Welcome! Thank you for visiting our website. Ours is a very vibrant faith family, and we hope that you find that enthusiasm for the faith reflected in these pages. Our Mission Statement calls for us “to strive to be Christ for each other and our neighbor.” Whether you are simply visiting to find information or you are interested in becoming part of our community, may you encounter Christ within our parish. 

¡Bienvenido! Gracias por visitar nuestra página web.  Nuestra familia es una de fe muy vibrante y esperamos que encuentre ese entusiasmo por la fe reflejado en estas páginas.  Nuestra misión nos llama “a esforzarnos juntos para ser Cristo el uno para el otro y para nuestro prójimo.”  Ya sea si usted está simplemente visitando para encontrar información o si está interesado en formar parte de nuestra comunidad, esperamos encuentre a Cristo en nuestra parroquia.

In Christ,
Fr. Sandy McDonald, Pastor 

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Assumption Masses

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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Masses

August 14 - Bilingual Vigil Mass 7:00 PM

August 15 - 12:00 Noon Mass, 7:00 PM Mass

Engaging the Word

Engaging the Word

What is “Engaging the Word”?

The life of the Church revolves around the cycle of the Eucharist from Sunday to Sunday.  We live as disciples during the week, and we come to Sunday Eucharist to give thanks to God and to be nourished for a new week by the Word of God and the Body and Blood of Christ.

In this weekly column, I would like to offer a short reflection on some aspect of one of the readings from the Scriptures that we will hear on the upcoming Sunday.  I will also offer an open-ended question for reflection.  The question can be used as a source for faith-sharing to open meetings of ministry groups, as a way to discuss the faith in the car or over dinner within one’s family, or simply as a question to pose within one’s personal devotional time alone.

If you have any thoughts or questions that arise from discussions or personal reflection, feel free to pass them on to me.  Send your thoughts by email to amcdonald@sjnchurch.com.  I hope and pray this column will help us engage the Word of God more deeply, revealing the wisdom, grace, relevance, and challenge of the two-edged sword of God’s Word.

Engaging the Word

Pastor’s Thoughts

Engaging the Word

August 19, the Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B 

“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.  For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.” (Jn. 6: 54-55) 

Participating in and receiving the Eucharist is absolutely at the heart of Catholic spirituality.  It is far more than simply receiving the Body and Blood of Christ in communion.  It is also the entire movement and prayer of remembering, giving thanks, and asking the Holy Spirit to transform both the bread and wine offered and us. 

For your reflection this week:  How has the Eucharist acquired more depth in meaning for you over the years?  What has remained most significant about it for you? 

To access the readings in their entirety, go to www.usccb.org/bible/readings/.

Growing Together in Faith

For information about the Growing Together in Faith Campaign, please click here.

New Our Catholic Faith Class

Our Catholic Faith Class – Tuesday afternoons, 2-4 PM in the Teen Room

Starting a new Series: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis 

It is a classic and a GREAT book!  In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, one of the most important writers of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.

The book will be approximately $15.00

For more information, contact Cherie Smith at 788-3252 ext. 321 or csmith@sjnchurch.com

Welcome Returning Catholics

First, we welcome you. We recognize you are considering a significant step on your spiritual journey. Some see this as a journey back to their spiritual home; others are looking for reconciliation with God and the Church. Whatever your reason for being away, we have missed you and celebrate your desire to take another look. See more information for returning Catholics.

Our New Church

Dear Parishioners,

After months of a quiet, Advance Gift phase for our “Growing Together in Faith” Campaign, we are now fast approaching the public, Community Gift phase in which all households of the parish are invited to make a gift.  This weekend I will speak about the campaign.  Next weekend, we will hear from parishioners who have made a gift on why they support the campaign.  Finally, on the last weekend of August (25th/26th), we will mark “Commitment Weekend” in which all households who have not already made a gift are invited to complete a commitment card.

During the Advance Gift phase, we approached about 400 parish households to consider pledges.  This is meant to build the momentum before asking most of the parish (another 1,700 households) to do the same.  We have indeed created momentum, gathering pledges of approximately $3,000,000 toward our “stretch goal” of $5,000,000 at the time I write this.  The $5,000,000 mark is a strategic milestone as it will enable us to start construction after the three-year pledge fulfillment is reached.

So, I ask you:  pray and discuss over the next two weeks how your family can join in this effort to grow St. John Neumann’s capacity to be vibrant into the future.  And on August 25-56, I ask you to take a step in faith by pledging to the campaign to make that happen.


