If you have questions about COVID-19, you can call SCDHEC at 803-855-472-3432 between 8 am and 6 pm.
You can also schedule a telehealth visit at prismahealth.org for COVID-19 help.
Would you like to follow the Scripture readings and prayers during our recorded Sunday Masses? Come anytime to pick up a missalette at the Parish Office. They will be in a bin on the blue bench in front of the office, and good until June 6. Let’s pray that by then, we will gather as the Body of Christ in our church once again. Stay safe!
¿Le gustaría seguir las lecturas y las oraciones durante nuestras misas dominicales grabadas? Ven en cualquier momento a la Oficina Parroquial para recoger un misal. Estarán ubicados en una papelera en el banco azul frente a la oficina, el misal tiene las lecturas hasta el 6 de junio. Oremos que, para entonces, nos podamos volver a reunir como el Cuerpo de Cristo en nuestra iglesia. ¡Cuídense!
Religious Education Homework
As you all might have already assumed, classes will be cancelled until March 31st. If any further cancellations are needed, we will be sending notifications home once those decisions are made. For the time being, we will just plan for classes to start back up, if everything goes well, on April 1st
Online Parish Newsletter Sign-up
Would you like to receive a copy of our new online monthly newsletter? If so, send your email address to [email protected]
Prayer and Liturgical Resources
NEW Parish App
We are working to improve communications at St. John Neumann. Please take a moment to delete the old parish app and install the new app. Once you’ve installed the new app, please subscribe to receive push notifications. The instructions are below. All parishioners are subscribed to General notifications. Other notifications (i.e., Funeral, Daily Mass Attenders, Exercise Class…are also available.)
Parish Office Hours
Monday - Thursday.
- Father Sandy McDonald, Pastor
- Robert "Bob" Higgins, Parochial Vicar
- Gerard (Stick) Thibodeaux, Deacon
- Ron Anderson, Deacon
- Genie O'Shesky, Business Administrator
- Wendy Bobadilla, Parish Nurse
- Verónica Carneiro, Coordinator of Christian Formation
- Catherine Combier-Donovan, Pastoral Associate for Liturgy & Adult Formation
- Maria Correa, Assistant to Business Administrator
- Silvia Goodman, Administrative Assistant
- Tammy Melson, Director of Communications
- Paula Mowbray, Director of Music
- Johnny Sanchez, Youth Minister
- Michael Wells, Sexton
Growing Together in Faith
Child and Youth Protection
Dear Brothers in Christ,
The one-year anniversary of the Apostolic Letter Vos estis lux mundi, issued motu proprio by our Holy Father Pope Francis, will be on June 1. To embrace the spirit of the Apostolic Letter, we have created an insert that you may include in your bulletins and share this content on your social media platforms.
This important information will explain the systems we have in place to report abuse. It will also let the general public know that we will listen when they talk, and we will act accordingly. All dioceses must create "public, stable and easily accessible systems" to encourage those wounded by Catholic Church personnel, including bishops, to report the abuse. Your assistance in sharing this information is greatly appreciated.
For more information, please visit our Office of Child and Youth Protection website at charlestondiocese.org/child-and-youth-protection.
We understand the impact COVID-19 is having on our graduates. We would like to salute you, Class of 2020. Please send a picture of your graduate to [email protected] with the following information: Student's name, High School and plans after graduation.
Hispanic Community Needs
The Hispanic Community is in need of window air conditioners, bed linens for a queen, full and two single beds, pillows, and men’s shoes, sizes 7, 7 1/2 and 8 1/2. If you have a donation, please call Hector Morales at (803) 787-3010 and leave your number. Thank you!
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, it has taken a toll on us all. From job loss to being isolated at home, the people of our diocese, indeed our state, have endured a difficult period of uncertainty. The unspoken toll it has taken has been on mental health. The pandemic has increased stress and anxiety in many people, and there are limited ways to deal with these issues productively and professionally.
Catholic Charities of South Carolina is providing an innovative, technological platform called Sister Hope to help the faithful, or anyone experiencing mild stress and anxiety, to receive professional assistance and practical suggestions. This is not formal counseling, but an opportunity to receive support, encouragement, and good mental health practices.
Sister Hope is a text-based chatbot that provides on-demand emotional and spiritual support to help manage stress. It is not an app, but simply a phone number anyone can text or message. Built by experienced pastoral ministry professionals and clinical psychologists, Sister Hope accompanies people on their mental health journey by having text message conversations similar to texting with a close friend or family.
Sister Hope has been proven to help people get back on their feet in as little as two weeks. It was found to reduce depression by 28% and anxiety and stress by 18%. Supportive, spiritual conversations with Sister Hope are unlimited, on-demand, available 24/7, and completely anonymous.
Sister Hope is free and accessible to anyone who can text. Catholic Charities is providing this service as a way to continue delivering quality assistance to those in need. I encourage you to support this effort in your parishes as an additional way to reach out during this difficult time and assist our families in faith.
To get started, text Sister Hope now at +1 315-276-3157, or visit facebook.com/SisterHopeSC.
In the Lord’s peace,
Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of Charleston
Easter Flower Donations
WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH - CATHOLICS SING
KIDS and ADULTS from ages 6–106 are invited to join ONE of my new ON LINE choirs. It’s easy as I. 2. 3. And it’s FREE! It’s my understanding that this 1.2.3. method has never been offered before. Read on and you’ll see why.
Here’s what happens IN MY 1. 2. 3. SINGING METHOD when you sign up:
Contact me: Paula Mowbray, Director of Music,
St. John Neuman Catholic Church, Columbia, SC
Email [email protected]
All Mass intentions for cancelled Masses were and will be honored as requested at private Masses celebrated by our priests.
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.
Office/Mailing: 721 Polo Rd.
Church: 100 Polo Rd.
Columbia, SC 29223
Phone: (803) 788-0811
Fax: (803) 788-1501
CRS Rice Bowls
Live Lent: Live Life - Catholic Relief Services
Take one home and live Lent daily; return it full when Masses resume.
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.