from: Pastoral Council, Finance Council Policies & Norms, Department of Parish Planning for Evangelization, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland
Foundations of the Pastoral Council
Adding more light to the need for and role of pastoral councils is the 1983 Code of Canon Law. Cannons 511-514 speak about a Diocesan Pastoral Council and the role it plays offering counsel to the Bishop. For example, cannon 511 states: "In each diocese...a pastoral council is to be established whose responsibility it is to investigate under the authority of the bishop all those things which pertain to pastoral works, to ponder them and to propose practical conclusions about them."
It follows, then, that a cluster pastoral council would provide a similar service to the pastor of that particular cluster: to investigate pastoral matters, ponder them and propose recommendations.
Cannon 526 speaks directly of parish pastoral councils. It states: "After the diocesan bishop has listened to the presbyteral council and if he judges it opportune, 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 car of the parish in virtue of their office give their help in fostering pastoral activity."
In the Diocese of Portland, parish councils have been mandated since 1981. In 2006, Bishop Malone made "fully-functional" pastoral councils a mandate for each cluster.
As of September 2016, the members of the Parish's pastoral council are:
Father Nathan March
Rod Kuhl and Laura Koch as Ex-Officio Members