Proclaim the Good News

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

July 25, 2022


Office of the Bishop

Bishop Brennan Congratulates All Clergy And Religious Who Celebrate Anniversaries In The Month Of July

Permanent Diaconate 

Our 17 Permanent Diaconate Candidates Attend The Canonical Retreat

The Final Preparations Before Their Ordination To The Diaconate

From across the vast area of our particular local church, seventeen men have spent approximately the last five+ years in prayerful discernment and formation with their supporting wives as they humbly approach reception of Ordination to the Diaconate. 

One of their final candidate preparations was this July, as a 5 day Canonical Retreat was held at St. Anthony Retreat Center under the guidance of Retreat Master - Fr. Dan Avila. The theme of being "witnesses" ( Acts 1:8 ) was central throughout the well received presentations to the couples, and was highlighted by the presence of our Bishop as he spoke of, and shared about the special and unique bond between himself and his Deacons. 

Article by: Deacon Mark Schultz, Assistant Director of Formation

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Office of Formation and Evangelization

Diocesan Ministry Events

On-Site Prayer Service For Homicide Victims

The Crime Survivors Ministry held an on-site prayer service for Guillermo ‘Memo’ Leon on July 9, 2022, led by Maciel Godburn. Fr. Guillermo Preciado and Deacon Gerardo Perez from St. John the Evangelist Parish in Wasco officiated the prayers and blessing of the site and the victim's surviving family and friends.

The On-Site Prayer Service is held to reclaim the space where the violence happened as a place of life, community, hope, and forgiveness as well as give the family and friends of the victim loving support from our church letting them know they are not alone in their grieving journey. The Crime Survivors Ministry is meeting the victims and survivors where they are and journeying with them. 

For more information about the ministry or the prayer service, please contact Maciel Godburn at (559) 325-6888 or [email protected]

Article by: Cielito 'Maciel' Godburn, Crime Survivors Ministry

Catechetical Ministries

Catechetical Ministries In Motion

Our Lady Of The Sierra, Oakhurst

This past weekend while in Oakhurst in support of the Basic Catechist Certification process for their parish catechists, I had the opportunity to focus on the topics of the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and the creeds. Thank you to Erlinda Teisinger and her team along with Fr. Victor for being such wonderful hosts and of course for their great hospitality.

One of my favorite topics of this session is when we focus on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and how it flows through and around us, moving those that embrace it and learn to recognize it in their lives.

The Holy Spirit was compared to the wind in which even though we cannot see it we can feel it working through us and around us. Another form of imagery that was utilized is as a story of a stream in which the stream is transformed by the clouds and carried by it to transform it into rain therefore allowing the stream to continue.

Article by Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministries Coordinator

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Parish/School Focus

Summer Fiesta Night Dinner Dance Fundraiser

Raise Money For Charities With The Bishop John T. Steinbock Knights Of

Columbus #9525 And Court St. John Catholic Daughters #2526!

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Health and Nursing Ministry 

Heat Exhaustion: Causes, Symptoms and Prevention

Stay Hydrated And Informed! 

Heat exhaustion is the consequence of excessive loss of water and salts from the body that can lead to dehydration.

It isn’t worrisome if caught early and initial signs involve mouth dryness and muscle cramps. Elderly people, usually with high blood pressure when exposed to the sun, are more prone to heat exhaustion. Learn more.

Courtesy of Complete Health News

Mental Health News

New Crisis Line Available 

Call 988... this is a new crisis line created this week. It goes to a national database and routes the caller to a local resource. It can be used by the person in crisis or those who wish to help. The old line is still functional as well at


In addition, the Exodus Recovery Crisis Stabilization Center in Fresno can help at 559-453-1008.

Courtesy of Roxanna Stevens, RN, FCN, Coordinator of Health Ministries

World Day For Grandparents And The Elderly

On Sunday, July 24, World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly was celebrated worldwide! 

All Dioceses throughout the world were invited to celebrate the Day with a liturgy dedicated to the elderly during Mass. 

This marks the 2nd Annual World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly - established in 2021 by Pope Francis.

Courtesy of Dicastery for Laity

Family and Life

Prayer of the Week


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Bingo is Back!

St. La Salle School, Reedley

August 7, 2022

3:00 PM

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Marriage Enrichment Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 9 - 11, 2022

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Transfigured with Patricia Sandoval

St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Merced

September 11, 2022 3:00 PM

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Profession of Solemn Vows

St. Malachy's Catholic Church, Tehachapi

September 17, 2022

10:00 AM

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Catholic Charities 19th Annual Harvest of Hope

Valdez Hall, Fresno

September 24, 2022 5:30 PM

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7th Annual Divine Mercy Golf Tournament

Belmont Country Club, Fresno

September 30, 2022

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Congress and Youth Day 2022

Visalia Convention Center

October 7 - 9, 2022

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Rachel's Vineyard 

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

October 7 - 9, 2022

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28th Annual Marian Eucharistic Conference

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

October 28 - 30, 2022

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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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