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Dear Father:

 

Kindly note this link to the upcoming 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia about a year from today – September 22-27, 2015

 

With the theme: Love is our Mission: The Family Fully Alive, this international gathering is meant to stress the centrality of Christ's love in the animation of family life.  We are all keenly aware of the many challenges we face: working to support each child so they have a mom and a dad, creating bonds of love among family members, assisting couples in troubled relationships, working sensitively with those who disagree that marriage is between one man and one woman, handling with care our family members who live with their partners outside the sacrament of marriage, and facing the plight of human trafficking, which denigrates so many women and vulnerable young. The challenges are many.

 

Yet as our Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI so succinctly noted, "Those who believe are never alone."  The doorway to faith begin with our expressions and convictions about the unique and powerful love of Jesus Christ.

 

I hope you will begin to discuss with your local parish leadership what it might take for you to send a little delegation to this event and then return ready to build up family life back here in the Diocese of Yakima.
 
+Bishop Joseph Tyson

Dear Father:

 
Each October the Bishops of the United States always encourage us to uplift the gift of life – from the first moment of conception to the final moment of death.  Again, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has a fine collection of resource materials. Kindly note them and distribute them to your catechists and leadership teams. You might also note this particular resource that can assist you in preaching on the gift of life in the context of the Sunday scriptures.
 

There's also some sample "general intercessions" that you can use for Sunday Mass. Also there is a BILINGUAL set of resources that you can print out in Spanish and English as pamphlets and bulletin inserts.  I can not stress enough the importance of ongoing education of our people -- especially on the key issues of abortion and euthanasia. Click here for the link. 

 
Finally kindly don't forget about the upcoming CORNERSTONE conference that's coming up at the Tacoma Dome in October, click here.
 
In advance I thank you for taking the time to uplift the gift of life in your local parish.
 
+Bishop Joseph Tyson

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

 

ACA Moment:  With the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) soon coming to a close, it is good to reflect on how our donations throughout the year have benefited many people throughout the Diocese.  One ministry funded by the ACA that has an impact on not only those involved but the Diocese as a whole is the Quo Vadis Days (QVD) camp held for high school young men.  The camp helps young men discern their calling in life, especially the possibility of a calling to the priesthood.  The 2014 Quo Vadis was held August 4th-6th at Camp Koinonia near Cle Elum.  This camp has impacted the Diocese by helping some of our seminarians decide to follow a calling to the priesthood.  Two such seminarians are Luis Fernando Trujillo and Michael Kelly, both of whom are studying at Mount Angel Seminary.

To read the full article about these two young men and their experience at Quo Vadis Days, please visit (click here)

If you want a better understanding of our faith, and a deeper relationship with God, then you should consider joining us – the teachers, staff, parents and parishioners of St. Joseph Parish and School - for The Bible Timeline Study, beginning Tuesday, September 23rd. By being a part of this study, you will not only benefit personally, but you will also help to bring about a profound renewal in our faith community as we all grow closer to Christ.

 

The Bible Timeline is a Catholic Bible study that can help anyone to make sense of the Bible and experience the life-changing power of God’s Word. The study takes you on a journey through the entire Bible and brings you deep into each period of salvation history, so that you can discover the amazing story woven throughout all of Scripture. The Bible Timeline has helped hundreds of thousands of people to have a better understanding of the Bible and a deeper relationship with Christ, and it will help you too.

 

The study will include a series of twenty-four videos presented by Jeff Cavins. Each video will be preceded by a lively group discussion. Everyone who participates will receive a color-coded Bible Timeline Chart, as well as a The Bible Timeline Study Kit.

 

The Bible Timeline study will begin on Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:30pm. We will continue to meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.  For more information, or to register, contact Kathleen Wilmes at 509-424-0909 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

With the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) soon coming to a close, it is good to reflect on how our donations throughout the year have benefited many people throughout the Diocese.  One ministry funded by the ACA that has an impact on not only those involved but the Diocese as a whole is the Quo Vadis Days (QVD) camp held for high school young men. The camp helps young men discern their calling in life, especially the possibility of a calling to the priesthood. 

 

The 2014 Quo Vadis was held August 4th-6th at Camp Koinonia near Cle Elum.  This camp has impacted the Diocese by helping some of our seminarians decide to follow a calling to the priesthood.  Two such seminarians are Luis Fernando Trujillo and Michael Kelly, both of whom are studying at Mount Angel Seminary.

 

Luis Fernando Trujillo attended Quo Vadis in 2012 at the invitation of Fr. Alex Trejo.  Luis had shared his thoughts about a possible vocation, and Fr. Alex suggested the camp as a means to help him discern. 

 

Luis feels that the camp did help him in his discernment process saying, “I am so thankful to Fr. Alex for inviting me to this retreat because it was exactly what I needed. You can say it was like the last push before I was brave enough to contact Fr. Felipe Pulido [the vocation director for the Diocese of Yakima] and fill out the information necessary for application.”  He found it helpful to hear the testimony of the priests there and to see their love for the priesthood. When asked why he would like to be a priest, Luis answered, “I believe even though I am still in the discernment process that it is not me who wants to become a priest but Jesus himself who has this vocation for me. I am being as brave as I can and am strengthened by the Liturgy of the Hours and Mass, the community, and in a special way, the prayers of the people of our diocese.”

 

Michael Kelly attended the Quo Vadis camp three years in a row, from 2011-2013 after being encouraged by his pastor, Msgr. Perron Auve.  Michael explained that by going to the camp, he learned about the three vocations that people are called to (religious, married, or single) and also had the opportunity to grow deeper in his faith.  The camp helped him to discern his vocation because it gave him the opportunity to learn what a priest does in both his public ministry and his private life.  Michael stated, “QVDs helped me discern my vocation by not only giving me the knowledge of what all being called to be a priest really meant, but it also placed shining examples of heroic men of God, heroic successors to the apostles, in the foreground of my vision. I got to watch priests and seminarians be themselves; and I got to see how them being themselves worked in tandem with them being the hands and feet of Christ.”  Seeing the priests and seminarians in a personal setting allowed him to realize that all types of men are called to the priesthood in order to serve the diverse needs of the people of God.  Michael would like to encourage other young men to consider the priesthood because “the priesthood isn’t something esoteric, meant for only certain kinds of guys, but rather, it is something that needs good strong men of all shapes, sizes, passions, and backgrounds.”

 

Thank you to the young men who are open to hearing God’s call to the priesthood.  Thank you also the many people throughout the Diocese of Yakima who support the Annual Catholic Appeal and the many additional supporters for the Quo Vadis Days Camp.  Your contributions make a meaningful difference in the ministries provided throughout the Diocese.

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Cornerstone Catholic Conference

October 24 - 25, 2014

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Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson
Bishop of Yakima

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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