Welcome! Thank you for visiting our website.
¡Bienvenido! Gracias por visitar nuestra página web.
Fr. Sandy McDonald, Pastor
Parish Office is closed and Masses are canceled until August 11.
Dear Members of St. John Neumann Parish,
In accordance with guidelines from the Diocese of Charleston, I am writing to inform you of possible exposure to COVID-19 at St. John Neumann. I regret to inform you that I am infected with COVID-19. So far, I am coping well. I have been staying in isolation since Monday, and I learned of the positive diagnosis on Wednesday. Unfortunately, I may have exposed others to coronavirus by presiding at liturgies or through other interactions.
The purpose of this notification is to alert people who might have had contact with me, picked up the virus, remain asymptomatic at this time, but therefore are at risk of infecting others. As a precaution, if you and I have had contact, you might want to consider testing or self-quarantining or both. I do not have a sense of how or when I contracted the virus, but I suggest you consider these precautions if you had contact with me from July 12 onward.
Also, in accord with guidelines from DHEC and our Diocese, we will have to shut down our parish office and daily and weekend Masses for two weeks. Because members of our staff may have been exposed, they also need to go into isolation for two weeks. This prevents us from celebrating Masses in the church because the staff acts as the support team for escorting parishioners and providing liturgical ministry.
We will not have Sunday Masses for at least this weekend and next (August 1 and August 8) because of the need to quarantine. Daily Masses are suspended until at least August 10. I will keep you informed of when we will return to having Masses. In the meantime, we will send out links to the celebration of Masses being celebrated elsewhere.
Please be vigilant about the possibility that you may have contracted this from me in order to receive the help you may need as well as to prevent further spread. Please, too, take this virus very seriously and continue to practice safer interaction through proper social distancing.
We will continue to keep you informed as we cope with this interruption to parish life. Let us keep one another in prayer. Below is a prayer that you might pray.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Sandy McDonald
Masses are canceled until at least August 11.
Helping the Needy
This July we are unable to hold “Bagging for the Needy” so the Crisis/Outreach Ministry is asking for monetary donations for the agencies in need. Please check below for details.
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.
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Prayer and Liturgical Resources
Parish Office Hours
Monday - Thursday.
- Father Sandy McDonald, Pastor
- 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
- Michael Wells, Sexton
Growing Together in Faith
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]
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.
Join the Knights of Columbus!
We Came a Long Way by Faith
Catholic Hill, formerly known as Thompson's Crossroads, is an area steeped in history. The predominant feature on the landscape is the 1935, Gothic-revival inspired St. James the Greater Church and its recently renovated 1901 school house.
Catholic Hill and the community of St. James are the focus of a new documentary film, "We Came a Long Way by Faith: St. James the Greater Catholic Church."
The present church is home to a new generation of believers who maintain their strong Catholic faith by working tirelessly to preserve the memory of those who came before them and safeguarding the legacy for the generations to come.
This film focuses on religion in South Carolina, early Catholicism, slavery, the history of St. James and its importance to the Catholic Hill community.
Returning to Church
Return to Celebration of Mass in the Church
When: Masses are canceled until at least August 11.
- Mass in English at 10:00 a.m.; Spanish at 2:00 p.m.
- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 12:00 p.m.
- Tuesday: 9:00 a.m.
- Thursday (Spanish): 7:00 p.m.
Church open before Mass:
- Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – 30 minutes before Mass
- Thursday – 11:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. for Sacrament of Penance
Reservations For Sunday Masses only
- Call the parish office (788-0811) and speak with the parish staff (not during daily Mass times)
- Reserve the number of seats needed for your family, making us aware of any mobility issues
- Reserve by Thursday, 12:00 p.m.
- If you reserve by phone, you must receive a confirmation from a staff member
- We can accommodate up to 140 people per Mass
- Only through front doors of upper parking lot
- Face covering is mandatory
- You will be led to your seat(s) by a staff member; follow 6 ft. markings
- Please remain in your assigned seat until the end of Mass
- Unfortunately, walk-ins cannot be accomodated
- At the end of Mass, rows will be called forward and you will exit through either vestibule
- Keeping your mask on, receive Communion in the hand (only)
- Proceed outside to reverently consume the Body of Christ
- Requests for special hosts (low gluten, dissolvable, homebound): call parish office
- Sunday 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Masses will be livestreamed for those who must remain home
- Watch from home and come to receive Communion in the lower parking lot of the church
- Drive-through distribution will be from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., and from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. Please do not arrive earlier than that
- A circular line of cars will move around the parking lot, and Communion will be offered to those in cars, at the end of the sidewalk, weather permitting
- Watch Mass at https://www.facebook.com/stjneumann/
- Daily Mass readings and prayers at https://wau.org/meditations/ . The readings are also on our Parish App.
Thank you for your Patience & Understanding
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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.
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!
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