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Title: The PurPose of Parish Pastoral Councils

The PurPose of Parish Pastoral Councils
  • The vibrancy of Gods life is manifest when
  • All the baptised collaborate together in the
    mission of Christ
  • Parish Pastoral Councils provide the structure to
    enable priests and people to work together
  • Building up dynamic Christian communities
    characterised by faith, service, worship and
  • The PPC enables discernment to take place about
    what is best for the parish

Task 1 Reflection Planning
  • Discerning the needs of the parish community
  • Involving the whole parish in response to needs

Task 2 Animation
  • Enabling the baptised to discover thier call as
  • By discerning the gifts of parishioners
  • By developing the gifts through provision for
    on-going formation and training

Task 3 Action
  • Providing structures
  • that will marry the needs of the parish
  • With the gifts and resources available

Task 4 Communication
  • Ensuring effective dialogue takes place within
  • The parish
  • The diocese
  • The wider community

Task 5 Evaluation
  • Reviewing the life and activities of the parish
  • So that parish have a sense of
  • Proceeding towards
  • Brining about the reign of God

Pastoral Planning
  • Involves taking time out to reflect on the life
    and mission of the parish
  • To formulate clear goals for the future
  • Inspired by gospel values
  • Rooted in the life experience of the parish
  • Within the local diocese

Faith Conviction
  • Pastoral Planning is a strategic process informed
    by the following principles
  • All the baptised share in the mission of Christ
  • All baptised are gifted and have a right and duty
    to use these to build up the body of Christ
  • The Holy spirit speaks through all the baptised
  • Where two or three are gathered Christ is in the
  • Prayer is the key to any form of renewal

Key Principles of Pastoral Planning
  1. Communication every step needs to be clearly
    explained to parishioners
  2. Facilitation Good facilitation is not an
    optional extra
  3. Participation involvement of parishioners leads
    to greater ownership
  4. Look Out Look at what is happening beyond the
  5. Pacing take one step at a time
  6. Money Awareness of Parish Finances focuses

Careful Coordination
  • PPC organises a timeline for things to be done
  • Sub-committees can be set up to do further
    practical work
  • One PPC member should chair the sub-committee
  • A PPC member should be nominated to liaise with
    outside facilitator/s.

Sub-committees for Pastoral Planning
  1. Publicity
  2. Hospitality
  3. Prayer
  4. Facilitation

The Publicity Group
  • Encourages parishioners to take part in the
  • They will explain to parishioners
  • What is happening and why
  • When and where it will take place
  • How it will be organised

The Hospitality Group
  • Books venues
  • Organises seating arrangements for large group
    work and small break out groups
  • Welcomes people as they arrive
  • Co-ordinates refreshments, etc

The Prayer Group
  • Works with the overall co-ordinator interweaving
    prayer throughout the sessions/meetings
  • Sets up a focal point for prayer space
  • Provide prayer sheets/ leaflets when required

The Facilitation Group
  • Takes responsibility for any small group work
  • Organises training for facilitators
  • Ensures necessary equipment is available
  • Markers
  • Blue Tac
  • Sheets of paper
  • Questions for the Group, etc.

Six Step Planning Process
  1. Calling the Parish
  2. Mission Statement
  3. Assessing Needs
  4. Setting goals
  5. Sharing Responsibility
  6. Calendaring

1. Calling the Parish
  • To Prayer
  • Looking to God for inspiration, strength and

2. Mission Statement
  • Holding a Parish Assembly
  • In order to form a Mission Statement
  • And discern what Christ is calling us to be

3. Assessing Needs
  • By means of a Reflectionnaire
  • Examining current realities
  • Exploring future needs

4. Setting Goals Objectives
  • Prioritising what needs to be done
  • Naming the steps
  • Making goals SMART
  • Specific
  • Manageable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Targeted

5. Sharing Responsibility
  • Translating the Mission Statement into reality
  • Setting up working groups
  • Outlining plans of action

6. Calendaring
  • Naming the priorities
  • Charting the priorities for the Year ahead
  • Entering them into public Parish Calendar