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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.

You are invited to this month's Renovate LIVE! It is December 20th, Saturday, at 6:00 PM. Come and socialize, listen to a great speaker, and enjoy some music at Espresso World. The address is 7510 West Clearwater Avenue, Kennewick, Washington, 99336.  Our speaker is Deacon Ross Ronish from Christ the King parish in Richland! Deacon Ross is also a physician in Toppenish. He will be giving a talk about how to evangelize.  Music will be provided by Deacon Ross Ronish. Christmas music will be shared with us by Brian Rebar and James Powers as well!  This event will be our ninth, 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 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.  God bless you! We are looking forward to meeting new faces and seeing familiar ones! If you have any questions, feel free to contact 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.

"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."

Holy Innocents’ Mass

A special “Holy Innocents’” Mass for all parents who have lost a child through miscarriage, disease, violence or abortion, will be celebrated at St. Paul Cathedral Chapel on Monday, December 29th at 7:00 p.m., to be followed by a reception in the Assembly Place. Whether these children have been called by God from this life as infants, school age, teens or adults; all parents, grandparents and families are invited to gather, remember and celebrate their lives.

 

 

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.

Dear School Pastors and School Principals.
 
Fr. Tom Kuykendall and I met with the principals last Tuesday regarding Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA) accreditation.  Fr. Tom and I also met today to touch base with the other vicars and deans.  You will find posted the new 2012 ISL (Improving Student Learning Protocols)  They are located under the policy window and the school policy box.  But here is the direct link, click here.
 
Also here is the link to the WCEA website itself.  Under "documents" it has a number of useful templates tied to Catholic school accreditation.  It also provides a very basic orientation and explanation of the school accreditation process.  By clicking on the various windows of the website, pastors and school principals can harvest information for school leadership and school faculty.  Click here for the link: http://www.westwcea.org/
Dear Friends:
With the first Sunday of Advent and the start of the new liturgical year, it might be wise to also note that Pope Francis has declared this liturgical year to be the Year for Consecrated Life.  You might want to check out this link on consecrated life, click here.  Note that there are prayer cards that can be downloaded and printed out for use in your parishes.  There are also a couple of videos that could be used with religious education and faith formation classes.  Let's pray for an increase of vocations for consecrated life.  

           

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The Stewardship and Development Office would like to especially thank every pastor, parish staff, and volunteer who put so much time and talent into this important effort. Because of your commitment and leadership, the Annual Catholic Appeal was a success! Everyone who participated with their time, talent, and treasure should be proud to be part of this important effort.

Thank you!!

Congratulations to Toppenish, St. Joseph-Yakima, Warden, and Benton City for meeting your goal! We also had Prosser, St. Joseph-Sunnyside, and Grandview within 95%-99% of meeting their goal.

Thirty-six of the 41 (88%) parishes met and/or exceeded their 2014 ACA Goal. Below is the Summary Highlights. The ACA goal in 2010 was 1.4 million, rebates $164,883, Shortfall $151,126 and the goal in 2014 was 1.5 million, rebates $393,920 and shortfall $9,417. In 2010, we had 6,122 donors and today we have 7,536 (an increase of 1,414). This is good news for our local Church. The Church has the pastors, staff, and parish ACA volunteers to thank for it.

Summary Highlights (October 31, 2013 vs. October 31, 2014)

   

Last Year

 

This Year

Difference

 
   

2013 ACA

vs.

2014 ACA

   

 

Pledge

$1,948,904

 

$2,103,882

$154,978

Increase

 

Goal

$1,464,155

 

$1,525,795

$61,640

Increase

 

PTD

$1,770,319

 

$1,903,896

$133,577

Increase

 

Total Rebates

$342,121

 

$393,920

$51,799

Increase

 

Actual Income to Diocese

$1,428,198

 

$1,509,976

$81,778

Increase

 

Shortfall to Diocese

$35,957

 

$9,417

$26,540

Decrease

 

Participation

6,996

 

7,536

540

Increase

  

The Preliminary Final Monthly Report for ACA 2014 is available on the Website: Please click here for the latest ACA Monthly Report. The report is also attached.  

Our ACA 2015 launched on October 18 and 19. The Pledge Weekend was on November 8 and 9. This weekend is the Second Follow Up Weekend. Our theme for this year is “You are members of the family of God...with Jesus Christ as the Capstone.”  (from Eph 2:19-21) Don’t forget, parishioners will not have the opportunity to express this belief in the mission of our local Church if they are not asked.

