Parish Council

March, 2011

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

May God bless you! I am pleased to present the revised Parish Pastoral Council Guidelines.

Parish pastoral councils have now been an integral part of our local Church for 40 years and have contributed greatly to a deepening of the baptismal call of all to share in the mission of Jesus as lived out in the ministry of our parishes. Well functioning councils contribute to a focus on mission and shared responsibility in our parishes, while also helping to facilitate good planning and communication among parish ministries.

I encourage you to study and share these guidelines with all who serve in this leadership position in your parish. I am confident that you will find them to be a rich source of best practices and practical assistance in this vital ministry. While the principles expressed are general, these revised guidelines address some of the diverse consultative structures that exist among our parishes.
Thank you for your service to your parish. You are in my prayers.

Sincerely yours in our Lord,

Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
Archbishop of Louisville

Introduction

The life of a parish is made manifest in how it attends to God’s word, intercedes, praises, and gives thanks to God at the Sunday Eucharist and in prayer and ritual of many kinds (worship); in how it forms members through education and formation (catechesis); in how it builds up the body of Christ, the Church (community); and in how it witnesses to justice and cares for all those in need (service).

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