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Chrism Mass at St. Paul Cathedral March 24, 2015

Dear Friends:

Everyone is welcome to come to our upcoming Chrism Mass at St. Paul Cathedral.  It takes place on Tuesday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m.  This is a beautiful liturgy where oils for the sick and the catechumens as well as the oil of Sacred Chrism are all blessed.  I would especially encourage you to bring people from your Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process since those being baptized and confirmed will see the oils we use for their Easter Sacraments blessed at the Chrism Liturgy.  My gratitude to Monsignor Ecker as well as the hard working Cathedral staff and Cathedral choir who are preparing for this wonderful liturgical celebration.

+Bishop Joseph Tyson

WSCC Catholic Advocacy Bulletin - 2015, No. 7
February 23, 2015
During Week 7 of the 2015 Legislative Session, the focus shifts to the fiscal committees in the Senate and House (Senate Ways & Means, House Appropriations and House Finance).  Any bill that has a budget impact must pass one of these committees by the cutoff date Friday, February 27. After that date, the attention shifts to the floor of each chamber where legislators will consider bills.
Seven Million Reasons to Register for Catholic Advocacy Day - The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that over 7 million people live in Washington State. As Catholics who believe in the life and dignity of each person, we have over 7 million reasons to advocate for life and justice during Catholic Advocacy Day on March 26. Please register now by clicking here.
UPDATES (of legislation described in previous bulletins):
Parental Notification (SB 5289) - The Senate Law & Justice Committee passed SB 5289 that would require parental notification for a minor seeking to have an abortion.  The bill is in the Senate Rules Committee. WSCC supports SB 5289.
Abolition of the Death Penalty (HB 1739 / SB 5639) - Many thanks to all those who responded to last week's Action Alert in support of HB 1739 that would have abolished the death penalty in Washington State. Unfortunately the bill was not brought up for a vote, and is considered "dead" for this session.
Farm Worker Training (HB 1127) - This bill would fund training for agricultural workers to improve their skills and safety. The WSCC supports efforts to enable farm workers to perform their important work more safely. HB 1127 passed the House Labor Committee, and is now in the House Appropriations Committee, where no hearing has yet been scheduled.
Human Trafficking (HB 1139SB 5880 & SB 5883) - The WSCC supported bills to fight human trafficking. HB 1139 that would establish a working group to study the trafficking of youth, has been placed on the House floor calendar to be voted on by the entire House. The Senate Law & Justice Committee did not vote on SB 5880 that would have required mandatory training on human trafficking for employees involved in business and professional licensing. The Committee did pass SB 5883 that would direct the State to develop an anti-trafficking notice and require all establishments with public restrooms to prominently display the notice.  The bill is now in the Senate Rules Committee awaiting a vote to place it on the Senate floor calendar.
Flame Retardants (HB 1174) - HB 1174 would decrease children's exposure to toxic chemicals.  Supported by WSCC, the House Appropriations Committee was scheduled to hear HB 1174 on February 18th, but it was not heard.  To-date, no hearing has been scheduled.  
Breakfast After the Bell (HB 1295 / SB 5437) - This legislation would require high-needs schools to offer breakfast after the beginning of the school day. The House Appropriations Committee has scheduled a hearing on HB 1295 for Tuesday, February 24th. The Senate Ways & Means Committee will hear an almost identical bill, SB 5437, on February 23rd. WSCC supports improving access to meals in school settings.  (Call 1-800-562-6000 to ask your Representatives to support HB 1295 and to ask your Senator to support SB 5437).
Minimum Wage (HB 1355) - Supported by WSCC, HB 1355 would raise the minimum wage to $12 over four years. The House Appropriations Committee passed HB 1355 last week.  The bill is now in the House Rules Committee awaiting a vote.
Legal Financial Obligations (HB 1390) - This bill, supported by WSCC, would enact several reforms concerning Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs) to make it easier for people who have served a prison sentence to reenter the community. HB 1390 was passed by the House Judiciary Committee and referred to the House Appropriations Committee, where no hearing has yet been scheduled.
Oil Transportation Safety (HB 1449HB 1449 would create additional protections to prevent oil spills and require improvements in preparation for rapid response to spills. The House Finance Committee will hear HB 1449 on February 24th and has scheduled a vote for February 25th. WSCC supports a safe environment for oil transports. (Call 1-800-562-6000 to ask your Representatives to support HB 1449).
Cesar Chavez Day (HB 1560) - This bill would designate March 31st as Cesar Chavez Day in Washington State. HB 1560 was voted out of the House State Government Committee, and is in the Rules Committee.
Substance Abuse Prevention (HB 1642) - Unfortunately, the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee did not vote on HB 1642 that would have created the Youth Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Grant Program. HB 1642, which WSCC supported, would have funded community-based and statewide substance education programs designed to reduce initiation of substance use by children and youth.
Abortion Insurance Mandate (HB 1647):  Opposed by WSCC, HB 1647 would require all private health insurers in Washington State to cover abortion services, if they offer maternity care. HB 1647 is in the House Appropriations Committee, where no hearing has yet been scheduled.
State Voting Rights Act (HB 1745 / SB 5668) - These bills would require redistricting and new elections in certain circumstances as well as allow citizens to sue to redress lack of voter opportunity. The House State Government Committee passed HB 1745 and the Senate Government Operations & Security Committee passed SB 5668.  Both bills are in their respective Rules committees.
Informed Consent for Assisted Suicide (SB 5919) - While opposing assisted suicide, WSCC supports SB 5919 which would make a small change to the state's physician-assisted suicide law. The law presently requires physicians to inform patients requesting a lethal dose of medication about feasible alternatives including comfort care, hospice and pain control.  SB 5919 adds "treatment for the purpose of cure, and treatment for the purpose of extending the patient's life" to the list of information patients should receive. This bill would ensure that patients would be fully informed of all options before making a decision to end their life. The Senate Law & Justice Committee passed SB 5919.  The bill is now in the Senate Rules Committee.
Homeless Youth (HB 1436 / SB 5404) - Supported by WSCC, HB 1436 would create an Office of Homeless Youth Programs to coordinate a spectrum of funding, policy, and practice efforts related to homeless youth. The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear HB 1436 on February 24th. On the same day, the Senate Ways & Means Committee is scheduled to hear the almost identical bill, SB 5404.  (Call 1-800-562-6000 to ask your Representatives to support HB 1436 and to ask your Senator to support SB 5404).
Task Force on Poverty (HB 2113) - HB 2113 would create a legislative task force on poverty and require the task force to develop a comprehensive plan for more effective and efficient poverty relief solutions through identification of pathways out of poverty. WSCC believes that the state's poverty assistance programs could be improved to provide greater respect for each person's human dignity. The House Early Learning and Human Services Committee passed HB 2113.  The bill is now in the House Rules Committee.
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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In Brazil, Surfer Angel Considered for Sainthood
Dear Friends:
We continue to pray for our seminarians for the Diocese of Yakima.  Two summers ago, our seminarians spent a day surfing in Mexico while they were in Spanish-language immersion. Here's an interesting article from the front page of the Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Wall Street Journal about a recently-deceased young seminarian and his pathway to sainthood. (click here)   Hope this article inspires  you to think about "saints" in both Church tradition as well as contemporary everyday life.


