Parish Pastoral Council (PPC)
- Following the directives of Canon 536 and other post-conciliar documents, the PPC is the pastoral arm of the Parish with the mandate of “fostering activity.”
- Pastoral in nature, it deals with concerns affecting Church and world, concentrates on developing priorities and overall resolutions with regard to issues identified. It recommends these conclusions to the Parish Pastor as the person responsible for the overall decision-making.
- The PPC is not directly involved in implementation. Freed from daily operational decisions, it has time to listen to the community faith-response and to discern the signs of the times. It is thus free to deepen its understanding of the broad issues which cause undesirable conditions obstructing parish mission and free to explore possibilities as well as options to build up the faith community.
- The PPC is to facilitate a process in discovering, identifying, and promulgating the parish mission statement in line with the priorities of the Archdiocese, of the universal Church, and in response to the signs of the times.
- The PPC fosters pastoral activity by carrying out three functions:
- to “investigate everything pertaining to pastoral work,” while seeking the opinions and knowing the attitudes of the total parish community through researching their needs, ideas, hopes and aspirations;
- to “weigh matters which bear on pastoral activity” by discerning and formulating goals in enabling the parish mission to be carried out, thereby conforming parish life and action to the Gospel; and
- to “draw up practical conclusions” on the situation by shaping and recommending policies as means to attain the above goals identified.
- The PPC sets pastoral priorities by continual discernment of the changing quality of life surrounding the parish and the world and by evaluation of the implementation of the basic communities and ministerial teams with respect to the prioritized goals.
- The PPC is to engage in systematic consultation with the pastor in the above process of pastoral planning.