Tuesday October 21, 2014
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Live Concert and Workshop with Santiago Fernandez

St. Joseph Parish Sunnyside is hosting the festival for Saint Cecilia “The Patron Saint of Musicians” with special guest and award winner of the unity award of Best Album and Song of 2010, Santiago Fernandez. 

Santiago Fernández has been active in parish ministry for the past 30 years. He is currently Music Director at Church of the Holy Family in Novi, Michigan, where he directs the English and Spanish choirs. 

Santiago is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter at events and conferences around the country in the area of Hispanic liturgical music. He holds a bachelor's degree in music from Wayne State University in Detroit and is certified in both Pastoral Ministry and Liturgical Ministry, locally by the Archdiocese of Detroit and nationally by the USCCB's Commission on Certification and Accreditation. 

Come join us for live entertainment, live music from choirs all around Washington State and live bands, and 2 workshops by Santiago Fernandez. Admission fee is FREE for both days! EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

Schedule is as follow:

Live concert with Santiago Fernandez

Date: Friday, November 21, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Where: St. Joseph Parish Center | 907 S. 6thst. | Sunnyside, WA 98944

Admission fee: FREE

Praise and Worship Workshop with Santiago Fernandez, & Live Music with Choirs and Bands

Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014

Starting Time: 9:00 a.m.

Where: St. Joseph Parish Center | 907 S. 6thst. | Sunnyside, WA 98944

Admission Fee: FREE

For more information contact Israel (English / Spanish) at 509-837-2243 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Marisela (Spanish) 509-305-1805

Editor's Note: The Diocese has become aware of several fraudulent fundraising appeals that have arisen, supposedly from Catholic organizations in Africa, regarding the Ebola outbreak there.  We all want to help in this emergency, and we all should be praying for a quick end to this crisis.  If we are able to make a financial donation as well, Catholic Relief Services offers a sure pathway for assistance to those in need.  Read below for more information on how to help:

October 14, 2014

Dear Friends,

As you have heard in the news, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is dire. The Holy Father has called attention to the crisis, saying, "My thoughts now go to the countries in Africa that are suffering because of the outbreak of Ebola. I invite you to pray for them and for those who have so tragically lost their lives." The Church on the ground is courageously living out Jesus' ministry of healing and comfort.

As of the beginning of October, more than 3,800 people have been killed and the World Health Organization estimates that the death toll could rise to 20,000 people by November unless the outbreak is contained. In the absence of a vaccine or cure, the only way to control the current outbreak is through public education and prevention.

Catholic Relief Services has been collaborating with the Catholic Church, local leaders and health ministries in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to educate people about Ebola, train health care workers, and provide food and other critical supplies to those affected by the outbreak. CRS has trained local volunteers to go door to door – especially in rural communities – to help spread the word and distribute posters, fliers and fact sheets.

You can participate in their work by praying for people affected by the outbreak, for healthcare workers and for other responders, and also by donating to our efforts. Please also join the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and CRS in thanking the Obama administration for its critical support of the Ebola response and urging the government to expand its commitment, including long-term support for better health systems in the affected countries.

Thank you for all you do to help our brothers and sisters in need around the world.


Joan Rosenhauer
Executive Vice President
CRS - U.S. Operations

Ignation Day of Prayer, November 22, 2014


Come experience the Freedom offered to us by God in the Holy Spirit.  The Ignatian Spirituality Center of Yakima and SEEL Tri-Cities are offering a one day retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.  A sampling of the four movements of the Exercises will give a richer sense of our relationship with God and His infinite love for all creation.  There will be presentations, followed by time for private prayer, group sharing and individual spiritual direction, if desired.  It is a wonderful gift to oneself as we begin the Joy filled season of Advent.


Day of Prayer Information (PDF)

Dia de Oracion Ignaciano (PDF)

Day of Prayer Postcard (PDF)


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The Cursillo Movement seeks to empower the living of a full, Catholic, Christian life. The 3-day Cursillo weekend will provide attendees the opportunity to reflect on their lives, encounter Jesus more deeply, and grow in fellowship with other Catholics. The 3-Day Weekend includes a short retreat, review of Catholic Christian values, Catholic instruction by lay persons and ordained ministers, celebration of the Eucharist, and Christian fellowship. Speakers will offer unique and powerful insights on prayer, Church teaching, and sustained Christian renewal in the world. Attendees will leave spiritually enlivened, encouraged by new friendships, and equipped to strengthen their faith journey. Join us January 15-18, 2015 (men) or January 22-25, 2015 (women), at St. Andrew's, 401 S.Willow Street, Ellensburg. Registration forms are due by December 1, 2014. Please call the parish office at 509-962-9819 for more information or registration forms.

