Administrative Ministries

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL

The Parish Council is the consultative parish body to the pastor. It provides service and leadership for the parish and its staff. Its purpose is to discern the needs - primarily spiritual, but sometimes temporal - of the parishioners and the surrounding community. It then helps to find the resources to meet identified needs. The council encourages coordination and mutual assistance between organizations and ministries in the parish. In all matters, the Council tries to facilitate and implement the goals of the Parish Mission Statement. Parishioners are invited to attend meetings of the Parish Pastoral Council. Meeting dates and locations are published in the weekly bulletin. Members are chosen by a process of discernment and serve a three-year term.

FINANCE COMMITTEE

The Finance Committee is mandated by Canon Law (Canon 537), which requires that each parish is to have a finance council to assist the pastor in fulfilling his responsibilities in the administration of the parish goods and finances. Its function is, for the most part, to serve as guardian of the parish finances and, in some instances, to advise the pastor on the validity of a financial action. The committee meets once a month to review the financial statements of the previous month and to discuss matters affecting the parish finances. It is also responsible for the preparation of the annual parish budget.  Although the canon law does not specify the constitutive elements of the parish finance council, the nature of its responsibilities make it preferable that a member must have a background in accounting and/or auditing and administration. It is desirable to have the constituency of the committee reflect the ethnic diversity of the parish.

 
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