Who We Are: Parish Pastoral Council

"The purpose of the Pastoral Council is to attend to the spiritual needs of the parish in partnership with the local priests.  The work of the Pastoral Council is motivated by a desire to build up the Kingdom of God and enliven the faith of all the baptised living in the local community.  The Council maintains an overview of the whole parish and plans strategically to ensure that the faith of the community is nurtured and strengthened.  A Pastoral Council is distinguished from other community groups by its spiritual and pastoral focus.  Pastoral Councils are understood in the Code of Canon Law in the following context: "...a Pastoral Council is to be established in each parish.  In this Council, which is presided over by the parish priest, Christ's faithful, together with those who by virtue of their office are engaged in pastoral care in the parish, give their help in fostering pastoral action (c. 536 par.1)." 


(See Guidelines for Pastoral Councils.  Treoirlínte do Chomhairlí Tréadach. Archdiocese of Tuam, 2009.)