Proclaim the Good News

The Diocese of Fresno's Weekly Newsletter, published every Monday morning.

September 4, 2023

The Pastoral Center will be closed on Monday, September 4, 2023 in observance of Labor Day.

Office of the Bishop

New Video: Catholic Night at the Park with Bishop Brennan!

Bishop Brennan takes the Faithful on his Baseball Adventure during Catholic Night at the Park!

Watch Bishop as he prepares to throw the First Pitch and have fun with the Faithful.

Check out the night by clicking the video!

The Hour of the Laity

A Lay Catholic Conference

You're invited to a new conference that equips Catholic Laity for leadership in secular society! The Hour of the Laity is a new platform to develop lay Catholics for engaging society as civic leaders.

The national conference will be from November 2 - 5, 2023 at the Christ Cathedral Campus in Garden Grove, CA. Register today!

Register here!

Bishop Brennan wishes his Diocesan Staff a Happy Birthday

Office of Communications

Email Spam Warning

Warning on the Increase of Spam Emails

With the increase of spam emails, the Diocese of Fresno encourages you to protect yourself against Email Spam. Please refer to the flyer for tips to avoid email spam.

Office of Formation and Evangelization


The Diocese of Fresno's Annual Congress & Youth Day 2023


Now's your chance to secure a spot in the largest Ministry Leadership gathering of the year in our Diocese!

At the Diocesan Congress, you can experience a wide range of workshops, listen to inspiring speakers and meet with wonderful exhibitors all in ONE place.

  • Congress: October 13 & 14, 2023
  • Youth Day: October 15, 2023

We look forward to your attendance at our Annual Congress and Youth Day!

To learn more information, please visit congress.dioceseoffresno.org


Human Resources

Good Shepherd Catholic Parish is NOW HIRING!

Good Shepherd Catholic Parish (GSCP) in Visalia is looking to hire an experienced organist, vocalist and conductor to be Director of Sacred Music.

To learn more about this job position, please visit gscparish.com/dsmapply.

Office of Catholic Education

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School receives Special Recognition

Awarded by Catholic Charities

Congratulations to Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School in Merced for receiving the Ministry of Presence Award from Catholic Charities, Merced at their Annual Harvest of Hope Dinner.  

Catholic Charities presented the award to OLM due to their “their commitment towards shaping Merced County youth and their dedication towards instilling a sense of community, commitment to service and love of thy neighbor.”  

We thank them for their wonderful presence in the community and serving the Merced County area for 96 years!

Courtesy of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School, Merced

Eucharistic Revival

International Exhibition:

The Eucharistic Miracles of the World

St. Charles Borromeo, Visalia

The Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit is coming to Good Shepherd Catholic Parish!

Visit the exhibit at St. Charles Borromeo Church Hall in Visalia from September 9-10, 2023 between 9:00am to 7:00pm.

In addition to the exhibit, tours of St. Charles Church will be offered:

  • Saturday, Sept. 9, 10:30am -12:30pm
  • Sunday, Sept. 10, 11:15am - 1:15pm
View Flyer (ENG/ESP)

Parish Focus

Why Be Catholic?: A Parish Mission

St. Brigid Church, Hanford

St. Brigid Church in Hanford is holding a Parish Mission!

All are invited to attend "Why Be Catholic?" from September 9th- 13th, 2023 at St. Brigid! Regardless of your level of faith, come and experience God's Divine Mercy!

This is a free event for all ages. Confessions will be available before each Mission Talk. Please see the flyer for the full schedule.

Courtesy of Amy, St. Brigid Catholic Church, Hanford

View the Flyer/Schedule

National Day of Remembrance

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Co-patroness of the Unborn

The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Co-patroness of the Unborn in Bakersfield invites you to come and join them for a Special Mass in support of the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.

  • Mass will be on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 11:00 AM
  • The Shrine is located at 4600 E. Brundage Lane in Bakersfield, CA .

Here at The Holy Spouses Memorial of the Unborn in Bakersfield, we welcome mothers and fathers to begin the healing process, by naming their child and giving the child their dignity and respect. We offer plaques where the baby’s name are engraved and placed on the walls of our Cemetery dedicated to all the unborn.

Join us as we pray for all of the babies and families around the world.

Courtesy of Virginia Santos, Shrine of OLG, Co-Patroness of the Unborn

Learn more and register!

29th Annual Marian

Eucharistic Conference

Mary and the Eucharist

Holy Cross Ministries presents the 29th Annual Marian Eucharistic Conference! The 3-day conference will be held at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District from October 27 - 29th, 2023!

Join Holy Cross Ministries for 3 days filled with exciting speakers, wonderful musicians and Mass.

Pre-registration must be mailed by October 20th to ensure your admittance. Please view the flyer to view the full schedule and to register.

School of Ministry

Lay Formation Institute's 2023-2026 Cohort Orientation Retreat

The Beginning of a 3-year Journey

The Lay Formation Institute's 2023-2026 Cohort held its Orientation Retreat at St. Anthony Retreat Center in Three Rivers on Saturday, August 26, 2023. This retreat is the beginning of their three-year journey.

