A Letter from Fr. Sandy
Our parish school will say “farewell” to three members of the faculty as they retire this year. Gayle Mitchiner began by teaching in the classroom, but for many of her 26 years at SJN she has served as the Vice Principal. Sharon Ewing retires from teaching after 12 years. Bridget Zelachowski retires after teaching for 19 years. Together they have served our school a combined 57 years.
One of Gayle’s signature contributions over the years has been to assist in the preparation of requests for Blue Ribbon status for the school from the U.S. Department of Education. SJN School has received this distinction twice. It also has been through quality teaching such as that which Sharon and Bridget have provided that this award was even possible. Thank you, Gail, Sharon, and Bridget for helping SJN School be successful in both education and faith-formation. You will be missed!
Fr. Sandy McDonald
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Choir Director/Organist Position
St. John Neumann Church in Columbia, SC, is an inclusive, welcoming, vibrant and culturally diverse Roman Catholic faith community of 2000+ families. Our parish is in the fulfillment stage of a three-year capital campaign with plans to build a new 1,000 seat church within 5 years. We are seeking a 30-hour Director of Music and Organist with a good understanding of Catholic liturgical practices and capable of using a variety of musical genres. The Director will function as a member of a pastoral team and be responsible for nurturing the prayer life of the community through music. The Director must demonstrate expertise as an organist and pianist on our four-manual Allen Heritage 487 Quantum organ and 6’ Boston grand piano. The successful candidate will have experience in choral conducting and vocal skills. Familiarity with the Spanish language is a plus.
Responsibilities include selecting and directing music for three of our six weekend liturgies, holy days, and special celebrations; directing and accompanying on organ/piano cantors, adult and children’s choirs and instrumentalists for rehearsals and liturgies; providing accompaniment for two school liturgies a month; recruiting and training of adult and children’s choir members, instrumentalists, and cantors; playing for wedding and funeral liturgies (stipend by contract); maintaining and updating music library, instruments, and sound systems; and overseeing all administrative aspects of music ministry.
A degree in music preferred and/or extensive music ministry experience. Benefits include an annual leave package, continuing education benefits, retirement and health care through the Diocese of Charleston.
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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
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
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.
June 2 - Catholic Charities, Clean of Heart Renovation
June 9 - Crisis Ministry
June 16 - Good Samaritan Fund
June 23 - God's Storehouse
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.
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.