Proclaim the Good News

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

May 1, 2023


Office of the Bishop

Happy Birthday Fr. Sal!

Bishop Brennan and the Diocese of Fresno wishes Fr. Sal, our Vicar General, a very Happy Birthday! We appreciate the way you live out your vocation so passionately - whether at the Pastoral Center or in the Parishes! Thank you for your service to our Diocese and the Cathedral.

Join us in wishing Fr. Sal a Happy Birthday! He celebrated his birthday this past Saturday on April 29th.

Bishop Brennan Announces The Diocese of Fresno's Priesthood Ordination!

Bishop Brennan joyfully announces Our Diocesan Priesthood Ordination! We eagerly anticipate the Ordination of the following Transitional Deacons to Priesthood:

  • Deacon Rene Vargas
  • Deacon Jose Maria Carrillo
  • Deacon Jorge Adrian Cruz
  • Deacon James Tasy
  • Deacon Arturo Cisneros

Please join us in celebration at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Visalia on Saturday, May 27th at 10:30am. The Ordination will also be livestreamed.

Stay tuned at dioceseoffresno.org/priesthood-ordination!

4 Year Anniversary as Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno!

Bishop Brennan celebrates 4 Years as Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno on May 2nd! Thank you for being a great Shepherd to our Diocese.

Bishop Brennan wishes his Diocesan Staff a Happy Birthday

Permanent Diaconate

Bishop Brennan Congratulates All Deacons Who Celebrate

Anniversaries in the Month of May

Office of Catholic Education

Action Needed: Support SB 292 & SCA!

California Education Savings Account

Please join the CCC in the fight for school choice by supporting Senate Bill 292 (SB 292). This bill would establish the California Education Savings Account Act of 2023. This innovative legislation creates an individualized approach to K-12 education by allowing parents to choose what school best suits their child’s needs and have the student’s share of Proposition 98 funding follow them. 

We want to bring together a large coalition of parents, educators, schools, community organizations and individual Californians to support this measure, and I am confident we can build the support needed for SB 292.  

Please see/copy attached letter sent by the CCC.

To submit your letter to the California State Senate please follow this link to create an account and upload your letter.

Courtesy of Joan Bouchard, Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Religious Life

The Marian Family Festival 2023 & Pentecost Sunday

Rosary Celebrations

The Sisters of the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master (PDDM) invite you to The Marian Family Festival 2023 on Saturdays of May at the PDDM Rosary Garden in Fresno!

On May 6th, 13th and 20th, you are invited to the Rosary Celebration with a Family Blessing at 6:00pm. Please call Sr. Mary Margaret, PDDM at (559) 275-1656 for reservations.

On Pentecost Sunday, May 28th at 7:00 pm, Fr. Chika Kamalu, CSSp will preside the Living Rosary Celebration.

We hope many join us in celebration on the occasion of the Feast of the Queen of Apostles!

Parish Focus

Divine Mercy's Confirmands

Divine Mercy Church, Clovis

On April 18, 2023, Divine Mercy Sunday, Bishop Joseph Brennan visited Infant Jesus of Prague Mission church in Tollhouse and confirmed seven Divine Mercy youth. It was a beautiful day for a scenic drive up the hill from Clovis to Tollhouse. The church was filled to the brim with the families and friends of the candidates. 

The community of Divine Mercy is so grateful to Bishop Brennan, Fr.Michael, Dcn. Michael Madrigal and Dcn. Rolando Nolasco for the beautiful Mass. We would also like to thank all the ministers and the community of Infant Jesus of Prague who made this event a beautiful and prayerful experience for our young adults and their families. May the Holy Spirit Guide them and be their strength throughout their lives!

Courtesy of Maricella Gutierrez, Divine Mercy Church, Clovis

First Communions

St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Firebaugh

Fr. Rayanna Pudota would like to congratulate all the children from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Firebaugh that made their First Communion and to thank all the parents, godparents and family of the students for supporting them throughout this journey and will, Lord willing, continue to do so for the rest of their lives. May the youth and children of the community of the faithful remember to continue to open their heart to the Lord and focus only on Him as they continue to receive Him.

On behalf of the parish community and Fr. Rayanna, a special thank you is extended in appreciation to the coordinator of the program, Pedro Vasquez and all the catechists and helpers that support the First Eucharist Sacrament Preparation Program through their dedicated time and efforts in evangelizing and catechizing children of the community of St. Joseph’s Church in Firebaugh in the faith and encounter with Christ. May our Heavenly Father continue to guide and bless you in the ministry of service to the Lord’s people.

