Saint Peter's was the epitome of traditional Catholicism. Having visited almost all of the Catholic church in Columbia, this church was one of few in downtown Columbia to have its own large parking lot. (I found this to be a problem with every other Catholic church in Columbia.) Street parking and parking in adjacent business lots are available too. The music was traditional, conservative hymns with a pipe organ: my preferred type. The church is laid out in a cruciform with beautiful stained glass windows. The parishioners were very friendly. Saint Peter's offers all of the services and volunteer opportunities of a large parish. It also has its own school. Being an old building, it did not have a cry room for babies. However, a nursery is provided at the 10 a.m. and noon masses in the adjacent building for children 4 and younger. They also have a meeting hall to the side for functions, volunteer groups within the church, a youth ministry, etc. There is always something going on in the bulletin. This is a large congregation. My only complaint is that I sometimes have a difficult time hearing the priest. I am young (in my 30s) but the priests have a tendency to not speak loud enough in the microphone, although I hear the other announcers just fine. Otherwise, I prefer the traditional conservative hymns and I really love this church.
203 Pico PlLexington, SC 29073
From Business: Holy Cross Mission Church is solidly rooted in the loving ministry of Jesus Christ as Consul and healer. Holy Cross Mission is committed to the spiritual wellness o…
2350 Augusta HwyLexington, SC 29072
From Business: We are a new Roman Catholic parish located in Blythewood, South Carolina in the Diocese of Charleston. We were established on February 1, 1998 by Bishop Thompson to…
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This beautiful church is quaint for its congregation. The 10:30 mass I attended was snug and crowded. And I immediately saw why so many people come here. It was very peaceful. St Joseph's is very family oriented and has its own school. The music was somewhere between contemporary hymns and traditional hymns. I felt that I had subtlely inched closer to Catholicism and God in such an intimate setting by attending this mass. Overall, this church was perfect, except for one thing -- parking. The church's lot is small and it appeared that most parishioners rely on street parking in the quiet residential neighborhood. If you plan on going, arrive 15 minutes early to find parking. -- And on Holy Days, arrive 45 minutes to 1 hour early, as I've been told by another Catholic. I think once parking is found, however, the spiritual influence of this church is well worth it. I wish I lived close enough to walk.
What sets St. Thomas More apart from other Catholic churches in Columbia is its relaxed, informal contemporary music led by guitarists and a small choir. The chapel is quaint, with stained glass windows. Parking is ample. Being on university property, the lots (including faculty) are open and free to the public on Sunday. The church is very family-oriented. Its parishioners are of all ages, retired and children, and a nursery is available at the 11 a.m. mass. Father Marcin, originally from Poland, is yong and has a good sense of humor. It is a very intimate setting. I think children would love the contemporary music too. During the school year, weekly student-led bible studies are offered after mass followed by a free dinner. I can't wait to go back myself. It really is something special.