Thursday July 02, 2015
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Priests vs. Seminarians Annual Soccer Game 2015

The Annual Priest vs. Seminarian Soccer Game is right around the corner and is slated for AUGUST 2nd 2015 at Marquette Stadium in Yakima. Doors open at 5pm and the game beings at 6pm. Admission to this event is FREE and there will be plenty of food and drinks for sale as well as souvenir T-shirts! Remember that all proceeds from this event will help support the Seminarians.
Attached is the announcement in PDF formats to be used in your parish’s bulletin.
Parishes will be sent English and Spanish posters for the event, however they are also included should you need additional copies.
Thank you for your support and please pray for a successful and injury free event!


Marquette Stadium 5400 W. Chestnut Ave Yakima

Doors open at 5:00pm

Game Starts at 6:00pm

Entrance is FREE

Fun for the whole family!



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Information Meeting to the Next World Youth Day

An informational meeting for those interested in participating in the Diocese of Yakima Pilgrimage to the next World Youth Day will be held Wednesday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit Parish (Parish Community Center Hall) in Kennewick. The official diocesan group has room for at least 23 pilgrims, along with the spiritual director, Fr. Lalo Bárragan of St. Joseph Parish, and the diocesan coordinator, Alex Lasota, of Christ the King Parish in Richland. We invite all nearby parishes to attend.

For Yakima area there will be a meeting at Holy Family Church on Wednesday, July 1st at 7pm in the Gathering Hall.
Please review the attached brochure for more information.  To learn more about past World Youth Day gatherings, and to preview next year's gathering in Poland, click on the following link: http://worldyouthday.com/

In an Encyclical titled "Laudato, Si," taken from a canticle composed by St. Francis of Assissi, Pope Francis issued an urgent "... appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all."

The Pope's writing builds on a long tradition of Catholic Social Teaching to offer spiritual and moral guidance on the dialogue he is calling on people of good will to enter into, so as to help promote the common good.  It is that tradition of Catholic Social Teaching that has also helped produce local efforts, such as the Columbia River Pastoral Letter, by the Pacific Northwest Bishops, released in 2001.

Click here to open the Encyclical Laudato Si (English)

Click here to open the Encyclical at the Vatican  (Spanish)

Click here to open the Columbia River Pastor (English) (Spanish)

Our partners at Catholic Relief Services also have a Web page dedicated to resources on the environment and climate change. Click here to view.

(Photo shows Pope Francis venerating an image of Saint Francis of Assissi embracing a leper.  In his Encyclical, the Holy Father particularly notes a concern for the poor in urging a dialogue on the environmental challenges facing the world.)



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Dear Friends:

America Magazine – a Jesuit weekly magazine here in the United States – is doing a blog as well as a magazine article interviewing bishops from the West.  The first is the introductory article by Fr. Jim McDermott S.J. and his interviews with several bishops here in the West. The second is the interview I gave to America magazine about our own Diocese of Yakima.  

The overall thrust of the articles is quite thoughtful, and I'm grateful that we've got a little more focus on our own efforts in the West to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ as well as the beauty of the Church.  

As I celebrate my fourth anniversary here as bishop of Yakima and my tenth anniversary as a bishop I want to share my thanks to all of you for being such a great Church here in the West!

+Bishop Joseph Tyson

June 3, 2015

Second Special Session Needed

The first 30-day special session of the Legislature ended last Thursday and Governor Jay Inslee immediately called the second 30-day special session which began on Friday, May 29. The second session will end on June 27 unless the Legislature is able to approve the 2015-2017 operating budget earlier. A new operating budget must be enacted before the start of the new fiscal year, July 1, 2015, or all nonessential functions of the state government will be shut down.

This is the first issue of the Advocacy Bulletin in a month because there was very little happening in the Legislature during the first special session.  For most of the 30 days, legislators remained home except for those involved in budget negotiations. During the first week of the second special session, the Senate Ways & Means Committee passed a new budget, and this week the House released a new version of its proposed budget.

In general, the House and the Senate budgets have moved closer to each other. The House has pared back on spending and the Senate has increased spending. While both sides are nearer than they were at the beginning of the first special session, significant differences remain to be resolved before a budget can be passed by the Legislature.

The new Senate budget has several improvements for social services, especially in the area of funding for mental health services.  The revised House budget also increases support for those living in poverty, especially in the areas of child care, health care, and mental health services. The Senate budget still does not rely on a tax increase, and the House still relies on a revised small capital gains tax.

There are many options for securing adequate revenue and WSCC's position is that there must be sufficient revenue to avoid cuts to social services and to restore the cuts to essential services.

Click here to view previous WSCC advocacy bulletins.  Click here to view this bulletin on the WSCC website.

The Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC) is the public policy voice of the Catholic Bishops of Washington State.


Quo Vadis Retreat for High School Aged Men
Dear Fathers: 
Attached you will find all the information on the upcoming Quo Vadis retreat. This is the annual retreat and camping event for young men -- high school aged -- to come and explore the possibility of priesthood and experience fraternity with the priests and seminarians of the Diocese of Yakima. 
Attached you will find the registration forms both in Spanish and English.  You will also find permission slips in both Spanish and English.  Once registration is completed and signed by the parent and the pastor, a seminarian will be contacting the family with transportation information.
You will also find an example of a pulpit announcement as well as a bulletin announcement.  Please begin announcing this the weekend of May 30th and 31st at all your Masses.  Seminarians will be present in many of  your parishes throughout the diocese in connection with retired priest and seminarian collection where will also be reminding parishioners of this opportunity.  
You will also find a flyer that is in English and Spanish and can be inserted into the Sunday bulletins.  
The DEADLINE for registrations is JULY 22nd.  You will note that the pastor of the parish signs the form in addition to the parent.
If you have questions call Lolita at the Holy Family parish office in Yakima during business hours at 509.966.0830 or contact Jesus Alatorre at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
+ Bishop Joseph Tyson

Upcoming Events

August 2, 2015

Priest vs. Seminarian Soccer Match (Marquette Stadium, Yakima, WA)

August 3-5, 2015

Quo Vadis Retreat for High School Aged Men (Camp Koinonia, Cle Elum, WA)




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Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson
Bishop of Yakima

Bishop's Homilies & Statements


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.

Test of Fire: Election 2012