Parish Nurse

Wendy Bobadilla BSN, RN                                     Contact:; 803-788-3252 ext 327; 803-413-4797



SJN Exercise Class

Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 am to 11:45 am

Gillin Hall

Everyone is welcome!  Classes are Free.  Wear comfortable loose-fitting clothes.

Program is the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

This is an excellent program for people with any mobility issues, in need of an activity program that stretches and works the whole body and all its joints.

Expect to see improvements in balance, strength and flexibility.  Stand straighter, feel better and HAVE FUN!

Questions?  Contact Wendy at 803-788-3252 ext 327, 803-413-4797, or 


Tai Chi Classes

at St. John Neumann Church

100 Polo Road, Columbia, SC 29223

on Mondays and Thursdays at 4:30pm

For more information, please contact Wendy Bobadilla at or 803-788-3252 ext 327 or 803-413-4797. 

To See pictures from World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day, please click on "Resources", then "Photos", then on "World Tai Chi Day"




Fighting the Flu

The most important thing you can do to fight the flu is GET YOUR FLU SHOT!  Stop by almost any pharmacy or the health dept. and get your flu shot.  Flu season is November through May. 

This year, the flu is hitting hard, and here are other things you can do to protect yourself and your family.


-Eat right - enough fruits, vegetables, and low-fat proteins

-Get enough rest

-Try to keep your stress levels down (and yes I know how difficult that is)

-Drink enough water/fluids

-Exercise regularly (our Southeast Missions walk has started - please join us!)

-If you are immunocompromised, avoid crowds.  Attend Mass during the week vs the weekend.

-If you are Not feeling well, please stay home!

-If you feel like you have the flu, call your health care provider right away, let them know your symptoms and what would be best for you to do.

For next year, check the bulletin in September and October, to see when we will be offering Flu Shot clinics.


A Nurse's Prayer

Give me Strength and wisdom,

When others need my touch;

A soothing word to speak to them,

Their hearts yearn for so much.

Give me joy and laughter,

To lift a weary soul;

Pour in me compassion,

To make the broken whole.

Give me gentle, healing hands,

For those left in my care;

A blessing to those who need me,

This is a Nurse's Prayer.

By Allison Chambers Coxsey


Prayer for National Disasters

Compassionate Lord, we pray for those who have been devastated by recent natural disasters.  We remember those who have lost their lives so suddenly.  We hold in our hearts the families forever changed by grief and loss.  Bring them consolation and comfort.  Surround them with our prayers for strength.  Bless those who have survived and heal their memories of trauma and devastation.  May they have the courage to face the long road of rebuilding ahead.  We ask this in Jesus' name, Amen.



What is a Parish Nurse, also known as a Faith Community Nurse (FCN)?

Faith Community Nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as well as the promotion of whole-person health and the prevention or minimization of illness within the context of a faith community and the wider community.  An FCN is a registered nurse who is actively licensed in a given state and who serves as a member of the staff of a faith community.  The FCN promotes health as wholeness of the faith community, its groups, families, and individual members through the practice of nursing as defined by that state's nurse practice act in the jurisdiction in which the FCN practices and the standards of practice.

The Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse promotes whole-person care across the life span using the skills of a professional nurse and provider of spiritual care.  The FCN provides care during multiple encounters with parishioners over extended periods of time, which may include healthy growth and development as well as periods of change in functional level, illness, loss, and grief.

The Parish Nurse/FCN provides spiritual care in the faith community as well as in the broader community. 

The goals of the Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse are:

     -Protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities;

     -Prevention of illness and injury;

     -Facilitation of healing;

     -Alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human responses; and

     -Advocacy in the context of the values, beliefs, and practices of a faith community.

  From: Faith Community Nursing, 3rd Edition; Scope and Standards of Practice