 

2015 ACA Update:  Thank you to the parishes that have submitted their ACA Reports! The parishes have been doing a great job, and we appreciate all your hard work!  We have had 19 of the 41 parishes submit at least one report.  If you have not submitted a report for your parish yet, please do so as soon as possible.  It is especially important that we receive credit card pledges right away as some people want their withdrawals to start in November or December.  As a reminder, please do not put more than about 100 pledges into one report.  If you have received a large amount of pledges for one weekend, simply divide them between two reports and send them together with one check.  Smaller batches of pledges help to streamline processing.

 

November 20: Second Report Due to Development Office

       Assure Bookkeeper/Appeal Secretary submits second report to Sandra at 5301-A Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA 98908-3493. This includes 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal Donor List, Parish Report Transmittal Form, Pledge Cards and Parish Check.

        Reports are due on each Wednesday of each week during the Appeal.

 

November 22/23: Second Follow-Up Weekend

       Assure Appeal envelopes and pencils are available in the pews.

       Before each Mass make certain that each pew pocket is replenished with envelopes and a sufficient number of pencils.

       Use ACA suggested Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses.

       Place announcements in bulletin and make pulpit announcements at all Masses.

Donate Online (ACA): https://yakimadiocese.thankyou4caring.org/

Should you have any questions regarding the ACA, please do not hesitate to contact Alma Benitez, Director of Stewardship and Development, or Sandra Boguslawski, ACA Bookkeeper, at (509) 965-7117. Our e-mail addresses are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dear Friends:
 
This is a fine article that summarizes a bit of our outreach for migrant and farm worker housing for our folks here across Central Washington. Our gratitude goes out to all the people at Catholic Family Housing Services as well as our many partners who make good housing a reality and thus uplift the Church's foundational principle of Catholic Social Teaching: the dignity of the human person. Click here to read full article.
 
Blessings!
 
+Bishop Joseph Tyson

           

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The Annual Catholic Appeal launched on October 18 & 19, 2014. You should have received the in-pew envelopes by now; if you have not received the material, please contact me as soon as possible at (509) 965-7117.

The theme of this year’s ACA is:  “You are members of the family of God...with Jesus Christ as the Capstone.”  (from Eph 2:19-21). This theme, taken from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, reveals our intimate membership in God’s Family, and suggests that as disciples of Christ, we are urged to live our life of faith with an evangelizing spirit; generously sharing ourselves and the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others.

I also urge you to carefully review the check off list for the Pledge Weekend November 8 & 9, 2014. Attached are Word and PDFs of in-pew pledge cards and ACA Information Card; these can be helpful if using projector to walk parishioners step by step through filling out pledge cards.

As last year, a list of parishioner account numbers, names, and addresses has been emailed to you by the Development office instead of mailing pre-printed labels. You may either print the labels at your parish or hand-write the information on the pledge card. Please make sure the account number is printed clearly and completely on the pledge card. If the parishioner has written a new address from the one that is on the label, please do not cover the new address when placing the label on the pledge card so that we can update their profile.  We are also providing an Excel Spreadsheet with the similar information. They were emailed on 10/29/14 to the contact email listed on the ACA parish reports turned in last year.  If you did not receive the list for your parish, please contact us.

Please visit our ACA Website “ACA Resources for Parish Staff.” i.e.  Manual, Check Off List, Timeline, Goals, Donor List in Excel, Transmittal Form in Excel.

http://yakimadiocese.org/ministries/annual-catholic-appeal

Closely review the check of list for this weekend.

November 8/9: ACA Pledge Weekend

  • Use ACA suggested Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses.

  • Place announcements in bulletin and make pulpit announcements at all Masses.

  • Confirm with those who will distribute in-pew pledge envelopes/pencils at each Mass. If these are not going to be hand distributed, then, assure that the pencils are inserted in all in-pew envelopes during the week before ACA Pledge Weekend.

