All members of the Christian faithful are called to share in the mission which God has entrusted to them. In fact, “the whole community, and not simply the hierarchy, is the responsible agent of mission, since the Church is identified as the entire People of God.” To that end, each Family of Parishes will have a pastoral council that will assist the pastor in the decision-making for the Family. The pastoral council represents the Family of Parishes community, and it has the task of advising the pastor on important matters of pastoral activity. The function of the pastoral council is “to investigate everything pertaining to pastoral activities, to weigh them carefully and to set forth practical conclusions concerning them so as to promote conformity of the life and actions of the People of God with the Gospel.” Parameter 11 states:
“Every Family of Parishes will have a unified pastoral council, with other relevant and necessary consultative groups for specific areas of parish life.”
Forming a unified Family Pastoral Council is one milestone of Phase 1 in the Leadership principle:
“Form a unified Family Pastoral Council, Family Leadership Team and staff, each rooted in prayer and supported by healthy teamwork.”
The 1971 Synod in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati established the requirement for a pastoral council. The long-standing guidelines for the pastoral council state that pastoral planning is the principal activity of the pastoral council. This will be especially important as your Family of Parishes creates its annual pastoral plans throughout Beacons of Light and meets the expectation that the Family will become one canonical parish by June 30, 2027.
To-do: Use the resources in the Materials tab to begin forming a Family Pastoral Council.
 “Congregation for the Clergy, Instruction “The pastoral conversion of the Parish community in the service of the evangelizing mission of the Church,” June 27, 2020.
 16 Pope Paul VI, Ecclesiae Sanctae, I, 16 §1 (1966).