There are a few councils at St. Luke’s to aid in the running and long term planning of our Church. There are three primary advisory councils to our pastor. They include: the Pastoral Council, the Finance Council, and the Building Committee.
The Parish Pastoral Council (also known as the Parish Advisory Council) is a consultative body, pastoral in nature, because it strives to discern the movement of the Holy Spirit among God’s people in the parish. The Parish Pastoral Council gives its help to the pastor in fostering pastoral activity; it investigates, under the authority of the pastor, all those things which pertain to pastoral works to ponder them, and to propose practical conclusions about them. It is essential that Council meetings occur in the context of prayer and openness to the Holy Spirit, so that at all times the common good will prevail.
The Parish Finance Council functions as an advisory and consultative body to the pastor. The Council is regulated by the norms of the Code of Canon Law as well as by those issued by the diocesan Bishop. the Council advises and consults with the pastor to…
- Ensure proper financial records are maintained for all parish assets and liabilities, revenues and expenses in accord with the Chart of Accounts approved by the Diocesan Finance Office.
- Preparation of the annual operating budget and long-term financial planning.
- Preparation of the annual parish financial report, which is submitted to the Bishop.
- Annual and periodic financial reports to the faithful
The Council ensures that an adequate system of internal controls is in place to guide the parish in caring for and managing financial resources and temporal goods.
The Parish Building Committee functions as an advisory and consultative body to the pastor. It consists of knowledgeable persons to advise and consult with the pastor in the goal of building and outfitting the addition onto St. Luke’s. This addition has been a long time coming, and we are seeing the fruition of this committee’s work and our parishioners commitment.