Parish Pastoral Council

Whilst the Second Vatican Council can be seen as the catalyst for the birth of Parish Councils, the 1983 Code of Canon Law later defined the role of the Parish Pastoral Council. 

 

Whilst the Second Vatican Council can be seen as the catalyst for the birth of Parish Councils, the 1983 Code of Canon Law later defined the role of the Parish Pastoral Council closer to that of the model Diocesan Pastoral Council, i.e. investigate pastoral matters, reflect over them, and recommend conclusions.

Parish Pastoral Council members are the additional eyes and ears of their pastor. From varying backgrounds, they are able to bring different insights to the an issue, and being out in the community, they are able to provide the Parish Priest with information on issues which he may not necessarily have easy access to feedback.

From a practical perspective, the PPC plays a key role in the ongoing pastoral life of the parish. The PPC must be the planners, not the doers, i.e. they need to have view of the “bigger picture” of the parish life. E.g. it is not the role of the PPC to plan the Easter liturgies, but is their role to notice that the parish needs a liturgy committee and recommend the forming of one to the Parish Priest if the parish does not have one.

Another crucial role of the PPC is the management of change. There is always some grief when we are asked to let something go and accept something new. Change is always difficult and the PPC is plays a key role in times of transition. Parish Priests live a life of service and need to be able to answer to the call to go where their gifts are needed. The role of the outgoing Parish Priest and the PPC is to prepare the parish for the change that is to come, thus minimising the grief. It is also the role of the PPC to make the incoming Parish Priest feel as welcome as possible, even though he has the right to dissolve the Council and re-establish a new one.

The Parish Support Unit is able to assist PPCs in the setup and membership processes, time of transition such as parish amalgamations and change of clergy, Pastoral Planning, facilitating reflection days and a variety of services.

Resources

Catholic Diocese of
Broken Bay

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
Fax 02 9847 0001
news@dbb.org.au

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