Parish Councils

Parish Councils


The Parish Finance Council, mandated by the Code of Canon Law 537, is separate and distinct from the Parish Pastoral Council. Members of the council will be appointed by the pastor and must be Catholics in good standing and preferable, members of the parish, skilled in the areas of finance, law or administration, and not be related to employees of the parish nor have extensive business relationships with the parish.

The Finance Council’s purpose is to advise the Pastor in the administration of parish goods in order to carry out the mission of the parish. Under the direction of the Pastor, Finance Council oversees the matters of the parish plant and finances.



The purpose of the Parish Pastoral Council is to foster full participation of the entire parish in the life and mission of the Church which reflects the mission of Christ who was sent “…to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind and release to prisoners…” (Luke 4:18)

The Parish Pastoral Council looks to the Finance Council for sound financial guidance and planning regarding the resources needed to develop and implement parish plans, programs and policies. The Parish Pastoral Council reflects the pastoral needs of the entire parish. The Pastor is the chief executive, head administrator and spiritual leader of the parish. The Pastoral Council assists the Pastor in fostering pastoral activity in the parish. The Pastoral Council is merely advisory; the Pastor retains a veto in those matters concerning faith, morals, or diocesan policy. The Council develops and recommends parish pastoral plans and directions through a consensus process and prayerful reflection.

Membership consists of 4 elected members by the congregation and 4 appointed members selected by the pastor. The election is held in May with changes made at the June or July meeting with the church fiscal year.

Membership of the Pastoral Council should contain people of varying opinions and ideas; a representative body, not a body of representatives. The Pastor or Parish Administrator is an ex-officio member.

20 May 2015 Minutes

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