A Parish Council – or now called Pastoral Council – is a formal advisory board to help the Pastor to make decisions in planning parish life and direction. While all authority and decisions rest with the Pastor, Councils provide Consultative Wisdom in direction. Councils are formed and members appointed or removed by the current Pastor of a parish. Once formed, and in subsequent years, up to 2/3 of members may be elected. If approved, eligible candidates would be vetted by the Pastor and voted upon.
The members of the Pastoral Council as of now are:
- Jose Iglesia
- Joyce Jones
- Gretchen Rideout
- Tara Carter
- Angel Hernandez
- Lucio Aburto
- John Smith – President
- Contact him at 479-883-4985 or [email protected]
Code of Canon Law of the Church
- Canon # 532
In Jurdicic affairs the Pastor represents the Parish according to the norm of the law. He is to take care that the goods of the Parish are administered according to the norm of Canon Law.
- Canon #536
1. 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 the pastoral care by virtue of of their office in the parish, assist in fostering pastoral activity.
2. A Pastoral Council possesses a consultative vote only and is governed by the norms established by the Diocesan Bishop.