The Ignatian Spirituality Center of Yakima invites you to attend the annual NOVENA OF GRACE in honor of St. Francis Xavier, SJ, to be held March 4-12, 2015, at St. Joseph Church in Yakima.  Each year the Novena serves as a mission, a time of spiritual renewal and has always been blessed by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Novena services are March 4-7 and 9-12 at 12:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  Sunday, March 8, services will be at 7:30 am, 9:00 am and 5:30 pm masses.  Our celebrant this year will be Fr. Glen Butterworth, SJ, who is the parochial vicar of St. Joseph Parish-Seattle, and superior of the Faber Jesuit Community in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.  Michelle Record, of the Ignatian Spirituality Center of Yakima and a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Selah, will be co-presenting with Fr. Butterworth, SJ.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The October 2014 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops addressed the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and world. At the conclusion of that meeting, Pope Francis released the summary of the Synods work that would form the basis of this years Ordinary General Assembly in October 2015. The Lineamenta can be found on the Vatican website by clicking here: Lineamenta – Vatican website. Along with the results of the Synods deliberations, the document contains a series of questions regarding the preliminary work of the synod. In January of this year, Bishops in the United States were asked to consult their people about this preparatory work. This survey offers such an opportunity for Catholics in the Diocese of Yakima to participate in this consultation.

