Proclaim the Good News

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

January 1, 2024

In Observance of New Year's Day, The Pastoral Center is closed today, Monday, January 1st, 2024.

Office of Communications

The Beginning of a New Year

A Special Thank You

Happy New Year! Thank you for another great year of special moments.

Now, we're onto the THIRD volume of the newsletter, can you believe it? What an honor and privilege it is to continue proclaiming the good news of the Diocese of Fresno. I am appreciative of each and every submission and contribution to make this newsletter possible.

I would like to give a HUGE thank you to our parishes, catholic schools, pastoral center departments, clergy, religious life, Bishop Brennan and our readers! You are truly the center of our newsletter.

The Communications department is thankful for the ongoing support of the newsletter and we're very appreciative to see the steady growth. And with that, I'll continue to see you every Monday morning (from your inbox, of course.)

Thank you again, I can't say it enough!!!

Office of the Bishop

Bishop Brennan and the Diocese of Fresno wishes you a Happy New Year!

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Bishop Brennan and the Diocese of Fresno commemorates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God on January 1st, 2024.

Read the Daily Reading on the USCCB website.

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

Office of the Vicar General

Rest in Peace Sr. Mary

Sister Mary O’Mahony, OSF, (formerly Sister Mary Cornelia), 91, passed away on Sunday, December 10, 2023. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 72 years. Sister Mary was born in Tureenclassaugh, Knocknagree, County Cork, Ireland, where she was a member of St. Mary Church in Rathmore. She entered the congregation in 1946 and professed her first vows in 1951. She earned a BA in History from the University of San Diego and ministered primarily in education.

In the Diocese of Fresno, she served as principal at St. John’s Evangelist School in Wasco for six years.

Permanent Diaconate

Bishop Brennan Congratulates our Deacons on their Anniversaries

On January 11, 2003 and 2007, Permanent Deacons were ordained at the Diocese of Fresno. The Diocese of Fresno congratulates them on their anniversary. Stay tuned throughout the month of January for additional diaconate anniversaries.

Parish Focus

Christmas Eve Mass

Saint Jude Catholic Church, Easton

The Christmas Eve Mass on Sunday, Dec 24th at 10:00pm at Saint Jude Catholic Church included children from our CCD program. I would like to thank these wonderful kids and their families for their heart felt participation. They were all wonderful as they did their part.

The church was dark except for the candlelight that was carried by the kids and a few extra held by parishioners at the aisle as the procession entered for Mass. It was silent, except only the piano that played "What Child Is This." Thank you to all that helped and participated.

Courtesy of Cherie Pinheiro-Quinonez, CCD Faith Formation Coordinator, St. Jude, Easton

Remembering those in Need

this Christmas

St. Anthony of Padua, Fresno

St. Anthony of Padua School and Parish collected toys, toiletries, blankets and more for Catholic Charities. It was heartwarming to see our St. Anthony students, parishioners and Silver Angels members celebrating the true meaning of Christmas by remembering those in need.

Courtesy of Ray Young, Director of Ministries, St. Anthony of Padua, Fresno

Courtesy of Ray Young, Director of Ministries, St. Anthony of Padua, Fresno

Young Adult Winter Gala

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

Holy Spirit's young adult group is hosting a gala on January 13, 2024!

All young adults in the Diocese are invited to attend. Tickets will be sold after the weekend Masses at Holy Spirit Church and will also be available to purchase online or in the parish office.

Buy Tickets!

Family Christmas Sing-Along

Divine Mercy Church, Clovis

On December 17th, Divine Mercy Catholic Church held its 2nd Annual Family Christmas Sing-Along. Parishioners came out to enjoy and sing alongside the children and youth of the religious education program, who put on a heart-warming representation of the story of our Lord's birth.  

Thank you to the catechists, choir and parents who helped out with this year's sing-along. We also give a very special thank you to all of the children who worked so hard to bring baby Jesus's story to life for our community!

Courtesy of Maricella Gutierrez, Coordinator of Religious Education, Divine Mercy Church, Clovis

Office of Formation and Evangelization

Healing Circles during the Holiday Season

Crime Survivors Ministry

Healing circles to help victims of crime and their families cope with the holiday season were offered through the Crime Survivors Ministry. The Healing Circles took place on December 10th at St. Paul Catholic Newman Center in Fresno and on December 17th at St. John the Evangelist in Wasco. 

As the victims and survivors of crime and their families grieve for the loss of their loved ones and deal with the pain and suffering of the harm they had experienced, they are hoping to find peace and comfort in the love of God. As they put their trust in our Lord, they hoped to be able to celebrate Christmas day with a quiet joy in their hearts rejoicing the birth of baby Jesus. Let us embrace the victims of crime and their families with our love and prayers as one community. Please keep the ministry and the people they are serving in your prayers.

Courtesy of Cielito 'Maciel' Godburn, Crime Survivors Ministry

Catechetical Ministry

The Catechetical Corner

One Life LA

On Saturday, January 20, 2024, Eli Medina, our Youth /Young Adults Ministry Coordinator, and I will have the opportunity to coordinate and take a group of parishioners from around our diocese to the event of One Life LA in Los Angeles on behalf of the Pastoral Center once again.

The reason we make the trip to Los Angeles for this event is because of the participation of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which our Diocese is under, and of course, why our bishops participate along with other clergy, religious and laity from the other dioceses under the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

One Life LA's mission is to unite communities and inspire positive action through this annual event that promotes the beauty and dignity of every human life from conception to natural death.

One Life LA partners with community-based organizations in Southern California that provide support to pregnant women, immigrants, refugees, the homeless, survivors of human trafficking, the elderly, the disabled, the dying and help foster children find a forever home. With this commitment to service, they want participants to see this event not only as a one-day walk and festival, but as a call to build their communities and serve those in need.

Article by Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministry Coordinator

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Health and Nursing Ministry

Healthy Gifts to Give Yourself

Preparing for the New Year

What are some healthy gifts we can give ourselves this New Year? Check out these 51 healthy options!

Click Here for 51 Healthy Gifts to Give Yourself


Event Name



More Info

2nd Annual Young Adult Winter Gala

Logan Center at Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

January 13, 2024

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

View the Flyer

One Life LA

1-Day Bus Trip to Los Angeles

January 20, 2024

5:00 AM - 9:30 PM

View the Flyer

6-Day Silent Directed Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

January 28 -

February 3, 2024

View the Flyer

World Marriage Day

St. Charles Borromeo Church,Visalia

February 11, 2024

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Register Here

*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!

Prayer of the Week

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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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