Wednesday January 28, 2015
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Don’t miss out! The Central Washington Catholic Foundation has allocated $45,000 for Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) grants this year.  You can apply for a grant to meet essential needs of your religious education program, to send RE staff to the LA Religious Education Congress, and/or to receive a stipend for your RE Coordinator.

The application process is fairly simple and shouldn’t take you (or your RE Coordinator) much time to complete.  The application deadline is May 29, 2015.  The application forms are available on our website at www.cwcatholicfoundation.org/REgrants.   Call Nancy at 509-972-3732 if you do not have computer access and she will mail forms to you.

The Central Washington Catholic Foundation envisions providing enduring support for Catholic education and ministries in Central Washington.  Our mission is to support Catholic education.  To this end, we provide grants to parishes for their religious education programs and tuition assistance to students enrolled in Catholic schools.  We strongly believe that every Catholic family who wants a Catholic school education for their children should be able to get one, regardless of ability to pay and every Catholic family should be able to learn about Jesus regardless of their local parish’s financial resources.

The Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) grants help parish programs in three ways:

·         $500 stipends (matched by the parish) for RE Coordinators/Directors

·         $750 support for RE staff to attend the annual RE Congress in Los Angeles

·         Grants to support RE programs in various ways from Bibles for the children to curriculum to materials and supplies to AV and computer equipment.

Each parish determines what their needs and resources are and then writes an application if their needs exceed their resources.

For the 2015 grant cycle, there is $45,000 available.  The application period is open and will close on May 29, 2015.  The grant applications are on our website at www.cwcatholicfoundation.org/REgrants.

Please call Nancy Probst or Dan Fortier at 509-972-3732 if you have questions.

You are invited to Renovate LIVE! This free event will be on February 21st, a Saturday, at 6:00 PM. Come and socialize, listen to a dynamic speaker, and enjoy an amazing musician at Espresso World. The address is 7510 West Clearwater Avenue, Kennewick, Washington, 99336.

Our speaker will be Luis Madrigal, a young adult from our community. He has had a lot of experience giving talks, and he has a degree in philosophy. He will be talking about love (very appropriate during the month of St. Valentine's Day)! 
Music will be by Matthew Bridges! Matthew is a Catholic young adult on fire for God and it shows in his performance. 
This event will be our eleventh, 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 podcast episodes featuring thought-provoking interviews can be found at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/renovatethebody/id889831407?mt=2&i=317255712. 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.
May God bless you! We are looking forward to meeting new faces and seeing familiar ones! If you have any questions, please email 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.


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The Central Washington Catholic Foundation is pleased to offer three college scholarships.  One is for a Davis High School senior (Yakima) and two are for students who will be attending Catholic colleges or universities.  The deadline for applying is April 1, 2015.  Please disseminate this information to your students by whatever means appropriate.

The Celebration of Faith Scholarship

This scholarship is presently expected to award up to $1,500 annually. Up to three scholarships will be awarded each year.  Recipients will be students who are attending, or plan to attend, a Catholic college or university and demonstrate a commitment to serve the church through past activities and future plans and goals.  Current recipients will be eligible to reapply and will compete with new applicants.  The completed application form and all accompanying documentation must be mailed directly to the Central Washington Catholic Foundation and post-marked no later than April 1st of the year the scholarship is awarded.

The Mary Ellen Chott-Mahre Scholarship

This scholarship is presently expected to award $1,000 to $6,000 annually. Completed application form and all accompanying documentation must be mailed directly to the Central Washington Catholic Foundation and post-marked no later than April 1stof the year the scholarship is awarded.

The John Rodriquez-Kranz Scholarship

This one-time scholarship benefits students graduating for Davis High School in Yakima, WA. Presently, an award winner can expect $500 to $1,000. Completed application form and all accompanying documentation must be mailed directly to the Central Washington Catholic Foundation and post-marked no later than April 1stof the year the scholarship is awarded.

For additional information and application forms, go to www.cwcatholicfoundation.org/scholarships.

