Proclaim the Good News

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

October 16, 2023

Office of the Bishop

You're invited to the Annual Red Mass!

Join the Diocese of Fresno at the Annual Red Mass in appreciation of all legal professionals, law students and government officials.

The Mass will be held at St. John's Cathedral in Fresno at 12:10pm on Friday, October 20th.

All are invited to attend!

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Respect Life Month - October 2023

“We're here to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves. We’re here to defend those who cannot defend themselves” - Bishop Brennan 

This Respect Life month, join Bishop Brennan in prayer that we become people of the gospel of Life.  

Respect Life Resources

A Call for Prayer: Israel Crisis

Bishop Brennan calls for prayers during the Israel crisis.

Bishop Brennan encourages the Faithful to lift up our prayers to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary to rise up against injustice.

Read the Statement of U.S. Bishops' International Justice and Peace Chairman Amidst Violence in the Holy Land here.

Bishop Brennan Congratulates All Clergy Who Celebrate Anniversaries in the Month of October

Permanent Diaconate

Bishop Brennan Congratulates our Deacons on their Anniversaries

The Diocese of Fresno congratulates our Permanent Deacons who were ordained from 2000 - 2016. Happy Diaconate Anniversary!

Catholic Cemeteries

Join the Diocese of Fresno in Celebrating All Souls Day

For our loved ones who have passed

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the Annual Outdoor All Souls Day Mass on Thursday, November 2nd, 2023.

Bishop Emeritus Ochoa will celebrate the Mass at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in Fresno beginning at 10:00am.

Let's come together to commemorate our loved ones who have passed.

Properties and Construction

Building our Home of Spirit and Life

Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Clovis

Clovis is growing and so is Divine Mercy Catholic Church! For 13 years, Divine Mercy has been getting by with Mass in the multipurpose building at Clovis East High School, rented office space for the staff and a rented living space for their priest. However, it is finally time for Divine Mercy to make the dream of having their own home a reality. Divine Mercy needs $6 million dollars to build a worship center, convert portable buildings into usable office and classroom space and purchase a rectory.


Many years of generous giving from parishioners, a grant from the Diocese of Fresno and a sizable anonymous donation leaves Divine Mercy with $3.7 million dollars in savings to put towards these projects. They are closer than ever to reaching their goals. In order to raise these additional funds to finally complete these projects, Divine Mercy is pleased to announce the Building Our Home of Spirit & Life Campaign! This is an exciting time for the parish as they launch their campaign and are very close to breaking ground on their property! To be successful, Divine Mercy will rely on support from every family at the parish, their surrounding communities and the Faithful around the Diocese!

Courtesy of Megan Popa, Campaign Manager

Learn more

Safe Environment

Annual Parent Safe

Environment Training

St. Joseph Church, Firebaugh

On Monday, October 2nd, St. Joseph Church in Firebaugh held their Annual Parent Safe Environment training for their First Communion Program.

More than 125 parents attended the Safe Environment meeting that was provided in English and Spanish.

We give a special thanks to Fr. Rayanna, Safe Environment manager Linda Antunez and the facilitators: Silvia Delgado, Rene Munoz and Lupita Rosas Rangel.

Courtesy of Linda Antunez, Office Manager, St. Joseph Church/School

Pontifical Mission Societies

Ongoing Construction of Immaculate Conception Church

Ravipadu, India

It is with immense gratitude and heartfelt appreciation that we reach out to express our deepest thanks to Bishop Brennan, the Vicar General Fr. Salvador Gonzalez, the dedicated Mission office staff and the faithful of the Diocese of Fresno. Your support through the Missionary Cooperative Plan has been nothing short of a divine blessing for the Diocese of Guntur, India.

At the heart of our gratitude lies a testament of faith, embodied in the ongoing construction of the Immaculate Conception Church at Ravipadu. For 145 years, this parish has been a beacon of light, illuminating the spiritual path of its community and sister parishes alike.

The Lord, in His infinite wisdom, has selected from our community and its sister communities, 50 devoted priests and more than 50 dedicated nuns to serve in His vineyard.

As our community flourished, so did the need for a larger church. We wished for a space where every member could join in the joyous liturgical celebrations. With the help of the Diocese of Fresno and many other generous families and individuals around the world, we've taken significant strides towards making this vision a reality.

Article by Fr. Rayanna Pudota

Read more!

Knights of Columbus

Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast!

KofC Council 9402

Join the Knights of Columbus Council 9402 for their Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, October 22nd!

The menu not only includes pancakes but also eggs, sausage, coffee and more!

Be sure to stop by at Mary Immaculate Queen School's O'Doherty Hall from 7:00am - 12:00pm to grab a tasty breakfast.

  • $12 for Adults (Tickets sold at the door)
  • Children 5 & under are free

Parish Focus

First Communion and Confirmation Celebration

Catholic Community of St. Jude, Easton and

Our Lady of the Assumption, Caruthers

Several children and young people from the Extraordinary Migrant Ministry concluded their formation to the Sacrament of First Communion and Confirmation recently. We thank God, the generous catechists, parents and the community for their valuable support in this two-year formation.

