Proclaim the Good News

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

January 16, 2023


Office of the Bishop

St. Charles Borromeo Dedication Update from Bishop Brennan!

Bishop Brennan is here with an update for the Dedication of St. Charles Borromeo!

The Dedication of St. Charles Borromeo will be on February 2, 2o23 at 2:00pm.

This will be a ticketed event and will not be open to the public. Livestream information will be announced soon.

A Moment with Bishop Brennan

The latest episode of A Moment with Bishop Brennan is now out!

In this episode, Bishop Brennan has a special New Year message for the Faithful.

It’s a new year of grace, a new year of prayer and a new year of feasts and festivals of our faith!

IAF's Recognizing the Stranger

The Synod on Synodality feature series from the National Catholic Reporter covered the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF)'s meeting with Pope Francis.

Read For synod listening sessions, US bishops turned to community organizers.

IAF'S Recognizing the Stranger training, intended to help parishes identify, train and mentor leaders, was highlighted. This FREE leadership training is heading to the St. Paul Catholic Newman Center in Fresno on February 3 - 4, 2023.

To register, please visit dioceseoffresno.org/recognizing-the-stranger

Bishop Brennan Wishes His Diocesan Staff A Happy Birthday

Properties and Construction

Welcome Victor Jasso to Properties and Construction

Our New Real Estate Coordinator at the Diocese of Fresno!

Join us in welcoming Victor Jasso to the Properties and Construction Department at the Pastoral Center! He will be the Real Estate Coordinator and is happy to be a resource for matters affecting real estate within the Diocese of Fresno.

Eucharistic Revival

I Thirst Fresno

Jesus Thirsts for America is Bringing the Revival to the Diocese of Fresno

Save the date for March, 18, 2023! The Revival is coming to the Diocese of Fresno thanks to Jesus Thirsts for America. We invite all to come as you are and be transformed by Jesus!

Spend the day at St. Charles Borromeo in Visalia and experience the power of the Eucharist. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Brennan!

I Thirst Fresno has a lineup of wonderful speakers so save your spot today!

To register, please visit dioceseoffresno.org/i-thirst-fresno

Learn more and register

Parish Focus

The 75th Anniversary of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Bakersfield

Join us for Our 75th Jubilee Festival

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Bakersfield at their Jubilee Festival on Sunday, February 19 at 10:30am!

Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Brennan. Lunch, carnival games, music and dinner will be following the Mass. Tickets will be needed for Adult dinner - available soon!

Thank You Sister Flor!

St. Anthony of Padua, Fresno will miss you!

Many gathered after the 8:00 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.; and 11:00 a.m. Masses at St. Anthony of Padua on Sunday, January 8th for refreshments and to share good wishes for Sister Flor as she transitions to New Bethany Residential Retirement Community in Los Banos.

Sister’s creative talents and floral creations will add color and life to who she works and lives with. May the Good Lord continue to bless the good sisters as they serve others in their ministry.

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

The Annual Diocese Scout Mass

All Scouts & Families are Invited to Attend!

The Diocese of Fresno Catholic Committee on Scouting (DFCCS) invites you to the Annual Diocese Scout Mass on February 4, 2023 at 10am at St. John's Cathedral in Fresno!

Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, American Heritage girls and JCDA are all invited to attend in uniform, not just those being recognized. Family, friends and interested parishioners are welcome as well.

Please see the full flyer for additional information regarding the honorees, attire and pictures.

For more information, please contact Victor Carrillo at (559) 805-4823 or [email protected]

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Safe Environment

Safe Environment Renewal Training

Protecting Children in the 21st Century

We are coming close to the end of our first 5-year cycle Safe Environment Training.

Safe Environment is introducing a training course called “Protecting Children in the 21st Century” that is available online in English and Spanish, effective January 1, 2023. Clergy, employees, and volunteers can start the process of renewal prior to the expiration date of June 30, 2023.

In order to complete your training, you’ll need to login to your profile at www.fresno.safeenvironment.org.

Should you have any issues with your password or username login. Contact Tech Support via email, phone call or live chat. Tech Support can be found on your home page on the upper tab at the second left-hand side.

Courtesy of Lucia Magana, Safe Environment Coordinator

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Office of Formation and Evangelization

One Life LA Updates

It's not too late to Register - Sign up today!

Take the bus with us to One Life LA, a Pro-Life event sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles!

The Office of Formation and Evangelization is sponsoring a bus to the event. All, especially young adults, are invited to accompany us for this journey. Bishop Emeritus Armando Ochoa will join us on the bus and Bishop Joseph Brennan will meet us there!

All are welcome to join us on Saturday, January 21st. The cost is $10 per person – snacks and water included! 

For more information and to register for a seat on the bus, please visit dioceseoffresno.org/events/one-life-la!

Please register before Friday, January 20th at 5pm!

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Catechetical Ministries

Catechetical Ministries in Motion

St. Anthony of Padua, Reedley

This past Saturday, January 7, Rosie (Director of the Office of Formation and Evangelization), Eli (our Youth and Young Adult Ministry coordinator), and I had the opportunity to offer the parish community of St. Anthony of Padua in Reedley a spiritual retreat, simultaneously in English and Spanish, that focused on the Epiphany of our Lord and the gifts we bring to Him. We would like to thank Fr. Denny Joseph and his staff and volunteers for helping us in coordinating this event along with their wonderful hospitality and of course to all of those that participated and brought a wonderful energy to this retreat to start off the new year.

The focus of the topics for the day were actually an inspiration for the last article I wrote. We focused on putting ourselves in the presence of those that are depicted in the story of the Nativity Scene and asked ourselves to ponder as to what gifts we can bring to the Lord. The other focuses of the retreat were in discovering and identifying our gifts and in implementing them in and through the community we serve in.

Just like the story of the little drummer boy, even though he isn’t reflected in scripture, but we know of his story through song, that had nothing more to offer the infant Jesus but a humble song with his drum or the boy in the multiplication of loaves which is reflected in scripture. We all have something to offer Christ. We all have a gift, or gifts given to us freely. The significance of which is determined by the intentions we have in offering them.

Article by: Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministries Coordinator

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Prayer of the Week


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Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Co-Patroness of the Unborn, Bakersfield

January 15- 22, 2023

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One Life LA

See Flyer for Details

January 21, 2023

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Walk for Life

Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco

January 21, 2023

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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

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Annual Diocese

Scout Mass

St, John's Cathedral, Fresno

February 4, 2023

10:00 AM

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World Marriage Day

St. Anthony of Padua Church, Fresno

February 12, 2023

Register Here

75th Jubilee Festival

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Bakersfield

February 19, 2023

10:30 AM

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True Presence Night

St. Anthony of Padua Church, Reedley

February 24, 2023

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Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of St. Therese, Diocesan Patroness, Fresno

February 26 -

March 5, 2023

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Rosary Procession for the Eucharistic Revival

St. Patrick's Church, Merced

March 17, 2023

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I Thirst Fresno

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Visalia

March 18, 2023

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Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus, Livingston

March 19 - 26, 2023

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Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima

April 16 - 23,2023

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Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of Our Lady of Miracles

May 14 - 21, 2023

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Healing Retreat for Victims of Crime

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

June 24, 2023

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

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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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