Proclaim the Good News

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

January 23, 2023


Office of the Bishop

Bishop Brennan Invites You To I Thirst Fresno!

Bishop Brennan encourages the Faithful to attend

 I Thirst Fresno on March 18th at St. Charles Borromeo Parish Church in Visalia from 8AM-5PM.

"Come as you are and be transformed by Jesus"

For more information on this event, please visit dioceseoffresno.org/I-Thirst-Fresno

Bishop Brennan Wishes His Diocesan Staff A Happy Birthday

Office of Communication

Lenten Edition of CCCL

Central California Catholic Life Magazine

The liturgical season of Lent is fast approaching! We are already receiving articles for the next

digital Central California Catholic Life magazine. We hope that you will also join us by submitting an interesting

article or provide photos of past activities or articles about upcoming activities happening in

your ministry, school, or parish.

Please send your article and/or photos to:

[email protected].

The deadline for entries for this magazine is February 3, 2023. This digital edition will be available online to all parishes during the week of March 21, 2023.

If there are any questions regarding this Lenten edition, please call me at

(559) 488-7448.


Sr. Rosalie Rohrer, IHM 

Eucharistic Revival

Shrine Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe,

Co-Patroness of the Unborn in Bakersfield

Thank you to our Pilgrims!

A week full of prayer and events took place throughout the Shrine Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Co-Patroness of the Unborn in Bakersfield.

Pictured below is from the Explanatory Tour of the Shrine, Holy Spouse Memorial of the Unborn, Bethlehem Perpetual Adoration Chapel and Holy Spouses Rosary.

The Pilgrimage to the Shrines of the Diocese of Fresno in honor of the Diocesan Eucharistic Revival continues!

The next stop is the Shrine of St. Therese in Fresno from February 26th - March 5th, 2023. To view the schedule of services to attend, visit our website at dioceseoffresno.org/shrine-pilgrimage.

Office of Catholic Education

Supporting the Community with

Our Lady of Mercy School 8th Graders

Preparing Sandbags for Those Affected by the Flooding

After two days of no school due to dangerous weather throughout Merced County, Our Lady of Mercy School 8th Graders came back on Thursday and Friday filling sandbags in support of our surrounding community. These pre-filled sandbags were made available to anyone in need. Thank you Lancers for your dedication to supporting our community!!

We continue to pray for all those that are affected by the flooding in our communities.

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

Parish Focus

True Presence Night at St. Anthony of Padua, Reedley

Featuring The Vigil Project, Catholic Recording Artists

Join St. Anthony of Padua, Reedley on February 24, the First Friday of Lent, for a beautiful night of offering praise and thanksgiving to The Lord. Start off the Lenten season with live music, dynamic speaking and Eucharistic adoration.

No tickets necessary. More details to be announced soon.

Courtesy of Michael Osborne, Intentional Disciples Ministry Group at St. Anthony, Reedley

Día de los Reyes Magos with the Farmworkers and Knights of Columbus

Thank you to our Campesinos!

The Knights of Columbus hosted a special Mass, followed by dinner at the Cardinal Newman Hall this past Saturday (January 7) to thank farmworkers (campesinos) in the Fresno area for doing the hard work to bring food to our tables. These workers and their families were treated to a bilingual Mass celebrated by Bishop Brennan and Father Byron. After Mass there was dinner catered by Pardini’s, a guitar trio, lively Baile Folklorico (traditional Mexican dances), singing á la the late, great Vicente Fernández, gift certificates and toys for the children. The keynote speaker at the dinner was Fresno State President, Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, who shared his farmworker roots and role and how that education plays in opening opportunities for the campesino youth.

The celebration was inspired by the work of Father Albert Vasquez, friend of Fathers Byron and Paul (and fellow Claretion priest), who for decades has ministered to the needs of farmworkers in the Fresno area. Thanks go out to Knights of Columbus councils from southern California for assisting in fundraising for the event, and Knights on Bikes California for bringing their fine-looking motorcycles for the families to see and enjoy. A special thanks to our own Linda Ram and her staff, parishioner Tom Kane, and Newman Council 9445 and Master Don Gentleman (St. Helens Church) Council 11335 for coordinating this event and providing the Knights in costume who did their best impression of the Three Kings.

