CODE OF CANON LAW
(Codex Iuris Canonici), 536
“If, after consulting the council of priests, the diocesan Bishop considers it opportune, a pastoral council is to be established in each parish. In this council, which is presided over by the parish priest, Christ’s faithful, together with those who by virtue of their office are engaged in pastoral care in the parish, give their help in fostering pastoral action.
The pastoral council has only a consultative vote, and it is regulated by the norms laid down by the diocesan Bishop”
The Parish Pastoral Council is a community of service, set up to assist the Priest – through consultation, prayer and reflection – in providing for the needs of the parish and leading the community of faith.