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.
Fr. Sandy McDonald, Pastor
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
[Jesus said,] “From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.”
Jesus teaches that mere external observance of what makes us religious is not enough. The inner intentionality, the spirit behind, and internal bad motives can corrupt us. We need a healthy inner spirituality to enable our external acts to be good.
For your reflection this week: The Catholic Church is painfully aware in new and fuller ways of the defiling acts of many of its clergy over the past several decades. What inner spiritual intentionality needs to imbue the Church—its leaders, its people—if we are to find a way forward? What actions need to be taken out of that spirituality?
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 email@example.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
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
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.
Parish Office Hours
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!
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 began 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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Office/Mailing: 721 Polo Rd.
Church: 100 Polo Rd.
Columbia, SC 29223
Phone: (803) 788-0811
Fax: (803) 788-1501
- Father Sandy McDonald, Pastor
- Father Sylvère Baloza, Parochial Vicar
- Gerard (Stick) Thibodeaux, Deacon
- Genie O'Shesky, Business Administrator
- Wendy Bobadilla, Parish Nurse
- Catherine Combier-Donovan, Pastoral Associate for Liturgy & Adult Formation
- David Cochrane, Choir Director
- Maria Correa, Assistant to Business Administrator
- Silvia Goodman, Administrative Assistant
- Tammy Melson, Director of Communications
- Johnny Sanchez, Youth Minister
- Cherie Smith, Director of Christian Formation and Pastoral Associate
- Michael Wells, Sexton
- Verónica West, Assistant to Director of Christian Formation
August 5 - Backpack Ministry
August 12 - Crisis/Good Samaritan Fund
August 19 - NAMI - Of the Midlands
August 26 - The Final Salute, Inc.
The Final Salute: The mission of Final Salute Inc. is to provide homeless women Veterans with safe and suitable housing. It is estimated that there are currently 55,000 homeless women Veterans in the United States on any given day. Final Salute Inc. believes in paying women Veterans with the proper respects due to them for their service. Final Salute also works with the Veteran in establishing
her plan towards independence.
Their website is : www.finalsaluteinc.org