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Ablaze - This program is offered to teens who have already been confirmed. For all the details, please visit their website at


A Family of Faith – this non-sacramental catechesis program for our youth offers continuing education for those who have completed their first communion but are not yet old enough for the Confirmation program. This class incorporates the entire family. Contact:  Adrianna Noricumbo (559) 733-3929 or email


Adoracion Nocturna – A ministry for Spanish-speaking and/or bilingual parishioners which meets weekly for prayer and fellowship on Tuesdays (7:00pm - 8:00pm in classroom #5 at Holy Family).  Members pray in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament at Holy Family Church every 1st Saturday of the month.  Both men and women join in this devotional prayer from 6:00pm - 9:00pm and men only from 9:00pm – 5:00am. In August they host an annual Anniversary Celebration at Holy Family Church for new and continuing members, their families and guests. Contact:  Gilberto Campos (559) 799-6743


Adult Bible Study - Parishwide Bible Study offered on several Thursdays from September through April at the Parish Center.  Morning Session: 10am -12pm and Evening Session: 7pm – 9pm.  Registration is required for this class.  Contact: Deacon Rick & Bernadette Miller (559) 734-3731 or email


Adult Confirmation – A catechesis program preparing baptized Catholics for the sacrament of confirmation.  Participants must be at least 18 years of age.  Sessions runs from September through January, when sacraments are received.  Meetings held in the Parish Center on Tuesday evenings.  Contact Dan or Arlene Vianello (559) 733-6743 or email


Altar & Rosary Society (ARS) – A ministry which bonds its membership in service, prayer, charity, and fellowship.  Active members assist with the cleaning of the sanctuary at St Mary’s Church on Saturday mornings and/or help to care for the sacred linens, cloths, and/or liturgical garments at churches throughout our Parish. With annual membership dues, a Bunco fundraiser in August, and the generous stewardship of its members, the ministry helps to purchase liturgical items for the Parish and supports many of its events and activities. Meetings occur on the 1st Wednesday of most months (see the bulletin/website for specific times and location). Contact: Betty Cook (559)303-6453 or email or


Annulment Support Ministry - This ministry offers educational opportunities for those with questions about the annulment process and ministry ‘facilitators’ offer emotional and spiritual support to those petitioning the Tribunal for an annulment.   Meetings are announced in the parish bulletin/website for those requesting assistance or interested in becoming a facilitator.  Contact: Joe Tejeda (559) 303-9647 or email




Bereavement Ministry – This ministry offers ongoing spiritual support for parishioners and their families who are experiencing the loss of a loved one.   Facilitators are available to assist with the Rosary Services for the deceased and offer a 6-week Catholic-based program called “Seasons of Hope” four times a year. (See bulletin/website for details).  Parishioners also wishing to learn more about becoming a grief-support facilitator should contact the ministry. Contact:  Carole Krivis (559) 786-6407 or email


Bethlehem Center - The Bethlehem Center is a mission of the Good Shepherd Catholic Parish in Visalia dedicated to provide food and clothing to those in need in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. Meals are served in our dining hall 7 days a week 365 day a year. Pantry food is also offered daily as is our resource center and intake office. Contact: Bethlehem Center, Anna Hernandez (559) 734-1572 or email


Boy Scouts -  Boy Scout Troop #321 was chartered by our Parish in 2004 and is open to young men ages 11 to 18 years.  They have regular troop meetings on Sundays 5:00pm-6:30pm at Holy Family's Community Center.  With their merit badge system, young men can earn promotions toward becoming an Eagle Scout.  Members are involved with service projects throughout our parish and community and participate in adventure activities with the assistance of dues, fees, and fundraisers. Contact: Victor Carrillo (559) 805-4823 or email




