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 actively in close partnership with the priest(s) of the parish to further the mission of Christ and his Church in the parish.




On the Feast of St. Brigid (February 1st) 2020 Bishop Kevin published a new template constitution for PPCs, i.e. following a consultation with existing Pastoral Councils.  This template and Bishop Kevin’s introduction to same can be  accessed by clicking here

A pdf version can also be downloaded by clicking here:  PPC Constitution

Printed copies are available from Justin Harkin.  See below for contact details.  


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.

For more information, copies etc. please contact Justin (see contact details below).


Support for New & Existing Parish Pastoral Councils
Tailored Workshops available.  Please contact Justin (contact details 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.  We 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


For more information, support  etc. please contact:
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


Recent Publication

In May 2021 Veritas published a book written by Justin entitled  Coming of Age – Navigating Parish Pastoral Council Responsibilities – A Benedictine Perspective.  This is available from Veritas:


Last Updated:  30/08/2021