Proclaim the Good News

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

July 31, 2023


Office of the Bishop

Bishop Brennan to Bless Backpacks for the upcoming School Year

Bishop Brennan will be holding a Blessing of the Backpacks at Holy Spirit Church in Fresno at the 10:00 AM Mass on Sunday, August 13.

Students of all ages are invited to bring their backpacks to be blessed by Bishop Brennan before heading back to school. Please place your empty backpacks on the table in front of the hall on your way into Mass. Bishop will bless all backpacks at once after Mass!

Msgr. Dreiling's Farewell Message

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I have come to the age when it's time for me to step aside from the daily challenges of parish administration and pastoral responsibilities to begin a new path forward to serve the Lord as a humble disciple and priest. Bishop Brennan has graciously accepted my request to resign from the pastoral care of the Shrine of St. Therese and to begin my retirement journey on August 1st. I have been privileged to serve this wonderful community of faith for a little over five years. There have been many challenges and even more blessings and graces along the way, and together we have built a community dedicated to God's glory and for service to one another.

Please welcome your new pastor, Father Ivan Hernandez-Melchor, with the warmth and love and cooperation you have given me. I am deeply and forever grateful to all of you. Thank you for the privilege and grace to serve you and to accompany you as your pastor. This time together at St. Therese will always remain in my heart. Pray for me as I promise to do for all of you.

Farewell, Msgr. Ray.

Courtesy of Dee Schultz, Parish Coordinator/Office Manager

The Shrine of St. Therese, Fresno

Bishop Brennan Congratulates All Clergy Who Celebrate Anniversaries 

in the Month of July

Catholic Laity

The Hour of the Laity

A Lay Catholic Conference

You're invited to a new conference that equips Catholic Laity for leadership in secular society! The Hour of the Laity is a new platform to develop lay Catholics for engaging society as civic leaders.

The national conference will be from November 2 - 5, 2023 at the Christ Cathedral in the Diocese of Orange. Register today!

Register here!

Parish Focus

Vacation Bible School

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

What a week! Holy Spirit hosted Vacation Bible School for over 150 children. With the help of over 100 adult and teen volunteers, we danced, sang, learned, prayed, shared and made lots of new friends! It was truly a stellar experience.

Courtesy of Jessie Wedam, Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

Knights of Columbus

St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, Bakersfield

The St. Philip the Apostle Council 9530 of the Knights of Columbus in Bakersfield recently conducted fraternal activities to benefit non-profit organizations in the community.

Between Mother's Day and Father's Day, the council conducted an online drive that raised $800 for the Bakersfield Pregnancy Center through the Knights of Columbus' Initiative Aid and Support After Pregnancy (ASAP). 

On July 22, the council donated items for a breakfast feed at St. Vincent de Paul Society as well as prepared and served the meals for more than 150 homeless people. Additionally, a pallet with cases of bottled water was donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Did you know? Four years ago, St. Philip Council 9530 was honored by the California State Council as the Council of the Year from among 700 councils in the state. 

Courtesy of Joel Torczon,

St. Philip the Apostle Council 9530

Rekindle your Relationship with Jesus in the Eucharist Retreat

St. Mary's Parish, Sanger

Join St. Mary's Parish for a special retreat! Rekindle your Relationship with Jesus in the Eucharist on Saturday, August 19th from 9:00am to 2:00pm at St. Mary's Parish Hall in Sanger. Snacks & lunch will be provided.

Guest speakers will be

  • Bishop Brennan
  • Bishop Emeritus Ochoa
  • Msgr. John Griesbach

Please contact St. Mary's Rectory for questions at 559-875-2025

Courtesy of St. Mary's Parish, Sanger

Mom's Group

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

The Mom's Group at Holy Spirit has been putting on monthly toddler activity time where we teach our toddlers Bible stories, sing songs and do crafts that revolve around the story we’re learning about. June’s activity time was about the story of Creation and July’s is about Noah’s Ark!

