Pastoral Council Members 2018
Fr. Giovanni Gamas
Gina TC Garcia-Gonzalez
Canon Law provides for the formation of Parish Pastoral Councils. The pastor presides over the Council. The Council is composed of members of the congregation together with those of the parish staff who have pastoral care by reason of their office. The Pastoral Council assists in promoting pastoral action in the parish.
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:
. Pastoral planning
. 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 is responsible for the final approval of Council recommendations concerning pastoral planning, programs, and services for the parish, as well as for their implementation. Our St. John Vianney Parish Pastoral Council meets regularly to advise our Pastor. Parishioners are invited to offer ideas and suggestions to the Council by contacting Council members or putting a suggestion or comment in the comment box at the back of church.
One important work of the Council was to develop a Pastoral Plan to guide the ministry of our parish. You are encouraged to read the plan and find ways to be involved in helping carry it out so we have the most loving and Christ-like parish we can.
Read the Pastoral Summary Plan
Review the Detailed Listing