Catholic Daughters of America (CDA) - This fraternal, international organization of Catholic women (age 18 and over) focuses on service, Marian devotion, fellowship, and support of vocations.  They participate in community endeavors and support many parish activities and events.  They meet on the 1st Monday of most months and host several events each year (an Annual Tea in November, 2 Bunco events, and an Anniversary Luncheon). Contact: Patti Cornelius (559) 733-2454 or email


Catholic Professional & Business Club (CPBC) - This organization of Catholic professionals and business owners in the Tulare and Kings County hosts several guest speakers throughout the year at breakfast meetings held at the Wyndham Hotel from 7am - 8:30am on the 2nd Thursday of the month (September – June).   Their gatherings offer an opportunity for members, non-members, and their guests to network and listen to a professional speaker on topics which promotes Catholic values and ethics in all areas of one’s life.   Annual Membership dues and reservations are needed for breakfast meetings.  Contact Eileen Daly (559) 805-7008 or visit their website for details.  Attendance is available to non-members for a nominal fee.  Contact: Bill Goodreau (559) 679-3961 or email


Catholic Women’s Guild - This ministry promotes and provides religious, educational, cultural, and charitable activities for the women of the parish.  They have an annual Membership Drive and meet monthly at St Charles on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 7:00pm -9:00pm.  Members are encouraged to select a smaller "circle of interest", to engage and develop fellowship, such as:  the Craft Circle, Prayer Circler and A Sewing Circle (which makes bonnets for newly baptized infants), and a Prayer Blanket Circle (making small blankets for others suffering an illness or undergoing medical treatment).  They host an annual weekend Retreat at St Anthony's in September for their members. Contact: Vickie Main (559)284-3381 or email


Christopher’s – The Christopher Ministry administers Holy Communion to the sick, homebound and those who cannot physically attend mass.  The Christopher Ministry reaches out to those at Kaweah Delta and its many locations, skilled nursing facilities, retirement facilities and private residences.  If you have a friend or loved one who is ill and cannot attend mass and would like to receive Communion, please contact the Parish office at 559-734-9522. With the large demand to take Communion to many people, there is a need for additional Christopher’s in the Ministry.  This is a very rewarding ministry, not only for those receiving Communion but also for those who take it. The time commitment will depend on your schedule. Contact: Jumana Ghattas (559) 786-9735 or email


Confirmation – A two year program of catechesis for high school students, preparing them for the Sacrament of Confirmation and encouraging them on their continued journey of faith.  Contact: Ana Navarro, Director  (559)733-3929 or email


Cub Scouts - Cub Scout Pack 321 is for boys in grades K-5 and is the younger counterpart to Boy Scout Troop 321. It instills values by following the Scout Oath and Law; teaching life skills through fun activities while providing good examples, to help instill solid ethical and moral choices as they mature into adulthood. Den and Pack meetings are held on Sundays at Holy Family's Community Center from 4 pm - 5:30 pm. Membership has annual dues and they work with the Boy Scout Troop 321 on service and fundraising projects throughout the year. Membership has annual dues and they work with the older Scouts on service and fundraising project throughout the year.  Contact Jessica Kirk (559) 909-1542 or email


Cursillo - This apostolic movement is available to both English and Spanish-speaking parishioners and is recognized by the Roman Catholic Church and supported by our diocese.   It was founded in Majorca, Spain in 1944 as a training technique for Christian leaders and its presence has spread to several additional Christian churches.  The experience of their members bear witness of what it means to ‘live as a Christian’ through all aspects of their lives. Contact: Cursillo (ENGLISH) -  Domingo and Paula Gonzales (559)732-5759 or email  Contact: Cursillo (SPANISH) – Socorro Colon (209) 809-6635 or email




Detention Ministry -   Members of this ministry make regular visits to the Juvenile Detention Center, local jail and area Prisons sharing Christ's love and grace to the incarcerated.  They offer prayer and fellowship and communicate with the clergy any special sacramental requests the inmates might have.  Contact: Ruthanne Parlier in the Parish Office (559) 734-9522

