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St. John Neumann Men’s Club

A Parish Ministry of St. John Neumann Catholic Church

President's Message

March 5, 2020



We had a good turnout at our March meeting as you would expect with our guest of honor, Archbishop Wenski in attendance.  His talk was very interesting on the state religion and how all denominations are losing parishioners, even the evangelicals.  His message was on the importance and challenges of passing on the faith to those we love and those we meet in our daily lives. Some of the members even enjoyed a fine cigar with the Archbishop after the meeting out in the pavilion.


Coming up on April 6 is next meeting, and our guest speaker will be David Armstrong, president of St Thomas University.


Also, in April is our Swing into Spring dinner dance (formerly known as Sweethearts night).  The event will take place on Saturday April 18 at 8 pm in Resurrection Hall.  We are planning to use the same caterer and music DJ that were involved in the event last year.  Please reserve your tickets early so that we can get a good determination of how many people we need to prepare for. Tickets will be sold at $90 per couple and $50 for a single. I will be sending out a Flock Note invitation with an RSVP request.  Please respond when you get the email.


Our Scholarship program is accepting entries until March 23, 2020.  This year we are accepting applications from men’s club members or registered St John Neumann parishioners. The questions for each entry level have been posted on our website.  As a reminder, the deadline for entries and essay submittal is March 23, 2020.  Winners will be announced at our April Swing into Spring dinner dance and awards will be presented at the May meeting.


Our May meeting’s guest speaker will be John Steinbauer, Jr.  John has been Tournament Director of the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship since 1998, U.S. Team organizer for the annual World Golf Team Championship (Japan), and other interesting activities for many years.  We will also be presenting the Merit Scholarships winner awards at that meeting also.  It promises to be a very festive night.  Please make plans to attend and support our young adults.


Our annual fundraiser, the Tom Rhodes memorial golf tournament is coming fast on May 16, 2020.  We need golfers, sponsors, donations for our raffle prizes and volunteers to help at the course.  The tournament will be held at the Trump Doral National Golf Course.  We will be playing the Gold course.  Please help make this event successful.


Don’t forget to register with Our Lady of Florida for the annual St John Neumann men’s retreat the weekend of June 5 through 7, 2020. You can register on the Our Lady of Florida website or you can use the link on our webpage.


Finally, our fraternal year is quickly drawing to a close.  My term as President will end on June 30, 2020, and we are accepting nominees for the office of president and other board seats.  Please get involved with the club at a higher level and volunteer for a board position.


If you would like to be considered for a position on the board for our next year, please contact myself or one of the other board members. We need men to fill the following positions:

  • President

  • Vice President

  • Secretary

  • Treasurer

  • Sergeant-at-Arms

  • Director of Operations

  • Director of Events

  • Director of Ministries

  • Director of Food Services

  • Director of Marketing


Don’t forget to visit our website for additional information, pictures and upcoming event information.


Paul Banaszak
Men's Club President


(786) 295-7717

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John Sullivan St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Dinner Meeting

with Archbishop Thomas Wenski


Member News and Notes

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Our March 2nd Dinner Meeting

At our John Sullivan St Patrick’s Day Men’s Club Dinner Meeting tonight, our Archbishop Thomas Wenski brought a prayer of blessing and a timely message on the importance and challenges of passing on the Faith to those we love and those we meet around us. The membership enjoyed an evening of sharing fellowship with the Archbishop and each other, and even a fine cigar.



March men's club meeting renamed

john Sullivan st. Patrick's day celebration


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 June 9th*

Our next Guest Speaker is: TBA




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

*subject to advice of Church and Civic authorities


Jesus Christ Is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed!

Register for the Retreat at Our Lady of Florida

(Click on Image Below to be taken to Online Registration)

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

scheduled to be held at Trump National Doral Golf Course. on May 16th 2020

HAS BEEN CANCELLED - See you in May 2021!

(See Photos of Past Tournament on Tournament Tab Above)


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

Plan to Lend a Hand

February Latin Cigar Night Dinner  flyer
February Latin Cigar Night Dinner  flyer

Our April 6th Dinner Meeting

(Click on Image Below to Download Flyer)

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The 2020 Peter Mc Cullagh &

Deacon Thomas Aguilu Merit Scholarships

Will Be Announced on May 4th via email, social media, and on this site.  Formal presentation will take place at a later date.

 Check out the Scholarships Tab Above for All the 2020 Forms and Information

The Merit Scholarships Competition is Now Open to all Registered Families of St. John Neumann Parish

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