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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Letter from Fr. Sandy
This weekend, copies of Bishop Robert Barron’s book, “Letter to a Suffering Church” will be available for every family to take home and read. As last year’s accounting from Pennsylvania demonstrated, we have farther to go as a church to assist victims and hold perpetrators and leaders accountable for the sad history of abuse over the decades in the Church. Bishop Barron offers perspectives as well as a heart-felt appeal to stay with the Church and to see through the work that this problem poses for us. In coming weeks, we will hold meetings when anyone who wishes can gather to do some communal reflection on the problem and the perspectives offered by Barron. I encourage us all to read this short but helpful reflection by Bishop Barron. If you cannot make one of these meetings, discuss it with other family members and/or friends. Let’s keep the conversation going on how to be church together and to bring healing to this difficult problem.
Two weeks ago, we appealed to all to return a Volunteer Commitment Card to help us grow the number of parishioners who contribute their time and talents in the many ministries of the parish. So far, we have received 72 returned cards. Thank you to all who offer themselves in service of the mission of this parish. If you have not yet completed a card, please consider how you can serve and whether you can take a new step in generosity of your time. Turn in a card at any time in the collection basket or to the parish office.
Fr. Sandy McDonald
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Growing Together in Faith
Sunday- 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 5:00 PM
Monday, Wednesday-Friday 12:00 PM
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.
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.
"Walk to Bethlehem"
Join us in our Virtual "Walk to Bethlehem"
We began our journey, Monday, September 23, 2019 and it will end on November 17, 2019.
EVERYONE, no matter your age, can join in!
In our virtual Walk to Bethlehem, we ask that everyone turn in how many "miles" they exercise each week. We then total up the "miles" and that is how far we "walk" that week. During our walk we visit Catholic holy sites, and other sites on our way to Bethlehem. If you have pictures of Catholic Holy sites that we may stop at during our journey, feel free to email them, and if we are able to stop and "see" them we will. Please send in your pictures now!
Our wonderful tour director will be leading us on our journey. We will walk from St. John Neumann Church to the Charlotte Airport. We will then fly to Dusseldorf, Germany. We will then proceed through western Germany, to Northern Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Turkey, Lebanon and finish our journey in Bethlehem, Israel.
What counts as "miles"?
A mile equals 20 minutes of moderate activity, including walking, swimming, housework, or even mowing the lawn. Record your mileage each week and report it to the tour director at [email protected], or drop a report in the box located in Gillin Hall.
Children and Youth can participate, so all of our children can contribute miles from sports, or even fast moving playing. We encourage you to check the website or the posters in Gillin Hall to see our progress.
Office/Mailing: 721 Polo Rd.
Church: 100 Polo Rd.
Columbia, SC 29223
Phone: (803) 788-0811
Fax: (803) 788-1501
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.
- 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
- 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
- Cherie Smith, Director of Christian Formation and Pastoral Associate
- Michael Wells, Sexton
- Verónica West, Assistant to Director of Christian Formation