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Mark your calendars for Thursday February 5th as Karlo Broussard, founder and president of The Divine Child Institute, will be presenting a talk entitled “Finding True Happiness:  Satisfying Our Restless Hearts” at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 401 South Willow Street, Ellensburg,WA starting at 6:30 pm.  The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle is known for saying that “Happiness is the one thing you can choose for itself.  Everything else is chosen for the sake of happiness.”  Consequently, one’s view of happiness determines one’s view of life, relationships, purpose, and self-identity.  In this talk, Mr. Broussard examines what philosophers have classified as the “four levels of happiness” and shows which levels one should strive for in order to live life to the fullest and satisfy the deepest desires of the human heart.  He also looks at the root causes of unhappiness and considers how this can be avoided or reconfigured into something good.  By probing the mystery of our existence, Mr. Broussard proposes a path to achieving the fullest experience of happiness and purpose in life.  Be sure to visit Mr. Broussard’s personal video blog at www.karlobroussard.com


Luego de que este domingo fuera anunciado por el papa Francisco, durante la oración del Ángelus, en la Plaza de San Pedro, el nombramiento como nuevo cardenal de México del arzobispo de Morelia Alberto Suárez Inda, el rector de la catedral de Morelia, José Guadalupe Franco, declaró que esta designación es un honor para la sede que ha contado con arzobispos muy distintivos.

Asimismo, señaló que esto se dio por el reconocimiento del trabajo del arzobispo frente a la iglesia de Morelia y su gran entrega a ésta, lo que ha sido motivo de mucha alegría para los sacerdotes que conforman esta diócesis, así como para los fieles michoacanos.

A su vez se dijo agradecido por la gran distinción que hizo el Papa de origen argentino al nombrar a Suarez Inda como digno representante de la fe cristiana, pero manifestó que eso representa una gran responsabilidad y compromiso por parte del nuevo cardenal para hacer un buen trabajo.

El rector de la catedral aprovechó para pedir a los fieles que realicen oración para que esta nueva designación se realice de la mejor manera y ayuden al monseñor Suárez a colaborar de forma más inmediata en el gobierno universal de la iglesia católica.

Se espera que sea a mediados del mes de febrero de este año cuando el nuevo cardenal mexicano reciba el Capelo cardenalicio, en donde se le asignará alguna iglesia de Roma donde el tendrá una especie de sede.

Cabe señalar que es la primera vez que un arzobispo a cargo de esta diócesis de Morelia recibe el honor de formar parte de los cardenales, por lo que se espera que la decisión de nombrar al sucesor de Suárez Inda la tomé el Vaticano.

"El oficio de un cardenal es colaborar de forma directa con el Papa en el gobierno de la iglesia, en donde se le asignará un campo en concreto para que él trabaje, de la misma manera se espera que participe hasta los ocho años en la selección del nuevo sumo pontífice si se ofreciera", explicó el padre Guadalupe Franco.

Es importante mencionar que el arzobispo Suárez podrá seguir al frente de la iglesia de Morelia, ya que su nombramiento no implica que se retire de esta, hasta que el papa disponga quien va venir, afirmó el rector de catedral.

Dentro de la lista que fue presentada por el papa Francisco se encuentran:

1.- Monseñor Dominique Mamberti, arzobispo titular de Sagona (Canadá), prefecto del Supremo Tribunal de la Signatura Apostólica.

2.- Monseñor Manuel José Macário do Nascimento Clemente, patriarca de Lisboa. 

3.- Monseñor Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, arzobispo de Adis Abeba.

4.- Monseñor John Atcherley Dew, arzobispo de Wellington. 

5.- Monseñor Edoardo Menichelli, arzobispo de Ancona-Osimo (Italia). 

6.- Monseñor Pierre Nguyên Nhon, arzobispo de Hanoi.

7.- Monseñor Alberto Suárez Inda, arzobispo de Morelia (México). 

8.- Monseñor Charles Maung Bo, arzobispo de Yangon (Birmania). 

9.- Monseñor Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij, arzobispo de Bangkok. 

10.- Monseñor Francesco Montenegro, arzobispo de Agrigento (Italia). 

11.- Monseñor Daniel Fernando Sturia Berhouet, arzobispo de Montevideo. 

12.- Monseñor Ricardo Blázquez Pérez, arzobispo de Valladolid (España). 

13.- Monseñor José Luis Lacunza Maestrojuán, obispo de David (Panamá). 

14.- Monseñor Arlindo Gomes Furtado, obispo de Santiago de Cabo Verde (Cabo Verde). 

15.- Monseñor Soane Patita Paini Mafi, obispo de Tonga (Isla de Tonga). 


No electores

1.- Monseñor José de Jesús Pimiento Rodríguez, arzobispo emérito de Manizales (Colombia). 

2.- Monseñor Luigi De Magistris, arzobispo titular de Nova, pro-penitenciario mayor emérito (Italia). 

3.- Monseñor Karl-Joseph Rauber, alemán, arzobispo titular de Giubalziana (Túnez).

4.- Monseñor Luis Héctor Villalba, arzobispo emérito de Tucumán (Argentina).

