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The Pastoral Council shall exist through the mandate and encouragement of the Bishop of Richmond. The Council shall seek to fulfill the mission of the Roman Catholic Church in Salem, Virginia in ministerial partnership with the Pastoral Staff. The Pastoral Council, composed of discerned and Pastorally appointed members of the Parish, shall provide vision, direction and active support for the Parish and its Pastor, establishing such priorities, committees, programs and activities which shall promote and reflect the living word of God. Staffs serve under the daily supervision of the Pastor and are not generally eligible for Pastoral Council. The Pastor may however, appoint staff to Pastoral Council when he deems such action appropriate.

The Pastoral Council shall be composed of at least (10) members to include: the Pastor (1), Committee Chairs (or appointed representatives with the prior concurrence of the Pastor to serve for one year) (the number of Committee Chairs shall be determined by the Pastor and Pastoral Council), and discerned members (9 minimum). At all times the discerned members shall constitute a majority of the Council's membership. A Pastoral Council Roster shall be used to define the current size and composition of the Pastoral Council. This Roster shall be maintained and updated as necessary by the Pastoral Council Secretary.


The finance council gives oversight to the financial stability of the parish, reviews the monthly financial statements, and helps establish the annual budget. The members (a minimum of 4) bring their professional expertise to the table and are responsible for seeing that sound accounting practices are in place. The Pastor or pastoral coordinator is ultimately responsible, so the council serves as a consultative body, making recommendations to the Pastor or pastoral coordinator.