Proclaim the Good News

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

December 5, 2022


Office of the Bishop

Bishop Brennan Celebrates St. Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church in Fresno 10th Anniversary!

Bishop Brennan presided St. Mary Queen of Apostles Church's 10th Anniversary Mass this weekend. He also helped draw the winners for the 5th, 4th and 3rd prize for St. Mary's 10 Year Anniversary 10k Raffle!

Bishop Brennan Wishes His Diocesan Staff A Happy Birthday

The Diocese of Fresno Gives Back

This Thanksgiving

Bishop Brennan Participates In Catholic Charities' Annual Turkey Drive

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fresno distributed donated turkeys and meal boxes to families in need this holiday season!

Bishop Brennan started the day off with morning prayer with the group of volunteers and greeted families as they walked in.

A special thank you to those who donated!

Holy Spirit Church's Religious Education and Confirmation Students 

at the Turkey Drive!

Supporting Catholic Charities' Annual Turkey Drive

Knights of Columbus of St. John's Cathedral hand out Thanksgiving Dinners!

Providing Turkeys and Thanksgiving Meals To Those In Need

Risk Management

Fire Safety Training

Fire Training To Keep Staff and Visitors Safe

The Pastoral Center at the Diocese of Fresno recently participated in Fire Extinguisher Training presided by Fire System Solutions, Inc. Fire training is important to keep everyone safe!

Parish office staff will need to contact their Fire Extinguisher Vendor for training in accordance to the Risk Manual.

Pictured below: Bishop Brennan


Serra Club of Fresno Website Launch!

Check out the Serra Club of Fresno's Official Page

Exciting news!! The Serra Club of Fresno has officially launched their website!

You are invited to sojourn and discover the Serra Club of Fresno on the NEW WEBSITE by visiting HERE.

The Serra Club of Fresno is here to PROMOTE, FOSTER and AFFIRM VOCATIONS to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated religious life in the Diocese of Fresno.

For more information on the Serra Club of Fresno, please contact them at [email protected] or mail to PO BOX 26134, Fresno, CA 93729

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Office of Catholic Education

Thanksgiving Feast with the

Kindergarteners of Our Lady of Miracles

Celebrating Tradition for over 30 years

OLM Kindergarteners in Gustine celebrated their Thanksgiving Feast on Friday, November 18th. This tradition has been a part of our school for well over 30 years! 

This year's Kindergarten class dressed as pilgrims and Native Americans and joined their families for a traditional turkey dinner! They are pictured with their teacher, Mrs. Elizabeth Alves. 

Parish Focus

Blessed Carlo Acutis' Relic at St. Joseph's Church in Bakersfield

You're Invited to Attend the Blessing of the Relic!

Bishop Brennan will be the bless the Relic of Blessed Carlos Acutis on Saturday, December 10th at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bakersfield at 4pm!

Youth Groups are encouraged to attend this mass and witness the Relic of an inspiring Catholic Millennial role model!

A Night Under The Stars 

Save The Date For The Young Adult Winter Gala

The Frassati Fellowship Young Adults of Holy Spirit Fresno invites all young adults to their first Winter Gala - A Night Under the Stars!

Join them for a night of dinner and dancing on Saturday, December 10, 2022 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at the Msgr. James T. Logan Center at Holy Spirit Church in Fresno.

$20 for one ticket 

$35 for two tickets 

You can RSVP & get tickets in the parish office!

Call (559) 434-7701 or email [email protected] for more information.

Office of Formation and Evangelization

Advent Reflections Week Two

Weekly Reflections Throughout The Season

Our Advent Reflection for week 2 will be out TODAY! Stay tuned on our Diocesan YouTube channel! For this weeks reflection, we have our guest Seminarian Lloyd Rebuldela along with the Office of Formation and Evangelization!

In case you missed Week 1, catch up by watching the Advent Reflection video below!

Catechetical Ministries

Receiving Advents in Our Hearts

Preparing for the Birth of our Lord

Christmas, as well as Easter, are very important liturgical dates for the Church. Therefore, several weeks are dedicated to spiritual preparation, to cleanse our hearts and welcome so much grace and blessings that the Lord wishes to pour into our lives.

Advent is the time of the liturgical year in which we Catholics prepare for the birth of our Lord, for Christmas. Even though the streets are filled with lights and people begin to rejoice we must begin to prepare the heart with penance.

Fasting, abstinence, almsgiving, and much prayer will allow us to live the real Christmas and prepare our inner selves. We usually hear a lot of tips during this season to live these special weeks properly, but sometimes they enter us through one ear and come out the other so we must be intentional in what we do to prepare and committed to it.

And how do we prepare? The following are three simple and clear ideas to live these weeks before Christmas. To cleanse our hearts and prepare with love and hope for the birth of our Savior with confession, peace, and charity.

First, confession, to have our hearts clean. It is Christ who wants to be born in our lives. What better that to prepare our spirits to receive Him with a clean and open heart!

Article by: Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministries Coordinator

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Health & Nursing Ministry

Healthy Recipe for a Goodnight Sleep

For Wellness and Health

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Diocesan Retreat Centers

Christmas Gifts and Wine & Cheese at

St. Anthony's Retreat & Conference Center!

Join St. Anthony's Retreat & Conference Center in Three Rivers on December 8th and 15th from 5pm to 7pm for Wine and Cheese & Christmas Gifts!

The gift shop will be filled with Advent and Christmas decorations, religious ornaments and beautiful holiday gifts. You're also invited to a delicious dinner for only $20!

Call (559) 561-4595 for more information!


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Christmas Gifts and Wine & Cheese

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

December 8, 2022

5:00PM - 7:00 PM

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Christmas Market

Our Lady of Perpetual Help,Clovis

December 10, 2022

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Blessed Carlo Acutis' Relic Blessing

St. Joseph Church, Bakersfield

December 10, 2022

4:00 PM

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A Night Under The Stars

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

December 10, 2022

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM 

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St. Mary's 10 Year Anniversary 10k Raffle

St. Mary's Church, Fresno

December 11, 2022

2:00 PM

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day Celebration

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Bakersfield

December 12, 2022

6:45 PM

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Christmas Gifts and Wine & Cheese

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

December 15, 2022

5:00PM - 7:00PM

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Baker's Dozen Holiday Opportunity Drawing

St. John's Cathedral, Fresno

January 8, 2023

2:30 PM

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6-Day Silent Directed Retreat 

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers 

January 8-14, 2022

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Consecration of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Visalia 

February 2, 2023

Time: TBD

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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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