Homily for the Ordination of Deacons Dan and Peter Steele
as Priests for the Diocese of Yakima
Numbers 11:11-12, 14-17, 24-25; Acts 20:17-18a, 28-32, 36; Luke 22:14-20, 24-30
Most Reverend Joseph J. Tyson, Bishop of Yakima
Peace be with you! The beauty of our scriptures for Dan and Peter Steele’s ordination as priests point to the way the Eucharist forms our daily lives as Christians. St. Augustine had a particular way of summarizing this with one of his instructional sayings:
Estote quod videtis,
et accipite quod estis.
When I sent Dan and Peter an e-mail telling them that this little fourth century saying of St. Augustine was rolling around in my head, Peter responded that I should know that, even though I fought for them to pass the Latin exam at Mundelein seminary, they didn’t learn enough to translate the quote! Estote quod videtis, et accipit quod estis roughly translates as “Be what you see, and receive what you are.”
What did Augustine mean by the succinct saying? Patristic scholar Fr. William Harmless, S.J. suggests that St. Augustine had a deep fascination with the connection St. Paul made between the Body of Christ received in the Eucharist and the Body of Christ gathered at worship. At worship, we not only receive the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in all of his humanity and all of his divinity but we also receive, as brothers and sisters, all those with whom we worship and pray.
No wonder that our own Catechism of the Catholic Church in paragraph 1396 specifically quotes St. Augustine: “If you are the body and members of Christ, then it is your sacrament that is placed on the table of the Lord: it is your sacrament that you receive. To that which you are you respond ‘Amen’ (‘Yes, it is true!’) and by responding to it you assent to it.” This paragraph of the catechism concludes: “Be then a member of the Body of Christ that your Amen may be true.”
How does this fourth century insight of St. Augustine get lived in our daily life as Christians? Well, look around this Cathedral. We stand here as one Body of Christ. For one hour everyone is equally fed by the Body of Christ in hopes that when we leave everyone might be equally fed – spiritually and physically – by us as the Body of Christ. For one hour we all uplift our shared desire – as St. Paul puts it – to an ultimate “citizenship in heaven.” We do so with the hope that this heavenly order brought to us by Christ in the Eucharist might become leaven in our earthly order where all have dignity even as we struggle with questions of language and race and culture and legal status. For one hour we live as a single common family of faith even as we struggle to strengthen the bonds of love with our own earthly families. Dan and Peter Steele commit themselves as priest today so that we may translate the Eucharist into our daily lives. “Be what you see and receive what you are!”
What St. Augustine highlighted for faithful Church membership, the Church demands of her priests. Unique to this Mass, as bishop I will receive the bread and wine during the offertory procession and then hand them to Dan and Peter saying: “Receive the oblation of the holy people to be offered to God. Understand what you do, imitate what you celebrate and conform your life to the mystery of the Lord’s Cross.”
In receiving the bread and wine from me with these words, they are receiving you. At a very young age they are committing their lives to the Eucharist – the Body of Christ and to you – the Body of Christ. As men of North American English-speaking heritage they are the surest sign that the Church’s love and pastoral care for you knows no boundary, excludes no race, embraces all cultures and can be translated across any language. These men are about to lie flat on the floor as a sign of their dying to self and their willingness to live and die and rise for you.
As bishop I am keenly and painfully aware of the very steep social, cultural and political challenges currently faced by the Spanish-speaking side of our Church. Yet our scriptures for this Ordination Mass remind us that such challenges came to the Church of every age. Our opening reading from the book of Numbers eloquently celebrates the naming of elders to assist Moses in leadership. Yet this naming of leaders came precisely at the time the People of God grumbled and complained about their bland diet of manna as well as what seemed to be endless circling in the desert without any sighting of any kind of promised land. Likewise, our second reading from the Acts of the Apostles comes on the heels of St. Paul leaving Miletus where he warned against disciples who would betray the Gospel. Even more, our Gospel from St. Luke, with its beautiful “Last Supper” account where Jesus shares of his very Body and Blood, ends with a sharp dispute among the disciples about who would be the greatest.