Click here to begin survey

Pope Francis has emphasized that the results of the preliminary (Extraordinary) Synod are not decisions but are to form the basis for consultation and deliberations at the October 2015 meeting. Because this survey contains all 46 of the questions that are based on the Lineamenta, you are urged to read the document carefully before you respond to this survey. You may answer any or all of the questions. In your responses, as in the Synod deliberations, Pope Francis invites all of us to “Be courageous in faith and humbly and honestly to embrace the truth in charity.”

Please note that the survey will become inactive March 14, 2015, to allow time for the responses to be compiled and a report sent to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and then on to the Vatican.

With my every best wish and blessing,

Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson
Bishop of Yakima


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The Collection for the Church in Latin America will be taken up in the Diocese of Yakima the weekend of February 21-22.  This Collection helps build up the Church in many ways.  In Nicaragua, for example, families face many challenges as they strive to live and share their faith. Through a grant from the Collection, the Diocese of Juigalpa was able to build its capacity for sharing the faith by forming family evangelization teams in all of its twenty-two parishes. Thanks to the training they received, participants are now able to accompany married couples and those preparing for marriage. This collection is an opportunity to share your faith with the people of Latin America and the Caribbean. Thank you!

Attached to this article please find the following:

A letter of support from Bishop Joseph Tyson that can be inserted in the parish bulletin or distributed in another suitable way:  English  Spanish

Bulletin announcements:  English/Spanish

Pulpit announcement:  English/Spanish

Bulletin insert:  English/Spanish

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Religious Life Day of Discernment

Women who are considering or thinking about Religious Life-- Day of Discernment March 21 at St. Joseph Parish in Wenatchee. 

April 26, 2015 is the World Prayer for vocations, please join us from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Holy Redeemer Parish in Yakima. We will have the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and we will be praying for Vocations to the priesthood, Religious Life, Marriage and Single Life. Vocation Camp June 19-21 in Twin Lake, Idaho. For more information please contact Fr. Felipe Pulido at 509-248-1911.


Holy Family Church is celebrating the year of St. Mark’s Gospel with a major musical, The Song of Mark, by Marty Haugen.  Performances are Wednesday March 25Thursday March 26, and Friday March 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the main church sanctuary. 

Based on the Gospel of St. Mark, this musical brings Jesus and the disciples to life in song and dialog.    As stories unfold, the courageous faith of the women they encounter on their journeys is clearly shown.  The theme of The Song of Mark defines true discipleship and is presented as a reality in the lives of people today.

The musical is stage directed by Julia Barcott, who has been involved in many community stage productions.  Mary Smith, director of music at Holy Family Church, will direct the combined adult and children’s choir accompanied by a unique blend of instrumentalists.

Two Engaged Encounter retreats in our Diocese are planned for 2015.  The first weekend will be April 10-12, and the second June 19-21.  Both will be offered 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.

"Make your hearts firm" (Jas 5:8)

Fortalezcan sus corazones (St 5,8)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1 Jn 4:19). He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in his heart. He knows us by name, he cares for us and he seeks us out whenever we turn away from him. He is interested in each of us; his love does not allow him to be indifferent to what happens to us. Usually, when we are healthy and comfortable, we forget about others (something God the Father never does): we are unconcerned with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure… Our heart grows cold. As long as I am relatively healthy and comfortable, I don’t think about those less well off. Today, this selfish attitude of indifference has taken on global proportions, to the extent that we can speak of a globalization of indifference. It is a problem which we, as Christians, need to confront.

