Spring greetings!

I need your help and, hopefully, your ongoing support for The First Friday Club.

Ever since the FFC was launched on the first Friday of June, 1986 when Cardinal Joseph Bernardin stepped up to the microphone, a very impressive numbers of speakers have addressed our gatherings. Through their presence and their words we have tried to stay consistent to the Mission of the FFC: to make connections between our work, our faith, and the issues of the day.

This past "season" we have addressed the issue of violence in Chicago, a reflection on the national election, a spiritual strategy in dealing with illness and aging, the difficult issue of forgiveness, a vision for a Catholic University, a view of the changing nature of the Catholic Church in Chicago, the impact of Pope Francis, and a look at public life and service in our country.

This is where your help is needed. After 31 years we want to keep this wonderful FFC going. We are now beginning to struggle financially. Your tax deductible membership can help us change that and breathe more life into the FFCC.

Two of our last three sessions have been sold out.  We are pleased that our Speakers have attracted a large, enthusiastic audience, however, the luncheons are not money makers for the FFC. The attendance cost pays the price for the meal. Nothing is added to our operating and speaker expenses. 

Membership pays the operating and speaker expenses for the FFC. 

This year we have a great attendance but a decrease in membership. So I am asking  you to help us change that. The basic membership is $50, which is tax deductible. Even if you are not able to join us on a number of first Fridays, can you please help me keep alive a great idea that has added much to my life (and maybe yours) for the past 31 years.

Also, this year we have inaugurated a new service. The FFC talks are now podcast via the FFC website. So if you are not able to join us in person, you can now hear each presentation on the internet at www.firstfridayclubchicsgo.org. You can use your commute time to be enriched by the wisdom of our wonderful speakers. 

Thanks for allowing me to share this with you. Your financial help via membership and ongoing support will mean a great deal to me personally and the the future of the FFC. 

Respectfully and sincerely yours,

Fr. John Cusick
The First Friday Club of Chicago