Parish Pastoral Council
But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know
that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them,
and their great ones are tyrants over them.
It will not be so among you; but whoever
wishes to be great among you must be your servant.
- Matthew 20.25-26
By the grace of Baptism, each Christian is called to share in the leadership of the Christian community, each in his or her own particular way. Some are called to share in the leadership of the Christian community by their participation on the Parish Pastoral Council.
What is the Parish Pastoral Council?
The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is presided over by the parish priest. The Pastoral Team will give their help to the PPC in fostering pastoral action. The PPC is a consultative body to the pastor. It is pastoral in nature in that it is concerned with mission and ministry in the parish. The PPC is a representative body, rather than a body of representatives. It is constituted for the good of the whole parish. Council members do not represent committees, groups or constituencies within the parish. They are not management boards and do not supervise parish staff or mediate between pastoral leadership, staff and/or parishioners.
How are members selected?
Another parishioner nominates each Pastoral Council member or they nominate themselves. They are invited to an information evening and if they let their names stand, they are invited to a subsequent prayer/discernment evening. The current Pastoral Council members will then meet and discern in the Spirit and reach consensus regarding who will be asked to sit on Council. Discernment and nominations occur every Fall.
What is the Role of the Parish Pastoral Council?
The principal role of the PPC is pastoral planning, which is meant to ensure the mission and vision of the diocese and parish and to guide the community into the future. Pastoral planning involves: Discerning the will of God for this parish community by identifying, assessing and prioritizing pastoral needs, setting goals and developing objectives in order to meet those needs, and recommending courses of action to the pastor or pastoral team members.