Proclaim the Good News

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

October 23, 2023

The Pastoral Center will be closed on Wednesday, November 1st in observance of All Saints' Day.

Office of the Bishop

Bishop Brennan at our

Diocesan Congress & Youth Day!

Bishop Brennan celebrated Mass over the weekend for our Diocesan Congress and gathered with the Faithful.

Missed out on this special weekend? Check out the photos here!

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Bishop Brennan honors all Health Care Workers at the Annual White Mass

On October 12th, Bishop Brennan celebrated the Annual White Mass at St. John's Cathedral in Fresno.

During Mass, Bishop blessed the hands of all health care professionals.

California Catholic Conference has a NEW look!

The California Catholic Conference, the official legislative voice of the Catholic Bishops in California, has a new look! Stay up to date with the CCC by visiting their website at cacatholic.org

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

Community Partnerships

Annual Prayer Vigil

Marjaree Mason Center

Last Thursday, the Marjaree Mason Center in Reedley held their Annual Prayer Vigil. It was a beautiful morning of prayer with the community of Reedley and the Marjaree Mason Center staff.

Bishop Brennan with Anita Betancourt,

Mayor of Reedley, CA

Eucharistic Revival

Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit

Our Lady of Victory Church, Fresno

The International Exhibition: The Eucharistic Miracles of the World is coming to Our Lady of Victory Church in Fresno!

Check out this fascinating exhibit on the following days:

  • October 28, 2023 8AM - 9PM
  • October 29, 2023 8AM - 5PM
View the Flyer!

Office of Catholic Education

6th Grade Students take a trip to Calvin Crest!

Our Lady of Miracles School, Gustine

The 6th grade students from Our Lady of Miracles School in Gustine just returned from a wonderful week at Calvin Crest!

Courtesy of Julie M. Barcelos, M.Ed.,Principal, OLM School, Gustine

Veterans Day Student Art Contest

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Clovis

Check out the winning Kindergarten artworks from Clovis Veterans Memorial District's Veterans Day Student Art Contest! The top 3 winners are from OLPH School in Clovis!

Courtesy of Carmen Chapman, OLPH, Clovis

Parish Focus

Parish Festival

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Bakersfield

The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Patroness of the Unborn in Bakersfield invites you to their Annual Parish Festival!

Have fun, stay and pray at their Annual Parish Festival on Saturday, November 4th from 2-9pm!

There will be music, food, ballet folklorico, games and an obstacle course!

A raffle with a first place price of $10,000 will also take place! Raffle tickets will be $10 per ticket. Winner need not be present when tickets are drawn.

Bethlehem Center's Festival of Trees

A mission of the Good Shepherd Catholic Parish

The Bethlehem Center, a mission of Good Shepherd Catholic Parish in Visalia, is holding their Annual Fundraiser Festival of Trees on December 1st! Experience the joy of the season through the breathtaking displays at St. Charles Borromeo Hall.

The Festival of Trees is not just a celebration but a way for the community to come together and support the mission of helping those in need. Find out ways to support their annual fundraiser by viewing the full flyer.

View the Flyer!

Office of Formation and Evangelization

Our Congress Weekend!

Diocesan Congress 2023 & Youth Day

Thank you to the faithful who attended the Diocesan Congress and Youth Day from October 13-15th!

It was truly a wonderful time and we were so happy to gather as one to celebrate our faith and ministry.

St. Joseph Church, Firebaugh

Courtesy of Linda Antunez, Office Manager, St. Joseph Church/School, Firebaugh

St. Patrick's Parish, Merced

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

Diocese of Fresno's

Health & Nursing Ministry

Courtesy of Roxanna Stevens, R.N., Health Ministry Coordinator

Our Lady of Sorrows, Parlier

First Communion volunteers from Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Parlier attended Congress!

Courtesy of Maria Lourdes Ramirez, Secretary, Our Lady of Sorrows, Parlier

Sacred Heart Church, Merced

A few members from the young adults group Warriors of Christ from Sacred Heart Church in Merced volunteered for Youth Day!

Courtesy of Evelyn, Sacred Heart Church, Merced

Diocese of Fresno's Office of Vocations

Courtesy of Rev. Dan Avila, Director of Vocations

Youth & Young Adult Ministry


St. Ann Church, Ridgecrest

Calling the High Desert Vicariate! Join St. Ann Church in Ridgecrest for Adoremus on Saturday, October 28th from 6pm - 8pm. It will be an evening of praise and worship with the blessed sacrament.

This will be a free family event with a social to follow.

Learn more!

Catechetical Ministry

Catechetical Ministries in Motion

Thank you Congress Volunteers!

