Purpose

A.  The purpose of the Parish Pastoral Council is to foster pastoral activity, especially through the promotion of prayer, Christian formation and faith sharing among its membership and within the larger parish community.


B.  The Parish Pastoral Council is consultative to the pastor. Consultation should be carried out in a spirit of prayerful reflection. Through prayer, preparation, reflection and frank discussion of the issues brought to the Council, the members should strive to develop consensus on those issues which they address, always keeping in mind the common good of the community.


C.  Members of the Parish Pastoral Council will consult with parishioners about the pastoral needs and priorities of the parish. Through prayerful discernment, individually and collectively, the Council is to visualize the future as it prepares to respond to present and future challenges and needs.


The spirit of consultation in the church requires a profound sensitivity to the needs and vision of the people involved.