Through Baptism and Confirmation all are called to exercise both our right and responsibility to participate fully in the life and mission of the Church. Mission that is rooted in the mission of Christ who commanded everyone - clergy, religious and laity - to "Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to all of creation." (Mark 16:15).
All members of the Church - laity, religious and clergy - according to their proper charisms and roles collaborate in the responsibility for fulfilling its mission. Vatican Council II urged active involvement in the life of the Church by emphasizing the principles of the collaborative responsibility, consultation and lay participation.
…the laity have an active part to play in the life and activity of the Church. Their activity is so necessary within Church communities that without it the apostolate of the pastors is generally unable to achieve its full effectiveness. Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, 10.
Pastors also know that they themselves were not meant by Christ to shoulder alone the entire saving mission of the Church toward the world. On the contrary, they understand that it is their noble duty to shepherd the faithful and recognize their service and charismatic gifts that all, according to their proper roles, may cooperate in this common undertaking with one heart. Dogmatic Constitution On the Church, 30.
The Pastor needs to consult with the laity who in turn have the right to express their views and concerns to their Pastor. An important structure initiated to foster this collaboration with the mission of the Church by all its members are the 3 councils. They assist the pastor and the rest of the parish staff in achieving the cooperation of the parishioners in the task of carrying out the mission of the Church on the parish level.
It is envisioned that the three Parish Councils are to be major consultative bodies in the parish community which advise the Pastor who presides over them. The ultimate purpose of them is to foster full participation of the entire parish in the life and mission of the Church, which reflects the mission of Christ who was sent "…to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind and release to prisoners…" (Luke 4:18).
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