St. Bernard
Pastoral Council
Rev. John Powers, founding pastor, 1925
Monsignor H. Gerald McS
St. Bernard Pastoral Council

About the St. Bernard Pastoral Council:

Catholic pastors consult pastoral councils in order to be better leaders. Bishops and priests ask their councillors to investigate some aspect of the church, reflect on it, and recommend their conclusions. In brief, the work of the pastoral council is pastoral planning.

The church, as an ordered communion, needs a structure that provides for the sharing of responsibility through advisement, advocacy, and accomplishment.

Various Vatican II and post-conciliar documents established norms and guidance about just such a structure that we have come to know as pastoral councils.

Pastoral councils are to be consultative in nature, a medium for communication, and models of cooperation and collaboration. An important and perennial question facing every diocesan and eparchial pastoral council is how to select members who will advance the mission of the council and help to ensure its effectiveness. Many factors account for council effectiveness, but quality membership is among the most critical.

For more information on the St. Bernard Pastoral Council, call (323) 255-6142.