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The completion of this updated Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) Guidelines is made
possible with the patience and hard work of the following contributors:

To the Most Rev. Bishop Antonio R. Tobias, D.D., for his pastoral
leadership and systematic guidance in building structures and establishing order for
effective and vibrant pastoral life in the Diocese;

To the Curia, Presbyteral Council, and All Clergy, for their valuable
insights and recommendations based on years of pastoral actions and reflections;

To the Council of the Laity of Novaliches (CLAN) and All Lay Leaders
and Volunteers in the Vicariates and Parishes, for their continuous positive response
to the call for pastoral work and for sharing the wisdom they have gained from their

And to the Drafting Team—Rev. Fr. Antonio Labiao, Jr, Msgr. Jesus-
Romulo Ranada, Rev. Fr. Jaime Lara, Rev. Fr. Mike Lagrimas, Rev. Fr.
Roland Tuazon, Sis. Fatima Estacio, Sis. Vivien Talisayon, and Anne
Christine Wilson, for their thorough work and commitment in listening to the voices
of stakeholders, deliberating changes, writing, and rewriting the contents found in these
updated Guidelines.


“Guidelines…on the relationship between the Parish Pastoral Council, Parish Finance
Council and the Parish Priest, which are in accord with the prescription of Canons
528-529, 532, 536# 1-2, 537 authorized by the Local Ordinary, shall be formulated and
disseminated” (PCP 11, Decrees, Art. 127).

As the Diocese continues to journey, growing as a Local Church in Novaliches,
new programs and structures evolve to respond to the needs of the people. The people,
especially the urban poor who comprise the majority in the Diocese, have expressed
their concrete needs in the Urban Poor Summit held last March 22, 2004. The Summit
was facilitated by the Diocesan Social Service and Development Ministry (SSDM).

The major concerns arising from the event served as the bases for organizing
Diocesan pastoral ministries and programs. In order to convene in one solid direction, a
General Assembly of parish priests, religious communities, diocesan schools, and parish
representatives was organized on March 11-12, 2005. It was during this momentous
event that the Diocese of Novaliches drafted the Vision and Mission and also adapted
the building of Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) as the main pastoral thrust. As we
progress as a church, we enrich our learning experiences. We begin to view the parish as
a process of building and sustaining relationships, forming and exercising servant-
leadership, creating and renewing organizational structures. As more people get
involved in the parish life, experiences become deeper, wider, and more complex. With
this, a need for organizational order begins to emerge. Thus, the making of the Parish
Pastoral Council (PPC) Guidelines of the Diocese came as the outcome. This will serve as
a viable pastoral instrument for coordinated and effective ministry work. Recognizing
this need, the Council of the Laity (CLAN) immediately took the initiative of data
collection in order to assess the existing organizational structures and operating
procedures of the different parishes in the Diocese.

Primarily, the information gathered was considered in formulating the PPC
Guidelines on May 25-27, 2009. This was participated by various parish priests and
CLAN officers. Thereafter, Most Rev. Bishop Antonio R. Tobias, DD promulgated the
PPC Guidelines on August 15, 2009 and initiated official implementation on November
29, 2009 (First Sunday of Advent). After two years, a review and evaluation of the
Guidelines were conducted on November 12, 2011.

In 2013, the Diocese made plans to review the PPC Guidelines, two years after it
was amended. However, it was later decided to postpone the review to give way to the
preparations for the general transfer of assignments of Diocesan parish priests. Every
six years, the priests are appointed to new parishes.

In June 2014, the annual renewal of the Clergy raised the need for and timeliness
of the evaluation of the PPC Guidelines. The establishment of the Parish Finance
Council (PFC) and the review of the Council of the Laity of Novaliches (CLAN) were also
proposed. Immediately, a drafting team was organized to undertake the initial study and
integration of the amendments. On May 14, 2015, the draft of revised Guidelines was
presented in a Clergy meeting and then reviewed by all Vicariates. Recommendations
were heard and amendments were made. With the participation of the Clergy and the
laity, the amended PPC Guidelines follows a ratification and approval of the General

It is our fervent hope that the newly amended PPC Guidelines will provide a clear
direction on parish leadership and management. It is not made to restrict the leadership
and management of Parish Priests and PPCs but to provide directions and order. With
proper implementation, it can ensure continuity of pastoral programs and guarantee
stability in the parish community. The Guidelines provide a wide opportunity for the lay
to find their most appealing area of service. Such will facilitate utmost participation in
the life and development of the parish community.

