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The Stewardship and Development Office would like to especially thank every pastor, parish staff, and volunteer who put so much time and talent into this important effort. Because of your commitment and leadership, the Annual Catholic Appeal was a success! Everyone who participated with their time, talent, and treasure should be proud to be part of this important effort.

Thank you!!

Congratulations to Toppenish, St. Joseph-Yakima, Warden, and Benton City for meeting your goal! We also had Prosser, St. Joseph-Sunnyside, and Grandview within 95%-99% of meeting their goal.

Thirty-six of the 41 (88%) parishes met and/or exceeded their 2014 ACA Goal. Below is the Summary Highlights. The ACA goal in 2010 was 1.4 million, rebates $164,883, Shortfall $151,126 and the goal in 2014 was 1.5 million, rebates $393,920 and shortfall $9,417. In 2010, we had 6,122 donors and today we have 7,536 (an increase of 1,414). This is good news for our local Church. The Church has the pastors, staff, and parish ACA volunteers to thank for it.

Summary Highlights (October 31, 2013 vs. October 31, 2014)

   

Last Year

 

This Year

Difference

 
   

2013 ACA

vs.

2014 ACA

   

 

Pledge

$1,948,904

 

$2,103,882

$154,978

Increase

 

Goal

$1,464,155

 

$1,525,795

$61,640

Increase

 

PTD

$1,770,319

 

$1,903,896

$133,577

Increase

 

Total Rebates

$342,121

 

$393,920

$51,799

Increase

 

Actual Income to Diocese

$1,428,198

 

$1,509,976

$81,778

Increase

 

Shortfall to Diocese

$35,957

 

$9,417

$26,540

Decrease

 

Participation

6,996

 

7,536

540

Increase

  

The Final Monthly Report for ACA 2014 is available on the Website: Please click here for the latest ACA Monthly Report. The report is also attached.  

Our ACA 2015 launched on October 18 and 19. The Pledge Weekend was on November 8 and 9. This weekend is the Second Follow Up Weekend. Our theme for this year is “You are members of the family of God...with Jesus Christ as the Capstone.”  (from Eph 2:19-21) Don’t forget, parishioners will not have the opportunity to express this belief in the mission of our local Church if they are not asked.

 

2015 ACA Update:  Thank you to the parishes that have submitted their ACA Reports! The parishes have been doing a great job, and we appreciate all your hard work!  We have had 19 of the 41 parishes submit at least one report.  If you have not submitted a report for your parish yet, please do so as soon as possible.  It is especially important that we receive credit card pledges right away as some people want their withdrawals to start in November or December.  As a reminder, please do not put more than about 100 pledges into one report.  If you have received a large amount of pledges for one weekend, simply divide them between two reports and send them together with one check.  Smaller batches of pledges help to streamline processing.

 

November 20: Second Report Due to Development Office

       Assure Bookkeeper/Appeal Secretary submits second report to Sandra at 5301-A Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA 98908-3493. This includes 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal Donor List, Parish Report Transmittal Form, Pledge Cards and Parish Check.

        Reports are due on each Wednesday of each week during the Appeal.

 

November 22/23: Second Follow-Up Weekend

       Assure Appeal envelopes and pencils are available in the pews.

       Before each Mass make certain that each pew pocket is replenished with envelopes and a sufficient number of pencils.

       Use ACA suggested Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses.

       Place announcements in bulletin and make pulpit announcements at all Masses.

Donate Online (ACA): https://yakimadiocese.thankyou4caring.org/

Should you have any questions regarding the ACA, please do not hesitate to contact Alma Benitez, Director of Stewardship and Development, or Sandra Boguslawski, ACA Bookkeeper, at (509) 965-7117. Our e-mail addresses are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Diocese of Yakima Pastoral Center will be closed Wednesday, November 26, for a staff retreat led by Bishop Joseph Tyson, and will remain closed November 27-28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Normal office hours resume Monday, December 1.  Please note that the offices of Catholic Family & Child Service, Catholic Charities Housing Services, and the Carroll Children's Center will be open November 26, but closed also November 27-28 for Thanksgiving.  Bishop Joseph Tyson and Bishop Emeritus Carlos A. Sevilla, S.J. wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  The following prayer was written by Archbishop John Carroll of Baltimore, first bishop of the United States, on November 10, 1791 and is often prayed on civic holidays.  It has been updated with the names of the our present pope and bishop, as well as the other leaders mentioned in the prayer.

