Friday October 28, 2016
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WSCC Cornerstone Notes remind us of the mission that was launched in 2014 with the first Cornerstone Catholic Conference: "to inspire and educate Catholics and others to continue working together to protect human life:  the unborn, individuals who live in poverty or on the margins of society, and people at the end of life."

October 26, 2016  

  • • Cornerstone Catholic Conference - Less than a Year Away!
  • • Volunteers Needed for 2017 Cornerstone
  • • Join Pope Francis and Caritas Internationalis for Global Prayer for Syria
  • • Novena for Faithful Citizenship
  • • New CST 101 Video: Rights and Responsibilities
  • • State Supreme Court to Hear Arlene's Flowers Case
  • • Video: "For a More Human Society"

You won't want to miss the next Cornerstone Catholic Conference, October 20-21, 2017, in Tacoma. Bishop Robert Barron (auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles and host of the Catholicism series), Helen Alvaré (former Director of Planning and Information, USCCB Secretariat for Pro‐Life Activities) and Ralph McCloud (Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development) will be keynote speakers, along with the Bishops of Washington State. WSCC needs your help in letting others know about this amazing event. We have developed two save-the-date flyers, one in color and the other in grayscale.


  WSCC invites anyone interested in volunteering to help with the next Cornerstone conference to attend one of the upcoming meetings in Seattle or Tacoma:
  • Thursday, October 27, at 7:00 pm in the Fitzgerald Room at Christ the King parish, 405 N. 117th Street, Seattle, 98133.
  • Tuesday, November 15, at 3:00 and 7:00 pm. The location is Visitation parish (Collier Center), 3314 S. 58th Street, Tacoma, 98409.
The meetings will provide information about how the 2017 Cornerstone Catholic Conference is shaping up and how people can help bring it to fruition. Attendees will receive a list of the various volunteer tasks and a description of each. We need volunteers to pray, to assist with registration, and various tasks on the days of the conference. The meetings will also cover the overall timeline and the frequency of volunteer meetings. For more information, contact Jim Thomas, WSCC, 206-301-0556 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



In honor of his trip to Sweden on October 31 to commemorate the 500thanniversary of the Reformation, Pope Francis and members of Caritas Internationalis around the world will be joining together to pray for peace in Syria.  The event is co-organized by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Caritas Internationalis, and the Lutheran World Federation/World Service. Everyone is invited to participate in the prayer (found here), and encouraged to reach out to other community leaders, policy makers and people of all faiths to help spread the Syria Peace Campaign's @iamCaritas and share with them #PeacePossible4Syria message. Please be sure to use the hashtag


The USCCB has developed a Novena for Faithful Citizenship to help us prepare for Election Day. Prayer is one of the first steps in acting for justice in our world. This novena, rooted in the biblical tradition and the Church's social teaching, is intended to promote life, justice and peace in our neighborhoods, our country, and our world.


The fifth video in the Catholic Social Teaching 101 video series, on Rights and Responsibilities, is now available. The video series is a joint collaboration of the USCCB and Catholic Relief Services. Other videos in the series include: Life and DignityCall to Family, Community and ParticipationOption for the Poor and Vulnerable; and Care for God's Creation. When complete, the series will total seven videos, one for each of key themes of Catholic social teaching (CST).


The Washington Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene's Flowers. Stutzman sparked a national discussion on religious freedom in 2014 after she declined to provide flowers for a same-sex ceremony for a longtime customer. The Washington Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. at Bellevue Community College.


Each month, the Vatican releases a new video to coincide with the Pope Francis' prayer intention for that month - to promote the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network. In September, the intention was "That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center." Click here to view September's video.

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October 13, 2016    
  • • WSCC Launches New Website
  • • Importance of Civil Dialogue
  • • Congress Approves Funding before Recessing
  • • American Catholics Respond to Hurricane Matthew
  • • October 16 Marks World Food Day
  • • California Seeks to Abolish Death Penalty
  • • Cornerstone Volunteers Needed
  We have a new website! It has all of the essential resources as the old (statements by Washington's Bishops, etc.) but with a new design that is optimized for mobile devices. On the website you will also find "WSCC Guidance  on Forming Consciences  & Voting Decisions."  

The following is an excerpt from a recent post on To Go Forth (a blog from USCCB's Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development):

"When inflammatory rhetoric, uncivil accusations, and personal attacks abound, the temptation can be to turn off the news, shut the newspaper, and ignore the Twitter feed for the next four weeks. ... We must allow the Holy Spirit to guide us so that we may model love and mercy in our families, at our workplaces, and in the public square. We must also urge candidates and elected officials to engage in dialogue that is civil and respectful.