    • Pastor/Associate Pastor Homily on Annual Support.
    • Make In-pew Appeal – Help parishioners complete Pledge Card* in envelope. Assure Pledge Card are completed thoroughly take parishioners step by step. Making sure they indicate the language they prefer mailing to be received. Also have them include their email address. To clearly print Name, Address, Home Phone #, Email Address, Parish Name.
      • Let them know about the materials inside in-pew envelopes: ACA Information Card and Pledge Card
      • Let them know the different ways to donate by Cash, Check or Credit/Debit/EFT. If they check Credit/Debit/EFT they must complete the backside of the pledge card. 
      • Online Donation: https://yakimadiocese.thankyou4caring.org/
      • Attached are Word and PDFs of in-pew pledge cards and ACA Information Card.  Helpful if using projector to walk parishioners step by step.
  • Before each Mass on Pledge and Follow-Up Weekends, make certain that each pew pocket is replenished with envelopes and a sufficient number of pencils.

Last Weekend - November 1/2: All Saints/All Souls Weekend

  • Use ACA suggested Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses.

  • Place announcements in bulletin and make pulpit announcements at all Masses.

  • Confirm with those who will distribute in-pew pledge envelopes/pencils at each Mass. If these are not going to be hand distributed, then, assure that the pencils are inserted in all in-pew envelopes during the week before ACA Pledge Weekend.

  • Please remind those who participated in past will receive a letter from Bishop Tyson and a pre-printed pledge card. Encourage them to bring pledge card on November 8 and 9 Pledge Weekend.

Should you have any questions regarding the ACA, please do not hesitate to contact Alma Benitez, Director of Stewardship and Development, or Sandra Boguslawski, ACA Bookkeeper, at (509) 965-7117. Our e-mail addresses are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

If you haven’t already, now is the time to send in your Confirmation Request form for the 2015 Confirmation season. Please remember that these dates will not be given by a first come, first serve basis, but rather by region in order for Bishop Tyson to travel more efficiently from parish to parish. Forms can be found attached to this memo as well as on the home page of the diocesan website, www.yakimadiocese.org. Once filled out and signed by the Pastor they can be returned via fax, mail or email to Rebecca Garza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please have to Rebecca by Friday November 21st 2014.

Dear Friends:
 
In light of our parish visitation process I thought you'd find these comments by Pope Francis noteworthy. Click here to read. 
+Bishop Joseph Tyson
 Pope at Santa Marta: Rivalry and vainglory weaken the Church (Click here)

Hispanic Catholics will comprise the majority of Catholic Americans soon, but experts in Latino ministry say it’s crucial to implement measures to keep them engaged with their ancestral faith.

by JONATHAN LIEDL 11/03/2014

Facebook/Catholic Extension

Latino Catholics participate in a celebration Dec. 12, 2013, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska.

– Facebook/Catholic Extension

HOUSTON — Against the backdrop of dire statistics showing large numbers of U.S. Latinos are leaving the Catholic faith, U.S. Church leaders are making efforts to better reach the country’s youngest and fastest-growing population.

In a speech delivered Aug. 19 in Houston to leaders in the Latino community, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia stated, “Demography equals destiny,” noting that Hispanics are projected to make up the majority of U.S. Catholics in the near future. Because of this reality, Archbishop Chaput said the Church needs to place added emphasis on catechizing the Latino community and developing leaders from within it.

Archbishop Chaput’s remarks come in the wake of a Pew study on American Hispanics’ religious affiliation that was published earlier this year. The study found that the percentage of Latinos who are Catholic had dropped by 12 points in the last four years alone, from 67% to 55%. One in four American Latinos, the study adds, are “ex-Catholics.”

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/reaching-latinos-how-should-the-u.s.-church-respond/#.VFkPHrz5Uco.mailto#ixzz3I9FEllRZ

 

Upcoming Events

19 de Diciembre, 2014 7:30pm

Pastorela (Blessed Sacrament Parish, Grandview)

20 de Diciembre 2:30pm y 5:30pm

Pastorela (Sacred Heart Parish, Prosser)

December 29, 2014

Holy Innocents' Mass (St. Paul Cathedral, Yakima)

January 15-18, 2015

 (Ellensburg)

January 18, 2015

Catholics Returning Home Program (Yakima)

January 23-25, 2015

Weekend Retreat for Men and Women "How to Listen When God is Speaking: A Guide for Modern-Day Catholics" (Spokane, WA)

February 13-15, 2015

Retrouvaille A Lifeline For Marriages Weekend (Spokane, WA)

 

  

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Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson
Bishop of Yakima

Bishop's Homilies & Statements
Biography

 

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