Finance councils are mandated by both Canon Law and Diocesan Statue. The finance council is an advisory body. The mission of the finance council is to assist the pastor and pastoral council in the administration of parish finances, to assist the pastor and pastoral council in achieving the goals set forth in the parish mission statement and to assist in the administration of temporal goods of the parish. It is the goal of the finance council to develop a sense of “stewardship” over the goods with which the parish community and its members have been blessed.
Under diocesan policy finance councils should consist of at least three but not more than six members. Members must be appointed, not elected, by the pastor and typically serve for a period of five years. Membership should be rotated to encourage support and involvement from various members of the parish community.
The functions of the Finance Council include the following:
- to be informed and aware of the goals of the parish
- to assess the resources of the parish in achieving these goals
- to assist in the preparation of an annual budget by which these goals can be achieved
- to monitor the performance of this budget on an interim basis
- to present periodic financial statements to the pastoral council and parish
- to assist in the preparation of a capital needs and maintenance plan for the parish
In December of 2004, five parishioners were appointed to the finance council: Pat Dowling, Charlie Fortier, Phyllis Katsakiores, Lynn Kish and Brian McNally. Parishioners should feel free to speak with any of these members, especially with questions or concerns they may have regarding our parish finances.
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