The Finance Council is one of the two advisory councils that every parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh is expected to have. The Finance Council follows the Diocesan Guidelines as contained as contained in the booklet Means for Mission which states:
The Finance Council assists the pastor in providing good stewardship of parish financial resources, ensuring that sufficient means are available and allocated appropriately to carry out the pastoral mission of the parish. Thus, in fulfilling its responsibilities, the parish finance council must be directed by the values of the Gospel as well as by good business practice. Efficient and effective use and management of parish resources must be measured as much by their contribution to the mission and ministry of the parish as by commonly accepted business standards.
Finance Council members normally serve a four year term, with a possible reappointment, and are appointed by the pastor based on their parish involvement and understanding of business standards. Since a Finance Council cannot act without a pastor/administrator, at the vacancy of the office of pastor/administrator, the finance council ceases to exist.