5.- Monseñor Júlio Duarte Langa, obispo emérito de Xai-Xai (Mozambique). (J)

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Dear Friends:
Some months ago a reporter from the Boston Globe called a few of us. Somehow we'd missed the publication of this story on Mattawa but I thought you would find this interesting to read.  Many Blessings! To read article, click here.
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Parishioners kneel before a portrait of the Virgen de Guadalupe at St. Joseph s church in Yakima
Friends, here's an interesting audio file and story from Northwest Public Radio that features Father Felipe Pulido, the pastor of St. Joseph in Yakima along with Dan Hogan, the pastoral council president, on the challenges of two languages and cultural communities sharing one parish.  To read article, click here.
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Collection Set for January 24-25

Soon our parishes will take up the Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign. This collection communicates the Gospel through Catholic social media activities and enriches our faith through podcasts, television, radio, and print media. Half of all proceeds remain in our (arch)diocese and support local needs, so please be generous in this collection.  Accompanying this article please find a letter from Bishop Joseph Tyson supporting this collection, along with other promotional materials.


Colecta Fijada por 24-25 de Enero

Muy pronto nuestras parroquias realizarán la Colecta para la Campaña Católica de la Comunicación. Esta colecta comunica el Evangelio a través de actividades en los medios sociales católicos y enriquece nuestra fe a través de los podcasts, la televisión, la radio y la prensa escrita. La mitad de lo recaudado permanece en nuestra (arqui)diócesis y financia las necesidades locales así que, por favor, contribuyan generosamente a esta colecta. Acompañando a este artículo por favor encontrar una carta de apoyo del Obispo Joseph Tyson para esta colecta, junto con otros materiales de promoción.

Archbishop of Morelia to the College of Cardinals

Dear Friends/Estimados Amigos:

 The news is spreading especially across our Spanish speaking communities about the recent appointment of Archbishop Alerberto Suarez Inda of Morelia in Michoacan to the College of Cardinals.  So many of our folks here across the diocese come from this part of Mexico. Bishop Sevilla managed to bring him up here to Yakima for a pastoral visit.  When Father Felipe and I were in Morelia we asked him about this possibility as well.  He suggested maybe after he retires. So perhaps we need to try again!  Enjoy the photo gallery below that David Valdivia saved from his last visit here to Yakima and lets pray for all the newly appointed Cardinals that the redness of their clothing my reflect their desire to "shed blood" for the faith and thus die and rise for Jesus Christ.

Recibimos buenas noticias de Michoacán: El Monseñor Arzobispo Alberto Suarez Inda fue nombrado miembro del Colegio de Cardenales por Papa Francisco.  Un Cardenal viste de rojo porque ellos están dispuestos para sacrificar su sangre por la fe.  Como sabemos, tenemos muchos desafíos en el estado de Michoacán.  En muchas maneras este nombramiento significa la cercanía del Papa Francisco con todos nosotros y con nuestros familiares y amigos en México.  El Monseñor estuvo aquí en la Diócesis de Yakima hace algunos años por invitación del Obispo Sevilla.  Tenemos fotos de esta visita. Oremos por El Monseñor Arzobispo Alberto Suarez y su ministerio como Cardenal.
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Christmas Message 2014

Most Reverend Joseph J. Tyson, Bishop of Yakima

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Christkindl Kirche, Steyr, Austria

Dear Friends:

The earliest and most memorable Christmas that I can recall occurred when I was about three or four years old. Santa visited. He seemed to know the precise location on South 14th here in Yakima – at my Grandma's house – just a few blocks from St. Paul Cathedral. My great aunt – Aunt Eva – lived just around the corner on Maclaren right near the old home of the Yakima Bears – Larsen Field.

I didn't know it at the time, but my grandma's youngest brother – my great uncle Balzer – dressed up as Santa. It was a fitting thing to do given his name, for Balzer is the abbreviated German name for Balthazar – one of the three kings who bore gifts for the infant Jesus! However, Uncle Balzer had little physical resemblance to the graciously tall King Balthazar of our nativity set. Quiet the contrary! Uncle Balzer was a big man. He was the fattest man I'd ever met. Sehr groß und ganz fett – as we'd say in German.

Uncle Balzer worked as a butcher here in Yakima and – at one point – ran a couple of butcher shops. But he was part of the German clan – "the ja ja's" – as we younger ones would later call them – from all the songs they would sing that had the German "ja ja ja ja" as part of the lyrics.

In my earliest years, German was still a primary language spoken by all the older adults. In fact, when discussing Christmas presents for the Christmas tree, my grandma and aunts would often try to disguise their communication by switching into German – which is why I speak excellent German today! But somehow I'd missed the chatter about my Uncle Balzer dressing up as Santa so when he did show up on Christmas Eve I was startled and surprised – even a bit scared. But I loved the fact that he brought me a whole set of Tonka trucks!
Looking back, I can now see how the world of faith and the world of family met under that Christmas tree! Indeed, my grandparents reminded me that the Christmas tree started as a custom from the German-speaking world – long before there was even a unified country called "Germany."

