Pastoral Council

REVISED Pastoral Plan


marysmallWhy a Parish Council?

“A Pastoral Council is to be established in each parish; the pastor presides over it, and through it the Christian faithful along with those who share in the pastoral care of the parish in virtue of their office give their help in fostering pastoral activity. This Pastoral Council possesses a consultative vote only and is governed by the norms determined by the diocesan bishop.” (Code of Canon law, 536)

Through Baptism, and Confirmation, we are called and bear the responsibility of full participation in the life and mission of the Church. The Code of Canon Law stresses the need for appropriate consultative Pastoral Councils.

“In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, every parish is to form a Parish Pastoral Council to foster fuller participation of the entire parish.” (Rationale, Principles and Guidelines for parish Pastoral Councils)

Though consultation and collaboration the Pastoral Council is a vehicle by which we enhance the quality of our parish life and community, furthering the mission of our Church.

What does the Parish Council do?

Assists the Pastor

  • Consultative and advisory capacity only
  • Recommends plans of action, direction for the parish

Council Members Responsibilities

  • Listens to, and represents our fellow parishioners
  • Meet once per month
  • Consider and discuss topics suggested and brought to Council by both the Pastor and Council Members
  • Assess Parish needs
  • Prayerful, collaborative, advisory capacity only
  • Consensus process; Not a decision making body, no voting
  • Supportive to the Pastor in his final decisions











Saint Bede Council Members:

  • Amy Drobile
  • Andrew Terzella
  • Donna Branderbit
  • Ed Oczkowski
  • John Gaul
  • Joseph Gerlach
  • Kris Ingle
  • Len Doughty
  • Estella Lynch
  • Ed Bagdon
  • Jim Fitzgerald
  • Barbara McKeever
  • Chris Witzigman
  • Joe Rankel
  • Monsignor Marine
  • Fr. O’Donald

To speak to a member of the Pastoral Council contact the rectory (215-357-5720) for contact information, or email the general Council mailbox at:

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