Courtesy of Julia Runnoe, Holy Spirit Mom's Group

Office of Formation and Evangelization

World Youth Day

Send-Off Mass

World Youth Day is an event that takes place every three years, with young people from all over the world gathering to give praise, to learn, to meet one another and to grow in faith. It ends with a Mass with the Holy Father. This year, over 600,000 young people are gathering in Lisbon, Portugal!

The World Youth Day events are from August 1 – 6, but many pilgrims went early to enjoy the sights and participate in cultural events specifically planned for them.

On Saturday, July 15, many pilgrims from our diocese gathered at St. Paul Catholic Newman Center to get to know each other and participate in Mass celebrated by Bishop Brennan. Friends and family attended Mass, where Bishop Brennan gave them a special blessing and they each received a cross to carry with them on their journey.

Let us keep all pilgrims in our prayers as they live this transformative pilgrimage!

Courtesy of Rose M. Hernandez, Director of Office of Formation and Evangelization

Catechetical Ministries

Catechetical Ministries in Motion

New PCL Boot Camp - North

This past Saturday, we were welcomed into the parish of St. Joachim in Madera to offer one of our annual Ministry Boot Camps for new parish catechetical leaders. We would like to thank the Parish Ministries Coordinator, Lucy Gomez, for working with us in helping set-up and her continued support of formation and of course being our contact person for this event. We would also like to thank Fr. John Warburton for the use of his parish facilities so our event could take place as the North Site of our Boot Camp.

The primary focus of the Boot Camp is to share new information with Parish Catechetical Leadership (PCL) along with an opportunity to learn the skills any Catechetical Leader should know regarding both the Administrative side and Ministry side of Parish Catechetical Leadership. From topics regarding time management, diocesan forms and communication to program development and catechist formation, the goal is to share with new ministry leadership certain things that can support them in their new roles and allow them to meet and network with other leadership within their area.

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For those that could not attend the PCL Boot Camp this past Saturday, you can still join us on August 12 at the South Site in Bakersfield at St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

Please click on the link for more information and to register CLICK HERE. We look forward to seeing you.

Article by Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministry Coordinator

Health & Nursing Ministry

Protect yourself against Mosquito Bites

Practice the "Three D's"

The Fresno County Department of Public Health recommends practicing the "Three D's" to protect against mosquito bites.

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 morning and evening, so it is important to wear proper clothing and repellent if outside during these times. 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 lay their eggs on standing water. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, by emptying flowerpots, old car tires, buckets, and other containers. 


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International Exhibition: The Eucharistic Miracles of the World

St. Joseph Church, Bakersfield

August 5, 2023

2:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Encounter of Peace Mini-Retreat

PDDM Convent, Fresno

August 5, 2023

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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International Exhibition: The Eucharistic Miracles of the World

St. Joseph Church, Bakersfield

August 6, 2023

7:00 AM - 9:00 PM

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Blessing of the Backpacks

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

August 13, 2023

10:00 AM

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Holy Cross Ministries: Jesus' Lessons on Spiritual Warfare

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

August 18 - 20, 2023

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Rekindle Your Relationship with Jesus in the Eucharist Retreat

St. Mary's Parish Hall, Sanger

August 19, 2023

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Catholic Night at the Park

Chukchansi Park, Fresno

August 23, 2023

6:50 PM

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International Exhibition: The Eucharistic Miracles of the World

Msgr. Logan Hall, Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

August 26, 2023

8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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International Exhibition: The Eucharistic Miracles of the World

Msgr. Logan Hall, Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

August 27, 2023

8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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Marriage Enrichment Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 8 - 10, 2023

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Come Away Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 12- 14, 2023

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Women's Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 22 - 24, 2023

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Foundations Course for Faith Nursing

The Shrine of St. Thérèse, Fresno

September 28 - October 1, 2023

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Harvest Festival

St. Joachim School Yard, Madera

September 29, 2023

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Harvest Festival

St. Joachim School Yard, Madera

September 30, 2023

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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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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