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Title: Parish Pastoral Council


1
Parish Pastoral Council
  • Leading the parish in discernment and expression
    of its mission
  • Donna L. Ciangio, OP
  • Church Leadership Consultation
  • West Caldwell, NJ

2
What is a Parish Pastoral Council?
  • Jesus
  • must be
  • the
  • focus
  • of
  • the
  • parishs
  • life

3
Areas of Consideration
  • Parish Pastoral Councils in
  • the Diocese of Las Cruces
  • Mission
  • Function of the Council
  • Responsibilities of the Council
  • Vision
  • Types of Council Groups
  • What are you going to do next?

4
  • Parish Pastoral Councils
  • in the
  • Diocese
  • of
  • Las Cruces

5
Canon Law
  • After the diocesan bishop has listened to the
    presbyteral council and if he judges it
    opportune, a pastoral council is to be
    established in each parish
  • The pastor presides over it, and through it the
    Christian faithful along with those who share in
    the pastoral care of the parish in virtue of
    their office give help in fostering pastoral
    activity.
  • Canon 536. 1

6
Diocese of Las Cruces
  • It is the policy
  • of the Diocese of Las Cruces
  • that each parish
  • shall establish and maintain
  • a Parish Pastoral Council
  • (Canon 536).
  • Diocesan Pastoral Manual
  • Section Policy 01-02

7
  • Mission

8
The Church The Parish
  • Are to be reflecting on what the Spirit has been
    saying to the People of God
  • We are a people on a pilgrimage are moving toward
    an intended goal with an intended purpose.
  • Tertio Millenio Inuente

9
Discipleship and Mission
  • For it is possible
  • to be a disciple,
  • to give a loving
  • response to
  • Christ's invitation
  • to come follow him,
  • only if we have truly met Jesus and responded to
    him in a personal way.
  • Pastoral Activity

10
Mission of the Parish
  • To help people understand
  • that Jesus
  • is truly present
  • to them here and now,
  • walking
  • the path
  • of
  • discipleship
  • along
  • with
  • them.

11
Creating a School of Discipleship
12
What is MISSION?
  • Missio Dei - the activity
  • of God
  • Trinitarian Father, Son,
  • and Spirit at work in
  • the world
  • Father, Son, and Spirit
  • sending the CHURCH
  • into the world
  • Participating in the sending
  • of God
  • Our mission has no life of its own
  • only through God who sends us
  • Bosch, Transfoming Mission, p.390

13
Mission
  • God is a missionary God
  • Mission is seen as a movement by God into the
    world
  • God calls and gathers
  • disciples - missionaries
  • A church does not have a mission, a mission has a
    church!

14
The Essential Elements of Parish Mission
  • Evangelization
  • Worship
  • Word
  • Community
  • Service
  • Leadership
  • Stewardship

15
  • Evangelization
  • Encompasses the ways in which the parish
    intentionally spreads
  • the Gospel.
  • Worship
  • Is the expression of the sacramental and prayer
    life of parishioners. Includes Sunday Eucharist
    and other ritual forms of sacred celebration.
  • Word
  • Proclaims, explains, informs, and forms
    parishioners of all ages in the Scriptures and
    tradition of the Church.

16
  • Community
  • draws parishioners together with Jesus Christ
    and each other in mutual support, activity,
    ministry, and celebration marked by including and
    welcoming all.
  • Service
  • extends the resources of the parish to the needs
    of others - parish, local community, global
    community - and demonstrates a commitment to
    works of compassion and justice.

17
  • Leadership
  • calls forth gifts of visioning, planning,
    empowering, and evaluating
  • for the service of the community.
  • Stewardship
  • Challenges all parishioners to share their time,
    talent, and treasure for the fulfillment of
  • the parish mission.

18
  • Each moment spent, each gift shared, each
    contribution made in
  • service to the parish
  • and to all whom
  • we meet, is a real participation in and
    extension of
  • the mission
  • of Jesus.
  • From New Wine, New Wineskins Program of Diocese
    of Greensburg, PA.

