Parish Pastoral Council
Parish Pastoral Councils are established at the recommendation of the Archbishop (Canon 536), to provide advice and assistance to the pastor concerning the pastoral needs of the parish. A Parish Pastoral Council is presided over by the pastor and is to be representative of the faith community, the parish. It is consultative and advisory in nature. The members of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) share in the concern for the growth of the parishioners and the parish community and for their spiritual and pastoral welfare. (Archdiocesan Policy No. 1105)
The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is a consultative body whose primary purpose is to work with the Rector regarding matters pertaining to the pastoral life of the parish. It involves the Parish Team and representative parishioners in assisting in the discernment of the ongoing pastoral needs of the parish and in suggesting strategies helpful in pastoral planning and action devoted to living out the message of the Gospel. Within this context the PPC serves to:
- Provide a forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas within the parish.
- Participate in a consultative process to assist the Rector in establishing pastoral priorities for the parish.
- Foster awareness of services available in the parish.
- Provide the Rector with a microcosm of the whole parish.
- Provide a forum for personal growth.
It is recognized that the Rector has full responsibility for the parish as delegated by the Archbishop. The role of the Parish Pastoral Council is to be supportive to the Rector and provide all assistance helpful to his office.
Members of PPC attend Council meetings held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, except during June, July, August and December, and unless otherwise determined by the Council. They may also participate in the activities of various “standing” and “ad hoc” committees.
Parish Pastoral Council meetings are open to parishioners who are invited to attend as observers. In addition, an Annual General Meeting for all members of the parish is held on the third Tuesday in June of each year. At this time the activities of the past year are reviewed, significant plans for the future are proposed and the membership and structure of the Council for the coming year is confirmed.