Friday May 29, 2015
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Quo Vadis Retreat for High School Aged Men
Dear Fathers: 
Attached you will find all the information on the upcoming Quo Vadis retreat. This is the annual retreat and camping event for young men -- high school aged -- to come and explore the possibility of priesthood and experience fraternity with the priests and seminarians of the Diocese of Yakima. 
Attached you will find the registration forms both in Spanish and English.  You will also find permission slips in both Spanish and English.  Once registration is completed and signed by the parent and the pastor, a seminarian will be contacting the family with transportation information.
You will also find an example of a pulpit announcement as well as a bulletin announcement.  Please begin announcing this the weekend of May 30th and 31st at all your Masses.  Seminarians will be present in many of  your parishes throughout the diocese in connection with retired priest and seminarian collection where will also be reminding parishioners of this opportunity.  
You will also find a flyer that is in English and Spanish and can be inserted into the Sunday bulletins.  
The DEADLINE for registrations is JULY 22nd.  You will note that the pastor of the parish signs the form in addition to the parent.
If you have questions call Lolita at the Holy Family parish office in Yakima during business hours at 509.966.0830 or contact Jesus Alatorre at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
+ Bishop Joseph Tyson


Invitación a un Retiro Espiritual

La Parroquia San José de Wenatchee los invita con mucha alegría al retiro espiritual organizado por el Grupo Apóstoles de María Reina de la Paz en coordinación con la Asociación Católica Internacional "Consacrati Mundi" y el Párroco Asociado Padre Mauricio Muñoz.  

El tema del retiro será " La Consagración a Jesús a través de la Virgen María" según San Luis Maria Griñon de Montfor y lo dirigirá el Sacerdote Misionero Monfortiano y Presidente de Consacrati Mundi, Padre Luciano Ciciarelli. 

El Padre Luciano Ciciarelli, va por el mundo entero propagando la Consagración a Jesús con el Tratado de la Verdadera Devoción y formando grupos de oración Trinitarios. Es la primera vez que el Padre Luciano está visitando el Estado de Washington y es una bendición tener la oportunidad de escuchar sus enseñanzas, y experiencias sobre el Tratado y la Virgen María.

El retiro se realizara de 1 a 8 p.m. el día sábado, 30 de mayo en el salón Kuykendall de la Parroquia de San José de Wenatchee.

¡Esperamos contar con la presencia de todos!

Bishop Joseph Tyson has announced the following changes in priest assignments, effective for the most part on June 1, 2015:

1)    Rev. Juan Flores, pastor of Saint Aloysius Parish in Toppenish, was granted a sabbatical for reasons of health effective April 25, 2015.  He will be in his native Mexico throough December 31, 2015, providing limited sacramental ministry as he addresses health concerns.  Rev. William Vogel, S.J., pastor of Resurrection Parish in Zillah, is moderator of the Toppenish parish through May 31, 2015.

2)    Very Rev. Jaime Chacón, pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish in Yakima, will become pastor of Saint Aloysius Parish June 1.  He remains Vicar for Hispanic Ministry and director of the Magnificat Program. 

3)    Rev. Ricardo Villareal, pastor of Saint Francis de Sales Parish in Chelan and Saint Anne Parish in Bridgeport, will become pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish in Yakima on June 1.

4)    Rev. Rogelio Gutiérrez, parochial vicar of Saint Paul Cathedral in Yakima, will become pastor of Saint Francis de Sales Parish in Chelan and Saint Anne Parish in Bridgeport on June 1.

5)    Rev. Francisco Gutiérrez, who is studying at the Chicago Theological Union, will be in residence at Saint Paul Cathedral from June 15 to August 31 while working on his doctoral thesis.  He will be available for full-time asignment in the diocese after December 31, 2015.       

Bishop Tyson thanks these fine priests for their continued service to the Church.  Let us keep them in our prayers.

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Dear Friends:
Attached is some information I received from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops regarding the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.  If you or your parishes are interested, kindly visit the website and click on the link below to see the overview of information I have from the organizers. 
Many Blessings,
+Bishop Joseph Tyson

The next Engaged Encounter retreat in our Diocese is June 19-21 at the Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center in Ellensburg. Attached to this article please find a brochure which can be copied and distributed to couples preparing for marriage.  For more information, contact the Catholic Engaged Encounter of Central Washington at (509) 528-4653, or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  More information is also available on the website of Catholic Engaged Encounter of Central Washington.

Let's be praying for all those preparing for marriage in our parishes this year.

Upcoming Events

June 19-21, 2015

Engaged Encounter Weekend (Ellensburg)

June 26-27, 2015

Region XII 10th Catholic Stewardship Conference (Kennewick, WA)




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Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson
Bishop of Yakima

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