Dominicans Lay Chapter (St Hyacinth)  - An international order of lay religious men and women who follow the teachings of the Dominican saints and study the Catechism as a community.  Through daily observances, contemplative prayer and study, their aim is the sanctification of the soul.  They meet on the 1st Wednesday of each month at St Charles; hosting formation instruction for new members from 5:30 pm -7pm and is followed by their regular monthly meeting from 7 - 9pm. Contact Person: Yolanda Lourenco (559) 747-8200 or email




Encuentro Matrimonial Mundail – This ministry is the Worldwide Marriage Encounter for Spanish-speaking parishioners and offers community support for couples desiring improvements in their marital relationship.  Through a series of presentations, learned communication skills and self-examination of attitudes and behaviors, participants deepen their intimacy and faith by exploring their relationship to their spouse and God.  The community meets from 6pm – 10pm in the Serra Center every Friday (except holidays) and on every 3rd Sunday of the month from 3pm - 6:30pm.  Contact: Jaime or Lidia Camacho (559) 759-1526 or email


Eucharistic Adoration - The Sacred Heart Adoration Chapel in St Mary's Church is available for all to pray before the Blessed Sacrament between 5am and 10pm.  Devotees, members of ministries, and/or individual parishioners can be scheduled for an hour of prayer by contacting either of their Co-coordinators or may use it freely by seeking registration for admittance from the parish office receptionist.

Contact: Juana Lara (559) 799-4202 or email For Spanish Contact: Florentina Mata (559) 731-8924


Estudio de biblia en Español  - A Bible Study group for our Spanish-speaking parishioner.  Meetings are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Serra Center.  No previous bible study experience is necessary.  Un grupo de estudio bíblico en español para la comunidad hispana. Las reuniones se llevan a cabo los martes por la noche de 6:30 a 8:30 pm en el Centro Serra. No se necesita experiencia previa en estudios bíblicos. Contacto: Rafael Martinez (559) 308-6038.  


Evangelization Retreats and Small Communities (English/Spanish) - Scheduled Retreats focusing on evangelization occur throughout the year for our English and Spanish-speaking parishioners to develop and strengthen a personal relationship with God.  Afterwards participants are encouraged to join small communities; creating ongoing fellowship and inspiring them to become active members in our Parish. Contact:  Nita and Deacon Paul Hernandez (559) 300-3306 or email




The Fold - A Community for Young Adults - Building a community for  young adults through age 35; offering enriching small-group studies and fun, social gatherings in friendly settings; flexible to the schedules for young adults juggling their new careers, further studies, dating and new families....and a welcoming place for those returning to 'the fold'.  Contact: Ricardo Garcia (559) 361-7822 or email

Franciscans Secular Order - This international organization of lay religious men and women follow the Gospel of Christ, in the footprints of St Francis; seeking holiness through prayer, action, and promotion of the reign of God within the Franciscan Family, the Church, and the World.  They meet on the 4th Sunday of each month in the Parish Center (room #1) from 11:30am – 3:00pm.




George McCann School At George McCann Memorial Catholic School we instill in our students the importance of education as spiritual and intellectual preparation for the unique mission in life to which God calls each of us. We are a family of parents, students, educators and parishioners who strive to create a Catholic faith community through a quality education based on gospel values. Visit their website for more information:


The Gospels Bible Study – This free class is offered on Tuesdays at St Charles’ Main Hall from 7pm – 8:30pm.  With a strong emphasis on the Catholic faith, through a study of the Old and New Testament this leader-led class is great for those who want to learn without the burden of preparation.  Refreshment and food available.  Contact: Jerry deMelo (559) 960-3245 or email


Guadalupe Communities - A parish-wide ministry which honors and venerates Our Lady of Guadalupe and in teaching the faith, culture, and moral values to future generations.  They meet on the 12th day of each month; alternating the location each month between our 4 churches.  The community offers public recitations of the Rosary during the month of May and October and host an annual Novena and Feast Day Celebration on Dec 12, each year rotating the host church.  Contact: Carmen Mata (559)725-5578 or email




