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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New Our Catholic Faith Class
STARTING SOON in 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
Last Sunday’s “Kick-off” event to officially start the “Growing Together in Faith” campaign was a great success. Well over three hundred people attended. Food was plentiful, the gym was decorated festively, and all listened to the presentations to explain our needs, plans, and goals for the campaign.
I would like to thank all who helped prepare and pull off this event:
Overall campaign leaders, Steve and Diane Junis and Jim and Mariellen Deyling, chair the committees that are primarily tasked with the gathering of gifts from parishioners. They are actively expanding their committees so that as many households as possible can receive a visit and personal “ask” from fellow parishioners.
Chairpersons of the Children and Youth Committee, Anne Jameson and Pam Carlson, led over 550 children and youth to create the banners at the event and to engage them in the work of the campaign. You can see two smaller versions of the banners in Gillin Hall starting this week.
Chairpersons of the Hospitality Committee, Jean and Bob Underwood, organized many aspects of the event’s food, decorations, and set-up. Special mention needs to be made for the assistance of Maria Correa, Veronica West, Michael Wells, Genie Oshesky and the rest of our parish staff, members of the Hispanic community, the Knights of Columbus, and the Columbiettes for their help with the event.
Greg Risinger, chair of the Creative Gifts Committee, is holding meetings at which parishioners who would like to explore the possibility of making a non-cash gift to the campaign.
Kimberly Wordsworth Murphy, chair for the Communications Committee, was taking pictures, and, with the help of a drone and drone operator, taking videos. Watch the website and social media for parish and school to see what was captured.
The chair of the Prayer Committee, Doris Harvey, created the campaign prayer and invited all to help with a prayer vigil later this summer.
For the past several months and through the summer, the campaign will continue in a quiet phase with volunteers approaching parishioner households to present information and request to make a gift. If you are asked to meet with someone, I invite you to please welcome their visit. Those who make the visit do not ask that a gift be made at that meeting, but rather they present the information and make the request. If anyone would like me personally to discuss with you a possible gift, please do not hesitate to contact me, and I would be more than happy to meet with you.
We are out of the gate! Check out the thermometers at the doors of the church to see our progress throughout the summer. We also now have renderings of what the church will look like inside and out posted in Gillin Hall.
If you would like to volunteer, ask a question, or contact us for any other reason, you can reach me at 788-0811 or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Veronica West, campaign secretary, at 788-0811 or email@example.com.
May God bless our community, and may we grow together in faith through this effort.
Fr. Sandy McDonald
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 May
6 - Crisis Ministry
13 - Good Samaritan Fund/Backpack Ministry
20 - Camp Wonder Hands
27 - St. Martin de Porres School
- 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
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 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!
The Community Life Commission invites all parishioners to come and enjoy a night of fun with
The Columbia Fireflies
June 22 at 7:00 PM at beautiful
Spirit Communications Park
Tickets are $10.00 each
Fireworks after the game
Father Sandy is treating all altar servers to the game
Everyone is responsible for their own transportation
Parental Supervision Required
If interested, please email Mike Petruzzi at PETRU813@MSN.com
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