Prayer for Government

We pray, Thee O Almighty and Eternal God! Who through Jesus Christ hast revealed Thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of Thy mercy, that Thy Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue with unchanging faith in the confession of Thy Name.

We pray Thee, who alone art good and holy, to endow with heavenly knowledge, sincere zeal, and sanctity of life, our chief bishop, Pope Francis, the Vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the government of his Church; our own bishop, Joseph, all other bishops, prelates, and pastors of the Church; and especially those who are appointed to exercise amongst us the functions of the holy ministry, and conduct Thy people into the ways of salvation.

We pray Thee O God of might, wisdom, and justice! Through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with Thy Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the President of these United States, Barack Obama, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to Thy people over whom he presides; by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality. Let the light of Thy divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety, and useful knowledge; and may perpetuate to us the blessing of equal liberty.

We pray for his excellency, Jay Inslee, the governor of this state, for the members of the legislature, for all judges, magistrates, and other officers who are appointed to guard our political welfare, that they may be enabled, by Thy powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability.

We recommend likewise, to Thy unbounded mercy, all our brethren and fellow citizens throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of Thy most holy law; that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal.

Finally, we pray to Thee, O Lord of mercy, to remember the souls of Thy servants departed who are gone before us with the sign of faith and repose in the sleep of peace; the souls of our parents, relatives, and friends; of those who, when living, were members of this congregation, and particularly of such as are lately deceased; of all benefactors who, by their donations or legacies to this Church, witnessed their zeal for the decency of divine worship and proved their claim to our grateful and charitable remembrance. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and everlasting peace, through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Open Enrollment For Diocesan Employees

Each year we have employees who notify me themselves or through their bookkeepers wanting to make changes.  Please be sure to make ALL changes NOW.  Especially if you are wanting to cancel a benefit or sign up.  It is too hard to do after the closing date of November 26th.  Please have to your bookkeepers by November 21st, Friday.

Bookkeepers please share with your employees.

 

 

Dear Friends:
 
This is a fine article that summarizes a bit of our outreach for migrant and farm worker housing for our folks here across Central Washington. Our gratitude goes out to all the people at Catholic Family Housing Services as well as our many partners who make good housing a reality and thus uplift the Church's foundational principle of Catholic Social Teaching: the dignity of the human person. Click here to read full article.
 
Blessings!
 
+Bishop Joseph Tyson

ACA Assistant

The Diocese of Yakima is seeking a full-time, temporary ACA Assistant to provide data entry and management reporting support, using Raisers Edge application, for the Annual Catholic Appeal.

The individual will provide assistance with online donations and electronic payments in a professional and friendly demeanour in representing the diocese. The candidate will serve as an advocate and train volunteers in the active participation of the Annual Catholic Appeal while embracing and inspiring the meaning of treasure, time and talent within the community.

The individual must be flexible with schedules, have a positive attitude, be reliable, detail oriented and trustworthy.  Job applications and a complete job description are available at the Pastoral Office of the Diocese of Yakima, 5301-A Tieton Drive in Yakima, WA, and also at www.yakimadiocese.org (select Ministries under the black menu bar, then select Human Resources).

For questions please contact Alma Benitez, Director of Stewardship and Development, at (509) 965-7117. 

           

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You are invited to this month's Renovate LIVE! It is November 22ndSaturday, at 6:00 PM. Come and socialize, listen to a great speaker, and enjoy some music at Espresso World. The address is 7510 West Clearwater Avenue, Kennewick, Washington, 99336.

