Saint Joseph Church Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Saint Joseph Church     Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

About the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC)


Who we are?

  • Father Thomas Buckley

  • Deacon Conrad Paulus

  • Steve Bartholomew

  • Bob Carlin

  • Sandi Dale

  • Bob Hassick

  • Bryan Hoffstetter

  • Roe Lanning

  • Bill Michalerya

  • Janessa O'Donnell

  • Michael Yanek


What do we do?

  • Interface with, represent, advocate for and participate in ministries and functions within the parish

  • Provide recommendations and objectively advise the Parish Priest about issues of concern for the parish

  • Work with the Parish Priest and parishioners to carry out the parish mission

  • Meet quarterly


What the PPC is not?

  • A governing body of the parish

  • Managerial oversight (“the boss”) of parish groups or ministries

  • Responsible for Parish Operations

  • Responsible for Parish Finances


What we’ve done?

  • Established council and protocol

  • Established Parish mission statement

  • Improved website

  • Updated welcome booklet

  • Parish directory

  • Established Hospitality ministry, including Greeter program, beginning of mass greeting, anointing of the sick service

  • PREP parent outreach

  • Rediscover Jesus books and lectures

  • Life of St. Paul lectures


How did we get here?

Mandated by Bishop Barres in 2016 to create parish councils across the diocese according to 1983 Code of Canon Law.  The term “pastoral” council was used to include broader areas of consultations and assistance by the laity. Selection of council members has been established by direct pastoral appointment.


How do you contact us?

New Ministry Request Form
Have an idea for a new ministry? Fill out this form and send to the PPC to get the ball rolling.
SJC Ministry Request Form - 2019-03-09.p[...]
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Parish Pastoral Council By-Laws
Saint Joseph Parish Council By Laws Upda[...]
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Public Mass Times

Daily Mass

Monday - Saturday

8:00 AM



Evening Vigil

5:15 PM


Sunday Morning

9:00 AM

11:00 AM


Saturday Confessions are held from 4:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. 

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