The Pastoral Council is the chief consultative body of St. Ambrose parish. Its primary purpose is to enhance and oversee the quality of parish life and ministry.
The mission of the parish Pastoral Council is “to examine and consider all that relates to pastoral work and to offer practical conclusions on these matters, so that the life and activity of the People of God be brought into greater conformity with the Gospel.” (Pope Paul VI) Through a goal-setting process, the members of the Council aid the pastor in giving shape to the direction of pastoral ministry in our parish.
The Council is made up of four Standing Committee chairpersons appointed by the pastor, and five members from the parish at large chosen through a discernment process. These members meet with the pastor nine times throughout the year.
Canon 537 states, “In each parish there is to be a finance committee to help the parish priest in the administration of the goods of the parish.”
The Finance Council is consultative to and collaborative with the pastor in the administration of all parish property, land and buildings. It insures fiscal responsibility and stewardship for all temporal goods belonging to St. Ambrose parish. It advises in matters such as budgets, income and expenses, investments, salaries, capital improvements, fundraising, long-range planning, and grounds and maintenance.