Members of our Parish Council 2018 - 2021
Fr. Forrai Tamás Gergely SJ
Fr. Marosfalvy László SJ
ST. ELIZABETH'S PARISH
PASTORAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
renewed for the 90. Jubilee Year
a) Saint Elizabeth of Hungary is a Roman Catholic parish led by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). The mission of the parish, since her inception in 1928, has been to help parishioners of Hungarian heritage live the Gospel of Jesus, according to Hungarian traditions, to engage in collaborative ministry with the laity and all people of good will, to foster individuals' deepening relationship with Jesus through all forms of the Spiritual Exercises, and to be in solidarity with persons who are living on the margins of society, empowering them to change unjust social structures. In this way, we serve the larger Church and the people of God in Toronto. Saint Elizabeth of Hungary is committed to four core principles of proceeding as a Hungarian-Canadian Roman Catholic parish ministered by the Jesuits.
b) St. Elizabeth's Parish Mission Statement We, the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic community of Hungarian heritage, endeavor to live the Gospel through inclusion, compassion, justice and commitment.In Hungarian: Mi, az Árpádházi Szent Erzsébet római katolikus közösség, a magyar hagyományainkra építve kívánjuk megélni az Evangéliumot a befogadás, az együttérzés, az igazságosság és az elköteleződés útján.
c) St. Elizabeth's Parish Advisory Council is constituted under the authorities stated in the preamble to this constitution and as listed in Appendix I. By creating a Constitution, we would like to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the council for, and on behalf of, our parishioners.
Article 1: The full name of the council shall be "St. Elizabeth's Parish Pastoral Advisory Council", hereinafter referred to as the "Council".
Article 2: Description
2.1 The council is formed under the authority of the bishop and functions according to guidelines which may be communicated from time to time by the pastor. It serves as the representative body of the parish community.
2.2 The council is the "advisory" body under whose responsibility are various committees and groups.
Article 3: Organization
The council is headed by the pastor, coordinated by the chair and is the executive committee which is responsible for various functions and roles within the parish (see 2.2).
Article 4: Purpose and Functions
The council, as a consultative body, shall advise and assist the pastor in the building up of a caring Christian community, the proclaiming of the Gospel, and the carrying forth of the Gospel.
Article 9: Amendments to the constitution may be made at any time by a motion in council, which is seconded. Amendments require a two thirds majority vote for the motion to be passed. This does not apply to the pastor may implement an amendment at his own discretion.
The Constitution is approved on the 20th day of November in the year 2017 by members of the council in the presence of Fr. Tamas G. Forrai SJ, pastor.
Levente Diósady Chair of the Council
Péter Forbáth Council Member
Fr. Tamás G. Forrai SJ Pastor, Presiding
 See "A Letter from the Superior General to the Jesuits in Parish Ministry," August 27, 2005:
o Missionary Outreach: A missionary spirit means that a parish is a "base of outreach operations." Saint Elizabeth of Hungary approaches this through multiple ministries, including preaching the Word, evangelizing through prayerful catechesis (instruction), giving the Spiritual Exercises, hearing confessions and administering other sacraments, serving the poor and other persons in need, and working for justice. This spirit of openness and outreach creates an atmosphere that is welcoming, encouraging and supportive.
o Social Ministry: Saint Elizabeth of Hungary embraces ethnic diversity, cultural sensitivity, the promotion of justice and a spirit of solidarity. The parish is committed to "the faith that does justice" by demonstrating a camaraderie with the poor and dedication to those in need. Visit the Social Outreach section to learn more about service opportunities.
o Collaboration in Mission: Jesuits serve as bridges between the Society of Jesus and their communities. At Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Jesuits collaborate with the Archdiocese of Toronto, other parishes, the wide parish network, and other lay people to serve our mission. These collaborations are guided by a conviction to work together as a team toward the greater good.
o A Practical Spirituality through the Spiritual Exercises and Discernment: Saint Elizabeth of Hungary invites parishioners to seek God through "eyes wide open" contemplation; and having discerned God's will, parishioners are invited to carry it out vigorously and with full attention to the task at hand. Both contemplation and action are necessary; both aim at deepening our relationship with God. Explore the programs helping parishioners integrate the worlds of prayer and action.
 We would like to thank St. Brigid's Parish Pastoral Executive Council for permission to adapt their constitution. This document replaces the Constitution revised in 2003.
 Parish Pastoral Councils are recognized in Canon Law and statements by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). "A pastoral council possesses a consultative vote only and is governed by the norms established by the diocesan bishop". (Canon Law # 536, 1) "The parish pastoral council is an institution that brings together laypeople and religious who, together with their pastors, work jointly to build the parish as a living Christian community. In strict legal terms, only the pastor is responsible for and has to answer to the bishop or the parish community for the decisions taken, even though these have been developed and taken together with others." (CCCB, 1984)
 Pastoral Council Authorities in the Canon Law - "If the diocesan bishop judges it opportune after he has heard the presbyteral council, a pastoral council is to be established in each parish, over which the pastor presides and in which the faithful, together with those who share in pastoral care by virtue of their office in the parish, assist in fostering pastoral activity". "A pastoral council possesses a consultative vote only and is governed by the norms established by the diocesan bishop". Canon Law #536, 1 & 2
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) - "The parish pastoral council is an institution that brings together laypeople and religious who, together with their pastors, work jointly to build the parish as a living Christian community. Thus, pastoral council members care about parish life in other communities of the diocese, share in the concerns of the Church universal and strive to bring the Gospel message to all people and places in their neighborhood. In strict legal terms, only the pastor is responsible for and has to answer to the bishop or the parish community for the decisions taken, even though these have been developed and taken together with others." The Parish Pastoral Council: Guidelines for the Development of Constitutions. (1984).