In accordance with Canon 536.1, the Pastoral Council has been mandated in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. It is established to as a consultative group to the Pastor, to assist him in fostering pastoral activities and in providing for the continued growth of the parish life. The pastoral council is established to assist the pastor in reaching out in service to his people; the areas of parish life listed in Canon 528-529 are its special concerns. They include, but are not limited to; the spiritual formation and growth of the people of the parish in liturgical celebrations; the education of adults and youth in the faith; the fostering and nurturing of “community” in the parish; the evangelization of the non-participating Catholics in the parish; witnessing to the Gospel of social justice in one’s community through service; pastoral planning; review, evaluate and make recommendations to the pastor and the finance council concerning the funding of parish programs.
Since the pastoral council is consultative to the pastor it ceases to exist when a parish is without a pastor by reason of transfer or death, until the new pastor reconvenes it or establishes a new council.
The Pastoral Council meets on the last Monday of the month at 6:30 PM in the Marlo Cuevas Balandran Activity Center. Please send your comments, questions or suggestions for the committee’s agenda to Father Ray May.