Proclaim the Good News

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

May 22, 2023


Office of the Bishop

The Dedication of St. Rita's Church is TODAY!

The Dedication of St. Rita's New Church is TODAY, Monday, May 22nd at 2:00pm! Watch the Dedication Mass LIVE by visiting dioceseoffresno.org/st-ritas - a livestream will be posted at 2pm for those who would like to watch this special Mass.

Please be aware that the Dedication Mass is by invitation only.

Happy Priestly Anniversary Bishop Emeritus Ochoa!

Happy Priesthood Anniversary Fr. Sal!

The Diocese of Fresno's

Priesthood Ordination

The Diocesan Priesthood Ordination is coming up! Bishop Brennan invites you to attend the Mass of Ordination to Priesthood at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Visalia on May 27, 2023 at 10:30 am.

For those who can not attend in person, a livestream will be posted on our website at dioceseoffresno.org/priesthood-ordination

Join us in celebrating our five Ordinands:

  • Deacon Rene Vargas
  • Deacon Jose Maria Carrillo
  • Deacon Jorge Adrian Cruz
  • Deacon James Tasy
  • Deacon Arturo Cisneros

Novena for Migrants and Asylum Seekers at the U.S. Border

Join the California Catholic Conference’s Novena for Migrants and Asylum Seekers at the U.S. Border to pray for the migrants and asylum-seekers at the border now that Title 42 has expired and tens of thousands are expected at the southern U.S. Border each day.

Find the Novena and pray with us at: wewerebornready.com/novena

Courtesy of the California Catholic Conference

Bishop Brennan Congratulates All Clergy Who Celebrate Anniversaries 

in the Month of May

Eucharistic Revival

Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of Our Lady of Miracles, Gustine

Thank you pilgrims for joining us at the Shrine of Our Lady of Miracles in Gustine this past week!

It was the FINAL stop of the Shrine Pilgrimage to the Shrines of the Diocese of Fresno - what an amazing journey!

The Eucharistic Procession

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

Jesus is inviting you! “Walk with Me”

Join Monsignor McCormick and Deacon Pete for the start of a national mission to revive our relationship with The Lord in the Holy Eucharist.

The Eucharistic Procession will be on the Feast Day of Corpus Christi at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Sunday, June 11th, after the 11:30AM Mass.

Knights of Columbus

The 7th Annual Seminarian Dinner Fundraiser Dinner

"Casino Night"

Join Knights of Columbus Holy Spirit Council for their 7th Annual Seminarian Dinner Fundraiser! Come and meet some of our local seminarians at "Casino Night" on Saturday, June 10th at 5:00pm at the Fort Washington Country Club in Fresno. There will be a live auction, dinner, casino tables, a chance to win great prizes and more! For ticket information, please click here.

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Parish Focus

Sacrament Celebrations at St. Mary Queen of Apostles in Fresno

Over the past weekend at St. Mary's in Fresno, Fr. Tim celebrated the Holy Sacraments. RCIC children were baptized, had their First Communion and were Confirmed. Two Spanish classes also had their First Communion.

Courtesy of Zayera Garza, Office Manager at St. Mary Queen of Apostles, Fresno

First Holy Communion

St. Ann Church, Ridgecrest

At St. Ann Church in Ridgecrest, 29 children recently received their First Holy Communion. Pictured with the children is Fr. Santiago Iriarte, Pastor of St. Ann Church. Congratulations!

Courtesy of Marla Morgan, Coordinator of Religious Ed at St. Ann, Ridgecrest

The 11th Anniversary of "Santo Toribio Romo" Migrant Center

St. Jude Catholic Church, Fresno

You're invited to join us in celebration and giving thanks to God for the 11th Anniversary of the "Santo Toribio Romo" Migrant Center at St. Jude Catholic Church in Fresno on June 4th from 11:00 am to 5:00pm! See flyer for details.

Catechetical Ministries

Catechetical Ministries in Motion

St. Mary of the Desert, Rosamond

As confirmation programs wind down for the year, most parishes have either had their Confirmation Program’s retreat or perhaps, they may be just around the corner. Last Saturday on May 13, I had the opportunity to provide a confirmation retreat for the parish of St. Mary of the Desert in Rosamond. Having done one not too long ago with our Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator, Eli Medina, in Bishop, there were a couple of new things that I was looking forward in incorporating into this retreat as I was inspired by a couple of things that came up. As always, I want to thank the parish team for inviting me to share in this retreat along with their time and efforts in helping with the preparations.

One of the sessions that I began with was focused on allowing the students to contemplate and reflect upon the journey they had begun since Baptism and the steps they have taken to get to the point to where they find themselves now and the reason and purpose for it.

Wherever we find ourselves, we are here for the purpose of being in a relationship with our Creator. A relationship with God is the meaning and purpose of human life. When people do not know why they are here, they sometimes find life meaningless and may end up broken and empty. If we don’t know why we are on this Earth, we may not know our destination in life, and if we do not know our destination in life, we may not have direction. To have hope, we need direction.

Article by Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministry Coordinator

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Prayer of the Week


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St. Rita's Dedication Mass

*Invitation only*

St. Rita's Catholic Church, Tulare

May 22, 2023

2:00 PM

View the Flyer

Photo Trip of the Holy Land with Deacon John Sousa

St. Brigid's McHugh Hall, Hanford

May 22, 2023

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

View the Flyer

Come Away Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

May 23 - 25, 2023

View the Flyer

Our Diocesan Priesthood Ordination

St. Charles Borromeo Church, Visalia

May 27, 2023

10:30 AM

View the Flyer

Pentecost Sunday: Living Rosary Celebration

PDDM Divine Master Convent, Fresno

May 28, 2023

7:00 PM

View the Flyer

Annual Memorial Day Mass

St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, Fresno

May 29, 2023

10:00 AM

View the Flyer

The 11th Anniversary of "Santo Toribio Romo" Migrant Center

St. Jude Catholic Church, Fresno

June 4, 2023

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

View the Flyer

"Casino Night" Seminarian Dinner Fundraiser

Fort Washington Country Club, Fresno

June 10, 2023

5:00 PM

View the Flyer

The Eucharistic Procession

Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fresno

June 11, 2023

After 11:30 AM Mass

View the Flyer

6-Day Silent Directed Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

June 11 - 17, 2023

View the Flyer

Summer Kick-Off Luncheon

St. Agnes Social Hall, Pinedale

June 14, 2023

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

View the Flyer

Jr. High Camp

Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, Three Rivers

June 26 - 30, 2023

View the Flyer

Healing Retreat for Victims of Crime

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

July 8, 2023

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

View the Flyer

High School Camp

Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, Three Rivers

July 31-Aug 4, 2023

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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Women's Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 22 - 24, 2023

View the Flyer

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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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