Finance Council Meeting Minutes
Archdiocese of Milwaukee Parish Finance Council Norms
“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 can, 532 (i.e., the pastor represents the parish in all juridic affairs).” Code of Canon Law, c. 537. This consultative body is called a Parish Finance Council.
The St. Gabriel Parish Finance Council is the consultative body in all parish financial matters. The Finance Council shall have 5 members: 2 representatives selected from the at-large membership of the Parish Pastoral Council by the membership of the Pastoral Council; 2 members of the parish appointed by the pastor; 1 trustee appointed by the pastor. The Finance Council meets a minimum of 6 meetings per year and requires the following committees to assist with specific responsibilities:
Budget Committee: facilitates and approves the parish budget as well as reviews the periodic financial statements for budget performance.
Buildings & Grounds Committee: oversees the proper working and major maintenance of parish buildings and grounds.
Cemetery Committee: oversees the proper recording and maintenance of parish cemetery grounds and establishes cemetery plot pricing, plot policies and restrictions.
Personnel Committee: acts as hiring committee for parish director positions; sets policies in the employee handbook; advises on employee benefits and salaries and acts as an advisory committee to the pastor and director of administration on non-confidential personnel matters.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the business of the Parish Finance Council, please feel free to contact Fr. Tim, or Celia Meyers, Director of Administration.