Proclaim the Good News

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

December 12, 2022


Office of the Bishop

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mass at St. Anne's Chapel

Bishop Brennan was the celebrant for the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mass at St. Anne's Chapel at the Pastoral Center. He was joined by Fr. Oscar Anaya and Deacon Mark Schultz!

Oaxaca Society Celebration at the Fresno Fairgrounds

Bishop Brennan celebrated Mass for the Blessed Virgin of Juquila with the Oaxaca Society at the Fresno Fairgrounds.

The Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of Juquila can be found in the town of Santa Catarina Juquila in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Bishop Brennan Wishes His Diocesan Staff A Happy Birthday

Office of Communications

Central California Catholic Life Magazine

The Latest Edition is OUT NOW!

Our Diocesan Magazine for the Advent & Christmas season is now available to read!

We hope you enjoy our latest edition of Central California Catholic Life Magazine.

The Diocesan Magazine is published digitally every Liturgical season. To submit items for the Lenten edition, please contact [email protected] or (559) 488-7448.

Editor: Sr. Rosalie Rohrer, IHM

Lead Graphic Designer: Nick Cadena

Read Here

Properties and Construction

Signing of the New Church Walls at Saint Rita's Church in Tulare

Writings Forever Enshrined in the Church Walls

Parishioners of every age visited the new Saint Rita's Church construction site and were able to sign the walls. Although it will be covered, their names and personal writings will stay within the walls forever.

Watch St. Rita's video capturing this special message here.

Courtesy of St. Rita's Catholic Church

Parish Focus

Catholic Daughters Donate Animal Blankets!

Keeping our Furry Friends Warm

Catholic Daughters from St. John Court #2526 handmade over 70 doggie and kitty blankets for the Animal Rescue and Valley Animal Center!

Pictured in the photo is Celma Chavira, Catholic Daughter.

Courtesy of Mary Harguindeguy,

Catholic Daughters St. John Court #2526

Simbang Gabi: A Solemn Filipino Preparation for Christmas

You're Invited to the Celebrations!

You're invited to Simbang Gabi - a solemn Filipino preparation for Christmas!

The opening celebration will be on Friday, December 16, 2022 at Holy Spirit Church in Fresno at 6:00 pm. Filipiniana attire is recommended!

There will be plenty of celebrations throughout Fresno, Hanford, Delano, Bakersfield and Visalia - make sure to come celebrate Simbang Gabi with us all!

Please view the flyer for exact locations and dates.

View Celebration Dates

Lost But Not Forgotten

Bethlehem Center: Feeding the Hungry, Providing Hope

As the winter solstice nears and brings the shortest day of the year, the temperature drops and those without shelter, heat, or nourishment come to the Bethlehem Center for a moment of relief, peace, rest, and comfort. As the dark gray clouds cover the heavens, the shadows of winter bring a reminder that the human suffering will intensify.

Most of us are isolated from the human suffering that exists in our society and in our cities. The innocence of a child lost to experiencing hardship, abuse, hunger, fear, and not knowing or experiencing love and family. They are lost, but not forgotten.

Courtesy of Bethlehem Center, A Mission of the Good Shepherd Catholic Parish

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Nazareth House of Fresno

Annual Festival of Lights

Bundle up and Join the Nazareth House!

Join families and friends for a beautiful evening in the Gardens at the Nazareth House Fresno on Friday, December 16th at 6pm to celebrate the joys of Christmas.

There will be over 50,000 lights and decor along with carolers, hot chocolate and more!

Please rsvp to [email protected]!

Office of Formation and Evangelization

You're Invited to One Life LA!

Our Mission is Love

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles sponsors a Pro-Life event every year in January. This year, OneLife LA will take place on Saturday, January 21st. Featured on the line up are two of our former Diocesan Hispanic Ministry Coordinators, Brenda Noriega and Benito Medrano!

The Office of Formation and Evangelization is sponsoring a bus to the event. All, especially young adults, are invited to accompany us for this journey. Bishop Emeritus Armando Ochoa will join us on the bus and Bishop Joseph Brennan will meet us there!

Please see the attached flyer for more information!

View full flyer (ENG/ESP)

Catechetical Ministries

The Catechetical Corner

Be Grateful and Prepared

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I hope that you find yourselves well and in good spirits. I know that the catechetical programs for many are in full swing but coming towards its half-way point before the winter break and in anticipation of what’s to come in the new year after break is over.

Every year as new catechetical programs restart; we are given a new opportunity by our Lord to serve His people and share our faith with those that He sends us and at the same time learn a little bit more of our selves as we continue in our own faith journey. It is my hope that all the catechetical programs within our diocese had a successful beginning and that those that we catechize are benefitting from our teaching, guidance and faith sharing.

Read more (ENG/ESP)

Health and Nursing Ministry

Guidance for Parents about Winter Viruses

From the California Department of Public Health

State Epidemiologist and Pediatrician shares guidance for parents about winter viruses such as caring for your child at home, when to seek care and testing for RSV.

Read the CDPH News Release here.


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More Info

Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day Celebration

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Bakersfield

December 12, 2022

6:45 PM

View the Flyer

Christmas Gifts and Wine & Cheese

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

December 15, 2022

5:00PM - 7:00PM

View the Flyer

Simbang Gabi Opening Celebration

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

December 16, 2022

6:00 PM

View the Flyer

Baker's Dozen Holiday Opportunity Drawing

St. John's Cathedral, Fresno

January 8, 2023

2:30 PM

View the Flyer

6-Day Silent Directed Retreat 

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers 

January 8-14, 2023

View the Flyer 

One Life LA

See Flyer for Details

January 21, 2023

View the Flyer

Walk for Life

Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco

January 21, 2023

View the Flyer

Consecration of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Visalia 

February 2, 2023

Time: TBD

Watch Video

World Marriage Day

St. Anthony of Padua Church, Fresno

February 12, 2023

Register Here

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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