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.
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.
I absolutely love St. Thomas More. It is by far the best mass to attend in Columbia, SC. You are welcomed in a way that is necessary to stay a practicing catholic as a student, and even for non-students! Sunday 7pm during the school year is my favorite, less formal, mostly students, the morning masses are mixed, but you still feel welcomed. Father Marcin does a great job connecting with young adults and the surrounding adult catholics as well. The choir is great and attending these masses have made me realize that is it not hard to attend church, no matter how "busy" you may be. I won't be back until the Fall, but I look forward to spending part of my Sundays during the next school year at this church!
psa42:1 " As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for you, oh God". This place of worship and word was so refreshing. I thank God for leading my family to this spirit filled ,awesome ,annointed place of praise and man of God. The Lovetts
i'm karine laure, i'm come from cameroon. i was here, around two months and i don't know where you're. i need to read the different reading of the day and their explanation.
great church! i'm new to the area and finally found my Sunday morning home. Priest seems very outgoing and welcoming. I recommend this church to any Catholic!