We strive to be Christ for one another.

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Parish Nurse

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


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, to help with scheduling your vaccination, and for any other help you may need to receive your vaccination.

As of 2/12/2021 people 65 and older are eligible for the vaccine, and all health care workers.


As we start November 2020, and another monthy of the Covid-19 pandemic, we need to continue to keep up our guard to prevent spreading Covid-19 by:

-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 and monthly (please visit www.scdhec.gov for testing sites)

-40% of those infected with Covid-19 have NO Symptoms - that means the only way to know if you are infected and can possibly make others sick is to get tested

-Do Not Dine Out unless seating outside

-Do Not Go To Bars because Covid-19 in rising in over 37 states (10/31/2020)

-Do Not hold Parties or have family/friends over from outside your home

-Do Not Become Complacent because no one in your family has yet been infected or affected

**Some families have lost 6-8+ family membes due to do Covid-19**

-Covid-19 does not discriminate

-Covid-19 kills/affects all ages,races, socioeconomic status


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.


Social Distancing

What does this mean?  The CDC states that Social Distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining at least 6 feet from others when possible.

Congregate settings are places like restaurants, movie theaters, museums, stadiums, churches - places where lots of people like to gather.

St. John Neumann Church has suspended all Masses and activities to help keep everyone safe.  Church will be open for silent prayer - but you must be at least 6 feet away from everyone else.  If you come to church and there is not a way to stay at least 6 feet from everyone, please come back at another time, we have times listed elsewhere.  Please follow all cleaning requests.  Please wash your hands before and after visiting the church.  

The hardest part of Social Distancing is staying 6 feet away from friends and family, who do not live with you - if someone is not living in your home, you need to stay 6 feet away, to keep each other safe.  It is standing at least 6 feet away when you are at places like the grocery store.  If you are working with the public, please follow your work places social distancing guidelines.  If you are working outside the home, when you get home, change your clothes, shower/wash your hands before greeting family, especially if they are at higher risk for the virus, to help keep your family safe.

Though we need to stay 6 feet away from each other, we also need to look out for each other.  Check in with neighbors, especially elderly neighbors, do they need groceries?  Help with something else?

What is OK to do?  Call family/friends/people on the telephone, text, FaceTime, Skype, social media, conference call.

What is NOT ok to do?  Invite friends/family over for dinner, go out to dinner and eat in the restaurant, go to social gatherings.  Be within 6 feet of people, when it can be avoided.  These are very hard to do, but must be done to keep each other safe.



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 Fridays at 10:30 am to 11:45 am

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 and Thursdays at 4:30pm

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