The Parish Council is a body of servant leaders who are Roman Catholics in good standing with the Church, and who are registered and supporting members of the parish. The ideal candidate demonstrates good listening skills, the ability to work toward consensus, and a commitment to the mission of the parish and the universal Church. The role of the Council is to work with the Pastor, offering advice and counsel in the areas of parish priorities, directions, and policies to meet the parish needs of worship, faith formation, evangelization, stewardship, and the like. Members are selected by the parish community and serve a term of three years.
Buildings and Grounds Committee
The Buildings and Grounds Committee is a standing committee of the parish Finance Council. The ideal candidate is someone who has background in building design and/or experience as an electrician, plumber, or carpenter. The Buildings and Grounds Committee is responsible for advising the Pastor regarding the results of regular facility inspections, including necessary repairs, safety issues, utility concerns, and the like. The Committee also works with the Finance Council to complete cost projections and scheduling of maintenance and repair work. Members are selected by the Pastor and serve at the Pastor’s pleasure.
The Parish Finance Council is a mandated consultative body in the administration of parish finances. When more than one parish has been entrusted to the care of a single Pastor, a joint Council may be constituted in so far as it is representative of each parish in the cluster. In this case, the Pastor may occasionally gather with the individual Parish Finance Council (representatives to the joint Council) of a particular parish as needed.
While the Council has significant responsibility for the stewardship of parish financial resources, it is the role of the Pastor and the Pastoral Council to discern the directions and priorities that will advance the mission and life of the parish. Canon law states that the Pastor is obligated to consult the Council on certain matters and on all matters requiring the Bishop’s approval.