A new LFI cohort opens once every three years.  The Lay Formation Institute, also known as LFI, is an Advanced Formation program in the School of Ministry Department that is part of the Office of Formation and Evangelization in the Diocese of Fresno. 

This three-year leadership program in the Diocese of Fresno is a program which includes not only theological studies, but the development of leadership skills, spiritual communication and human development. It is intended for individuals who want to become a well-rounded leader for his or her parish in assisting with the development of parish and ministry programs. 

*Participation in any advanced formation is only possible with the approval and support from each participant's respective pastor.

Article by Diana Rivas, School of Ministry Secretary

Catechetical Ministry

The Catechetical Corner

Diocesan Congress around the Corner

As we come into September, many of us here in the Diocese of Fresno know that our Annual Diocesan Congress is right around the corner.

The Diocese of Fresno's Congress, now going into its 33rd year, takes place on the second weekend of October every year. As we gather to celebrate fellowship and formation, we hope that all participants this year will once again take advantage of what will be offered through the various sessions and activities of the day. For those that might want to look at the sessions or register, the below links will connect you with the registration site and website.

With any large event that takes place, we need a strong and talented team to support the process of the event itself. As mentioned in previous articles concerning Congress Volunteers, this event cannot take place without the support of volunteers and all the talent that they bring to the table in this service.

For those of you that might be interested in supporting us as volunteers, you may use the link below to find out more information to register. If you know of anyone that might be interested, please share this information with them. You can also contact me through email at [email protected] and request a digital copy for distribution in your parish community. The volunteer flyer also has a black and white version for copying purposes.

Article by Roman Flores, Catechetical Coordinator

Congress VOLUNTEER Registration
Read More Here! (Available in ENG/ESP)

Diocesan Retreat Centers

EPJ National Retreat

Encuentros de Promoción Juvenil Estados Unidos

EPJ USA is a international young adult movement that is recognized by the Vatican and is approved by the Diocese of Fresno to work here at a diocesan level. This year we had our National Retreat here in the Diocese of Fresno hosted by our Fresno group (C.G. Fresno) at Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center that took place from August 17th to August 20th.

We had over 60 young adults participate in our National Retreat that came from Arkansas, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, Oklahoma City and San Diego. We also had elections for a new national team where I was re-elected to continue my service as the National Coordinator.

At the very end on Sunday, we had Bishop Brennan celebrate our closing mass with us and it was a beautiful celebration. We want to thank the Diocese of Fresno and Bishop Brennan for the continued support and prayers for our movement here in the Diocese and in the USA. 

Article by Luis Sandoval, Retreat Coordinator at Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center

Knights of Columbus

Annual St. Anthony BBQ Retreat

Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree Father Dade Assembly

It's time for the Annual BBQ Retreat!

Join the Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree Father Dade Assembly for great food and even greater company on Sunday, October 15, 2023 at the St. Anthony Retreat Center in Three Rivers.

  • Dinner begins at 3:00pm
  • Donation: $20 per person
  • Event is open to the public

Donation form is available on the flyer. If you would like more tickets, please contact Donald Champ at [email protected]

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Prayer of the Week


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Divine Mercy Catholic Church Fundraiser

Panera, Clovis

1260 Shaw Ave

September 6, 2023 4:00 PM -8 :00 PM

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Marriage Enrichment Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 8 - 10, 2023

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International Exhibition the Eucharistic Miracles of the World

St. Charles Borromeo Church Hall,Visalia

September 9 - 10, 2023

9:00AM - 7:00 PM

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Why Be Catholic?:

A Parish Mission

St. Brigid Church, Hanford

September 9 - 13, 2023

View the Flyer

Come Away Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 12- 14, 2023

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Women's Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 22 - 24, 2023

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Our Lady of Fatima Celebration Mass and Raffle

St. Charles Borromeo Church, Visalia

September 24, 2023

10:00 AM

Learn more

Foundations Course for Faith Nursing

The Shrine of St. Thérèse, Fresno

September 28 - October 1, 2023

Visit Website

The Diocese of Fresno's Annual

Blue Mass

St. John's Cathedral, Fresno

September 29, 2023 12:10 PM

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Harvest Festival

St. Joachim School Yard, Madera

September 29 & 30, 2023

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Learn More

Holy Spirit Church

1st Annual Pro-Life Mass and Rosary

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

October 7, 2023

8:00 AM

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Diocesan Congress and Youth Day

Visalia Convention Center, Visalia

October 13 - 15, 2023

Save the Date!

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Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Fr. Dade Assembly Annual BBQ Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

October 15, 2023

2:00 PM

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Couples Retreat

View Flyer for Details

October 21, 2023

8:00AM - 4:00 PM

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29th Annual

Marian Eucharistic Conference

Clovis Veterans Memorial District, Clovis

October 27 - 29,


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The Hour of the Laity: A Lay Catholic Conference

Christ Cathedral Campus, Garden Grove

November 2 -5, 2023

Learn More

Advent Family Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

December 10, 2023

8:00 AM - 4:00PM

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Good News of Jesus, especially amongst the poor and marginal of our society."

“Como pueblo amado de Dios estamos llamados en y a través del Espíritu Santo a vivir en unidad y amor, y para anunciar la Buena Nueva de Jesús, especialmente entre los pobres y los marginados de nuestra sociedad.”

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