Proclaim the Good News

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

November 13, 2023

Office of the Bishop

You're invited to the Ordination of our Diocesan Transitional Deacons

Bishop Brennan and the Diocese of Fresno joyfully announces the Ordination of our Diocesan Transitional Deacons.

You are invited to the Ordination Mass on Saturday, December 9th at Holy Spirit Church in Fresno at 10:30am.

Join us in celebration of our two candidates, Mr. Joseph Klinge and Mr. Adrian Arreola, as they begin their new journey as Transitional Deacons.

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Rest in Peace Rev. John Burns

On October 30th, Rev. John Burns, priest of the Diocese of Fresno, passed away at 98 years old.

Let us pray for Rev. John Burns' soul and for the comfort and peace for his family and loved ones. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

Photo credits: Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

How to Support

Restorative Justice Month

Every November, the California Catholic Community comes together to learn, pray and act on the ministry of Restorative Justice.

Restorative Justice resources are available on our Diocesan website such as homily helps, prayers of the faithful and announcements.

Discover here

Bishop Brennan Congratulates All Clergy Who Celebrate Anniversaries in the Month of November

Human Resources

Welcome Monica and Brenda to the Pastoral Center!

The Diocese of Fresno gives a warm welcome to our new Chancery staff members, Monica Novoa and Brenda Banuelos! We are happy to have them on our team.

Monica is the Executive Assistant to the Vicar General and Administrative Assistant to the Vicar for Clergy and Director of Communications.

Brenda, our new receptionist, will be the first voice you hear when you call the Diocese and first face you'll meet at the Chancery Office!

Monica Novoa

Brenda Banuelos

Catholic Charities

15th Annual Turkey Drive

Providing Help, Creating Hope

The Diocese of Fresno's Catholic Charities is partnering with KSEE24 for the Annual Turkey Drive! Help serve families in the greatest of need this holiday season with a Thanksgiving meal.

Frozen turkey donations will be accepted at the KSEE24 parking lot on Tuesday, November 21st from 5am to 7pm!

For those who can not make it, Catholic Charities will also accept frozen turkeys before the KSEE 24 drive at the CCDOF location, Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 3:30 pm. 

More Ways to Support

Parish Focus

1st Annual Festival of All Saints & All Souls

St. John's Cathedral, Fresno

St. John's Cathedral held their 1st Annual Festival of All Saints and All Souls on Nov. 4th. Everyone was invited to dress up as a Saint or as a character from the movie "COCO." There was plenty of games, snacks and fun!

What a wonderful gathering!

Courtesy of Monica Dinis, Office Assistant, St. John's Cathedral, Fresno

Women's Guild Holiday Boutique

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

Holy Spirit Church's Women's Guild invites you to their Holiday Boutique! All are welcomed to enjoy a boutique filled with arts, crafts, gift items, jams and religious items on Sunday, November 19th from 9AM - 2PM at Holy Spirit Church in Fresno.

You and the entire family can enjoy:

  • 37 different vendors
  • Breakfast burritos
  • Pulled pork sandwiches
  • Baked goods
  • Raffle prizes

Courtesy of Francie Manzanares, Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

Office of Formation and Evangelization

Praying for All Victims of Crime

Crime Survivors Ministry

In celebration of the Restorative Justice Month, the Crime Survivors Ministry in partnership with the Hikes with Mary Rosary Ministry (St. Paul Catholic Newman Center) prayed the rosary for the intentions of the victims and their families last Saturday, November 4, 2023.

The Virgin Mary is the mother of the Church and the mediatrix of all graces. In times of suffering and injustice, we turn to her in all stages and circumstances of our lives for help and intercession. Her maternal care and empathy is a source of comfort for victims and their families. We dedicate our prayers to all who were affected by the harm caused by violent crimes and for everyone who is involved in the healing process of the victims, offenders, and their families and friends.

This month of November, we focus our prayers in solidarity with justice, mercy, healing and restoration of a loving relationship with God, with self and with one another.

Courtesy of Cielito 'Maciel' Godburn, Crime Survivors Ministry

Diocesan Retreat Centers

Advent Family Retreat

Register Today!

Join St. Anthony Retreat and Conference Center in Three Rivers for their FIRST Advent Family Retreat on December 10th from 10am to 4pm! 

Spend a day preparing for the birth of our Lord with the whole family! There will be fun activities for children of all ages as well as for parents and grandparents! Retreat costs are $30 per adult and $15 per child.

Register Online!
Purchase Tickets Here!

Festival of Trees Postponed

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, St. Anthony Retreat and Conference Center has postponed the Annual Festival of Trees to Thursday, November 30th.

We are currently experiencing a hot water issue at the retreat center and hope to have this issue resolved by the end of the week.

We apologize for the inconvenience and we hope you will be able to join us on November 30th!

Courtesy of Julia Dix, Development and Marketing Manager, St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

Health and Nursing Ministry

West Nile Virus in Fresno County

The Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) has confirmed its first human death caused by West Nile Virus (WNV). The FCDPH has reported ten (10) positive human cases of WNV this year.


To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes and contracting West Nile Virus, Fresno County residents are urged to take the following precautions:

  • Apply insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes and repair or replace screens that have holes or tears.
  • Eliminate standing water and containers that can hold water from around the home.

Prayer of the Week


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A Night of Veneration with the Statue of our Blessed Mother

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November 14, 2023

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Holiday Boutique

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

November 19, 2023

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Annual Turkey Drive

KSEE24 Studios, Fresno

November 21, 2023

5:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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Come Away Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

November 28 - 30, 2023

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Winter Wonderland: Free Family Fun Night

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

November 29, 2023

4:00 PM -7:00 PM

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2023 Festival of Trees

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

November 16, 2023

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Bethlehem Center's Festival of Trees

St. Charles Borromeo Hall, Visalia

December 1, 2023

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The Diocese of Fresno's Transitional Diaconate Ordination

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

December 9, 2023

10:30 AM

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Advent Family Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

December 10, 2023

8:00 AM - 4:00PM

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6-Day Silent Directed Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

January 28 -

February 3, 2024

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"As God's beloved people we are called in and through the Spirit to live in unity and love and to proclaim the

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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