Finance Council

Canon Law mandates a parish finance council in each parish. The role of the parish finance council is to assist the pastor and parish staff in planning the budget and in overseeing and controlling the financial affairs of the parish including the schools. The parish finance council is accountable to the pastor who has the responsibility for final decisions but the pastor gives serious consideration to their recommendations.

What is the role of the American Martyrs’ Finance Council?

The Finance Council advises Msgr. Barry in managing parish finances and operations, in areas such as accounting, budgeting, investing, capital improvements, insurance, legal and regulatory compliance, and financial reporting.

The Council and its Committees are governed by the following charters:

How many members make up the Finance Council

All members of the Finance Council are parishioners with experience in finance and management. Individual members also provide expertise in accounting, law, insurance and financial risk assessment, technology, auditing and other disciplines. The present membership consists of six women and six men. Members are appointed by the pastor, serve for staggered three-year terms and can be reappointed.

 
How can I contact the Finance Council?

Send a confidential email to the Finance Council Chair, Colleen Shinn. 

Do Parish Council Members review parishioner contributions?

No. Canon Law prohibits Finance Council members from having access to records about contributions of individual parishioners and other confidential information.

Does the Finance Council review non-finance issues?

In addition to helping manage parish finances, the Finance Council advises Msgr. Barry on a wide range of issues, such as employment policies, insurance, compliance with civil and Church regulations, and community relations.