When the people of God are converted to his love, they find answers to the questions that history continually raises. One of the most urgent challenges which I would like to address in this Message is precisely the globalization of indifference.

Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.

God is not indifferent to our world; he so loves it that he gave his Son for our salvation. In the Incarnation, in the earthly life, death, and resurrection of the Son of God, the gate between God and man, between heaven and earth, opens once for all. The Church is like the hand holding open this gate, thanks to her proclamation of God’s word, her celebration of the sacraments and her witness of the faith which works through love (cf. Gal 5:6). But the world tends to withdraw into itself and shut that door through which God comes into the world and the world comes to him. Hence the hand, which is the Church, must never be surprised if it is rejected, crushed and wounded.

God’s people, then, need this interior renewal, lest we become indifferent and withdraw into ourselves. To further this renewal, I would like to propose for our reflection three biblical texts.

1. “If one member suffers, all suffer together” (1 Cor 12:26) – The Church

The love of God breaks through that fatal withdrawal into ourselves which is indifference. The Church offers us this love of God by her teaching and especially by her witness. But we can only bear witness to what we ourselves have experienced. Christians are those who let God clothe them with goodness and mercy, with Christ, so as to become, like Christ, servants of God and others. This is clearly seen in the liturgy of Holy Thursday, with its rite of the washing of feet. Peter did not want Jesus to wash his feet, but he came to realize that Jesus does not wish to be just an example of how we should wash one another’s feet. Only those who have first allowed Jesus to wash their own feet can then offer this service to others. Only they have “a part” with him (Jn 13:8) and thus can serve others.

Lent is a favorable time for letting Christ serve us so that we in turn may become more like him. This happens whenever we hear the word of God and receive the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. There we become what we receive: the Body of Christ. In this body there is no room for the indifference which so often seems to possess our hearts. For whoever is of Christ, belongs to one body, and in him we cannot be indifferent to one another. “If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy” (1 Cor 12:26).

The Church is the communio sanctorum not only because of her saints, but also because she is a communion in holy things: the love of God revealed to us in Christ and all his gifts. Among these gifts there is also the response of those who let themselves be touched by this love. In this communion of saints, in this sharing in holy things, no one possesses anything alone, but shares everything with others. And since we are united in God, we can do something for those who are far distant, those whom we could never reach on our own, because with them and for them, we ask God that all of us may be open to his plan of salvation.

2. “Where is your brother?” (Gen 4:9) – Parishes and Communities

All that we have been saying about the universal Church must now be applied to the life of our parishes and communities. Do these ecclesial structures enable us to experience being part of one body? A body which receives and shares what God wishes to give? A body which acknowledges and cares for its weakest, poorest and most insignificant members? Or do we take refuge in a universal love that would embrace the whole world, while failing to see the Lazarus sitting before our closed doors (Lk 16:19-31)?

In order to receive what God gives us and to make it bear abundant fruit, we need to press beyond the boundaries of the visible Church in two ways.

In the first place, by uniting ourselves in prayer with the Church in heaven. The prayers of the Church on earth establish a communion of mutual service and goodness which reaches up into the sight of God. Together with the saints who have found their fulfilment in God, we form part of that communion in which indifference is conquered by love. The Church in heaven is not triumphant because she has turned her back on the sufferings of the world and rejoices in splendid isolation. Rather, the saints already joyfully contemplate the fact that, through Jesus’ death and resurrection, they have triumphed once and for all over indifference, hardness of heart and hatred. Until this victory of love penetrates the whole world, the saints continue to accompany us on our pilgrim way. Saint Therese of Lisieux, a Doctor of the Church, expressed her conviction that the joy in heaven for the victory of crucified love remains incomplete as long as there is still a single man or woman on earth who suffers and cries out in pain: “I trust fully that I shall not remain idle in heaven; my desire is to continue to work for the Church and for souls” (Letter 254, July 14, 1897).

