“A parish is the presence of the Church in a given territory, an environment for hearing God’s word, for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration. In all its activities the parish encourages and trains its members to be evangelizers.”
Evangelii Gaudium, 28. (On the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World), Pope Francis, 2013.
In 1971 it became mandatory for each parish in the Diocese of Auckland to have a parish pastoral council.
Members of the parish pastoral council work collaboratively with the parish priest to set the vision, plan the mission and enable their community of faith to proclaim the message of Jesus.
In 2014, Bishop Patrick Dunn introduced revised Guidelines for Parish Pastoral Council to assist councillors in their role in encouraging and training the faithful as indispensable agents of the new evangelisation.
The Guidelines offer a framework of principles, procedures and practical ideas for effective collaboration and co-operation between the clergy and the lay faithful in shared responsibility for leading the parish.
The Pastoral and Evangelisation Office provide formation sessions for parish pastoral councils to support the councilors in their leadership ministry in the Church.