Proclaim the Good News

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

January 29, 2024

Office of Bishop

The Annual Clergy Convocation

Last week, our clergy attended their Annual Clergy Convocation from January 22 - January 25th. Our diocesan bishops, priests and deacons gathered together and were provided an opportunity to discuss church matters.

We thank the faithful for their prayers!

Bishop Brennan invites you to Black History Month Mass!

Bishop Brennan invites the faithful to the Black History Month Mass at St. John's Cathedral in Fresno! Join us on Sunday, February 4, 2024 at 10:30 am to celebrate this special Mass!

St. Charles Borromeo Church in Visalia Celebrates their 1-year Anniversary! 

Bishop Brennan celebrated the Dedication Mass of St. Charles Borromeo Church on February 2, 2023. It was also Bishop Brennan's first time dedicating a church - making it an extra special moment!

St. Charles Borromeo Church is part of Good Shepherd Catholic Parish and is the largest parish church in North America.

Watch the Dedication Mass!

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

Diocesan Synod

Synod Listening Sessions

We Want to Hear Your Voice!

The Diocese of Fresno and Bishop Brennan invites you to our upcoming Synod Listening Sessions! At the Synod Listening Sessions, you are welcome to dialogue, listen to each other's thoughts, share opinions and pray together. Join your fellow travelers on your journey together!

The purpose of the Synod is "to provide an opportunity for the entire People of God to discern together on how to move forward on the path towards being a more synodal church in the long-term."

Learn more about the Synod

Office of Catholic Education

Catholic Schools Week

Jan. 28 - Feb. 3, 2024

It's Catholic Schools Week! The Diocese of Fresno expresses our gratitude towards our catholic schools, students, families, teachers and faculty for their time and dedication towards fulfilling the mission of Jesus Christ.

We encourage our schools to send in photos of your staff and students showing their school spirit throughout the week! Please send your Catholic Schools Week photos to [email protected] to be featured on our newsletter.

St. Helen's School 70th Anniversary Celebration

St. Helen's School in Fresno is celebrating their 70th Anniversary!

Dress in your 50's attire and join them in celebration on Saturday, February 3rd at St. Helen's Parish Hall from 5:30pm-10:30pm.

It will be a fun night with dancing, bingo, a silent auction, mystery boxes AND classic cars!

View the Flyer!

Parish Focus

Santo Niño de Cebú Feast Day Mass

St. Ann Church, Ridgecrest

The children of St. Ann Church in Ridgecrest recently participated in the liturgy for the Santo Niño de Cebú Feast Day Mass. 

The children lectored, cantored and brought up the gifts. One of the preschool classes presented food for the military!

In addition, confirmation students served and cleaned up after a special feast day lunch. We are so thankful to be able to live out our faith in so many ways.  

Courtesy of Marla Morgan, St. Ann Church, Ridgecrest

Newman Club of UC Merced

St. Patrick Church, Merced

The Newman Club of UC Merced had their first Officers Meeting of the new year! They discussed upcoming weekly meetings and socials as well as the upcoming Ash Wednesday services which will be open to everyone!

The UC Merced Newman Club meets Tuesday evenings at 6pm. Please email [email protected] for more information and to get involved! It is open to all college students!

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

100 Years of St. Paul Church in Tranquillity

October 19, 2024

This year will mark the 100 year anniversary of St. Paul of Tranquility Church!

Pictured to the right is a banner created by Danielle Potter, a young lady who was an altar server for many years at St. Paul Church. Featured in the banner is the oldest "known" photo of St. Paul of Tranquillity Church.

For their celebration, they plan on giving the church a makeover and culminating in a special anniversary Mass - details to come!

Courtesy of Jimmy Marchini, St. Paul of Tranquility Church

Take a Closer Look at the Banner!

Walk for Life West Coast

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

Candidates and parents in Holy Spirit's Confirmation program, along with members of the Respect Life Ministry, joined Right to Life of Central California on the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco. It was a rainy but spiritually fruitful day of talks and prayer while walking for the rights of the most defenseless among us, the unborn.

Courtesy of Holy Spirit's Religious Education Dept and Respect Life Ministry

Lenten Retreat

Shrine of St. Thérèse, Fresno

Join the Shrine of St. Thérèse in Fresno for their Lenten Retreat! You're invited to Holy Hour on February 16, 2024 at 7:00pm. The Retreat will be on February 17, 2024 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm.

For more information, please call the parish office at (559) 268-6388

Courtesy of Maria Elena, Shrine of St. Thérèse, Fresno

Office of Formation and Evangelization

Healing Prayer Service

Crime Survivors Ministry

On January 20, 2024, a healing prayer service was provided by the Crime Survivors Ministry for the families and friends of Adrian Esparza, a crime victim.

Deacon Geraldo Perez led the healing prayers and Maciel Godburn coordinated the prayer service. There were more than 50 people in attendance.

Please keep the victims of crime and their families in your prayers.

Courtesy of Cielito 'Maciel' Godburn, Crime Survivors Ministry

Prayer of the Week


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More Info

St. Helen's School 70th Anniversary

St. Helen's Parish Hall, Fresno

February 3, 2024

5:30 PM - 10:30 PM

View the Flyer

Black History

Month Mass

St. John's Cathedral, Fresno

February 4, 2024

10:30 AM

View the Flyer

World Marriage Day

St. Charles Borromeo Church,Visalia

February 11, 2024

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Register Here

Synod Listening Sessions

St. Philips Church, Bakersfield

February 13, 2024

1:00 PM & 6:30 PM

View the Flyer

Lenten Retreat

Shrine of St. Therese, Fresno

February 17, 2024

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

View the Flyer

Valentine's Day Dinner and Dance

Our Lady of Victory, Fresno

February 17, 2024

6:00 PM - 12:00 AM

View the Flyer

Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast

O'Doherty Hall, Lemoore

February 25, 2024

7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

View the Flyer

Synod Listening Sessions

St. Joseph Church, Bakersfield

February 26, 2024

10:00 AM & 6:30 PM

View the Flyer

*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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