Parish Council’s role is to:
- Promote the Church’s mission to live and communicate the love and values of Christ in the world around us
- Share in the responsibility for the ongoing life and development of the parish community, working together with parishioners to provide support for their efforts to live as followers of Christ.
In what ways are Parish Pastoral Councils implementing their role?
- Listening and gathering information about the hopes, ideas, needs and concerns of parishioners.
- Generating responses to the identified issues.
- Encouraging and supporting the continuing good work of existing groups within the parish.
- Providing opportunities for parishioners to grow in their relationship with God and with each other.
- Supporting and encouraging parishioners in their continuing efforts to be a Christian influence in the wider community.
- Planning for the future of the parish by setting realistic and achievable short-term and long-term pastoral goals for the parish community within the framework of the Archdiocesan Synod priorities of Jesus Communion Mission.
- Overseeing the implementation of these pastoral goals.
- Contributing towards making parish decisions that reflect the values of the Gospel and the teachings of the Church.
- Providing support for their Pastor, working collaboratively with him and with each other.
What qualities are required of parish councillors?
- Commitment to Christ and the Church, with a parish community perspective.
- Openness to listen and evaluate.
- Willingness to work in a team.
- Positive and hopeful outlook.
- Respect for the efforts of others.
- Sufficient time and energy.
- Reliability in attendance and tasks undertaken.
- Readiness to include others in action.
- Loyalty to the Pastor and to one another.
- Willingness to serve for a time and then let go.