Central California Catholic Life

Lent 2020 Edition Now Available


Pentecost 2019 Special Edition Now Available

CCCL Pentecost 2019 Cover

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This 52 page magazine commemorates the installation of Most Reverend Joseph V. Brennan, D.D. as the Sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno.  It includes extensive photo coverage of:

  • April 11 Chrism Mass at Holy Spirit Catholic Church
  • May 1 Solemn Vespers at St. John’s Cathedral and reception
  • May 2 Installation Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and reception

This is also our regular Pentecost edition with articles on a variety of topics.

Central California Catholic Life

The Central California Catholic Life, the Diocese of Fresno Catholic newspaper, is published six times a year.  Presently 18,000 copies are printed.  Pastors/Administrators are given a certain allotment of copies, and they put copies in the vestibules of their churches and encourage people to take a copy home. The Central California Catholic Life is also mailed to subscription- paid subscribers.    Copies of this newspaper are also available in our Catholic schools, hospital and convalescent homes, Catholic Charities and other facilities.

The purpose of the Central California Catholic Life is to promote among the people in our parishes a sense of belonging to the diocesan and universal Church.  It is meant to promote a sense of unity in our Diocese.  It also becomes a vehicle for the teaching office of the bishop and keeps people informed of what is happening on the diocesan level.  We also have regular articles on the liturgy, priestly and religious vocations, social justice issues and items from the various diocesan ministries.

Pastors/Administrators are encouraged to share through the newspaper the exciting things that are happening in their parishes especially evangelization and Christian service.  By sharing, other parishes may be led to follow the example for more effectively proclaiming the Good News of Jesus.

In the newspaper, we want to highlight different parishes, schools, organizations or special individuals in each of the nine Vicariates of the Diocese.   Articles and photographs are always welcomed, and the deadline for this material will always be indicated in the publisher’s box on the last page of each edition. Please submit them to CCCL via e-mail to SrRosali[email protected]    For questions about articles, photographs, etc., please call the co-editors at 559 488-7463.  For questions on parish allotments or personal subscriptions, please contact the Development Office at 559 488-7414.


Co-Editor  Sr. Rosalie Rohrer IHM

Co-Editor  Rudy Luna


A Christmas message

December 13, 2019

My Dear Ones in Christ,

You have all heard the story about Ebenezer Scrooge, the famously broken and bitter old man from Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ who had to learn how to ‘keep’ Christmas in his old age and then only after many trials and ‘ghostly’ adventures. Many of us actually learned how to keep Christmas well and joyfully from a very early age. I certainly did with my Mom and Dad who provided me and my brothers and sisters with the most marvelous Christmas day and season you can imagine, and all on a shoestring budget too! One of my earliest ‘Christmas’ memories revolved around the excitement and joy at the opening of the two, big sliding doors that led into our living room. That is where ‘Santa’ had prepared a veritable ‘Winter Wonderland’ with the presents, the tree and all the trimmings. It didn’t dawn on me until many years later as to why Mom and Dad were always so tired on Christmas morning.

Another very fond ‘Christmas’ memory – connected to the first one – comes from a visit I had to the Philippines well over 25 years ago. It was early in the month of October and I had been graciously picked up at the airport in Manila by some dear friends of mine from a small but fervent religious order of priests and brothers called the Disciples of Mary. It was great to see them and the joyous atmosphere was only enhanced by the most lovely and lively Christmas music you could imagine playing on the car radio. I said to myself, “These people really know how to celebrate!” Do they ever, and if you know anything about the Filipino culture then you know that they not only start Christmas early and joyfully, but they will also celebrate this Feast well into February! They are not the only people or culture to do that.

Over the past fifteen years or so I have developed some of my own ‘habits’ for celebrating the Christmas season. Please do not turn me in to the liturgists among us but I too start Christmas early, often even before the Advent season begins. I have done so again this year and I have no intention of taking even one ornament down until January the 13th, 2020, the day after this year’s Christmas season. Why? I think you know the answer to that question. It is because we need to celebrate joyfully and prolong the joy in our lives whenever we can. I don’t need to tell you how challenging these times are for us as a Church and as the People of God. It is precisely in those difficult moments of our lives that we need to remember that, “For unto us a child is born; a Son is given.” This most precious gift from the heavenly Father, the Holy Spirit and the Mother of God, Mary most holy, is the real reason why I won’t be taking down any Christmas decorations any time soon. I hope you join me in prolonging the joy.

Christmas came early for me when I was assigned to the Diocese of Fresno. May it always come early to you and those you love. Merry Christmas!
In Christ,
Bishop Joe