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.
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.
Mark your calendars for Wednesday September 28, 2014 as Karlo Broussard, founder and president of The Divine Child Institute, Inc., will be presenting a talk entitled “The Image of God: The Catholic Teaching on Man” in Kuykendall Hall, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 625 S. Elliott , Wenatchee, starting at 6 PM.
In this talk, Karlo addresses the Church’s teaching on the mystery of the human being as created in the image and likeness of God. The talk will include the nature of man as a composite of matter and spirit, the nature of man as male and female, and the nature man in Paradise. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity for fellowship and growth in knowledge of our Catholic Faith.
Be sure to visit Karlo’s video blog www.karlobroussard.com.
Free Wellness Screening for Employees on our Medical Insurance Coming in October with 4 different locations & dates this year! Sept 30-Wenatchee, Oct 1st-Richland, Oct 2nd- Shilo Inn Richland, & Oct 3rd-Yakima. Employees not on our Medical Insurance plan can still take advantage of the Wellness Screening at a low cost, saving you lots of money. Please go online or call to sign up NOW!
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