Monday January 23, 2017
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Mass for Life: PREPARE to uphold ALL the Unborn

Third Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle C 2017 at St. Paul Cathedral in Yakima, Washington

Isaiah 8:23-9:3; 1Corinthians 1: 10-13, 17; Matthew 4:10-23

Most Reverend Joseph J. Tyson, Bishop of Yakima

Friends, today as we remember this 44th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court ruling titled Roe vs. Wade I'd like to propose that St. Paul's wish for the Corinthians is my wish for all of you – especially you who are involved in any way in the pro-life movement. What was St. Paul's wish? To quote from today's second reading: "That all of you may agree in what you say, and that there be no divisions among you."

Why this wish from St. Paul? Perhaps because Chloe – a woman patroness of St. Paul's preaching ministry – has reported to St. Paul that within that early church in Corinth a number of factions have developed. Our second reading notes that some in Corinth claim to be followers of Paul, others of Apollos and still others of Cephas. Rather than getting into an argument of which preacher is the best St. Paul sidesteps this by pointing everyone to the source of all preaching: Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Between the lines, St. Paul seems to suggest that there always will be a diversity of ways in uplifting the gospel and that – as long as they unite back to the person and preaching of Christ – they're variations of our Lord himself, the life he led and the message he preached.

There might be a lesson for us today for there are diverse ways of uplifting what Saint John Paul the Second so eloquently termed the Gospel of Life. That diversity here in Central Washington can be seen in the growing network of pregnancy resource centers, the various ways local parishes reach out to women and their children – born and unborn – as well as the various spiritual supports of prayers and retreats supporting the unborn, supporting their mothers, supporting their fathers and even of supporting those who suffer emotional and spiritual damage due to an abortion they or their partner procured.

Recognizing these efforts, two years ago, we bishops of Washington State launched PREPARES. PREPARES stands for Pregnancy and Parenting Support and it represents our Church’s coordinated outreach for women and children, organizing wrap-around care for women in emergency pregnancies from the moment of conception to the fifth year of the child's life. It’s been my pleasure to chair our working group of Catholic Charities leadership from across the state over these last two years.  Often we are able to partner and coordinate with a number of the local and often ecumenically based groups to create a systematic and sequential support system tailored to the needs of the women whom we are reaching.  Thus far, we’ve been able to touch the lives of nearly 700 women with some form of care for themselves, their child and even their surrounding families.

Why this need for diversity of care as support in uplifting the Gospel of Life? Because, today, while much of the nation rightly focuses on the actual Roe vs. Wade decision our local efforts as a Church address two very unique conditions here in Central Washington.

The first is this: Washington State holds a very unique position in the history of legalized abortion here in the United States. Washington State is the only state in the United States of America to have legalized abortion BY POPULAR BALLOT. We did this in the 1970 election by passing Referendum 20. All other states with any kind of legalized abortion did so either through a lower court action overturning a local state law or – as in the case of the state of Oregon – legalization of abortion through a legislative act. But Washington State holds the unique and dubious distinction of being the only state where abortion was legalized in a popular vote by a majority of the citizens. This means that even if Roe vs. Wade is overturned – and God willing it will be one day – abortion will remain legal here in Washington State. For us to overturn Referendum 20 means we will need a positive, uplifting and inspiring witness that moves our neighbors to reconsider their support for abortion and see embodied in our lives of service a better, happier and more joyous way.


This is precisely why I am so very appreciative – not only of our collaboration between the Catholic Charities agencies across the state – but for the many positive efforts from a great many local pro-life groups in supporting the gift of life from the very first moment of conception. It takes all of us together to uplift the gift of life regardless of our faith, our political outlook, our language or our cultural heritage.

That leads me to raise the second unique challenge in uplifting the gift of life and the gift of the unborn. It is this: the overwhelming majority of baptisms, confirmations, first communions and marriages are in the Hispanic community. This is also where most of the pregnancies and births are occurring. Because abortion is the preeminent issue of social justice and anchors all other catholic social teaching it requires that we – as Catholics – find ways to create bonds of trust and welcome so that Hispanic women – especially those whose families are undocumented – can approach us and our partners in this ministry of life without fear. One of the things we’ve learned at PREPARES these first two years is that often black women and white women in emergency pregnancy face low levels of family support to help in their time of needs. PREPARES volunteers often become the “family companion” making up for the family these women lack.  It’s a particular form of poverty they face.