We share in the merits and joy of the saints, even as they share in our struggles and our longing for peace and reconciliation. Their joy in the victory of the Risen Christ gives us strength as we strive to overcome our indifference and hardness of heart.

In the second place, every Christian community is called to go out of itself and to be engaged in the life of the greater society of which it is a part, especially with the poor and those who are far away. The Church is missionary by her very nature; she is not self-enclosed but sent out to every nation and people.

Her mission is to bear patient witness to the One who desires to draw all creation and every man and woman to the Father. Her mission is to bring to all a love which cannot remain silent. The Church follows Jesus Christ along the paths that lead to every man and woman, to the very ends of the earth (cf. Acts 1:8). In each of our neighbors, then, we must see a brother or sister for whom Christ died and rose again. What we ourselves have received, we have received for them as well. Similarly, all that our brothers and sisters possess is a gift for the Church and for all humanity.

Dear brothers and sisters, how greatly I desire that all those places where the Church is present, especially our parishes and our communities, may become islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference!

3. “Make your hearts firm!” (James 5:8) – Individual Christians

As individuals too, we have are tempted by indifference. Flooded with news reports and troubling images of human suffering, we often feel our complete inability to help. What can we do to avoid being caught up in this spiral of distress and powerlessness?

First, we can pray in communion with the Church on earth and in heaven. Let us not underestimate the power of so many voices united in prayer! The 24 Hours for the Lord initiative, which I hope will be observed on 13-14 March throughout the Church, also at the diocesan level, is meant to be a sign of this need for prayer.

Second, we can help by acts of charity, reaching out to both those near and far through the Church’s many charitable organizations. Lent is a favourable time for showing this concern for others by small yet concrete signs of our belonging to the one human family.

Third, the suffering of others is a call to conversion, since their need reminds me of the uncertainty of my own life and my dependence on God and my brothers and sisters. If we humbly implore God’s grace and accept our own limitations, we will trust in the infinite possibilities which God’s love holds out to us. We will also be able to resist the diabolical temptation of thinking that by our own efforts we can save the world and ourselves.

As a way of overcoming indifference and our pretensions to self-sufficiency, I would invite everyone to live this Lent as an opportunity for engaging in what Benedict XVI called a formation of the heart (cf. Deus Caritas Est, 31). A merciful heart does not mean a weak heart. Anyone who wishes to be merciful must have a strong and steadfast heart, closed to the tempter but open to God. A heart which lets itself be pierced by the Spirit so as to bring love along the roads that lead to our brothers and sisters. And, ultimately, a poor heart, one which realizes its own poverty and gives itself freely for others.

During this Lent, then, brothers and sisters, let us all ask the Lord: “Fac cor nostrum secundum cor tuum”: Make our hearts like yours (Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus). In this way we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference.

It is my prayerful hope that this Lent will prove spiritually fruitful for each believer and every ecclesial community. I ask all of you to pray for me. May the Lord bless you and Our Lady keep you.

From the Vatican, 4 October 2014

Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi




The 2015 Washington State legislative session is now in full swing with hundreds of bills introduced in each chamber. The WSCC is busy tracking and testifying on those that relate to the Legislative Priorities established by the Bishops of Washington State. This issue of the Bulletin highlights several significant bills.

Parental Notification - The Senate Law & Justice Committee will hear SB 5289, which would require parental notification for a minor considering an abortion.  The hearing is scheduled for February 2nd at 1:30 p.m.  WSCC supports SB 5289 and encourages attendance at the hearing in Olympia.  A companion bill, HB 1493, has been introduced in the House, but no hearing has been scheduled.

Abolition of Death Penalty - This week, bills were introduced in the House and Senate that would abolish the death penalty in our State. WSCC supports House Bill HB 1739 and Senate Bill SB 5639.  No hearing has yet been scheduled for either bill. Join with others to repeal the death penalty on February 10th in Olympia.  Click here to register for Lobby Day February 3rd.

