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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Please pray for the repose of the soul of Gloria Rosario.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
A funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 AM, Friday, followed by interment at Fort Jackson National Cemetery at 11:00 AM.
There will be a Rosary prayed at 5:30 PM followed by visitation from 6:00-8:00 PM. at Shives Funeral Home on Trenholm Extension.
Thanksgiving Mass Times
Mass of Thanksgiving, 9:00 AM, Thursday, November 22. There is not a 12 noon Mass on Thanksgiving day and there is not a Mass on Friday, November 23.
A Letter from Fr. Sandy
Last weekend, we reached the conclusion of the public part of our campaign, Growing Together in Faith. We have gone beyond what we set as a minimum goal by over nine hundred thousand dollars. Well done and my deepest thanks to everyone for your generosity!
We are well on the way to funding a new, relocated church for St. John Neumann. If you have not yet as a household made a pledge, it is never too late and gifts are never too small to add to our effort. Together we will reach this dream, and in the process, we will grow in our faith and in our capacity as a parish to be vibrant into the future.
A campaign to raise capital of this magnitude requires expertise to guide us and many volunteers to make it happen. I would like to express appreciation to Walsh and Associates and to Melanie Haddock, our on-site campaign counselor. The system that Walsh utilizes went far to help us be successful, and Melanie has been a fantastic coach to keep us on track and meeting our deadlines. Working closely with Melanie was Veronica West from the parish staff. She has been the secretary of the campaign, helping to ready the reams of materials that went out to parishioners as well as helping to manage the record-keeping for the pledges. I also want to pay tribute to our staff for their help directly with the campaign and for their patience with the extra load that was being placed on our office staff’s capacity. Special thanks are deserving to Genie Oshesky, our Parish Business Manager, for her leadership within our staff and for her tireless assistance and management of countless aspects of the campaign.
Many dozens of volunteers helped with the campaign, many of whom visited with families in the quiet phase to present materials and to solicit gifts in advance of the public part of the campaign. Many others assisted in creating the hospitality and environment in which the parish could complete commitment cards. Still others helped with socials, witness talks, prayer services, and office tasks. Over one hundred sixty people shared in the labor and made it manageable for all.
The campaign could not have been successful without volunteer leadership. The “Campaign Cabinet” was brought on early in the process, and I could not be more pleased with everything that was accomplished through the hard work and leadership of the chairpersons. They are:
Diane and Steve Junis- Advance Gifts – Diane and Steve have been nothing less than heroic in their cheerleading of our volunteers and seeking to leave no potential untapped in our efforts. They have spoken at events, gone above and beyond in making visits to ask for gifts, and they have been a catalyst for the campaign through their passion to make it successful.
Jim and Mariellen Deyling – Community Gifts – Jim and Mariellen organized everything that needed to happen for Commitment Sunday and the follow-up phone-a-thon. They spoke at large gatherings, and they were invaluable advisors because of their experience with the Cardinal Newman School campaign of several years ago.
Doris Harvey – Prayer Committee – Doris developed the campaign prayer and organized the prayer vigils we held. She also gave an excellent witness talk at Masses together with her husband, Charlie.
Kimberly Murphy – Communications Committee – Kimberly has not only helped us produce the campaign materials, but she opened many creative ways for us to promote the campaign that also will benefit us as a parish beyond the campaign.
Greg Risinger – Creative Gifts – Greg hosted seminars that helped educate parishioners about alternative or tax-advantaged ways for gifts to be made to the campaign. It helped several families to make such gifts.
Jean and Bob Underwood – Hospitality Committee – Jean, Bob, and their team organized very enjoyable refreshments for meetings as well as receptions or meals for social gatherings.
Anne Jameson and Pamela Carlson – Youth and Children Committee – Anne and Pamela were fantastically creative in developing ways for teachers and catechists to incorporate education about the campaign and ways for children to contribute to it through the artwork they made and the fundraising events they held.
To all these persons, I cannot speak highly enough of them nor thank them sufficiently. Our Chairpersons, Volunteers, Staff, and Donors have all been incredibly generous in making the contributions that made our campaign successful.
Thank you and God bless you!
Fr. Sandy McDonald
Engaging the Word
Engaging the Word
What is “Engaging the Word”?
The life of the Church revolves around the cycle of the Eucharist from Sunday to Sunday. We live as disciples during the week, and we come to Sunday Eucharist to give thanks to God and to be nourished for a new week by the Word of God and the Body and Blood of Christ.
In this weekly column, I would like to offer a short reflection on some aspect of one of the readings from the Scriptures that we will hear on the upcoming Sunday. I will also offer an open-ended question for reflection. The question can be used as a source for faith-sharing to open meetings of ministry groups, as a way to discuss the faith in the car or over dinner within one’s family, or simply as a question to pose within one’s personal devotional time alone.
If you have any thoughts or questions that arise from discussions or personal reflection, feel free to pass them on to me. Send your thoughts by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope and pray this column will help us engage the Word of God more deeply, revealing the wisdom, grace, relevance, and challenge of the two-edged sword of God’s Word.
November 11, the Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B
[Jesus said,] “this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors…”
One can give out of what won’t be missed, doesn’t cost much, or is leftover, or one can give of one’s substance. The widow’s generosity points ahead to what Jesus will give soon when his passion begins.
For your reflection this week: How do I or how can I practice generosity (time or material blessings) in a way that imitates Jesus’ sacrificial generosity?
To access the readings in their entirety, go to www.usccb.org/bible/readings/.
November 18, the Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
The images are apocalyptic in the Gospel today, but it is about hope: like a fig tree about to leaf out, the end will be a blossoming into life.
For your reflection this week: How does the realization that all things are transitory help you know how to lead your daily life?
To access the readings in their entirety, go to www.usccb.org/bible/readings/.
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
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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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.
4 - Backpack Ministry
11 - PAALS: Rob's Best Friend
18 - Crisis Ministry/Good Samaritan Fund
25 - Woodyard Fund
PAALS: Rob's Best Friend.
A Boy Scout from our troop is working on his Eagle Scout project. He hopes to raise $5,000 to donate to PAALS: Rob's Best Friend. This program provides service animals for veterans and first responders who are unable to afford one. Each service animal costs $5,000. PAALS (Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services)
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
pop-top cans/pouches of tuna
pop-top cans of spaghetti o's
oatmeal or grits packets
winter hats (new please!)
travel size hygiene items
Please bring to Gillin Hall on any weekend before December 9. Thank you in advance!
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