The Pastoral Council

The Pastoral Council (PC) is a consultative body to the pastor. Its members help actively promote the mission of the parish by identifying parish needs and concerns and providing recommendations through attentive communication with the parishioners and the pastor. The diocese promotes the existence of pastoral councils in parishes. PC members are either elected by the parishioners or appointed by the pastor. Members must be active in parish life, committed to prayer, discernment and dialogue. The council meets once a month.

2019-2020 Pastoral Council
William AuClair
Larry Filmore
Doug Jablonski
Deacon Bob Lee
Kevin Rice
Rosemary Seymour
Marie Smith


Section 1: The Code of Canon Law, canon 536 states,

Section 2: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, through a diocesan guideline[1], establishes that “every parish in the Diocese of Rochester is to have a Parish Pastoral Council.”

Section 3: We, the Blessed Trinity Parish Pastoral Council, are called to serve our parish by assisting the pastor in promoting the mission of the parish, the diocesan Church and the universal Church –

  1. To proclaim the Gospel
  2. To build an ever-stronger parish community
  3. To worship and celebrate the sacraments
  4. To give Christian witness through works of faith, hope and charity that respond to the real needs of our parish and our neighborhoods.

[1] Date revised: June 28, 2011, Effective date: September 1, 2011.

Pastoral Council By-Laws

Diocesan Guidelines
Pastoral Council Guideline