The custom seems to have developed in the small Austrian town of Steyr where the oldest living Christmas tree is still located. According to local town history, in 1694 the village church in Steyr got a new sacristan. He was afflicted with epilepsy. But coming from the neighboring village of Melk, he brought with him his town's great devotion to the Christ Child. He created a little chapel in the hollow of a large pine tree and placed in this hollow an image of the Christ child from Melk holding, in one hand a crown of thorns, and in another hand a cross. Praying before the image of the infant Jesus in the hollow of the pine tree, this simple church sacristan found healing and peace.

Because of this sacristan's devotion, others in the local parish became attracted to this devotion. The devotion grew despite the skepticism of Church authorities in Passau and eventually the villagers engaged with famous Austrian architects to build a Church around the tree with an altar and an tabernacle by the tree, preserving the interior hollow for the sacred image of the Christ Child. Thus Christmas trees became intimately connected with the birth of Christ and this devotion to the Christ Child.

Might we need to re-connect the custom of the Christmas tree with the devotion to the Christ Child today too? Ours is a world that rewards the rich and the powerful, the glamorous and the strong. Ours is a world where the stars we follow are from the world of sports, music and film.

Yet our faith reminds us of the very different way God enters this world: as a small infant and a vulnerable child. As our Emeritus Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI succinctly stated: God comes as a baby. Infants have a natural beauty and a natural attraction. They call us out of ourselves. They elicit a response of love. They compel us to draw them close to us. This is the fundamental stance of God for us. It is the foundation of the spiritual life. God's closeness is key in the life of prayer. No doubt this is what drew that 17th century Austrian sacristan to venerate the infant Jesus in the hollow of a pine tree.

It is also why our current Holy Father, Pope Francis tends to uplift the beatitude of mercy as fundamental in grasping how close God really is to each and every one of us. One of the stories to emerge from the last papal election, is how Pope Francis – then Cardinal Bergolio, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires – had a room directly across from Cardinal Walter Kaspar, the Archbishop of Cologne, Germany. Cardinal Kaspar had just finished writing his book on the beatitude of mercy and had Spanish translations with him fresh from the publisher. He handed the soon-to-be-elected Holy Father a copy. Pope Francis loved the book so much he invited Cardinal Kaspar to give the introductory talk on the topic of mercy at last February's planning meeting of the College of Cardinals as they prepared for this coming October's Synod on the Family which will take place in Rome.

In his book, Cardinal Kaspar points out that one of the key words for mercy in German – perhaps the main word – is Barmherzigkeit. Barm comes from the old Teutonic word meaning "chest" or "breast" and "herz" in German means "heart." It's as though the German language itself wants to express the concept of mercy as being drawn into the very breast of God. God's loving-mercy is so great and so very close it is as though we can feel the beat of his heart – thus Barmherzigkeit.

This is what God wants to do for us. It is the core of the Christmas message. Circling back to the connection between the Christ Child and the Christmas tree, this is why God enters the world as a small child. It is why God invades our world – not with military might – but with – in the original Greek of tonight's Gospel – a "strata" of angels – literally an army of angels. God comes as an infant to compel us to draw us close to him like a small infant – so close that we can feel his mercy – literally his Barmherzigkeit – through his chest, the very beat of his heart.

But this is not only what God wants to do for us. It is also what He expects us to do for others. God wants us to become his instrument of mercy for those around us. For whom might we become a source of God's mercy in our family? With whom might we need to become reconciled? Who might need a gesture of heart-felt love from us this Christmas season? From whom have we withdrawn or become distant? For whom – symbolically speaking – do we need to become like Santa Claus as did my Uncle Balzer for me? In short, how can we allow God to be mercifully close to us even as we become mercifully close to others in that original German root meaning of that word mercy – barmherzigkeit?

Friends, my hope and prayer is through our worship, our music and our beautiful environment that you might experience God's loving mercy for you anew. As you look at the Christmas tree may you see in its hollow the image of the Christ-child. May God bless you all and may you have a very merry Christmas! Peace be with you.

Mensaje de Navidad  2014

Reverendisimo Joseph J. Tyson, Obispo

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Christkindl Kirche, Steyr, Austria

Queridos Amigos:

La primera y más inolvidable Navidad ocurrió cuando yo apenas tenía tres o cuatro años. Papa Noel (o Santa Claus) nos visitó. Parecía que él conocía el lugar exacto en al sur de la calle 14 aquí en Yakima – en la casa de la abuela – unas cuantas cuadras de la Catedral St. Paul. Mi tía abuela – tía Eva – vivía a la vuelta de la esquina en Maclaren cerca del antiguo hogar de los Yakima Bears – Larsen Field.

