Holy Doors open in Valley for Jubilee of Mercy
In connection with Pope Francis declaring the following year a special Jubilee year focused on mercy, the Catholic Church will be granting indulgences, a way the church believes punishment for sins can be reduced, at a number of churches in the central San Joaquin Valley that have been designated as having a special “Holy Door.”
These churches are St. John’s Cathedral in Fresno, Our Lady of Mercy in Merced, St. Joachim in Madera, St. Anthony of Padua in Reedley, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Hanford, St. Aloysius in Tulare, Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Bakersfield, St. Therese in Shafter and St. Ann in Ridgecrest. The Jubilee began Dec. 8 and will culminate Nov. 20, 2016.
“The year before us is indeed an extraordinary opportunity that we all must pursue intently,” Bishop Armando Ochoa of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno wrote in a letter. “The gift of God’s love, mercy and grace is truly the fulfillment of our deepest desires. The depth of healing that is being offered to us through Christ our Lord and His Holy Church can renew us, strengthen us and guide us into the greatest potential of becoming our authentic selves according to God’s divine plan. Infused with God’s love and mercy, we will be able to more effectively live out what we are called to be through the prophet Micah (6:8), to ‘do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.’ ”
St. John the Baptist Fraternity open house
St. John the Baptist Fraternity, a Fresno-based chapter within the St. Junipero Serra region of the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order, will host an open house for those interested in joining or supporting the group beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Paul Newman Catholic Center, 1572 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno. The fraternity seeks to strengthen its members’ Christian faith through volunteering in the community, discussion, prayer and education.
Hindu Janma Jayanti Celebration
Hindu guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s 95th Janma Jayanti Celebration will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 1425 W. Pine Ave., Fresno. The event includes a unique cultural program, performed by the youths of BAPS, along with dinner after sabha.
Big Red Camp for children
First Congregational Church of Fresno, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd., Fresno, will host a day program for children ages 3 through 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from Monday, Jan. 4, through Friday, Jan. 8. The program is designed to help children with peer interaction while participating in a number of activities, including yoga, exercises to promote mindfulness, cooking, crafts, karate, dance and cheerleading. A leadership program is available for children from ages 9 to 12. Send $25 to the church to reserve a spot.
Tucker Russell and Ted Reynoso will direct this year’s camp through the church’s Ministry of Christian Education. Please send a daily snack and drink with your child.
More information is available by calling 559-227-8489, 559-439-1828 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, Dec. 19
Celebration of the births of Jesus Christ and Muhammad
Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, 2111 E. Nees Ave., Fresno, 559-297-9535. 5 p.m.
Fresno Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2980 E. Yale Ave., Fresno, 559-233-1172. 11 a.m., 4 p.m.
Journey to Bethlehem
Bethany Mennonite Brethren Church, 9161 N. Maple Ave., Fresno, 559-434-2500. 6-8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 20
Festival of Lesson and Carols
North Fresno Mennonite Brethren Church, 5724 N. Fresno St., Fresno, 559-431-0333. 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m.
The ‘Spirit of Love’ discussed from numerous faiths
Brahma Kumaris Spiritual Organization, 7319 N. Fourth St., Fresno. 3-5 p.m.
When the Holidays Hurt with Rev. Tim Kutzmark
Monday, Dec. 21
Griefshare: Surviving the Holidays
Kerman Covenant Church, 15495 W. Whitesbridge Ave., Kerman, 559-846-5307, free. 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 22
Wednesday, Dec. 23
A Family Christmas Eve
Gateway Church of Visalia, 1100 S. Sowell St., Visalia, 559-732-4787. 5:30 p.m.
Griefshare: Care Connections
The Bridge Church, 3438 E. Ashlan Ave., Fresno, 559-226-4100. 10 a.m.
Thursday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve services
St. James Anglican Cathedral, 4147 E. Dakota Ave., Fresno, 559-222-3721, Free. 6 p.m. (family service) 10:30 p.m. (midnight mass)
Christmas Eve service with carols and candlelight
First Congregational Church of Fresno, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd., Fresno, 559-227-8489, Free. 5 p.m., 9 p.m.
Christmas Eve services
NorthPointe Church, 4625 W. Palo Alto Ave., Fresno, 559-276-2300, Free. 4-6 p.m., 7-9 p.m.
Christmas Eve candlelight service
Christmas Eve candlelight service (Yosemite Community Church, Christian non-denominational)
Yosemite Valley Chapel, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite, 209-372-4831, Free. 4 p.m.
A Family Christmas Eve
Gateway Church of Visalia, 1100 S. Sowell St., Visalia, 559-732-4787. 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 11 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 25
Christmas Day service
St. James Anglican Cathedral, 4147 E. Dakota Ave., Fresno, 559-222-3721, Free. 10 a.m.
Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Christmas Day service
Yosemite Valley Chapel, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite, 209-372-4831, Free. 10 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 27
Annual Blessing of the Animals
First Congregational Church of Fresno, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd., Fresno, 559-227-8489, Free. 10 a.m.
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