Friday May 22, 2015
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Bishop Joseph Tyson has announced the following changes in priest assignments, effective for the most part on June 1, 2015:

1)    Rev. Juan Flores, pastor of Saint Aloysius Parish in Toppenish, was granted a sabbatical for reasons of health effective April 25, 2015.  He will be in his native Mexico throough December 31, 2015, providing limited sacramental ministry as he addresses health concerns.  Rev. William Vogel, S.J., pastor of Resurrection Parish in Zillah, is moderator of the Toppenish parish through May 31, 2015.

2)    Very Rev. Jaime Chacón, pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish in Yakima, will become pastor of Saint Aloysius Parish June 1.  He remains Vicar for Hispanic Ministry and director of the Magnificat Program. 

3)    Rev. Ricardo Villareal, pastor of Saint Francis de Sales Parish in Chelan and Saint Anne Parish in Bridgeport, will become pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish in Yakima on June 1.

4)    Rev. Rogelio Gutiérrez, parochial vicar of Saint Paul Cathedral in Yakima, will become pastor of Saint Francis de Sales Parish in Chelan and Saint Anne Parish in Bridgeport on June 1.

5)    Rev. Francisco Gutiérrez, who is studying at the Chicago Theological Union, will be in residence at Saint Paul Cathedral from June 15 to August 31 while working on his doctoral thesis.  He will be available for full-time asignment in the diocese after December 31, 2015.       

Bishop Tyson thanks these fine priests for their continued service to the Church.  Let us keep them in our prayers.

Dear Friends,

Attached please find my homilies, in English and Spanish, from the Mass of Saint Joseph the Worker at Saint Joseph Parish in Yakima on Friday, May 1.  Here's how the homily ends:

"Why this Feast of St. Joseph the Worker?  Because in him, we can see ourselves, our nobility, our dignity and a society that is bigger than mere economics!  In him we have a force larger than the fraudulent political and legal power plays.  In him we have the capacity to become our “better” selves, to become the very worker that God made us to be.  May we be faithful to his mission of this Feast!  Peace be with you!"

To read the entire homily, click one of the following links:  English  Spanish

+Bishop Joseph Tyson

Dear Fathers,

No regular special collections are scheduled during the month of May, to give parishes space for local Stewardship efforts.  However, given the devastation caused by the recent earthquake in Nepal, pastors have permission to take up a special collection, with the funds to be given to Catholic Relief Services, to help earthquake survivors.  

As with other special collections, a parish check for the total amount collected should be sent to the Diocesan Finance Office marked: CRS-Nepal.

For other resources, visit:  http://www.crs.org/

Accompanying this memo please find a CRS update on the efforts that have been undertaken so far to provide relief.  Let’s continue to keep the people of Nepal, and all those involved in recovery efforts, in our prayers.

+Bishop Joseph Tyson

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I received a letter from Archbishop Listecki of Milwaukee on the upcoming 2015 National 54-day Rosary Novena for Family and Marriage.  If you'd like to participate here's the information, click here.
+Bishop Joseph Tyson
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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


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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:

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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!

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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



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


 Le invitamos a vivir un fin de semana del encuentro matrimonial

¿Que es Encuentro Matrimonial?

El fin de semana del Encuentro Matrimonial es una experiencia positiva y personal que ofrece a las parejas una oportunidad para aprender una técnica de comunicación amorosa que pueden usar por el resto de sus vidas. Es una oportunidad para mirar profundamente su relación de pareja y con Dios. Es un tiempo para compartir sus sentimientos, esperanzas y sueños con el otro. El énfasis del fin de semana del Encuentro Matrimonial es en la comunicación entre esposos y esposas, para enfocarse solamente en el uno para el otro. Si están buscando que su relación crezca, sea más profunda y rica, entonces les gustara la diferencia que puede hacer en ustedes el Fin De Semana de Encuentro Matrimonial Mundial.


Para más información llame a;

Eudoro y Martha Lucatero 509-531-2286 o 509-430-0426