Proclaim the Good News

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

September 11, 2023

Office of the Bishop

Bishop Brennan invites the Faithful and all First Responders

to the Annual Blue Mass

The Annual Blue Mass is coming up THIS month! Bishop Brennan invites the Faithful and all First Responders to the Diocese of Fresno's Annual Blue Mass on September 29, 2023 at St. John's Cathedral in Fresno.

The Mass will begin at 12:10pm!

The blessing of badges and vehicles will take place during Mass. We hope to see you there in honor of our First Responders.

Bishop Brennan attends Divine Mercy's Fundraiser!

Divine Mercy Catholic Church partnered with Panera Bread Restaurant last Wednesday to help raise funds for their church. The faithful enjoyed a delicious meal while 40% of the sale benefited the church! 

Bishop Brennan showed up with Fr. Michael Cox at Panera to help raise some dough for Divine Mercy Catholic Church!

Thank you to those who are doing their part to help create a physical home for Divine Mercy's faith family.

Bishop Brennan wishes his Diocesan Staff a Happy Birthday

Eucharistic Revival

Jesus and the Eucharist: 7-Part Small Group Study

St. Anthony of Padua, Fresno

St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fresno will be doing a 7-Part Small Group Study, Jesus and the Eucharist, in both English and Spanish as part of the Year of the Parish Revival. 

The English sessions will begin on September 20th and the Spanish sessions will begin on October 4th. 

Please contact the parish at (559) 439-0124 for additional session dates and times.

Courtesy of Ray Young, Director of Ministries, St. Anthony of Padua, Fresno

Parish Focus

Two Matching Communion Cups Needed

Divine Mercy Church, Clovis

ATTENTION: Divine Mercy Parish is in need of two matching communion cups!

If you have two matching communion cups that are not in use, please consider donating them to Divine Mercy.

Please contact Divine Mercy Parish office if you are able to help them out at (559) 374-2242.

We appreciate your generosity!

1st Annual Pro-Life Mass and Rosary

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

In honor of Respect Life Month in October, Holy Spirit Church is holding their 1st Annual Pro-Life Mass & Rosary!

Save the date for Saturday, October 7th! The Rosary begins at 8:00 am followed by the Mass at 8:30 am.

  • A special blessing and gift will be given to expectant parents
  • Pro-life speakers will be joining
  • Reception to follow in the Logan Hall

Harvest Festival

St. Joachim Church, Madera

Join St. Joachim's Church for a night of games, food and lots of family fun at their Harvest Festival!

The Harvest Festival will be on Friday, September 29th and Saturday, September 30th from 6pm to 10pm.

You can expect a farmers market, plenty of food booths, live music, raffles and games for the kids. Don't miss out on the fun!

Learn more about the Harvest Festival!

Get Tickets for St. Patrick's Community Raffle!

St. Patrick's Church, Merced

St. Patrick's Parish is holding their Community Raffle! Tickets are $10 each OR $100 for a book of 12 tickets.

There are many great prizes including:

  • 75" Samsung Crystal UHD TV
  • Laptop & Gift Card
  • $500 Cash
  • and MORE!!!

The drawing will be on September 24, 2023 at 5pm (need not be present to win)

Thank you for supporting St. Patrick's Parish through this Raffle!

Get your Raffle Tickets!

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus donate Backpacks and School Supplies

to Pinedale Elementary School!

The Knights of Columbus delivered 95 new backpacks and boxes of school supplies to fill the backpacks to Pinedale Elementary School in time for the start of the new school year.

Thank you to Holy Spirit parishioners for their donations throughout the past year to make this possible.

Courtesy of Ben Romero, Knights of Columbus Council 16185

Catechetical Ministry

The Catechetical Corner

Catechetical Sunday

Each year, the Catholic Church in the United States designates the third Sunday in September as “Catechetical Sunday”— a day on which to celebrate and pray for the Church’s mission to teach the Gospel to all people. This year’s theme is “Come to me all you who labor and are burdened.” (Matthew 11:28)

As catechists, we are responding to a call to share the gift of faith with others, even as we deepen our own faith. This call may have reached you through your pastor, the director of your parish’s religious education program or through your role as a Catholic school teacher but know that this calling ultimately comes from God, whose Holy Spirit inspires and guides us.

As we celebrate Catechetical Sunday, let us remember to pray for all catechists and faith formation leaders. May the Holy Spirit continue to inspire us as we remain faithful to God and hand on the faith to future generations. Let us also reflect on how each of us is called to share in the catechetical mission of the Church. As Jesus’ invitation impels us to go forth and serve, so too, should our catechesis impel us to lives of active discipleship. On this upcoming Catechetical Sunday, may we recommit ourselves to this vital work of empowering disciples to transform the world.

Article by Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministry Coordinator

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Health & Nursing Ministry

Keep California Healthy

California Department of Public Health

Your actions save lives! Keep California healthy by reviewing the following topics listed on covid19.ca.gov:

Be sure to always check your county site for additional information.

Diocesan Retreat Centers

Hurting, Healing and Wholeness

2023 Women's Retreat

Come and enjoy a peaceful weekend of faith sharing and fellowship with like-minded women at the 2023 Women's Retreat. This retreat will explore themes of healing and finding wholeness.

The Retreat begins with 6pm dinner on Friday, September 22 and concludes after lunch on Sunday, September 24th at the St. Anthony Retreat Center in Three Rivers.

Please view the flyer for additional information.

View the Flyer and Register!

Prayer of the Week


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Why Be Catholic?:

A Parish Mission

St. Brigid Church, Hanford

September 9 - 13, 2023

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Come Away Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 12- 14, 2023

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Women's Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 22 - 24, 2023

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Our Lady of Fatima Celebration Mass and Raffle

St. Charles Borromeo Church, Visalia

September 24, 2023

10:00 AM

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The Diocese of Fresno's Annual

Blue Mass

St. John's Cathedral, Fresno

September 29, 2023 12:10 PM

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Harvest Festival

St. Joachim School Yard, Madera

September 29 & 30, 2023

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Learn More

Holy Spirit Church

1st Annual Pro-Life Mass and Rosary

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

October 7, 2023

8:00 AM

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Diocesan Congress and Youth Day

Visalia Convention Center, Visalia

October 13 - 15, 2023

Register Today!

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Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Fr. Dade Assembly Annual BBQ Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

October 15, 2023

2:00 PM

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Couples Retreat

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October 21, 2023

8:00AM - 4:00 PM

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29th Annual

Marian Eucharistic Conference

Clovis Veterans Memorial District, Clovis

October 27 - 29,


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The Hour of the Laity: A Lay Catholic Conference

Christ Cathedral Campus, Garden Grove

November 2 -5, 2023

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Advent Family Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

December 10, 2023

8:00 AM - 4:00PM

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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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