By Fr David Khan
The Church is the living body of Christ. In diverse ways, we all share the responsibility for the mission given to her by Our Lord. Pastoral Councils—more familiarly called Parish Councils—should be seen as instruments in the parish which help parish priests in the day to day operations of pastoral initiatives (511, Canon Law).
Collaboration between the parish priest and the Pastoral Council is integral to each stage of the parish decision-making process. Through reflection, planning, animation and action, the Pastoral Council becomes the place where those Ministries or services needed for the growth of a living parish community are discussed.