Parish Pastoral Council

The Role of the Parish Pastoral Council
The role of the Parish Pastoral Council is to promote the Church’s mission to live and communicate the love and values of Christ in our world. The Parish Pastoral Council shares in the responsibility for the ongoing life and development of the faith community, working together with parishioners to provide support for their efforts to live as followers of Christ.

Recent Pastoral Council Accomplishments
Between 2001 and early 2013, some of the activities that the Parish Pastoral Council have been involved in include:

  • Parish 40th anniversary celebrations
  • Junior master chef
  • Developing the parish motto
  • The Melody Quah fund raising concert for St. Vincent de Paul society
  • Catering for special occasions: Pentecost, Prep welcome masses
  • Co-ordination of Lenten groups
  • Review of 10:30 a.m. mass
  • Chapel improvements
  • Christmas Carolling group
Form of the Parish Pastoral Council
The Parish Pastoral Council comprises our Parish Priest and School Principal together with a group of parishioners chosen by the Parish community

The group meets monthly at the parish house, but communicates in between meetings to work on various projects. Projects are led by the Parish Pastoral Council but only are successful due to involvement of a great number of Parishioners.

In order to address the various aspects of the Parish, council members are divided into four sub-groups each with a different focus. These subgroups are:

  • Faith and Witness: the ways in which we grow our faith and witness to it in our daily life.
  • Service and Outreach: those ways in which we reach out beyond ourselves to serve others and draw all into being in communion with God.
  • Liturgy and Celebration: those symbols and rituals by which we mark and celebrate our life and mission to transform the world.
  • Community and Hospitality: those things that make us a warm, human community of inclusive, universal welcome.
The Parish Pastoral Council has been guided from 2010 by the outcomes of the Spirit Search 2010 survey.

Spirit Search 2010 survey

Holy Spirit Parish launched the Spirit Search 2010 survey on the 17th of February and concluded it on the 12th of April.  Surveys were collected via the Internet and self completion.  Over 500 people took part in the survey.

Click here to see the results.

Parish Pastoral Council Charter and Pastoral Plan

The PPC Charter and Pastoral Plan was compiled by a sub-committee of the Holy Spirit Parish PPC. It is the final phase of the PPC parish review initiative, Spirit Search: Listening to God’s People, Seeking to Serve begun in October 2009 and completed in June 2010.

Many of the planned actions resulting from of the Spirit Search campaign have already been achieved. This document outlines the completion of the remaining desired outcomes over the 2014 - 2018 period.

The charter is designed to be a working document – one that is constantly in use by PPC members as a reference and guide for pastoral action and outcomes. It is also designed to be a measure of accountability for the PPC.

Click PPC Charter and Pastoral Plan -2015 - 2018 to see the:
  • Parish Pastoral Committee Charter, and
  • Pastoral Plan
If you wish to provide feedback please do so by contacting Stan Fisher, Chairperson PPC:
  • by email to or
  • by post to:
      Stan Fisher
      Chairperson PPC
      c/- Parish House
      Holy Spirit Parish
      Ringwood North, 3134
If you would like to discuss any points raised please contact:
  • Mary Ryan, Sub-Committee Convenor, by phone on:
      9870 2726

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