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Yakima Diocese Church Mission Congress 2016


Diocese of Yakima Presents: Church Mission Congress 2016, "Forming Disciples of Mercy"
Saturday, October 15th 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 
Holy Family Church Campus Yakima, WA

The Church Mission Congress provides inspiring speakers as well as networking of volunteers who can support each other in the mission of passing on the faith and building up the Church. Building on last year's theme of "Forming Missionaries of Mercy," The theme of the 2016 Congress is "Forming Disciples of Mercy."  The Church Mission Congress is fast approaching. Please encourage all who are interested in bringing the Gospels to life to attend this event.

Click here to register in English or Spanish:  http://yakimadiocesecongress.eventzilla.net

Early registrations are $20 and due by October 3.  Registration at the door is $25.

A schedule and more details about the speakers are available at the above link as well.

Event includes:
Morning Prayer with Bishop Joseph Tyson

English Keynote Speaker: Fr. Miguel González

Spanish Keynote Speaker: Bishop Eusebio Elizondo

English Workshop Presenters: Dr. Anne Frederick, Bishop Tyson, Sr. Kathleen Ross

Spanish Workshop Presenters: José Ramírez, Fr. Jaime Chacón, Deacon Carlos Luna

Shopping with vendors

Free gift bags for the first 500 registrants

"Build Your Own Taco Salad" Lunch from El Portón





UPDATED: 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 last year on the "Year of Mercy."  The memo includes a schedule of Sundays when your parish will be remembered in prayer at the Cathedral during this Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis.  While you and your parishioners are welcome at the Cathedral at any time, your scheduled Sunday may be an opportune time for parishioners to visit, walk through the Holy Door, and gain, if they wish, the plenary indulgence tied to the "Year of Mercy."  Please publicize for your parishioners the information from the Very Rev. Michael Ibach, our Judicial Vicar, in English and Spanish, on how the indulgence may be gained.  If you would like to adjust your assigned date, contact Monsignor Ecker.  
+Bishop Joseph Tyson

Upcoming Events

September 23

ACA Appreciation Lunch and Training Day (Holy Family, Yakima)

October 8, 2016

Celebration of Faith 2016 (Yakima)

October 15, 2016

Church Mission Congress (Holy Family, Yakima)

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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