In order to be effective in their responsibilities as members of the Parish Finance Council, members should have a love of Christ and the Church, its mission, and develop a thorough understanding of the parish’s mission, goals, parishioners, and other resources. A Finance Council, composed of members with the appropriate expertise and possessing a love for the Church and its mission, can provide the pastor valuable advice and assistance in the execution of his parish financial administration duties. It is the pastor’s responsibility to give the members appropriate background and enrichment so they can carry out their duties. There are several Canons that address the administration of parish goods that serve as guides to a pastor and the Finance Council.
- Canon 537 introduces the Parish Finance Council as a mandated body having an advisory and consultative role with the pastor.
- “Each parish is to have a finance council which is regulated by universal law as well as by norms issued by the diocesan bishop; in this council, the Christian faithful, selected according to the same norms, aid the pastor in the administration of parish goods with due regard for the prescription of canon 532.”
- Canon 532 In all judicial matters, the parish priest acts in the parish, in accordance with the law. He is to ensure that the parish goods are administered in accordance with canons 1282 – 1288.
- Canon 537 In each parish there is to be a finance council to help the parish priest in the administration of the goods of the parish, without prejudice to Canon 532. It is ruled by the universal law and by the norms laid down by the Diocese of Toledo.
Our parish Finance Council meets quarterly. If you have any questions, please call the Parish Office.