The Parish Pastoral Council is essentially the body made up of the lay faithful in collaboration with the Parish Priest to look into the pastoral concerns and formulate pastoral plans to meet those concerns.
When we speak of a pastoral concern, we ask ‘how can we live out the Gospel in our parish and ‘What caring responses in the light of our faith are required of us in encountering the needs of the people?’ It is the task of the PPC to share with the priests the responsibility of encouraging Christian life after the example of Jesus the Good Shepherd.
The purpose of the Parish Pastoral Council is to foster the full participation of and consultation with the entire parish in the life and mission of the parish and of the Universal Church.
a. Developing a parish pastoral plan;
b. Participating in ongoing pastoral planning;
c. Informing the Pastor of the needs, concerns, gifts and resources of the whole parish and its members;
d. Developing and reviewing a parish mission statement and periodically re-evaluating and revising it;
e. Recommending policies, procedures and programs which would assist in the implementation of the mission statement and the parish pastoral plan;
f. Reviewing and evaluating the effectiveness of existing programs;
g. Reflecting on Diocesan pastoral priorities and recommending how they can be implemented in the parish.
This role of the Parish Pastoral Council, as one of ongoing pastoral planning, is an evolution from the parish councils which have existed in the past. The purpose of the Parish Pastoral Council is primarily to develop mission-focused parishes. This does not deny the importance of activity and fiscal responsibility, but it does attempt to place at the heart of the parish a consciousness and zeal for the mission of Jesus Christ.
A great many wonderful things are to be hoped for from the familiar dialogue between the laity and their spiritual leaders: in the laity a strengthened sense of personal responsibility; a renewed enthusiasm; a more ready application of their talents to the projects of their spiritual leaders.
The latter, on the other hand, aided by the experience of the laity, can more clearly and more incisively come to decisions regarding both spiritual and temporal matters. In this way, the whole Church, strengthened by each one of its members, may more effectively fulfil its mission for the life of the world.
(Lumen Gentium, 37)