St. John the Apostle has both a Parish Pastoral Council and a Finance Council. If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to present to the Parish Pastoral Council, please contact: PastoralCouncil@sjavb.org
Mission, Vision, Purpose, Roles and Responsibilities,
of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) Members
The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) fully supports the mission of Saint John the Apostle Parish (SJA) as an open assembly of Catholic believers of the Diocese of Richmond to proclaim the Word of God, celebrate the Eucharist, and serve the local community.
The Pastoral Council should be prophetic, calling the community, with its leaders, to grow in faith together and to respond to the needs of the Parish. To this end, the Council should foster the spiritual growth of the SJA community by encouraging active participation in SJA’s ministries by the laity. Trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit, Council members set aside their individual opinions and prejudices and listen to one another and to other parishioners.
The purpose of the Parish Pastoral Council is to be an advisor to the Pastor in setting the overall direction of the Parish Community. As the Discerned selected representatives of the Saint John the Apostle Church, the Parish Council shall act as the entity that provides the strategic oversight for the spiritual and operational functions of the Parish. The Parish Council will work closely with and advise the Pastor, members of the Parish staff, various ministry leaders, and members from the community at large on matters related to the overall mission of the Parish.
The role of the Parish Pastoral Council together with Pastor/Pastoral coordinator is to develop a vision, plan and policy for the parish. It is important that the Council’s work be of planning, development, and evaluation, not administration. The Pastoral Council should concentrate on its visionary role and avoid over- involvement in details of the parish committees’ work. Lines of communication between the Council and among committees should be clear and effective, but not burdensome. (CTS, pg. 28)
PARISH FINANCE COUNCIL
Mission Statement – September 2015
The primary focus of the Finance Council is to advise the Pastor on fiscal matters of our parish. Our goal is to maximize revenues in order to ensure that sufficient funds are available to provide for the spiritual needs of our community in the most cost efficient and effective manner possible.
If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to present to the Parish Finance Council, please contact: Frank Rice at email@example.com