Thursday September 03, 2015
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The Diocesan Native American Ministry announces an Healing and Sacrament of Pence (Reconciliation) service will be on Saturday, September 19, at St. Aloysius Parish in Toppenish, WA. It will commence at 11:30am. Presenters will be Jule Lebeau (Lakota Tribe), the M.C.; Pastor Frank East and wife Mary of Toppenish Four Square Church; Deacon Andy and Elvia Gonzalez, of St Mary’s Parish in White Swan; as well as their Pastor, Rev. William Shaw and Rev. John Shaw, Dr. of the Diocesan Native American Ministry. There will be Presentations of the Sacramental Healing, Examination of Conscience, Lying on of Hands Ministry and small group discussions. The Sacrament of Penance (Mercy) will be celebrated at St. Aloysius Parish before Saturday Vigil Massat 5:00pm and the healing service will be in the parish hall (across the street from the parish). Our Afternoon Healing Service will be under the intercession of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Our 1st Native born indigenous Saint canonized on October 21st, 2012.

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Dear Fathers:

Thanks again to so many of you who supported this great annual soccer
event. Thanks to our hard working staff -- especially Rebecca Garza
and Diana Aparicio who spent so much time both before and the day of
the event in organizing details as well as pulling the rest of the
staff and volunteers together. Thanks also to Fr Felipe for his
support with vendors as well as corralling us into a team. Enjoy this
article from the current issue of the Catholic Extension magazine! Click Here

+Bishop Joseph Tyson.

Dear Friends:

You are no doubt aware of the terrible wildfires that are ripping through a number of areas in Central Washington. Know that Fr. Rogelio Gutiérrez, pastor for our parishes in Chelan and Bridgeport, has been coordinating outreach to families as well as getting items to folks in need. Know, too, that Catholic Charities of Yakima also has been assisting people and that our Catholic Charities president, John Young, has been coordinating with Catholic Charities in Spokane as well as other agencies in the area working with victims of the fire. Monsignor Siler is working with John Young to provide funds from the diocesan portion of our Operation Rice Bowl funds for relief as well.

I have been in touch with Fr. Rogelio through text messaging since audio cell service and land line service have not been working well due to the fire. I encouraged him to buy the necessary supplies he sees as the need arises and told him we would come in behind with financial support so there is no negative impact on the local parish budgets in Chelan and Bridgeport. I know he will be hauling a large amount of bottled water for those in need.

Pastors may have parishioners asking what they can do this coming weekend. Indeed, our parishioners often have a natural desire to give especially, in the face of local human tragedy. Folks often start collecting clothes or food or other items. But I know from my exchanges with Fr. Rogelio – as well as past situations similar to this – that it's often best to provide financial support so local folks can make targeted purchases of items needed. Thus pastors and parish administrators might consider an optional special collection this weekend or next that can augment the efforts of our local parishes in Chelan and Bridgeport as well as our diocesan-wide efforts through Catholic Charities and Operation Rice Bowl. It would be best for the proceeds of the collection to be accounted for at the parish, with a check then sent to the Diocesan Finance Office marked “Wildfire Relief,” per standard practice.

Last and most important, kindly consider including a general intercession this coming weekend for the firefighters who have died, for their families as well as the families displaced by the recent fires. I certainly will be doing this and plan to end my weekend celebrating the Sunday Mass at St. Anne's in Bridgeport as well as touching base personally with Fr. Rogelio.

If you do have questions, John Young is available here at the Pastoral Center and can be reached at 509-965-7100. He can provide thoughtful and well-aimed support for any kind of outreach you and your local parish may be considering. Of course you are free to contact me as well. Monsignor Siler will be away next week but can be contacted by e-mail.

In advance I thank you and your parish leadership for your support of our efforts. Our Catholic Charities has a wonderful mission statement that summarizes the purpose of our outreach: “Motivated by Christ's love, we bring hope to life, especially for those most in need.” May we remember Christ's love in all we are and all we do.

With every best wish and blessing,

Yours in Christ,

+Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson

Bishop of Yakima

Parishes in the Diocese of Yakima August 15-16 will be taking up a special collection for the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa.  The Fund supports pastoral projects that support the struggling Christians in Africa. These projects include teaching catechism classes, building new churches, providing materials for schools, and offering formation to priests and religious. This collection is a way for us to express solidarity with our African brothers and sisters and work for their spiritual and material development. Please be generous in this collection. 