Yet working in the Hispanic community, women often do have extended family support systems, so this means that PREPARES volunteers find ways to support the woman and their family in upholding the gift of their unborn child and beginning with them that journey for the first five years of the child’s life.  This means that in order to protect the unborn we find ourselves walking through the doors of the undocumented since so many of our Hispanic families are in a variety of places with regards to their immigration status. 

Thus while there can be a legitimate spectrum of opinions regarding immigration, border control, the importance of English and of cultural integration, a good and faithful Catholic will never use language in public that is harsh, derogatory, or in any way demeaning – especially towards the Hispanic community or the specific people who are undocumented in our midst. Such language – now so prominent in political discourse – undercuts our local efforts to reach out to the unborn and their families, especially in the Hispanic community. Failure to protect the undocumented risks compromising our ability to reach the unborn and their mothers.

Circling back to the stern challenge of St. Paul to the Corinthians in today’s second reading, we cannot allow ourselves to become partisan Christians seeing ourselves as sectarian followers of the Cephases, Apolloses, or even the St. Pauls of our day. Regardless of our language or our culture we are one and we are here to uplift the one Gospel – a Gospel of Life – proclaimed by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

This is why we look to Mary and it is why – today – I specifically requested that her image be present in today's Mass for Life. The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe as we know is the patroness of Mexico. She’s also the patroness of the Americas because she’s the only apparition recognized by the Church to have occurred in the Americas. She's revered and venerated by so many especially among our undocumented Hispanic Catholics in their lives of uncertainty.

But she's also known to us as the patroness of the pro-life movement. Why? Because of all the many Marian devotions and of all of the Marian apparitions that have graced our church, this apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe to San Juan Diego is the only apparition where Mary appears pregnant. Indeed the Aztec symbols of fertility embossed on the fabric of her dress speak to this reality. I might add that the leader of the Knights of Columbus – Carl Anderson – has written a thoughtful book on this apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

I uplift her today for our specific veneration because she embodies the very unique circumstances we face here in the Diocese of Yakima as we uplift the Gospel of Life.

Mary shows us the way. She points us to her Son. She unifies us as our shared mother. She prepares the table. She invites us to Eucharist. She leads us to him so we can follow him to the Father and – animated by the Holy Spirit – give witness to the Gospel of Life. So in gratitude for all the many efforts across Central Washington protecting the unborn and uplifting the gift of life, in devotion I close this homily inviting you to pray with me:


"Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen."

#9DaysforLife:How will (or did) you show
someone today that their life is a gift?

#9diasporlavida: ¿Cómo vas a mostrar o 
mostraste alguien hoy que su vida es un don?


Cardinal Dolan Invites Nationwide Participation 
in '9 Days For Life' Prayer, Action Campaign 

January 19, 2017

WASHINGTON – Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, invited Catholics and others to join the nationwide "9 Days for Life" campaign.
"We're praying for a lot of things this month, including racial harmony, Christian unity, and the protection of all human life," Cardinal Dolan said. "As we pray for that unity, I invite our brothers and sisters in Christ to join in the '9 Days for Life' prayer campaign. Together, our prayers and actions can witness to the dignity of the human person."

9 Days for Life is the U.S. bishops' annual prayer and action campaign around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion throughout the nine months of pregnancy. It occurs this year from Saturday, January 21 to Sunday, January 29.

Each day treats a different aspect of respecting the dignity of the human person-from the beginning of life to its natural end. At a time when many are attending demonstrations and marches in person, novena participants are encouraged make a kind of "virtual pilgrimage." In solidarity with tens of thousands, they can pray daily, gather for fellowship and discussion, and share their experiences on social media with the hashtag, #9daysforlife.
The website, www.9daysforlife.com, features a video with Cardinal Dolan calling the campaign "a great way to put our faith into action." The site offers four ways to receive the daily prayers, suggested reflections, and practical actions, including links to the free "9 Days for Life" smartphone app. The campaign will be featured on the People of Life Facebook page, on  Twitter @USCCBprolife, and in the bishops' Instagram feed.


