As part of responsible parish stewardship, Church law mandates that every Catholic parish must have an Administrative-Finance Council “to assist the pastor in the administration of the goods of the parish” (cf. CIC 537). While the Pastoral Council deals with matters pertaining to pastoral needs, the Admin-Finance Council, in collaboration with the pastor, is responsible for the resources of the parish which includes money, property and, to a certain extent, personnel. Members are appointed by the pastor to a renewable term of service.
Members of the Finance Council:
The Pastoral Council members help the pastor in pastoral planning, i.e., they collaborate to consider and propose matters pertaining to the pastoral works of the parish to carry out the mission of the Church. Members are appointed by the pastor to a renewable fixed term.
Pope Benedict XVI says that pastoral council members are
“co-responsible for the
Church’s being and action.”
Members of the Pastoral Council