Proclaim the Good News

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

September 18, 2023

Office of the Bishop

The Diocese of Fresno's Annual Red Mass

Bishop Brennan invites all who seek justice to the Annual Red Mass at St. John's Cathedral in Fresno on October 20, 2023. Mass begins at 12:10pm. All are welcome to attend!

An Invitation from Bishop Brennan!

Bishop Brennan invites the Faithful to the largest ministry leadership gathering of the year in our Diocese!

Join us for the Annual Diocesan Congress at the Visalia Convention Center!

Congress: Oct. 13-14,2023

Youth Day: Oct. 15, 2023


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

Office of Communications

Stay tuned for the Fall Edition of our Diocesan Magazine

Coming Soon...

The fall edition of Central California Catholic Life magazine will be released on Friday, September 22, 2023 on our Diocesan website!

Catch up on the previous editions by clicking the button below!

Read the previous editions!

Office of Catholic Education

Friendship Virtue Award Winners!

St. Francis Parish School, Bakersfield

St. Francis Parish School congratulates their Friendship Virtue Award winners!

Each month, St. Francis School focuses on a different virtue and a student is selected from each homeroom who best exemplifies that virtue. The virtue for September is collaboration!

Thank you for being a friend to all Chargers!

Courtesy of St. Francis Parish School, Bakersfield

Come One, Come All to St. Anthony's Fall Carnival!

St. Anthony's School, Fresno

Join St. Anthony's school for games, food and family fun at their Fall Carnival on Friday, October 13th from 5:00pm - 9:00pm! Learn more about this day by visiting sasfresno.org/sas-carnival

OLM Festa Celebration

Our Lady of Miracles Catholic School, Gustine

Students from Our Lady of Miracles School in Gustine participated in the OLM Festa Celebration!

Each year, many people gather in Gustine to show their devotion to the Blessed Mother.

Last week, students participated in the evening Novenas, marched in traditional costumes at the Saturday morning Bodo de Leite parade and handed out sweet bread and milk to parade watchers. On Sunday afternoon, they marched in the parade of Queens and carried Saints to the park. This tradition is one OLMCS students always take part in and we are proud of them for honoring Our Lady of Miracles! 

Check out the handmade floral "carpets" that are laid out by volunteers very early Sunday morning. They are anticipating the arrival of Our Lady. The picture above is Our Lady of Miracles being carried in the parade. It is a high honor to be asked to carry her in the parade. 

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

Parish Focus

Our Lady of Fatima Celebration

Good Shepherd Catholic Parish, Visalia

Good Shepherd Catholic Parish in Visalia invites you to join them for their Our Lady of Fatima Celebration to honor Our Lady and support George McCann Memorial Catholic School. 

All are cordially invited to take part in the weeknight Rosaries at St. Mary's Church in Visalia from September 18-22, 2023.

You are also invited to join them in welcoming Our Lady for Mass in her honor on September 24th at St. Charles Borromeo Church at 10:00am with an afternoon of fun and spiritual activities following the Mass. 

Help support Visalia's only Catholic school by participating in the Celebration Raffle! 

View Schedule of Events / Order Raffle Tickets

Celebrating Fr. Cardoso's 40th

Priestly Anniversary

St. Mary Queen of the Apostles, Fresno

St. Mary Queen of the Apostles celebrated the 40th Priestly Anniversary of Fr. Timothy Cardoso on September 1st!

Bishop Brennan joined in on the special day by celebrating Mass and spending time with Fr. Cardoso and the parish.

Happy Anniversary!

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

Get your Raffle Tickets for a Chance to WIN!

St. Patrick's Community Raffle

St. Patrick's Parish in Merced is holding their Community Raffle! Tickets are $10 each OR $100 for a book of 12 tickets.

By purchasing a raffle ticket, you'll have a chance to win from the following great prizes:

· 75" Samsung Crystal UHD TV

· Laptop & Gift Card

· $500 Cash

· and MORE!!!

