Parish Pastoral Councils – Resources, In-services & Updates

It is the policy of the Elphin diocese that each of the diocese’s thirty-seven parishes have a single Parish Pastoral Council.

A Parish Pastoral Council (PPC herein) is a consultative body of the faithful, representative of the whole parish community, willing to work in close partnership with the priest(s) of the parish to further the mission of Christ and his Church in the parish.
















In January 2015 the Elphin Diocese published a revised constitution for Parish Pastoral Councils entitled Furthering the Mission of Christ and His Church.  Printed copies can be sourced by Parish Pastoral Councils by contacting Justin in the Elphin Diocese’s  Pastoral & Faith Development Services Office (see below).


Prayer Resource














In December 2016 the Elphin Diocese’s Pastoral & Faith Development Services published a prayer resource to support prayer at the beginning of Parish Pastoral Council Meetings.

Currently the resource is being piloted by the Parish Pastoral Councils of the following parishes:  Ardcarne, Aughrim, Boyle, Castlerea Fairymount-Tibhohine, Frenchpark-Ballinagare, Kilgefin, Roscommon, Rosses Point,  St. Anne’s Sligo and Strokestown.

Copies can also be made available to other Parish Pastoral Councils.  For more information please contact Justin in the Elphin Diocese’s  Pastoral & Faith Development Services Office (see below).


Support for New Parish Pastoral Councils
Tailored Workshops are available.  Please contact Justin in the Elphin Diocese’s  Pastoral & Faith Development Services Office for more information (see below).


Discussion Documents
The following ten discussion documents have been designed for use during PPC meetings, i.e. with a view to supporting discussion and positive pastoral outcomes for parish communities.   They were developed by The Pastoral Renewal Team of the Kerry Diocese and are shared with the PPCs of the Elphin Diocese with permission.  The Elphin Diocese’s Pastoral & Faith Development Services, who sought permission to share the documents, graciously acknowledge the Kerry Diocese’s Pastoral Renewal Team’s generosity.

Discussion Document 1 Enhancing The Experience Of Saturday Evening / Sunday Morning Mass

Discussion Document 2 Sharing Faith With Children

Discussion Document 3Parish Communications

Discussion Document 4 Care For The Elderly

Discussion Document 5 Inviting All Parishioners Into Ministry

Discussion Document 6 Celebrating Cultural Diversity

Discussion Document 7 Occasions to Extend Welcome And Build Community

Discussion Document 8 Fostering Faith & Spiritual Development of Adult Parishioners

Discussion Document 9 Corporeal & Spiritual Works Of Mercy

Discussion Document 10 Identifying Actions to Promote Care of the Earth


In-service Evenings 2017  – “Building Ourselves Up as PPCs”
A one-and-a- half-hour workshop, 8 – 9.30 pm based on the above theme, has been organised for the following dates and venues:

Thursday Feb. 23rd:  Mespil Suite, Sligo Park Hotel, Pearse Rd., Sligo.
Tuesday Feb. 28th:  Gleeson’s Townhouse, Market Square, Roscommon.
Wednesday Mar. 1st:  Abbey Community College, Marian Rd., Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
Thursday Mar. 2nd:  Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Clonown Rd., Athlone.

The workshops will be presented / facilitated by Justin Harkin, Director of the Elphin Diocese’s Pastoral & Faith Development Services.

All Parish Pastoral Council members are welcome.

Members of other Pastoral groups are also welcome but need to be mindful that the workshops are Parish Pastoral Council focused.


Annual Deanery Meetings with Diocesan Directors
In 2016 representative deanery gatherings of Parish Pastoral Council members recommended that Parish Pastoral Councils have a shared deanery meeting each year with theDirectors of the Elphin Diocese’s Pastoral & Faith Development Services and Youth Ministry Services.

The purpose of these meetings are:

The 2017 schedule is as follows:

Tuesday May 16th:  Athlone Deanery
Wednesday May 17th:  Roscommon Deanery
Thursday May 18th:  Castlerea Deanery
Tuesday May 23rd: Sligo Deanery
Wednesday May 24th:  Boyle Deanery
Thursday May 25th:  Strokestown Deanery

All meetings will take place from 8 to 9.30 pm and details of venues will issue later.

2017 Parish Development & Renewal Gathering
Details later.


PPC Development Awards
Details later.


Pastoral & Faith Development Services Contact Details
Justin Harkin
Diocese of Elphin
Pastoral & Faith Development Services
Rooms 2 – 4,
St. Coman’s Club,
Abbey St.,
F42 YT51.

Mobile:  087 6171526
Office Phone:  090 666 5491


Last Updated:  31/12/2016

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