Parish Pastoral Council
·To provide vision and direction to the parish community as this community lives out its Catholic faith through weekly liturgy as well as serving each other and those in need spiritually, emotionally and economically.
·To establish pastoral priorities, goals, and objectives to fulfill these needs and to see to their implementation through responsible and caring leadership.
·To provide leadership through a shared ministry of service as well as a visible example of cooperation, healing presence and trust.
The parish pastoral council is responsible for calling and enabling all members of the parish to discover, develop, and offer their gifts in service to the parish and wider community. It is responsible for encouraging cooperation and collaborative parish activity that includes spiritual formation and leadership skills for council members and other parish groups.
The parish pastoral council is accountable to the parish for the way it discharges its responsibilities and should follow the direction set by the Diocese of Richmond and the Universal Church. It shall act in accordance with the teachings and laws of the Church, the policies of the Diocese of Richmond and within civil law.
The parish pastoral council needs to be open to the Holy Spirit, to be visionary, to reflect on the past and to plan for the future as it pertains to Church of the Good Shepherd’s Mission Statement:
In thankfulness to God, we, the Church of the Good Shepherd, gather at the Lord's Table, welcoming all, renewing our traditional Catholic Faith, and worshiping together through meaningful liturgies to build our community, the Body of Christ. We embrace life-long catechesis to grow spiritually and serve as an example to our children. We commit ourselves to sharing the teachings of Jesus Christ. As good stewards and followers of the Lord, we open our hearts to all, sharing our God given talents and treasure.
We are the Body of Christ: We seek to show His ways by our thoughts, hopes and actions, through our demonstrated love for each.
The parish pastoral council shall meet monthly at the parish church, unless rescheduled or cancelled at the direction of the executive committee.
Meeting date, time and agenda shall be made available to members of the council and the parish at large approximately one week in advance.
The agenda and other materials for discussion will be made available to council members approximately one week in advance. Council members shall be prepared to discuss items listed on the posted agenda. Council members may also submit additional items for discussion at the beginning of the meeting.
All parishioners are invited and encouraged to attend the council meetings. Parishioners who desire to address the council shall notify the chairperson in advance of the meeting.
Meetings shall be conducted in an orderly way, following the prepared agenda. Respectful listening and constructive dialogue should characterize parish pastoral council sessions.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MEMBER?
Individuals who are at least 18 years of age and have been active, registered members of the parish for at least one year are eligible for discernment to the parish pastoral council. The council should consist of “the Christian faithful who are in full communion with the Catholic Church” (Called to Serve, Page 22, Canon Law 512). The membership should reflect a cross-section of the parish. Only one member of a household may serve on the council at a time.
Pastoral Council Roster
- Vice Chair
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