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19
  • It is only when it is fully understood, that
    one's participation in the life of the parish can
    be transferred from a perfunctory fulfillment of
    a task and responsibility into an exciting,
    challenging and spirit-filled adventure that
    truly makes Jesus alive and present in our day.

20
  • Gospel values must be the ultimate norm
  • and criterion by which decisions are made and
    against which its results are evaluated
  • All pastoral leaders must constantly reflect on
    and emphasize how all of the parish's worship,
    faith-formation, ministries,
  • and social services are related to the mission
    of Jesus

21
Discussion
  • How central is your parish mission statement to
    everything you do in the parish?
  • How have you determined what your mission is?
  • How do you review
  • and evaluate your accomplishments in building
    the kingdom?

22
  • Function
  • of the
  • Council

23
Praying Community
  • The role of the council is ministerial not merely
    functional
  • Must be prayerful
  • Faith sharing
  • Grow as a community

24
  • Any pastoral planning process must be a prayerful
    process. The process itself must lead people to
    holiness.
  • Pastoral planning must be viewed as a means to
    holiness.
  • The process must be designed with prayer and
    reflection as a constitutive element.
  • Too often in pastoral meetings, prayer is treated
    as something ad hoc and perfunctory. If planning
    is truly pastoral, prayer, scripture reflection
    and faith sharing, are integral to the method.

25
  • Practical
  • Using creative imagination
  • Listening to the Holy Spirit
  • Coordinate Parish
  • Activities
  • Policy Review and Recommendation
  • Problem Solving
  • Sounding Board for Pastor
  • Work with finance council so that the mission has
    the resources to accomplish the work of Christ

26
Pastoral
  • Using creative imagination
  • Listening to the Holy Spirit
  • What does our parish
  • want and need?
  • Addressing Major Pastoral Concerns
  • Assessing Current Ministries
  • Planning for new or needed ministries
  • Promoting Stewardship
  • Evangelization
  • Addressing Spiritual Needs of the Parish

27
  • Planning
  • Planning for New Ministries
  • Visioning
  • Mission development
  • Long Range Planning

28
Discussion
  • How does your council pray and build community?
  • What are some examples of how your council has
    planned practically and pastorally?

29
Pastors
  • Pastors are to listen more widely to the entire
    People of God. (45)
  • The pastoral planning process provides a forum
    for a high degree of lay participation in
    advising the pastor on the goals of the parish
  • It also brings out and utilizes the gifts and
    talents of the Pastoral Council for the benefit
    of the parish community.
  • Tertio Millenio Inuente

30
  • Examples
  • Utilizing the parish mission statement
  • Helping parish ministries to develop their own
    mission statement and yearly goals
  • Simple parish survey to know what is needed
  • Helping people know their gifts
  • Help develop new or needed ministries e.g.,
    welcome packet welcome event This is OLC

31
Planning means
  • To prayerfully consider how God is calling the
    parish to fulfill its mission in this particular
    time and place.
  • To serve as a vehicle of dialogue, communication,
    coordination, and cooperation with all the parish
    ministries and committees.
  • To gather data through a survey or an annual
    parish assembly.
  • To use the process of consensus in coming to
    agreement on recommended courses of action.
  • To empower the implementation of parish goals and
    objectives with the various parish ministries and
    commissions.

32
Pastoral Planning
  • Where are we now?
  • Identify your MISSION
  • Where do we want to be?
  • What is the VISION?
  • Parish and Diocesan
  • How do we get there?
  • Bridging the gap between
  • MISSION and VISION
  • and needs ASSESSMENT

33
Discussion
  • What is your style of prayer and community
    building?
  • Is it successful?
  • How often have you done needs assessment?
  • Has that helped in your planning?

