St Jerome’s Parish is proud of the many different skills, ages, experiences, cultures and languages that are represented among its people.

The Parish Priest has established the Parish Pastoral Council to help him to meet the pastoral needs of these people and to nurture their gifts as a community united in faith. It does this by listening to the needs of the community and giving advice to the Parish Priest on how best to meet those needs.



Jackie Vella

Patricia McNamara

Benni Pagdanganan

Maria Winterstein

Rownea Lloyd

Tin Vu

Melissa Younes

Michael Reaiche

Des Fox (School Principal)

Fr Richard Gates (Parish Priest)




Our Parish Pastoral Council’s role is to promote the Church’s mission to live and communicate the love and values of Christ in the world around us.

Our Parish Pastoral Council shares in the responsibility for the ongoing life and development of our parish community, working together with parishioners to provide support for their efforts to live as followers of Christ.

Our Parish Pastoral Council seeks to:

  • Listen and respond to the hopes, ideas, needs and concerns of parishioners
  • Encourage and support the continuing good work of existing groups within the Parish
  • Provide opportunities for parishioners
    • to grow in their relationship with God and with each other
    • to support and encourage them in their continuing efforts to be a Christian influence in the wider community
  • Set short-term and long term pastoral goals for our parish community within the framework of diocesan priorities
  • Contribute towards making parish decisions that reflect the values of the Gospel and the teachings of the Church
  • Provide support for our parish priest, working collaboratively with him and with each other



The Parish Pastoral Council will consist of the Parish Priest and six to eight members; 5 or 6 are chosen by parishioners and 1 or 2 chosen by the Parish Priest. In addition, ex-officio members may include the Parish School Principal and a member of the Finance Committee.

The Council will have as broad a membership as possible e.g. in terms of age, lifestyle gender and ethnic origin. Each is a representative of the whole parish community and not a representative of a specific parish group.

There will be a session of formation for all new Council members.



The term of membership is two years. To facilitate continuity, it is anticipated that approximately half the Parish Pastoral Council members will choose to continue for a second term. Anyone who serves consecutive terms will then stand down for at least one term.



All parishioners will be asked to nominate other parishioners for possible election to the Council.

Each person nominated will be invited to an information meeting or to an individual meeting with a Parish Pastoral Councillor to receive current information about the Parish Pastoral Council. At the conclusion of this meeting, participants will be asked to indicate whether they wish to accept or decline nomination.



The Parish Priest may fill any casual vacancy by invitation.



In the spirit of prayerfulness each member of the Parish Pastoral Council will:

  • attend the regular meetings of the Parish Pastoral Council
  • provide input to deliberations of the Council
  • assist with the implementation of Council decisions
  • develop a spirit of enquiry and the ability to listen to and understand the issues affecting the lives of parishioners
  • provide prayerful support and encouragement to other members of the Parish Pastoral Council
  • embrace opportunities for personal faith development and for gaining skills to assist with effective participation in the Council’s operation
  • represent the Parish Pastoral Council when required (eg, other Parish Meetings, Deanery or Archdiocesan Meetings)



The Parish Priest plus office-bearers will form the Executive of the Parish Pastoral Council. The office-bearers, chosen by the members, will be Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Secretary.

The role of the executive is to:

  • reflect on the effectiveness of each previous Council meeting.
  • organise the agenda for each meeting, incorporating input from all parish pastoral councillors.
  • arrange distribution of the agenda, minutes and all relevant material one week in advance of that meeting.
  • coordinate the business of the Council between meetings.
  • arrange additional formation opportunities outside regular meetings.



There will be a minimum of ten monthly meetings of the Parish Pastoral Council.

The agenda, incorporating input from all pastoral councillors, will be finalised by the Executive.  It will be circulated to the Council members in advance of the meeting, together with the minutes of the previous meeting and any notes or other relevant material required.



Sub-committees or short term Task Forces may be set up for specific purposes for a definite duration.  Usually, these groups will include at least one member of the Parish Pastoral Council.



The decision-making process should contribute towards the making of parish decisions where each member offers input towards the final outcome. The Parish Pastoral Council decides on issues by voting. Decisions are based on the majority vote. The Parish Priest can disagree with and overturn a decision that the Council makes if he feels that it is in the best interest of the Parish.



The Parish Pastoral Council will report to the parish community regularly. It will seek the input of parishioners through various means, eg. parish consultation, focus meetings, conversations, information placed on the PPC noticeboard.



These Parish Pastoral Guidelines will be reviewed at the end of each Parish Pastoral Council’s term or more frequently if the need arises.