Proclaim the Good News

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

January 2, 2023


Office of the Bishop

The Dedication of St. Charles Borromeo is One Month Away!!

Save the Date!!

The Dedication of St. Charles Borromeo is officially one month away! The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Brennan on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 2:00 PM.

This event is not open to the public. Parishioners of Good Shepherd Catholic Parish, Visalia will need a ticket for entry. Information about the livestream will be announced soon.

Rest in Peace Pope Benedict XVI

Bishop Brennan's statement on the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Please see the link below.

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Recapping the Year in the

San Joaquin Valley

It's the new year! Before we begin new adventures, here's a short recap of the past year in the San Joaquin Valley from the Fresno Bee.

Check out The year threw us some curves, but we managed to survive and thrive - you'll see us show up twice!

Central Valley IAF: Recognizing the Stranger

The Central Valley IAF is holding a FREE two-day Leadership Training at St. Paul's Catholic Newman Center in Fresno on Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4, 2023!

*Pre-registration is required (childcare is available upon request).

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

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Bishop Brennan Congratulates All Clergy Who Celebrate Anniversaries 

in the Month of January

Office of Communications

A Special Thank You to Our Readers!

Happy New Year!! May the new year bring you joy, blessings and happiness. 

Thank you for bringing us happiness throughout the past year! I wanted to express my gratitude for each and every Parishioner, Clergy Member, Religious Sister, Pastoral & Parish Staff Member (and Bishop Brennan of course) for supporting our office.

It is an honor to share the good news of the Diocese with our readers every Monday morning. Here’s to another year... yay!! 

The next big project you will see out of our office in 2023 is the St. Charles Borromeo Commemorative Magazine from the CCCL.

See you next week!

Samantha Mejia

Marketing & Public Relations Specialist

Human Resources

Job Opportunity at St. John's Cathedral, Fresno!

In Need of a Music & Liturgy Director

St. John's Cathedral in Fresno is looking for a Music & Liturgy Director! If you are interested in this job opportunity, please visit dioceseoffresno.org/employment for details.

Parish Focus

KOFC John Cardinal Newman Council 9445

Fundraiser to Support Able Advocates

Knights of Columbus John Cardinal Newman Council 9445 Presented a $450.00 check to Katrina Oh Schoenwald, Founder of Able Advocates. Able Advocates provide supplies and support for families with kids that have intellectual disabilities in the Central Valley. They help by providing Equipment at no cost, Family Support and Community Connections.

The John Cardinal Newman Council 9445 held a burrito breakfast fundraiser in October with a portion of the proceeds benefiting this wonderful organization. With the great support of the parishioners of St. Paul Catholic Newman Center, we were able to sell 127 burritos to support this great organization.

If you would like more information or a way to support this organization, follow this link ableadvocates.org and if you would like to help and support them, tell them you heard about them from the Knights of Columbus Council 9445.

If you would like more information on the Knights of Columbus, visit kc9445.org or go to kofc.org/join.

Courtesy of Joseph Hill, KOFC John Cardinal Newman Council 9445

You're Invited to Sister Flor's Farewell

Thank You Sister Flor for Your Presence at

St. Anthony of Padua, Fresno!

The parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua are saying farewell to Sister Flor on Sunday, January 8th with a reception in our Conference Room and outdoor Pavilion after the 8:00 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.; and 11:00 a.m. Masses. Baskets will be available for Farewell Cards. Everyone is welcome as Sister Flor has touched so many lives beyond St. Anthony of Padua.

Sister has served the parish of St. Anthony of Padua since 1999. With her knack for floral design and decor, she magically transforms our Church every week and for every annual Catholic feast to make it look even more magnificent. Whether it is Corpus Christi, Lent, Easter, or Christmas, Sister Flor makes our church look absolutely beautiful.

Sister Flor is the little Angel who started our senior ministry, the Silver Angels. Many Boutiques and craft projects later, we can say we are all truly blessed by her presence.

Sister is a shining example for all of us of how one person’s time and talent given freely to our parish can benefit the entire community. We love you and will miss you, Sister Flor!

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

Catechetical Ministries

The Catechetical Corner

Your Goals for the New Year

Many see a new year as a kind of reset. On January 1, some of us wake up to a new calendar year, full of promise, hope, and the unknown and even though some things may be out of our control, how we deal with whatever life gives us is well under our control. The ending of a year can give us an opportunity to review our own actions and achievements, our successes, and errors, over the last twelve months.

But the reality is that there are some who are afraid to face taking stock of their own lives for fear of being discouraged or being overwhelmed by their mistakes and falling into pessimism. It is important to have the courage to clarify our actions to know ourselves better. In addition, defining what our qualities and virtues are and what our weaknesses might be allows us to focus on what truly needs attending to in our own personal lives of which goal setting and recognizing our objectives to obtain them is facilitated for the coming year or any occasion. To do this, hope and optimism must be preserved. We all have flaws – and some obvious ones – but the fundamental task is to overcome them. 

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Diocesan Retreat Centers

God's Extravagant Love

A 6 Day Silent Directed Retreat with Fr. Stephen Coffey, OSB.Cam.

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Farewell Reception for Sister Flor

St. Anthony of Padua, Fresno

January 8, 2023

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Baker's Dozen Holiday Opportunity Drawing

St. John's Cathedral, Fresno

January 8, 2023

2:30 PM

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6-Day Silent Directed Retreat 

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers 

January 8-14, 2023

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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

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January 21, 2023

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Walk for Life

Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco

January 21, 2023

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Consecration of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Visalia 

February 2, 2023

2:00 PM

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Recognizing the Stranger:

Leadership Training

St. Paul Catholic Newman Center, Fresno

February 3 - 4, 2023

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World Marriage Day

St. Anthony of Padua Church, Fresno

February 12, 2023

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Shrine Pilgrimage

Shrine of St. Therese, Diocesan Patroness, Fresno

February 26 -

March 5, 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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