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 Dan Fortier and Nancy Probst, from the Diocese of Yakima, have been nominated for Catholic Extension’s 2015 Lumen Christi Award!

Now in its 38th year, the Lumen Christi award is presented to a woman religious, priest, lay person or group whose service spreads the light of Christ and transforms lives in their community and beyond. Both the nominating diocese AND recipient of the Lumen Christi Award will receive a $25,000 grant, for a total of $50,000 to fund their ministries.

You can help support your nominee by voting for them on the Catholic Extension Facebook page. Share this email with others in your diocese and encourage them to vote too!

Showing your support is simple:

– If you haven’t already, “Like” our Facebook page to view all nominees.

– Click on your nominee's name. You’ll be taken to their page where you can cast your vote by clicking on the blue “Vote” button.

– Share your vote on your own Facebook wall and ask those in your network to vote, too!

Catholic Extension received 47 nominations for this year’s Award. Each nominee has worked tirelessly in their community, spreading the light of Christ as they put their faith into action. Your vote also helps spread the light of Christ by letting Catholics across America know about the good news going on in your diocese. Please forward this email and encourage everyone in your diocese to vote now. Good luck!

Vote for your nominee now!
Catholic Extension uniquely contributes to the growth and vibrancy of the Church in the US by strategically investing in underresources Catholic communities to unleash the power of faith that transforms hearts and lives and society.

April 29, 2015

Special Session Begins Today

The 2015 regular legislative session was scheduled to end on Sunday April 26th, but legislators adjourned on Friday, April 24th.  

Almost immediately, the Governor called a special session to convene today, Wednesday, April 29th.  The primary focus of the session is the passage of the budget.  

The major challenge of the 2015-17 operating budget is to resolve the significant differences between the House and Senate budgets around what gets funded, by how much, and where are the resources to be found.  This is a biennial problem, but it is complicated this year by the McCleary Decision, a state Supreme Court ruling that mandates the full funding of Basic Education.  

Presently, neither the proposed House or Senate budgets eliminate safety net programs, but they do fail to adequately fund critical programs. The funding for many programs that were dramatically reduced during the years of the recession, is not restored. For example, neither the House nor the Senate restores the 15% TANF grant cut, or the funding cut from the Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) program.

Sufficient revenue is needed to provide for essential services and programs, including safety net programs for people in poverty, mental health services, children's services, home care for elders and people with disabilities, and affordable housing.

The House and Senate budget negotiations are stalled primarily over whether new revenue is needed.

The House budget relies on tax increases.  For example, a bill proposed, but not yet passed, would raise parts of the state business-and-occupation tax (B&O) on some professional services and includes a capital-gains tax.

The Senate budget relies on fund transfers, closing some tax loopholes and on projected savings, e.g., in mental health from a federal waiver and a reduction of state employee spousal healthcare coverage.

There are many options for securing adequate revenue. WSCC's position is that there must be sufficient revenue to avoid cuts to social services and to restore the cuts to essential services.

Click here to view previous WSCC advocacy bulletins.  Click here to view this bulletin on the WSCC website.

The Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC) is the public policy voice of the Catholic Bishops of Washington State.

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Dear Friends:
The earthquake in Nepal is in the news.  Catholic Relief Services is on the ground and is gearing up to provide emergency shelter to 10,000 people whose homes were damaged or destroyed.  Kushal Neogy – our Catholic Relief Service staffer in Nepal – shares a bit of the experience.  We will be sending a memo out to the parishes for folks who want to donate to our Church's outreach in Nepal.  To donate online or read about our efforts click here.  Let's also be sure to pray for the victims as well as the many folks on site providing support.  
+Bishop Joseph Tyson
Dear Friends:
I am keenly aware with weddings and quinceañeras that there's a lot going on but I hope in this Year of Consecrated Life you'll consider this opportunity to visit with our Holy Names community of Sisters in the Lower Valley.  They provide a tremendous amount of energy and support to all of us.  

Announcement for Parish Bulletins – May 3, 2015

In honor of THE YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE, the Sisters and Associates of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM’s) would like to share with you who we are and what we do in the Yakima Diocese.  JOIN US FOR AN OPEN HOUSE at Kateri House in Toppenish, our central location for the SNJM Yakima Mission Centre.  When: Saturday, May 16th, 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Where:  Kateri House, 109 North “E” Street, Toppenish.  What:  Finger foods, prayer cards, and displays about the works of the Sisters and Associates will be offered.  Questions?  Call 509-865-3836.


Secular Order Discalced Carmelites are men and women in the Catholic Church who are called, by vocation, to a deeper spiritual life.  Under the protection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and inspired by St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and St. Thérèse of Lisieux; we make a commitment to the Discalced Carmelite Order to seek God, to pray for the Church and the world.  The Secular Order Carmelite longs to seek God through prayer, to find Him, and to share Him with others.

Secular Order Discalced Carmelites belong to a local group or a larger canonically-established community within the California, Arizona Province of Discalced Carmelites. 

We meet monthly, and this is an important obligation.  Meetings provide for initial and on-going formation in the writings of our great Carmelite tradition and in the tradition of our Catholic faith through the study of Church documents.  These serve to provide a deepening awareness of how to live out our vocation in fellowship and mutual support for the Church, our Order, and one another.