Health Ministry - This ministry program works in coordination with the diocese to promotes the wellness of mind, body, and soul of parishioners and clergy; assisting all in making responsible and informed health choices which reflect the Catholic tradition.   They provide yearly BP checks during parish-wide events and provide classes and publish educational article on wellness and dealing with chronic disease through self- management.  Contact:  Emma Camarena (559) 624-2147 or email




Inquiry - An introductory class to the Adult Catechesis Program which is offered in April for adults wishing to learn more about the Catholic faith.  Contact: Gary Hunt (559) 734-9522 or email




Junior Catholic Daughters of America (JCDA) – This organization is open to Catholic girls age 6 - 18 years and is part of the fraternal court of Catholic Daughters of America at GSCP.   Through activities, service projects, works of charity, and faith development they aid to instill Catholic moral character in our young women.  They meet at Holy Family’s Hall several Sundays a month from 11:45pm – 2:00pm. (See bulletin/website for details) Contact:  Elaine Carrasco (559) 553-2450 or email




Knights of Columbus - An international, fraternal organization for Catholic men, over the age of 18.  They promote faith and fellowship among their members and their families, offer works of service and charity throughout the parish and community at large and, assist in public events where the Bishop is present.     They host several annual events throughout the year (a Valentine’s Dinner-Dance, Father's Day Breakfast, as well as a Dinner honoring First Responders from our community. Contact: Daniel Sanchez Jr (559)303-8533 or email




Lahu Community - A ministry for our Lahu community and their families; strengthening the cultural and traditional bonds and assisting them with involvement with parish life and spiritual growth for their members.   They host a celebration for their community for Thanksgiving and Christmas and invites the parishioners to join in their annual 3-day New Year Celebration, involving cultural music, dance, and prayers.  They also participate in parish-wide activities by providing cultural cuisine and/or preforming in their cultural dress for all to enjoy.  Contact: Korn Seechan (559) 909-8569 or email


Legion de Maria - A devotional Marian prayer group which is active in evangelizing the Spanish community of St Thomas and Goshen.   They meet weekly for prayer and fellowship at the St Thomas Hall on Monday evenings at 7pm.   Members participate in acts of charity for the sick and disadvantage and members are encouraged to participate in the life of the Church through other ministries. Contact:  Maria Sanchez (559) 329-1415


Liturgical Ministries – Learn more about liturgical ministries such as Altar Servers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and more by visiting our Liturgical Ministries Webpage (Link to Contact: Patty Call (559) 734-9522 or email




Medjugorje Prayer Group - This prayer group meets on the 2nd Monday of every month in St Mary’s Church at 7pm. They follow the directives learned from Our Lady in Medjugorje; praying for peace, conversion, and intentions of members. Contact: Steve or Irene Perry (559) 302-0494 or email


Mensajeros de Cristo - A ministry for Spanish-speaking and/or bilingual parishioners and family members which shares God’s Word and provides live music and folkloric dance to clients in local assisted living and convalescent facilities on Saturday and/or Sunday. Contact:  Irma Rivera (559) 799-9930 or email


Military Ministry - This ministry prays and offers spiritual support to parishioners who have family members in the Armed Services.  They celebrate those having served in the military by hosting a complementary Veteran's Day Dinner in November, and honor those who have passed by helping with the Memorial Day celebrations at the Visalia Cemetery in May.  Their members also serve at Holy Family Church by helping with the weekly cleaning of the altar on Saturday mornings and organizing members and parishioners to help with decorating the church for Holy Days.  They meet monthly on the last Friday of the month at the Holy Family Hall from 6:30-8:30pm. Contact:  Edith Catalano (559)805-2077 or email


Music Ministry – This includes all choirs, cantors and accompanists (English and Spanish at all churches). Contact: Music Administrator Ruben Cabatic (559) 734-9522 or email




