Proclaim the Good News

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

December 26, 2022


Office of the Bishop

Bishop Brennan Celebrates the

25th Anniversary of

Infant Jesus of Prague in Tollhouse

Bishop Brennan celebrated Mass at Infant Jesus of Prague in Tollhouse in honor of their 25th Anniversary. During Mass, Bishop Brennan blessed over the parishioners.

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Central Valley IAF Meets with Pope Francis

Central Valley Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) met with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome on October 14th to discuss their work related to the “Synod on Synodality” initiative. The IAF is the oldest and largest national network of community-based organizations in the country. Central Valley IAF is the local affiliate of the IAF and works with parishes and other community-based institutions to develop an agenda to help the common good. 


Tim McManus, the Senior Organizer working with Central Valley IAF, was among the delegation from the IAF to meet Pope Francis. The delegation included 20 professional organizers and incredible leaders such as immigrant leaders who have fought to get clean drinking water into rural parts of Texas and pastors who have seen their parish come together. 

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Fresno's $1 Million in Funding to

Planned Parenthood Lacks

Oversight, Accountably

John Gerardi, Executive Director of Right to Life of Central California released an article on the Fresno Bee discussing the $1 million state grant to Planned Parenthood in Fresno.

Read Fresno's $1 million in funding to Planned Parenthood lacks oversight, accountability.

Bishop Brennan has previously addressed Fresno City Council's decision to pass the $1 million state grant to Planned Parenthood in an Open Letter.

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

Eucharistic Revival

Join Our Diocesan Shrine Pilgrimage!

In Honor of the Diocesan Eucharistic Revival

Bishop Brennan announces a Pilgrimage to the Shrines of the Diocese of Fresno and you're invited to join!

Each Shrine has designated a week of prayer and events, which the faithful are encouraged to attend. At the first location you visit, you will receive a special Shrine Pilgrimage passport, which will be stamped at each location you visit.

Bishop Brennan has also decreed that those who visit these shrines during the designated times and fulfill the necessary conditions shall receive a plenary indulgence.

For more information, please visit dioceseoffresno.org/shrine-pilgrimage

We pray that all who engage in this pilgrimage will be united in prayer. 

More information will be released soon.

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Office of Catholic Education

Students at St. Aloysius School, Tulare Celebrate the

Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe!

Courtesy of Joan E. Bouchard, Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Parish Focus

Holy Hour at St. Brigid Church in Hanford

Asking for God's Gentle Embrace

St. Brigid Church in Hanford will hold a 

Holy Hour for mothers and fathers who have lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant loss on January 1st (the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God) at 6:30 PM.

As we begin the new year, let us come together in the church to ask for God’s gentle embrace of those who continue to bear the hardship of losing a child.

To include your child’s name to be read aloud during the Holy Hour, please contact Sara Champi at 816-1464 by Friday, December 30th.

Courtesy of Amy Lowe, St. Brigid Catholic Church

St. Anthony of Padua's Annual Advent Penance Service

Our special thanks to Bishop Armando Ochoa, Fr. Abraham Kombo, Fr. David Norris, Fr. James LaCasse, and Fr. Angel Jesus who joined Msgr. Robert Wenzinger and Fr. Regino Quijano at St. Anthony of Padua for their Annual Advent Penance Service on Monday, December 19, 2022.

The priest’s dedication and willingness to hear confessions from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. made it possible for over 300 parishioners to take advantage of the Sacrament before Christmas, both in English and Spanish.

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

Diocesan Retreat Centers

Musicians Needed at Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center!

Bring Your Talent to the Retreat Center

Musicians are needed each weekend throughout January at the Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center in Three Rivers! Help is needed with Adoration on Saturday nights and Mass on Sunday mornings.

Room, board and travel stipend is included! If available, please email

Sam at [email protected]

Catechetical Ministries

The Catechetical Corner

The Light of Christ

My heart is full of gratitude to God for all the blessings he has bestowed upon me and the parish communities we serve. As we had recently celebrated the Feast Day of our Lady of Guadalupe here in the Pastoral Center with mañanitas, my thoughts turn to our love and dedication to the Blessed Virgin Mary who is our most powerful advocate and guide. She leads us to Jesus and in turn comes to the aid of her sons and daughters as well. As we also just celebrated the birth of her son on the 25th of December it was truly a joyous day in which we joined Christians all over the world in welcoming into our hearts the King and Ruler of all creation born of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I hope this Christmas found you and your family in good health and grace with our Lord’s blessings.

 While we are the beneficiaries of great blessings and favors from God, we must also recognize that it is our duty to return that love to our brothers and sisters in need. A parish is not only a physical place or a building; a parish is a human community, a portion of the People of God, a house built on mutual trust, kindness, and love for one another. We require buildings in which to pray, and study, and gather, but the reason for a parish to construct and maintain buildings is to provide a home for the community of the faithful, the Christian Catholic family, which is the universal church.

Article by: Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministries Coordinator

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Health & Nursing Ministry

COVID-19 Equity Project

Testing, Vaccines, Treatment and Prevention

Please view the document below about UCSF Fresno's COVID-19 Equity Project and the services they provide.

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Prayer of the Week


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Holy Hour

St. Brigid Church, Hanford

January 1, 2023

6:30 PM

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Baker's Dozen Holiday Opportunity Drawing

St. John's Cathedral, Fresno

January 8, 2023

2:30 PM

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6-Day Silent Directed Retreat 

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers 

January 8-14, 2023

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Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Co-Patroness of the Unborn, Bakersfield

January 15- 22, 2023

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One Life LA

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January 21, 2023

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Walk for Life

Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco

January 21, 2023

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Consecration of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Visalia 

February 2, 2023

Time: TBD

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Recognizing the Stranger:

Leadership Training

St. Paul Catholic Newman Center, Fresno

February 3 - 4, 2023

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World Marriage Day

St. Anthony of Padua Church, Fresno

February 12, 2023

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Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of St. Therese, Diocesan Patroness, Fresno

February 26 -

March 5, 2023

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I Thirst Fresno

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Visalia

March 18, 2023

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Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus, Livingston

March 19 - 26, 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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"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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