A Letter from Fr. Sandy
I would like to express my appreciation to the members of the Music Director Search Committee along with its Subcommittee for Children’s Music Programs for offering their time and wisdom in discerning our new leader of music. That search process has come to a happy conclusion, and I am delighted to announce that St. John Neumann has hired Paula Mowbray to be our new Choir Director and Principal Organist beginning August 1.
Paula has a master’s degree in sacred music from the Westminster Choir College, and she has served several parishes over the years in California, Tennessee, Texas, and Florida. She comes to us with a deep passion for liturgical music. The choir and search committee were very impressed with her spirituality in addition to her skills as director and keyboardist. Paula will be our first full-time musician at St. John’s. She will be playing at multiple liturgies each weekend, and she will also lead a children’s choir program. I am confident that we will grow as a singing and worshipping parish with the help of Paula’s leadership. We look forward to welcoming Paula and her family later this summer.
Since February, Linda Mooney has been our interim Choir Director, and Frank Ballard has served as interim Organist. They have been most generous to interrupt their normal activities to take on this very significant and time-consuming work for our parish. Linda will step down after the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on June 23 when the choir takes its summer break. Frank will continue to play organ until Paula’s arrival in August. Please join me in thanking them for helping us sing the Lord’s praises these past few months.
Fr. Sandy McDonald
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Monday, Wednesday-Friday 12:00 PM
Tuesday - 9:00 AM
Spanish Mass - Sunday- 2:00 PM, Thursday – 7:00 PM
Korean Mass - 2nd and 3rd Saturdays- 7:00 PM
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June 2 - Catholic Charities, Clean of Heart Renovation
June 9 - Crisis Ministry
June 16 - Good Samaritan Fund
June 23 - Federation of Families of SC
June 30 - Good Grieving for Children
Catholic Charities, Clean of Heart Renovation
Catholic Charities is renovating the former Good Shepard Catholic Church located at 809 Calhoun Street in Columbia. When all the renovation is complete it will house the Clean of Heart laundry facility, the Clothing Closet and Catholic Charities Regional offices. Presently they are raising funds to be able to move forward with the next phase of renovation which will be to install restrooms, seal the interior walls, remove the asbestos tile and cover the floors with vinyl flooring.
Good Grieving for Children
Good Grieving is a support program for children and teens ages 5 through 17, designed to help them learn how to cope with the death of a loved one. It is offered by Prisma Health.
Four sessions are offered throughout the year to help children through the normal grieving process and help them adjust to the loss. Children are grouped by age and participate in activities that are intended to promote expression of feelings, understanding of the loss, good coping skills, and memory preservation.
Federation of Families
The mission of the organization is to provide leadership in the area of children’s mental health through education, awareness, support, and advocacy for families of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, mental, and/or substance abuse disorders.
Office/Mailing: 721 Polo Rd.
Church: 100 Polo Rd.
Columbia, SC 29223
Phone: (803) 788-0811
Fax: (803) 788-1501
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.
- Father Sandy McDonald, Pastor
- Robert "Bob" Higgins, Father
- Gerard (Stick) Thibodeaux, Deacon
- Genie O'Shesky, Business Administrator
- Wendy Bobadilla, Parish Nurse
- Catherine Combier-Donovan, Pastoral Associate for Liturgy & Adult Formation
- 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
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.