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St. John Neumann Men’s Club

A Parish Ministry of St. John Neumann Catholic Church

President's Message

February 2020

I hope that all of you who attended the February meeting on February 3rd had an enjoyable time.  I would like to thank Nicolas Ferradaz of Old World Cigars for supplying the cigars for the evening and also Mike Mesa for contributing some of the libations which we enjoyed. They did an outstanding job of securing cigars and manning our bar.  Special thanks to Dennis Stommes and his team for the setup of the pavilion for the meeting and cleanup after the meeting.  We could have used more volunteers to clean up the pavilion and the kitchen. Please consider spending a few minutes after the meetings to pitch in and help them make the task go smoother and quicker.  It was also very moving to hear from a few of our members recollecting Julio Valdivia in whose name we dedicate and celebrate the cigar night event.

We have a number of activities coming up in the next few months that need everyone’s support. At our March meeting on March 2nd, Archbishop Wenski will be our guest.  Also, in April we will have our regular meeting on Monday the 6th and on Saturday the 18th we will be holding our Swing into Spring Dinner Dance (formerly known as Sweethearts Night).  Don’t’ forget our annual golf tournament will take place on May 16 at the Doral Golf and Country club Gold Course.  Our golf tournament 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.

Please plan on attending our March meeting and bring a relative, friend or neighbor to the meeting. This will be a men only meeting and I am sure some of you would like to share a cigar out at the pavilion with the Archbishop.  I will be sending out a Flocknote email requesting an RSVP for the March meeting, so that we can get a better handle on how many dinners we expect to serve. To be a viable and sound organization, we need new members, especially younger adults.

On a final note, this is your club and we need more volunteers in the kitchen and in cleanup activities after the meetings.  It only takes a few minutes to help and it would be greatly appreciated.

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


Paul Banaszak
Men's Club President


(786) 295-7717

Click Gallery to View Images of February's

Julio Valdivia Latin Cigar Night

Dinner Meeting


Member News and Notes

Index card 2020 w Mens Club addition Feb

Join Us for Our March 2nd Dinner Meeting

Let us know you'll be in the picture for our March 2nd Dinner Meeting as we again welcome Archbishop Thomas Wenski to the Men’s Club.  Email President Paul Banaszak at or call him at 786-295-7717

to let him know you will be with us on Monday, March 2nd.  The photo above is from the last visit by Archbishop Wenski in November 2017.



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 FEBRUARY 11th

Our next Guest Speaker is: Alredo "Freddy" Piedra, President, Bacardi Global Brands




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

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

Our March 2nd 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 Presented on May 4th.

 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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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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