Proclaim the Good News

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

June 5, 2023


Office of the Bishop

Congratulations to our Five Newly Ordained Priests!

Bishop Brennan and the Diocese of Fresno welcomes our five newly ordained Priests! They are assigned Parochial Vicars to the following Parishes:

▪︎ Fr. Rene Vargas to Good Shepherd Catholic Parish, Visalia

▪︎ Fr. Jose Maria Carrillo to Sacred Heart, Bakersfield and Our Lady of the Snows Mission, Frazier Park

▪︎ Fr. Jorge Adrian Cruz Paez to St. Alphonsus and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Fresno

▪︎ Fr. James Tasy to St. Joseph and San Clemente Mission, Bakersfield

▪︎ Fr. Arturo Cisneros to Shrine of Our Lady of Miracles, Gustine

Watch the Mass of Ordination to the Priesthood by visiting dioceseoffresno.org/priesthood-ordination

View Photos from the Ordination

2nd Collection: Priest Retirement Fund

We ask for your generosity towards the Priest Retirement Fund during the Second Collection on Sunday, June 18th.

Thank you for supporting our Retired Priests in the Diocese who have given 1,587 combined years in service to the Lord.

Visit dioceseoffresno.org/priest-retirement-fund to learn more!

Our Diocesan Transitional Deacon Ordination

Bishop Brennan announces the Ordination of Our Diocesan Transitional Deacons! You are invited to attend the Mass of Ordination to the Transitional Deacon on Saturday, June 17th at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Visalia at 10:30am!

We graciously thank you for your support to our seminarians as they take the necessary steps before priesthood.

Stay tuned at dioceseoffresno.org/transitional-deacon-ordination for more information!

Bishop Brennan wishes his Diocesan Staff a Happy Birthday

Catholic Cemeteries

The Annual Outdoor Memorial Day Mass

Bishop Brennan and the Diocese of Fresno’s Catholic Cemeteries held the Annual Outdoor Memorial Day Mass at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Fresno!  

Thank you to those who joined us in honor of those who have served our country.

In case you missed the Mass, you can watch it by visiting dioceseoffresno.org/memorial-day 

Office of Communications

Central California Catholic Life Magazine

Coming Soon!

The Easter/Pentecost edition of our Diocesan Magazine, Central California Catholic Life, will be available to the Faithful soon! We appreciate your anticipation for the newest edition and look forward to your feedback.

To read the previous edition, please visit dioceseoffresno.org/magazine

Eucharistic Revival

Opening of the Diocesan Parish Revival Phase

Celebrate Corpus Christi with Bishop Brennan

The Rural Vicariate invites you to celebrate Corpus Christi with Bishop Brennan on Sunday, June 11th! This will kickoff the start of the Diocesan Parish Revival Phase as part of the National Eucharistic Revival.


Mass will begin at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Delano at 5:00pm, followed by the Procession with the Most Holy Sacrament towards the church of St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal in Delano at 6:30pm.

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Shrine Pilgrimage to the Shrines of the Diocese of Fresno

It's a wrap!

We have officially wrapped up our Shrine Pilgrimage to the Shrines of the Diocese of Fresno! A very special thank you to our pilgrims and parish staff members who made it a successful pilgrimage in honor of the Diocesan Eucharistic Revival.  


We hope many continue to visit our Shrines:  


  • Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Co-Patroness of the Unborn, Bakersfield 
  • Shrine of St. Thérèse, Fresno  
  • Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus, Livingston 
  • Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Laton 
  • Shrine of Our Lady of Miracles, Gustine 

Office of Catholic Education

SJM Alumni Wins

NCAA National Championship

San Joaquin Memorial High School Alumni, Ethan Quinn won the NCAA Men's Singles National Championship for Tennis!


Click here to read the article

from Your Central Valley by

Angelique Martinez.

Parish Focus

Donation Made to Support Rebuilding of Meeting Room

Catholic Daughters Court St. John #2526

The Catholic Daughters, Court St. John #2526 donated $1,000.00 to Vicente & Maria Garza to help rebuild their meeting room where faith based organizations would be able to meet. 

Courtesy of Mary Harguindeguy, Catholic Daughters Court St. John #2526

Retiro de Iniciacion: Bautismo en el Espiritu Santo

St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Reedley

First Holy Communion

Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Clovis

On May 7, 2023, the 41 sacrament prepped students of Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Clovis received First Holy Communion at 2 Masses celebrated by our Pastor, Rev. Michael Cox. It was a joyous occasion for all, as the children had greatly anticipated receiving Jesus in the Eucharist! They had prepared for many months and were able to make a small parent & child retreat in the days leading up to their first communion.

Divine Mercy is a new and growing parish in the Clovis East area and this is our largest First Communion class to date! God bless our new first communicants, their families and the entire Divine Mercy community. 

Courtesy of Maricella Gutierrez, Coordinator of Religious Education

Office of Formation and Evangelization

Join us at our Summer Events!

Open to All

Eucharistic Revival Book Club – The book we will be reading is “Being Eucharistic People” by Timothy O’Malley. The group will meet via Zoom on Mondays at 6 pm. Books are available through our office.

Self-Care Retreat – Spend a weekend focusing on your spiritual and mental self-care, as we pray, rest, learn and have fun together! This annual event takes place every third weekend in August, with this year being the weekend of August 18-20, 2023.


More information and links to register are available on our website at dioceseoffresno.org/office-of-formation-evangelization

Catechetical Ministries

The Catechetical Corner

Eucharistic Revival - Parish Phase

As we get closer to the second phase of the National Eucharistic Revival, which starts on June 11, 2023, hopefully point persons for their parish have at least begun to put their team together and a plan to get started in creating, adapting, or even continuing events that will support in the process of bringing their parishioners together for moments of faith sharing, community building, and adoration of the Eucharist. We ourselves here at the Office of Formation and Evangelization have already offered 8 orientation sessions in which we guided parish point persons on the resources that are available and how to implement them in the activities and events that take place in their parish and will continue to support those that need it.

For those that do not know what the National Eucharistic Revival is you can use the link below the article to find out more information from the National Website. Also, bear in mind the resources and information that are available through the Diocese of Fresno website at dioceseoffresno.org.

Article by Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministry Coordinator

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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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Corpus Christi: Mass and Procession with Bishop Brennan

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Delano

June 11, 2023

5:00 PM

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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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Transitional Deacon Ordination

St. Charles Borromeo Church, Visalia

June 17, 2023

10:30 AM

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Jr. High Camp

Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, Three Rivers

June 26 - 30, 2023

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Retiro de Iniciacion: Bautismo en el Espiriut Santo

St. La Salle School's Cafeteria, Reedley

July 1-2, 2023

7:30 AM

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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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"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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