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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Easter Flower Donations
Many thanks to those who donated Easter flowers.
Click here to see a list of the donors.
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
Questions and Answers About a New Church for SJN
Q: We have new boards showing the Master Plan and Floor Plan of a new church. How do the current plans differ from the previous plans?
A: In substance, many aspects of the plans are unchanged between the previous and present drawings; however, there are some significant differences. The Master Plan shows what will be implemented in the first phase of the construction of the new church. A new parking lot will be constructed, but the other two areas of parking will remain as they are now. The budget for land development in phase one will limit us to adding parking but not renovating existing parking lots. The redevelopment of the original parking lots will be done in a later phase. By the end of phase one, we will have 257 parking spaces, including 20 handicap spaces near the church. Currently, we have 146 spaces at the church. We will have a net gain of 110 spaces.
You will also see a location for a potential columbarium in the new Master Plan as well as some development of the plaza and garden spaces around the church. One still unresolved aspect of the Master Plan is how we will implement a new drop-off and pick-up canopy for the school. The new drawing shows it along the back of the gymnasium. We are also looking at the possibility for it to be alongside the cafeteria, music, and science rooms. The parking spaces there would need to be replaced to keep our 257 spaces. These would likely be relocated to the side of the parking lot nearest the playing fields.
For the Floor Plan of the church, one of the main differences from the previous floor plan is that you will see a design for an attached hall. As we explored whether we could afford a ground floor under the church, we found it to be very expensive even to just “shell out” the space without completing the rooms. We also learned from other parishes that it is not unheard of for a parish to build a new hall to replace basement halls because parishioners are less likely to go downstairs. The hall depicted in the drawing is twice the size of our current hall. It can be sub-divided into up to four smaller areas to enable smaller meetings. In the design of the church itself, there has been further refinement of the auxiliary spaces’ locations and sizes. The Blessed Sacrament is placed at the front of a small chapel behind the altar. It will be raised up on a tall pillar so that all can see it in the nave. The core of the church is a little squarer than the previous articulation, but the main nave remains longer than the transepts.
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.
Tithing for April
April 1 - Good Samaritan Fund
April 8 - Crisis Ministry/Backpack Ministry
April 15 - SC Christian Action Council
April 22 - God's Storehouse
April 29 - Harvest Hope
Save the Dates!
The Community Life Commission invites all parishioners to save the following dates:
June 22 - Fireflies Outing
September 30 - Parish Picnic
More information will be available soon!
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is June 11-15, from 9:00 AM until
12:30 PM. Please register now. Registration closes on
May 28, 2018. Click here for a registration form.
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