This past October 13, 14, and 15, we were blessed to once again be able to offer our Diocesan Congress and Youth Day. It was an amazing and enthusiastic atmosphere as hundreds of laity along with religious and clergy were able to once again gather and celebrate the word of God in formation, worship and fellowship.

Even though as with any huge event there are always a bit of bumps along the way, the general feedback from both adults and youth that participated was one of enthusiasm and joy as we gathered as one Diocese.

I want to thank everyone that took the time to believe in this congress and decided to join us for this celebration. Even though most of the time I was running around the event taking care of logistics, tech support, environment, or supporting my volunteers, I was extremely happy to see many faces that I had not seen in a while along with new faces to the congress that had attended for the first time.

A special thank you to my volunteers, chairpersons, and area captains of which without you my job would have been a lot more difficult to accomplish, a gracious thank you to my right-hand man Agustin Chavez from St. Joseph Church in Bakersfield who has been working alongside me since 2017. A generous thank you as well for additional support from volunteers from the apostolic groups Ministerio Caleb and United Ministries from St. Rita’s in Tulare. Your support and accompaniment were greatly appreciated.

Article by Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministry Coordinator

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Health & Nursing Ministry

Transforming Relationships and Lives

Caring for the Whole Person

Kaweah Health Hospice Foundation invites you to engage with a fantastic speaker and one of the best national voices on palliative and hospice care THIS WEEK on the evening of Oct. 25th, in Visalia. 

Dr. Ira Byock will speak with the community on issues which dovetail nicely with Caring for the Whole Person. Through stories drawn from years of working with critically ill persons and their families, as well as from his own personal life, Dr. Byock’s message that emotional and relational health are just as important as our physical health will challenge and deepen your appreciation for open and honest communication between persons, families, and health care providers. 

The lecture, at the Visalia Wyndham hotel, 6:30-7:30pm, is free to the public and will include live translation in Spanish and book signing by the author.

Article by Michelle Ducey, President of Kaweah Health Hospice Foundation

Learn more!

Religious Life

Triduum of Prayer

Feast of Jesus Christ, The Divine Master

Join the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master as they prepare for the Feast of Jesus Christ, the Divine Master.

Eucharistic Adoration (Holy Hour) with Benediction will take place at the PDDM Convent Chapel in Fresno from 7pm - 8pm for 3 days.

  • “The Eucharist: Paschal Sacrifice”- October 26, 2023 (Thursday)

  • “The Eucharist: Food for Our Souls” - October 27, 2023 (Friday)

  • “The Eucharist: Presence” - October 28, 2023 (Saturday)

Courtesy of Sr. Mary Margaret, PDDM

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More Info

Dr. Byock's "The Surprising Potential for Wellbeing Through the End of Life"

Valley Oak Ballroom, Wyndham Visalia

October 25, 2023

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM *Public lecture, book signing to follow*

View the Flyer

Triduum of Prayer: Feast of Jesus Christ, the Divine Master

PDDM Convent Chapel, Fresno

October 26 - 28, 2023

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

View the Flyer

29th Annual

Marian Eucharistic Conference

Clovis Veterans Memorial District, Clovis

October 27 - 29,


View the Flyer


St. Ann Church, Ridgecrest

October 28, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

View the Flyer

International Exhibition: The Eucharistic Miracles of the World

Hayes Hall,

Our Lady of Victory Church, Fresno

October 28 - 29, 2023

View the Flyer

Eucharistic Celebration: Jesus the Divine Master

PDDM Convent Chapel, Fresno

October 29, 2023

11:00 AM

View the Flyer

All Saints Day Festival

Sacred Heart Church, Merced

October 29, 2023

7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

View the Flyer

Annual All Souls

Day Mass

St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, Fresno

November 2, 2023

10:00 AM

View the Flyer

The Hour of the Laity: A Lay Catholic Conference

Christ Cathedral Campus, Garden Grove

November 2 - 5, 2023

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Praise and Prayer Concert

St. Joseph Church, Bakersfield

November 3, 2023

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

View the Flyer

Shrine of OLG's Annual Parish Festival

Shrine of Our

Lady of Guadalupe, Bakersfield

November 4, 2023

2:00 PM - 9:00 PM

View the Flyer

Winter Wonderland: Free Family Fun Night

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

November 15, 2023

4:00 PM -7:00PM

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2023 Festival of Trees

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

November 16, 2023

5:00 - 9:00 PM

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Come Away Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

November 28 - 30, 2023

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Bethlehem Center's Festival of Trees

St. Charles Borromeo Hall, Visalia

December 1, 2023

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Advent Family Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

December 10, 2023

8:00 AM - 4:00PM

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6-Day Silent Directed Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

January 28 -

February 3, 2024

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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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