Proclaim the Good News

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

October 30, 2023

The Pastoral Center will be closed on Wednesday, November 1st in observance of All Saints' Day.

Office of the Bishop

Bishop Brennan celebrates the

Annual Red Mass

Bishop Brennan celebrated the Annual Red Mass at St. John's Cathedral in Fresno on Oct. 20th.

Thank you to the faithful for attending the Red Mass in recognition of our legal professionals, law students and government officials.

The Diocese of Fresno wishes the Faithful a Blessed

All Saints' Day and All Souls Day

The USCCB: A Renewed Call for Peace

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops renews their call for peace in response to the Israel-Hamas War.

"We must not grow weary of offering our prayers and support for peace and justice for all concerned."

-Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace

Read the full statement

Seminarian Fund Second Collection: Called to Serve, Bless and Strengthen

The Diocese of Fresno asks for your generosity during the Seminarian Second Collection on November 11th and 12th at your parish. With your support, our seminarians can worry less about fiscal barriers and focus more on pursuing God's calling.

Thank you for supporting the young men who are discerning their call to priesthood!

Learn More!

Bishop Brennan wishes his Diocesan Staff a Happy Birthday

Catholic Cemeteries

All Souls Day Mass

For our loved ones who have passed

Join the Diocese of Fresno's Catholic Cemeteries at the Annual Outdoor All Souls Day Mass THIS week on Thursday, November 2nd at 10:00am.

The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Emeritus Ochoa at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in Fresno. We ask the faithful to please join us as we honor our loved ones who have passed.

Office of Vocations

Installation to the Ministry of Lector & Acolyte

Congratulations to our Seminarians at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park who were recently installed in the Ministry of Lector (Julio Oliva) and Acolyte (Jesus Zapien and Joseph Anaya)!

Candidates for Holy Orders Installation

Congratulations to our Seminarians who were installed as Candidates for Holy Orders for the Diocese of Fresno!

  • Martin Ortega
  • Nemesio Santana
  • Elliot Yaryk

Courtesy of the Diocese of Fresno's Office of Vocations

Office of Catholic Education

Red Ribbon Week

Our Catholic Schools Say No! to Drugs

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Clovis

St. Anthony School, Atwater

St. Anthony's School, Fresno

Parish Focus

Praise & Prayer Concert

St. Joseph Church, Bakersfield

Join St. Joseph Church in Bakersfield for a concert filled with praise and prayer with Catholic singer, Ge'La! 

The Praise & Prayer Concert will be on Friday, November 3rd from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. 

Tickets are $20!

A Night of Veneration with the Statue of our Blessed Mother

America Needs Fatima

You're invited to a night of prayer and veneration with the Our Lady of Fatima Pilgrim Statue. The statue will be on display for all to venerate on Tuesday, November 14th from 6pm - 8pm.

Seating is limited. To RSVP, please contact Martin and Mary Harguindeguy at (559) 803-2370

Learn more

Office of Formation and Evangelization

Support Group for Victims of Crime

Crime Survivors Ministry

The Crime Survivors Ministry met families in Wasco and Delano last Sunday, October 22, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Church to start a small support group circle for adult victims of crime.

For more information please contact Maciel Godburn at (559 )325-6888 or email [email protected].

Courtesy of Cielito 'Maciel' Godburn, Crime Survivors Ministry

Catechetical Ministry

Quick Catechesis

Explaining All Saints' Day to Our Students

The 1st of November is All Saints' Day. We remember the saints and allow the memory of their faith to spur us into deeper worship and greater service to the Lord. As catechists, focusing on simple facts and specific points to enrich this celebration for the students in our catechism programs can be reflected through simple explanations that allow them to grasp just how special the saints and their lives were in providing an example of a faithfulness to our Lord in how we live our lives.

We can share with them how in their lives some saints were always very good, yet others had not behaved very well, but in the end, they realized the love of God in their lives and how much He loved them as they were and decided to follow Him. Some lived with the poor, others were rich and sold everything to follow Him. Some were wise, others very simple, but they all had something in common, they had realized that there is nothing as important as the love of God.

We can remind our students that all of us are called to sainthood and to live holy lives, and for that, God gives us the gift of faith. It is His gift when we are baptized, but we must also want to strive for sainthood.

Read More (ENG/ESP)

Health and Nursing Ministry

Protecting our Infants during

Respiratory Virus Season

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common cause of respiratory infection in U.S. infants, most of whom are infected with RSV during their first year of life. RSV is the leading cause of hospitalization among U.S. infants.


  • Families should be aware of everyday preventive measures to limit the spread of RSV and other respiratory illnesses, including washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning frequently touched surfaces and staying home when sick.
  • The CDC recommends that all infants are protected against RSV through either vaccination of the mother with RSV vaccine during pregnancy or giving the infant nirsevimab after birth.
  • Parents should talk with their healthcare provider about whether nirsevimab is available for their infant.

Contact the Fresno County Department of Public Health at (559) 600-3200

More information on RSV


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Annual All Souls

Day Mass

St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, Fresno

November 2, 2023

10:00 AM

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The Hour of the Laity: A Lay Catholic Conference

Christ Cathedral Campus, Garden Grove

November 2 - 5, 2023

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Praise and Prayer Concert

St. Joseph Church, Bakersfield

November 3, 2023

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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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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A Night of Veneration with the Statue of our Blessed Mother

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November 14, 2023

6:00 PM - 8:00 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

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2023 Festival of Trees

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

November 16, 2023

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Annual Turkey Drive

KSEE24 Studios, Fresno

November 21, 2023

5:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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Come Away Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

November 28 - 30, 2023

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Bethlehem Center's Festival of Trees

St. Charles Borromeo Hall, Visalia

December 1, 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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