The Parish Pastoral Council is a consultative body, pastoral in nature, because it strives to discern the movement of the Holy Spirit among God's people in the parish. A Parish Pastoral Council gives its help to the pastor in fostering pastoral activity; it investigates, under the authority of the pastor, all those things which pertain to pastoral works to ponder them, and to propose practical conclusions about them. It is essential that Council meetings occur in the context of prayer and openness to the Holy Spirit, so that at all times the common good will prevail.
Specifically, the Parish Pastoral Council's purpose is to enhance the process of:
developing pastoral programs
improving pastoral services
evaluating the pastoral effectiveness of various programs and services
Although the Council is not a body which makes binding decisions, the recommendations of the Pastoral Council are to be taken seriously when grounded in prayer, discernment and communal wisdom. The pastor presides over the Parish Pastoral Council. The pastor is responsible for the final approval of Council recommendations concerning pastoral planning, programs, and services for the parish, as well as for their implementation. While the pastor is not obliged to follow the recommendations of the Parish Pastoral Council, it is understood that he ought to do so unless there is a compelling reason to do otherwise. If there is such a reason, the pastor should share this with the Council.
The finance committee maintains the integrity of the church’s financial transactions and records. They review revenue and expense reports, approve expenditures, and report to the Parish Council monthly.
The Finance Council works closely with the pastor, who is accountable to the diocesan bishop for the administration and stewardship of the temporal goods of the parish. The pastor, according to Canon Law, has among his responsibilities, the responsibility for parish financial and temporal management. The Parish Finance Council is a consultative body that assists the pastor in meeting these obligations.
In order to be effective in their responsibilities as members of the Parish Finance Council, members should have a love for the Church and its mission and develop a thorough understanding of the parish’s mission, goals, people and other resources. The members should have knowledge of diocesan statutes and policies regarding temporal issues and other financial matters.
Our Liturgy Committee assures that all the events of Christ's life are celebrated or relived in a meaningful way. The committee, consisting of people from the various ministries, meet about once a month, especially before a special feast such as Lent, Christmas, Easter and Advent. The committee plans and discusses the ritual that is followed and the decorations needed to help make Liturgy more meaningful to parishioners.
BUILDING AND MAINTENANCE COMMITTEE
The function of the St. Pius X Maintenance Committee is to assist the Pastor and Parish Manager in overseeing the maintenance of our facilities to provide a safe environment for the parish community. This committee will also assure that the parish facilities are maintained in the most cost effective manner. The Maintenance Committee includes a variety of skilled people.
The maintenance committee does a periodic inspection of the facilities, determines what needs repairing now, determines what needs to be upgraded and prepares reports for implementation of maintenance requirements submitting the findings to the Pastoral and Finance Committees.
Do you have a specific skill that would possibly be helpful in maintaining the parish facilities? Would you be willing to provide this skill to the parish on an “as needed” basis? From time to time problems occur in the parish facilities that require specific skilled personnel to repair/replace. We would like to establish a list for the parish that has the names and skills of the people who would be willing to help the parish on small routine maintenance items.