But even more importantly, in this same Gospel passage, Jesus himself teaches us how to overcome discrimination, betrayal and hardship when he tells his followers, “I am among you as one who serves.” He focuses them – not on themselves – but on the mission – a mission of service.
Friends, this is the same mission to which Dan and Peter Steele have committed their lives and this is the mission that will allow our Church to be God’s leaven of love in our own world today.
As we watch Dan and Peter Steele concelebrate the Eucharist today may we be mindful of the rich meaning in St. Augustine’s succinct teaching for believers of every age: “Be what you see and receive what you are.” Peace be with you!
Diocese of Yakima Diócesis de Yakima PRIESTS vs. SEMINARIANS
FUNDRAISER SOCCER MATCH
Partido de Futbol para Recaudar Fondos
SUNDAY AUGUST 7 2016
DOMINGO, 7 AGOSTO 2016
Marquette Stadium- 5400 W. ChestnutAve Yakima
5:00pm Gates open / Puertas abren
6:00pm Game Starts / El juego comienza
All proceeds of this fundraiser from sales of drinks and food will help support Seminarian Education.
Please note there will be no outside food or drink allowed.
Todas las ganancias de la recaudación de la comida y bebidas ayudarán a la educación de los seminaristas. No será permitido ingresar alimentos o bebidas.
Parishes Scheduled This Weekend - May 28 and 29, 2016: St. Joseph Kennewick, St. France Xavier Cabrini, Benton City, Christ the King, Holy Spirit, Kennewick and Sacred Heart.
Parishes Scheduled Next Weekend – June 4 and 5, 2016 St. Henry, Holy Angels/St. Parick, Our Lady of Fatima, Queen of All Saints, St. Michael the Archangel, St. Pius X, St. Rosa of Lima and Our Lady of the Desert. We highly recommend parishes to make an announcement a week before letting your parishioners know the collection will take place the following weekend.
Material/Resources can be found on the link below:
Similar to last year, we have assigned one or more seminarians to visit each parish in the diocese for the collection, and when possible, accompanied by a retired priest. The assigned seminarian will be present on the altar at the parish during one or more of the Masses during the assigned weekend. Many thanks in advance to these men for their cooperation and help in advancing this collection.
Currently projected financial funding for our retired priests (and for the remainder of us who will retire) for the next ten years is underfunded by $1.3 million. For our seminarians, the “financial picture” is even more challenging. Currently projected financial funding for the next ten years is underfunded by $4.1 million, leaving the future funding for formation of men for priesthood a grave concern here in the Diocese of Yakima.
In 2015, your marvelous response to the Special Collection for Priest Retirement and Seminarian Education resulted in the Church collecting a total of $201,000 towards funding these two most important needs. God has indeed blessed His local Church with generous hearts!
Method of Handling this Special Collection:
Thank you for your help in this most important matter.
B.E.A.R.S. - VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL CAMP BIBLE EDUCATION AND RELIGIOUS STUDY
Where: Holy Family Parish - 5315 Tieton Drive, Yakima, Washington 98908
Dates: June 27 - July 1, 2016
is a faith formation program for children 4 years old through 4th grade. It consists of a week of religious education starting on June 27th to July 1st at Holy Family Parish in Yakima, Washington.
Each daily session includes Scripture lessons, hands-on activities, prayer, music, and snack. Registration forms are available in the Parish Office, the foyer of the Church and on the parish website (www.holyfamilyyakima.org). If you have any questions please call Rose Meyer at (509) 966-0788. We hope you can join us!
Bishop Joseph Tyson has announced the following changes in priest assignments, beginning in June:
1) Rev. Jorge Granados, pastor of Our Lady of the Desert Parish in Mattawa, will become parochial vicar of Saint Aloysius Parish in Toppenish, effective August 8, 2016.
2) Rev. Alejandro Trejo, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Cashmere and Our Lady of the Snows Parish in Leavenworth, will become pastor of Our Lady of the Desert Parish in Mattawa effective August 8, 2016.
3) Rev. Miguel González, pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Ephrata, will become pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Cashmere and Our Lady of the Snows Parish in Leavenworth, effective August 8, 2016. From June 6 to August 8 he will assist at St. Paul Cathedral and in other parishes.
