First Friday Friars

The Catholic Men's Organization, Since 1959

Join Us For Our Next Meeting:

Friday, August 7, 2020

11:30 a.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.

Greetings Brother Friars!     

I am pleased again to report that, during these trying times of self-isolation, your dedicated Board of Directors has been meeting on a regular basis to focus on our new course.

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 livestreamed 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 have been holding mentoring sessions with great success.  A contact link, including important Zoom log-in instructions for your PC, cell phone, iPad, tablet, etc., will be provided before our first meeting, August 7th, via email. Brother Friars who are experienced in using the Zoom App will continue to mentor, when the need arises.

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. Our August speaker will be Councilmember Tara Campbell, the former Mayor of Yorba Linda. Tara was the youngest Mayor in California History. Do not miss this exciting program and guests are welcome to join us at no expense. She is a true role model for young women.

I will continue to focus on 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, Denny Shields, 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
First Friday Friars


Bob Hengstebeck


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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