Proclaim the Good News

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

May 23, 2022


Office of the Bishop

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Bishop Brennan Invites You to Join Him for Memorial Day Mass

at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, Fresno

Join us for this day of remembrance and honor.

The Memorial Day Mass will also be livestreamed.

Bishop Brennan Wishes His Diocesan Staff A Happy Birthday

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Office of Communication

The Latest Edition of Central California Catholic Life Magazine Is Here 

The Easter and Pentecost Edition is Now Available

During this season of Easter and Pentecost, our digital Catholic Life magazine is now available on the diocesan website.

Please click on the provided link and enjoy our latest edition of Central California Catholic Life.

Editor: Sr. Rosalie Rohrer, IHM

Lead Graphic Designer: Nick Cadena

Read here
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The Second Collection to Support Catholic Communication Efforts

We Ask For Your Generosity on May 28 - 29, 2022

On May 28th and 29th, the second collection will support Catholic Communication efforts locally and globally. Half of the faithful’s generosity this weekend stays right here in our diocesan Office of Communications. On behalf of me and my staff, I wanted to take this time to thank you and your parish for supporting us as we rebuild our office to better suit the needs of you, your parish and the faithful.

We kindly ask for your prayers and generosity as we continue our ministry. If you have suggestions as to how we can better serve you, please contact us. 

Chandler Marquez, Director of Communications, [email protected]

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Office of Education

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Free COVID-19 Testing Kits

Your Set of Test Kits is Now Available to Order

Every home in the U.S. is now eligible for an additional 3rd round of test kits. An order includes a total of 8 tests, shipped in two separate packages that contain 4 tests each.

Testing, along with vaccinations and masking, help to reduce the chance of spreading of COVID-19 and its variants. To order the free tests and for more information about COVID-19, please visit the government’s COVID-19 Testing and Resource Website.

Article by: Joan E. Bouchard, Superintendent of Catholic Schools

St. Paul Catholic Newman Center 

Young Adult Spring Gala at St. Paul Newman Center, Fresno

RSVP and Get Your Tickets Today! 

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Parish Focus  

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Recent Activities of Boy Scout Troop 321

This is a big year for the Troop. Starting Dec 27, 2021, six boys will age out of Boy Scouts when they turn 18. What other ministry captivates and keeps kids involved from age 11-18? So far, the first two boys to age out made it to the rank of Eagle Scout. Dillon did his project building beds for shelter dogs. Victor's project was called Mother Mary's Grotto. Marc built an arbor over a bench at Mooney's Grove Park. Victor completed his Board of Review (like an interview) over zoom, Marc and Dillon were among the first in-person Board of Reviews since everything shut down due to COVID-19.  

On Saturday, May 14, six scouts hiked to Topokah Falls (in Sequoia National Park) and along the way encountered some snow!

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Article and Pictures Provided by: Victor Carrillo, Co-Chair of the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting

Knights of Columbus Council 16185 Seminarian Dinner Fundraiser 

Purchase Tickets for "Casino Night" in Support of Our Seminarians


Catechetical Ministries 

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Catechetical Ministries in Motion 

St. John the Evangelist, Wasco

This past weekend I had the pleasure of spending a day with catechists from the parish of St. John the Evangelist in Wasco to provide a catechetical workshop focusing on the Six Tasks of Catechesis as illustrated in the National Directory for Catechesis. Thank you to the Ministry Leadership and Catechists that participated.

To be a catechist with greater effectiveness in parish catechesis programs and processes, the following six catechetical tasks are essential instruction:

1. Knowledge of the Faith – What We Believe

2. Liturgy and Sacraments - How we celebrate

3. Morality - How we live

4. Prayer - How We Pray

5. Education to live in the Christian community - How we live in the community as a      Church

6. Evangelization and Apostolic Life - How We, as Individuals and as a Community,        Live in the Service of the World

Article by: Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministries Coordinator  

Learn more (ENG/ESP)

Diocesan Synod Update


Accepting Parish Synod Submissions 

Your Voice is Important

Parishes throughout our diocese have been hosting listening sessions, and we are excited to receive the first Parish Synod Submissions! We encourage all parishes who have not already done so to begin working on your submission and use the online form provided on our website. The due date is June 1st at 5 pm. After that, the online form will be closed and no other submissions will be accepted, as the Diocesan Synod Committee must read through all submissions and create a summary for Bishop Brennan’s approval before June 30, 2022. 


Parishes who were not able to host a listening session, or who wish to provide another opportunity for people to respond can also provide the link for the Synod Individual Response Form. The link is accessible here and can be published in your bulletin or website. There is also a tri-fold flyer available on our website in English and Spanish which has all the Synod information and the link, as well as a QR code. This flyer can be made available to your parishioners to use or to give to friends or family members who might be interested in providing their input.


Remember, this Synod is meant to hear the voice of ALL people, not only those who are present at our listening sessions or sitting in the pews on Sunday. Help us use these last two weeks to reach people who may not be aware that their voices are important!

Article by: Rose M. Hernandez, Director of Formation and Evangelization

For more information or questions on the Synod, please contact one of our Committee Members. We invite you to send in pictures or short articles about the Synod in your parish! Post to social media using #synodDOF.

Diocesan Synod Committee:

Cheryl Sarkisian, Chancellor: [email protected]

Rosie Hernandez: [email protected]

Deacon Edgar Briseno: [email protected]

Sr. Kathleen Drilling: [email protected]

Prayer of the Week

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Event Name



More Info

Diocesan Priesthood Ordination

St. Anthony of Padua Church, Fresno

May 28, 2022

10:30 AM

View the Flyer

Vespers with His Beatitude Raphael Bedros XXI

St. John's Cathedral, Fresno

May 30, 2022

6:30 PM

View the Flyer 

Family Day 


Dia De La Familia 

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Corcoran

June 5, 2022

Times on Flyer

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Fundraiser for Charities

St. Jude Catholic Church, Easton

June 5, 2022

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Six-Day Silent Directed Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

June 5-11, 2022

Times on Flyer 

View the Flyer 

Seminarian Dinner Fundraiser 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Clovis

June 11, 2022

6:00 PM

View the Flyer 

Retreat for Crime Victims

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

June 25, 2022

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

View the Flyer 

Profession of Solemn Vows

St. Malachy's Catholic Church, Tehachapi

September 17, 2022

10:00 AM

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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