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President's Message

January 2020

On behalf of the Saint John Neumann’s Men’s Club Board of Directors, I want to wish each of you and your families a joyful and hopeful New Year.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Hans Bockleman, a representative of the Biscayne National Park Institute, our January 2020 speaker who gave us an excellent presentation on Biscayne National Park, it’s history, features and amenities. 

We have a number of activities coming up in the next few months that need everyone’s support.


In February we have our annual Julio Valdivia cigar night meeting at our February Meeting.  Also, our “Swing into Spring” Dinner Dance (formerly known as Sweethearts night) will take place on Saturday April 18th at Resurrection Hall. And our annual golf tournament will take place on May 16th.  Please note these events in your calendars.

Our  Tom Rhodes III Golf Tournament, to be held on May 16th, needs your help in obtaining sponsors and small raffle gifts. The annual golf tournament is our major fund-raising event for the year and needs your support.  We need each of you to take time to secure some support from our local merchants, in the form of a donation or gift card at their place of business. On the website is a list of the sponsorship levels and signups to play in the tournament.

At our March Meeting, we are honored to have Archbishop Wenski as our guest.  For both the March meeting and the Swing into Spring event, we will be asking to RSVP to future Flocknote announcements.  This RSVP is necessary for adequate meal planning.

Please plan on attending our February Cigar night meeting and bring a relative, friend or neighbor to the meeting. To be a viable and sound organization, we need new members, especially younger adults.

Thank you and God Bless you and your families in the new year.

Paul Banaszak
Men's Club President

(786) 295-7717

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Our January Dinner Meeting


Member News and Notes

The Men’s Club November Board Meeting welcomed representatives of Encuentros Juveniles, who made a presentation requesting support to sponsor six young people from our Parish to attend their upcoming retreat programs for high school girls in December and high school boys in February. The Board approved their request. Presenting the sponsorship check to Mark Gomez (r) of Encuentros Junveniles is President Paul Banaszak (L). 




A "standing room only" crowd from Saint John Neumann said goodbye

to a pillar of its parish community, John Sullivan, who passed away

earlier this week after a long illness. Monsignor Pablo Navarro lead

the overflow congregation in a special funeral Mass to honor John this

past Saturday morning.


"Sully" was a founder of the Men's Club in 1981, served two terms as

President, and was an active member of the Board of Directors. Over

four decades, he sponsored dozens of new Catholics in the RCIA program,

organized the Usher Ministry, and was a leader in the Miami Cursillo

Movement. John was best known for his warm welcome to everyone

entering the SJN sanctuary.


Fellow Men's Club Presidents paying their respects at his service included

Paul Banaszak, Sean O'Brien, Frank Sioli, John O'Brien, Eric Schwindeman,

Gerry Scott, Ray Octaviano, and Ed Zaldivar.


They were joined by Men's Club Members and their families that included

Tim Britton, Bill Fogarty, Ron Ahearn, Jose Rojas, Luis Acevedo, Bill Tuttle,

Greg Schwarz, Chris Scott, Rick Santi, Sal Avila, Bob Binder. Lou Confessore,

DK Knox,Virgil Campanera, Gus Caballero, Julio Lopez, Raul Rodriguez, EJ

Rivero, Gerry Pecknold, Herman Bernberg, Julio Leiva, Peter Glaria, Jimmy

Searle, Robin DeSouza, Tim O'Connor, Dave Christopherson, John Gentile,

Paul Bedard, Raymar Rodriquez, and Chuck Caldwell.


The service was a wonderful send-off to a man loved by generations of

parishioners. Rest easy, John Sullivan, good and faithful servant!

You will be missed!

Our New  2019-2020   Calendar

Catholic Prayer Breakfast

The Catholic Prayer Breakfast is Chaired by Men's Club Member Gerry Pecknold.  Watch our site for regular updates on the latest program information from Gerry on the Prayer Breakfast.

We eat and pray together as community in the Body of Christ.  Join us, just once. You’ll look forward to the next meeting. It’s the second Tuesday of every month (except July).

Next Breakfast Meeting: SEE YOU ON FEBRUARY 11th

Our next Guest Speaker is: TBA




RESERVATIONS ARE REQUESTED: 305-284-3270 (24-hour Voicemail)


Jesus Christ Is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed!

Attention All Sponsors, Golfers, and Volunteers our Tom Rhodes III Memorial Golf Tournament

will be held at Trump National Doral Golf Course  on Saturday, May 16th.

(See Photos of Past Tournament on Tournament Tab Above)



AFTER ALL MASSES on Saturday, May 11th & Sunday, May 12th

Plan to Lend a Hand

Our February 3rd Meeting

(Click on Image Below to Download Flyer)

February Latin Cigar Night Dinner  flyer

The 2019 Peter Mc Cullagh &

Deacon Thomas Aguilu Merit Scholarships

Were Presented on May 6th.

 Check out the Scholarships Tab Above for More Information

Watch this site for information on the expanded scholarships program for 2020!

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archbishop wenski will return as our guest speaker on Monday, march 2nd, 2020

Our November 2017 Meeting
Guest Speaker was Archbishop Thomas Wenski on the Still Timely Subject of Immigration and Refugees
"No human being is a 'problem'"
(Click on image to view video of his remarks)

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