Sunday May 01, 2016
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It gives us great joy to invite you to join us on an unforgettable journey of faith. When Pope Francis announced the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we knew this was the time to lead a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Poland in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Click here for brochure and registration information
This trip will be much more than a vacation; it will be a pilgrimage, a journey of the heart shared with good companions. We offered this opportunity to our youth from our Diocese for World Youth Day and we want to offer the same diocesan opportunity for adults. Pilgrimages help us to renew and revitalize to become more Christ-centered pilgrims in daily life.
We start with Prague, one of the most beautifully preserved cities in Europe, spruced up since its days under communism. We will visit the shrine to the Infant of Prague and much more.
Then we continue to Poland. We have customized this tour to feature the lives of St. John Paul II, St. Faustina and Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko. Imagine standing on the same ground where steadfast members of our Church confronted religious persecution with such admirable courage and faith. Not only will we be inspired by their lives, we will grow in appreciation for the religious and cultural traditions from which these saints came. We will be celebrating Divine Mercy that has not only refused to be extinguished in Poland but has become a devotion to inspire the whole Church.
In solidarity with the crosses the Polish people have carried, we will visit the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz, where St. Edith Stein and St. Maximilian Kolbe gave their lives. To lift our spirits, we will visit Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope John Paul II, and the Divine Mercy Shrine itself.
We will celebrate Mass daily in addition to praying together and getting to experience the local culture and cuisine. Together we will visit unforgettable places, take time for prayerful reflection, learn a lot, and have fun. There is limited capacity on the tour bus, so we encourage you to register quickly as we expect this trip to fill up soon. We look forward to traveling with you on this journey of faith, making new friends and new memories to last a lifetime.

Bishop Joseph Tyson

Rev. Dan G. Dufner

Rev. Felipe Pulido

Diocese of Yakima Parish Leadership Training Day


10:00AM -3:00PM

Holy Family Gathering Hall, 5315 Tieton Drive- Yakima

The day is designed to assist members in understanding their responsibilities as parish leaders and understand their oversight responsibilities in the specialized areas of : Financial matters, Annual Catholic Appeal, Human Resources, VIRTUS Safe Environment program, the Parish Visitation process, PREPARES and new safety practices recommended by Catholic Mutual. The training will be led by Bishop Joseph Tyson, Msgr. Robert Siler, Chancellor, Bill Alsdurf, CFO and Diana Aparicio, Vice Chancellor. This training is for Parish Finance Council Members and Parish Council members, and key parish lay leaders. This training would also apply for Pastors, Associate Pastors, parish bookkeepers, secretaries, parish staff involved in office management that do not regularly attend our annual diocesan trainings (HR/Risk Management Training Day, Annual Catholic Appeal Training Day and Bookkeeper’s Day). Lunch will provided as well as door prizes! Please RSVP withEricka Morales at (509) 965-7117 or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by no later than Friday, May 27th.   

CWCF Seeking Part-time Administrative Assistant


The Central Washington Catholic Foundation is seeking a permanent, part-time Administrative Assistant with flexible hours. The successful candidate will possess superior office, critical thinking and customer service skills. The CWCF mission is to provide enduring support for Catholic education in Central Washington. Applications will be accepted until May 4, 2016. Send a cover letter and resume to:

Central Washington Catholic Foundation, 5301 Tieton Drive, Ste F, Yakima, WA  98908.


Catholic End-of-Life Planning Seminars

Death is a subject most people don't usually wish to talk about, but communicating final wishes to loved ones is vital, especially when we do not know where family members will be in terms of faith.   Join us as we hear from experts about how making decisions while we are healthy and able can ease the pain for our families while ensuring that our choices are honored and our loved ones protected. 

The seminars will include presentations from a funeral director, priest, estate planning attorney, estate planning accountant, investment planner, and emergency services representative.  Sponsors are the Central Washington Catholic Foundation, Catholic Charities, the Diocese of Yakima, and parishes.  Seminars will be from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  Register to attend by phone or email: 509-972-3732 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

                                            May 18         Richland          Christ the King Parish
                                            May 24         Quincy             St. Pius X Parish
                                            May 25         Yakima             St. Joseph Parish
                                            May 26         Wenatchee        St. Joseph Parish

Upcoming Events

May 13, 2016

Diocese of Yakima Youth Ministers Retreat (Easton, WA)

May 27, 2016

Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon Daniel and Peter Steele (St. Paul Cathedral, Yakima)

June 4, 2016

Parish Leadership Day and Appreciation Lunch (Holy Family Gathering Hall, Yakima)

August 1-3, 2016

Quo Vadis Days (Ellensburg, WA)

August 7, 2016

Priests vs. Seminarian Soccer Game (Marquette Stadium, 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