The Finance Council
In addition to providing spiritual care, the parish must look into attending to its temporal goods. The responsibility is entrusted to the pastor, with the parish finance council as a consultative body. To the council is entrusted the responsibility of helping the pastor plan, review and approve the budget and finance statements, care for the buildings and grounds, and promote stewardship in the parish. Members often have some background in finances, banking, business, investments or law. The council meets at least four times a year. For more information, please contact Doug Jablonski @ (315) 594-6962.
Section 1: The Code of Canon Law, canon 537 states, “In each parish there is to be a finance council which is governed, in addition to universal law, by norms issued by the diocesan bishop and in which the Christian faithful, selected according to these same norms, are to assist the pastor in the administration of the goods of the parish, without prejudice to the prescript of canon 532.”
Section 2: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, in a diocesan guideline issued June 6, 2011, reiterates canon 537 by stating that the FC is “a mandated consultative body in the administration of parish finances”.
Section 3: The Blessed Trinity Parish FC has significant responsibility for the stewardship of parish financial resources.
Finance Council By-Laws
Finance Council Guideline