Proclaim the Good News

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

June 19, 2023


Office of the Bishop

Congratulations to our Transitional Deacons!

This weekend, Bishop Brennan ordained our Diocesan Transitional Deacons!

Please welcome our newly ordained Transitional Deacons to their following assignments:

  • Deacon Emmanuel Bernal to St. Ann, Ridgecrest
  • Deacon Herman Cabrera to St. Anthony of Padua, Fresno
  • Deacon Jimmy Millan to St. Joseph, Los Banos
  • Deacon Jose Padron to Sacred Heart, Merced

We ask for your prayers on their journey towards priesthood.

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Bishop Brennan celebrates Corpus Christi

in the Kern Rural Vicariate

Bishop Brennan held Mass and led a Eucharistic procession from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Delano to St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal in Delano on the Feast of Corpus Christi.

This officially marked the beginning of the Year of the Parish Revival as part of the National Eucharistic Revival.

Check out photos from the Procession!

Bishop Brennan Congratulates All Clergy Who Celebrate Anniversaries 

in the Month of June

Office of Catholic Education

Congratulations to the 8th Grade Graduates!

Our Lady of Miracles Catholic School, Gustine

Courtesy of Julie M. Barcelos, M.Ed., Principal at Our Lady of Miracles Catholic School, Gustine

Parish Focus

Corpus Christi Processions throughout the Diocese of Fresno

Check out our Beautiful Eucharistic Processions!

St. Anthony of Padua Church, Reedley

Courtesy of St. Anthony's Church, Reedley

St. Isidore the Farmer Catholic Church, Orange Cove

Courtesy of Francisca Rubio, Parish Secretary at St. Isidore the Farmer

St. Malachy Church, Tehachapi

Courtesy of Constance Brehm, St. Malachy Church, Tehachapi

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

Courtesy of Julia Runnoe, Francie Manzanares, Patty Marquez and Johana Olguin from Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Bakersfield

OLPH church in Bakersfield celebrated Corpus Christi with a Eucharistic Procession. The procession was followed by Mass from OLPH Church to Garces Memorial High School. There, parishioners spent time with Jesus in Adoration.

Watch a video clip of their Corpus Christi procession by clicking here!

Courtesy of Erin Myler, Office Manager at OLPH, Bakersfield

St. Anthony of Padua Church, Fresno

On Corpus Christi Sunday, St. Anthony of Padua – Fresno had a Eucharistic procession after the 11:00 a.m. English Mass led by Msgr. Robert Wenzinger and Deacon Ed Valdez.

The procession went around the outside of the church before concluding with a moment of Adoration inside Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel.

Deacon Edgar Briseño and Father Regino Quijano led the faithful in Eucharistic procession after the 1:00 p.m. Spanish Mass enabling the faithful to witness their love and adoration to the Blessed Sacrament.

This second of two Eucharistic processions officially marks the beginning of our Year of Parish Eucharistic Renewal.

Courtesy of Ray Young, Director of Ministries,

St. Antony of Padua Church, Fresno

St. Anne's Parish, Porterville

Courtesy of Gilbert Echeverria,

Administrative Assistant at

St. Anne's Parish, Porterville

Our Lady of Victory Church, Fresno

Courtesy of Enya Oceguera, OLV Church in Fresno

St. Joachim Catholic Church, Madera

Courtesy of Ana Cruz, Rectory Secretary,

St. Joachim Church, Madera

Office of Formation and Evangelization

Congratulations to our Newly Commissioned Lay Leaders!

LFI (Cohort 2020-2023)

Saturday, June 10, 2023, was a special day. The participants of the Lay Formation Institute (Cohort 2020-2023) gathered for their final morning of reflection and commissioning service at St. Anthony’s Retreat Center in Three Rivers.

These twenty-three participants had worked hard to complete the three-year program and were met with many obstacles. One of the greatest of these was starting the program during a global pandemic!

In addition to the LFI students, several of their spouses and guests accompanied them for the retreat and more came to attend the commissioning service.

Bishop Brennan led the prayer service and gave each one their certificate of completion, commissioning them as lay leaders for the Diocese of Fresno.

Congratulations to those who were commissioned. We are very proud of you!

To learn more about the Lay Formation Institute, a three-year leadership training program, speak to your pastor or contact Diana Rivas at [email protected]

Courtesy of Rose M. Hernández, Director of OFE

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Catechetical Ministries

Catechetical Corner

New Parish Catechetical Leader Boot Camp

One of the most daunting tasks we can face when being put into a new situation, regardless of what it is, is learning how to do it, and hopefully how to do it well. When it comes to ministry leadership, I myself have been put in situations in which I have had to learn on the spot and adapt myself to a new process or way of thinking and working. But I have also always taken the time to view it as a new opportunity to learn and grow both in knowledge and skills. I have often discovered though that it does have to be an intentional action. The more we are formed and informed in what we must do regarding leadership the easier it gets.

This type of mentality must be present in those that lead, especially in ministry because of what is involved. Ministry leadership does not only involve the teaching and guiding process of others but also matters of faith. We must set an example for those of which we have expectations of. The relationships we create and the formation we provide to those that we guide are crucial just as much as is our own formation and understanding in being able to create structured and properly functioning ministries. As we work together in evangelizing our communities, we must also bear in mind that in the process of forming ourselves we don’t have to walk alone.

The specific formation I speak of at this point is our annual Boot Camp for new parish catechetical leaders. This year we will once again offer our Boot Camp for new Catechetical Leadership, the biggest difference of course will be where we offer it. We will be offering two Boot Camps, one in the North and one in the South side of our Diocese, to hopefully make it easier for individuals to attend. In previous years, they had been offered once a year at St. Anthony Retreat Center in Three Rivers. The North side Boot Camp will be offered July 22 at St. Joachim Catholic Church in Madera and the South one at St. Francis of Assisi in Bakersfield, both from 9 am – 3:30 pm. Please read the attached flyer for more information and to register.

Article by Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministry Coordinator

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Youth & Young Adult Ministry


St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Church, Lemoore

Calling the Kings Vicariate for an evening of Adoration with the Blessed sacrament on Saturday, June 24th at St. Peter's Church in Lemoore from 5:30pm - 6:45pm!

Join your local young adult ministries for an evening of praise and worship! Confessions will be available. This family event is FREE followed by a social. We hope to see you there!

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St. Peter Prince of Apostles, Lemoore

June 24, 2023

5:30PM - 6:45 PM

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Jr. High Camp

Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, Three Rivers

June 26 - 30, 2023

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Retiro de Iniciacion: Bautismo en el Espiriut Santo

St. La Salle School's Cafeteria, Reedley

July 1-2, 2023

7:30 AM

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Healing Retreat for Victims of Crime

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

July 8, 2023

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

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High School Camp

Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, Three Rivers

July 31-Aug 4, 2023

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Holy Cross Ministries: Jesus' Lessons on Spiritual Warfare

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

August 18 - 20, 2023

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Catholic Night *Rescheduled*

Chukchansi Park, Fresno

August 23, 2023

6:50 PM

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Marriage Enrichment Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 8 - 10, 2023

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Women's Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 22 - 24, 2023

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Foundations Course for Faith Nursing

The Shrine of St. Thérèse, Fresno

September 28 - October 1, 2023

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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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