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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Parish Town Hall Meetings
Building a New Church for
St. John Neumann
Town Hall Meetings
Thursday, January 25, 2018
10:30 AM in Gillin Hall
7:00 PM in SJN School Gym
Boudreaux will present preliminary designs for the church. This presentation will include elevations for both the exterior and interior of the church. Questions and feedback will be welcomed. Watch for another Town Hall soon after to present revisions based on feedback.
Flu Prevention at Mass
The flu season is hitting us hard in this area. Therefore, we are taking precautions as recommended by the US Conference of Bishops. The flu virus is transmitted by airborne droplets and by contact. It is best that those who are sick not attend Mass or other large gatherings. To miss Mass when one is ill is never a sin.
We have placed anti-bacterial gel throughout the church for you to use. Here are the temporary changes we are making for the liturgy:
- In lieu of a handshake at the Sign of Peace, you may smile at one another and make a small bow as you say, “Peace be with you.”
- At the Lord’s Prayer, you may pray with hands folded or extended rather than hold hands
- The chalice of Precious Blood will be temporarily suspended
- And we ask that those who receive Communion on the tongue consider receiving in the hand instead as an extra precaution.
We pray that everyone will remain healthy until the season is over.
Christmas Flower Donations
Thank you for your generous donations. To see the list of donors, please click here.
Verbal Description of the New Church
Liturgical Program Narrative
Last April and May, we held six "program meetings" facilitated by Ken Griesemer, a liturgical design consultant retained by SJN. Ken took us through the history of and the best of current thinking about entrances into churches, baptisteries, configurations of congregational seating, the sanctuary, reservation of the Eucharist, reconciliation chapels, and sacred images and shrines. Each night, participants were asked to respond in small groups to several statements that offered descriptions of the various aspects of church design. An exhaustive list of comments was created from the sheets that were turned in, and Ken utilized these comments to hone a verbal description of what we seek at St. John Neumann in a new church.
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.
Spanish Mass - Sunday- 2:00 p.m., Thursday – 7:00 p.m.
Korean Mass - 2nd and 3rd Saturdays- 7:00 p.m.
Occasionally, a Mass will be held in the school gym. For these dates, please look for a notice in the bulletin.
- 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
Parish Office Hours
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.
What We Have Seen and Heard; A Reflection And Dialogue on Peace
An Invitation from Fr. McDonald
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ; The recent racial turmoil in our country has put a spotlight on the Racial Divide that exits in America. Many of us have experienced much anguish over racial issues that we have seen play out in the media and in our very own Charleston, South Carolina. I believe that through Church leadership we can begin to heal.
This is why St. John Neumann Catholic Church is sponsoring a series of reflections and dialogue on the racial divide as a pathway toward peace. This interactive experience is being facilitated by Kathleen Merritt, and staff with the Office of Ethnic Ministries for the Diocese of Charleston.
In 2015, Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, IL., released a pastoral letter — “The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015.” This letter offers a tool for Catholics who seek to better understand the racial divide and address those issues that effect them. The series of dialogues that you are invited to attend will focus on the content of this letter.
Please download and read Bishop Braxton’s letter prior to attending. The Letter can be found at www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/cultural-diversity/african-american/upload/racial-diversity-study-guide-bish-braxton.pdf
Please note that space is limited. Diversity in each gathering is key to its effectiveness. This is why we ask for your ethnic background in the registration. There is $10.00 fee to cover the cost of your dinner. If a wait list should occur, we will schedule additional sessions at a later time. You must be registered to attend.
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Office/Mailing: 721 Polo Rd.
Church: 100 Polo Rd.
Columbia, SC 29223
Phone: (803) 788-0811
Fax: (803) 788-1501
Tithing for December
December 3 - Cooperative Ministries
December 10 - Crisis Ministry
December 17 - Good Samaritan
December 24 - NAMI, Mid-Carolina Chapter
December 31 - Backpack Ministry
NAMI, Mid-Carolina Chapter NAMI stands for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. The Mission of NAMI Mid-Carolina is to improve treatment and quality of life for people who live with mental illnesses, their families, and the community through education, support, and advocacy.
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.