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The PPC generally meets on the second Tuesday of the month.
The PPC currently consists of the following individuals (click on name for email):

Fr. Jim Kiesel, Pastor
Kathy Gauthier, Chair
Charlayne Armentrout, Co-Vice Chair
Patrick Harrington, Co-Vice Chair (teen rep)
Nicole Wenz, Secretary


Akinsola Ajayi
Maria Biank
Andy Caufield
Chuck Klingler
Cameron Leiker
Linda Mierzeski
Steve Shamblen
Lucille Wilson


Latest News from the PPC

Join Us in Shaping the Future of our Parish!

As many are aware, our archdiocese is in the midst of a deliberate planning process as it responds to the shortage of priests and other resource challenges. Some parishes are being consolidated under one pastor, in a construct called “pastorates.” St. Joseph’s has been named a single-parish pastorate, meaning there is no plan to consolidate it with other pastorates at this time. Ultimately, however, the focus of the planning process is to challenge and to enable all of us to answer the call to share the joy of the Gospel, and to live the Gospel message as “missionary disciples.” This call, often championed by Pope Francis, has been the main focus of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) since it stood up almost 2 years ago.

Our efforts continue, and we invite you to join us in taking the next steps! We will be meeting as a PPC subcommittee through the summer, and will focus on Archbishop Lori’s summary of “Ten things you can do now to Be Missionary Disciples.” Read more about it by Clicking Here. Email your ideas to Steve Shamblen and/or let us know if you would like to join us at a brainstorming session this summer!

Immigration . . . from Information to Action

On May 30th the PPC hosted an information session on immigration issues, led by the director of the Immigration Outreach Services Center, and attended by representatives from four local parishes. Stay tuned for future events as we continue to learn about the issues and discern our response as individuals and a community of faith.

Save the Dates! Discern your Role on the PPC

We will be holding discernment sessions to fill vacancies on the Parish Pastoral Council in early September, tentatively scheduled for September 5 and 11, at 7 PM in the church. Consider contributing your many talents toward making our faith community as vibrant and welcoming as it can be! Watch the parish bulletin and website for additional information as we get closer.

Transparency and Feedback

The PPC desires to be transparent regarding its discussions and welcomes the community’s feedback. Any parishioner concerns or comments can be discussed with any PPC members or an email can be sent to ppc@stjosephodenton.org

Archive of PPC Meeting Minutes:

January 2017
February 2017
April 2017
May 2017
June 2017

March 18, 2017 PPC-Ministries-Staff Day

A gathering of the PPC members, parish staff, and ministry representatives was held on March 18, 2017 to discuss putting the "4Bs" of our mission statement in action and fostering communication among our ministries-staff-PPC and to the wider Odenton community. To review the material presented, please Click Here.

August 28, 2016 Town Hall Recap

A Town Hall meeting was held on August 28, 2016 to discuss our parish's mission and strategic plan for the coming years. To review the material presented by the PPC, please Click Here.



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