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Tuesday, December 8, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is the patronal feast of the United States and a holy day of obligation, as well as the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. As a sign of God’s mercy, and in view of the great devotion many of our people have for Our Lady of Guadalupe, Bishop Joseph Tyson is dispensing the obligation to attend Mass December 8 for those who attend a Guadalupe Mass December 12. As is already the case, Catholics who are unable to attend Mass on a holy day of obligation may seek a dispensation from a priest or deacon of the Diocese, who can either excuse the person from the obligation completely, or commute it to another pious work, such as praying the Rosary.

Martes, el 8 de diciembre, es la Solemnidad de la Inmaculada Concepción de la Santísima Virgen María, que es la fiesta patronal de los Estados Unidos y un día de precepto, así como el inicio del Año Jubileo Extraordinario de la Misericordia. Como signo de la misericordia de Dios, y en vista de la gran devoción que mucha de nuestra gente tiene para Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, el Obispo Joseph Tyson está dispensando de la obligación de asistir a misa en el 8 de diciembre para los que asisten a una Misa Guadalupana en el 12 de diciembre. Como ya es el caso, los católicos que no pueden asistir a la Misa en un día de precepto pueden pedir de un sacerdote o diácono de la Diócesis por una dispensa. El sacerdote o diácono puede dispensar a la persona de la obligación por completo, o conmutarla a otra obra piadosa, como rezar el Rosario.

Mass for Medical Professionals (White Mass) at St. Paul Cathedral

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Bishop Tyson would like to invite all Health Care professionals to join him in celebrating a White Mass scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 2nd 2015 at St. Paul Cathedral, 15 S. 12th Ave, Yakima. This White Mass is a special Mass held to recognize the dedication of all Catholic Health Care Professionals within the Diocese of Yakima. This includes all medical professionals, office staff, and medical laypersons who help to provide health care through their faith and work as well as all men and women religious. Family members and any parishioners who wish to participate in this celebration also are invited. Following the White Mass all are welcome to a reception in the Assembly Place next to the Cathedral. 


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Parish Pilgrimages to St. Paul Cathedral During The "Year of Mercy"
year of mercy logoDear Fathers:
Kindly note the correspondence you received from Monsignor Ecker this week on the "Year of Mercy."  He is wanting to land date when your parish can visit the Cathedral tied to a plenary indulgence during the "Year of Mercy."  If you would like to adjust your assigned date, contact Monsignor Ecker.  He would like to publish a final edition that we will also post on our webpage.  
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Upcoming Events

November 25, 2015

Advent Retreat for Pastoral Center Staff (Office Closed)

November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving (Office Closed)

November 27, 2015

Diocese Office Closed

November 29, 2015

First Sunday of Advent

December 2, 2015

Mass for Medical Professionals (St. Paul Cathedral)

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Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson
Bishop of Yakima

Bishop's Homilies & Statements


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Dear Friends:

During my most recent visit to Radio KDNA for the taping of my monthly commentary, I had the chance to talk with Mirta Laura Gonzalez from the Northwest Immigrant Rights Program (NWIRP).  As a pastor in Seattle, I once served on the board of directors for this program and prior to my entry into seminary, I served on the board of its predecessor, the Salvador-Guatemalan Refugee Program.   As we begin to welcome migrant workers, I am providing you with links to documents you may wish to print out and have available to your parishioners that are of practical value.  The first is a booklet that informs parishioners in Spanish of their rights.

The first is the “Know Your Rights/Conozca Sus Derechos ” brochure originally prepared by the ACLU.  You may wish to print some of these out for your office staff, key leadership and parishioners.  It outlines the basic civil rights for our immigrant community both documented and undocumented.  It’s in an easy to use “question-and-answer” format covering the basic rights of immigrants when they are detained as well as their right to an attorney when being questioned.  To review this document see:


The second link regards information in Spanish about what to do in case of a raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  It provides useful information which might be especially helpful for you, your staff and key pastoral workers to know and review in case you find  yourselves working with parishioners facing these challenges.  To review this document see:


The third document is what the Northwest Immigrants Rights Program provides its attorney for distribution to those already in detention outlining the rights of those incarcerated after a raid and in detention by ICE.  Click here to review this document.


Finally, I would remind you of our own educational materials from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and its special website on immigration reform.  That site is www.justiceforimmgirants.org.

In advance I thank you for your attention and care to all of our parishioners both documented and undocumented.

Bishop Tyson