Pastoral Councils

Introduction “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” 1. These words from the Gospel of Saint John remind us of the wonderful and mysterious event of the Incarnation and how the Almighty God became one of us

November 1, 2007 Feast of All Saints DECREE OF PROMULGATION In Nomine Domini. Amen. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As your Bishop it is my privilege to oversee and foster the pastoral life of the Diocese of Charlotte. I

The revised Code of Canon Law states that every parish must have a finance council, and, if the bishop “judges it opportune, a pastoral council is to be established in each parish…” All of the Bishops of Charlotte have encouraged

Consulting the Code of Canon Law helps to develop a sense of the “vocation” of parish pastoral councils. Several canons deal with the definition of a parish, the scope of the pastor’s responsibilities and the role of the parish council

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the

The mission of the parish pastoral council is the same mission as that of the parish and of the Church itself: to spread the Good News of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. In other words, its mission is evangelization. Did

Blessed John Paul II expressed his concern over the balance between the roles of the pastor and the laity at parish level. Some people will point to his comments and declare we are going back before Vatican II, and the

To understand the nature of pastoral, we refer to Canons 528 and 529 of The Revised Code of Canon Law (1983). Here we see presented the “pastoral responsibilities” of the parish priest. Pastoral Planning is one way in which all

The Church is a natural home for all who wish to pray, and the more faithful the Church is to its charter the more effective it will be as a school of prayer and contemplation. There is no better ac­companiment