Proclaim the Good News

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

April 24, 2023


Office of the Bishop

Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

Join Bishop Brennan and the Diocese of Fresno in celebrating Administrative Professionals Day on Wednesday, April 26th!

We are thankful and full of gratitude for our professionals here at the Pastoral Center!

A special thank you to our Chancery Staff:

  • Mary Senteno: Executive Assistant to Bishop Joseph V. Brennan
  • Sonia Olguin: Executive Assistant to the Vicar General & Immigration Support
  • Edith Maldonado: Office Assistant
  • Cheryl Sarkisian: Chancellor

Bishop Brennan wishes his Diocesan Staff a Happy Birthday


Congratulations Fr. Jesus!

The Diocese of Fresno's Judicial Vicar

Congratulations Fr. Jesus on your clergy appointment to Judicial Vicar at the Diocese of Fresno's Office of Canonical Services/Marriage Tribunal!

Thank you for your continuous devotion in assisting the judicial dimension of the Diocese.

The Judicial Vicar reports directly to the Bishop on matters concerning canonical trials, supervises the canonical staff and works directly with the Tribunal director for the administration of personnel, budget and administrative matters.

Learn about the duties of Tribunal and the Judicial Vicar by visiting dioceseoffresno.org/tribunal

Human Resources


Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

NOW HIRING! Holy Spirit Church in Fresno is looking for a Bookkeeper! If you are interested in this job position, please visit dioceseoffresno.org/employment to apply.

Eucharistic Revival

Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Laton

Thank you to our pilgrims who visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Laton as part of the Shrine Pilgrimage to the Shrines of the Diocese of Fresno!

The next and final stop of our pilgrimage is to the Shrine of Our Lady of Miracles in Gustine! Don't miss out on this opportunity to complete your passport and receive a plenary indulgence.

To learn more and to view the schedule, please visit dioceseoffresno.org/shrine-pilgrimage.

Parish Focus

Live Stations of the Cross at St. Ann Church in Ridgecrest

On Good Friday, the St. Ann Community in Ridgecrest put on a Live Stations of the Cross. Nineteen Confirmation students helped in the demonstration of this beautiful devotion. An inquirer in RCIA sent this message, which is a good reminder for some of us who may take this part of our Catholic faith for granted.

"I'm speechless, really...

A large crowd gathered as they (we) prepared to make the trek to Golgotha. I was there in the midst of that crowd. My emotions were just a little numb. This really happened.  

Nailing him to the cross, the hammer making contact, very impactful. Never have I seen anything like this before. I've watched the passion years ago when it first came out but this...? I felt part of the program. Those directly involved, those that wore the costumes, very impressive.  

Again, My thoughts also went to the thought that a large crowd of people followed. I am still taking it all in. Wow! Thank you, St Ann's for this 'the stations of the cross.'"

Courtesy of Marla Morgan, Coordinator of Religious Ed. at St. Ann

Deacon John Sousa Presents "The Acts of the Apostles"

Join us at St. Brigid's McHugh Hall!

You're invited to Deacon John Sousa's presentation on the Acts of the Apostles on Monday, May 8th and May 15th from 7:00-8:30pm at St. Brigid's McHugh Hall in Hanford.

On Monday, May 22, Deacon John will be doing a slideshow of pictures from his trip to the Holy Land last year. Don't miss out on this wonderful presentation!

Courtesy of Amy Lowe, St. Brigid Catholic Church

Duruflé Requiem

Night of Sacred Music

The Visalia Community Chorus and College of the Sequoias Concert Choir will be performing Duruflé Requiem Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Visalia.

You're invited to this wonderful concert of sacred music on Sunday, April 30th at 4:30pm. Get tickets today by clicking here!

General Admission: $15

Preferred Seating: $20

A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Church!

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Easter Vigil Neophytes

St. Anthony of Padua Church, Fresno

Congratulations to our new Catholics who received the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion) at the Easter Vigil. They include: Gabriel Salyz Dority, Jayden Alijah Hernandez, Ella Lou Mason, Abeygail Brenda Reyes, Azazel Lopez, Noah Castro, Maranda Mendez, Nicole Rosenhagen, Vincent Rodriquez, Jaime Torkelson, and Ashley & Alberto Chuman (who received on Divine Mercy Sunday – photo on the right).

Let us continue to pray for our new Catholics as they begin their lifetime journey of faith and community. May the Real Presence of Our Lord, in the Blessed Sacrament sustain them always and give them strength.

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

Eucharistic Procession at

Holy Spirit Church in Fresno

On Holy Thursday, members of Council 16185 joined the 4th Degree Color Corp at Holy Mass followed by a Eucharistic procession to the hall where the congregation participated in Adoration for 4 hours.

