Proclaim the Good News

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

August 22, 2022


Office of the Bishop

A Hero Who Didn't Let Us Down

By Robert Brennan

Did you know Bishop Brennan threw out the first pitch at a Dodgers game in 2016 and met Vin Scully? 

Read all about the meeting with the late

Vin Scully and more in an article written by Bishop Brennan's brother, Robert Brennan.

Visit Angelus News to read the full story! 

Watch Bishop Brennan's Address On Protecting Women, Children and Families At Fresno City Hall

Bishop Brennan joined a press conference on Tuesday, August 16th with Fresno City Council Member, Garry Bredefeld and Executive Director of Central California Right to Life, John Gerardi.

During the press conference, Bishop Brennan asked the rest of the City Council to consider allocating more funding for prenatal care and not abortion.

Bishop Brennan Celebrates The National Eucharistic Revival Mass

Bishop Brennan celebrated the beginning of our Diocesan Revival and honored Mary on the Feast of her Assumption at the National Eucharistic Revival Mass at Holy Spirit Church, Fresno!

In case you missed it, watch the mass here.

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Welcome Edith Maldonado To The Chancery Office At The Pastoral Center!

Bishop Brennan Congratulates All Clergy and Religious Sisters Who Celebrate Anniversaries In The Month of August

Parish Focus

Stories Of Our Diocese

Homebound Ministry: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Bakersfield

Our Diocese is filled with ministries that bring together the parish community they serve in. One of the ministries is known as Ministry to the Homebound. This ministry brings communion to the sick and homebound – whether it’s in homes, retirement communities or hospitals.  

Colleen Scanlon of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Bakersfield began doing Ministry to the Homebound in 2012 and brought it to her parish in 2015.  

Colleen, who has a special heart for those suffering or vulnerable, believes it is important to provide spiritual help for them and their family through Homebound Ministry. 

Read more

St. Paul Catholic Newman Center's Bible Study Group

Newman Center's Bible Study Group With Bishop Brennan After 

The National Eucharistic Revival Mass

Courtesy of Edgar Guzman, Director of Campus and Young Adult Ministries

Holy Spirit Filiae Lumena Women's Group

A Glimpse Into The Filiae Lumena's Evangelization

Consecration to Mary with Filiae Lumena

Buddy Drive to Confession at OLPH

Facilitators & Leaders of Filiae:

Lumena Evelyn Romero & Johana Olguin

Catholic Cemeteries

Diocese of Fresno's Legacy For Supporting Farmworkers

Looking Back At The 1948 Plane Crash Near Coalinga, CA

After the recent participation of Bishop Brennan and Bishop Emeritus Ochoa at the United Farm Workers March for the Governor’s signature, let’s look back at a past event.  

In 1948, a U.S. Immigration plane crash happened near Coalinga, CA with no survivors. News reports swarmed the tragedy yet failed to name the 28 migrant farmworkers who died in the crash - despite publicly naming the pilot, etc. Their gravestone read, “28 Mexican Citizens who died in an airplane accident near Coalinga, California on Jan. 25, 1948. R.I.P.”  

Read more 

Catechetical Ministries

The Catechetical Corner

Congress Volunteers 2022

This coming October 7, 8, and 9 we will once again be blessed to be able to offer our Diocesan Congress again for the first time since before the pandemic. Click on the link for more information: Diocese of Fresno Congress and Youth Day 2022

The Diocesan Congress is an event and opportunity for formation and gathering for all the faithful across our Diocese and beyond. In the past, many have believed that it is only an event for catechists or ministry leaders but given the diverse topics and sessions that are offered, along with Holy Mass on behalf of our bishop, it is really an opportunity for gathering, formation, and worship for all who wish to attend.

But with any great event comes a great necessity, for helping hands, for VOLUNTEERS! I have been blessed once again this year in coordinating the volunteers that support the process of this event during its three-day span starting with a Friday which focuses on administrators within a parish, congress gathering which is on a Saturday and ending on Sunday with Youth Day. This is an event that cannot take place without the help and support of individuals that are willing to give of their time and talents in serving the people of our diocese in one of the biggest events that we offer.

Article by Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministries Coordinator

Learn more 
View flyer to register

Health and Nursing Ministry

COVID-19 Updates

Exposure And Precautions

If you were exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 or have been told by a healthcare provider or public health authority that you were exposed, there are steps that you should take, regardless of your vaccination status or if you have had a previous infection.

 Steps include:

  • Watch for symptoms for 10 days
  • Wear a mask around others indoors for 10 days
  • Test 5 days after exposure, or sooner if you have symptoms
  • If you test positive, follow isolation guidance
  • Take extra precautions for 10 days when around people more likely to get very sick

If you have COVID-19, you can spread the virus to others. Regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others. You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.

If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home. You are likely most infectious during these first 5 days.

  • Wear a high-quality mask if you must be around others at home and in public.
  • Do not go places where you are unable to wear a mask.
  • Do not travel.
  • Stay home and separate from others as much as possible.

Courtesy of Roxanna Stevens R.N., Coordinator of Health Ministry 

Diocesan Retreat Centers

Volunteers Needed At Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, Three Rivers

We Need YOUR Help With Upcoming Retreats!

We are looking for volunteers for upcoming events at Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center!

All volunteers must be fingerprinted through the Diocese and must complete Safe Environment Training before coming up. Most events take place from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon; room and board are provided!

For more information, please visit stteresitaycc.org/volunteer-opportunities or email us at the emails provided on the flyer. We look forward to working together to serve our Diocese!


Event Name



More Info

St. Paul Newman Center's Book Study 

St. Paul Newman Center, Fresno

August 22, 2022 

12 noon - 1PM 

View the Flyer

Marriage Enrichment Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 9 - 11, 2022

View the Flyer

Transfigured with Patricia Sandoval

St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Merced

September 11, 2022 3:00 PM

View the Flyer

Catholic Ministry in Fresno Jail Introductory Meeting

St. Paul Newman Center, Fresno

September 14, 2022

7:00PM - 8:30PM 

View the Flyer

Profession of Solemn Vows

St. Malachy's Catholic Church, Tehachapi

September 17, 2022

10:00 AM

View the Flyer 

Catholic Charities 19th Annual Harvest of Hope

Valdez Hall, Fresno

September 24, 2022 5:30PM

View the Flyer

St. Patrick's Parish Community Raffle

St. Patrick's Parish, Merced

September 24, 2022 7:00PM

View the Flyer 

'Simple Grace' Young Adult Retreat

Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, Three Rivers

September 24, 2022

View the Flyer 

7th Annual Divine Mercy Golf Tournament

Belmont Country Club, Fresno

September 30, 2022

View the Flyer 

Congress and Youth Day 2022

Visalia Convention Center

October 7 - 9, 2022

View the Flyer 

Rachel's Vineyard 

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

October 7 - 9, 2022

View the Flyer 

28th Annual Marian Eucharistic Conference

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

October 28 - 30, 2022

View the Flyer 

Our Lady of Fatima Annual Celebration Raffle

Catholic School of Visalia, George McCann Memorial Campus

November 18, 2022

View the Flyer 

Prayer of the Week

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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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