Proclaim the Good News

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

September 19, 2022


Office of the Bishop

Bishop Brennan Attends Patricia Sandoval's "Transfigured" At

St. Patrick's Catholic Church In Merced 

Courtesy of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and Possibility Productions 

Bishop Brennan attended Patricia Sandoval’s Transfigured, her life-changing story of being transfigured by the mercy of God, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Merced.  

Patricia Sandoval is an internationally renowned pro-life champion who is a voice of the voiceless and a beacon of hope for the hopeless.  

She gave a powerful testimony of hope, forgiveness, restoration and redemption.

Bishop Brennan Guests On Right To Life Radio With John Gerardi

Bishop Brennan sits down with John Gerardi, the executive director of Right to Life of Central California and host of Right to Life Radio. 

In this interview, Bishop Brennan discusses the City of Fresno involvement with Life issues. 

This comes after the news of Fresno City Council voting to override Mayor Dyer's veto of passing $1 million from the state of CA to a local Planned Parenthood Clinic.

Listen to the episode here

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

Office of Vocations

Watch here

Seminarian Trip To Guadalajara!

Summer Language Program

Our Seminarians Joseph Klinge and Deacon James Tasy visited Guadalajara for a summer language program.

We sat down and talked to them about their trip and how it will help them minister to the people in the Diocese of Fresno.

Thank you to the Diocese of Fresno Office of Vocations!

Religious Life

Consecration of Elma L. Espinoza At Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mendota

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Catholic Cemeteries

Memorial Monument For Babies With Unmarked Graves

For All The Littlest Little Angels To Be Remembered 

On November 13, 1920, Bill and Lena Jurkovich had twin daughters. They died that next day, unbaptized, too poor for a doctor or priest. They are buried at the Calvary Cemetery in Fresno in an unmarked grave, in an open area with other unbaptized babies in unmarked graves, separate from the baptized, as was then the custom.

On September 17, 2022, a memorial monument by the Jurkovich family for Bill and Lena’s twins, and all the unknown babies there in their unmarked graves, was dedicated. They prayed, all together, as a family, in remembrance and love, for them, and for all babies.

Note: Since the thirteenth century, Limbo was for unbaptized babies, not Heaven, although there was no firm scriptural basis.

In 1992, Pope John Paul said he could not believe that “our kind and merciful God, who seeks to save everyone,” would refuse heaven to unbaptized babies, calling them “the littlest little angels.”

In 2007, Pope Benedict ended the teaching of Limbo.

Office of Catholic Education

Catholic Education Enrollment Is INCREASING!

For the SECOND YEAR in a row, Catholic Education Enrollment is going up at our Diocesan and Parish schools.

The 2022-2023 Academic Year for TK-12th grade went up by 3% - that's 125 students

Properties and Construction

Updates From Our Diocesan Properties And Construction 

St. Anthony Of Exeter And Divine Mercy Of Clovis 

St Anthony of Exeter, has received the Conditions of Approval on 9/9/2022 for the construction of their new church.

We hope to receive a grading permit in the 4th qtr of 2022.

In addition to Exeter, Divine Mercy of Clovis is under Owner Criteria, to design and build their future Multipurpose building. 

Courtesy of Francine J. Martinez, CM/C.o.Works

Parish Focus 

Car Wash Fundraiser At St. Paul Catholic Newman Center, Fresno! 

Help Support Our Claretian Youth Attend World Youth Day

Our St. Paul Catholic Newman Center Claretian Youth attending World Youth Day will be having a CAR WASH at the parking lot under solar panels next to the parish hall.

The Car Wash will take place on

  • Saturday, September 24 (5-7pm) 
  • Sunday, September 25 (8am-2pm)

Donations will be accepted.

Come and have your car squeaky clean and help our Youth raise the the amount  it takes to make it to World Youth Day! 

Please contact Fr. Byron Macias, CMF, for more information: frbyron@csufnewman.com 

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Our Lady of Miracles Celebration At Shrine Of Our Lady Of Miracles In Gustine 

Gathering At The Chapel From The Celebration

Knights Of Columbus, 4th Degree Father Dade Assembly's Annual BBQ

Cocktails And A BBQ Dinner At St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

Join the Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree Father Dade Assembly at their Annual St. Anthony's Retreat Barbecue in Three Rivers!

Donations are $20.00 per person.

Event is open to the public!

Please contact Donald Champ at (559) 816-6223 or donaldchamp@msn.com for more tickets

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St. John's Cathedral Guadalupe Society Enchiladas Presale!

In Support Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe Celebration 

St. John's Cathedral Guadalupe Society are having an Enchiladas Presale! 

Plate of 6 for $10

Presales after ALL Sunday Masses at St. John's Cathedral, Fresno on October 9, 2o22 and

October 16, 2022.

Support them in raising funds for the upcoming celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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St. Patrick's Parish Of Merced Is Selling Raffle Tickets 

Last Chance To Buy Raffle Tickets In Benefit Of St. Patrick's Parish!

Tickets are $10 each

or $100 for 12!

All items were donated, so all proceeds outside the cash prize will directly benefit St. Patrick's Parish! 

Drawing on September 24, 2022 at 7pm - Need Not be Present to Win

Please visit the office at St. Patrick's Parish to purchase your tickets or email Rosemarie Pierce at rosemarie@olmstpatrick.org to make arrangements.

Sales close on Friday, September 23, 2022. Best of luck! 

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Prayer of the Week


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Our Lady of Fatima Celebration

Good Shepherd Catholic Parish, Visalia 

September 19-25, 2022

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"All Are Welcome, All Belong" Prayerful Moments of Praise and Worship 

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Reedley 

September 19, 2022 7:00 PM

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St. La Salle School 25th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament

Sherwood Forest Golf Club, Sanger

September 24, 2022 

9:00 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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St. Patrick's Parish Community Raffle

St. Patrick's Parish, Merced

September 24, 2022 7:00 PM

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The Mass: Passover of the New Covenant with Deacon John Sousa

St. Brigid Parish

McHugh Hall, Hanford

September 26, 2022

7:00 PM-8:30 PM

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7th Annual Divine Mercy Golf Tournament

Belmont Country Club, Fresno

September 30, 2022

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8th Annual Blue Mass

St. John's Cathedral, Fresno

September 30, 2022 12:15 PM

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Deacon Ordination Mass 

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

October 1, 2022

10:00 AM

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The Mass: Passover of the New Covenant with Deacon John Sousa

St. Brigid Parish

McHugh Hall, Hanford

October 3, 2022

7:00 PM-8:30 PM

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Congress and Youth Day 2022

Visalia Convention Center, Visalia 

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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The Mass: Passover of the New Covenant with Deacon John Sousa

St. Brigid Parish McHugh Hall, Hanford

October 10, 2022

7:00 PM-8:30 PM

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Harvest Dinner Dance

St. Mary's Church Hall, Sanger

October 15, 2022

6:00 PM- 11:00 PM 

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The Mass: Passover of the New Covenant with Deacon John Sousa

St. Brigid Parish 

McHugh Hall, Hanford

October 17, 2022 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

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The Mass: Passover of the New Covenant with Deacon John Sousa

St. Brigid Parish McHugh Hall, Hanford

October 24, 2022

7:00 PM-8:30 PM

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28th Annual Marian Eucharistic Conference

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

October 28 - 30, 2022

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Our Lady of Fatima Annual Celebration Raffle

Catholic School of Visalia, George McCann Memorial Campus

November 18, 2022

View the Flyer 

Consecration of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Visalia 

February 2, 2023

Time: TBD

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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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