January 13, 2017    
 Inside this issue
  • • New Legislature Convenes to Confront Longstanding Challenges
  • • 2017-2019 Budget
  • • Catholic Advocacy Day - March 16
  • • Inslee Issues Reprieve in Death Penalty Case
  • • Next Week in the Legislature
  • • Cornerstone Catholic Conference - October 20-21, 2017
  • • USCCB Releases Task Force Report on Racism
Jan. 9 was the first day of the regular session of the 2017 Washington State Legislature. The primary issue facing lawmakers is how to fund basic education in order to meet the looming deadline under the State Supreme Court's McCleary decision. Other important issues include improvements to the mental health system, criminal justice reform, and addressing federal requirements for state driver licenses.

The balance of power between Republicans and Democrats is even more evenly divided than it was in the 2016 legislative session. In the House, the Democrats control by a 50-48 margin. In the Senate, the Republicans control by a 25-24 margin, even though there are actually more Democrats (25). This is due to a decision several years ago by Democrat Sen. Tim Sheldon to join with the Republicans, thus giving them control of the Senate.

  The main requirement for the legislature when it meets in odd-numbered years (like 2017) is the adoption of a state budget for the next two fiscal years, known as a biennium (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019). There are actually three budgets: operating, capital (primarily construction of buildings) and transportation.

The budget process started in December when the Governor released his budget proposal. For the 2017-2019 period, Gov. Inslee proposes to spend $46.4 billion in operating expenses. This is an increase of several billions of dollars from the current 2015-2017 biennial operating budget. To have it balance, the Governor also proposes $4.4 billion in new revenue, nearly all of it going to increased funding for basic education. The two largest sources of new revenue come from a $25-per-ton carbon tax and an increase in the Business & Occupation (B&O) tax rate. While education accounts for more than half of state spending in the Governor's proposal, it also calls for adding more than 1,000 new beds and nearly 700 staff positions to the state's mental health system.

The 2017 legislature starts the budget-making process with a projected deficit close to $1 billion. More worrisome, the 2018 McCleary deadline will require an additional $1.5-4 billion to meet the constitutional requirement to fully fund basic education. Other court decisions require additional funding for beds to treat persons with mental illness.  There is also caseload increases and decreasing federal funds for health care. Without adequate revenue, it may be impossible to preserve current safety net programs at the present level of funding.  Maintaining funding for essential social services will be one of the top priorities for WSCC during the 2017 session.

Registration is now open for the 2017 Catholic Advocacy Day, Thursday, March 16. This year's theme, "Be a Neighbor and Advocate for All," is inspired by the new pastoral letter by the Bishops of Washington State, Who Is My Neighbor?. The day will begin at St. Michael parish with a briefing on the main legislative issues followed by Mass and district strategizing before the meetings with legislators on the Capitol Campus. To register, visit http://ipjc.org. You will also be able to download flyers in English and Spanish to help you recruit others from your parish to join you in Olympia.

For people living in Eastern Washington, there is the Eastern Washington Legislative Advocacy Day with a focus on statewide legislative issues of concern to people of faith. Mark your calendars for Saturday, January 28th, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church (24th & Grand Blvd. in Spokane). RSVP to the Fig Tree at 535-4112 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Suggested registration cost is $20, including lunch. Representatives of the WSCC will be there to offer a legislative briefing and to speak to the newly-released Pastoral Letter on Poverty.


  In late December, Gov. Inslee issued a warrant of reprieve to Clark Richard Elmore whose execution had been scheduled for January 19. The warrant prevents the state from executing Elmore unless and until the Governor lifts the reprieve. The warrant does not reduce Elmore's sentence. One of the other men on death row died recently as the result of a chronic health issue. There are now eight people on Washington's death row including Elmore.
On Monday, Jan. 16, Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) will hold a news conference in Olympia to announce his support for a bill to repeal the state's death penalty. He will be joined by former Attorney General Rob McKenna (R). The WSCC and other advocates also seek repeal of capital punishment during the 2017 legislative session.


