In regions afar from the Word’s place of birth,
some ten thousand years before the Word’s birth,
the Word in creation had forged different lands:
a sea far inland broke through its rock dam,
Lake Missoula went westward seeking out the Pacific
–shattered rock that seemed solid,
plowed canyons in Earth,
and gave the Willamette the richest of soil
– left beneath and behind it a world now transformed
–a world of new lakes and new rivers, pure waters
a watershed reaching from meadows,
a lifeblood of life-giving waters still bearing
in memory their turbulent flood time of birth;
among them a great river flowed, filled with salmon
a great singing river through Celilo splashed down
called first by first peoples, Che Wana, Great River,
and then called Columbia, the West’s mighty river.
–from Columbia River Pastoral Letter, 2001
On September 23, near the 50th anniversary of the implementation of an historic treaty between the United States and Canada regarding the management of the Columbia River, the Roman Catholic Bishops of Washington State joined other faith leaders and leaders of indigenous communities in asking U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to begin a process of modernizing the treaty.
While the treaty has no end date, changes can be implemented beginning in the year 2024, provided that 10 years' notice is given. Please see the attached letter to the president and prime minister, as well as a "Declaration on Ethics & Modernizing the Columbia River Treaty," which was developed out of a conference on the treaty held at Gonzaga University in Spokane on May 13, 2014. The Washington State Catholic Conference has received the attached response from Prime Minister Harper.
The possibility of amending the treaty provides an occasion for Catholics and others of good will to read and discuss again "The Columbia River Watershed: Caring for Creation and the Common Good," an international pastoral letter of the region's Roman Catholics bishops, published on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, January 8, 2001. The following links will be helpful: Pastoral Letter – English; Pastoral Letter – Spanish; Discussion Guide – English; Discussion Guide – Spanish. Finally, click here for the Pastoral Letter Companion Toutube Video.
What would the world be like without volunteers? With the 2014 ACA quickly drawing to a close and making way for the 2015 ACA Campaign to begin, now seems like a perfect time to thank the many people who gave their time and talents to ensure the success of the 2014 ACA. From the volunteers who gave the Lay Witness Talks to the parish volunteers who spent hours counting money and filling out reports, your contributions are invaluable to making the Annual Catholic Appeal happen each year.
Two volunteers who have touched the ACA here at the Pastoral Center are Elaine Perko and Deena Dufault. Both Elaine and Deena are members of Holy Family Parish in Yakima. Once a month from February through October, these ladies would come to help prepare the monthly ACA statements to be sent to pledgers throughout the Diocese. They would manage the machines that would stuff and seal the statements and keep them organized by ZIP Code so that the Diocese could receive a bulk mail discount. Their willingness and enthusiasm throughout the many paper jams and hours of standing is much appreciated! Throughout the course of the year, over 22,000 statements were sent out with their help.
Thank you to both Elaine and Deena for their hours of volunteer time to bring the ACA to every part of the Diocese!
2015 Annual Catholic Appeal - Education Weekend
The Annual Catholic Appeal launched last weekend October 18 & 19, 2014. I urge you to carefully review the check off list for the Education Weekend October 25 & 26, 2014. Be sure to call your Lay Witness Speaker and go over logistics. Please have them review the Lay Witness Steps, which are available in English and Spanish.
October 25/26: Education Weekend
Attached are electronic documents in Word.
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.
ACA Prayers/Bulletin Announcement (English)
ACA Prayers/Bulletin Announcement (English)
Lay Witness Steps (English)
Lay Witness Steps (Spanish)
Pastor Letter (English)
Pasotr Letter (Spanish)
Live Concert and Workshop with Santiago Fernandez
St. Joseph Parish Sunnyside is hosting the festival for Saint Cecilia “The Patron Saint of Musicians” with special guest and award winner of the unity award of Best Album and Song of 2010, Santiago Fernandez.
Santiago Fernández has been active in parish ministry for the past 30 years. He is currently Music Director at Church of the Holy Family in Novi, Michigan, where he directs the English and Spanish choirs.
Santiago is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter at events and conferences around the country in the area of Hispanic liturgical music. He holds a bachelor's degree in music from Wayne State University in Detroit and is certified in both Pastoral Ministry and Liturgical Ministry, locally by the Archdiocese of Detroit and nationally by the USCCB's Commission on Certification and Accreditation.
Come join us for live entertainment, live music from choirs all around Washington State and live bands, and 2 workshops by Santiago Fernandez. Admission fee is FREE for both days! EVERYONE IS WELCOME.
Schedule is as follow:
Live concert with Santiago Fernandez
Date: Friday, November 21, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: St. Joseph Parish Center | 907 S. 6thst. | Sunnyside, WA 98944
Admission fee: FREE
Praise and Worship Workshop with Santiago Fernandez, & Live Music with Choirs and Bands
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Starting Time: 9:00 a.m.
