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Parish Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council is the coordinating and unifying structure of the Parish Community.  Its members gather together the thoughts and ideas of the community, work them together until some general agreement has been reached, and then translate this consensus into Parish goals.  Finally, it sees that the Parish Community acts upon these goals. 

Pastoral councils were first recommended in Vatican II’s “Decree on the Pastoral Office of Bishops.” They exist in three-fourths of the 18,000 Catholic parishes in the USA.  Parish Pastoral Councils serve in an advisory capacity to the Pastor and are to utilize the many and varied gifts of the Laity in service to the Church as it continues to carry out the Mission of Christ.  Parish Pastoral Councils are not “task oriented” nor are they to be considered as “task oriented”.  They are the Visionaries of the Parish.   

By virtue of Baptism, Laity are empowered to participate in the Mission of the Church and in the Pastoral activity of the Parish.  They are a community of believers striving to experience more fully the Kingdom of God in a particular time/place.  One of the ways Laity can exercise that call is through the ministry of the Parish Pastoral Council. 

The Parish Pastoral Council meets the fourth Tuesday of the Month at 7:30pm.

How To Help

Parish Pastoral Council Candidate
– This advisory board to the Pastor consists of 12 members. Elections are held in May for 4 positions. Elected members serve a 3-year term. It is often difficult to find parishioners that are willing to run so please consider becoming a candidate.  If you are interested in running or if you would like more information please contact the parish office at 402-493-2186 or email
External Links

  • Dan R. Ebner, Servant Leadership Models for Your Parish (Mahwah and New York: Paulist Press, 2010).
  • Charles E. Zech, Mary L. Gautier, Robert J. Miller, and Mary E. Bendyna, RSM, Best Practices of Catholic Pastoral and Finance Councils (Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 2010).
  • Sr. Brenda Hermann and Msgr. James Gaston, Build a Life-Giving Parish: The Gift of Counsel in the Modern World (Ligouri, MO: Ligouri Publications, 2010).
  • Debra Snoddy, Jim Campbell, and Andrew McNally, Parish Pastoral Councils: A Formation Manual (Dublin: Veritas Publications, 2010).
  • Vincentian Center for Church and Society, A Concise Guide for Catholic Church Management, in the Concise Guide Series, edited by Kevin E. McKenna (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2010).



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