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.
What is a Parish Pastoral Council?
The Parish Pastoral Council is not a body of representatives but a representative body whose primary function is to set the vision and plan to make “the life and activity of the parish ever more closely conform to the gospel.” Their focus is on the pastoral aspect of the parish.
The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) consists of the Parish Priest and a team of parishioners chosen by the parish community. The Councillors work collaboratively to build a vital Christian community in which parishioners’ spiritual growth is fostered and their baptismal calls to mission are discerned and supported
Parish Pastoral Council Guidelines 2017
Parish Pastoral Councils are mandatory in the Auckland Diocese and the guidelines are issued to assist parishes become what Pope Francis describes as ‘the presence of God in a given territory, an environment in hearing God’s word, for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration. Bishop Pat
In 2017, 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. Click here to view
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 Parish Pastoral Council Guidelines are divided into the following sections:
- Purpose, function and structure of Parish Pastoral Councils
- Pastoral Planning
- Pastoral Council Make-up and Terms of Office
- Selecting Parish Pastoral Councillors
- Executive and Committees
The Pastoral and Evangelisation Office provide formation sessions for parish pastoral councils to support the councilors in their leadership ministry in the Church.