Courtesy of Joseph P Hill, John Cardinal Newman Council 9445

Super Bowl Tri-Tip Sandwiches from the Knights of Columbus!

Pre-orders are now available!

The Bishop John T. Steinbock Knights of Columbus located at St. John's Cathedral in Fresno are selling their delicious tri-tip sandwiches for your enjoyment on Super Bowl Sunday, February 12, 2023. Make sure to get your pre-order in now for $10! For more information, call the numbers located on the flyer.

Courtesy of Mary Harguindeguy, Court St. John #2526

Valentine's Day Dinner and Dance!

Join Our Lady of Victory Church, Fresno for a Fun Night with Live Music!

View flyer (ENG/ESP)

Office of Formation and Evangelization

World Marriage Day

Register to Celebrate your Landmark Anniversary!

Bishop Brennan will again celebrate Mass for couples celebrating landmark years of marriage in 2023!

The Mass will be on February 12th at 3:00pm at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fresno.

Landmark anniversaries that will be honored are: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60+.

Couples are invited to register online at form.jotform.com/RoseHernandez/2023-world-marriage-day or by telephone at (559) 488-7474.

We hope to have many couples come to celebrate their anniversaries!

Register today!

Catechetical Ministries

The Catechetical Corner

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

Through our natural intelligence and through Divine Revelation, we realize the value of the most basic of all gifts that is life. The dignity and worth of human life do not only depend on our actions but also in the knowledge of the fact that we are made in the image and likeness of God. This is what the sanctity of life is all about. It is an inestimable and permanent value, which is not subject to conditions.

According to the USCCB, “The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), no. 373, designates January 22 as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the ‘Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children’: ‘In all the Dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.’”

In recognition of this dignity, this January 23 we observe this day of prayer. It is a date to unite in prayer and raise awareness for respect for human life from conception and throughout pregnancy. This commemoration is also an invitation to pray for women in vulnerable conditions, so that they receive all the necessary attention from the moment they discover that they are pregnant.

Article by: Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministries Coordinator

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Prayer of the Week


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The Dedication of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Visalia 

February 2, 2023

2:00 PM

*Ticketed Event* Watch Video

Recognizing the Stranger:

Leadership Training

St. Paul Catholic Newman Center, Fresno

February 3 - 4, 2023

View the Flyer

Annual Diocese

Scout Mass

St, John's Cathedral, Fresno

February 4, 2023

10:00 AM

View the Flyer

Valentine's Day Dinner and Dance

Our Lady of Victory, Fresno

February 10, 2023

5:00 PM -12:00AM

View the Flyer

World Marriage Day

St. Anthony of Padua Church, Fresno

February 12, 2023

Register Here

Super Bowl Tri-Tip Sandwiches

St. John's Cathedral, Fresno

February 12, 2023 8:00AM - 2:00PM

View the Flyer

75th Jubilee Festival

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Bakersfield

February 19, 2023

10:30 AM

View the Flyer

True Presence Night

St. Anthony of Padua Church, Reedley

February 24, 2023

View the Flyer

Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of St. Therese, Diocesan Patroness, Fresno

February 26 -

March 5, 2023

View the Flyer

Rosary Procession for the Eucharistic Revival

St. Patrick's Church, Merced

March 17, 2023

View the Flyer

I Thirst Fresno

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Visalia

March 18, 2023

Visit our Website

Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus, Livingston

March 19 - 26, 2023

View the Flyer

Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima

April 16 - 23,2023

View the Flyer

Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of Our Lady of Miracles

May 14 - 21, 2023

View the Flyer

Pilgrimage to Ireland

See Brochure for Details

June 4 - 14, 2023

View Brochure

Healing Retreat for Victims of Crime

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

June 24, 2023

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

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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