Natural Family Planning - This is an ongoing educational ministry of the parish which provides Natural Family Planning for engaged couples.  Classes are generally held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of most months in the Parish Center from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Contact:  Isabel Valenzuela (559) 799-8930 or email




Our Lady of Fatima Committee - This ministry plans and organizes the annual parish-wide Fatima Celebration, in the tradition of honoring Our Lady’s apparition and message.  The week- long festivities include: nightly rosaries, (Monday - Friday at 7pm), a Candlelight Procession and Living Rosary on Saturday, and culminates with a parish-wide carnival, auction, and free lunch on Sunday.  All proceeds benefit George McCann School.   Committee meetings are held in the Parish Center monthly (Jan- July and Oct - Nov) and weekly in August and September. Contact:  Brian Long (530 ) 520-7006 or email or Ruthanne Parlier (559) 734-9522 or email


Our Lady of Perpetual Help - This ministry shares their Filipino culture, heritage and rich traditions of devotion, prayer, and fellowship.  All are invited to attend their weekly devotion and prayers to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Tuesdays following the 12:15pm Mass and their monthly Rosary at 7PM on the first Monday of each month at St Mary’s Church.  They host the Annual OLPH Celebration in June and the Simbang Gabi celebration in December, which includes nightly Rosaries with fellowship and food, prior to the Christmas Novena Mass on Saturday, Dec 23.  They also participate in many parish events by providing cultural food and entertainment for all to enjoy.  They have quarterly meetings and host monthly meetings between October through December.  (See the bulletin / website for details). Contact: Dominga Tabutol (559) 907-0965 or email


Our Lady’s Rosary Makers - This devotional ministry meets and trains parishioners how to make rosaries, which they provide free to many including: catechist, ministries, parishioners, the homeless, for retreats, and missionaries.  They host annual rosary sales at the various churches, which provides them funding for the materials needed for their mission’s work. Contact:  Patti Cornelius (559) 733-2454 or email




Prayer & Life Workshops - An Association born within the Roman Catholic Church and has diocesan approval in fostering the prayer life of parishioners.  It offers a 15-week series in English and Spanish several times throughout the year and encourages its members to strive and carry out their apostolic lay service to their Parish.  Contact:  Charlotte Willenborg (559) 799-3048 or email


Prayer Warriors - Members of this ministry gather numerous prayer requests from parishioners; sharing their intentions and requests; broadening the scope of those receiving prayer and encouraging and strengthening the prayer life of its members. Contact:  Nancy Kane (559) 732-9970 or email


Pro Life Ministry - This ministry promotes the basic principles of the Catholic teachings regarding the value and dignity of every human person, in that life is sacred and created in the image of God.   They have monthly meetings on the 2nd Friday of each month from 5:30pm-7:30pm in the Parish Center.  They lead several public recitations of the Pro-Life Rosary at our various churches and hosts an annual Pro-Life Event with a guest speaker, inviting all to attend.    Members pray the40 Days for Life rosary by Fresno's Planned Parenthood Clinic, organize the parish involvement with the One Walk LA bus trip, host a Grandparent’s Appreciation Day in September, and contribute to many parish-wide and community events. Contact:  Dennis Culver (559) 967-5643 or email




Renovación  Carismática Católica (Visalia and Goshen)  - A ministry for Spanish speaking and bilingual parishioners; evangelizing the baptized through formation and testimony to strengthen their faith.  They meet every Monday from 7:00pm -9:00pmin a Holy Family classroom for catechesis; and have 2 Spanish Prayer Groups that meet weekly on Wednesday from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at either the Hall at Holy Family or at St Thomas’ Hall in Goshen. Contact: Martha Avelar de Luna (559) 786-6701 or email