May this development bring forth more fruits for our Diocese!

Rev. Fr. Antonio E. Labiao, Jr.
Vicar General for Pastoral Affairs




Vision-Mission 4
Core Values 4
Genuine Discipleship in Community 4
Servant Leadership 5
Stewardship 5
Missionary 6
Pastoral Priorities 6
Integral Evangelization 6
Empowerment of the Laity 6
Preferential Option for the Poor 7
BEC Development 7


Introduction 14
Nature of PPC 15
Purpose 16
Functions 17
Membership 18
Composition of the PPC 18
Qualifications of Members 20
Ineligibility 20
Roles and Responsibilities of Officers and Members 20
Parish Priest 20
Chairperson 21
Vice Chairperson 21
Secretary 21
Team Coordinator and Ministry Servant-Leader 22
BEC Pastoral Team Animator 22

Bukluran/Kawan/Pamayanan Servant-Leader 23
Chapel Stewardship Team Servant-Leader 23
Heads of Associations of Christian Lay Faithful 23
Building and Sustaining Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) 24
BEC Organizational Structure 25
Roles and Responsibilities of Parish BEC Pastoral Team 25
Teams and Ministries: Functions and Responsibilities 26
Worship Team 26
Ministry of Distribution of Holy Communion 27
Ministry of Lectors and Commentators 27
Ministry of Liturgical Music 28
Ministry of Altar Servers 28
Ministry of Reception of Gifts (Ushers & Collectors) 29
Ministry of Care for the Sanctuary & Sacristy (MBG) 29
Formation Team 30
Formation in Faith Ministry 30
Catechetical Ministry 31
Biblical Apostolate Ministry 31
Youth Ministry 32
Family and Life Ministry 32
Stewardship Ministry 33
Vocation Ministry 34
Social Communications and Media Ministry 34
Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Dialogue Ministry 35
Social Action Team 36
Compassionate Care 36
Health and Nutrition Ministry 36
Disaster Preparedness and Mobilization Ministry 37
Care for the Elderly Ministry 37
Human Development 38
Economic Development Ministry 38
Education and Scholarship Ministry 38
Social Transformation 39
Pastoral Care for Children and Vulnerable Adults Ministry 39
Persons with Disability Ministry (N°POWRD) 40
Migrants Ministry (PAMINOVA) 40
Labor Ministry 41
Land and Housing Ministry 41
Public Affairs Ministry 42
Restorative Justice Ministry 43
Ecology Ministry 43

Organizational Dimension of PPC 44
Organizing the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) 44
Meetings 45
Selection and Tenure of Officers and Members 46
Relationships with Other Organizations 47
Codes of Conduct and Discipline 48
Code of Conduct 48
Discipline and Accountability 50
Amendments 51

Basis for Establishment 52
Role and Mission 52
Functions 52
Composition and Organization 53
Qualifications of Members 54
Duties and Responsibilities 54
Parish Priest 54
Chairperson 55
Vice Chairperson 55
Secretary 55
Treasurer 56
Auditor 56
Chapel Stewardship Treasurer 56
Stewardship Ministry Treasurer 57
Fund Raising Committee 57
Balik Handog Program Committee 57
Construction and Physical Development 57
Properties Management 57
Tenure 58
Meetings 58
Relationship of Parish Finance Council with 58
PPC and other entities

Prefatory Statement 59
Definition of Terms 59
Declaration of Principles on Church Properties 60
Parish Churches 60
Chapels 61
Chapels located within government institutions 62

Chapels located within schools and other 63
educational institutions
Offerings of the Faithful belong to the Church 63
Allowable Sacred Functions 64
Building or Helping Build Chapels 64
Managing and/or Supervising Chapels 65
Process of Forming and Organizing Chapel Stewardship Teams 66
Primary Duties and Responsibilities of the 69
Chapel Stewardship Team


ANNEX 1: PPC Organizational Chart 71
ANNEX 2: PFC Organizational Chart 72
ANNEX 3: Temporalities Ministry Guidelines 73

Appendix 75