The purpose of the Parish Pastoral Council is to work co-operatively with the priests and the parishioners to assist the entire parish community to achieve the mission of the Church in the local community. The PPC is made up of lay members of the congregation as well as the Parish Priest.
The lay members of the PPC together act as an advisory body to the Parish Priest. They do this through a process of praying together; discerning needs and priorities; and sharing practical wisdom and experience in order to advise on major decisions which may affect the life and well-being of the parish.
The main objectives of the Parish Council are as follows:
Listen and respond to the Spirit of God: - the Council, with the Parish Priest as president, prayerfully consider what the spirit of God is calling the parish to be and become.
Provide a Forum for Sharing ideas: - In dialogue, members of the Council and The Parish Priest come to an understanding of the spiritual as well as physical concerns and needs of the people of the Parish and policies and strategies to address those concerns and needs.
Participate in Parish Planning: - The council, along with the entire parish community, plans for the future of the Parish. This includes reviewing from time to time the Council Constitution and a Parish Mission Statement of the Parish goals and priorities. On completion of such reviews, any revisions of the Constitution and/or Mission Statement are forwarded to the Cardinal.
The Council represent the Parishioners as a whole. Therefore, you should feel free to approach any Council member with any comments or suggestions about the Parish, which they can then pass onto the Parish Priest.