Proclaim the Good News

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

July 24, 2023


Office of the Bishop

Rest in Peace

Rev. Msgr. Herman Bezunartea

Let us pray for Rev. Msgr. Bezunartea's soul and for 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.

Bishop Brennan's Message for

Bishop's Annual Appeal

Brothers and Sisters,

We Are One Body in this beautiful church of ours. Although we are all called to and driven by various ministries, all of which are important to your parish and our diocese, we all have the same mission, to Proclaim the Good News and to ensure our church and faith thrive. It is that time of year where I ask you the faithful to participate in the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. This appeal is essential in funding ministries that Proclaim the Good News and help our Church grow. This year’s appeal will fund Vocations, Catechetical Ministries and Catholic Education. The one thing these three ministries have in common is that they all form teachers of our faith. Teaching our faith is essential in growing our faith and Proclaiming the Good News. Please help us in supporting the formation of our future priests, Catechetical leaders and Catholic Educators. I thank you all for your generosity to your parish and the diocese as we work as One Body to Grow Our Faith and Proclaim the Good News.

Support the BAA

Watch A Moment with Bishop Brennan, "World Youth Day" by clicking the video above!

A Moment with Bishop Brennan

A new episode of A Moment with Bishop Brennan is HERE!

In this episode, Bishop Brennan recaps the World Youth Day send-off Mass that took place last weekend at the Newman Center in Fresno with over 200 pilgrims!

He dives into the gospel to encourage our youth as they head to Lisbon for World Youth Day.

"Do not be Afraid."

Bishop Brennan Congratulates

LA's New Bishops

Bishop Brennan sincerely congratulates the 4 new Auxiliary Bishops of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

  • Msgr. Albert Bahhuth
  • Fr. Matthew Elshoff, OFM. Cap.
  • Fr. Brian Nunes
  • Fr. Slawomir Szkredka

Credit to The Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Catholic Night at the Park

The Diocese of Fresno and the Fresno Grizzlies invite you to Catholic Night at the Park! Take your family out for a baseball game and celebrate your faith with the Faithful throughout the Diocese on Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at Chukchansi Park in Fresno.

Secure your tickets today!

Purchase Tickets Here!

Bishop Brennan wishes his Diocesan staff a Happy Birthday

Human Resources

Job Positions Available at the Diocese of Fresno!

The Diocese of Fresno’s Chancery Office is NOW HIRING! We are on a lookout for professional individuals for the following open job positions:  

  • Executive Assistant to the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia 
  • Receptionist 
Learn more and apply!

Parish Focus

Vacation Bible School

St. Patrick's Church, Merced

St. Patrick's Parish invited the youth of Merced to join us for our week long Vacation Bible School session. These children and volunteer Confirmation Students went on a Stellar adventure through space to explore the love of God! We thank our student volunteers and parents for making this such an amazing experience for the children in attendance!

Courtesy of Rosemarie Pierce, St. Patrick's Church, Merced

Our little ones that attended with Fr. Robert and their spaceship!

Fr. Robert with all of our amazing Youth Confirmation student volunteers!

Happy Retirement, Jean!

Divine Mercy Church, Clovis

It is with heartfelt gratitude that we congratulate Jean Caiazza on her retirement as administrative assistant at Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Clovis. Jean retired after 13 years of faithful service to our community. As founding members of our parish, she and her husband Pat opened up their home for Divine Mercy’s earliest meetings. When the need arose, she poured herself into volunteering as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, as a Lector, as Sacristan and anywhere else that she was needed. Eventually, she took on the role of administrative assistant, putting her many years of professional experience to use.

Jean has been and will continue to be a strong and energetic pillar of our community. As she moves on to this next chapter in her life, we hope she knows how grateful we all are for all that she has done.  Congratulations on a well-deserved retirement! 

Courtesy of Maricella Gutierrez, Divine Mercy Church, Clovis

St. Aloysius Vacation Bible School

Shine Jesus' Light

Courtesy of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Tulare

Catechetical Ministries

The Catechetical Corner

Continued Formation during Summer Break

Summer can be a strange time for people who work or volunteer as ministry leaders. On the one hand, it can feel like your ministry has slowed down. You might not have programs running anymore or other regular classes. And sometimes if you do offer something during the Summer, attendance can be lacking. The issue might not be that your parish and ministries don’t provide opportunities for summer faith formation. It’s perhaps that sometimes those opportunities might be less consistent.

One of the things for some individuals during the Summer break might also be that time seems to fly by in whatever we do. It can be a potential headache for those charged with programming education and faith formation opportunities. There is no doubt that summer can offer a challenge to the norm, but I encourage you to see ways in which these disruptions can open exciting possibilities for innovation and experimentation. Be creative and see what happens. Bridge the gap between the program year and summer seasons with various types of resources. Not only to complement something that might already be programmed such as Vacation Bible School, but so they can also draw a connection to your regularly scheduled faith formation programming that starts up after the Summer. Below I’d like to highlight some possibilities to consider during the summer season.

Click on the READ MORE button to discover how to make the most out of Ordinary Time, adapt to a lack of volunteers and networking.

Article by Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministry Coordinator

Read More (ENG/ESP)

Diocesan Retreat Centers

High School Camp

Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, Three Rivers

Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center invites all High School youth who love the outdoors and want to enrich their Catholic faith to High School Camp from July 31-August 4, 2023!

Enjoy a week full of live music, liturgy, hiking, creative arts and more!

Scholarships are available upon request. Please contact Sam at [email protected] for more information.

Register here!

Prayer of the Week


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High School Camp

Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, Three Rivers

July 31-Aug 4, 2023

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Encounter of Peace Mini-Retreat

PDDM Convent, Fresno

August 5, 2023

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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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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Rekindle Your Relationship with Jesus in the Eucharist Retreat

St. Mary's Parish Hall, Sanger

August 19, 2023

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Catholic Night at the Park

Chukchansi Park, Fresno

August 23, 2023

6:50 PM

Visit Website

Marriage Enrichment Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 8 - 10, 2023

Learn more

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

Visit Website

Harvest Festival

St. Joachim School Yard, Madera

September 29, 2023

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Learn More

Harvest Festival

St. Joachim School Yard, Madera

September 30, 2023

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Learn More

Diocesan Congress and Youth Day

Visalia Convention Center, Visalia

October 13 - 15, 2023

Save the Date!

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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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