Assisting our Pastor
“So, bring the tribe of Levi near, and set them before Aaron the priest, so that they may assist him” (Numbers 3:6).
To assist the pastor or parochial administrator in the exercise of his office in the governance of the parish, the Parish Pastoral Council and the Parish Finance Council have been established. The pastor is not a member of these consultative organizations, but presides over them and carefully evaluates the consultation and advice given (Pastoral Handbook 1.3.3).
The Parish Pastoral Council is required in the Archdiocese and serves the pastor in a consultative capacity and exists to help and support the pastor and the members of his staff in the accomplishment of the pastoral objectives (Pastoral Handbook 1.3.4).
The Pastoral Council advises the pastor on developments of pastoral priorities. The Council helps the pastor to identify pastoral needs and to implement and evaluate pastoral programs. The Council assists with encouraging volunteerism and participation by the parishioners in the life and ministry of the Church (Pastoral Handbook 188.8.131.52).
Members of the Pastoral Council:
Mike Orf, Chair
Every parish is to have a parish finance council to assist with the responsible stewardship of resources, and to be of assistance to the pastor (canon 537).
The Parish Finance Council is to adhere to the laws governing the administration of ecclesiastical goods under canon law and the Pastoral Handbook. The Finance Council is a consultative body that provides consent to the pastor for certain transactions and guidance and advice to the pastor for other matters (Pastoral Handbook 1.3.5).
Members of the Finance council:
Jim Feldhake, Chair