Proclaim the Good News

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

July 10, 2023


Office of the Bishop

Bishop's Annual Appeal: We Are One Body

The Bishop's Annual Appeal (BAA) strives to pass on the Faith to Future Generations through funding essential programs and ministries at the Heart of Catholicism.

Although we have many missions through the ministries we are called to, we are one body. We are One Body of People on the same mission of evangelization.

In particular, we need your generosity and support for vocations, formation and catholic education.

Support the BAA!

Catholic Night at the Park!

Join the Diocese of Fresno and the Fresno Grizzlies for a night of fun and fellowship on Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at Chukchansi Park in Fresno!

Enjoy great company, food, music and celebrate your faith!

  • Gates open at 5:50 p.m.
  • The first pitch will be at 6:50 p.m.

Get tickets today!

An Update from our Newly Ordained Transitional Deacons

Our recently ordained Transitional Deacons give the Faithful an update and give thanks for the wonderful support they have received.

Watch their individual videos by clicking below!

Bishop Brennan Congratulates All Clergy Who Celebrate Anniversaries 

in the Month of July

Office of Catholic Education

Catholic Schools Enrolling Now!

Back to school is just around the corner and Catholic schools in our Diocese are currently enrolling!

Looking to enroll your children in a Catholic school near you?

Discover our schools in the Fresno, Hanford, Kern and Merced District and get more information by visiting our website.

Use the School Finder

Eucharistic Revival

The Presence Within Us

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

You're invited to Holy Spirit Church Parish Retreat! Come together and increase your faith during "The Presence Within Us" on Monday, July 24th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.

Parish Focus

Celebrating Fr. John's Shearer's 10th

Priestly Anniversary

St. Joachim Catholic Church, Madera

On June 29, 2023, St. Joachim Catholic Church in Madera celebrated Fr. John Shearer, O.S.J for his 10th anniversary of Priesthood.

St. Joachim Parish is extremely grateful to have Fr. John Shearer, O.S.J. 

Courtesy of Ana Cruz, Rectory Secretary

Pray the Rosary!

A Message from Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati at

Holy Spirit Church

At Lourdes, Fatima, Akita, Medjugorje, our Lady’s message has been the same: PRAY THE ROSARY!

The world is inflamed with confusion and anger! Love of God has been eclipsed by love of money; love of power; love of self.

How can we possibly counter this deluge of impurity and insanity?

Pray the Rosary! To bring about world peace; peace in the family; peace in our hearts.

Pray the Rosary! For the conversion of sinner and the salvation of souls.

God and Our Lady have given us this powerful spiritual weapon for the battle that is being waged by the Powers of Darkness against the world! The war is not lost! Join the fight!

-The Blessed Pier Giorgio Lay Dominican Chapter in Fresno

Courtesy of Pat Santy, M.D., O.P., Prioress

Religious Life

"Encounter of Peace" Mini Retreat

In Remembrance of those affected in the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The Sisters of the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master (PDDM) graciously invite you to an afternoon mini-retreat to invoke God’s healing and peace on Saturday, August 5th from 3pm to 7pm at the PDDM Convent in Fresno.

Please join us as we remember the atomic bombing of Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945) and as we take to heart the victims of violence, hatred and war in today’s world and through all ages. Let us be united as a community of Christian disciples that seek true peace.

Catechetical Ministries

The Catechetical Corner

The Precious Blood of Jesus

The month of July is traditionally dedicated to the Precious Blood, inviting Catholics to meditate on Christ's redemptive sacrifice and the shedding of his precious blood for all humanity. Falling right between June’s devotion to the Sacred Heart and August’s devotion to the Immaculate Heart, July is an ideal time to connect our devotion to Jesus and Mary into deeper gratitude for the bond they share as well as to heighten our connection to the blood of the Lamb of God.

The Blood of Jesus is the source of salvation. It is the basis of the New Covenant. The night before His crucifixion, Jesus offered the cup of wine to His disciples saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.” The pouring of wine into the cup symbolized the blood of Christ that would be shed for all who would believe in Him. When He shed His blood on the cross, Jesus removed the Old Covenant requirement of continual animal sacrifice. That blood was not sufficient to cover the sins of the people, except in a temporary way, because sin against a holy and infinite God requires a holy and infinite sacrifice. But in those sacrifices, there is a reminder of sins year after year.

Courtesy of Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministry Coordinator

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Health & Nursing Ministry

Protect yourself against Mosquito Bites!

County of Fresno Department of Public Health

Fresno County is seeing a higher number of mosquito populations due to the excessive moisture in the region following last winter’s storms, and vector-borne diseases are a well-described consequence of climate hazards such as storms and floods.

Protect against mosquito bites by practicing the “Three Ds”:

1. DETER – Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 according to label instructions. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you. Insect repellents should not be used on children under two months of age.

2. DAWN AND DUSK – Mosquitoes usually bite in the early mornings and evenings. It is important to wear proper clothing and repellent if outside during these hours of day. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes. 

3. DRAIN – Mosquitoes develop in standing water. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flowerpots, old car tires, buckets, and other containers. Ensure windows and drains are covered with screens.

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Prayer of the Week


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"The Presence

Within Us" Retreat

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

July 24, 2023

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

View the Flyer

High School Camp

Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, Three Rivers

July 31-Aug 4, 2023

View the Flyer

Encounter of Peace Mini-Retreat

PDDM Convent, Fresno

August 5, 2023

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

View the Flyer

Holy Cross Ministries: Jesus' Lessons on Spiritual Warfare

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

August 18 - 20, 2023

View the Flyer

Catholic Night *Rescheduled*

Chukchansi Park, Fresno

August 23, 2023

6:50 PM

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Marriage Enrichment Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 8 - 10, 2023

Learn more

Women's Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 22 - 24, 2023

View the Flyer

Foundations Course for Faith Nursing

The Shrine of St. Thérèse, Fresno

September 28 - October 1, 2023

Visit Website

Diocesan Congress and Youth Day

Visalia Convention Center, Visalia

October 13 - 15, 2023

Save the Date!

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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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