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Together in Ministry


These resources are free to download. Printed copies can also be ordered through the Office of the Lay Apostolate.

Parish Pastoral Council Reference Handbook (May 2017)

A quick reference that is especially useful for new members of Parish Pastoral Council. (PDF, 16 pages)

Together in Ministry Manual

A guide to the orientation and training that is provided for incoming members of Parish Pastoral Council through a TIM workshop. (PDF, 29 pages)

If you are a new member of Parish Pastoral Council (PPC), you have made a generous commitment of your time and talents to the parish, in the service of Christ and his Church. Now what can you expect?

It's important first to understand your role and responsibilities on parish council so that all your gifts and talents will be put to the very best use.

The Archdiocese of Edmonton has developed a continuing program of formation and support for all PPCs called Together in Ministry. It consists of workshops delivered throughout the Archdiocese, with guidance and reference provided by the Parish Pastoral Council Reference Handbook and the Together in Ministry Manual.

The Office of the Lay Apostolate is here to support you and your Parish Pastoral Council.

Coordinator: Lucy Kaakyo
Administrative Assistant: Barbara Cartwright
Phone: 780-469-1010 ext. 2129
Or email using the Contact Us link and selecting Lay Apostolate.


The Office of Lay Apostolate, facilitates both Information and Goal Setting workshops at the invitation of the deaneries or parishes. The Information workshops are conducted only at the deanery level.  

2018 Proposed Schedule

Date Location
Jan. 20 Pastoral Admininstration Office
Feb. 10 Pastoral Admininstration Office
Mar. 10 or 24 Deanery
Apr. 14 or 28 Deanery
May 12 or 26 Deanery
June 2 or 16 Deanery
Sept. 8 or 15 Deanery
Oct. 6 or 20 Deanery

Description of workshops offered

Together in Ministry (TIM) Information Workshop - Parish Pastoral Council as Ministry - 4.5 hours approx.

  • Review and renew our commitment to our shared mission
  • Explain the structure and leadership of the local Church (our Archdiocese) and parish, and the role of PPCs in the Archdiocese
  • Relate the archdiocesan priorities and volunteer management program to the mission of the universal Church
  • Provide an opportunity for PPC members to become familiar with the Together in Ministry (TIM) Manual
  • TIM Information - Booking a Workshop (PDF)

Discernment for Goal Setting Workshop - 6 hours approx.

  • How to be good stewards of  God’s gifts
  • The work of our parishes
  • The concept of consensus decision-making
  • Visioning the future of our parish
  • Setting goals to reach this vision
  • TIM Goal Setting - Booking a Workshop (PDF)

Workshops are presented by teams of trained volunteer facilitators. They can be booked by contacting Barbara at 780-469-1010 ext. 2129.