PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL: The Code of Canon Law (1983), which shapes the life of the Church, urged that pastoral councils be established in every parish. Canon 536 states: if, after consulting the council of priests, the diocesan bishop considers it opportune, a pastoral council is to be established in each parish. In this council, which is presided over by the parish priest, Christ’s faithful, together with those who by virtue of their office are engaged in the pastoral care of the parish, give their help in fostering pastoral action. Bishop William Crean has asked that a parish pastoral council be set up in every parish of the diocese. To that end it is hoped that this will now take place in Cobh.
- Fr John McCarthy and the parish team.