4) Rev. Mauricio Muñoz, parochial vicar of St. Paul Cathedral in Yakima, will become pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Ephrata effective June 6, 2016.
5) Rev. Juan Flores, now on temporary assignment at St. Joseph Parish in Kennewick, will become parochial vicar of St. Paul Cathedral in Yakima effective July 1, 2016.
6) Rev. Tomás Vásquez, pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Ellensburg, will become pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Kennewick effective July 1, 2016.
7) Rev. Richard Sedlacek, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Kennewick, will become pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Selah effective July 1, 2016.
8) Rev. David Jimenez, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Selah, will become pastor of St. Peter Claver Parish in Wapato effective July 1, 2016.
9) Rev. Juan Godina, pastor of St. Peter Claver Parish in Wapato, will become pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Ellensburg effective July 1, 2016.
10) Rev. Jacob Davis, parochial vicar of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Grandview, will become parochial vicar of St. Joseph Parish in Kennewick effective July 1, 2016.
11) Rev. Roleto Amoy, parochial vicar of Christ the King Parish in Richland, will become parochial vicar of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Grandview effective August 13, 2016.
12) Deacon Dan Steele, who will be ordained to the priesthood May 27, will become parochial vicar of Christ the King Parish in Richland effective August 13, 2016, following summer studies at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois.
13) Deacon Peter Steele, who will be ordained to the priesthood May 27, will become parochial vicar of St. Joseph Parish in Yakima effective August 13, 2016, following summer studies at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois.
Bishop Tyson thanks these fine priests for their continued service to the Church. Let us keep them in our prayers.
It gives us great joy to invite you to join us on an unforgettable journey of faith. When Pope Francis announced the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we knew this was the time to lead a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Poland in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Click here for brochure and registration information
This trip will be much more than a vacation; it will be a pilgrimage, a journey of the heart shared with good companions. We offered this opportunity to our youth from our Diocese for World Youth Day and we want to offer the same diocesan opportunity for adults. Pilgrimages help us to renew and revitalize to become more Christ-centered pilgrims in daily life.
We start with Prague, one of the most beautifully preserved cities in Europe, spruced up since its days under communism. We will visit the shrine to the Infant of Prague and much more.
Then we continue to Poland. We have customized this tour to feature the lives of St. John Paul II, St. Faustina and Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko. Imagine standing on the same ground where steadfast members of our Church confronted religious persecution with such admirable courage and faith. Not only will we be inspired by their lives, we will grow in appreciation for the religious and cultural traditions from which these saints came. We will be celebrating Divine Mercy that has not only refused to be extinguished in Poland but has become a devotion to inspire the whole Church.
In solidarity with the crosses the Polish people have carried, we will visit the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz, where St. Edith Stein and St. Maximilian Kolbe gave their lives. To lift our spirits, we will visit Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope John Paul II, and the Divine Mercy Shrine itself.
We will celebrate Mass daily in addition to praying together and getting to experience the local culture and cuisine. Together we will visit unforgettable places, take time for prayerful reflection, learn a lot, and have fun. There is limited capacity on the tour bus, so we encourage you to register quickly as we expect this trip to fill up soon. We look forward to traveling with you on this journey of faith, making new friends and new memories to last a lifetime.
Bishop Joseph Tyson
Rev. Dan G. Dufner
Rev. Felipe Pulido
Catholic End-of-Life Planning Seminars
Death is a subject most people don't usually wish to talk about, but communicating final wishes to loved ones is vital, especially when we do not know where family members will be in terms of faith. Join us as we hear from experts about how making decisions while we are healthy and able can ease the pain for our families while ensuring that our choices are honored and our loved ones protected.
May 18 Richland Christ the King Parish
May 24 Quincy St. Pius X Parish
May 25 Yakima St. Joseph Parish
May 26 Wenatchee St. Joseph Parish
May 27, 2016
Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon Daniel and Peter Steele (St. Paul Cathedral, Yakima)
August 1-3, 2016
Quo Vadis Days (Ellensburg, WA)
August 7, 2016
Priests vs. Seminarian Soccer Game (Marquette Stadium, Yakima)
October 15, 2016
Church Mission Congress (Holy Family, Yakima)