First Friday Friars

The Catholic Men's Organization, Since 1959

Join Us For Our Next Meeting:

Friday, June 5, 2020

1:00 p.m. on Zoom

A Catholic men’s organization with over 200 members, First Friday Friars has met on the first Friday of the month for more than 50 years. A novena of First Friday Masses, THE ORANGE CONFERENCE CENTER  300 South Flower Street  Orange, CA 92868 interesting speakers, and luncheon are provided  Guests and prospective members are always welcome.


First Friday Friars President’s Message

Greetings Brother Friars!     
I am happy to report that, during these trying times of self-isolation, your dedicated Board of Directors has been regularly meeting to chart our new course.  On May 15, 2020, I humbly accepted the nomination and selection as the President of First Friday Friars. 

I would first like to thank and commend our departing President, Martin Covarrubias.  Due to personal and business commitments, Martin was forced to resign mid-term, which would have concluded on June 30, 2020.  His service and devotion to our organization’s goals is praiseworthy. 

These are difficult times, but opportunities abound.  We hear the term “new normal” frequently and your board is committed to embracing the new normal, while maintaining our traditional Catholic faith values.  With that concept in mind, we are proposing to continue to meet on the first Friday of the month, excluding January, June, and July. Mass will be live streamed and conducted by Father Glenn Baaten, our own Chaplain. Our regularly scheduled meeting will follow using the Zoom App. This affords all of us, especially our senior members, the comfort of participating in their own homes without travel burdens and with relaxed dress. Most importantly, this can all be accomplished while maintaining health and safety protocols.

Many of you are familiar with Zoom but, for those of you who are not, we are proposing a trial run scheduled for Friday, June 5th at 1 p.m.  A contact link, including important Zoom log-in instructions for your PC, cell phone, iPad, tablet, etc., will be provided before June 5th via email.  In preparation for this trial run, please download the Zoom App on your chosen device. We are hoping to work out all the bugs and have an enjoyable experience.  This trial run is not a regular meeting but merely a meeting to assist those needing help using Zoom or having questions regarding the application.  This should not take more than 15-20 minutes. We will make members available who are knowledgeable in the Zoom App to mentor you individually, at your home if need be.

The Board of Directors approved the purchase of an annual ZOOM App subscription, so members will have free access.  Using this new platform, we will continue to provide quality program speakers, now with worldwide access and without cost to our organization.

I am attaching the current Slate of Officers for 2020-2021.  I look forward to continuing to pursue the Mission Statement of our Catholic Men’s Organization since our inception in 1959: Celebrating the Sacred Heart of Jesus, build friendships, and create networking to expand contacts in the Catholic community.

Please stay tuned for additional updates, as we navigate these turbulent waters. I do anticipate this Zoom format continuing for the foreseeable future.

Please respond to me, either by email or cell phone, if you have any questions or comments

PS:  Our Treasurer will be sending an email reminder to those who still need to pay dues. Although we are temporarily not paying for meals, operational costs are still on-going.  Your prompt attention to this matter is appreciated.

Faithfully yours in Christ Jesus,

Gene Hernandez

Gene Hernandez, President


Bob Hengstebeck, Communications



 2020-2021 First Friday Friars Executive Committee

Founded in 1959, the First Friday Friars meets on the first Friday of the month to share the Catholic faith and fellowship. We share mass, a meal and enjoy a speaker on a topic of interest to our community.

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