Human Trafficking - Many bills on human trafficking are being introduced in the legislature.  HB 1139, which WSCC supports, would establish a working group to study issues relating to the trafficking of youth. The House Committee on Public Safety heard the bill on January 27th and plans to vote on the bill on January 30thPlease also note that February 8th has been designated as the first international day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. February 8th was chosen because it is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita. The day is intended to raise awareness and to encourage reflection on the violence and injustice that affect the numerous victims of trafficking.

Minimum Wage - The current minimum wage in Washington State is $9.47 per hour. HB 1355 would raise the hourly minimum wage to $12.00 over four years. The Bishops have long supported a just, living wage by which a worker could support his/her family. The House Committee on Labor had a hearing on January 26th and has scheduled a vote on HB 1355 for January 29th.

Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs) - In Washington State, nearly all people convicted of a crime receive at sentencing notice of their Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs). These obligations include the fees, fines, costs, and restitution imposed by the court. Upon completion of their sentence, the court-imposed debt often presents a formidable barrier to persons integrating successfully back into their communities; 80-90 percent of whom are indigent. HB 1390 would enact several significant reforms concerning LFOs.  The bill, which WSCC supports, was heard in the House Judiciary Committee on January 21st.

Federal Legislative News:  Last week, Cardinal Seán O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, welcomed passage of the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015" (H.R. 7) by the U.S. House of Representatives. "By passing this legislation, the House has taken a decisive step toward respect for unborn human life, reflecting the will of the American people," he said. The pro-life bill passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 242-179 on January 22nd, the day of the annual March for Life in Washington. The bill codifies a permanent, government-wide policy against taxpayer subsidies for abortion and abortion coverage. It also requires health plans offered under the Affordable Care Act to disclose the extent of their coverage for abortion and the surcharge amount consumers would have to pay for the coverage.

Mark your calendars and join us for Catholic Advocacy Day on March 26.  Click here to register online.

If you would like to access previous Bulletins, click here.

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

Don’t miss out! The Central Washington Catholic Foundation has allocated $45,000 for Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) grants this year.  You can apply for a grant to meet essential needs of your religious education program, to send RE staff to the LA Religious Education Congress, and/or to receive a stipend for your RE Coordinator.

The application process is fairly simple and shouldn’t take you (or your RE Coordinator) much time to complete.  The application deadline is May 29, 2015.  The application forms are available on our website at www.cwcatholicfoundation.org/REgrants.   Call Nancy at 509-972-3732 if you do not have computer access and she will mail forms to you.

The Central Washington Catholic Foundation envisions providing enduring support for Catholic education and ministries in Central Washington.  Our mission is to support Catholic education.  To this end, we provide grants to parishes for their religious education programs and tuition assistance to students enrolled in Catholic schools.  We strongly believe that every Catholic family who wants a Catholic school education for their children should be able to get one, regardless of ability to pay and every Catholic family should be able to learn about Jesus regardless of their local parish’s financial resources.

The Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) grants help parish programs in three ways:

·         $500 stipends (matched by the parish) for RE Coordinators/Directors

·         $750 support for RE staff to attend the annual RE Congress in Los Angeles

·         Grants to support RE programs in various ways from Bibles for the children to curriculum to materials and supplies to AV and computer equipment.

Each parish determines what their needs and resources are and then writes an application if their needs exceed their resources.

For the 2015 grant cycle, there is $45,000 available.  The application period is open and will close on May 29, 2015.  The grant applications are on our website at www.cwcatholicfoundation.org/REgrants.

Please call Nancy Probst or Dan Fortier at 509-972-3732 if you have questions.

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ATTENTION YOUNG ADULTS: you are invited to Renovate LIVE! This free event will be on February 21st, a Saturday, at 6:00 PM. Come and socialize, listen to a dynamic speaker, and enjoy an amazing musician at Holy Spirit Church in Kennewick. The address is 7409 West Clearwater Avenue, Kennewick, Washington, 99336.

