The Finance Council is an advisory body to the pastor helping him in the ministry of fiscal responsibility. The bishop heads the diocese and appoints a priest as pastor to serve and manage each parish community on his behalf. The pastor is ultimately responsible for all parish finances. Church law (Canon 1280 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law) and diocesan norms recognize the tremendous responsibility given to pastors in the realm of parish finances.
Accordingly, every parish is required to have a Finance Council. The Finance Council is an advisory body that prepares the annual budget, and assists in monitoring and management of the stewardship of the parish funds. The Finance Council is expected to ensure a long-range financial plan which supports the Parish mission, as defined in the pastoral plan.
The council members are appointed by the pastor and serve a term of three years. They may be appointed for a second three-year term.
The Pastoral Council is a consultative body composed of members of the congregation together with those of the parish staff, who have pastoral care by reason of their office. The purpose of the council is to enhance the process of pastoral planning, develop pastoral programs, improve pastoral services and evaluate the pastoral effectiveness of various church programs and services. It is governed by norms determined by the bishop of Greensburg (Canon Law 536). It is a collaborative body of the Christian faithful whose purpose is the promotion of the mission of Jesus Christ and his church in its entirety. It shall at all times work in close collaboration with the pastor of the parish advising him in matters pertaining to pastoral ministry.