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  1. An Historical Outline

  2. Role Of Parish Pastoral Councils

  3. Roles Of Key Bodies In The Parish

  4. Establishing A Parish Pastoral Council

  5. Parish Pastoral Councils In Action

  6. Renewing A Parish Pastoral Council

  7. Links




5. Parish Pastoral Councils In Action

5.2 Opportunities for formation

Formation can profitably be engaged in on a regular basis as part of Council meetings, as well as at significant occasions, such as when new members join a Parish Pastoral Council.

Formation sessions can take a variety of forms, such as

  • a series of sessions for nominees and/or interested parish members once a month for a few months before selection. These would provide both clarification and preparation for members of a new Pastoral Council, and an opportunity for formation for other interested and/or key parish members.

  • an Orientation Day/half day at which the Parish Priest, another parishioner or a person from outside the parish facilitates an agenda where members meet socially, share their thoughts on the purpose of the parish and the Parish Pastoral Council, and begin planning for how they will work together in the coming year.

  • at Parish Pastoral Council meetings. Use 20-30 minutes for the formation of members. The activities and methods should vary from meeting to meeting and could include

    • reflection on a scripture passage and sharing its relevance to the lives of members

    • discussion of a section of a document, book or article on a topic such as Church in the modern world, poverty in the local area, etc, or

    • identification and affirmation of the gifts which members find in each other.

    • discussion of material contained in the previous section, e.g. decision-making.

    • joining diocesan, deanery or vicariate or other parish formation opportunities to develop a vision for the future and improve skills for pastoral planning.

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