment process.