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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2018 BAA Video
March 5, Our Lady of the Hills, 7:00 PM
March 6, Our Lady of the Lake, 6:30 PM
March 7, St. Peter’s, 7:00 PM
March 12, St. John Neumann, 7:00 PM
March 13, St. Martin de Porres, 7:00 PM
March 15, Corpus Christi, 7:00 PM
March 19, Transfiguration, 7:00 PM
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Spectrum/TWC Email Addresses
Are you a Spectrum (formerly Time Warner) customer?
If so, you may no longer be receiving emails from St. John Neumann staff. SJN recently migrated to a new email server. Email addresses ending in @sc.rr.com may be marked as spam by Spectrum. You need to add staff email addresses to your safe/allow sender list, even if you have previously done so.
Flu Prevention at Mass
The flu season is hitting us hard in this area. Therefore, we are taking precautions as recommended by the US Conference of Bishops. The flu virus is transmitted by airborne droplets and by contact. It is best that those who are sick not attend Mass or other large gatherings. To miss Mass when one is ill is never a sin.
We have placed anti-bacterial gel throughout the church for you to use. Here are the temporary changes we are making for the liturgy:
- In lieu of a handshake at the Sign of Peace, you may smile at one another and make a small bow as you say, “Peace be with you.”
- At the Lord’s Prayer, you may pray with hands folded or extended rather than hold hands
- The chalice of Precious Blood will be temporarily suspended
- And we ask that those who receive Communion on the tongue consider receiving in the hand instead as an extra precaution.
We pray that everyone will remain healthy until the season is over.
Our New Church
- How will we raise the funds for the new church?
- Funds will come primarily from gifts and pledges from parishioners. A secondary source will be the sale of the existing church at 100 Polo Road (marketing of the church will not begin until construction of the new church is underway).
- Why do we need a company to help us fundraise?
- To raise the funds, we need professional help and proven methods. Three companies were interviewed in the summer of 2016. Walsh and Associates has been selected to provide the counsel for the capital campaign. The Campaign Steering Committee liked Walsh’s proven track record, methods for soliciting pledges, and strategies for engaging the entire parish (including youth) in the spirituality of stewardship. If we were not to utilize a fundraising counsel, we would need to spend a considerable amount of money to hire additional staff to manage the campaign. In the end, we would end up spending a similar amount of money and risk underperformance in results because of lack of experience.
- How much will the fundraising company’s services cost the parish?
- Walsh and Associates works on a fee for services schedule. The basic professional fees for a feasibility study, lead gift phase, general gift phase, and reimbursable travel expenses come to $90,000. In addition, secretarial support, special events, promotional materials, printing, postage, and other expenses will likely bring the total to approximately $138,000. For a $5,000,000 campaign, this represents about three percent of the total raised. This is in alignment with standard amounts fundraising firms charge for their services, and it has been both reviewed and approved by the Diocese.
Sunday- 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday-Friday 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday - 9:00 a.m.
Spanish Mass - Sunday- 2:00 p.m., Thursday – 7:00 p.m.
Korean Mass - 2nd and 3rd Saturdays- 7:00 p.m.
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.
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
Tithing for February
Feb 4 - Crisis Ministry
Feb 11 - Good Samaritan Fund/Backpack Ministry
Feb 18 - The Friendship
Feb 25 - Catholic Charities USA - to help California fire/flood/mudslide/disaster victims
The FRIENDSHIP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping older adults lead healthy, independent, and active lives in their own homes and communities in the Columbia area. They bring together members age 50 and older and volunteers. THE FRIENDSHIP provides a variety of programs and services including transportation, home maintenance assistance, and opportunities for social engagement to enable members to age in in place.
The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same. We will request our funds be used for disaster relief in California.
- 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