Es un ministerio para feligreses de habla español o son bilingües; evangelizando a los bautizados por medio de formación y testimonio para fortalecer su fe. Se reúnen para catequesis todos los lunes de 7:00 pm a 9:00 pm en el salón # 3 de la Holy Family; cuentan con 2 grupos de oración en español que se reúnen semanalmente los miércoles de 7:00 p.m. a 9:00 p.m., uno en el Salón de la Holy Family y el otro en el Salón de Santo Tomás en Goshen. Contacto: Martha Avelar de Luna (559) 786-6701 y correo electrónico


RCIA (Right of Christian Initiation of Adults) –Provides foundational, orthodox Catholic teachings in English or adults over 18; leading the unbaptized into the fullness of the Church through the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation.  Classes are held weekly on Sundays and begins in September and run through May in the Serra Center.   Contact: Dan & Arlene Vianello (559) 733-8014 or email 


RICA (Rito de Iniciacion Cristiana para Adultos) -  Para quienes no han sido bautizados o fueron bautizados en otra fe Cristiana y tienen 18 años o más, RICA es el camino para convertirse en Católico. Clases cada Jueves 7 - 9 pm en el Serra Center de septiembre a mayo.  Contact: Cladia Oceana (559) 697-9161 or email



Serra Club - This organization for Tulare and Kings County follows Saint Junipero Serra, the great missionary and their patron, in promoting and fostering vocations to the priesthood and consecrated religious life.  They encourage their members with furthering their catechesis to fulfill their Christian vocation of service to others.  They have monthly supper meetings on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:00pm in the Serra Center with guest speakers.  They encourage the participation in 5:30pm Adoration and Benediction in praying for vocations on the 4th Monday of each month at St Mary’s Church and host an annual Golf Tournament in April and a Breakfast in May to raise funding for those studying for religious life.   They are involved with many service activities with our youth and help with the Annual Priest Gathering in the Fall. Contact:  Deacon Rick Miller (559)734-9522  or email


Soldier Rosary Makers - Through donations of members, this ministry shares the Good News by making and sending ruggedly-made rosaries to men and women serving in the Armed Forces throughout the world.  Chaplains distribute the rosaries, to those deployed in combat zones, stateside training bases, at sea, and at military hospitals.  The members gather for prayer and learn how to make these special rosaries on the 3rd and 4th Monday evening in the Parish Center.  All are welcome to attend and participate. Contact: Dennis Culver (559) 967-5643 /; or James Wilfong (559)972-2388 or email


St Joseph’s Christian Bookstore – This non-profit Christian Supply Store in Visalia offers books, CDs, hosts biannual sales at the parish and sells sacramental and spiritual gift items.   It is operated with the assistance of its own Board of Directors and is opened Monday – Saturday.  Volunteers from the parish and surrounding communities apply to help in this retail store.  Contact: Judy Ramage (559) 734-2691.




The Fold - A Community for Young Adults - Building a community for  young adults through age 35; offering enriching small-group studies and fun, social gatherings in friendly settings; flexible to the schedules for young adults juggling their new careers, further studies, dating and new families....and a welcoming place for those returning to 'the fold'.  Contact: Ricardo Garcia (559) 361-7822 or email


The Gospels Bible Study – This free class is offered on Tuesdays at St Charles’ Main Hall from 7pm – 8:30pm.  With a strong emphasis on the Catholic faith, through a study of the Old and New Testament this leader-led class is great for those who want to learn without the burden of preparation.  Refreshment and food available.  Contact: Jerry deMelo (559) 960-3245 or email




Vacation Bible School – This summer youth program is held for one week at the end of July each summer. VBS is open to children entering pre-k through sixth grade. Volunteers are also accepted from 7th grade children up to adults. We encourage all parish children 7th grade or older to join us as “teen helpers.” Contact:  Ana Navarro, director (559) 733-3929 or email




Widow & Widowers - A casual gathering of widows and widowers meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month at a selected restaurant for a meal and fellowship. Contact: Kitsy Murphy (559) 967-0383 or email