Canon Law calls for the establishment of a parish finance council within each parish:
Can. 537. In each parish there is to be a finance council which is governed, in addition to universal law, by norms issued by the diocesan bishop and in which the Christian faithful, selected according to these same norms, are to assist the pastor in the administration of the goods of the parish, without prejudice to the prescript of can. 532.
Can. 532. In all juridic affairs the pastor represents the parish according to the norm of law. He is to take care that the goods of the parish are administered according to the norm of can. 1281-1288.
The role of the Parish Finance Council is to assist and advise the pastor, administrator, or other person in charge of the parish in overseeing and controlling the financial affairs of the parish. The Parish Finance Council is accountable to the pastor or administrator of the parish who has the legal responsibility for final decisions, subject to the laws of the universal Church as well as all Diocese policies and procedures. The advice or consent of the Parish Finance Council is integral to administrative decisions. When the Parish Finance Council acts unanimously on a given matter, the pastor or administrator should not act easily in a manner contrary to the recommendation.
- Diana Tetreault
- Doug Black
- Rob Gerichs
- Cheryl Guiddy
- Tom Sorge
- Lisa Lawrence, Parish Bookkeeper