Photos Courtesy of Silvia and Jose Viveros from "Family Moments Photography"

Refilling the Well

A Day of Retreat for Women

Refilling the Well is a FREE Women's Retreat! We invite the Women of our Diocese to join us on Saturday, May 20th at St. Patrick's Hall in Merced from 8:30am to 4:00pm for this wonderful day of retreat.

The guest presenter will be Rose M. Hernández, Director of the Office of Formation and Evangelization for the Diocese of Fresno.

To register, please call the parish office during regular business hours at (209) 383-3924 or scan the QR code provided in the flyer!

Catechetical Ministries

The Catechetical Corner

May is the Month of Mary

Today we begin May, the month dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The celebration of May as a Marian month fits well with the liturgical celebrations of Easter and Pentecost as we recall Mary’s great joy in her Son’s victory over death as well as her presence with the apostles prayerfully awaiting the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

The tradition of dedicating the month of May to Our Lady is centuries old, dating back at least 700 years. In 1965 blessed Pope Paul VI wrote an encyclical on the month of May, focusing on the Virgin Mary. He wrote that the piety of the faithful has long dedicated the month of May to the Mother of God. He stated in his encyclical, Mense Maio:

“We are delighted and consoled by this pious custom associated with the month of May, which pays honor to the Blessed Virgin and brings such rich benefits to the Christian people. Since Mary is rightly to be regarded as the way by which we are led to Christ, the person who encounters Mary cannot help but encounter Christ likewise.”

The ways Mary is honored in May are as varied as the people who honor her. It is common for parishes to have a daily recitation of the Rosary in May and to erect a special altar with a statue or image of Mary. In addition, it is a long tradition to crown her statue. Often, the crown is made of beautiful flowers that represent Mary's beauty and virtue, and is also a reminder to the faithful to strive to imitate her virtues. This coronation is in some areas a large celebration, and usually takes place outside of Mass. Altars and coronations in this month are not just parish privileges. In homes, one can also participate fully in the life of the Church.

Article by Roman Flores, Catechetical Coordinator

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The Marian Family Festival

PDDM Divine Master Convent, Fresno

May 6, 2023

6:00 PM

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St. Helen's Spring Festival

St. Helen's Church, Fresno

May 7, 2023

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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The Acts of the Apostles: Presentation by Deacon John Sousa

St. Brigid's McHugh Hall, Hanford

May 8, 2023

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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The Marian Family Festival

PDDM Divine Master Convent, Fresno

May 13, 2023

6:00 PM

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Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of Our Lady of Miracles, Gustine

May 14 - 21, 2023

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The Acts of the Apostles: Presentation by Deacon John Sousa

St. Brigid's McHugh Hall, Hanford

May 15, 2023

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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The Marian Family Festival

PDDM Divine Master Convent, Fresno

May 20, 2023

6:00 PM

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Refilling the Well:

A Day of Retreat

for Women

St. Patrick's Hall, Merced

May 20, 2023

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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33rd Annual Blessing of the Bikes

St. Helen's Church, Fresno

May 20, 2023

12:00 PM

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St. Rita's Dedication Mass

St. Rita's Catholic Church, Tulare

May 22, 2023

2:00 PM

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The Acts of the Apostles: Presentation by Deacon John Sousa

St. Brigid's McHugh Hall, Hanford

May 22, 2023

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Come Away Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

May 23 - 25, 2023

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Our Diocesan Priesthood Ordination

St. Charles Borromeo Church, Visalia

May 27, 2023

10:30 AM

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Pentecost Sunday: Living Rosary Celebration

PDDM Divine Master Convent, Fresno

May 28, 2023

7:00 PM

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Annual Memorial Day Mass

St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, Fresno

May 29, 2023

10:00 AM

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6-Day Silent Directed Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

June 11 - 17, 2023

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Catholic Night at the Park

Chukchansi Park, Fresno

June 11, 2023

5:05 pm

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Jr. High Camp

Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, Three Rivers

June 26 - 30, 2023

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Healing Retreat for Victims of Crime

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

July 8, 2023

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

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High School Camp

Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, Three Rivers

July 31-Aug 4, 2023

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Women's Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 22 - 24, 2023

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