A beautiful celebration was presided by Bishop Brennan and Fr. Zacarías Martínez Martínez.

Courtesy of Sister Margarita (MEMI)

Man & Woman of the Year Dance

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Bakersfield

Enjoy an evening of dining and dancing as Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Bakersfield honors the Man and Woman of the Year 2023 on Saturday, October 21st.

  • Doors open at 5:30pm
  • Dinner served at 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Table Reservation is first come first serve basis.
  • $50 per person or table of 8 for $350

Courtesy of Jesica Garitachea, OLG Church, Bakersfield

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All Saints Day Festival

Sacred Heart Church, Merced

Celebrate All Saints Day with Sacred Heart Church in Merced!

All are invited to attend the All Saints Day Festival on Sunday, October 29th from 7:30am to 6:00pm.

There will be music, food, drinks, games and much more!

Admission is free - take your whole family!

View the Flyer!

Blessing of the Animals

St. Paul Catholic Newman Center, Fresno

Courtesy of Fr. Byron Macias, CMF

7-Part Small Group Study: Jesus and the Eucharist

St. Anthony of Padua, Fresno

The 7-Part Small Group Study: Jesus and the Eucharist at St. Anthony of Padua in Fresno is well underway with sessions in English and Spanish. Our retired parishioners enjoy weekly morning sessions, while others are able to take advantage of the same sessions in the evening. It is encouraging to see the faithful coming out to learn more about Jesus and the Eucharist.

Article by Ray Young, Director of Ministries, St. Anthony of Padua, Fresno

Prayer Service for Peace

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

A Prayer Service for Peace will take place at Holy Spirit Church in Fresno on Wednesday, October 18th at 6:00pm.

Please join them as they pray for peace in our world. The prayer service will include a rosary, scripture reading and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Diocesan Retreat Centers

Festival of Trees

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

The St. Anthony Retreat and Conference Center’s 2023 Festival of Trees: Winter Wonderland will be on November 16, 2023! This event features Christmas Trees decorated by local charities and non-profits who auction their trees and silent auction items to the highest bidder! 100% of the proceeds benefit the specific charities and non-profits.

Tickets are $50.00 per person and $75.00 per couple and include access to the live and silent auctions as well as great food and drinks! Tickets may be reserved online by clicking HERE.

Want to do something fun with the whole fam? Come on Wednesday, November 15th from 4:00PM - 7:00 PM for a sneak preview and a Free Family Fun Night featuring pictures with Santa, arts & crafts, as well as cookies and cocoa for all!

Courtesy of Julia Dix, Development and Marketing Manager, St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

Learn More!

Prayer of the Week


Event Name



More Info

Prayer Service for Peace

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

October 18, 2023

6:00 PM - 7:00PM

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The Diocese of Fresno's Annual

Red Mass

St. John's Cathedral, Fresno

October 20, 2023 12:10 PM

View the Flyer

Doggie Fashion Show: A Benefit for St. Francis Homeless Project, inc.

Tesoro Viejo Amphitheater, Madera

October 21, 2023 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Man & Woman of the Year Dinner Dance

Shrine of Our

Lady of Guadalupe, Bakersfield

October 21, 2023 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

View the Flyer

Couples Retreat

View Flyer for Details

October 21, 2023

8:00AM - 4:00 PM

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Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast

Mary Immaculate Queen School's O'Doherty Hall, Lemoore

October 22, 2023

7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Dr. Byock's "The Surprising Potential for Wellbeing Through the End of Life"

Valley Oak Ballroom, Wyndham Visalia

October 25, 2023

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM *Public lecture, book signing to follow*

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Triduum of Prayer: Feast of Jesus Christ, the Divine Master

PDDM Convent Chapel, Fresno

October 26 - 28, 2023

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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29th Annual

Marian Eucharistic Conference

Clovis Veterans Memorial District, Clovis

October 27 - 29,


View the Flyer


St. Ann Church, Ridgecrest

October 28, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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International Exhibition: The Eucharistic Miracles of the World

Hayes Hall,

Our Lady of Victory Church, Fresno

October 28 - 29, 2023

View the Flyer

Eucharistic Celebration: Jesus the Divine Master

PDDM Convent Chapel, Fresno

October 29, 2023

11:00 AM

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All Saints Day Festival

Sacred Heart Church, Merced

October 29, 2023

7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

View the Flyer

Annual All Souls

Day Mass

St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, Fresno

November 2, 2023

10:00 AM

View the Flyer

The Hour of the Laity: A Lay Catholic Conference

Christ Cathedral Campus, Garden Grove

November 2 - 5, 2023

Learn More

Praise and Prayer Concert

St. Joseph Church, Bakersfield

November 3, 2023

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

View the Flyer

Shrine of OLG's Annual Parish Festival

Shrine of Our

Lady of Guadalupe, Bakersfield

November 4, 2023

2:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Winter Wonderland: Free Family Fun Night

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

November 15, 2023

4:00 PM -7:00PM

View the Flyer

2023 Festival of Trees

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

November 16, 2023

5:00 - 9:00 PM

View the Flyer

Come Away Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

November 28 - 30, 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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6-Day Silent Directed Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

January 28 -

February 3, 2024

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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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