Our speaker is Marcus Breshears! Marcus is from our young adult community and will talk with us about inspiration for following your dreams.
Music and entertainment will be provided by Elizabeth Andersen, a very talented vocalist and musician.
 
This event will be our eighth, and we would love to have you there with us! Please come and tell your friends! Renovate's official website is http://renovatethebody.org/. Renovate's official Facebook Page (Like it please!) is https://www.facebook.com/renovatethebodyhttp://blog.renovatethebody.org/ is the link for Renovate's blog, updated weekly with profound reflections on each Sunday's readings. Our official YouTube channel with music and talks from previous events can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbt2eW5PPIXZ8vbRXL0jktw. Last but not least, please follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/renovatethebody.

God bless you! We are looking forward to meeting new faces and seeing familiar ones! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Stephanie Schell, facilitator at Renovate and LIVE! Events Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Annual Catholic Appeal launched on October 18 & 19, 2014. You should have received the in-pew envelopes by now; if you have not received the material, please contact me as soon as possible at (509) 965-7117.

The theme of this year’s ACA is:  “You are members of the family of God...with Jesus Christ as the Capstone.”  (from Eph 2:19-21). This theme, taken from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, reveals our intimate membership in God’s Family, and suggests that as disciples of Christ, we are urged to live our life of faith with an evangelizing spirit; generously sharing ourselves and the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others.

I also urge you to carefully review the check off list for the Pledge Weekend November 8 & 9, 2014. Attached are Word and PDFs of in-pew pledge cards and ACA Information Card; these can be helpful if using projector to walk parishioners step by step through filling out pledge cards.

As last year, a list of parishioner account numbers, names, and addresses has been emailed to you by the Development office instead of mailing pre-printed labels. You may either print the labels at your parish or hand-write the information on the pledge card. Please make sure the account number is printed clearly and completely on the pledge card. If the parishioner has written a new address from the one that is on the label, please do not cover the new address when placing the label on the pledge card so that we can update their profile.  We are also providing an Excel Spreadsheet with the similar information. They were emailed on 10/29/14 to the contact email listed on the ACA parish reports turned in last year.  If you did not receive the list for your parish, please contact us.

Please visit our ACA Website “ACA Resources for Parish Staff.” i.e.  Manual, Check Off List, Timeline, Goals, Donor List in Excel, Transmittal Form in Excel.

http://yakimadiocese.org/ministries/annual-catholic-appeal

Closely review the check of list for this weekend.

November 8/9: ACA Pledge Weekend

  • Use ACA suggested Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses.

  • Place announcements in bulletin and make pulpit announcements at all Masses.

  • Confirm with those who will distribute in-pew pledge envelopes/pencils at each Mass. If these are not going to be hand distributed, then, assure that the pencils are inserted in all in-pew envelopes during the week before ACA Pledge Weekend.

    • Pastor/Associate Pastor Homily on Annual Support.
    • Make In-pew Appeal – Help parishioners complete Pledge Card* in envelope. Assure Pledge Card are completed thoroughly take parishioners step by step. Making sure they indicate the language they prefer mailing to be received. Also have them include their email address. To clearly print Name, Address, Home Phone #, Email Address, Parish Name.
      • Let them know about the materials inside in-pew envelopes: ACA Information Card and Pledge Card
      • Let them know the different ways to donate by Cash, Check or Credit/Debit/EFT. If they check Credit/Debit/EFT they must complete the backside of the pledge card. 
      • Online Donation: https://yakimadiocese.thankyou4caring.org/
      • Attached are Word and PDFs of in-pew pledge cards and ACA Information Card.  Helpful if using projector to walk parishioners step by step.
  • Before each Mass on Pledge and Follow-Up Weekends, make certain that each pew pocket is replenished with envelopes and a sufficient number of pencils.

Last Weekend - November 1/2: All Saints/All Souls Weekend

  • Use ACA suggested Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses.

  • Place announcements in bulletin and make pulpit announcements at all Masses.