  Many of the legislative committees hold work sessions during the initial days of a new legislature. These work sessions allow new committee members with an opportunity to hear from experts about the main issue areas to be considered by the respective committee. Here are several key issues to follow during the week on January 16:

Mental Health - On Tues., Jan. 17 the House Capital Budget Committee will conduct a work session on the Governor's mental health proposal. It will include a stakeholder panel. This will take place in House Hearing Rm B, John L. O'Brien Building, at 3:30 pm.

Children and Families - On Mon., Jan. 16, at 1:30 pm, the Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing Committee will conduct a work session on Governor Inslee's Blue Ribbon Commission on Delivery of Services to Children and Families. The session will be held in Senate Hearing Rm 2, J.A. Cherberg Building. The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), the state's largest agency, presently provides services to children and families. The Commission issued its final report last November.

Human Trafficking - The House Public Safety Committee will hold a public hearing on three bills concerning human trafficking on Mon., Jan. 16, at 1:30 pm, in House Hearing Rm D, John L. O'Brien Building

HB 1078 - Concerning human trafficking, prostitution, and commercial sexual abuse of a minor.
HB 1079 - Creating a criminal no-contact order for human trafficking and promoting prostitution-related offenses.
HB 1112 - Vacating convictions arising from offenses committed as a result of being a victim of trafficking, promoting prostitution, or promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor.

On Jan. 19, the Public Safety Committee will meet at 8:00 am in House Hearing Rm D, John L. O'Brien Building, to vote on the three bills.

Homelessness - The House Early Learning & Human Services Committee will conduct a work session to provide an overview of the Office of Homeless Youth of the Department of Commerce. It is scheduled for Tues., Jan. 17, at 8:00 am, in House Hearing Rm C, John L. O'Brien Building.

Affordable Housing - On Tues., Jan. 17, at 10:00 am, the House Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee will have a work session concerning affordable housing policy and home ownership options. It will be in House Hearing Rm E, John L. O'Brien Building.


The theme chosen for the 2017 Cornerstone Catholic Conference is "Together for Life & Justice." The Bishops of Washington State sponsor Cornerstone Conferences to inspire and educate Catholics and others to continue working together to protect human life:  the unborn, individuals who live in poverty or on the margins of society, and people at the end of life. Each of the three dioceses are asking Catholics to mark their calendars and to share the save-the-date flyer, which can be downloaded from the WSCC website.



The USCCB Special Task Force to Promote Peace in Our Communities released its report last week. The report includes findings and recommendations for bishops to continue the vital work of fostering healing and lasting peace in communities across the U.S. through concrete action, ongoing dialogue and opportunities for encounter. A central component of the Task Force's findings stresses the significance of prayer as well as ecumenical and interfaith collaborations, along with building solid and unique models of engagement, particularly for at-risk young people.

General recommendations from the report to help promote peace in our communities include prayer, encountering others through local dialogues, parish-based and internal diocesan conversation and training, and fostering opportunities of encounter toward empowering communities to identify and begin to address challenges as a way to begin community healing. Another recommendation urged "outreach and awareness-raising ... within their own communities ... particularly within white communities."

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, appointed the Special Task Force in July, 2016 after incidents of violence and racial tension spread throughout communities across the United States. The USCCB Special Task Force to Promote Peace in Our Communities can be found on USCCB's Racism website.


