Parish Nurse

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


Richland County has a Mask Mandate for indoor public spaces until around the middle of November.

Free Flu Shot Clinic

Sunday, October 3rd, 2:30-4:30pm in Gillin Hall

Registration is encouraged, but not required.  Call Wendy at 803-788-3252, ext 327 and leave your name, contact number and number of people to be vaccinated.

Most insurance is taken

Flu Shot Clinic

Thursday, October 7th 1 to 5pm in Gillin Hall

Registration is required.  Call Wendy at 803-788-3252 ext 327 or email at [email protected] and leave your name, contact phone number and number of people to be vaccinated.

Most insurance is taken.


For information about our Pilgrimage in South America please visit the Health Cabinet page.

Our Pilgrimage begins Monday, September 20, 2021.

Everyone is WELCOME to Join Us!

Pilgrimage to SA Fall 2021                                                                                                                                                          

Pilgrimage to SA Spanish Fall 2021


COVID-19 Vaccinations

Do you need assistance getting your COVID-19 Vaccination?  Please contact Wendy Bobadilla, the Parish Nurse at 803-788-3252, ext 327, for assistance.

As of May 6, 2021 people 12 years old and older are eligible for the vaccine.

Please follow local/state/federal guidelines for Mask protocols.  Please help prevent the spread of Covid-19 by

-Getting Fully Vaccinated

-Follow Protocols for where you are

-Wear a Mask consistently, every time you leave your home, Masks protect others from you.

-Keep Social Distancing every time you leave your home

-Wash your Hands/Hand sanitize when you can't wash

-Get tested for Covid-19, as necessary (please visit www.scdhec.gov for testing sites)


for more tips go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/indext.html, and the John Hopkins Medical School Covid-19 project.



There is a lot of information available regarding the virus and what you should be doing.  Please visit www.cdc.gov, www.SCDHEC.gov, for the most up-to-date information.


Feeling Particularly Distressed/Anxious regarding the Pandemic of COVID-19?

You can call 1-800-985-5990, the Disaster Distress Helpline that provides crisis counseling for people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.  Visit the website www.samhsa.gov, for more information and ways to contact them other than calling - such as texting or for help in languages other than English.



Looking for Ways to Improve your Health?

Check out the NIH's program - Your "Healthiest Self"

The NIH have come up with a toolkit, to help everyone be their "Healthiest Self".

Each person's "Healthiest Self" is different.  We have different bodies, minds, living situations, and people influencing our lives.  Each area can impact your overall health.  This means we each have a unique set of health needs.  For more information, visit www.nih.gov/health-information/your-healthiest-self-wellness-toolkit.

The Checklists are in English and Spanish.

What surrounds you each day in your home, work, or neighborhood can affect your health.  Here are some tips to make your environment safer:

Environmental Wellness Checklist

Emotional Wellness is the ability to successfully handle life's stresses and adapt to change and difficult times.  Here are tips for improving your emotional health:

Emotional Wellness Checklist

Positive social habits can help you build support systems and stay healthier mentally and physically.  Here are some tips for connecting with others:

Social Wellness Checklist

Positive physical health habits can help decrease your stress, lower your risk of disease, and increase your energy.  Here are tips for improving your physical health:

Physical Wellness Checklist

Health screenings, vaccines, and guarding yourself from germs and bugs can help keep you feeling your best.  Here are tips to help you better prevent diseases:

Disease Prevention Checklist



Fighting the Flu

The MOST important thing you can do is get your flu shot! 

Sign up at the flu shot clinic at St. John Neumann church/school, or stop by almost any pharmacy or health dept. to get your shot.  Your doctor may offer them as well.

Flu season is November thru May, the best time to get your flu shot is Mid-October, the shot takes 2 weeks to be effective.

The Flu Shot CANNOT give you the flu! 

Other things to do to help prevent not only the flu but other sicknesses are:


-East right - fruits, vegetables and low-fat proteins

-Get enough rest

-Try to keep your stress levels down (I know how difficult this is)

-Drink enough water/fluids

-Exercise Regularly (Our virtual Walk to Bethlehem starts Sept. 23, 2019, come join us!)

-If you are immunocompromised, avoid crowds.  Attend Mass on the weekdays, instead of the weekend.

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

-If you feel like you have the flu, please CALL your health care provider as soon as possible, let them know your symptoms, and they will discuss with you what will be best for you to do.



SJN Exercise Class

Tuesdays and Thursdays VIA ZOOM at 10:30 am to 11:45 am

IN-PERSON CLASS WILL START TUESDAY, 8/24 10:30am to 11:45 in Gillin Hall

In-Person Classes will be the same as virtual classes - Tuesday/Thursday at 10:30 am in 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 [email protected] 


Tai Chi Classes

at St. John Neumann Church

100 Polo Road, Columbia, SC 29223

on Mondays at 4pm and Thursdays at 3:30pm

Tai Chi Class on Zoom Thursdays at 4:30pm

Tuesdays at 4pm (this class is by invitation only)

For more information, please contact Wendy Bobadilla at [email protected] 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"




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