These are our Parish Pastoral Council Members. If you would like to contact any of them, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL – Parish Councils have evolved over the years. When they first appeared (shortly after the time of Vatican II) they were like the parish board of directors with each member of the council responsible for a separate committee of the parish. A large part of the concern for the council was to direct the finances of the parish. Parish Pastoral Councils have a much different mandate today. As the name implies the council is concerned with “pastoral” concerns of the parish. The Parish Pastoral Council is an advisory group to the pastor. The council meets once a month in the evening (usually the first Thursday). The following is taken from the guidelines of the Parish Pastoral Council for our parish.
The purpose of the St. Joseph’s, Grande Prairie, AB Parish Pastoral Council is to be a consultative group for the pastor/pastoral team. The ministry of the council is:
- To be available to hear the concerns of parishioners;
- To study those matters brought to its attention by the pastoral team and parishioners;
- To gather all relevant information and discern thoroughly to make an informed decision in order to form consensus to make a recommendation;
- To engage in pastoral planning through transformational servant leadership, enabling the vision/mission to permeate the whole parish, being a voice of the lay people;
- To assist in evaluating the effectiveness of existing programs and services.
- To have a sense of mission, an awareness of the need to utilize the variety of parishioners’ talents and gifts for the building up of the parish community and the Church.