Parish Pastoral Council formation - Examples of the Tasks and Types Parish Pastoral Councils

Three common sample agenda items for a “coordinating council” approach to the parish pastoral council:

1. The pastor places the following questions on the agenda: “Should we charge for the use of our facility? How much? To whom? Any exceptions?” The council then advises and gives counsel to the pastor, and then he makes the decision.

2. The liturgy committee asks for the following item to be placed on the Council agenda. The pastor agrees. “We recently read in Rebuilt, that a repetition of hymns or songs Sunday after Sunday will assist the Faithful in knowing the hymns, thus enhancing participation. What are your thoughts?” Perhaps the liturgy committee would give a short presentation of this topic. The council then gives their advice, opinions, and thoughts. The Liturgy committee then would accept this advice, and give their recommendation to the pastor, who then would make the decision.

3. The school principal would like to have the following item placed on the agenda. “What is the opinion of the pastoral council: Should we have stricter school dress codes?” The pastor chooses not to place this on the agenda, and encourages the principal to bring such a matter to the school council, or has a discussion between him and the principal alone.

Sample agenda items often with a “planning council” approach to the parish pastoral council:

1. Our parish mission statement says, ‘“We are a Catholic Community, united in the Eucharist, living as disciples of Christ, through the practice of stewardship.’” If we have the mission of being ‘united in the Eucharist,’ what goals flow from this? The council would create goals, such as increasing Sunday Mass attendance; This would be followed by the development of strategies to fulfill those goals, such as providing education on the meaning of the Mass, offering new Mass aids, effecting curriculum changes in PSR/Catholic Grade School to teach what happens at the Mass, promoting Eucharistic Adoration, etc. Then the stewardship council would implement these strategies

2. Based on our parish survey our parishioners feel welcomed to our parish, but it is not a ‘second home,’ i.e., they are not getting involved in the parish ministries. The council would create some goals, followed by strategies to fulfill those goals.