A Parish Pastoral Council is a recommended structure within the church concerned with the pastoral activities of parish life. It is a representative body of the faithful, who together with their priest share the responsibility for building the parish into a vibrant Christian community that promotes Gospel values of love, justice and peace. A Pastoral Council is a consultative body that seeks to discern God’s will for us as a parish family. The Second Vatican Council called the Church to read the Signs of the Time and being faithful to Christ we seek to minister in his name to the world and our local community reaching out especially to those in need and most vulnerable. At the centre of our lives is the Eucharist and daily we are called into deeper union with Christ through charity and prayer.
All of us are called to holiness and as a parish we promote avenues of spiritual growth and maturity. As a community of faith we are nourished by the word of God and the celebration of the sacraments. We are part of the Universal Church, the Sacrament of Salvation called to proclaim with courage and faith the Good News of the Gospel. Priest and people we are called to use our gifts and talents for the good of Christ’s Body the Church.
The Church, The Body of Christ; Called to Unity and Christian Maturity
“I, the prisoner in the Lord, implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation. Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God who is Father of all, over all, through all and within all.
Each one of us, however, has been given his own share of grace, given as Christ allotted it. To some, his gift was that they should be apostles; to some, prophets; to some, evangelists; to some, pastors and teachers; so that the saints together make a unity in the work of service, building up the body of Christ. In this way we are all to come to unity in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God, until we become the perfect Man, fully mature with the fullness
of Christ himself.”