En ese tiempo yo no sabía, pero el hermano más joven de abuela – mi tío abuelo Balzer – se vestía como Papa Noel. Era muy apropiado que se llamara Balzer porque en alemán ese es el abreviado de Balthazar – uno de los tres reyes que llevaron regalos al Niño Jesús. Sin embargo, tío Balzer tenía muy poco parecido físico al alto y elegante Rey Balthazar de nuestro nacimiento. ¡Todo lo contrario! Tío Balzer era un hombre grande. Era el hombre más gordo que he conocido. Sehr groß und ganz fett –(muy grande y muy gordo), como diríamos en alemán.

Tío Balzer trabajaba como carnicero aquí en Yakima y – en un tiempo – manejaba dos carnicerías. Pero él formaba parte del clan alemán – los ja ja’s” como los más jóvenes más tarde los llamaríamos – de todas las canciones que ellos cantaban que tenían las palabras “ja ja ja ja” como parte de su letra.

En mis primeros años, el alemán era todavía un idioma principal hablado por todos los adultos mayores. ¡De hecho, cuando se hablaba de los regalos de Navidad para poner bajo el árbol, mi abuela y tías a menudo trataban de disimular su plática hablando alemán – por lo cual yo hablo un excelente alemán hoy en día! Pero de alguna manera me perdía la conversación sobre mi tío Balzer disfrazado de Papa Noel, por lo tanto cuando él apareció disfrazado la víspera de Navidad yo estaba sobresaltado y sorprendido – incluso un poco asustado. ¡Pero me encantaba que me había traído todo un conjunto de camiones Tonka!

¡Mirando al pasado, puedo ver ahora cómo el mundo de fe y el mundo de la familia se encuentran bajo el árbol de Navidad! En realidad, mis abuelos me contaban que el árbol de Navidad comenzó como una costumbre del mundo de habla alemana – mucho antes de que hubiera un país unificado llamado “Alemania.”

La costumbre parece haberse desarrollado en la pequeña ciudad austriaca de Steyr donde todavía se encuentra el árbol vivo de Navidad más antiguo. De acuerdo a la historia local de la ciudad, en 1694 la iglesia de la villa en Steyr tuvo un nuevo sacristán. Él sufría de epilepsia.  Como venía de la villa vecina de Melk, trajo consigo la devoción más grande de su ciudad, la devoción al Cristo Niño. Él creó una pequeña capilla en el hueco de un gran árbol de pino y en el hueco colocó una imagen del Cristo Niño de Melk teniendo, en una mano una corona de espinas, y en la otra una cruz. Orando ante la imagen del Niño Jesús en el hueco del árbol de pino este humilde sacristán de iglesia encontró sanación y paz.

Debido a la devoción de este sacristán, otros en la parroquia local se sintieron atraídos a esta devoción. La devoción creció a pesar de la incredulidad de las autoridades de la Iglesia en Passau y eventualmente los pobladores contrataron a famosos arquitectos austriacos para construir una iglesia alrededor del árbol con un altar y un tabernáculo al lado del árbol reservando el hueco interior para la sagrada imagen del Cristo Niño. Por eso los árboles de Navidad han estado estrechamente conectados con el nacimiento de Cristo y esta devoción al Cristo Niño. 

¿Podríamos volver a conectar la costumbre del árbol de Navidad con la devoción al Cristo Niño hoy también? Nuestro mundo es un mundo que recompensa a los ricos y poderosos, lo glamoroso y lo fuerte. Nuestro mundo es un mundo donde las estrellas que seguimos son del mundo de deportes, música y cine.

Sin embargo nuestra fe nos recuerda de manera muy diferente la entrada de Dios a este mundo: como un niñito pequeño y vulnerable. Tal como nuestro jubilado Santo Padre el Papa Benedicto XVI brevemente declara: Dios viene como un bebé. Los bebés tienen una belleza y una atracción natural. Nos llaman fuera de nosotros mismos; nos provocan una respuesta de amor. Nos obligan a acercarlos a nosotros. Esta es la postura fundamental de Dios para nosotros. Es la base de la vida espiritual. La cercanía de Dios es fundamental en la vida de oración.  Sin duda esto es lo que atrajo al sacristán austriaco del siglo 17 a venerar al Niño Jesús en el hueco de un árbol de pino.

