“If the diocesan bishop judges it opportune after he has heard the presbyteral council, a pastoral council is to be established in each parish, over which the pastor presides and in which the Christian faithful, together with those who share in pastoral care by virtue of their office in the parish, assist in fostering pastoral activity..”
A Message from Bishop Alberto Rojas to Pastoral Council Members and Parish Leadership Teams
Un Mensaje del Obispo Alberto Rojas a los Mimebros de Consejos Pastorales y Equipos de Liderazgo Parroquial
DIOCESAN POLICY:“Each parish in the Diocese of San Bernardino shall have an active Pastoral Council.”
Each parish is to have a pastoral council which is regulated by universal law as well as by norms issued by the diocesan bishop; in this council the Christian faithful, selected according to the same norms, aid the pastor in the pastoral care of the parish.
DISCERNING THE WILL OF GOD FOR THE PARISH
DESCRIPTION OF THE MINISTRY
The Ministry of Pastoral Council is to assist the pastor or the appointed leadership in discerning the will of God for the parish at this time through the wisdom of the graced community.
“A pastoral council possesses a consultative vote only and is governed by the norms established by the diocesan bishop.” CANON 536 §2
MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL STRIVE FOR UNITY OF THE PARISH
Members of the Council are to be attuned to the members of the community to be able to communicate the needs of the parish.
Membership: Appointed or elected members are selected to ensure adequate representation of all segments in the parish.
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