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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Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

All are welcome to join us for Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration on Saturday, December 15th, in the school gym.  The procession begins at 5:00 PM followed by Mass at 6:30 PM.

The Blessed Virgin Mary revealed herself to St. Juan Diego in the 16th century near Mexico City in Mexico, and this apparition became known as Our Lady of Guadalupe. Juan Diego saw an apparition of the Blessed Virgin on the Hill of Tepeyac on December 9, 1531, the feast day of the Immaculate Conception in the Spanish Empire during that time. After a request to prove her identity, Our Lady asked Juan Diego to gather roses (which were neither native to the area or in season) that were growing on the hill and take them to the archbishop. Juan Diego did so and placed the roses in his tilma (or cloak). Upon opening the tilma to reveal the miraculous roses to the archbishop, instead there was something even more miraculous present in the tilma--an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the image Our Lady wears traditional Aztec garments of royalty and a black sash around her waist, which indicated pregnancy in the Aztec culture to which she was revealed. A mass conversion of millions of Aztecs to the Christian faith soon followed, ending the human sacrifices, especially child sacrifices, that they practiced. A church was built on the Hill of Tepeyac to mark the apparition site and today it is one of the most famous Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. In this cathedral on display is the original tilma of Juan Diego that still displays the miraculous Our Lady of Guadalupe image. The image has been subjected to scientific testing to prove its miraculous authenticity. Today there are a number of Our Lady of Guadalupe books and gifts to honor this special and unique apparition of Our Lady, including rosaries, prayer cards, crosses, and jewelry. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron saint of the Americas, and also patroness of unborn children. The feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is December 12.

Engaging the Word

Engaging the Word

Pastor’s Thoughts
Question for the Week Ahead for December 2, the First Sunday of Advent, Year C 

[Jesus said,] “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.” (Lk 21: 34) 

Jesus speaks of the intervention of the Son of Man to bring redemption.  His followers must be watchful, expectant.  The Son of Man will bring justice to this unjust world.  Keeping ourselves ready will enable us to stand before him in integrity. 

For your reflection this week:  What makes you “drowsy” or anxious and less responsive to the opportunity of grace?  How can this season of Advent be a time to make changes? 

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


Pastor’s Thoughts
Question for the Week Ahead for December 9, the Second Sunday of Advent, Year C

 “John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” (Lk 3: ) 

The middle weeks of Advent always bring a visit from John the Baptist who calls the people to a change of heart in anticipation of the arrival of the messiah. 

For your reflection this week:  What would you name as places in your life where a change of heart is needed?  To assist in your reflection, find several examples of an examination of conscience at http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/examinations-of-conscience.cfm 

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

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.


  • Sun, Dec 16th

  • Sun, Dec 9th
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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.


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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. 

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Tithing Policy

December Tithing

 2 - Crisis Ministry
 9 - Good Samaritan Fund
16 - Backpack Ministry
23 - SisterCare
30 - Fisher House 

Fisher House is a non-profit that builds and maintains comfort homes where military and veterans families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital.  They also offer a program for donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge.  They also manage grants and scholarships to support other military charities and for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.



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.

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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Backpack Ministry

Backpack Ministry
Click here to check out our Backpack Ministry video!

Hello friends, Thanks again to all of you who gave snacks, utensils and more for the 60 kids that SJN Church serves through the Backpack Ministry. Your generous and kind hearts are appreciated!

We're looking ahead to the Thanksgiving break, and winter break as well. Please consider giving any of the folloinw items from our wishlist if you're interested in helping provide children with nourishment over the holidays.

cups of noodles
vienna sausages
beef jerky/sticks
pop-top cans/pouches of tuna
pop-top cans of spaghetti o's
oatmeal or grits packets
winter hats (new please!)
coloring books
small toys
travel size hygiene items

Please bring to Gillin Hall on any weekend before December 9. Thank you in advance!

Questions: send an email to ckirby98@yahoo.com