Por eso también nuestro actual Santo Padre, el Papa Francisco tiende a elevar la bienaventuranza de la misericordia como algo fundamental para captar lo cerca que Dios realmente está de todos y cada uno de nosotros. Una de las historias que surgió de la última elección papal, es cómo el Papa Francisco – entonces Cardenal Bergolio, Arzobispo de Buenos Aires, Argentina – tenía su cuarto directamente frente al del Cardenal Walter Kaspar, Arzobispo de Cologne, Alemania. El Cardenal Kaspar acababa de terminar de escribir su libro sobre la bienaventuranza de la misericordia y tenía con él la traducción en español recién recibida del editor.  Él le entregó una copia al que pronto iba a ser elegido Santo Padre. Al Papa Francisco le gustó tanto el libro que invitó al Cardenal Walter Kaspar para que diera una charla introductoria sobre el tema de la misericordia en la reunión de planificación del pasado mes de febrero del Colegio de Cardenales mientras se preparan para el próximo sínodo de Octubre sobre la Familia que se llevará a cabo en Roma.

En su libro, el Cardenal Walter Kaspar indica que una de las palabras claves para la misericordia en alemán – a lo mejor la palabra principal – es Barmherzigkeit. (Misericordia). Barm viene de la vieja palabra teutónica que significa “torso” o sea “pecho” y “herz” en alemán significa “corazón.” Es como si el mismo idioma alemán quisiera expresar el concepto de la misericordia como estando cercano al mismo pecho de Dios. La amorosa misericordia de Dios es tan grande y tan cercana que es como si sintiéramos el latido de su corazón – por lo tanto Barmherzigkeit.

Esto es lo que Dios quiere hacer por nosotros. Es el centro del mensaje navideño. Volviendo de nuevo a la conexión entre el Cristo Niño y el árbol de Navidad, por esta razón es que Dios entra al mundo como un pequeño niño. Por eso es que Dios invade nuestro mundo – no con poder militar – sino con – en el griego original del Evangelio de esta noche – un “estrato” de ángeles – literalmente un ejército de ángeles.  Dios viene como un niñito para obligarnos a acercarnos a él como un niño pequeño – tan cerca que podamos sentir su misericordia – literalmente su Barmherzigkeit (misericordia) a través del latido de su corazón.

Pero esto no es lo único que Dios quiere hacer por nosotros. También es lo que él espera que nosotros hagamos por los demás. Dios quiere que seamos su instrumento de misericordia para todos a nuestro alrededor. ¿Para quién podríamos ser una fuente de la misericordia de Dios en nuestra familia? ¿Con quién necesitamos reconciliarnos? ¿Quién puede estar necesitando un gesto de amor sincero de nosotros esta temporada navideña?  ¿De quién nos hemos retirado o nos hemos distanciado? ¿Para quién – simbólicamente hablando – necesitamos ser como Papá Noel tal como tío Balzer fue para mí? En pocas palabras, cómo podemos permitir que Dios esté misericordiosamente cerca de nosotros incluso cuando estamos misericordiosamente cercanos a los demás en esa raíz original alemana que es el significado de la palabra misericordia - barmherzigkeit?

Amigos, mi esperanza y oración es que a través de nuestro culto divino, nuestra música y nuestro maravilloso ambiente ustedes puedan sentir la misericordia amorosa de Dios nuevamente para ustedes. Que cuando miren el árbol de Navidad puedan ver en su hueco la imagen del Cristo Niño. Que Dios los bendiga a todos ustedes y que tengan una Feliz Navidad. ¡La paz sea con ustedes!

Catholics Returning Home

Were you, or someone you know raised a Catholic but do not come, or seldom come, to Church anymore?  Are you a Catholic who feels separated from the Church?  Would you like to feel at home in the Catholic Church again?  Catholics Returning Home (CRH) is a six-week program assisting Catholics to return to the active practice of faith.  No matter how long a person has been away and no matter the reason, we invite you or a family member or a friend to consider renewing your relationship with the Catholic Church.  If you would like to attend or would like more information on this ministry outreach please call Jeff Schlieman at 833-2515 or Cathy Schlieman at 833-9456 or Mary Hamelin at 966-4206. Our sessions for CRH are Sundays beginning January 18th at 10:30 a.m. in the Church Bride’s Room at Holy Family Church on 56th Ave. and Tieton.

Dear Fathers,

Attached please find bulletin announcements that can be run each weekend from December 20-21, 2014 through February 7-8, 2015 to help get the word out about Retrouvaille, a program meant to help couples rebuild their marriages.   Retrouvaille's first marriage-saving weekend in Eastern Washington in 2015 is February 13-15 at the Immaculate Heart Retreat Center in Spokane. Please help families in your community hear about this program through your bulletin.