Mark your calendars for Thursday October 30, 2014 as Karlo Broussard, founder and president of The Divine Child Institute, Inc., will be presenting a talk entitled “Expelled from the Garden: The Catholic Teaching on the Fall of Man” in Kuykendall Hall, at  St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 625 S. Elliott , Wenatchee, starting at 6 PM.  In this talk, Karlo addresses the Church’s teaching on the mystery of the first sin committed by our first parents, Adam and Eve, as recounted in the Genesis account.  Karlo dives deep into the narrative details and shows how such details reveal the gravity of the original sin and how it affected Adam and Eve as well as their progeny.  He also explains how God does not leave the fallen human race to itself but reveals in seed form His masterful plan of redemption.  Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity for fellowship and growth in knowledge of our Catholic Faith.  Be sure to visit Karlo’s video blog www.karlobroussard.com.  

Important Information about Pregnancy Support Initiative 

Accompanying this memo please find a letter from Bishop Joseph Tyson, along with other important information about the Prepares program, a new initiative of the Catholic Church in Washington State that will be unveiled at the Cornerstone Conference in Tacoma October 24-25.  Information to help promote the Cornerstone Conference is available on the diocesan website and has been included in recent weekly mailings from the Bishops.  Let’s do all we can to encourage attendance at the Conference by our parishioners, and indeed our own attendance as well.

You will want to carefully review both the bishop’s letter, and the accompanying standards, as you work with your own parish pro-life groups, as well as community groups that may seek your assistance in their own efforts to promote life.

  1. Bishop Letter for Prepares
  2. Prepares Brochure
  3. Standards for Partnerships with Pregnancy Resouce Centers

CWC August 2014 Eng           

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Catholic Charities of Yakima is seeking an experienced and outgoing child welfare services practitioner skilled in the areas of community outreach, volunteer recruitment and training, and pregnancy and parenting services. The Prepares Area Coordinator will be responsible for the development, maintenance and ongoing support 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 through age 5, within the Diocese of Yakima.  Click on the following link to go to the job posting.  A fuller job description is contained within the attachment (or click here to read it).

Prepares Job Posting at Catholic Charities

Dear Father:

 Kindly note this link to the upcoming 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia about a year from today – September 22-27, 2015

 With the theme: Love is our Mission: The Family Fully Alive, this international gathering is meant to stress the centrality of Christ's love in the animation of family life.  We are all keenly aware of the many challenges we face: working to support each child so they have a mom and a dad, creating bonds of love among family members, assisting couples in troubled relationships, working sensitively with those who disagree that marriage is between one man and one woman, handling with care our family members who live with their partners outside the sacrament of marriage, and facing the plight of human trafficking, which denigrates so many women and vulnerable young. The challenges are many.

 Yet as our Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI so succinctly noted, "Those who believe are never alone."  The doorway to faith begin with our expressions and convictions about the unique and powerful love of Jesus Christ.

 I hope you will begin to discuss with your local parish leadership what it might take for you to send a little delegation to this event and then return ready to build up family life back here in the Diocese of Yakima.

 +Bishop Joseph Tyson

Dear Father:

Each October the Bishops of the United States always encourage us to uplift the gift of life – from the first moment of conception to the final moment of death.  Again, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has a fine collection of resource materials. Kindly note them and distribute them to your catechists and leadership teams. You might also note this particular resource that can assist you in preaching on the gift of life in the context of the Sunday scriptures.

There's also some sample "general intercessions" that you can use for Sunday Mass. Also there is a BILINGUAL set of resources that you can print out in Spanish and English as pamphlets and bulletin inserts.  I can not stress enough the importance of ongoing education of our people – especially on the key issues of abortion and euthanasia. Click here for the link. 

Finally kindly don't forget about the upcoming CORNERSTONE conference that's coming up at the Tacoma Dome in October, click here.

In advance I thank you for taking the time to uplift the gift of life in your local parish.

+Bishop Joseph Tyson

Congratulations to Royal City, Roslyn, Bridgeport, Chelan, Cowiche, and Ephrata for meeting your goal! We also have Leavenworth, White Swan, St. Joseph Kennewick, Toppenish, Warden, Prosser, St. Joseph Yakima, and Grandview within 90%-99% of meeting their goal.  Thank you everyone for all your hard work!


ACA Moment:  With the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) soon coming to a close, it is good to reflect on how our donations throughout the year have benefited many people throughout the Diocese.  One ministry funded by the ACA that has an impact on not only those involved but the Diocese as a whole is the Quo Vadis Days (QVD) camp held for high school young men.  The camp helps young men discern their calling in life, especially the possibility of a calling to the priesthood.  The 2014 Quo Vadis was held August 4th-6th at Camp Koinonia near Cle Elum.  This camp has impacted the Diocese by helping some of our seminarians decide to follow a calling to the priesthood.  Two such seminarians are Luis Fernando Trujillo and Michael Kelly, both of whom are studying at Mount Angel Seminary.