If the collection is not taken up in your parish, donations may be sent directly to:

Church in Africa
Office of National Collections
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
P. O. Box 96278
Washington DC 20090-6278
Make your check or money order payable to: "Church in Africa"

Thank you for your support of this important effort.

+Bishop Joseph Tyson

Other Resources:

Letter from Bishop Tyson – English  Spanish
Bulletin Announcements – Bilingual
Pulpit Announcements – Bilingual
Bulletin Inserts – English  Spanish

Accompanying this article please find informational brochure and a registration form for participating in the Diocese of Yakima Pilgrimage to the next World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.  The official diocesan group has room for at least 23 pilgrims, along with the spiritual director, Fr. Lalo Bárragan of St. Joseph Parish, and the diocesan coordinator, Alex Lasota, of Christ the King Parish in Richland.  To learn more about past World Youth Day gatherings, and to preview next year's gathering in Poland, click on the following link:  World Youth Day 2016

Dear Friends:
Here's a little update about Catholic Radio in Central Washington.  The exciting news is that we will be launch radio in Spanish with the coming of KZTR 103.5 FM in Yakima and KJHS 107.9 FM in East Wenatchee.  
Click below to
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Here's just a few links as you work with parishioners and parish leaders catechetically on the recent Supreme Court decision mandating a change in the definition of marriage for all 50 states.  
First, since this is a national issue, I think it's best to refer to the national response from Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Click here
Second, since Washington State already voted in favor of the redefinition of marriage, here is the direct link to my pastoral letter that was read and distributed in Spanish and English across the Diocese of Yakima.  Click here to read.
Third, here is an interview that Archbishop Kurtz gave to the Catholic newspaper, Our Sunday Visitor which might be a good resource for review:  Click here to read.
Let us remember the words of Pope Saint John Paul the Second who noted in Porta Fidei #15: "What the world is in particular need of today is the credible witness of people enlightened in mind and heart by the word of the Lord, and capable of opening the hearts and minds of many to the desire for God and for true life, life without end."
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Dear Fathers:
If you are in the Yakima area you will want to note these important dates when our enrollment team will be visiting your parish to encourage enrollment in our Catholic schools.  The dates you are seeing are for January and February of 2016.  Please click below to see the dates for your local parish if you are pastor at St. Paul Cathedral, St. Joseph in Yakima, St. John in Naches, Holy Family in Yakima, Holy Redeemer in Yakima, San Juan Diego in Cowiche, Our Lady of Lourdes in Selah or Holy Rosary in Moxee!  
Also, if our enrollment is low this August you may be hearing from our Catholic schools for a last August enrollment push as well. 
Thanks very much!
+Bishop Joseph Tyson

In an Encyclical titled "Laudato, Si," taken from a canticle composed by St. Francis of Assissi, Pope Francis issued an urgent "... appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all."

The Pope's writing builds on a long tradition of Catholic Social Teaching to offer spiritual and moral guidance on the dialogue he is calling on people of good will to enter into, so as to help promote the common good.  It is that tradition of Catholic Social Teaching that has also helped produce local efforts, such as the Columbia River Pastoral Letter, by the Pacific Northwest Bishops, released in 2001.

Click here to open the Encyclical Laudato Si (English)

Click here to open the Encyclical at the Vatican  (Spanish)

Click here to open the Columbia River Pastor (English) (Spanish)

Our partners at Catholic Relief Services also have a Web page dedicated to resources on the environment and climate change. Click here to view.

(Photo shows Pope Francis venerating an image of Saint Francis of Assissi embracing a leper.  In his Encyclical, the Holy Father particularly notes a concern for the poor in urging a dialogue on the environmental challenges facing the world.)



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Dear Friends:
Attached is some information I received from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops regarding the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.  If you or your parishes are interested, kindly visit the website and click on the link below to see the overview of information I have from the organizers. 
Many Blessings,
+Bishop Joseph Tyson

Upcoming Events

September 22-25, 2015

World Meeting of Families (Philadelphia, PA)

September 22-27, 2015

2015 Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to the United States of America (Philadelphia, PA)

September 28 - October 2, 2015

Diocese of Yakima Priest Convocation (Richland, WA)

October 10, 2015

Church Mission Congress (Yakima, WA)

November 6-8, 2015

Youth Convention 2015 (Yakima, WA)




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Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson
Bishop of Yakima

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