"Civil dialogue means that when speaking with others with whom we disagree:
  • We should begin with respect.
  • We should decide neither to degrade the persons, characters, and reputations of others who hold different positions from our own, nor spread rumors, falsehoods, or half truths about them.
  • We should be careful about language we use, avoiding inflammatory words and rhetoric.
  • We should not assign motives to others. Instead, we should assume that our family members, friends, and colleagues are speaking in good faith, even if we disagree with them.
  • We should listen carefully and respectfully to other people.
  • We should remember that we are members of a community, and we should try to strengthen our sense of community through the love and care we show one another.
  • We should be people who express our thoughts, opinions, and positions-but always in love and truth.
"As an individual and as a family, reflect on Pope Francis' guidelines on dialogue and consider how you can put them into practice in your own conversations.

"Encourage civil dialogue in your parish. Include the civil dialogue insert in your bulletins in English and Spanish."

Your parish may wish to show the video reflections by Cardinal Wuerl and byFranciscan Media on civil dialogue.

  Last month Congress passed a Continuing Resolution which will fund the government through December 9th plus provide a full year of appropriations for Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and related programs.  The bill also included an additional $1.1 billion to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, $500 million in grants to help states recover from recent floods and $37 million to fight the opioid epidemic. As part of the deal, an agreement was reached to include funds to deal with the lead contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, in the Water Resources Development Act bill - although complete details will need to resolved when Congress returns after the election. Congress is now on recess until November 14th.  When the members return, Congress will have only twenty days during the lame-duck session to finalize government appropriations for the year and pass legislation before the end of the congressional year.  

With communications cut in many areas, and bridges and roads destroyed, preventing access to the hardest hit communities (especially in Haiti), the full extent of the damage from Hurricane Matthew is still emerging. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has made an initial commitment of $5 million to provide the most vulnerable with critical supplies, like food, water and shelter. In addition to accepting your donations, the CRS website offers prayers and intercessions specific to Hurricane Matthew for use with your families and parishes. Catholic Charities USA is also responding to aid people in the southeastern U.S. states hit by Matthew.

Join Pope Francis in celebrating World Food Day on Oct. 16.  His 2016 message will be posted here. As you celebrate this day and reflect on what faith-inspired action you may be called to take, here are 7 Ways to be a Good Steward of the Harvest from our friends at Catholic Relief Services.

You can also take action with the U.S. Catholic Bishops and CRS through Catholics Confront Global Poverty by participating in this action alert to fight global hunger.


  On November 8, voters in California will vote on an initiative that would abolish the death penalty in that state. The California Catholic Conference and theCatholic Mobilizing Network have produced a riveting video that portrays four Catholics who share why they oppose the death penalty. The Catholics include a former warden at San Quentin prison and two people whose loved ones were murdered. This video brings to life a simple yet profound message: the Catholic Church opposes the death penalty and works for the end of capital punishment. Over 100,000 people have already watched this video! In the coming weeks and months, thousands more will hear this unambiguous message of life and mercy from our Church. Help spread the message far and wide that the death penalty is not needed in society.  


The next statewide Cornerstone Catholic Conference is planned for Tacoma next October in 2017. In the coming weeks, WSCC will hold meetings in Seattle (Oct. 27) and Tacoma (Nov. 15) with prospective volunteers - if you would like to help, please contact Jim Thomas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 206-301-0556.

Regretfully, the Diocese of Spokane had to cancel the 2016 regional Cornerstone that had been planned for October 22.
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Moved by Mercy

Cardinal Dolan Launches 2016-17 Program
with Respect Life Month Statement


Respect Life Program theme for 2016-17: “Moved by Mercy”

“Everyone should be cherished and protected!”

WASHINGTON—In a statement to mark Respect Life Month, October 2016, Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York called for all human life to be “cherished and protected.” Cardinal Dolan chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
The Cardinal’s statement launches the year-long Respect Life Program (www.usccb.org/respectlife), which explores the theme, “Moved by Mercy.” As Pope Francis said in calling for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, “We are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us.” CardinalDolan said: “When we let our hearts be moved by God’s mercy, it shapes everything.”
Cardinal Dolan emphasized the need to protect human life at every stage. “From each tiny child waiting to be born, to individuals nearing death, all are precious and deserve our care and protection.”
“Women and men suffering after abortion, individuals tempted to end their lives, couples longing to conceive a child, people pushed to the margins of society by a ‘throwaway culture’, expectant mothers facing challenging pregnancies, and every other person—each ‘has a place in God’s heart from all eternity’,” he said, citing the 2016 apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). Cardinal Dolan called for every person to be “treated with the dignity they deserve. No one should ever be treated callously or carelessly – everyone should be cherished and protected!”
Begun in 1972, the Respect Life Program highlights the value and dignity of human life throughout the year. It is observed in Catholic dioceses throughout the United States. Tools equip leaders across the spectrum of Catholic work, ministry, and education to integrate the message of mercy on life issues.
The 2016-17 Respect Life Program features six articles highlighting ways to put mercy into action. They address the tragedy of assisted suicide, navigating infertility, facilitating healing after abortion, end of life care, attentiveness to God’s creation, and supporting birthmothers. This year’s program offers new prayers, toolkits for clergysocial media, and press, and other resources for parish bulletins, religious education, RCIA, marriage prep, and Catholic high schools.
The full text of Cardinal Dolan’s statement is available here as an attachment (English / Spanish), along with many other resources at www.usccb.org/respectlife.

