Proclaim the Good News

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

September 25, 2023

Office of the Bishop

The Diocese of Fresno's Annual White Mass

Are you a healthcare worker or do you know someone who is? The Diocese of Fresno is holding the Annual White Mass in honor of all health care workers! 

Join Bishop Brennan and the Diocese of Fresno on Friday, October 13th at St. John’s Cathedral in Fresno at 12:10pm for this special Mass. All are welcome to attend in appreciation of the care and service that our healthcare workers relentlessly give to our community. 


A Moment with Bishop Brennan

A new Moment with Bishop Brennan is here!

In this episode, Bishop Brennan brings up the topic of Authority and explains that the pinnacle of authority is serving others.  

Watch: A Moment with Bishop Brennan “What is Authority?” on our YouTube channel.

The Annual Blue Mass is just around the corner!

The Diocese of Fresno’s Annual Blue Mass is this week! 


Bishop Brennan invites the Faithful and all First Responders to St. John’s Cathedral in Fresno on Friday, September 29th at 12:10pm. 

During Mass, Bishop will bless the badges and vehicles of all first responders. 

All are welcome to attend the Annual Blue Mass.

A reception will follow in the Singleton Hall across the street from St. John's Cathedral. 

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

Community Partnerships

Critical Training Opportunity

Marjaree Mason Center

The Diocese of Fresno proudly announces a community partnership with the Marjaree Mason Center. We stand together for the protection of women, children and families.

We encourage you to learn more about domestic violence awareness in our community with this Critical Training Opportunity. The training will take place on Thursday, September 28th at People's Church in Fresno. For complete details, please view the full flyer below.

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Office of Communications

Check out the latest edition

of our Magazine!

Exciting news!

The fall edition of our Diocesan magazine is now available digitally on our website.

We hope you enjoy the latest issue of Central California Catholic Life.

Check out a few highlights such as:

  • Ordaining Hope
  • Diocesan Congress
  • Caring for the Whole Person

Editor: Sr. Rosalie Rohrer, IHM

Lead Graphic Design: Alberto Sandoval

Read Here!

Permanent Diaconate

Institution to the Ministry of Lector/Reader

Diaconate Formation Class #7

With profound jubilation and solemn reverence, the celebration of the Mass was offered by Bishop Joseph this past Saturday to install 15 men as lectors for the Diocese of Fresno. These men and their supporting wives comprise formation class #7 of the Diaconate community. They are currently starting their fourth year of Diaconate formation. By the Grace of God, they will receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders in October of 2025. 

During the Rite, each of the humble candidates came forward to Bishop, who gave each of them a bible and declared the following: “Take this book Holy Scripture and be faithful to handing on the word of God, so that it may grow strong in the hearts of His people.” 

As a community of faith, let us continue to pray for these Diaconate candidates on their ongoing formation journey. May they be strengthened in their commitment to discern the Lord’s call and work as joyful servants within His most enriching and bountiful vineyard. 

Article by Deacon Mark Schultz, Assistant Director of Formation

Parish Focus

Transitus of St. Francis

St. Anthony Mary Claret Church, Fresno

St. John the Baptist Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order cordially invites everyone to Commemorate the Transitus of St. Francis.

When: Tuesday, October 3, 2023, 6:30-7:30 PM

Where: St. Anthony Mary Claret Church, Fresno

Transitus is the annual celebration by Franciscans throughout the world of the passing of St. Francis from this life to life with God. It is celebrated the night of October 3, the eve of his feast day.

Refreshments and almond cookies will be served after the event For more information, please leave a message for Karin at 559-250-9467.

Annual Pro-Life Mass and Rosary

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

Join Holy Spirit Church in Fresno for their 1st Annual Pro-Life Mass and Rosary on Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 8:00am!

This annual event is in honor of Respect Life Month in October. There will be a special blessing and gift for expectant parents.

The recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be led by the Knights of Columbus and Respect Life Ministry.