The drawing will be on September 24, 2023 at 5pm (need not be present to win).

Thank you for supporting St. Patrick's Parish through this Raffle!

Get your Raffle Tickets!

Office of Formation and Evangelization

Movie Recommendation:

Mother Theresa and Me

In Theaters for One Night Only!

The inspirational film "Mother Theresa and Me" will hit theaters nationwide for ONE NIGHT ONLY on Thursday, October 5th, 2023!

In “Mother Teresa & Me,” we discover the saint through the eyes of Kavita, a young English woman who’s been abandoned by her boyfriend after he finds out that she is pregnant. Kavita then journeys to Calcutta to escape her pain and soon discovers that even holy people like Mother Teresa have to face life’s challenges and, in fact, struggle through years of spiritual crisis known as the “dark night of the soul.” Inspired by Mother Teresa’s example of perseverance and compassionate love, Kavita rediscovers hope and purpose. This rare, powerful and inspirational film shows how we can overcome our own troubles by helping lift the burdens of others.

Purchase Tickets Here!

Catechetical Ministry


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Help out at the Diocese of Fresno's Annual Congress and Youth Day at the Visalia Convention Center from October 13-15th!

Your participation is greatly appreciated and this event cannot take place without the support of volunteers and all the talent that they bring to the table in this service.

Hear a few words from Roman Flores, Volunteer Coordinator, by clicking the video!

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The Catechetical Corner

Restarting Catechetical Programs

As catechists, whether you have already restarted your parish catechism programs or that start date is right around the corner, the start of any new program is filled with many things to keep us busy as we prepare ourselves. Whether it's learning new names or remembering the names of those that are returning, decorating our assigned room or space, studying the required textbooks, preparing lesson plans, and so on, we must keep in mind that one of the graces of any religious education and faith formation is the Word of God. A presence that is always present in any learning process especially as the new learning season begins as some of us will receive children and youth, and even adults, that will be taught through the Word of God for the first time.

Here are a few tips for starting out with the excitement and joy of the Word and keeping the Lord present in you and those you serve throughout your ministry, especially as a ministry leader.

Article by Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministry Coordinator

Learn the Tips!

Health & Nursing Ministry

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Please know that the Lord loves each one of us infinitely more than we can comprehend. Explore our recommended resources to spread hope and share information for people affected by suicide.

Courtesy of Roxanna Stevens R.N., Faith Community Nurse, Coordinator of Health Ministry

Resources for those impacted by suicide:

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Prayer of the Week


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Women's Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 22 - 24, 2023

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Our Lady of Fatima Celebration Mass and Raffle

St. Charles Borromeo Church, Visalia

September 24, 2023

10:00 AM

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St. Patrick's Community Raffle

St.Patrick's Parish, Merced

September 24, 2023

5:00 PM

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The Diocese of Fresno's Annual

Blue Mass

St. John's Cathedral, Fresno

September 29, 2023 12:10 PM

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Harvest Festival

St. Joachim School Yard, Madera

September 29 & 30, 2023

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Holy Spirit Church

1st Annual Pro-Life Mass and Rosary

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

October 7, 2023

8:00 AM

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Diocesan Congress and Youth Day

Visalia Convention Center, Visalia

October 13 - 15, 2023

Register Today!

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Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Fr. Dade Assembly Annual BBQ Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

October 15, 2023

2:00 PM

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The Diocese of Fresno's Annual

Red Mass

St. John's Cathedral, Fresno

October 20, 2023 12:10 PM

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Couples Retreat

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October 21, 2023

8:00AM - 4:00 PM

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29th Annual

Marian Eucharistic Conference

Clovis Veterans Memorial District, Clovis

October 27 - 29,


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The Hour of the Laity: A Lay Catholic Conference

Christ Cathedral Campus, Garden Grove

November 2 -5, 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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"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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