34
  • Responsibilities
  • of the
  • Council

35
ROLE OF THE PPC
  • 1. Prayer and faith sharing
  • 2. Participates in pastoral
  • planning, supports and implements
  • 3. Determines basic policy (values)
  • 4. Serves as advisory board for pastor and
    pastoral staff
  • 5. Works with finance council to assure goal
    orientation of budget
  • 6. Develops the parish mission statement

36
  • 7. To annually develop and evaluate progress
    toward agreed parish goals and objectives and
    update the plan.
  • 8. To communicate to the parish at large the
    decisions and thinking of the council.
  • 9. To attend to the prayer and continuing
    education necessary for council action and the
    spiritual development of members.
  • 10. The staff acts as a resource
  • and attends council meetings
  • as needed.

37
New Model
  • FROM TO
  • Parish Council ? Parish Pastoral
    Council
  • A body of leaders ? A leadership body
  • Coordinating ? Articulating the
  • Ministries Mission
  • Crisis Management ? Pastoral planning
  • Doing Activities ? Empowerment and Oversight
  • Business ? Prayer and
  • and politics discernment
  • Competition ? Collaboration
  • Voting ? Consensus

38
Discussion
  • How does your council see its role?
  • Practical?
  • Pastoral
  • What would you like it to be?

39
  • Vision

40
Vision
  • Where there
  • is no vision
  • the people
  • perish. Proverbs 2918 
  • Without prophecy
  • the people become demoralized. New American
    Bible
  • Where there is no vision
  • the people get out of hand.
  • New Jerusalem Bible

41
  • What is
  • your
  • Vision
  • of
  • Pastoral Leadership?

42
  • First, think about your parish
  • A churchs vision generally grows
  • from the
  • VISION
  • of the
  • PASTOR
  • PARISH STAFF
  • and
  • COUNCILS

43
  • The Pastor, Parish Staff and Council
  • vision grows
  • from the
  • VISION
  • OF
  • THE GOSPEL,
  • Church Teaching
  • and articulated by the bishop, the diocesan
    pastoral council and other collaborative bodies

44
  • THE PASTOR
  • needs to be clear
  • about his vision
  • in the light of the larger Mission of Jesus
    Christ, the Churchs Vision,
  • and the
  • diocesan vision and goals

45
What is Your Vision of Your Ministry?
  • at
  • Your Parish
  • Mission
  • Statement

46
  • The process of writing
  • a mission statement
  • involves reflecting on
  • a series of questions

47
Questions
  • What things are
  • important to us about ministry?
  • What are our values?
  • What are our goals?
  • What do we feel we have to give?
  • What are the qualities of
  • character we would like to emulate?
  • What legacy do we want to leave?
  • What is the Holy Spirit
  • saying to us?

48
Evaluate
  • You need to review, reflect on and evaluate your
    mission statement each year
  • Have a retreat planning day or day of reflection
    - give some ample time to review and evaluation
    of all you have accomplished during the pastoral
    year.
  • (Ministries should review this also)
  • For example
  • Do we feel that we have lived up to this mission
    statement?
  • How has Jesus been a part of our mission, vision
    and ministry this year?

49
Essential Elements
Prayer
Mission
Support
?
Participation
Reflection
Learning
50
  • Types of Groups and
  • Councils

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  • Go forth
  • and bear fruit
  • that will last

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  • If we have truly contemplated the
    face of Christ,
  • our pastoral planning will
    necessarily be inspired by the
  • "new commandment"
  • which Jesus gave us
  • Love one another,
  • as I have loved you
  • John 1334
  • Tertio Millenio Inuente

55
What are you going to do next
  • Meet between now and __________
  • Decide what you most need
  • For example
  • Start a Parish Pastoral Council
  • Mission statement
  • Start working on your mission statement and
    create a draft
  • Brainstorm and finish up by July
  • PPC Membership
  • Make sure the right people are added
  • Discernment Retreat
  • To assess needs
  • To plan

56
Discussion
  • How has this presentation and discussion been
    helpful to you?
  • What are the steps you need to take to make the
    PPC strong?
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