Fr. Sandy McDonald


August 18-19  Witness Weekend – speakers share their reasons to support the campaign

August 25-26  Commitment Weekend – everyone invited to complete a commitment card after all Masses


Mass Times

Saturday – 5:15 PM
Sunday- 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 5:00 PM
Monday, Wednesday-Friday 12:00 PM (Closed at noon on Fridays until August 3)
Tuesday - 9:00 AM

Spanish Mass - Sunday- 2:00 PM, Thursday – 7:00 PM

Korean Mass - 2nd and 3rd Saturdays- 7:00 PM

Occasionally, a Mass will be held in the school gym. For these dates, please look for a notice in the bulletin.


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Parish Office Hours

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

Flower and Plants

Opportunities to remember or honor loved ones and special occasions with flowers and plants for our church and sanctuary are available for upcoming weekends. Your donation of $75 will be used to create unique and beautiful arrangements for weekend Masses. Please contact Silvia Goodman in the church office at 788-3252, ext. 318 to make arrangements for donations.


Young Adult Ministry

Young Adults (18-35) the Office of Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese wants your feedback.  Follow the link to let us know how we can better serve you!

 Link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CatholicYoungAdults

First Responder Prayer Service

Knights Host Ecumenical Prayer Service for Midlands First Responders.
  Sir Knights of our Assembly will host an ecumenical prayer service at St John Neumann Catholic Church, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, commencing at 9:00 AM.   Police, fire, and emergency services personnel from the northeast Columbia communities have been invited to be honored and to join us in remembering through prayer those who honorably served in the past.  Please join us in this annual prayer service.  Your family, friends,and neighbors are cordially invited to join us, also.  Our service will be followed by a coffee and donuts reception in Gillin Hall at approximately 9:30 AM.  Parish point of contact for this event is Don Rinzel, home, 803-865-0896, mobile, 803-331-8703, rinzeldon@aol.com.

Parish Picnic


St. John Neumann Catholic Church Parish Picnic Volunteer Sign Up

When: Weekend of August 18 and 19, 2018

Where: Gillin Hall

Contact: Mike Petruzzi at petru813@MSN.com

Additional Info: All volunteers will be entered into a drawing for prizes!


SAVE THE DATE: The SJN Parish Picnic will be held September 30, at the school, and will begin with a noon Mass.  All parishioners are invited!  

Please continue to check the bulletin and the SJN web site for more details as the event approaches

RCIA Classes Beginning

Are You Interested in Learning about the Catholic Faith?

If you’ve been coming to Mass for a while, but are not Catholic, or married to a Catholic, or if you know someone who is interested in learning about the Catholic faith, come meet some faithful Catholics who love the Lord and would consider it a privilege to get to know you.

In September, our parish will begin a new set of RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) sessions to share the truths of the Catholic faith and the fellowship of our church family. We invite you to learn what Catholics believe in an open and welcoming environment. These sessions also are opportunities for you to ask those perplexing and difficult questions you may have about the Church. 

Beginning September 11, sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8 PM, in the Teen Room.  For more information contact Cherie Smith at 788-3252, ext. 321 or csmith@sjnchurch.com

New Members

If you are joining St. John Neumann, or thinking about joining, consider investing some of your time in one or more of the ministries we offer. Volunteering is a great way to meet other parishioners, to learn more about our community, and to enjoy the rewards gained from sharing your gifts and talents. We are looking forward to seeing you at Mass and getting to know you better. 

New Member Registration Form
Registro de Nuevo Miembro

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Office/Mailing:  721 Polo Rd.

Church:  100 Polo Rd.

Columbia, SC 29223


Phone: (803) 788-0811

Fax: (803) 788-1501

Health Happenings

Check out these links for the latest information from the Parish Nurse, Comfort and Caring Ministry and the Health Cabinet.

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Charitable Tithing

Please check here for our new charitable tithing policy.


 Tithing for July

July 1 - Good Samaritan Fund
July 8 - Crisis Ministry/Backpack
July 15 - The Good Samaritan Clinic
July 22 - Cooperative Ministries
July 29 - Transitions 

The Good Samaritan Clinic:  www.goodsamaritansc.org  Free medical and health care clinics.  There are four in SC.  Edisto, Chapin, West Columbia and Columbia (7915 Old Percival Road).  The clinic on Old Percival Road is open on Tuesdays from 2 PM.  No appointment is necessary.  Anyone who is uninsured is welcome. 

Transitions - www.transitionssc.org