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Pastoral Councils: Mission and responsibilities .: :7 This is the second article on Parish Pastoral Councils ' , " o , , " o By SISTER LOUISE BOND, S.N.J.M., Chancellor Mission The Parish Pastoral touncil is a consultative body to pastor or pastoral life coordinator. In the current de- of councils there is general agreement on the for Parish Pastoral Councils to form community as a sign and witness of unity for the larger parish community, to, provide recommendations for parish priorities, refections and policies through pastoral plan- ning. ' to promote communications and understanding among parish organizations and among the Parish, the diocese and the universal church. to'_tO,truing community, council members are challenged d;.lagmg renewal through prayer, study, listening and "tg"e .... and directions for the arish, . In flevelopmg priorities . . p ,.thecou . . tici,at:_ncil xs to become the means of achmwng full par- .. 0n Ov the whole uarish in its mission by giving all ' vO1C ', .. . r .., in guiding and directing parish life. n,,' /stering communication, the council encourages u initiates d' " i and o a- axzations, lalogue among parish leadersh p rg ?e Parish Pastoral Council carries out its purpose Ugh the following functions: pros sets Vision for the parish community by leading a the .ss to write the parish mission statement to reflect algSlon of es e circumstances of the Psh. J us and the uniqu " dis. v direction to the parish community through devolving God s will for the community, assessing needs, upng priorities and engaging in planning. Parish Pastoral Council members are called To PROCLAIM the Word of the Gospel through EVANGEL!ATION/ FORMATION/ EDUCATION  To CELEBRATE as a Community through WORSHIP To REACH OUT To SHARE to the Community through Gifts and Talents of the Whole Community through I SERVICE COLLABORATIVE MINISTRY I Responsibilities of Parish Pastoral Councils :: UNIFY the parish community by promoting communica- fion and understanding . and in some instances coordinating activities events. : CONNECT the parish to the Diocese and Universal Church and PeOPle of the parish to one another by naming the common- mission and developing/ awareness and dialogue; ENERGIZE the Parish Community BUILD & RENEW the council's faith dimension by providing leadership, inviting broad participa- tion in ministry, involving for members to  : their relatlon with . :: Christ both u Indivu and as a communitiy. BUILD & RENEW the' bith dimension of the community- '9 3: Wh00tt00hen ? :sogd co.issue of the Wh6 fl? "HistOi'y, ; .eta j. Peres the first lYe _,udOCesan effort to in her uai mem :" o,. ".h f S .... ers of the - mo.- .umWestern Indi- t " tOllown" .des b: _ g reco in- rl" *e e eriSsoe Xcerpts from Synod, as it is referred to in First Synod opened with a A sy..od defined % od ' i-hly,: ,' official as- '.1"" t) .i *ts a comh to- - semblv.,, the Diocese of Evansville, is a consultative body convoked by Bishop Gerald A. Get- telfinger to recommend direc- tion and legislation for the pastoral good of the entire diocesan community. When will it be? The formal session or ses- sions of Synod '93 will be held at Rberts Stadium' Evansville 6tt Nov. 5-7. B ishot)ettel finger, how- ev(;r, has stat that the work of the Synod has already begun: "T'h(: Syrmd is now." Pontifical Mass in Assump- tions Cathedral on Monday, Oct. 11, 1948 -- the Feast of the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, patronal feast of the diocese. The Second Synod was held in 1958. The Third Synod of Evans- ville, callpd by. BiShop Paul Leibold, ag, i hld iii 1969.,pion s were Sht, a  d,)1974. Am,.,,dniejh" fh th 1969 synod document were ap- prow'd and published.