Magnificat Classes English and Spanish Resume October 22


Magnificat Classes resume October 22 at Holy Spirit Parish in Kennewick.  Click on the attachments to view the full calendar of sessions (English and Spanish), or to download promotional posters (English and Spanish) and brochures (English and Spanish).

To kick off the English-language series at Holy Spirit Parish October 22, Father Daniel Steele will speak on “Sacraments”; Father Michael Brzezowski will discuss “Truth of Faith, Dogma”; and Steve Wilmes will talk about “Social Doctrine of the Church.” At this same site, on November 12, Father Jacob Davis will discuss “The Bible”; Father Peter Steele will cover “Apologetics & Ecumenism”; and Father Ricardo Villarreal will speak on “Mission of the Church.”

At St. Pius X Church in Quincy October 29, Father Daniel Steele will discuss “Sacraments”; Father Michael Brzezowski, “Truth of Faith, Dogma”; and Steve Wilmes, “Social Doctrine of the Church.” Then, on November 19, Bishop Joseph Tyson will speak on “The Bible”; Father Peter Steele on “Apologetics & Ecumenism”; and Father Ricardo Villarreal on “Mission of the Church.”

At St. Paul Cathedral School, 1214 W. Chestnut in Yakima, classes will begin November 5, with Father Daniel Steele talking about “Sacraments”; Father Michael Brzezowski, “Truth of Faith, Dogma”; and Steve Wilmes, “Social Doctrine of the Church.” On December 3, Bishop Joseph Tyson will discuss “The Bible”; Father Peter Steele, “Apologetics & Ecumenism”; and Father Ricardo Villarreal, “Mission of the Church.”


Para dar inicio a la serie en idioma inglés, en la Parroquia Holy Spirit, el 22 de octubre, el Padre Jaime Chacónhablará sobre los “Sacramentos”; la Hermana María Isabel Doñate hablará sobre “Espiritualidad”; y la Hermana Irma Lerma hablará sobre “Catequesis.” En el mismo lugar, el 12 de noviembre, el Padre Jaime Chacón hablará sobre “La Biblia”; laHermana Blanca Estela Gamboa cubrirá “Verdades de Fe, Dogma”; y la Hermana Olga Cano hablará sobre la "Doctrina Social de la Iglesia."

En la Iglesia St. Pius X, el 29 de octubre, el Padre Jaime Chacón hablará sobre los “Sacramentos”; la Hermana María Isabel Doñate hablará sobre “Espiritualidad”; y la Hermana Irma Lerma hablará sobre “Catequesis.” Luego, el 19 de Noviembre,  el Padre Jaime Chacón hablará sobre “La Biblia”; laHermana Blanca Estela Gamboa cubrirá “Verdades de Fe, Dogma”; y la Hermana Olga Cano hablará sobre la "Doctrina Social de la Iglesia.

En St. Paul Cathedral School, 1214 W. Chestnut en Yakima, las clases comenzarán el 5 de Noviembre.El Padre Jaime Chacón hablará sobre los “Sacramentos”; la Hermana María Isabel Doñate hablará sobre “Espiritualidad”; y la Hermana Irma Lerma hablará sobre “Catequesis.” El 3 de Diciembre, el Padre Jaime Chacón hablará sobre “La Biblia”; laHermana Blanca Estela Gamboa cubrirá “Verdades de Fe, Dogma”; y la Hermana Olga Cano hablará sobre la "Doctrina Social de la Iglesia."


If you have any questions please contact the Pastoral Center, 509-965-7117.

Image: Saint Augustine, cruzblanca.org. 

UPDATED: Parish Pilgrimages to St. Paul Cathedral During The "Year of Mercy"
year of mercy logoDear Fathers:
Kindly note the correspondence you received from Monsignor Ecker last year on the "Year of Mercy."  The memo includes a schedule of Sundays when your parish will be remembered in prayer at the Cathedral during this Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis.  While you and your parishioners are welcome at the Cathedral at any time, your scheduled Sunday may be an opportune time for parishioners to visit, walk through the Holy Door, and gain, if they wish, the plenary indulgence tied to the "Year of Mercy."  Please publicize for your parishioners the information from the Very Rev. Michael Ibach, our Judicial Vicar, in English and Spanish, on how the indulgence may be gained.  If you would like to adjust your assigned date, contact Monsignor Ecker.  
+Bishop Joseph Tyson

Upcoming Events

October 29, 2016

Magnificat Classes Resume (St. Pius X, Quincy)

November 5, 2016

Magnificat Classes Resume (St. Paul Cathedral School, Yakima)

November 5-6, 2016

Annual Catholic Appeal Pledge Weekend

November 22, 2016

Deceased Priests Mass, 5:30 p.m. (St. Paul Cathedral)

December 2-3, 2016

Abortion Healing Conference (Wenatchee)



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Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson
Bishop of Yakima

Bishop's Homilies & Statements


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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