Parish Finance Council

The Parish Finance Council is a consultative body of lay persons mandated by
Canon law to advise the Pastor in matters pertaining to the financial affairs of the

Canon 537: “Each parish is to have a Finance Council which is regulated by
universal law as well as by the norms established by the Diocesan Bishop; in the
Council, the Christian faithful, selected according to the same norms, aid the
Pastor in the administration of the parish goods with due regard for the
prescription of Canon 532.”

The Pastor has authority from the Bishop and the universal law of the Church to
decide and act on behalf of the Parish (Canon 532). The Parish Finance
Council is advisory to the Pastor and its decisions/recommendations are
valid only when accepted and ratified by the Pastor. It is important, therefore,
that the Pastor be central to the deliberations and the functioning of the Parish
Finance Council. The relationship between the Council and the Pastor is one of
support and mutual cooperation. 

Parish Administration & Finance Manual Diocese of Bridgeport • issued January 2008 

Holy Spirit Parish Finance Council

William Butler

Larry Bradley

Joseph Milano

Chris Sturhahn

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