"For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men."
A well-formed Parish Finance Council is an important, necessary support to the pastor in fulfilling his duty to be a good steward of parish resources. The Parish Finance Council supports the good governance of a parish, helping there be accountability to the diocese and to the parishioners. Each parish has its own particular dynamics, but there are common traits and guidelines that must be followed to ensure a properly functioning Parish Finance Council, and in turn, a more vibrant parish.
Composed of parishioners with the appropriate expertise and love for the Church mission, the Parish Finance Council provides the pastor valuable advice and assistance in the execution of his parish financial administration duties. The Parish Finance Council also helps a parish maximize its financial resources and avert financial problems. Pastors are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the counsel and advice provided by the Parish Finance Council. While parish staff, such as a business manager, may attend Parish Finance Council meetings, their role is as staff, not as a voting member
The Parish Finance Council does not have decision-making authority. It carries only those duties and responsibilities envisioned by Canon Law and assigned to it by the pastor. In order to be effective in their responsibilities as Council members, the Parish Finance Council should have a thorough understanding of the parish’s mission, goals, structure and demographics; knowledge of diocesan statutes and policies regarding temporalities; and a general understanding of the structure and organization of diocesan finances.