Proclaim the Good News

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

May 29, 2023


The Pastoral Center Offices will be closed on

Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day.

Office of the Bishop

Happy Memorial Day!

The Annual Outdoor Memorial Day Mass is TODAY, Monday, May 29th at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in Fresno starting at 10:00am! Join Bishop Brennan and the Diocese of Fresno's Catholic Cemeteries in honoring those who have served our country.

To watch the Mass LIVE, please visit dioceseoffresno.org/memorial-day at 10:00 am. (The recording will be available for those who miss it.)

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Bishop Brennan Celebrates the Dedication of St. Rita's Church in Tulare

Bishop Brennan and St. Rita's Church celebrated the Mass of Dedication for St. Rita's New Church last week on Monday, May 22nd!

Thank you to the parish and Tulare community for coming together with the mission to help build the church for future generations.

Watch the Dedication Mass by visiting dioceseoffresno.org/st-ritas!

Bishop Brennan wishes his Diocesan Staff a Happy Birthday

Eucharistic Revival

Year of Parish Eucharistic Revival

St. Anthony of Padua Church, Fresno

St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fresno invites you to mark your calendar for two Year of Parish Eucharistic Revival events in early June.

Join us on Friday, June 2 for the first of our monthly Encounter Nights - which includes Eucharistic Adoration, scripture readings and music. Our celebration will be in the Main Church starting at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 11 – Feast of Corpus Christi will include a Eucharistic procession after the 11:00 a.m. Mass and the 1:00 p.m. Spanish Mass. Parishioners are invited to process with the Blessed Sacrament around the outside of the church before returning to the Main Altar.

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

Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament

"Siege of Jericho" St. Joseph Church in Bakersfield

San Clemente Mission Parish and St. Joseph Parish invite you to "Siege of Jericho" - prayer for 6 days, 24 hours starting on June 4th to June 10th. The day will start at 7pm after the evening Mass until the following day, ending with Mass.

This event invites all ministries and the community to be part of Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament as we pray for specific intentions.

Intentions for the week:

June 4-5: Prayer for the Children, Youth and the Unborn

June 5-6: Prayer for Peace

June 6-7: for the Sick and the Faithful departed

June 7-8: for the Pope, Bishops, Priest and Vocations

June 8-9: for the Families and Marriages

June 9-10: for the Leaders

Courtesy of Lupe Arreola, St. Joseph Bakersfield

Knights of Columbus

Dedication of Chapel at KofC State

Headquarters in Fontana

The California State Council of the Knights of Columbus held a Dedication Ceremony for a new chapel at the state headquarters building on May 17th.

Diocese of San Bernardino's Bishop Alberto Rojas presided over the Dedication Mass and Ceremony, concelebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Rutilio del Riego, and priests, deacons and clergy from the area.

The chapel, at a Knights of Columbus state headquarters, is believed to be the first of its kind.

Pictured to the top right is Diocese of San Bernardino's Bishop Alberto Rojas blesses a statue of Blessed Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, at the dedication of the new chapel at the headquarters of the California State Council of the Knights of Columbus in Fontana, Calif. (Photo by Ron Kuzlik)

Bishop Alberto Rojas also blessed those gathered for the dedication of the new chapel at the headquarters. He is assisted by Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Rutilio del Riego. (Photo by Zaki Mustafa pictured below)

Courtesy of Ron Kuzlik

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Parish Focus

Building Beds for Children in Need

"Sleep in Heavenly Peace"

This past Saturday, The HSC Men's Club had over 60 parishioners volunteer to build beds for children in the Fresno area who do not have a bed to sleep in.

We volunteered to help the "Sleep in Heavenly Peace" group. This organization provides the lumber, power tools, pop-up tents, and everything we needed to build. HSC was to provide 60 volunteers. We ended up making 30 beds for the SHP group!

First Holy Communion at Holy Spirit Church in Fresno

Congratulations to the 88 Religious Education students at Holy Spirit Church who made their First Holy Communion on April 22nd. May this life-giving Bread always feed their souls and nourish their spirits! 

