A parishioner asked, "Are parishioners invited to Parish Council meetings in the same way that citizens are invited to City Council meetings, even to speak?"

The Council is a "Pastoral Council" not a "Parish Council".  Pastoral Councils are consultative bodies, set up in parishes, to advise and support the Parish Priest with pastoral issues.

Adminsitrative issues within the parish are dealt with by Committees, such as the Fabric Committee and the Finance Committee, which are separate to the Pastoral Council.

In answer to the question, parishioners are occasionally invited to, or may request to attend, Council meetings to address specific pastoral issues.  Every year the Council holds an Open Forum where parishioners are informed of the work of the Council and are invited to submit ideas for the next year's agenda.  This year the Open Forum will be held in June.