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The Role of the Pastoral Council, by Father John

Working with the Pastor to Promote Parish Life Easter is a season for reflecting upon and acting out of the grace of our baptism. A true sign of people following their baptismal call is their willingness to step up to the plate and work with others to strengthen and serve the local church community. Hundreds of our people do this at Saint John's through the manifold service opportunities of Stewardship. Yet no more important role is given to members of a parish that to advise the pastor, the shepherd of the community appointed by the archbishop. This is the role of our Parish Pastoral Council and our Parish Finance Council.

I am extremely grateful to those who have offered their time, talent and thought in these two parish bodies. This week I want to tell you about our Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) because the time is approaching for us to choose new members of the Council. As you read this letter, please join me in praying for the Holy Spirit to motivate good men and women to heed the call to serve in this vital capacity. What I quote here is taken from our archdiocesan guidelines for PPC.

What is the Parish Pastoral Council? The PPC meets with the pastor "to assist him in his leadership role of planning, organizing, initiating, promoting, coordinating and reviewing the evangelization, worship, religious education and service activities within the parish." The current council has worked with me to assess the needs of our parish and to help develop plans and programs for our parish. By open, honest dialogue they have collaborated with me to unify our parish and address problems and challenges. The extensive "town meeting" consultation process is an example of this.

Who may participate in the Parish Pastoral Council? The ex officio members of the PPC include the pastor, parochial vicar, assigned permanent deacons and pastoral associates. Other members come from the parish community. They must be Catholics who are registered and active in the parish and live within its boundaries but a certain number may be active, registered members who are non-residents. They participate in the sacramental life of the church. They are 18 years of age or older, but two youth members may be elected or appointed. They serve for a term of three years.

Pastoral Council Reports

For a searchable document with all of the reports of the Parish Pastoral Council from January 15, 2006, to the present, we invite you to the the Parish Pastoral Council Reports document.

Current Membership of the Parish Pastoral Council

Rev. John MacInnnis

 Rev. Kevin Leaver

Rev. Paul McManus

Deacon Leo Martin

Deacon Chuck Hall

Dawn Alves

Jose Diaz

Michael Duda

Jillian Gonzales

Julie Kirikoples

Julie L'Italien

Nancy Pacheco

Josh Richards

Josh Stuevel

Christina Tavares


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