To read the full article about these two young men and their experience at Quo Vadis Days, please visit (click here)

If you want a better understanding of our faith, and a deeper relationship with God, then you should consider joining us – the teachers, staff, parents and parishioners of St. Joseph Parish and School - for The Bible Timeline Study, beginning Tuesday, September 23rd. By being a part of this study, you will not only benefit personally, but you will also help to bring about a profound renewal in our faith community as we all grow closer to Christ.


The Bible Timeline is a Catholic Bible study that can help anyone to make sense of the Bible and experience the life-changing power of God’s Word. The study takes you on a journey through the entire Bible and brings you deep into each period of salvation history, so that you can discover the amazing story woven throughout all of Scripture. The Bible Timeline has helped hundreds of thousands of people to have a better understanding of the Bible and a deeper relationship with Christ, and it will help you too.


The study will include a series of twenty-four videos presented by Jeff Cavins. Each video will be preceded by a lively group discussion. Everyone who participates will receive a color-coded Bible Timeline Chart, as well as a The Bible Timeline Study Kit.


The Bible Timeline study will begin on Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:30pm. We will continue to meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.  For more information, or to register, contact Kathleen Wilmes at 509-424-0909 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

With the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) soon coming to a close, it is good to reflect on how our donations throughout the year have benefited many people throughout the Diocese.  One ministry funded by the ACA that has an impact on not only those involved but the Diocese as a whole is the Quo Vadis Days (QVD) camp held for high school young men. The camp helps young men discern their calling in life, especially the possibility of a calling to the priesthood. 


The 2014 Quo Vadis was held August 4th-6th at Camp Koinonia near Cle Elum.  This camp has impacted the Diocese by helping some of our seminarians decide to follow a calling to the priesthood.  Two such seminarians are Luis Fernando Trujillo and Michael Kelly, both of whom are studying at Mount Angel Seminary.


Luis Fernando Trujillo attended Quo Vadis in 2012 at the invitation of Fr. Alex Trejo.  Luis had shared his thoughts about a possible vocation, and Fr. Alex suggested the camp as a means to help him discern. 


Luis feels that the camp did help him in his discernment process saying, “I am so thankful to Fr. Alex for inviting me to this retreat because it was exactly what I needed. You can say it was like the last push before I was brave enough to contact Fr. Felipe Pulido [the vocation director for the Diocese of Yakima] and fill out the information necessary for application.”  He found it helpful to hear the testimony of the priests there and to see their love for the priesthood. When asked why he would like to be a priest, Luis answered, “I believe even though I am still in the discernment process that it is not me who wants to become a priest but Jesus himself who has this vocation for me. I am being as brave as I can and am strengthened by the Liturgy of the Hours and Mass, the community, and in a special way, the prayers of the people of our diocese.”


Michael Kelly attended the Quo Vadis camp three years in a row, from 2011-2013 after being encouraged by his pastor, Msgr. Perron Auve.  Michael explained that by going to the camp, he learned about the three vocations that people are called to (religious, married, or single) and also had the opportunity to grow deeper in his faith.  The camp helped him to discern his vocation because it gave him the opportunity to learn what a priest does in both his public ministry and his private life.  Michael stated, “QVDs helped me discern my vocation by not only giving me the knowledge of what all being called to be a priest really meant, but it also placed shining examples of heroic men of God, heroic successors to the apostles, in the foreground of my vision. I got to watch priests and seminarians be themselves; and I got to see how them being themselves worked in tandem with them being the hands and feet of Christ.”  Seeing the priests and seminarians in a personal setting allowed him to realize that all types of men are called to the priesthood in order to serve the diverse needs of the people of God.  Michael would like to encourage other young men to consider the priesthood because “the priesthood isn’t something esoteric, meant for only certain kinds of guys, but rather, it is something that needs good strong men of all shapes, sizes, passions, and backgrounds.”


Thank you to the young men who are open to hearing God’s call to the priesthood.  Thank you also the many people throughout the Diocese of Yakima who support the Annual Catholic Appeal and the many additional supporters for the Quo Vadis Days Camp.  Your contributions make a meaningful difference in the ministries provided throughout the Diocese.

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When the Game Stands Tall is a film currently in theaters nationwide. It stars Jim Caviezel and is based on a true story of the incredible winning streak of a Catholic high school football team. It is both an amazing story and one with a strong moral message.

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson says of this film: "When the Game Stands Tall is a wonderful film to watch together as a family. It is a story of hope and triumph based on a winning strategy that is inseparable from solid values and character formation. There is a lesson for all of us in the deep insights of this film into the importance of keeping successes and setbacks in the proper perspective - and growing from both."

Should your plans this weekend include a trip to the movies, When the Game Stands Tall would be an excellent choice!

Click here to see the trailer.

Upcoming Events

Cornerstone Catholic Conferece

October 24-25, 2014


 Diocese of Yakima Youth Convention

November 7-9, 2014

Holy Family Parish in Yakima (click here)


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Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson
Bishop of Yakima

Bishop's Homilies & Statements


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