Over 90 percent of the couples that attended the Retrouvaille Fall 2014 weekend indicated they heard about Retrouvaille in the bulletin or pulpit announcements. A few indicated they saw the poster and brochures posted in their church. Many are too embarrassed to ask their pastor or friends for help with their marriages. Others are just hoping time will make things better.

The couples told organizers that seeing the program announced repeatedly in their church bulletin gave them the courage to pick up the phone and make the call. Most say that Retrouvaille was the lifeline that helped their marriage and their family. You are our lifeline to them!

By running the announcement for the February Retrouvaille weekend in your December 20-21, bulletin, and continuing to run an announcement every week (if possible) through February 8, you give troubled marriages and their hurting families a chance to heal. We thank you in advance!

For confidential information or to register for the February 13-15, 2015 Spokane weekend, call (509) 520-4118 or (800) 470-2230 or visit the web site at www.Retrouvaille.org.

"You are the one I have chosen..."

Homily for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe 2014 for the Diocese of Yakima
Zechariah 2:14-17; Revelation 11:19a, 12:1-6a, 10ab; Luke 1:26-38

Most Reverend Joseph J. Tyson, Bishop of Yakima

"My little son, there are many I could send. But you are the one I have chosen." These are the recorded words given to St. Juan Diego by the Blessed Virgin Mary during her second apparition at Tepayac Hill in 1531.
But allow me to back up. You all recall the first apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe to San Juan Diego. Speaking to him in his native Nahuatl, she told him she wanted a Church built upon Tepayac Hill where she would, in her words, offer her people "...love, compassion and protection...." She sent him to the bishop but the bishop's assistants were a bit skeptical. The bishop said he would consider the request and invited him to return.
So when San Juan Diego returned to the place of the apparition, he asked her to send someone else. He seemed to feel unworthy to persuade someone as important as a bishop. Thus the response of Our Lady of Guadalupe to San Juan Diego: "My little son, there are many I could send. But you are the one I have chosen."
Do you believe those words? Do you believe those words of Our Lady of Guadalupe to San Juan Diego? Do you believe those words of Our Lady of Guadalupe to San Juan Diego about YOU?
You – the people of this Catholic Diocese of Yakima in Central Washington – you are God's chosen ones. You have a nobility and a greatness that comes – not from a passport, a visa, a green card, or an I-9 work permit – but from being created and fashioned from the very image and likeness of God.
Certainly, I am keenly aware that you receive the very opposite message from various sectors of our North American society. This comes from the fact – and I will not mince words – that we have become a nation built on half-truths. We fail to tell truth that without undocumented immigrant labor we would have very little food on our nation's table. We fail to tell the truth about the human cost this takes on our nation's agricultural workers: the fear of deportation and the constant threat of family separation.
Here in Washington State, agriculture is the single largest sector of our economy. It's larger than our state's higher profile industries such as computer software, aircraft and designer coffees. But it's built on a shadow economy of immigrant labor. In some form or other it's been like this in Central Washington for decades.
And if those who work our fields face fear of deportation and family separation, it's also important to note that courageous growers and packers also take on unique and contradictory risks in making sure we have food on our tables. There are many aspects to their challenges but allow me to cite just one:
If employers inspect the I-9 permit to work, they can be sued for racial profiling. If employer fails to inspect the I-9, rivals can disrupt their competitors by calling in a complaint and triggering a raid. This is why I have concluded the much of the economic underpinnings for Washington State economy is built on fraud – a fraud that begins – not with our growers or our agricultural workers – but with the very structure of our immigration laws.
I realize to some ears this critique sounds "political." It is not. This critique is moral. Dare we ask ourselves what this social reality does to all of us morally? Note well: the division between documented and undocumented is not simply an external division in our workplace and among our families. It's a division that runs inside each one of us – whether we are in the Anglophone community or the Spanish-speaking community – because all of us become compromised morally by living in a world built on fraudulent documents and fake identities.
In a broader context, this dark side of our consumer culture suggests that "identity" is something chosen and acquired. Our young people grow up in a world where "identity" is equated with "gay" and "straight" and where sexuality is a consumer "preference" rather than an expression of our humanity. The marketing world suggests that we gain "identity" through designer labels and fashionable clothing. The world of sports and entertainment
suggests a type of "identity" that is out there in the studio or on the field waiting for our imitation.
But our faith informs us of a richer and deeper identity: Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Through Christ we become most ourselves. By losing ourselves in the message of Christ we find ourselves. Indeed, it was the British rock singer Bono from U-2 who noted in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine a number of years back that it was "artistically appropriate" that Jesus Christ was born amidst the "straw poverty" of an animal stable.
That "straw poverty" might be the interpretive key for us as we deepen our devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Scholars suggest that this image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is one that shows three months of pregnancy. It's as though Our Lady of Guadalupe is speaking into our legal shadows and our consumer complicity reminding us that "identity" is not something purchased or acquired. It's something that's revealed – given to men and women of every age by a good and gracious God.
What ties that unborn Christ Child with all children and all people – born and unborn – is that human dignity needs no documents and ministry in this Church demands no papers.
"My little son, there are many I could send. But you are the one I have chosen." Those words are meant for each and every one of you – documented and undocumented. God has chosen YOU to bear his mission of "...love, compassion and protection..."
Friends, many of you know me. I was born in Moses Lake – the first parish in the Diocese of Yakima to hold a celebration in honor of our Lady of Guadalupe – the year I was born! My grandfather was a union organizer. My mother attended St. Joseph Academy in Yakima as well as St. Paul Cathedral School. My parents were married at St. Paul Cathedral. While I heard German spoken by my grandparents, I cannot recall a time in my life when Spanish was not heard during the harvest and in the fields. When I returned to become bishop in the Cathedral where I was baptized I immediately sensed I'd not only be among extended family and friends but I'd also need to become a missionary to the Spanish speaking in order to serve in the diocese where I was born.
The same is true for each and every one of you too. Regardless of your earthly citizenship, your native language or your country of origin you have a mission – a mission given from the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe through San Juan Diego to each and every one of us: to bear his mission of "...love, compassion and protection...." You may not feel worthy. You may feel that your English is bad or – in my case – that my Spanish is bad. But God has chosen you for this saving mission of grace. Following the command of Our Lady of Guadalupe to San Juan Diego, this Advent season whom will you touch today with an act of kindness? A gesture of forgiveness? A message of mercy?
"My little son, there are many I could send. But you are the one I have chosen." All of us should take great heart and great courage in those words of our Lady of Guadalupe to San Juan Diego.
Why? Because salvation does not come from politicians. It comes from Christ. To cite St. Paul, "Our citizenship is in heaven." "Our citizenship is in heaven" regardless of our legal status here on earth.
This is why I am so grateful for the many celebrations in honor of our Lady of Guadalupe as well as their fruit in our celebration of Christmas. When we full engage in these public acts of worship, we create a space where we live the truth of our human dignity. In our public worship, we acknowledge and give thanks to the giver of our true identity – Jesus Christ.
Our religious devotion means that we do not allow the failed political debates to dominate our lives – publicly or privately. When we live this truth – the truth of our human dignity – we refuse to be divided between those who are eligible for an executive order and those who are not. It means we refuse to cave to social intimidation and fear of deportation. When we live the truth of our deepest human identity that comes – uniquely from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – then maybe one day our civil leaders will catch up and imitate in just legislation the human dignity and the transcendent citizenship we all possess right now.
May we trust the words given to San Juan Diego by Our Lady of Guadalupe as words given to all of us: "My little son, there are many I could send. But you are the one I have chosen."