The Secular Discalced Carmelite’s of the Sacred Heart Group at St. Joseph’s Parish, Kennewick, invites men and women, between eighteen and sixty-nine years of age and in good standing with the Church, to begin praying now to know if God is calling you to this vocation.   Please feel welcomed to attend our open house invitation!  An informational luncheon meeting will be held on:

Saturday, May 16th, at noon in the music room of the annex. (entrance on 4th Ave.)

RSVP if attending to Carol LeCompte, 509-582-5011 or Cindy Hiltwein, 509-588-3009

Dear Friends:

With the announcement of Pope Francis on the Second Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday – of the upcoming "Year of Mercy," kindly know that part of my Confirmation homily will touch on the theme of mercy. For this reason during weekday Confirmations I am asking the deacon or priest to proclaim John 20:19-31 as the Gospel.  Click here for English or Spanish.

As a point of information, although the announcement was made by Pope Francis on Divine Mercy Sunday 2015, the actual "Year of Mercy" begins December 8, 2015 on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and ends on November 20, 2016, the Feast of Christ the King. Accompanying this article please find copies of the document issued by the Holy Father.  Click here for English or Spanish.  More information will be forthcoming as we move into the "Year of Mercy."

Many Blessings!

+Bishop Joseph Tyson



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Prepares Volunteer Assistant Position

Catholic Family & Child Service is recruiting for the following position, Prepares Volunteer Assistant. This person will be responsible for the recruitment, training, and retention of volunteers for the Prepares Program.  Heavily relying on a large, well supported and diverse volunteer base, Prepares will be responsible for  the development, maintenance, and ongoing operation of a diocesan-based network consisting of Catholic parishes, volunteers, social service and health care providers, and approved network partners, for the purpose of supporting pregnant and parenting women, families and their children up to age five.This position reports to the Prepares Area Coordinator and must be capable of travel within the Diocese of Yakima, and occasionally within the State of Washington.

For more information and to apply go to www.ccyakima.org and click on "Employment."  

Dear Friends:

Abbot Neal Roth sent me this wonderful link from the Easter Sunday edition of the Olympian.  I loved going to this Abbey when I was in Seattle both as a priest and auxiliary bishop. It's really a wonderful feature to review especially in this "Year of Consecrated Life" so let's pray for all of our monks!  Many Blessings!

+Bishop Joseph Tyson

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Inviting Yakima Diocese Women to Leadership Training Development Workshop

Dear Fathers:

I received a very gracious communication from Kathleen Tansey who is president of the Seattle Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women.  They are having this training opportunity in the Vancouver area and would like to extend this invitation to women across the Diocese of Yakima.  Would you kindly consider sharing these flyers and information with your women leadership groups in your local parishes such as the YLI and Catholic Daughters?  If you or your local leaders want more information, feel free to call Kathleen at (253) 630-7755. To view flyers and information, please click here.

Dear Bishop Tyson,

I know for many years while you served in the Seattle Archdiocese, you supported Seattle ACCW with your presence, especially celebrating Mass with us at annual conventions. It's been almost 10 years since there were active Council affiliate members in the Yakima Diocese. I'd like Yakima women welcomed back into our organization. Here is a perfect opportunity for them to learn more about National Council of Catholic Women and also enhance leadership skills. I ask you to support the event by sending representation.\

I share wonderful news from the Seattle ACCW. Along with the Portland ACCW and with the support of a $1000 grant from NCCW Associates, we are bringing two trainers from the Leadership Team to the Pacific Northwest for a day workshop on Friday, April 24, 2015. With the gracious welcome of Fr. Gary Lazzeroni and Event Coordinator, Jerry Herrera, it will be held at St. Joseph Parish in Vancouver, WA. The location allows easy access for Catholic Women from both Western and Eastern Washington and Oregon to come learn about the lifecycle of an organization, generational characteristics & relationships, and more. Priced at only $39, including lunch and hospitality with a working schedule from 10am to 5:30pm, many women can come just for the day. There is an option to stay one or two nights at the Red Lion at the Quay for only $89pn plus tax including breakfast.

Jim Thomas, Director of Life, Justice Peace, and Family for the Archdiocese of Seattle and our ACCW liaison at the Archdiocese has encouraged with the planning, host application and grant request. He felt a workshop like this could be of value to all Catholic Women and to the parishes they service. He is sharing the attached fliers with registration forms, bulletin announcements, and letter to Priests via the weekly message from the Seattle Archdiocese. I ask you to do the same in the Dioceses of Yakima, Baker, and Spokane. It's possible that some parish priests and populations may receive the information twice but it is better twice than not at all. It is exciting opportunity that we offer to share with you.

I ask you to support this event by sharing the news throughout your diocese and encouraging women of all ages to come learn more about their leadership potential and about how they are connected from the parish level to the USCCB. I ask you to download some or all of the attachments for your use. If you have any questions or need clarification, please do not hesitate to call. I look forward to your response.

Kathleen G. Tansey, President 2012-14

Contact: 253-630-7755 Seattle Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women 710 Ninth Avenue, Seattle WA 98104-2017

The next Engaged Encounter retreat in our Diocese is June 19-21 at the Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center in Ellensburg. Attached to this article please find a brochure which can be copied and distributed to couples preparing for marriage.  For more information, contact the Catholic Engaged Encounter of Central Washington at (509) 528-4653, or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  More information is also available on the website of Catholic Engaged Encounter of Central Washington.

Let's be praying for all those preparing for marriage in our parishes this year.

Upcoming Events

June 19-21, 2015

Engaged Encounter Weekend (Ellensburg)

June 26-27, 2015

Region XII 10th Catholic Stewardship Conference (Kennewick, WA)




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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