Parish Pastorial Council
"A parish exists for evangelization." According to Pope Paul VI(Evangelii Nuntiandi, 18), evangelization means bringing the Good news of Jesus
into every human situation and seeking to convert individuals and society by the divine power of the Gospel itself.
The parish community is charged with growing in faith. Effective parishes are mission-driven as they exist for the mission of Christ. In parishes, the people of God gather at the Lord's Table to be formed into the body of Christ. The resulting transformation ought to compel us to be 'Other Christs' in the world as we go out to those in greatest need of God's care.
A parish is a communion of individuals and families. The parish community is thus in communion with other parish communities in the diocese and with other dioceses of the world. Ideally, it is in the parish that the gospel is proclaimed, the sacrifice of the Mass is offered, and the sacraments celebrated. Ideally, it is in the company of fellow Catholics that we discern and live out our vocation. It is in the parish that the beginning and end of your earthly life is celebrated. Each parish is a community of faith with its own particular identity, regional character and cultural heritage. The evangelising purpose of each parish is universal but each parish has its own unique charisma.
The Parish Pastoral Council is the body charged with assisting the parish priest to achieve its evangelising purpose within the context of its own unique identity, geographical character and cultural heritage.
Purpose and Functions of Parish Pastorial Councils
The three-fold task of PPCs is to investigate and weigh pastoral undertakings and formulate practical conclusions regarding them. In other words, study parish pastoral realities, consider them and make recommendations. These are the steps involved in parish pastoral planning.
Parish pastorial planning involves considering the unique characteristics of the parish, the specific pastoral needs of its parishioners, its human and temporal resources in order to plan and recommend ways to accomplish the mission of Christ.
- The PPC is a stragetic organ that keeps the parish focused on divine purpose- to love God, love God's people, do God's will and lead others to God.
- The PPC is responsible for ensuring that its plans result in the spiritual growth of its parishioners. The PPC is therefore primarily responsible for planning for parish engagement , evaluating the impact of its plans and reviewing its plans as needed.
- The PPC is also responsible for investigating pastoral issues that may arise outside of its pastoral planning and evaluation processes as far as they have impact on parish engagements.
- Another body better serves the coordination of misnistries, orgsnizations, associations and societies. This frees up the PPC focus on this all-important task and ensures thhe right quality and quantity of membership for effectiveness is maintained. To be effective, there are implications on its composiion and limits on its functions in order to keep the overall good of the parishn in view rather than on sectional interests.
- The responsibilty of implementing pastoral plans lies with specific pastoral committees.
- The members of the PPC assist the parish priest in the work of pastoral planning thereby participating in the pastor's ministry.
MembershipThe guidelines for being a member of the PPC are as follow:
- The members of the PPC should be able to stud, reflect and make recommendations on pastoral matters, in order to accomplish the task of the council
- The members of the PPC should be outstanding in faith, good morals and prudent.
- Considering the particular function of the PPC, membership ought to be by selection and appointment of competent, talented, committed and qualified parishioners in order to provide the appropriate pastoral leadership necessary for growing engaged parishes.
- The competences required in the council are strategic planning, facilitating change, familiarity with the people and needs of the parish, decision-making based on careful study and research of issues rather than from personal opinions.
- Membership is subject to the approval of the parish priest.
- Other qualifications include:
- Be baptised and practising Catholics who are registered and supportive of the parish and are also communicants.
- Active in the practice of the Catholic faith
- Supportive of the Church teachings
- Open to prayer, study and dialogue
- Committed to the success of the parish
- Have workiing knowledge of the parish
- Possession of time and energy
- Ability to listen to people with diverse views
- Desire to grow in spirit, openness to study
- Reliability, willingness to empower others to action
- Desire to work collaboratively
Composition of PPCThe PPC membership is composed as follows:
- Parish Pastoral Committees - 10
- Parish laity Council - 2
- Parish Priest's Nominees - 5
- Parishioner's discerned selections - 4
- The Vice-Chair and Secretary of each outstation - 2
The exact numbers of the parish priest's nominees and discerned selections will depend on the size and peculiar needs of the parish but the total number should be around 25. The parishioners' discerned seclections and representatives of parish ministries and groups are subject to the approval of the parish priesr who will confirm all appointments in writing
Vice Chairman, PPC
Assistant Parish Priest
2nd Vice Chairman, PPC
Public Relation Officer, PPC
Assistant Secretary, PPC
Vice Chairman, Liturgy
Vice Chairman, PFC
Chairman, Community Building committee
Chairman, Welfare and Social Action Committee
Chairman, Faith Formation Committee