The purpose of the Parish Pastoral Council is "to assist the pastor in his leadership role of planning, organizing, initiating, promoting, coordinating and reviewing the evangelization, worship, religious education and service activities within the parish." The council is a consultive body, consisting of members nominated and appointed in a discernment process. The council advises and offers its opinion to the pastor. It does not have legislative or decisive power. The governing of the parish is, by law, in the hands of the pastor. Learn more about how the council is appointed and what their specific duties are at "Guidelines for Parish Pastoral Councils" on the Archdiocese of Boston website.