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Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson
Bishop of Yakima

Bishop's Homilies & Statements






Dear Fathers,

Earlier this evening in Rome I received the following request for prayers from Joan Rosenhauer, executive vice president of U.S. Operations for Catholic Relief Services.  Your prayers, and those of all the faithful in the diocese, will be most appreciated.  I have attached a prayer service and petitions provided by CRS.  I would also encourage you to consider offering a daily Mass in the near future, using the readings of the day, “For the Preservation of Peace and Justice” (no. 30 of the Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions).  Here is Ms. Rosenhauer's message:

Dear CRS Partners:

Your prayers are needed for peace in Sudan and South Sudan!

Southern Sudan became the world’s newest nation after a referendum that was, against all odds, peaceful and orderly. It is a testimony to the power of prayer and the will of people who insisted that a peaceful future is possible for this war-torn region. You were among them. Your prayer, your advocacy and your support for peacebuilding efforts in Sudan were an essential part of the global effort that worked.

But the hope and progress could be erased if the outstanding issues between Sudan and South Sudan are not settled. Escalating violence is threatening the future of South Sudan and ongoing conflict in Darfur, as well as along the border of Sudan and South Sudan--in Abyei, the Nuba Mountains, and Blue Nile--is jeopardizing stability for all of the Sudanese people.  We are asking again for your prayers for all the people of Sudan.

We offer you a brief prayer and intercessions, along with a prayer service for the Sudanese people.  

Thank you for everything you do for our brothers and sisters around the world and your continued prayers for the people of Sudan and South Sudan.

Peace & Blessings,
Joan Rosenhauer