An opportunity for the parishes of Canterbury Deanery to gather and grow in our appreciation of the Eucharist in our lives as Christian disciples.
The Pastoral Parish Council (PPC) is a consultative group through which priests and people work together in partnership to strive to discern the Holy Spirit among God’s people in the parish and furthering the mission of Christ in Canterbury. It does this through building up a vibrant Christian community that is rooted in Baptism and marked by its faith, worship and service.
Read more about the PASTORAL PARISH COUNCIL TERMS OF REFERENCE
BEING A PASTORAL PARISH COUNCIL MEMBER
Serving on the council is a ministry to the whole parish. No everyone will have the particular gifts that make up an effective parish council member. We are looking for people who are:
• baptised and in good standing with the Catholic Church
• members of the Parish of St Thomas of Canterbury RC Church in Canterbury
• are willing to make a meaningful contribution to the parish
• have an understanding of and commitment to the Church in accord with the principles of Vatican II.
• are willing to be people of prayer, listening and responding to the needs of the parish and its people
• have the ability to work on a team in a collaborative manner
• can problem solve and offer suggestions to reach solutions
• will respect the views and opinions of others
• will commit to giving the time needed for participation
Official Church documents state that Pastoral Parish Councils are to represent the people of God, but not in the legal sense. Rather, council members are representative in that they are a witness or a sign of the whole community. They make its wisdom present. They are there to be consulted and give advice to the parish priest and his assistants.
The Pastoral Parish Council is a representative body rather than a body of representatives. A council member is not a representative for a particular Mass group, culture, age bracket, special interest group or organisation. They are there for the whole Parish.
Pastoral Parish Council members are expected to participate in an ongoing formation process. Ongoing formation at the parish level may include an annual evening of recollection and other prayer experiences.
If you think these talents can be gifted to this work please complete an application form and hand it in at the Presbytery or to the priests.
Application Form for Membership of the Parish Council of St Thomas of Canterbury RC Church in Canterbury
If you have a disability that may make the completion of this form difficult, the form can be completed by someone on your behalf, however, we will still require your signature. If you have a disability that may make it difficult for you to attend an informal chat regarding the role, please advise us so we can assist you as appropriate.
Please ensure you have read the poster on the Church Noticeboard or on our website that explains the role of the Parish Council and gives further information about the role of its members.
- baptised and in good standing with the Catholic Church
- members of the Parish of St Thomas of Canterbury RC Church in Canterbury
- are willing to make a meaningful contribution to the parish
- have an understanding of and commitment to the Church in accord with the principles of Vatican II.
- are willing to be people of prayer, listening and responding to the needs of the parish and its people
- have the ability to work on a team in a collaborative manner
- can problem solve and offer suggestions to reach solutions
- will respect the views and opinions of others
- will commit to giving the time needed for participation
Collegiality is a common concept in the pastoral life of the church and has a different definition in different denominations. The Roman Catholic tradition defines collegiality as “the Pope is governing the Church in collaboration with the bishops of the local Churches, respecting their proper autonomy”. It is, however, a very dynamic concept that presented itself in a different light after the Vatican II.
In this session of the Anselm Study Circle of (20th March 2018), we will discuss the historical background and the influence of Vatican II in redefining the concept of collegiality, as in the “LUMEN GENTIUM” of 1964.
The materials for this session are published by many theologians, especially in the first issue the journal Concilium (January 1965) which can be a good source of discussing the subject of collegiality. (See below).
Here are some links to background information:
- Some information about the concept of Collegiality
- Collegiality: The Church’s Pandora’s Box
- Collegiality in the Catholic Church
- Pastoral Collegiality and Accountability in Calvin’s GenevaInterview with Cardinal Ratzinger on Communion and Episcopal Collegiality
Some papers to read, (Please read at least one paper)
- The Church: The People of God YVES CONGAR
- The Pastoral Implications of Episcopal Collegiality Joseph Ratzinger
- The Principle of Collegiality By Philip C. L. Gray
- The Uncertain Future Of Collegiality
- Some Considerations on Collegiality and Synodality in the Light of Lumen Gentium Primacy
- In Collegiality The Primacy Of The Pope And The Unity Of The People Of God By Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
- Primacy And Collegiality In The Works Of Joseph Ratzinger by • Richard G. DeClue
If you want to read “Lumen gentium,” the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church”, which is one of the principal documents of the Second Vatican Council. First Published in 1964. Chapter 3 discusses the concept of collegiality.
We hope these materials will be good sources for discussion, please select and read as much as you can (at least one).