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The 2014 Champions of Catholic Education have been selected!

 

The St. Thomas Aquinas Award is presented to an individual who has been a major benefactor of Catholic education in Central Washington. The 2014 recipient is Jim McConnell of St. Joseph Parish, Kennewick. 

 

The St. John Baptist De La Salle Award is presented to those who have excelled as educators in our Catholic schools. The 2014 recipients are Fr. Tom Kuykendall of St. Joseph Parish, Wenatchee; Br. Jack Henderson of La Salle High School, Yakima; and Sr. Lucia Hinojosa of St. Joseph School, Wenatchee.

 

The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award is presented to those who have dedicated their time, talent and treasure to religious education, faith formation and RCIA programs in their parishes. The 2014 recipients are Pat Moore of Holy Spirit Parish, Kennewick; Amalia Del Pozo of St. Joseph Parish, Kennewick; Maria Rosales of Our Lady of the Desert Parish, Mattawa; Lori Wasner of Christ the King Parish, Richland; Elvia Gonzales of St. Mary Parish, White Swan; and Rose Meyer of Holy Family Parish, Yakima.

 

These awards will be presented at the third annual Celebration of Faith event at the Yakima Convention Center on October 11, 2014.

To make a reservation to attend the Celebration of Faith Event and help honor the Champions and support Catholic education, go to www.cwcatholicfoundation.org, click on the Event Tab, then 2014 Celebration of Faith, to read the specifics and then click on the Reservation Form. You may print out the form, fill it out and mail it to CWCF, 5301 Tieton Drive, Ste F, Yakima, WA 98908 or call the office at 509-972-3732

LPA Bulletin insert smallLearn how to talk to your kids, colleagues and community about why you are pro-life – using wit, logic and unassailable truth! This exceptional conference for adults and young people will turn you into a vibrant debater and leader for the pro-life movement.

 

The Life Principles Academy will be offered Saturday, October 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wenatchee Community Center, 504 S. Chelan Ave., Wenatchee.  Camille Pauley, president of Healing the Culture, is the presenter.

 

Cost is $39, and includes a light lunch, free parking, workshop materials and $70 worth of FREE textbooks.  For information about the program or to inquire about scholarships, please contact John at 509-885-2137.

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)

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Cornerstone Catholic Conference

October 24 - 25, 2014

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Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson
Bishop of Yakima

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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:

http://www.aclu.org/files/kyr/kyr_spanish.pdf

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:

http://www.nwirp.org/Documents/Redadas.pdf

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.

http://nwirp.org/Documents/Resources/LOPPamphletSpanishRev.byEOIRAndICE.pdf  

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