April 2012 Newsletter
April 2012 Newsletter
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Message from the Director
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The last half of the month of April has been a bit difficult for our staff.  We lost a dear friend, Miguel Arias.  Miguel Arias previously worked for Loyola Press and recently at Liturgical Training Publications and was a great supporter of the Diocese and of our various ministries.  He was a regular speaker at our annual congress and contributed to our Hispanic Ministry Convocation nearly a year ago.   We remember him fondly and ask for your prayers for him and his family. 

Last week, Josie Contente’s husband passed away.  We ask that all of our diocesan family continue to pray for her husband Tony Contente and also hold Josie in prayer and in your hearts during this difficult time.
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   Detention Ministry
The California Secretary of State’s office announced in April that The SAFE California initiative had qualified to appear on the ballot in November.  If passed, this initiative would eliminate the death penalty in California, converting all current death sentences to life without the possibility of parole.
From the statement from the California bishops:

"We support this initiative because as Catholics we hold human life as sacred and believe that in the exercise of justice, this principle



Treating people with dignity
In Acts of the Apostles 3:1-10, Peter and John met a beggar.  Peter said, “Look at us. I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk.”  This miracle of the crippled man rising up gets me to think about helping the poor “rise and walk”.
People of migration have left everything in their native lands to come to the United States.  They come in desperation.  They were beaten down in

Youth and Young Adult

St. Joachim’s parish, in conjunction with the diocesan office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, held a screening for “There be Glory” in Madera.  Representatives from the production company were present for the screening.

Read a reflection by Lucy Magdaleno, youth minister for St. Joachim’s parish olus more information on Youth Ministry.

  Upcoming Events
DRE Certfication Course
May 3, 2012
Information coming soon
Office Closed
May 3, 2012
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Family Life Council Meeting
May 8, 2012

6:30 -8:00 PM
Pastoral Center
     Diocesan Marriage
Preparation Task Force Meeting

May 9, 2012
6:30 -8:00 PM
Pastoral Center
Detention Ministry Retreat  
May 10, 2012 
St. Anthony Retreat
Three Rivers, CA
Youth Day 2012 Committee Meeting
May 17, 2012

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pastoral Center- Ministries
May 19, 2012 
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Centro Pastoral
New Wine/Vino Nevo B Retreat
May 19, 2012
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
St. Charles Borromeo
Visalia, Ca 
DRE Certification Course
May 23, 2012
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Pastoral Center
Office Closed
May 28, 2012 
Memorial Day

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