The Pastoral Council is a representative body of the faithful whose focus is on the whole community. The council provides a means for uniting the parish community in expressing its collective wisdom concerning pastoral plans and activities.
By reason of its existence, the Pastoral Council must read and reflect the "signs of the times" to those planning and/or implementing short and long term pastoral policies and activities in the parish. Ordinary administration of the parish is the responsibility of the administrative staff.
By the fact that it is convoked by the pastor, the Pastoral Council must respond to his call and questions and offer the best consultation possible.
The Pastoral Council's task is not to govern, but rather to seek consultation and give counsel. Good counsel is the result of full, holistic, active consultation. Thus, the members of this group, along with the pastor, are called to reflect and consider pastoral issues for the common good and for the future. Their role is to understand, to reflect carefully and prayerfully, and to seek consensus. However, under certain circumstances, the Council may choose to attain a majority through voting to decide a course of action.
The Pastoral Council is available to all parishioners who wish to present an issue or suggestion. Contact any council member, firstname.lastname@example.org.