Contact: Ken Davis (936) 291-3020 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairperson: Ken Davis (936) 291-3020 email@example.com
Vice-Chairperson: Allen Sailer (936) 291-8862 Alsailer@yahoo.com
Recorder : Clarence Hightower (936) 435-0221 Chightower1@msn.com
Members: Carole Barrett (936) 295-7201 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parish Finance Committee (“Council”) is established in accordance with Canon 537
of the Code of Canon Law of 1983 and the Diocesan Norms for Pastoral Finance
Councils as disseminated by the Arch-Bishop of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston.
(For further details on this and the associated By-Laws of the Finance Committee
please contact the parish office. What follows is a brief summary)
Purpose & Mission:
The Purpose of the Finance Committee is consultative and in this capacity to assist the
pastor with parish financial administration with the specific mandate to assist the
pastor in the administration of parish goods.
The mission of the Finance Committee is to assist the pastor in the proper
administration and wise use of the finances and material assets of the parish; to
assure fiscal stability; and to support the pastor and Parish Council in the financial
consequences, obligations, and implications of new parish strategic planning
The Parish Finance Committee is a consultative and advisory body with final approval
on all matters residing with the Parish Pastor.
Roles and Responsibilities:
1. Assist the pastor in the administration of parish goods in
accordance with the norms of Canons 1281 to 1288.
2. Become familiar with and recommend steps to comply with the policies and
procedures contained in the Archdiocesan Internal Control Manual (ICM).
3. Assist the pastor in the preparation of a yearly budget of income and expenditures.
Share an overview of the proposed budget with the Parish Council.
4. Assist the pastor in the preparation of the required annual financial report of
revenues and expenditures for dissemination to the parishioners.
5. Review the financial statements and budget on a quarterly basis. Provide a general
year-to-date expense vs. budget report to the Parish Council on a quarterly basis.
6. Assist parish boards and organizations in preparing and submitting annual budgets.
7. Study parish revenues and make recommendations for increasing revenue to meet
both parish and archdiocesan goals and priorities.
8. Familiarize themselves with all archdiocesan fiscal policies in this ICM related to the
parish and assist the pastor in meeting these obligations.
9. Encourage support of parish and archdiocesan stewardship programs. In addition,
have annual stewardship programs for time, talent and treasure.
10. Annually, with the pastor, complete the parish questionnaire and submit
findings to the Archdiocesan Office of the Internal Auditor.
The Finance Council is to consist of not less than three members of the parish who are
practicing Catholics, over 21 years of age, experienced in financial issues and known
for their judgment.
1. Each council should determine its leadership by an appropriate process.
2. Members are appointed by the pastor for a three-year, renewable term or until
there is a change in the pastorate.
3. If a member is removed from the Council by the pastor for a serious reason,
notification is to be given to the Archdiocesan Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
4. Excluded from membership are persons who could have a conflict of interest from
such affiliation. Also ineligible for membership are staff members and any close
relatives of the pastor. The bookkeeper and/or the administrator should attend at
least part of the meetings to provide explanation to any financial questions.
5. The Chairperson of the Finance Council is to attend the Parish Council meetings
when input will enable the Parish Council to fulfill its responsibilities.
6. The council members shall be provided a copy of the Pastoral Manual Section A, III,
and the Internal Control Manual.
1. The Finance Council shall have a minimum of four meetings per year. Additional
meetings are held as needed.
2. The Finance Council is required to prepare minutes of all the meetings and
permanently retain the minutes at the parish office and share them with the
archdiocesan auditors when requested.