The revised Finance and Pastoral Council Norms have been approved by Archbishop Jerome Listecki as of March 2, 2020. The revised appendix templates and instructions are also available for viewing.
Finance and Pastoral Councils Norms
Revised Norms for Parish Finance and Pastoral Councils were approved by Archbishop Jerome Listecki in 2020. To view the norms, click on the appropriate link below:
Parish Pastoral Council Norms in English
Parish Finance Council Norms in English
Parish Pastoral Council Norms in Spanish
Parish Finance Council Norms in Spanish
Appendix for Local Practices and Procedures
The templates and instructions are available for parishes to implement or review the appendices for Parish Finance and Pastoral Councils.
Parish Finance Council Instructions
Parish Finance Council Template
Parish Pastoral Council Instructions
Parish Pastoral Council Template
NOTE: If you have difficulties opening the templates and get the message that this file does not have an app associated with it for performing this action, you can still access the form(s) with some additional steps, basically, because the computer doesn’t know how to open the file (even though it is a Word document).
- Go back to the downloaded form that appears at the bottom of your screen.
- Right click on it and choose “show in folder.” This will bring up your “Download” folder.
- Double-click on the document. That will bring up a box asking how to open the file.
- Click on “Word 2016” and “OK.” That will open the file.
If that still doesn't work, email Susan Skibba at email@example.com and she will send you the templates.
NOTE: With the updated norms and appendix templates, the Finance Council and Pastoral Council are urged to review and update their appendices. With COVID-19 causing disruption of the councils, you may wish to wait for the new council term to start the process. Any changes to an appendix should be sent to the Office of Missionary Planning and Leadership after approved so that the most current copy is on file.
The Parish Councils Manual was updated in 2016 and includes Finance and Pastoral Council information.