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¡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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SC Catholic Men’s Conference
March 2, 2019
The State Council of the Knights of Columbus, in coordination with the Diocese of Charleston, will be sponsoring a Catholic Men’s Conference on March 2, 2018 at Cardinal Newman School, 2945 Alpine Road, Columbia, SC.
The Mission of the conference is to challenge each participant to grow their Catholic faith, deepen their relationship with Christ and live up to their callings as Catholic men, husbands and fathers to enable them to be the spiritual leaders of our families, church, work and community.
The key note speakers will be Deacon Harold Burke-Silvers, co-host of several popular series on EWTN television as well as co-host of the weekly Monday broadcast “Living Stones” on Mater Del Radio; Father D Author of Ignite, The Mass, Be Strong in the Lord and the best-selling book, “Behold the Man”.
Fr. Dwight L. Longenecker, national speaker, author and pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Greenville, will be the second speaker.
The Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of Charleston will be the celebrant of the opening Mass.
Catholic men interested in attending the conference can register on-line at www.sccatholicmensconf.org, or mail a check to Michael D. Radl, 2823 Arrowwood Lane., Rock Hill, SC 29732. The cost is $40.00 preregistration/$50.00 at the door and includes a light breakfast and lunch. Discounts are for Knights of Columbus; Ancient Order of Hibernians; collage/HS students and early registration.
The conference begins with registration at 7:30 AM followed by Mass at 8:30 AM. The convention will end at 4:00 PM.
For additional information and details contact Richard A. Gabriel at 843-797-6804 or at email@example.com.
Precautions at Liturgy
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Growing Together in Faith
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.
- 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
Angel Labrador-Rivera, 90, of Columbia, died Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Born in Cidra, Puerto Rico, on May 31, 1928, he was a son of the late Pablo Labrador and Amparo Rivera. As a young man, he joined the Puerto Rican National Guard, where his Infantry Unit was mobilized for the Korean War. After the war, he remained in the United States Army and served for 22 years. During his military career, he was based at numerous locations in the United States as well as in Europe. He was a member of the first Hawk Missile Battalion deployed to Germany where he served two tours in that country. During the height of the Cold War, he was stationed where the U-2 reconnaissance airplanes were based and flew missions. After his military retirement, he was employed by the United States Postal Service for 20 years. Angel was an exceptional father figure and nothing gave him greater joy than spending quality time with his entire family. He was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church and one of the original founding families. He is survived by his devoted wife of 68 years, Doris Aurora Rivera-Labrador; children, Edgar Labrador (Tyna) of Columbia, SC, Vermont Labrador (Babs) of Atlanta, GA, Doris Harvey (Charles) of Blythewood, SC, Angel Labrador (Stacey) of Ft. Mill, SC, Rafael Labrador of Columbia, SC, and Ricardo Labrador of Colts Neck, NJ; grandchildren, Daniel Labrador, Michael Labrador, Charles Harvey, Jr., Victoria Abercrombie, Ryan Labrador, Raymond Labrador, Rachel Labrador, Julia Labrador and Alexander Labrador; great-grandchildren, Sally Ryen, Christian, Bella, Erin, Maddyn and Cruz. He was predeceased by sisters Ana Suarez, Emilia Labrador and Georgina Quinones and survived by his brother Tomas Labrador, Columbia, SC and sisters, Maria Santiago and Generosa Labrador, both of Cayey, PR. as well as numerous beloved nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, February 19th, at 12:30 o'clock at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 100 Polo Road, Columbia, with Rev. Fr. C. Alexander McDonald officiating. Final commendation and farewell prayers will be said at 2 o'clock at Fort Jackson National Cemetery with full military honors. A Rosary will be recited Monday evening at 6 o'clock with visitation to follow until 8 o'clock at Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, 7600 Trenholm Road Ext, Columbia. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to the St John Neumann Building Fund, 721 Polo Road, Columbia SC 29223 Memories and condolences may be shared at ShivesFuneralHome.com.
Fr. Sandy's Letter
My letter this week is about happenings that are forthcoming.
This weekend, members of our community who are from Africa will be singing at the Noon Mass. The wonderful diversity of “World Music” exists not just in pop music but also in church music. I am delighted that the group will be sharing some of the riches of African sacred music traditions with us.
Next Tuesday (February 26), we will welcome Bishop Guglielmone to celebrate Confirmation for the approximately 75 people who have been preparing for the sacrament. The liturgy begins at 7:00 p.m., and everyone is invited.
Lent will begin soon (Ash Wednesday is March 6). We will have our regular Friday evening Mass and Stations throughout Lent, and these services will also be celebrated in Spanish on Thursday evenings. The highlight of Lent will be two days of talks by Father Jeffrey Kirby, Pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Indianland (in Lancaster County near Charlotte). Fr. Kirby has written a new book on the Beatitudes, and he will draw from his book to give his talks. He will be here Monday and Tuesday, March 11-12. He will give a talk each morning and he will give the talks again in the evening. We hope this will make it convenient for more people to be able to enjoy the wisdom and challenge he is sure to bring us. Mark your calendars—he is a dynamic preacher and you won’t want to miss it.
Blessings and peace!
Fr. Sandy McDonald
Conference for Catholic Women
Our Diocese is having a Conference for Catholic Women!! It will be Saturday, February 23 in Greenville, SC. The speaker will be Sonja Corbitt. The Bishop will celebrate the closing Mass. There will also be a Holy Hour, Adoration, Confession, Vendors, and a Catered Lunch. For more information see https://www.belongingcatholicconference4women.com/
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.
2/3 - Crisis Ministry
2/10 - Good Samaritan Fund
2/17 - National Black Catholic Congress Development Fund
2/24 - Family Honor
National Black Catholic Congress Development Fund:
The NBCC Development Fund supports Black Catholic parishes in improving lives via financial, educational, religious, and cultural outreach, both nationally and locally.
Family Honor provides and promotes a family-centered Catholic approach to chastity education through parent-child programs, on-line courses, educational resources, and webinars.
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.