The purpose of the Parish Pastoral Council is to foster full participation of the entire parish in the life and mission of the parish and of the Universal Church. The parish faith community participates in this mission by:
DIOCESE OF LANSING
NORMS FOR A PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
1. Each parish in the Diocese of Lansing will have a parish pastoral council.
2. The parish pastoral council is consultative and collaborative.
3. The parish pastoral council is the primary and established means for pastors/pastoral coordinators and parishioners to respond to the pastoral mission of the Church and listen to the needs and hopes of the parish.
4. The parish pastoral council collaborates with the pastor/pastoral coordinator to create a vision for the parish community and designs a planning process to bring this vision to fruition. “Without a vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18
The council will:
5. The parish pastoral council is representative of parishioners of all ages, cultures, races, and abilities. Goal 1 of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan (Section B) encourages parishes to become inclusive, receptive, and committed to spiritual and social development with emphasis on respecting and valuing diversity within the community
6. The principles of collaboration should be applied as the parish pastoral council meets. Relying fully on the Holy Spirit, the parish pastoral council will seek consensus in prayerful discernment.
7. New members for the parish pastoral council are selected by lot according to biblical tradition cited in Acts:
We must therefore choose someone who has been with us the whole time that the Lord Jesus was traveling round with us,
. . . he can act with us as a witness to his resurrection. Having nominated two candidates,
. . . they prayed, ‘Lord you can read everyone’s heart’. Show us therefore which of these two you have chosen to take over this ministry and apostolate
. . . they then drew lots for them. Acts 1:21, 23-26
8. The parish pastoral council provides an orientation for new council members.
9. Councils will abide by a charter governing internal operations. It is essential that each parish carefully prepare a charter in accord with diocesan norms with a plan to review on a regular basis.
10. The agenda for parish pastoral council meetings must include:
The current agenda and minutes of the previous pastoral council meeting should be mailed to council members at least ten days prior to the scheduled meeting.
11. Minutes of parish pastoral council meetings must be kept in the parish archives. The minutes must include each of the items outlined in Norm #10 (above) and must be posted in a prominent place for review by parishioners.
12. In those situations where parishes are merged with one or two worship sites, one parish pastoral council and one finance council shall exist.
13. In those situations where a parish has been maintained as a chapel, one parish pastoral council and one finance council shall exist.
14. In those situations where parishes are clustered, the parishes remain as separate parishes. Two parish pastoral councils and two finance council shall exist.