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Race: The Power of an Illusion
3-Part PBS Documentary about Race in Society, Science, and History followed by facilitated round-table discussions.
St. John Neumann Catholic School,
721 Polo Road, Columbia 29223
Wednesdays, September 9, October 14, November 4
at 6:30 p.m., in the school cafeteria.
Episode 1- The Difference Between Us examines the contemporary science - including genetics - that challenges our common sense assumptions that human beings can be bundled into three or four fundamentally different groups according to their physical traits.
Episode 2- The Story We Tell uncovers the roots of the race concept in North America, the 19th century science that legitimated it, and how it came to be held so fiercely in the western imagination. The episode is an eye-opening tale of how race served to rationalize, even justify, American social inequalities as "natural."
Episode 3- The House We Live In asks, If race is not biology, what is it? This episode uncovers how race resides not in nature but in politics, economics and culture. It reveals how our social institutions "make" race by disproportionately channeling resources, power, status and wealth to white people.
Catholic Social Teaching and Racism
Sunday- 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday-Friday 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday - 9:00 a.m. (Occasionally, a Mass will be held in the school gym. For these dates, please look for a sign posted at the church and a notice in the bulletin.)
Spanish Mass - Sunday- 2:00 p.m., Thursday – 7:00 p.m.
Korean Mass - 2nd and 3rd Saturdays- 7:00 p.m.
- Father Alexander "Sandy" McDonald, Pastor
- Father Javier Heredia, Parochial Vicar
- Genie O'Shesky, Business Administrator
- Maria Correa, Assistant to Business Administrator
- Silvia Goodman, Administrative Assistant
- Cherie Smith, Director of Christian Formation and Pastoral Associate
- Veronica West, Assistant to Director of Christian Formation
- Catherine Combier-Donovan, Pastoral Associate for Liturgy & Adult Formation
- Chelsea Breeden, Director of Youth Ministry
- Wendy Bobadilla, Parish Nurse
- Tammy Melson, Director of Communications
- David Cochrane, Choir Director
- Michael Wells, Sexton
Parish Office Hours
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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. The arrangements will be photographed and posted online on our website along with the name of your loved one or special occasion. Please contact Silvia Goodman in the church office at 788-3252, ext. 318 to make arrangements for donations.
Available weekends: September 12/13 and October 24/25
The opportunity is also available to donate flowers to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8.
Available weekends in 2016: January 23/24, January 30/31, February 6/7, April 2/3, April 9/10, April 16/17, April 23/24, May 7/8, May 14/15, May 21/22, May 28/29, June 4/5, June 11/12, June 25/26, July 2/3, July 9/10, July 16/17, July 30/31, August 6/7, August 13/14, August 20/21, August 27/28, September 17/18, September 24/25, October 1/2, October 8/9, October 15/16, October 22/23, October 29/30, November 5/6, November 12/13, November 19/20
"Walk to Bethlehem"
“Walk to Bethlehem” is a program designed to increase the health of your mind, body, and spirit, by encouraging physical activity and prayer. It’s a 10-week program during which we ask all parishioners to be mindful of their physical activities, which include not only walking but other types of aerobic activities, and to incorporate prayer into your activities.
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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.
08/27/15 12:02 pm
(Vatican Radio) On Saturday, August 29th, the venerable Servant of God, FlavyÄnus Mikhayil MelkÄ« is to be beatified.Â MelkÄ« was anÂ Eastern Catholic prelateÂ of the Brothers of Saint Ephrem, who became theÂ Syrian Catholic eparchÂ ofÂ Gazarta â or what is Cizre in modern-day Turkey, and was Â was killed in Gazarta during the sayfoÂ or "putting to the sword"Â of Syrians in 1915,Â after he refused to convert toÂ Islam.
Earlier in August,Â Pope FrancisÂ approved MelkÄ«âsÂ beatificationÂ after he determined that MelkÄ« Â was killed in hatred of the faith. Thus, the beatification date of August 29th has been set to coincide with the centenary of his martyrdom.Read More
08/26/15 1:53 pm
(Vatican Radio) In his Wednesday general audiences throughout this year, Pope Francis has been reflecting on family life, ahead of the Synod of Bishops on the family, due to take place here in the Vatican from October 4th to 25th.
In these weekly reflections, the Pope has spoken extensively about the role of parents and particularly about the changing role of women in contemporary society. It is essential, he said, that âwomen not only be more listened to, but that her voice has real weight, a recognized authoritativenessâ both in society and in the ChurchRead More
08/26/15 11:10 am
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has written a letter to Fr. David Neuhaus, SJ, who heads the St. James Vicariate for Hebrew-speaking Catholics in Israel, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Vicariate as the Work of St. James â so named after the Apostle who led the Church at Jerusalem in the founding generation. Signed by the Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, the letters states, âThe Holy Father was pleased to learn of the celebrations marking the sixtieth anniversary of the Apostolate of Saint James and he sends cordial good wishes to you and the priests, religious and Hebrew speaking Catholics of the Saint James Vicariate.â
The letter goes on to promise prayers for the continued and constant spiritual renewal of the Vicariate and its members. âIn this way, not only will the Vicariate community be strengthened,â the letter reads, âit will also become an ever more effective instrument of dialogue and peace within broader society and a sign of Christâs love for those most in need.âRead More