  • Confirm with those who will distribute in-pew pledge envelopes/pencils at each Mass. If these are not going to be hand distributed, then, assure that the pencils are inserted in all in-pew envelopes during the week before ACA Pledge Weekend.

  • Please remind those who participated in past will receive a letter from Bishop Tyson and a pre-printed pledge card. Encourage them to bring pledge card on November 8 and 9 Pledge Weekend.

Should you have any questions regarding the ACA, please do not hesitate to contact Alma Benitez, Director of Stewardship and Development, or Sandra Boguslawski, ACA Bookkeeper, at (509) 965-7117. Our e-mail addresses are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

If you haven’t already, now is the time to send in your Confirmation Request form for the 2015 Confirmation season. Please remember that these dates will not be given by a first come, first serve basis, but rather by region in order for Bishop Tyson to travel more efficiently from parish to parish. Forms can be found attached to this memo as well as on the home page of the diocesan website, www.yakimadiocese.org. Once filled out and signed by the Pastor they can be returned via fax, mail or email to Rebecca Garza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please have to Rebecca by Friday November 21st 2014.

Dear Friends:
 
In light of our parish visitation process I thought you'd find these comments by Pope Francis noteworthy. Click here to read. 
+Bishop Joseph Tyson
 Pope at Santa Marta: Rivalry and vainglory weaken the Church (Click here)

Hispanic Catholics will comprise the majority of Catholic Americans soon, but experts in Latino ministry say it’s crucial to implement measures to keep them engaged with their ancestral faith.

by JONATHAN LIEDL 11/03/2014

Facebook/Catholic Extension

Latino Catholics participate in a celebration Dec. 12, 2013, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska.

– Facebook/Catholic Extension

HOUSTON — Against the backdrop of dire statistics showing large numbers of U.S. Latinos are leaving the Catholic faith, U.S. Church leaders are making efforts to better reach the country’s youngest and fastest-growing population.

In a speech delivered Aug. 19 in Houston to leaders in the Latino community, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia stated, “Demography equals destiny,” noting that Hispanics are projected to make up the majority of U.S. Catholics in the near future. Because of this reality, Archbishop Chaput said the Church needs to place added emphasis on catechizing the Latino community and developing leaders from within it.

Archbishop Chaput’s remarks come in the wake of a Pew study on American Hispanics’ religious affiliation that was published earlier this year. The study found that the percentage of Latinos who are Catholic had dropped by 12 points in the last four years alone, from 67% to 55%. One in four American Latinos, the study adds, are “ex-Catholics.”

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/reaching-latinos-how-should-the-u.s.-church-respond/#.VFkPHrz5Uco.mailto#ixzz3I9FEllRZ

 

Save the Date! Fri., Nov. 21st  at 7 PM and Sat., Nov. 22nd at 9 AM, 11 AM, and 1:30 PM, Mark Shea, noted Catholic apologist, will present four talks at St. Joseph Parish, 625 S. Elliott Ave., in Wenatchee. Recommended for Catholics, non-Catholics, and anyone curious about what the Roman Catholic Church really teaches. Mark's engaging style, deep knowledge and breezy, humorous delivery will entertain and enlighten all who attend. Refreshments served at all sessions, featuring complimentary Dutch Bros. coffee. Sponsored by the Divine Child Institute; donations gratefully accepted. For more information: http://www.mark-shea.com/calendar.html

Catechetical Excellence Gathering
We are excited to invite you to a get-together to share and learn, at St. Andrew's Parish in Ellensburg.
This  gathering will take place on Saturday, November 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., this is for Religious Education Directors/Coordinators and Catechists. Lunch will be provided, please let us know how many guests you will be bringing in order for us to make preparations. Reply to this Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Dear Friends:
 
I just wanted to draw attention to the fact that Sister Kathleen Ross had a great talk on Catholic faith formation during the recent "Celebration of Faith" dinner this last October 11, 2014 at the Yakima Convention Center.  I asked her for a copy. It's well worth the read because it reminds us of the broader historical context in which we are uplifting both our religious education programs in so many of our parishes, as well as our Catholic schools across Central Washington.  We stand on the heritage of great teachers who have shown us the way.  This talk is a strong reminder of this so read and share!  Thanks to Sister Kathleen for sharing this talk and thanks to you for "clicking here" to read the talk!  

