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 788-3252 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
By Fr. Sandy McDonald
Q: Why is the cost so high for a new church? Why build it as big as currently planned?
A: There is always room to scale up or down a large project. However, we face a daunting task: to provide for a larger church, expanded parking, and a larger hall in one leap forward. Without additional parking, the larger church would not make sense, and we would not solve our current difficulty with parking. Without a larger, more flexible hall, we would not be able to host meetings and other social events. Without a larger church, we will find it difficult to grow. In addition, we do not want to build something merely functional; we want to build a building that will inspire by its beauty and quality. All of this carries a substantial cost.
Since 2007, St. John Neumann has grown by 750 families, because of that growth, our community must take a leap forward. The Church Building Steering Committee truly wants to balance the dream for a leap forward with responsible management of the price tag. We are determined to ensure that the designs fit within the parameters of the construction budget we have given to our architects. We may have to adjust as the availability of funds and the costs of construction become clearer. But good stewardship demands that we stay within our means today while at the same time we build with an eye to the needs of the future.
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.
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!
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.
RCIA Classes Beginning
Are You Interested in Learning about the Catholic Faith?
If you’ve been coming to Mass for a while, but are not Catholic, or married to a Catholic, or if you know someone who is interested in learning about the Catholic faith, come meet some faithful Catholics who love the Lord and would consider it a privilege to get to know you.
In September, our parish will begin a new set of RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) sessions to share the truths of the Catholic faith and the fellowship of our church family. We invite you to learn what Catholics believe in an open and welcoming environment. These sessions also are opportunities for you to ask those perplexing and difficult questions you may have about the Church.
Beginning September 11, sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8 PM, in the Teen Room. For more information contact Cherie Smith at 788-3252, ext. 321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 July
July 1 - Good Samaritan Fund
July 8 - Crisis Ministry/Backpack
July 15 - The Good Samaritan Clinic
July 22 - Cooperative Ministries
July 29 - Transitions
The Good Samaritan Clinic: www.goodsamaritansc.org Free medical and health care clinics. There are four in SC. Edisto, Chapin, West Columbia and Columbia (7915 Old Percival Road). The clinic on Old Percival Road is open on Tuesdays from 2 PM. No appointment is necessary. Anyone who is uninsured is welcome.
Transitions - www.transitionssc.org