In his Apostolic Exhortation at the Beginning of the New Millennium, the Venerable Pope John Paul II stated that “the Church of the Third Millennium will need to encourage all the baptised and confirmed to be aware of their active responsibility in the Church’s life.” The Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity of Vatican II noted that as: “Participators in the function of Christ, priest, prophet and king, the laity have an active part of their own in the life and action of the Church… Nourished by their active participation in the liturgical community… they should develop the habit of working in the parish in close union with their priests, of bringing before the ecclesial community their own problems, world problems and questions regarding personal salvation, to examine them together”.
It is important that they reflect upon the Mystery of Christ and respond to His teaching in the light and spirit of the Beatitudes: “Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed [are] the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed [are] they who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God”. (Mt 5)
With the above in mind, a Parish Pastoral Council was formed and its Constitution can be found here.