Proclaim the Good News

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

March 6, 2023


Office of the Bishop

St. Joseph's Table: The Diocese of Fresno's Annual Mass & Charity Event

Bishop Brennan invites the Faithful of the Diocese of Fresno to join him in celebrating 

St. Joseph’s Table at all weekend Masses of March 18th and March 19th, with each parish community bringing non-perishable foods to a ‘table’ honoring St. Joseph!

For the faithful who would like to participate, please contact your parish office or join Bishop Brennan at Holy Spirit Church in Fresno on March 19th at 10 am!

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

Central Valley IAF - Recognizing the Stranger Training

On February 3rd-4th, Central Valley IAF hosted a training in partnership with the Diocese of Fresno. The purpose was to equip parish leaders with the tools to help their parishes live out the social and community mission of the Catholic Church. Nearly 100 leaders from more than 20 parishes participated, traveling to the St. Paul Catholic Newman Center from every region of the Diocese.

On Friday night, Bishop Brennan opened the training with a reflection on the institution of the Eucharist, reminding participants that the closing of our Mass (“Ite, missa est!”) commands us to go forth into the world and live out the Gospel. He reminded the trainees that this work will sometimes be difficult, there will be setbacks and that we will have to be willing to engage in the public sphere to do this but the Eucharist gives us what we need to brave this and press forward.

Article by Timothy McManus, Central Valley IAF

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Bishop Brennan wishes his Diocesan Staff a Happy Birthday

Office of Communications

Central California Catholic Life Magazine

Lenten Edition OUT NOW!

The Lenten edition of our Central California Catholic Life magazine is now available for you and our parishioners diocesan wide.

Please visit dioceseoffresno.org/magazine to view this edition.

Editor: Sr. Rosalie Rohrer, IHM

Leader Graphic Designer: Nick Cadena

Eucharistic Revival

Shrine Pilgrimage to the

Shrine of St. Thérèse in Fresno

In Honor of the Eucharistic Revival

Thank you pilgrims for participating in the Shrine Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Thérèse in Fresno!

It was a wonderful week filled with liturgy and devotions.

Divine Mercy Pastor, Fr. Michael Cox was the celebrant on March 1, 2023 for the Eucharistic Pilgrimage.

The pilgrimage continues! Please join us at the Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus in Livingston from March 19th - 26th.

To learn more, please visit dioceseoffresno.org/shrine-pilgrimage

Rosary Procession for the Eucharistic Revival

Join us for a Eucharistic Procession and Multilingual Rosary!

In honor of the Eucharistic Revival, St. Patrick's Church in Merced will hold a Rosary Eucharistic Procession on March 17, 2023, the Feast Day of St. Patrick. 

Join them at St. Patrick's Church in Merced at 7:00pm followed by the procession to the St. Patrick's Rosary Garden. Bishop Brennan and Parish leaders will lead the multilingual Rosary.

Parish Focus

Vigil Project's True Presence Night

St. Anthony of Padua Church in Reedley

The Vigil Project's True Presence Night offered praise and thanksgiving to The Lord. It was a successful, well-attended beautiful night. Thank you to those who participated at the True Presence Night at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Reedley!

Courtesy of Michael Osborne, Intentional Disciples Ministry Group at St. Anthony of Padua, Reedley

Annual Rite of Election at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fresno

St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fresno hosted the Annual Rite of Election for Fresno Metro and Fresno Rural parishes with over 900 people in attendance on Wednesday, March 1st. Bishop Brennan welcomed 65 Youth, 90 Catechumens – now The Elect, 128 Candidates and 344 Sponsors. The Elect and Candidates will complete their Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.

Let us continue to pray for all them as they journey into full communion with the Catholic Church. This is a clear and visible sign that the Catholic Church is very much alive in our community. Let us welcome them with open arms and hearts.

Courtesy of Ray Young, Director of Ministries at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Fresno

Catechetical Ministries

The Catechetical Corner

Spiritual Renewal During Lent

In this Lenten season, as we focus on prayer and reconciliation for the preparation of the coming celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, allow prayer to be manifested in the many ways that it can throughout your everyday lives. By the grace of God be guided in discipline of mind, body, and soul to be renewed in His Spirit, for without our Lord we can do nothing. Find new life through penance and be kept from sin and choose to live by His commandments. God will send the Spirit to make us strong in faith and conviction and we will be nourished by Him through love and prayer as we are kept faithful to Him through the Gospel. Our Lord is the source of life, reach out with joy and grasp His hand and walk more readily in His ways and gentle mercy, for left to ourselves we cannot do His will and we will fall to our human weaknesses. Strengthen and renew yourselves through fasting, prayer, service and the Word of God.

Through fasting we give up certain luxuries or foods and we are able to focus more fully on our spiritual lives and experience a deeper sense of hunger for God. Through prayer we help deepen our spiritual life and come closer to Him by setting aside time each day for quiet reflection and meditation. In the service to others, we can strengthen our faith during Lent by engaging in acts of charity and almsgiving. These acts of kindness also connect us to the community of believers around us and deepen our sense of purpose. And of course, studying the Bible during Lent is important because it helps to deepen our understanding of God’s word and the teachings of Jesus. Through this process, we can gain a deeper appreciation for the sacrifice that He made for us and come to know Him better.

Article by: Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministries Coordinator

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Diocesan Retreat Centers

Catholic Senior Retreat

Register today!

The St. Anthony Retreat Center in Three Rivers presents the Catholic Senior Retreat! Spend a few days at the Retreat Center from March 14 to March 16!

To register, please visit stanthonyretreat.org/events/seniors2023!

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Catholic Senior Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

March 14 -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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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

April 16 - 23,2023

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Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of Our Lady of Miracles

May 14 - 21, 2023

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Pilgrimage to Ireland

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June 4 - 14, 2023

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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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