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

ACA Moment: What would the world be like without volunteers?  With the 2014 ACA quickly drawing to a close and making way for the 2015 ACA Campaign to begin, now seems like a perfect time to thank the many people who gave their time and talents to ensure the success of the 2014 ACA.  From the volunteers who gave the Lay Witness Talks to the parish volunteers who spent hours counting money and filling out reports, your contributions are invaluable to making the Annual Catholic Appeal happen each year.

Two volunteers who have touched the ACA here at the Pastoral Center are Elaine Perko and Deena Dufault.  Both Elaine and Deena are members of Holy Family Parish in Yakima.  Once a month from February through October, these ladies would come to help prepare the monthly ACA statements to be sent to pledgers throughout the Diocese.  They would manage the machines that would stuff and seal the statements and keep them organized by ZIP Code so that the Diocese could receive a bulk mail discount.  Their willingness and enthusiasm throughout the many paper jams and hours of standing is much appreciated!  Throughout the course of the year, over 22,000 statements were sent out with their help.

Thank you to both Elaine and Deena for their hours of volunteer time to bring the ACA to every part of the Diocese! (click here)

ACA Training Day (Fri. September 19):

Thank you for those who attended the 3rd Annual Training for ACA on Friday, September 19. The material that was presented is available on-line. (click here)

Summary Highlights (September 30, 2013 vs. September 30, 2014)

   

Last Year

 

This Year

Difference

 
   

2013 ACA

vs.

2014 ACA

   

*

Pledge

$1,938,268

 

$2,091,864

$153, 596

Increase

*

Goal

$1,464,155

 

$1,525,795

$61,640

Increase

*

PTD

$1,696,262

 

$1,844,736

$148,474

Increase

*

Total Rebates

$290,215

 

$347,235

$57,020

Increase

*

Actual Income to Diocese

$1,406,047

 

$1,497,502

$91,455

Increase

*

Shortfall to Diocese

$58,108

 

$21,891

$36,217

Decrease

*

Participation

6,988

 

7,526

538

Increase

The Monthly Report for September is available on the ACA Website: Please visit the link below for the latest ACA Monthly Report.  http://yakimadiocese.org/index.php/ministries/annual-catholic-appeal.

Should you have any questions regarding the ACA, please do not hesitate to contact Alma Benitez, Director of Stewardship and Development, or Sandra Boguslawski, ACA Bookkeeper, at (509) 965-7117. Our e-mail addresses are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Upcoming Events

November 21-22, 2014

 (Wenatchee, WA)

November 22, 2014

 (Sunnyside, WA)

 (Yakima, WA)

 (Kennewick, WA)

 (Ellensburg, WA)

Holy Family Holiday Festival (Yakima, WA)

December 6, 2014

 (Grandview, WA)

January 15-18, 2015

 (Ellensburg, WA)

  

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Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson
Bishop of Yakima

Bishop's Homilies & Statements
Biography

 

Dear Friends:

I usually don't pass along many videos, but one of our priests forwarded this video to me regarding faith values and public policy. It's not partisan. It's also short – less than five minutes – and it highlights Pope Benedict XVI's emphasis on three key values:
(1) protection of life
especially the life of the unborn young; (2) the importance for society to strengthen and not redefine marriage; and (3) freedom especially religious liberty being a key to a flourishing society. This short video might be a discussion starter for one of your parish meetings and a way to shift the focus away from political parties and candidates and toward values we would like carried forward into public life for the common good of everyone – believer and non-believer. As you know, the Church endorses no candidates. We are not here how to tell people to vote. We are here to form consciences so that our people can vote well. Click on the image or the link below to view the video.

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