Proclaim the Good News

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

December 18, 2023

Proclaim the Good News will not be published next week on Monday, Dec. 25, 2023.

Have a Merry Christmas! See you back on Monday, January 1st, 2024! 

Thank you for your understanding.

The Pastoral Center will be closed for Christmas on Monday, Dec. 25, 2023

Office of the Bishop

A Moment with Bishop Brennan

During this Advent season, join Bishop Brennan in preparing our hearts for the coming of Our Lord.

Watch A Moment with Bishop Brennan "Who is this World Coming To?"

Advent Gospel Reflections

Watch the Latest Video!

What do we rejoice to?

On the 3rd week of Advent, you're invited to rejoice in the coming of Jesus Christ!

Watch the latest Advent Reflection from Deacon Edgar Briseño from St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fresno!

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

Parish Focus

Catholic Women and Friends

St. Patrick's Church, Merced

Catholic Women and Friends of St. Patrick's Merced came together this past week in celebration of the upcoming Christmas season and were able to donate several toys to Toys for Tots! These wonderful ladies also assisted in organizing our Parish Christmas Toy Drive for Catholic Charities! 

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

Holy Spirit Parishioners Invest in the Equestrian Order of the

Holy Sepulchre 

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

At the Annual Meeting of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (EOHSJ) in Stockton, three Holy Spirit parishioners were invested as Knights and Dames of the Order by Lieutenancy Grand Prior and Bishop of Sacramento, the Most Reverend Sir Jaime Soto.  

Bishop Myron Cotta of Stockton and the local Council hosted the EOHSJ Annual Convention. Bishop Cotta, Bishop Brennan, Msgr. McCormick and Dame Patricia are members of the Order, which mission supports Christians in the Holy Land and the Holy Sepulchre, where Christ was buried and rose from the dead after his Crucifixion. 

Left to right are the three new investees: Dame Cheryl Sarkisian, Sir Robert Castro and Dame Christine McKinney with Bishop Cotta, Msgr. Patrick McCormick and Dame Patricia Santy. 

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Annual Advent Retreat

CDA Court St. John #2526

Catholic Daughters Court St. John #2526 recently held an Advent Retreat. The presenters were Catholic Daughter's Spiritual Advisor, Vicente Garza and Spiritual Enhancement Chair, Maria Rios-Garza.

Courtesy of Mary Harguindeguy, CDA Court St. John #2526

Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebrations

Bishop Brennan celebrates the

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Bishop Brennan celebrated Mass for the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Tuesday, December 12th at St. John's Cathedral in Fresno.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

at St. Isidore the Farmer, Orange Cove

Courtesy of Francisa Rubio, Parish Secretary\Bookkeeper, St. Isidore the Farmer

Las Mañanitas at St. Mary Queen of Apostles, Fresno

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

OLG Celebration at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Mendota

Courtesy of Elma, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Mendota

St. Paul Catholic Newman Center, Fresno

Courtesy of Fr. Byron Macias, CMF, St. Paul Catholic Newman Center, Fresno

Our Lady of Victory Church, Fresno

Courtesy of Our Lady of Victory Church, Fresno

Office of Formation and Evangelization

Walk for Life with the Diocese of Fresno!

One Life LA

Join us in a 1-day experience as we participate in a Walk for Life through the city of Los Angeles on Saturday, January 20th, 2024. Bishop Emeritus Ochoa will be joining us on our pilgrimage!

A charter bus will be provided to take a group to One Life LA to join the fight to protect life. Seating is limited - make sure to save your spot and register by January 5th!

Learn more and register!

Catechetical Ministry

Catechetical Corner

Celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Pastoral Center

Last Tuesday on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, our office was given permission to once again put together a small setting to celebrate our blessed mother. I wanted to have this experience available for staff of our Pastoral Center that might not be able to make it to their parish celebrations because of work or other responsibilities.

We gathered to sing the mañanitas and other songs in Spanish and English as participating Pastoral Center staff offered a rose as a gift to Our Lady of Guadalupe along with making a personal petition and receiving their own small gift as well. Afterwards we shared some hot chocolate, sweet bread and the traditional champurrado.

I pray that all the parishes across our Diocese enjoyed their celebrations of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe and that the gatherings in prayer and community were festive and joyful as we continue to prepare during Advent for the coming celebration of the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. And of course, I hope that this feast day along with others will continue to be celebrated at our Pastoral Center through gatherings of prayer, worship and companionship as a Pastoral Center family.

Article by Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministry Coordinator

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Prayer of the Week


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2nd Annual Young Adult Winter Gala

Logan Center at Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

January 13, 2024

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

View the Flyer

One Life LA

1-Day Bus Trip to Los Angeles

January 20, 2024

5:00 AM - 9:30 PM

View the Flyer

6-Day Silent Directed Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

January 28 -

February 3, 2024

View the Flyer

World Marriage Day

St. Charles Borromeo Church,Visalia

February 11, 2024

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Register Here

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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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