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What is the Pastoral Council?
The Pastoral Council is a consultative body to the pastor who has ultimate responsibility for the pastoral care of the parish. The council uses prayer, discussion, and recommendations to assist the pastor in making and carrying out decisions regarding all aspects of parish life and the mission of the church (1983 Code of Canon Law – Canon 536).
To adequately address the life of the parish and the mission of the Church, the pastoral council works within these five ministry areas referred to as “commissions”:
- Liturgy – Works to enhance the spiritual life of the parish. The dominant concern is Sunday and Holy Day Celebrations.
- Education and Formation – Works to coordinate, develop, promote and evaluate all parish-related education and formation programs.
- Social Justice and Charitable Outreach – Works to inform and involve the parish community in social concerns and charitable acts toward one another and toward the larger community, city, state, nation and world.
- Parish Life – Works to promote unity and a sense of “family” among parish members by providing opportunities for people to be together.
- Finance and Administration – Works to assist the pastor in “ordinary” acts of administration of the goods and finances of the parish. Members of the Pastoral Council are elected by the congregation for a two year term. Elections are held each January. For more additional details on Pastoral Council responsibilities you are encouraged to contact current members of the council.