The Community Life Commission coordinates with various organizations to offer support or opportunities for socializing in the parish. Its purpose is to build a deeper sense of Christian community for all ages and interest groups in the parish. The scope of the Commission includes hospitality and welcoming, parish organizations, non-formation youth activities, community-building and socializing events. The Commission looks to build coordination and energy among the various organizations' within the parish so that initiatives which might be evangelizing, liturgical, fundraising, service-oriented, etc. are also events which build relationships and strengthen the sense of community within the parish. The Commission coordinates the following committees and groups:
Columbiettes: The Columbiettes is a unified group of Catholic women who work side-by-side with the Knights of Columbus to promote the ideals of “Columbianism”: faith, family, charity and patriotism. Any Catholic woman, at least 17 years of age, is eligible to become a Columbiette. Although affiliated with the Knights of Columbus, each auxiliary has its own by-laws, procedures, charities, and fundraising projects. There are currently Columbiette auxiliaries in 14 states in the U.S.A. and Canada. South Carolina has 10 auxiliaries. The SJN Auxiliary currently has 75 members. Meetings are on the third Thursday of the month, at /Ministerio-Hispano 6:30 PM., in Gillin Hall. Contact: Sandi Verzwyvelt, (803) 736-1833.
German Club: German speakers meet on the third Friday of the month, at 7:00 PM, for an evening of fellowship, conversation and other activities. Contact: Erika Langston, (803) 788-5785.
Knights of Columbus: The Knights of Columbus Msgr. Martin C. Murphy Council 6847 is a Catholic family, fraternal, and service organization. Knights are guided by four principles: charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. It is a grassroots organization that provides service programs in five core areas: church, community, council, family, and youth. The Knights meet for a business meeting on the second Thursday of the month, at 7:30 PM, and a social meeting on the fourth Thursday. Catholic men 18 years of age or older interested in joining the Knights of Columbus – Council 6847, please call Membership Chairman Al Lucitti at (803) 736-4924, Grand Knight Ernesto Pitruzzella, (803) 846-1604 or [email protected] or any other Knight. Becoming a Knight of Columbus will help you grow stronger in your faith, your family and your community. To learn more, visit www.kofc6847.com.
The Order of the Knights of Columbus, Assembly 2902 meets on the first Thursday of the month in Gillin Hall at 7:30 PM.
Newcomer Welcoming Committee: The Newcomer Welcoming Committee extends hospitality and assists newcomers to become integrated into the parish community. Activities include periodic receptions for newcomers and offering assistance to newcomers as they join parish life. Contact: Verna Green, (803) 509-2760.
Pastoral de Eventos Sociales: Se necesitan voluntarios para la preparación de fiestas, alimentos, y aseo de las instalaciones. Lider: Rosaly Sola, (803) 463-9238.
Receptions Committee: Each month, the Receptions Committee prepares a reception in Gillin Hall to encourage fellowship.The Committee plans Fellowship Weekends, as well as, receptions for special occasions. Contact/Lider: Maria Correa, (803) 788-3252, ext. 322.
Comité de Recepciones: Cada mes después de todas las misas, ofrecemos una recepción en el salón social para fomentar el compañerismo. El Comité de Recepciones planea e implementa estas recepciones, así como banquetes para ocasiones especiales. Ministerio de Caridad y Hospitalidad Lider: Maria Correa, (803) 788-3252, ext. 322.
Young Families Ministry: If you are a new parent in your 20's or 30's and are looking to deepen your faith and meet other people with common Catholic and Christian values, consider joining St. John Neumann’s Young Families Ministry. Our newly formed Young Families Ministry encourages anyone who answered yes to the above identifiers to join us for faith formation and fellowship as we strive to grow in our individual and communal relationships with Christ. We gather together every other Sunday following the 10:00 AM Mass for coffee and doughnuts. Please contact Michelle Law for more information.