Where: St. Joseph Parish Center | 907 S. 6thst. | Sunnyside, WA 98944
Admission Fee: FREE
Editor's Note: The Diocese has become aware of several fraudulent fundraising appeals that have arisen, supposedly from Catholic organizations in Africa, regarding the Ebola outbreak there. We all want to help in this emergency, and we all should be praying for a quick end to this crisis. If we are able to make a financial donation as well, Catholic Relief Services offers a sure pathway for assistance to those in need. Read below for more information on how to help:
October 14, 2014
As you have heard in the news, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is dire. The Holy Father has called attention to the crisis, saying, "My thoughts now go to the countries in Africa that are suffering because of the outbreak of Ebola. I invite you to pray for them and for those who have so tragically lost their lives." The Church on the ground is courageously living out Jesus' ministry of healing and comfort.
As of the beginning of October, more than 3,800 people have been killed and the World Health Organization estimates that the death toll could rise to 20,000 people by November unless the outbreak is contained. In the absence of a vaccine or cure, the only way to control the current outbreak is through public education and prevention.
Catholic Relief Services has been collaborating with the Catholic Church, local leaders and health ministries in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to educate people about Ebola, train health care workers, and provide food and other critical supplies to those affected by the outbreak. CRS has trained local volunteers to go door to door – especially in rural communities – to help spread the word and distribute posters, fliers and fact sheets.
You can participate in their work by praying for people affected by the outbreak, for healthcare workers and for other responders, and also by donating to our efforts. Please also join the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and CRS in thanking the Obama administration for its critical support of the Ebola response and urging the government to expand its commitment, including long-term support for better health systems in the affected countries.
Thank you for all you do to help our brothers and sisters in need around the world.
Executive Vice President
CRS - U.S. Operations
Ignation Day of Prayer, November 22, 2014
Come experience the Freedom offered to us by God in the Holy Spirit. The Ignatian Spirituality Center of Yakima and SEEL Tri-Cities are offering a one day retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. A sampling of the four movements of the Exercises will give a richer sense of our relationship with God and His infinite love for all creation. There will be presentations, followed by time for private prayer, group sharing and individual spiritual direction, if desired. It is a wonderful gift to oneself as we begin the Joy filled season of Advent.
Dia de Oracion Ignaciano (PDF)
Day of Prayer Postcard (PDF)
The Cursillo Movement seeks to empower the living of a full, Catholic, Christian life. The 3-day Cursillo weekend will provide attendees the opportunity to reflect on their lives, encounter Jesus more deeply, and grow in fellowship with other Catholics. The 3-Day Weekend includes a short retreat, review of Catholic Christian values, Catholic instruction by lay persons and ordained ministers, celebration of the Eucharist, and Christian fellowship. Speakers will offer unique and powerful insights on prayer, Church teaching, and sustained Christian renewal in the world. Attendees will leave spiritually enlivened, encouraged by new friendships, and equipped to strengthen their faith journey. Join us January 15-18, 2015 (men) or January 22-25, 2015 (women), at St. Andrew's, 401 S.Willow Street, Ellensburg. Registration forms are due by December 1, 2014. Please call the parish office at 509-962-9819 for more information or registration forms.
Mark your calendars for Thursday October 30, 2014 as Karlo Broussard, founder and president of The Divine Child Institute, Inc., will be presenting a talk entitled “Expelled from the Garden: The Catholic Teaching on the Fall of 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 first sin committed by our first parents, Adam and Eve, as recounted in the Genesis account. Karlo dives deep into the narrative details and shows how such details reveal the gravity of the original sin and how it affected Adam and Eve as well as their progeny. He also explains how God does not leave the fallen human race to itself but reveals in seed form His masterful plan of redemption. 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.
Important Information about Pregnancy Support Initiative
Accompanying this memo please find a letter from Bishop Joseph Tyson, along with other important information about the Prepares program, a new initiative of the Catholic Church in Washington State that will be unveiled at the Cornerstone Conference in Tacoma October 24-25. Information to help promote the Cornerstone Conference is available on the diocesan website and has been included in recent weekly mailings from the Bishops. Let’s do all we can to encourage attendance at the Conference by our parishioners, and indeed our own attendance as well.
You will want to carefully review both the bishop’s letter, and the accompanying standards, as you work with your own parish pro-life groups, as well as community groups that may seek your assistance in their own efforts to promote life.
Catholic Charities of Yakima is seeking an experienced and outgoing child welfare services practitioner skilled in the areas of community outreach, volunteer recruitment and training, and pregnancy and parenting services. The Prepares Area Coordinator will be responsible for the development, maintenance and ongoing support of a diocesan-based network consisting of Catholic parishes, volunteers, social service and health care providers, and approved network partners for the purpose of supporting pregnant and parenting women, families and their children through age 5, within the Diocese of Yakima. Click on the following link to go to the job posting. A fuller job description is contained within the attachment (or click here to read it).
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.
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)