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A Statement from Cardinal Daniel DiNardo
President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


Since the time of the founding fathers, our country has been blessed with citizens who have had the courage to rise above the challenges of their day and call their fellow citizens forward in the unending task of building an ever more just 
nation. Today, we celebrate such a citizen, Martin Luther King, Jr. His inspiration guides us as we seek to build peace in our communities under the recent strain of division and violence. Recently, USCCB's Task Force for Peace in Our Communities has examined and reported on how the bishops of the United States may improve their own contribution to this ongoing national effort.
While there have been real gains in our country, we must not deny the work before us to heal both old rifts and new wounds, including those created by the evil of racism and related mistrust and violence. Society cannot continue this work if its members are unwilling to engage in encounters of the heart that honestly immerse them in one another's lives. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday provides a wonderful opportunity to examine how well each of us is doing in walking together with others in true encounter and solidarity.
Dr. King reminded us that our obligations to one another "concern inner attitudes, genuine person-to-person relations, and expressions of compassion which law books cannot regulate and jails cannot rectify. Such obligations are met by one's commitment to an inner law, written on the heart. Man-made laws assure justice, but a higher law produces love." On this national holiday, may we think prayerfully about the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. King who directed his work toward both the structural and personal causes of racism. As he urged the nation from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, "no, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until 'justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream'" (Amos 5:24).

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is establishing a working group charged with developing spiritual, pastoral and policy advocacy support for immigrants and refugees.

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, announced the formation of the working group Dec. 16, with the mandate of closely following developments related to immigrants and refugees in the United States.

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, USCCB vice president, will chair the group. Members include the chairman of USCCB committees and subcommittees involved in immigration concerns: Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, Committee on Migration; Auxiliary Bishop Nelson J. Perez of Rockville Centre, New York, Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs; Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Committee on Domestic Social Development; Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of Yakima, Washington, Committee on Pastoral Care of Migrants; and Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Committee on International Justice and Peace.

The groundwork for the working group was set during the bishops’ annual fall general assembly in Baltimore when several bishops suggested the conference closely monitor actions by the federal government that affect immigrants and refugees.

In announcing the working group, Cardinal DiNardo said that the bishops and USCCB staff will be ready to respond to any executive orders and legislation and the new Congress and President-elect Donald J. Trump may introduce.

The working group will inform the efforts of individual bishops in their pastoral responses to immigrants and refugees and recommend appropriate additional efforts as needed, such as the recent day of prayer on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 12.

Meanwhile, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago outlined some of the responsibilities of the working group in a column in the Dec. 11 issue of Catholic New World, archdiocesan newspaper.

He said the group will look at what is being done pastorally in U.S. diocese and will share best practices with bishops.

“Particular attention will be given to addressing the economic struggles, alienation, fear and exclusion many feel, along with the resistance to the church’s message regarding migrants and refugees,” Cardinal Cupich wrote. “Emphasis will be given to ways we can build bridges between various segments of society.”

The working group will also spearhead advocacy, building on existing USCCB efforts and to engage constructively with the incoming administration and Congress, the cardinal said.

The formation of the new entity, which Archbishop Gomez planned to convene weekly, “will send a message to those who live in fear that the Catholic bishops of the United States stand with them, pray with them, offer pastoral support and speak prophetically in defense of their human dignity,” Cardinal Cupich wrote.

He added that the Chicago Archdiocese will continue to “walk with all who, given our broken immigration system, live in the shadows. We will advocate for them as well as for refugees seeking a better life for the families.”

National Migration Week is Jan. 8-14.

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Editors: More information about the U.S. bishops’ observance of National Migration Week in January and links to various resources can be found at http://bit.ly/1cWdELM.

Magnificat Classes English and Spanish Resume October 22


Magnificat Classes resume October 22 at Holy Spirit Parish in Kennewick.  Click on the attachments to view the full calendar of sessions (English and Spanish), or to download promotional posters (English and Spanish) and brochures (English and Spanish).

To kick off the English-language series at Holy Spirit Parish October 22, Father Daniel Steele will speak on “Sacraments”; Father Michael Brzezowski will discuss “Truth of Faith, Dogma”; and Steve Wilmes will talk about “Social Doctrine of the Church.” At this same site, on November 12, Father Jacob Davis will discuss “The Bible”; Father Peter Steele will cover “Apologetics & Ecumenism”; and Father Ricardo Villarreal will speak on “Mission of the Church.”

