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Parish Finance Council

Definition: The Parish Finance Council is a consultative body of persons established to advise and aid the Pastor in matters pertaining to the financial affairs of the parish.  Canon 537 (CIC) states: "Each parish is to have a Finance Council which is regulated by universal law as well as by the 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 the parish good with due regard for the prescription of Canon 532, "

Relationships: The relationship between the Pastor and the Council is one of support and collaboration. The authority of the Pastor, as defined in Canon 582, to act and decide on behalf of the parish, is not lessened by the establishment of the Parish Finance Council.

The Code of Canon Law requires the creation of the Parish Finance Council and clearly states that its primary task is to assist the Pastor in the administration of the temporalities of the parish. The Code also allows the establishment of Pastoral Councils to assist the Pastor in planning, coordinating, guiding, and directing most aspects of parish life (Canon 536). It has been the policy of the Diocese of Pittsburgh that a Pastoral Council be established in each of the parishes of the diocese. While the two councils are separate and each has a different and specific role in the life and operation of the parish, they must work together for the good of the parish.

Membership:  William Molyneaux (Contact person - 724-327-5439), Betty Butler, Edwin Neff, Chris Allman

Parish Pastoral Council

Structure: The pastoral council makes recommendations for pastoral policies as a consultative and consensus-driven body of concerned parishioners called forth from the parish body. A pastoral policy or plan provides general guidelines for implementing actions in areas that have broad impacts on parish life and serve to fulfill the mission of our parish. Pastoral council recommendations are focused on pastoral plans and policies, not on acts of administration.

Acts of administration involve the daily operation of the parish which include the implementation of pastoral plans and policies, parish programming, budgeting, and personnel responsibility. Decisions relating to acts of administration are the responsibility of the Pastor and the pastoral staff. These decisions include the development and application of administrative policies, plans, structures and procedures.

Chairperson: Brian Caughey (412-798-0924)

Using the mission statement of the parish, the chairperson keeps the PPC focused on its directives. The chairperson shall work closely with the Pastor and Leadership Committee to set the agenda for council meetings. The chairperson shall chair all council meetings, and motivate and encourage all members to participate actively. During council meetings, the chairperson shall be responsible for keeping discussion of agenda items to accepted protocol and within time constraints.

Recorder: Suzzanne Dawson (412) 798-2476

The recording secretary shall keep a record of minutes at regular and special meetings, distribute all minutes and agenda to the PPC and staff members, keep records of members in attendance, update council documents, distribute information when needed, keep all correspondence and coordinate the maintenance of files and records with the appropriate Parish staff.

Members: Salvi Altomare, Brian Caughey, Suzie Dawson, Clyde Henry, Don Jackson, Carol Moorehead, Diane Mozelewski, Mary Ann Stoops, Mark Tierno, Carl Vitalbo, Lori Winslow.