Parish Pastoral Councils – Resources

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.

The resource was 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 are 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


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:  09/07/2018