Leadership Advisory Groups

The Leadership Advisory Groups within the Catholic Parish of Forster Tuncurry have the primary task of assisting the Parish Priest in the leadership of the Parish community, each in their own way and within their particular area of responsibility.

More information can be obtained by clicking on the link for each particular Leadership Advisory Group.

Parish Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council is the visionary group in the Parish. Its job is to lead the community in long term planning in consultation with the community and all the other groups and teams within the Parish. It is there to support the Church community in the daily work of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus.

Council members are elected for a term of two years although members can be co-opted at times if the need arises. No member shall serve for more than four consecutive years. The Council meets once a month and at times will meet with other groups such as the Finance Committee, Pastoral Team or the Liturgy Committee if there is a need. The Council works closely with the Parish Priest, Fr Greg Barker.

Currently there are five main structures within the Pastoral Plan of the Catholic Parish of Forster-Tuncurry. They are:

  • Worship and Prayer
  • Leadership and Structure
  • Mission and Outreach
  • Formation and Education, and
  • Identity and Community.

The Council itself fits into the area of Leadership and Structure but also has a role in the other areas through its visionary nature.

Members of the Council are available for any concerns or comments that might assist or strengthen parish life.

The Parish Pastoral Council meets on the first Thursday of each month to discuss appropriate events and Parish concerns.

Current members of the Parish Pastoral Council are:

Ex officio members Fr Greg Barker Parish Priest
Elected or co-opted membersCarina Latham
Claudette Cheetham
Greg Byrne
Jose Micua
Kyla Loring
Lucy Reyes
Mary Horsburgh
Monique Johnson
Shanty Thomas
Susan Gonzalez

The current Parish Pastoral Plan, adopted at the 2013 Parish Pastoral Assembly is available from the Downloads page.

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Parish Pastoral Team

The Parish Pastoral Team is a group of dedicated individuals working together to support and develop the Parish and its ministries. Members of the Parish Pastoral Team are “the workers,” with the task of implementing the plans generated at Parish Pastoral Assemblies and other community building events. The Parish Pastoral Team also facilitates the interaction of the many ministries involved in Parish life and oversees the working order and maintenance of the church buildings.

Regular events include: Pancake Tuesday, Parish Picnic, and Parish Dinner.

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Parish Finance Committee

The Parish Finance Committee is a group appointed by the Parish Priest to assist him in the administration of the temporal goods of the Parish as required by the Code of Canon Law.

The Finance Committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month to discuss the financial and administrative aspects of Parish life.

Current members of the Parish Finance Committee are:

MembersFr Greg Barker Parish Priest
John Latham
John Matlawski Chair
Ken Heffernen Financial Assistant
Lyn Mills
Monique Johnson
Robert Johnson


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If you have information you would like to raise with the any of the leadership groups or are interested in becoming involved please contact the Parish Office via the Contact Us page.