Our speaker will be Luis Madrigal, a young adult from our community. He has had a lot of experience giving talks, and he has a degree in philosophy. He will be talking about love (very appropriate during the month of St. Valentine's Day)! 
Music will be by Elizabeth Andersen! Elizabeth is a Catholic young adult on fire for God and it shows in her performance. 
This event will be our eleventh, and we would love to have you there with us! Please come and tell your friends! Renovate's official website is http://renovatethebody.org/. Renovate's official Facebook Page (Like it please!) is https://www.facebook.com/renovatethebodyhttp://blog.renovatethebody.org/ is the link for Renovate's blog, updated weekly with profound reflections on each Sunday's readings. Our podcast episodes featuring thought-provoking interviews can be found at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/renovatethebody/id889831407?mt=2&i=317255712. Our official YouTube channel with music and talks from previous events can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbt2eW5PPIXZ8vbRXL0jktw. Last but not least, please follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/renovatethebody.
May God bless you! We are looking forward to meeting new faces and seeing familiar ones! If you have any questions, please email Stephanie Schell, facilitator at Renovate and LIVE! Events Coordinator 
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is https://www.facebook.com/renovatethebodyhttp://blog.renovatethebody.org/ is the link for Renovate's blog, updated weekly with profound reflections on each Sunday's readings. Our podcast episodes featuring thought-provoking interviews can be found at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/renovatethebody/id889831407?mt=2&i=317255712. Our official YouTube channel with music and talks from previous events can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbt2eW5PPIXZ8vbRXL0jktw. Last but not least, please follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/renovatethebody.

May God bless you! We are looking forward to meeting new faces and seeing familiar ones! If you have any questions, please email Stephanie Schell, facilitator at Renovate and LIVE! Events Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Central Washington Catholic Foundation is pleased to offer three college scholarships.  One is for a Davis High School senior (Yakima) and two are for students who will be attending Catholic colleges or universities.  The deadline for applying is April 1, 2015.  Please disseminate this information to your students by whatever means appropriate.

The Celebration of Faith Scholarship

This scholarship is presently expected to award up to $1,500 annually. Up to three scholarships will be awarded each year.  Recipients will be students who are attending, or plan to attend, a Catholic college or university and demonstrate a commitment to serve the church through past activities and future plans and goals.  Current recipients will be eligible to reapply and will compete with new applicants.  The completed application form and all accompanying documentation must be mailed directly to the Central Washington Catholic Foundation and post-marked no later than April 1st of the year the scholarship is awarded.

The Mary Ellen Chott-Mahre Scholarship

This scholarship is presently expected to award $1,000 to $6,000 annually. Completed application form and all accompanying documentation must be mailed directly to the Central Washington Catholic Foundation and post-marked no later than April 1stof the year the scholarship is awarded.

The John Rodriquez-Kranz Scholarship

This one-time scholarship benefits students graduating for Davis High School in Yakima, WA. Presently, an award winner can expect $500 to $1,000. Completed application form and all accompanying documentation must be mailed directly to the Central Washington Catholic Foundation and post-marked no later than April 1stof the year the scholarship is awarded.

For additional information and application forms, go to www.cwcatholicfoundation.org/scholarships.

Upcoming Events

February 20 - March 27, 2015

6th Annual Fish "Frydays" (St. Joseph School, Yakima)

March 4-12, 2015

Novena of Grace (St. Joseph Parish, Yakima)

March 6-8, 2015

Diocesan Confirmation Retreat (Benton City, WA)

March 7, 2015

Liturgy Day (Yakima)

March 20-22, 2015

Deacon Retreat (Chelan, WA)

March 21, 2015

Religious Life Day of Discernment (Wenatchee)

March 24, 2015

Chrism Mass (Yakima)

March 25 - 27, 2015

The Song of Mark (Yakima)

April 10 - 12, 2015

Engaged Encounter Weekend (Ellensburg)

April 20, 2015

Youth Rally at Holy Spirit Parish (Kennewick)

April 21, 2015

Youth Ministers & Catechist Workshop (Yakima)

April 22, 2015

Priest Workshop with Fr. Mike Schmitz (Yakima)

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