Proclaim the Good News

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

August 14, 2023

In observance of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin

Mary, the Pastoral Center will be closed on

Tuesday, August 15th.

Office of the Bishop

Bishop Brennan Blesses Backpacks for Students before School Begins

On Sunday, August 13th, Bishop Brennan blessed backpacks for students before the new school year!

May the students throughout our Catholic schools in the Diocese have a wonderful start to their school year.

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Diocese of Fresno commemorates the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15, 2023 - a Holy Day of Obligation.

Catholic Night at the Park is Next Week!

Bishop Brennan invites you to Catholic Night at the Park on Wednesday, August 23 at Chukchansi Park in Fresno! Join the Diocese of Fresno and the Fresno Grizzlies for a night of fellowship and a great game.

Catholic Night is NEXT WEEK! Get your tickets today at dioceseoffresno.org/catholic-night.

Get tickets today!

Bishop Brennan wishes his Diocesan staff a Happy Birthday


"Come and See" Discernment Retreat

Pray for Vocations

The Diocese of Fresno's Vocations office recently held their annual "Come and See" Priesthood Discernment Retreat at St. Anthony Retreat Conference Center in Three Rivers.

They were blessed with the presence of 31 men at the discernment retreat! We ask the Faithful for their prayers as these men listen for God's call in their lives.

Courtesy of the DOF's Office of Vocations, check out their Facebook page!

Human Resources

Pastoral Center Profiles

Human Resources

The Diocese of Fresno's Human Resources Department is one of the many wonderful departments at the Pastoral Center. Here's a look into what they do and how they serve our parishes and staff.

Watch our Pastoral Center Profile on Human Resources by clicking the video.

Office of Communications

Diocesan Directory Update

Coming Soon!

The Diocesan Directory is an important informational tool and research reference for parish offices, individuals and other organizations.

The updated Directory will be available on Tuesday, August 22nd.

Look for the directory on our website!

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Parish Focus

World Youth Day with SAYA

St. Anthony of Padua - Fresno Young Adults

St. Anthony of Padua – Fresno Young Adults (SAYA) represented the Diocese of Fresno in Portugal at World Youth Day with Pope Francis. Many ask how the Church can ignite the flames of faith in our young people.

World Youth Day touches the lives of these young people in a special way. It is one thing to say that the word catholic means Universal, it is something totally different to see and experience first-hand. Our young people got the opportunity to see other young people from around the world pray, play, and experience what it truly means to be One Universal Catholic Church. 

Early that day, our SAYA group woke up to a beautiful sunrise at Campo da Graca for Holy Mass - the Missa de envio (sending mass) this mass marked the official end of our WYD23 pilgrimage.


It was an amazing pilgrimage full of surprises, blessings and graces. We thank our pastor Msgr. Rob, our St. Anthony of Padua community, and our family and friends for all of their support and prayers and for making our pilgrimage possible.

Our SAYA young adults are true pilgrims. Our first reaction to our young adults raising money to go to Portugal is plush hotels and incredible sites to see. Here is the hard reality. All they have is what they can carry on their back.

Accommodations included sleeping bags and finding a place on the grass. It is a true sacrifice to experience this once in a lifetime spiritual journey to receive guidance from the Holy Father, Pope Francis.

Welcome home to our

St. Anthony of Padua pilgrims!

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

Our Lady of Fatima Celebration Raffle

Good Shepherd Catholic Parish, Visalia

Learn more and order raffle tickets!

Courtesy of Ruthanne Parlier, 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 at 7:00pm.

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 10AM with an afternoon of fun, spiritual activities and raffle drawing following the Mass.

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

World Youth Day with St. Paul Catholic Newman Center

Check out the photos!

Courtesy of Fr. Byron Macias, C.M.F, Chaplain at St. Paul Catholic Newman Center, Fresno

Catechetical Ministries

Catechetical Ministries in Motion

St. Mary, Sanger

About two weeks ago, I was invited to St. Mary’s in Sanger to share a talk with youth altar servers. I wanted to thank Fr. Javier Flores and Leonel and Magda Valdovinos for the invitation, setting up the event and their warm hospitality. And of course, the rest of the parish staff and volunteers that were involved along with the children and youth in attendance.

When Leonel and Magda first approached me with the possibility of sharing this type of talk, I was very intrigued on what the possibility might be as to how to approach it. Even though I have experience training adult and youth altar servers I had never composed something specific for youth altar servers that would address the potential challenges youth and children might face either through social or cultural situations. So, in composing my talks and topics, I took into consideration of course practical guidance in the service of this ministry and Liturgical elements, but I also wanted to include the vocational aspect of this ministry and how as youth and children they can begin to not only answer the Lord’s call at even a young age but to be able to begin to discern and possibly discover their vocations.

Article by Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministry Coordinator

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Holy Cross Ministries: Jesus' Lessons on Spiritual Warfare

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

August 18 - 20, 2023

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Rekindle Your Relationship with Jesus in the Eucharist Retreat

St. Mary's Parish Hall, Sanger

August 19, 2023

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Catholic Night at the Park

Chukchansi Park, Fresno

August 23, 2023

6:50 PM

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International Exhibition: The Eucharistic Miracles of the World

Msgr. Logan Hall, Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

August 26 & 27 2023

8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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Divine Mercy Catholic Church Fundraiser

Panera, Clovis

1260 Shaw Ave

September 6, 2023 4:00 PM -8 :00 PM

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Marriage Enrichment Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 8 - 10, 2023

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Come Away Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 12- 14, 2023

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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

Learn more

Foundations Course for Faith Nursing

The Shrine of St. Thérèse, Fresno

September 28 - October 1, 2023

Visit Website

Harvest Festival

St. Joachim School Yard, Madera

September 29 & 30, 2023

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Learn More

Diocesan Congress and Youth Day

Visalia Convention Center, Visalia

October 13 - 15, 2023

Save the Date!

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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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