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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Growing Together in Faith
For information about the Growing Together in Faith Campaign, please click here.
New Our Catholic Faith Class
Our Catholic Faith Class – Tuesday afternoons, 2-4 PM in the Teen Room
Starting a new Series: Pivotal Players by Bishop Robert Barron. He is on a new journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church's most influential people.
You'll discover the places where St. Thomas Aquinas lived, learned, and wrote. Visit the countryside where St. Francis gathered a group of friars and revived the Church. See the places where St. Catherine of Siena ministered and prayed. Trek through England to where Bl. John Henry Newman and G.K. Chesterton left their mark and sparked an English Catholic revival. And through unprecedented HD footage, marvel at the extraordinary art of Michelangelo, from his David statue in Florence, to the Pietà at St. Peter's, to the Sistine Chapel.
Participant’s Guide - $25
For more information, contact Cherie Smith at 7898-3252 ext. 321 or email@example.com
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.
Our New Church
This weekend, I am back from some time away. I’m grateful for the opportunity the past couple weeks to rest and reconnect with family and friends. I hope you are finding the same kinds of opportunities during summer’s slow-down.
One area of activity that summer has not slowed down this year is the ongoing work of our “Growing Together in Faith” Campaign. Summer is not the usual time for a campaign, but we found ourselves with the need to utilize summer months for a major portion of our quiet, “Advance Gift” phase. Volunteers have been working hard approaching families of the parish to make a personal appeal (having given themselves already) to invest in this game-changing goal for St. John’s.
With over 2000 families in our parish, it will not be possible to approach all families in this way before the culmination of the campaign. We hope to reach out to at least 450 households before we invite everyone who has not yet contributed to make a gift in August during the “Community Gift” phase. The main event of this phase will be a Commitment Weekend when we gratefully receive these gifts. After all Masses, we will have a way for families to make their pledge. The date for this weekend is August 25-26. This puts the culmination of the campaign after school starts once again, something we hope helps in our success.
Here are a couple ways you can help with this effort:
If you are called this summer to receive a visit from a volunteer to present an “ask” for a gift, please be open to the visit. You will not be asked to make a pledge at that visit; rather, it is meant to be a chance to explain the goals of the campaign and how a gift can be made. The volunteer will arrange for the return of your pledge card about a week later—this can be returned in a sealed envelope to ensure privacy.
We are also seeking volunteers to help with the Community Gifts phase. These volunteers receive training in advance of Commitment Weekend. Their main work will be to staff tables during Commitment Weekend after all Masses, when families can complete cards to make a gift. We will need between 25 and 35 volunteers after each Mass. The more volunteers we can recruit, the easier it will be to ensure no one has more than one or two Masses to staff. If you are called about this kind of opportunity to volunteer, please be open to helping. If you are not called but are interested in volunteering, contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Veronica West in the campaign office (email@example.com) to let us know.
We are more than forty percent to our goal of
$5 million with approximately one hundred gifts given thus far. I am profoundly humbled by everyone who has given and volunteered thus far. I offer my thanks to them and to everyone who will give and volunteer. Together, we are growing in faith, and we can reach new heights as a Catholic parish by what we are hoping to accomplish in this campaign.
With best wishes and prayers,
Fr. Sandy McDonald
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.
SAVE THE DATE: The SJN Parish Picnic will be held September 30, at the school, and will begin with a noon Mass. All parishioners are invited!
Please continue to check the bulletin and the SJN web site for more details as the event approaches.
Collection for Fuego Volcano Victims
The Fuego volcano eruptions in Guatemala have resulted in the evacuation of villages and the rescue workers trying to reach those villages. The death toll is currently 70 people, but it is possible that thousands remain unaccounted for in the communities that are located on the foothills. Rebuilding and recovery will be difficult and long for this impoverished community. Please consider giving to the Fuego volcano victims. If you choose to write a check, please write "Guatemalan Volcano" in the memo field. Thank you for your generous response to those in great need.
Young Adult Ministry
Young Adults (18-35) the Office of Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese wants your feedback. Follow the link to let us know how we can better serve you!
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
- 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
Tithing for June
3 - Backpack Ministry
10 - Crisis Ministry/Good Samaritan Fund
17 - Clean of Heart
24 - Sistercare
Clean of Heart - Provides showers and laundry facilities to the Columbia homeless population.