Proclaim the Good News

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

March 25, 2024

In Observance of Good Friday, The Pastoral Center will be closed on Friday, March 29th, 2024

Office of Bishop

Bishop Brennan Dedicates the Bethlehem Perpetual Adoration Chapel in Bakersfield!

Bishop Brennan celebrated the Dedication Mass of the Bethlehem Perpetual Adoration Chapel in Bakersfield.

The Chapel is located at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Co-patroness of the Unborn in Bakersfield on Brundage lane.

Bishop Brennan Celebrates

St. Joseph's Table!

Bishop Brennan celebrated the Diocese of Fresno's Annual Mass and Charity Event: St. Joseph's Table at Holy Spirit Church in Fresno on Sunday, March 17th.

We extend our gratitude to our parish communities that participated in the Catholic tradition by donating non-perishable foods to be delivered to the nearest Catholic Charities.

Bishop Emeritus Ochoa Celebrates the Sacrament of Confirmation

at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fresno

Over 1,200 family and friends attended the Confirmation Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fresno to witness 98 parish youth receive their Confirmation from Bishop Emeritus Ochoa.

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

Bishop Brennan Celebrates the Sacrament of Confirmation

at St. Lucy's Church in Fowler

Courtesy of Irma Trujillo, Office Manager, St. Lucy's Church, Fowler

Bishop Brennan Blesses the Sacramental Oils at the Annual Chrism Mass

Bishop Brennan blessed the oils that will be used for sacraments throughout the Diocese of Fresno at the Annual Chrism Mass on Thursday, March 21st at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Visalia.

View the photos from the Chrism Mass!

Bishop Brennan wishes his Diocesan Staff a Happy Birthday

Parish Focus

Eucharistic Procession and Multilingual Rosary

St. Patrick's Parish, Merced

Courtesy of Rosemarie Pierce, Administrative Assistant, St. Patrick's Church, Merced

St. Patrick's Parish in Merced recently held their Eucharistic Procession and Multilingual Rosary.

The ministries that led the rosary this year are as follows:

  • English - UC Merced Newman Club
  • Portuguese - Ministry of Our Lady of Fatima
  • Filipino - Asian Association of St. Patrick's
  • Italian - Italian Catholic Federation
  • Spanish - Spanish Prayer Group

Each year, look out for this special event as they anticipate this being an annual event on the Friday preceding the Feast Day of St. Patrick. All are welcome!

Couples Retreat

CDA Court St. John #2526

The Catholic Daughters Court of St. John's Parish invite you to a couples retreat on Sunday, April 28th from 8:00am to 4:00pm.


This retreat is for everyone! To RSVP, please contact Ismaela, CDA Regent at [email protected] 

  • Deadline to register: April 15, 2024 
  • $20 per person 
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided 

View the Flyer

Catechetical Ministry

The Catholic Craft Corner

Easter Activities

Easter is a major celebration for Catholics as we celebrate that Jesus conquered death and thus won us eternal life. This is the foundation of our faith and that's why we should celebrate it in a big way.

We must be clear with our children that Easter begins on Easter Sunday but extends for 50 days, which is why we must be joyful during these days. It doesn't mean that we don't have problems or setbacks, but that we face them with joy and a positive attitude to bear witness to what Christ has done for us. No problem is bigger than death and Jesus overcame it, so He can help us in any circumstance, if we are willing to receive His help. Let us live an Easter with optimism, Hope, Faith and Charity.

As we plan with our family to celebrate Easter, we might find it necessary to explain to our children what Easter is and help them to make sure that they live it with a good attitude. Something that can help this process is through simple activities and crafts that allow us to live it together and live it intensely.

Article by Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministry Coordinator

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Religious Life

Visit the Liturgical Apostolate Center!

Sister Disciples of the Divine Master

Looking for the perfect gift for a First Communion, Confirmation, Baptism or Wedding? The Liturgical Apostolate Center is your one stop shop for all gifts!

They are open Monday - Saturday from 9:30am - 5:00pm. Please view the flyer for location details.

View the Flyer

Holy Week Schedules

Pray, Reflect and Prepare

Holy Week 2024

This Holy Week, take time to pray, reflect and prepare.

Find a parish near you for Holy Week schedules and liturgies using our Parish Finder at dioceseoffresno.org/parishfinder

St. Francis Church, Bakersfield

St. Augustine Parish, Lamont

Shrine of St. Thérèse, Fresno

Prayer of the Week


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Holy Week Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat and Conference Center, Three Rivers

March 28 - 31, 2024

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The Wall that Heals

Merced College

March 28 - 31, 2024

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Spring Tea Party

Shrine of St. Therese, Fresno

April 13, 2024

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Requiem

St. Charles Borromeo Church, Visalia

April 13, 2024

7:30 PM

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Divine Mercy's Annual Golf Tournament

Belmont Country Club, Fresno

April 22, 2024

10:00 AM

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Couples Retreat

See Flyer for Details

April 28, 2024

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Slow Me Down, Lord: Embracing the Sacrament of the Present Moment

St. Patrick's Parish Hall, Merced

May 17 -18, 2024

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*A Note to our Parishes: Do you have a Parish Event you would like to promote? Send over your event flyer to [email protected] and we'll include it in the event section on our newsletter and website!

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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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