The Nature of Parish Pastoral Councils

The Parish Pastoral Council brings together lay people and religious who, together with their pastors, work jointly to build the parish as a living Christian community.  Thus Parish Council members care about parish life in other communities of the Diocese, share in the concerns of the Church universal, and strive to bring the Gospel message to all people and places in their neighbourhood.

Through reflection, planning, animation and action, the Parish Pastoral Council is the place where those ministries or services are brought forth that are needed for the growth of a living parish community.  The Pastoral Council must carefully consider the needs of the faithful and search within the community for the means that will adequately respond to these needs.

This responsibility of the Parish Pastoral Council does not take away from the continued mission and responsibility of the parish as a whole.  Each baptized parish member remains responsible in his or her own way for the mission of the parish.  In this way, the Parish Pastoral Council is a means for implementing better the responsibilities of the whole parish community.


  • Grow in knowledge of the mission and the ministry of Jesus in which the parish community by virtue of baptism is called to share
  • Understand and/or assist with the development of a community vision or mission that takes into consideration the overall good of the parish
  • Promote pastoral activity (community building, worship, proclamation of the Word, care of others) that will help the parish transform its vision into action, recognizing that every baptized person is both called and gifted for ministry and that the discovery and sharing of these gifts for the building of the kingdom must be facilitated.