Thursday July 30, 2015
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Ustedes están cordialmente invitados al Congreso Juvenil 2015 que se llevar acabo el sábado 8 de agosto, 

En Town Toyota Center ubicada en 1300 Walla Walla Ave,Wenatchee, WA. Con presentaciones de  Alma Sánchez, Gerardo Sánchez, Rev. Argemiro Orozco,  Rev. Mario Salazar, y Rev. Alvarado Diez. Registraciones comenzaran a las 7:00 a.m. y concluirá con una Santa Misa a las 8:00 p.m. No habrá costo de entrada. Presentaciones de música y alabanzas:

Grupo “Cristo Vive” y Como invitados especiales de: La Sombra de Michoacán y Extraño Musical.

Dear Friends:
Here's a little update about Catholic Radio in Central Washington.  The exciting news is that we will be launch radio in Spanish with the coming of KZTR 103.5 FM in Yakima and KJHS 107.9 FM in East Wenatchee.  
Click below to
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Here's just a few links as you work with parishioners and parish leaders catechetically on the recent Supreme Court decision mandating a change in the definition of marriage for all 50 states.  
First, since this is a national issue, I think it's best to refer to the national response from Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Click here
Second, since Washington State already voted in favor of the redefinition of marriage, here is the direct link to my pastoral letter that was read and distributed in Spanish and English across the Diocese of Yakima.  Click here to read.
Third, here is an interview that Archbishop Kurtz gave to the Catholic newspaper, Our Sunday Visitor which might be a good resource for review:  Click here to read.
Let us remember the words of Pope Saint John Paul the Second who noted in Porta Fidei #15: "What the world is in particular need of today is the credible witness of people enlightened in mind and heart by the word of the Lord, and capable of opening the hearts and minds of many to the desire for God and for true life, life without end."
+Bishop Joseph Tyson
Dear Fathers:
If you are in the Yakima area you will want to note these important dates when our enrollment team will be visiting your parish to encourage enrollment in our Catholic schools.  The dates you are seeing are for January and February of 2016.  Please click below to see the dates for your local parish if you are pastor at St. Paul Cathedral, St. Joseph in Yakima, St. John in Naches, Holy Family in Yakima, Holy Redeemer in Yakima, San Juan Diego in Cowiche, Our Lady of Lourdes in Selah or Holy Rosary in Moxee!  
Also, if our enrollment is low this August you may be hearing from our Catholic schools for a last August enrollment push as well. 
Thanks very much!
+Bishop Joseph Tyson

Dear Friends:

Yesterday, John Young, president of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Yakima, announced that he is retiring at the end of December. Click here to read a copy of the message that he sent to staff across the Catholic Charities network as well as our own parish leaders.

On a personal note, I would just want to add how much I will miss John.  We've talked off and on for well over a year about his possible leave-taking and his future plans.  John has built a wonderful team here in the Diocese of Yakima and has moved the agency to be one of the largest on the west coast. We're the second only to Seattle here in Region XII – the Pacific Northwest.  In terms of the west, we're larger than Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  There's a few other agencies larger that Yakima in California.  But very few.  

I raise the size, not so much to boast, but to note that for a diocese like Yakima that is one of the most highly Hispanic dioceses in the United States, we have a Catholic Charities agency very much in tune with our local social service and social ministry needs.  Thus our Church also has an agency able to extend our mission in a much larger way than most local dioceses would have here in the West.  

We have John Young and his fine team to thank for extending the love of Christ, bringing hope into people's lives.  You will be reading more in the coming weeks about the transition process as well as opportunities to thank John for his great ministry and wonderful service.

Let's pray for him, his wife Celia and the new transition they'll be making as they move back home to Alabama to be closer to long -time family and friends.

With my every best wish and blessing,

+Bishop Joseph Tyson

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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.)



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.  
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
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Dear Friends:
Attached is some information I received from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops regarding the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.  If you or your parishes are interested, kindly visit the website and click on the link below to see the overview of information I have from the organizers. 
Many Blessings,
+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)

September 22-25, 2015

World Meeting of Families (Philadelphia, PA)

September 22-27, 2015

2015 Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to the United States of America (Philadelphia, PA)




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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