Proclaim the Good News

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

March 13, 2023


Office of the Bishop

Catholic Night at the Park!

Join Bishop Brennan, the Diocese of Fresno and the Fresno Grizzlies for Catholic Night at the Park on Sunday, June 11th at 5:05pm at the Chukchansi Park in Fresno!

It will be a night of fun and fellowship with great company, food and music. Celebrate your faith with us and get tickets today at dioceseoffresno.org/catholic-night

Get ready for St. Joseph's Table!

St. Joseph's Table, the Diocese of Fresno's Annual Mass and Charity Event, will take place throughout many parish communities in the Diocese this weekend on March 18th and March 19th!

If you would like to participate in donating non-perishable foods to a 'table" honoring St. Joseph, please contact your parish office or join Bishop Brennan at Holy Spirit Church in Fresno on March 19th at 10am!

Learn more about St. Joseph's Table at dioceseoffresno.org/st-josephs-table

The Shalom Project: A Transformative Gospel Reflection

in honor of Bishop David O'Connell

Join us for the “The Shalom Project” in honor of Bishop O’Connell. All are welcome to this online event beginning Tuesday, March 21 at 6:00pm. This will be the first in a series of peace building skills workshops coming this year, working in collaboration with our Diocesan Restorative Justice Directors and Santa Clara University.


We believe you will find it to be an experience of individual and community transformation. Join us in honoring Bishop O’Connell by learning this transformative process and utilizing it in his blessed memory. 

Bishop O’Connell, may you rest now in the loving arms of Jesus, his devoted mother, and all the beloved that have gone before you. Until we meet again, may you continue to guide us as you faithfully have all these years.

Contact: Debbie McDermott at [email protected]

Register here

Pope Francis' 10th Anniversary:

Pope brings Latin American Catholic Experience to the Universal Church

When Pope Francis greeted the thousands of faithful gathered in a rain-soaked St. Peter's Square March 13, 2013, he quipped that his brother cardinals looked almost to "the ends of the earth" to find a new bishop of Rome.

The end of the world, in this case, was Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Pope Francis was born to Italian immigrants in 1936 and served as archbishop from 1998 until he became pope in 2013. He is the first pope born outside of Europe since the year 741 and the first from Latin America, where an estimated 40% of the world's Catholic population lives.

That distinction has molded Pope Francis' approach to governing the church over the first 10 years of his pontificate, forging pastoral priorities and doctrinal decision-making rooted in his identity as a servant of the people in Buenos Aires' "villas miserias," or shantytowns, first during a military dictatorship and then during a profound financial crisis.

Article by: Justin McLellan, Catholic News Service

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Bishop Brennan wishes his Diocesan Staff a Happy Birthday

Office of Communications

Serving God on a Missionary Trip to Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda

Read this and more on our Central California Catholic Life Magazine!

"Let God lead you where he wants to take you and your path will be filled with rewarding experiences, graceful challenges, and opportunities to serve in ways you never imagined or planned."

Ron and Sandy Sterling Smith, parishioners of the Diocese of Fresno, took a missionary trip to Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. They visited many places, churches and witnessed tremendous needs; all leaving them with a lasting impression.

To read about their experience during the trip, please visit dioceseoffresno.org/magazine

Courtesy of Ron and Sandy Sterling Smith

Eucharistic Revival

Shrine Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus

In Honor of the Eucharistic Revival

Be part of the Eucharistic Revival by participating in the Pilgrimage to the Shrines of the Diocese of Fresno!

The next stop of the Shrine Pilgrimage is to the Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus in Livingston!

Join us from March 19 - 26, 2023 for Mass, Adoration, Tours of the Shrine and much more!

For more information and to view the schedule, please visit dioceseoffresno.org/shrine-pilgrimage!

Office of Catholic Education

Pen Pals from France visit SJM!

Thank you for visiting!

Say hello to these amazing students that have come all the way from Béziers, France to visit Memorial!

It was a very exciting week for Memorial! We hosted 17 Pen Pals that have traveled all the way from France to visit our school. We hosted 17 students and 2 French teachers! They arrived to Fresno at 6 pm on Saturday, March 4th at the train station in Downtown and departed on March 11, 2023!

Our Pen Pals were shadowing some of our SJM students last Thursday and Friday! It was a pleasure to welcome them on campus!

Courtesy of Joan E. Bouchard, Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Parish Focus

Eucharistic Retreat at

St. Joseph's Church, Firebaugh

Last weekend, we had a Eucharistic Retreat with 300 people attending both Saturday and Sunday. You can see the happiness and joy reflected in the pictures!

Coming up on March 16th and 30th, we will have a full day Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament, with some activities such as Mass, Rosary, Silent Adoration, Confessions and Exposition.

To learn more about the full day Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, please click here.

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

Catechetical Ministries

The Catechetical Corner

I Thirst Fresno: Eucharistic Revival and Evangelization

My brother and sister catechists in Christ, as we continue our journey of reflection, prayer, and almsgiving during this time of Lent, I pray that we have been able to take some time out of our busy schedules to nourish our faith and encounter ever more the presence of Christ in our lives and ministries, especially with those we catechize and share the faith with. I know that there have been parishes that have been working tirelessly to provide events and moments of celebrating Eucharistic Revival along with the Lenten season, it is my hope that those events in which you hopefully participated or have been participating in have nurtured and supported your encounters with Christ during this particular liturgical season.

I wanted to share a reminder and of course extend an invitation to an event that will take place on Saturday March 18, 2023, “I Thirst – Fresno”. This event will be offered in English and Spanish at St. Charles Borromeo Parish Church, Visalia from 8AM - 5PM. For those that are certified catechists, this event will also qualify as re-certification hours.

We are also looking for VOLUNTEERS! Please view the attached document linked here for information on volunteer opportunities.

Article by: Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministries Coordinator

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Catholic Senior Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

March 14 -16, 2023

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Eucharist Revival: Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament

St. Joseph Church, Firebaugh

March 16, 2023

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Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit

St. Paul Newman Center, Fresno

March 16, 2023

2:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Be the One: Obria Medical Clinics Fundraiser

Toca Madera Winery, Madera

March 16, 2023


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Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit

St. Paul Newman Center, Fresno

March 17, 2023

2:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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Rosary Procession for the Eucharistic Revival

St. Patrick's Church, Merced

March 17, 2023

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I Thirst Fresno

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Visalia

March 18, 2023

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St. Joseph's Table

Diocesan Wide

March 18 - 19, 2023

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Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus, Livingston

March 19 - 26, 2023

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Healing through the Eucharist

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

March 24 -26, 2023

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Eucharist Revival: Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament

St. Joseph's Church, Firebaugh

March 30, 2023

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Right to Life's Annual Educational Dessert

St. Paul Newman Center, Fresno

March 30, 2023

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Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Laton

April 16 - 23,2023

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Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of Our Lady of Miracles, Gustine

May 14 - 21, 2023

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Catholic Night at the Park

Chukchansi Park, Fresno

June 11, 2023

5:05 pm

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Healing Retreat for Victims of Crime

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

June 24, 2023

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

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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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