Courtesy of Jessie Wedam, Religious Ed Assistant at Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

Office of Formation and Evangelization

Summer Events with the

Office of Formation and Evangelization

Come and see!

The Office of Formation and Evangelization is excited to have some events planned for this summer!  This is a great time to revitalize and renew your spiritual journey by participating in something fun and/or formational.


Events for those in catechesis:

  • Basic Catechetical Certification courses: There are several sites this summer offering the different course through Echoes of Faith in person. Schedules are available on our website.
  • Workshop for Adult and Youth Confirmation: On June 24th, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Bakersfield will host a day of training for these teams. The Adult Confirmation Workshop is from 9 am to 12 pm, and the Youth Confirmation workshop from 1 pm to 4 pm. This will include receiving the newly published Youth Confirmation Guidelines.
  • Ongoing Formation workshop with Dr. Jose Antonio Medina in Spanish, on the Directory for Catechesis, on July 15th. This workshop will count toward recertification for basic or master catechists, but all involved in catechesis are welcome!


More information and links to register are available on our website here!

Women's Retreat

St. Patrick's Parish, Merced

This past weekend, St. Patrick's Parish in Merced held a wonderful Women's Retreat themed after the Woman at the Well: Refilling the Well. Rose M. Hernandez, Director of Formation and Evangelization at the Diocese of Fresno, led 78 women in a day of self care, formation, and evangelization as we went through the process of building, filling and sharing our wells.

Courtesy of Rosemarie Pierce, Administrative Assistant at St. Patrick's, Merced

Jesus' Lessons on Spiritual Warfare

Holy Cross Ministries

Join Holy Cross Ministries for Jesus' Lessons on Spiritual Warfare: Learning to Pray with Jesus in the Gospels! This retreat will be from August 18th - August 20th at the St. Anthony Retreat Center in Three Rivers. To register, please see full flyer.

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Catechetical Ministries

Catechetical Ministries in Motion

Santa Rosa, Lone Pine

As I just finished my last First Communion retreat for the year, at least for now, I found myself visiting the parish of Santa Rosa in Lone Pine in our High Desert Vicariate. I want to thank Fr. Douglas Walker and Sister Rachel Yourgules for the invite along with helping set up this retreat. The small group of children being prepped to receive their First Communion were very creative when it came to the craft activities that were part of the sessions of the day and I thank them for their attentiveness.

Along with speaking to them about First Reconciliation and of course the Eucharist and the significance of receiving the Body of Christ, I always like to start with reminding them of their Baptism. Sharing with them that moment in which their faith journey began even as babies. And when I speak about Baptism, I always make sure to lead into how the community of the faithful, in which they have been brought up through their journey, has and always will have the potential to continue to guide and support them, along with their parents and godparents, as they grow in the faith into young adulthood.

During the first years of a child's life, all learning begins to develop. It is in the family context that the child pronounces their first words, takes their first steps, learns to pray and to be a friend of Jesus. School, friends, and the social environment in which they develop will also influence their learning.

Article by Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministry Coordinator

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Annual Memorial Day Mass

St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, Fresno

May 29, 2023

10:00 AM

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Encounter Night: Eucharistic Adoration

St. Anthony of Padua Church, Fresno

June 2, 2023

6:30 PM

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The 11th Anniversary of "Santo Toribio Romo" Migrant Center

St. Jude Catholic Church, Fresno

June 4, 2023

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Siege of Jericho: Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament

St. Joseph Church, Bakersfield

June 4 - June 10, 2023

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Feast of Corpus Christi: Eucharistic Procession

St. Anthony of Padua Church, Fresno

June 11, 2023

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The Eucharistic Procession

Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fresno

June 11, 2023

After 11:30 AM Mass

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6-Day Silent Directed Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

June 11 - 17, 2023

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Summer Kick-Off Luncheon

St. Agnes Social Hall, Pinedale

June 14, 2023

11:30 AM - 2:00 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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Holy Cross Ministries: Jesus' Lessons on Spiritual Warfare

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

August 18 - 20, 2023

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Catholic Night *Rescheduled*

Chukchansi Park, Fresno

August 23, 2023

6:50 PM

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Women's Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 22 - 24, 2023

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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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