Proclaim the Good News

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

March 20, 2023


Office of the Bishop

The Diocese of Fresno wishes Bishop Brennan a Happy and Blessed Birthday!

Happy Birthday Bishop Brennan! The Diocese of Fresno is happy to have such a charismatic, dynamic and passionate Bishop. May God Bless you on your birthday and may you have a day full of fun and relaxation.

Bishop Brennan Celebrates

St. Joseph's Table!

Bishop Brennan celebrated St. Joseph's Table with Mass at Holy Spirit Church in Fresno. After Mass, he blessed the food donated by the Faithful!

Thank you to our Parishes, Parishioners, Knights of Columbus and Catholic Charities for supporting St. Joseph's Table. Your efforts will help many food banks, pantries and charitable organizations located in the Diocese to provide food to those in most need.

Bishop Brennan Celebrates the Sacrament of Confirmation

at Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

Courtesy of Kate Mallam, Director of Religious Education at Holy Spirit Church

Bishop Brennan Congratulates All Clergy Who Celebrate Anniversaries 

in the Month of March

Permanent Diaconate

Beginnings of the Diaconate Office in the Diocese of Fresno

Deacon Ed Harmon reflects on his Diaconate Ministry

In March of 1995, I was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop John T. Steinbock in St. Joseph's Church in Selma. I had served for 3 years assigned to the Selma parish, when Bishop Steinbock called me and asked if Theresa, my wife, and I would come and serve on the new Diaconate Committee. We agreed to serve on the committee and went to the first meeting to be held in the Chancery Office conference room. As we entered the front doors, Bishop Steinbock asked us to come into his office for a minute. In his office, he asked me to be the Director of the Diaconate Program. I said that I was not sure that I was qualified to serve in that position. Bishop John said that I should leave that to him so after a week, I agreed to assume the position.

Article by Deacon Ed Harmon

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Eucharistic Revival

Eucharistic Rosary Procession at St. Patrick's Church in Merced

In Honor of the Eucharistic Revival

Bishop Brennan joined St. Patrick's Church for a Eucharistic Rosary Procession on the Feast Day of St. Patrick.

The multilingual Rosary was led by Bishop Brennan and parish leaders at the St. Patrick's Rosary Garden.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Joseph's Church in Firebaugh

Come and have a great experience before the Lord

St. Joseph's Church in Firebaugh invites you to join them on Thursday, March 30th for a full day of Adoration and Mercy! The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in the church from 8:00 am - 7:00 pm.

Please see the flyer for Rosary, Confession and Mass times. If you would like to donate an hour of your time ensuring that the Blessed Sacrament will not be left alone, please sign up by calling the parish office at 659-2225.

Parish Focus

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

with Good Shepherd Catholic Parish

A group of parishioners from Good Shepherd Catholic Parish in Visalia went on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The tour was led by Jerry DeMelo of Good Shepherd Catholic Parish partnered with Christopher Cross, KHS.

Places they visited during their pilgrimage include Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Magdala, Nazareth and much more!

Courtesy of Victor Carrillo

Eagle Scout Project: Catholic Scout Troop 321

In Benefit of Bethlehem Center of Visalia

Donations are NEEDED! The Catholic Scout Troop 321 is collecting supplies and monetary donations for hygiene care packages to benefit the Bethlehem Center of Visalia.

The deadline to accept donation is March 31, 2023! Please see the flyer below for examples of what donations are needed.

Courtesy of Victor Carrillo

Catechetical Ministires

The Catechetical Corner


The season of Lent is about renewal and conversion, and it is about welcoming new Christians to the church through the sacraments of Easter. Lent is a time for us to be spiritually renewed and refocused and a great opportunity for God to pour out His graces and love upon us and to speak to our hearts. This is a precious time to introspect and see what we can improve and what things we must change to be in line with the path that God has marked for us. It is a time of conversion. To achieve this, we must be open and willing to change, to correct what is going wrong and embrace that correction fully and of course be always ready for conversion of heart.

To change we must know that we must change. That is why we must get used to making an examination of conscience daily and give ourselves time to reflect on our daily actions.

To change we must do virtue exercises. We must begin to do small exercises of virtue to strengthen our spirit and be able to make the necessary changes to provoke the conversion of the heart and be conducive to conversion.

To change we must take it one day at a time. The calendars of Lent are excellent tools to support us on this path of conversion because they provide us with reflections on special aspects of our faith and ourselves and then propose a challenge, according to various reflections, which help us to improve day by day to be ready to live a different Holy Week and above all an incredible Easter.

Article by: Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministries Coordinator

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Prayer of the Week


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Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus, Livingston

March 19 - 26, 2023

View the Flyer

Healing through the Eucharist

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

March 24 -26, 2023

View the Flyer

Eucharist Revival: Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament

St. Joseph's Church, Firebaugh

March 30, 2023

View the Flyer

Right to Life's Annual Educational Dessert

St. Paul Newman Center, Fresno

March 30, 2023

View the Flyer

Holy Week Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

April 6 - 9, 2023

View the Flyer

Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Laton

April 16 - 23,2023

View the Flyer

Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of Our Lady of Miracles, Gustine

May 14 - 21, 2023

View the Flyer

Come Away Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

May 23 - 25, 2023

View the Flyer

6-Day Silent Directed Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

June 11 - 17, 2023

View the Flyer

Catholic Night at the Park

Chukchansi Park, Fresno

June 11, 2023

5:05 pm

View the Flyer

Healing Retreat for Victims of Crime

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

June 24, 2023

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

View the Flyer

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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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