Learn more about the Harvest Festival!

Harvest Festival

St. Joachim Church, Madera

With the fall season beginning, it’s the perfect time to take you and your family or friends to St. Joachim’s Harvest Festival! 

The Harvest Festival will be a night of games, amazing food and family fun on Friday, September 29th from 6pm–10pm and Saturday, September 30th from 5pm–10pm. 

Thank you for supporting St. Joachim’s Church in Madera through their Harvest Festival! 

Office of Formation and Evangelization

Last Week to Register for Congress!

Hurry before it's too late!

Don't miss the chance to be part of the largest ministry leadership gathering in the Diocese!

The Diocesan Congress is the perfect place to gather with others, learn more about faith & ministry and pray together as One Body of Christ!

Join us for insightful workshops, amazing speakers and wonderful exhibits.

· Congress: Oct. 13-14

· Youth Day: Oct. 15

The registration deadline is Saturday, September 30th.

Click here to watch a message from the Director of the Office of Formation and Evangelization, Rosie!

Register here!

Catechetical Ministry

Catechetical Ministries in Motion

St. Philips the Apostle, Bakersfield

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to give a catechist retreat at St. Philips the Apostle in Bakersfield. I want to thank Religious Education Coordinator, Mayela Guerrero, for helping set up this event, Fr. Hector Lopez V.F., for the use of his parish facilities, and of course, the catechists that participated. They were an absolute joy to work with.

The theme, moments of reflection and conversation, along with activities, were based off resources from the USCCB regarding Catechetical Sunday. One of the talks focused on connectedness, realizing and understanding how we are all connected in one way or another in our communities, especially through ministry.

As we serve the community of the faithful, we must strive for unity, teamwork and collaboration. When we encounter difficulties or challenges, we must remind ourselves that we don’t have to face them alone. When we embrace this mentality as a team, it makes everyone’s work so much easier.

Article by Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministry Coordinator

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Health & Nursing Ministry

No Cost Flu Vaccine Clinic

Protect yourself, your loved ones and the community!

In preparation of flu season, the Fresno County Department of Public Health is offering no-cost flu vaccine clinics throughout multiple locations across the county.

The first flu clinic will be held September 27, 2023, at the Sierra Oaks Senior Center in Tollhouse, CA and they will be administering vaccines from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.

Getting the annual flu vaccine is the best defense against the disease and the potential serious complications that can result from it.

Learn more information!


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The Diocese of Fresno's Annual

Blue Mass

St. John's Cathedral, Fresno

September 29, 2023 12:10 PM

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Harvest Festival

St. Joachim School Yard, Madera

September 29 & 30, 2023

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Transitus of St. Francis

St. Anthony Mary Claret Church, Fresno

October 3, 2023

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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Our Lady of Guadalupe, Delano

October 6, 2023

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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"El Poder del Santo Rosario"

St. Anthony of Padua, Reedley (old church)

October 6, 2023

7:15 PM

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Holy Spirit Church

1st Annual Pro-Life Mass and Rosary

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

October 7, 2023

8:00 AM

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The Diocese of Fresno's Annual

White Mass

St. John's Cathedral, Fresno

October 13, 2023 12:10 PM

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Diocesan Congress and Youth Day

Visalia Convention Center, Visalia

October 13 - 15, 2023

Register Today!

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St. Anthony's School Carnival

St. Anthony's School, Fresno

October 13, 2023

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Fr. Dade Assembly Annual BBQ Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

October 15, 2023

2:00 PM

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The Diocese of Fresno's Annual

Red Mass

St. John's Cathedral, Fresno

October 20, 2023 12:10 PM

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Couples Retreat

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October 21, 2023

8:00AM - 4:00 PM

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29th Annual

Marian Eucharistic Conference

Clovis Veterans Memorial District, Clovis

October 27 - 29,


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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

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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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Advent Family Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

December 10, 2023

8:00 AM - 4:00PM

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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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