Decree mandates Parish Pastoral Councils

BRIDGEPORT—A decree issued by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano and published today (Friday June 28) mandates that all parishes throughout the diocese establish a parish pastoral council “for the good of the faithful of the diocese.”

The decree states that beginning on November 1, 2019, the Solemnity of All Saints, each parish is to have “a functioning parish pastoral council,” according to guidelines set forth in the Diocese of Bridgeport Parish Handbook.

While most parishes currently have parish councils, some have grown inactive. The bishop said that the establishment of pastoral councils is important as the diocese seeks to move toward greater subsidiarity and increased lay leadership in accordance with the Synod.

Decree that mandates Parish Pastoral Councils