Tuesday September 23, 2014
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LPA Bulletin insert smallLearn how to talk to your kids, colleagues and community about why you are pro-life – using wit, logic and unassailable truth! This exceptional conference for adults and young people will turn you into a vibrant debater and leader for the pro-life movement.


The Life Principles Academy will be offered Saturday, October 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wenatchee Community Center, 504 S. Chelan Ave., Wenatchee.  Camille Pauley, president of Healing the Culture, is the presenter.


Cost is $39, and includes a light lunch, free parking, workshop materials and $70 worth of FREE textbooks.  For information about the program or to inquire about scholarships, please contact John at 509-885-2137.

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..

Upcoming Events

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Cornerstone Catholic Conference

October 24 - 25, 2014

Tacoma, WA


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Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson
Bishop of Yakima

Bishop's Homilies & Statements


Dear Friends,

 I am Fr. Paul Cochran, S.J., Jesuit superior of the Regis Community in Spokane (the retired and infirmed Jesuits of the Oregon Province). 

I was asked to inform you that Fr. Roberto Saenz, S.J., is nearing the end of his earthly journey and is in our infirmary at Gonzaga University under Hospice Care.  He is experiencing kidney failure but is being kept very comfortable.  One of our nurse aides is from El Salvador and speaks with him in Spanish which is his preferred language at this time though he still speaks English.  Fr. Saenz spent many years in the Yakima Diocese in pastoral and social ministries so it would be appreciated if you could commend him and his final days to your Masses and prayers.

Sincerely Yours,

Fr. Paul Cochran, S.J.
Superior, Regis Community