At St. Pius X Church in Quincy October 29, Father Daniel Steele will discuss “Sacraments”; Father Michael Brzezowski, “Truth of Faith, Dogma”; and Steve Wilmes, “Social Doctrine of the Church.” Then, on November 19, Bishop Joseph Tyson will speak on “The Bible”; Father Peter Steele on “Apologetics & Ecumenism”; and Father Ricardo Villarreal on “Mission of the Church.”

At St. Paul Cathedral School, 1214 W. Chestnut in Yakima, classes will begin November 5, with Father Daniel Steele talking about “Sacraments”; Father Michael Brzezowski, “Truth of Faith, Dogma”; and Steve Wilmes, “Social Doctrine of the Church.” On December 3, Bishop Joseph Tyson will discuss “The Bible”; Father Peter Steele, “Apologetics & Ecumenism”; and Father Ricardo Villarreal, “Mission of the Church.”


Para dar inicio a la serie en idioma inglés, en la Parroquia Holy Spirit, el 22 de octubre, el Padre Jaime Chacónhablará sobre los “Sacramentos”; la Hermana María Isabel Doñate hablará sobre “Espiritualidad”; y la Hermana Irma Lerma hablará sobre “Catequesis.” En el mismo lugar, el 12 de noviembre, el Padre Jaime Chacón hablará sobre “La Biblia”; laHermana Blanca Estela Gamboa cubrirá “Verdades de Fe, Dogma”; y la Hermana Olga Cano hablará sobre la "Doctrina Social de la Iglesia."

En la Iglesia St. Pius X, el 29 de octubre, el Padre Jaime Chacón hablará sobre los “Sacramentos”; la Hermana María Isabel Doñate hablará sobre “Espiritualidad”; y la Hermana Irma Lerma hablará sobre “Catequesis.” Luego, el 19 de Noviembre,  el Padre Jaime Chacón hablará sobre “La Biblia”; laHermana Blanca Estela Gamboa cubrirá “Verdades de Fe, Dogma”; y la Hermana Olga Cano hablará sobre la "Doctrina Social de la Iglesia.

En St. Paul Cathedral School, 1214 W. Chestnut en Yakima, las clases comenzarán el 5 de Noviembre.El Padre Jaime Chacón hablará sobre los “Sacramentos”; la Hermana María Isabel Doñate hablará sobre “Espiritualidad”; y la Hermana Irma Lerma hablará sobre “Catequesis.” El 3 de Diciembre, el Padre Jaime Chacón hablará sobre “La Biblia”; laHermana Blanca Estela Gamboa cubrirá “Verdades de Fe, Dogma”; y la Hermana Olga Cano hablará sobre la "Doctrina Social de la Iglesia."


If you have any questions please contact the Pastoral Center, 509-965-7117.

Image: Saint Augustine, cruzblanca.org. 

Upcoming Events

January 18-25, 2017

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

January 21-29, 2017

9 Days for Life Novena

January 22, 2017

Mass for Life – 11 a.m

Saint Paul Cathedral

January 29-February 4, 2017

Catholic Schools Week

February 10-12, 2017

Diocesan Confirmation Retreat

St. Joseph Parish Sunnyside

February 11, 2017

Magnificat – English / Spanish

Holy Spirit Parish, Kennewick

February 18, 2017

Magnificat – English / Spanish

St. Pius X Parish, Quincy

February 25, 2017

Magnificat – English / Spanish

St. Paul Cathedral School, Yakima

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Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson
Bishop of Yakima

Bishop's Homilies & Statements


The holidays are often a time of great stress for families.  One way the Church offers help to couples whose marriages have been stretched to the breaking point and beyond is through the Retrouvaille retreat weekend. Please consider placing the notice below in your church bulletins.  Also look for updated versions in the weeks ahead.

Help for Troubled Marriages
Here’s hope! “Retrouvaille” is a successful Catholic program that consists of one weekend followed by six sessions. All struggling couples are welcome, even if you’re separated or divorced. The next weekends are Feb 3-5, in Boise, & Feb 10-12 in Richland. For more information, call Roland & Heidi at 509-690-7354 or go to HelpOurMarriage.com