The Color Corp kept guard of the Holy Eucharist until midnight and then processed back to the church.

Courtesy of Ben Romero, DGK, Council 16185

St. Helen's Spring Festival

Enjoy an afternoon of good food, music and FUN at St. Helen's Spring Festival on Sunday, May 7th from 11 AM - 2PM!

Tickets for games will be on sale after all Masses at St. Helen's on April 30th.

Knights of Columbus

Donation to Right to Life of Central California!

In Support of Protecting Lives

On April 11, 2023, DGK Ben Romero delivered a check to Right To Life of Central California for $400 from Supreme. This was for Council 16185's participation in the Aligning Science Across Parkinson's (ASAP) Initiative.

A letter from Supreme Knight Patrick E. Kelly reads in part "Enclosed with this letter you will find a check, representing the Supreme Council's contribution to your work as part of ASAP. Please present the check to Right to Life of Central California as soon as you are able. Brothers, please convey my heartfelt thanks to all the members of Council 16185 for their participation in ASAP and support of the most marginalized in our society."

Attached photo shows Ben Romero, DGK and John Gerardi, Director of Right to Life of Central California

Courtesy of Ben Romero, DGK, Council 16185

Office of Formation and Evangelization

Crime Survivors Ministry

National Crime Victim's Rights Week

We are inviting you to please come join us as one family in Christ to be there for our grieving brothers and sisters who are victims of crime.

Let us demonstrate our loving support by being present for them in the celebration of

'An Afternoon of Love and Prayers.' on April 29, 2023 at 4 pm at the St. Paul Catholic Newman Center in Fresno.

Together, with grace and mercy, let us show our commitment by walking alongside them with our hands clasped in prayer and our hearts sealed with love for the victims of crime. 

Since 1981, the National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) challenges the Nation to confront and remove obstructions to achieving justice for all victims of crime. This year, we are celebrating April 23-29, 2023 with the theme - Survivor Voices: Elevate, Engage. Effect Change.

Courtesy of Cielito 'Maciel' Godburn, Crime Survivors Ministry

Catechetical Ministries

The Catechetical Corner

The Bread of Life

As Sacrament preparation programs are coming to an end for the year and children and youth have or will receive First Eucharist, Confirmation, and in certain cases all three Sacraments of Initiation, I wanted to address the parents and godparents of children and youth that have already received the Body of Christ for the first time or will be receiving it soon, as this Sacrament preparation process holds a special place in my heart. 


As we know, in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, we receive the bread and wine that by the power of the Holy Spirit has become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ and it is central to Catholic life as we are called to celebrate it again and again.


I know that sometimes it can be easy to grow distracted by our material or physical needs, but we know that life is so much more. When we hear Jesus proclaim in the bible that he is the bread of life, we take hope in knowing that He gives us spiritual “food” and always will. 

Article by Roman Flores, Catechetical Coordinator

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An Afternoon of

Love & Prayers

St. Paul Catholic Newman Center, Fresno

April 29, 2023

4:00 PM

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Duruflé Requiem

St. Charles Borromeo Church, Visalia

April 30, 2023

4:30 PM

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St. Helen's Spring Festival

St. Helen's Church, Fresno

May 7, 2023

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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The Acts of the Apostles: Presentation by Deacon John Sousa

St. Brigid's McHugh Hall, Hanford

May 8, 2023

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of Our Lady of Miracles, Gustine

May 14 - 21, 2023

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The Acts of the Apostles: Presentation by Deacon John Sousa

St. Brigid's McHugh Hall, Hanford

May 15, 2023

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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33rd Annual Blessing of the Bikes

St. Helen's Church, Fresno

May 20, 2023

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St. Rita's Dedication Mass

St. Rita's Catholic Church, Tulare

May 22, 2023

2:00 PM

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The Acts of the Apostles: Presentation by Deacon John Sousa

St. Brigid's McHugh Hall, Hanford

May 22, 2023

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Come Away Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

May 23 - 25, 2023

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Annual Memorial Day Mass

St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, Fresno

May 29, 2023

10:00 AM

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6-Day Silent Directed Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

June 11 - 17, 2023

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Catholic Night at the Park

Chukchansi Park, Fresno

June 11, 2023

5:05 pm

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Jr. High Camp

Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, Three Rivers

June 26 - 30, 2023

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Healing Retreat for Victims of Crime

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

July 8, 2023

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

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High School Camp

Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, Three Rivers

July 31-Aug 4, 2023

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Women's Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 22 - 24, 2023

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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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