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

A PDF version may be downloaded by clicking Download.

Parish Pastoral Councils of the Elphin Diocese can source printed copies 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, Ballintubber-Ballymoe, 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”
one-and-a- half-hour workshop, 8 – 9.30 pm based on theme ‘Building Ourselves Up as PPCs’ took place as follows:

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 in-service evenings were presented by Justin Harkin, Director of the Elphin Diocese’s Pastoral & Faith Development Services and Justin is willing to make them available to clusters of Parish Pastoral Councils, subject to demand.


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

Justin Harkin, Director of the Elphin Diocese’s Pastoral & Faith Development Services, will meet with representatives of Parish Pastoral Councils as follows:

The 2017 schedule is as follows:

Tues.May 16th:  Athlone Deanery … Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone.
Wed. May 17th:  Roscommon Deanery  … Gleeson’s Townhouse, Roscommon.
Thurs. May 18th:  Castlerea Deanery … St. Anne’s School, Castlerea.
Tues. May 23rd: Sligo Deanery  … The Library, Summerhill College, Sligo.
Wed. May 24th:  Boyle Deanery  ….  Abbey Community College, Boyle.
Thurs. May 25th:  Strokestown Deanery …  Rooskey Community Centre, Rooskey.

Deacon Frank McGuinness, owing to changes in the scope of his employment as Director of  Youth Ministry, will meet representatives at a later date.

All meetings will take place from 8 to 9.15 pm.

2017 Parish Development & Renewal Gathering
This year’s gathering will take place in St. Joseph’s Hall, Boyle, and Abbey Community College Boyle on Saturday October 7th.


PPC Development Awards
A matter of consultation at this time and for discussion at the above deanery meetings.


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:  12/04/2017