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Inside this issue                                                                        February 9, 2018
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   WEEK FIVE+  
 

Five weeks into the legislative session it is clear that involvement by Catholics is increasing.  Your respectful engagement in the process is critical in shaping the numerous bills that are continuing to be considered.  This past week, one of the Catholics involved was Yakima Bishop Joseph Tyson.  His testimony on both the abortion insurance mandate and the reform of legal financial obligations for released offenders highlighted the key role the Church plays on a range of important issues.

For a further summary of activity in Olympia, click here to listen to WSCC's Joe Sprague on Dr. Tom Curran's Sound Insight radio show on Sacred Heart Radio.

 

     
 
 
Abortion Insurance Mandate (SB 6219) - This bill mandating abortion coverage in insurance plans in the state of Washington is strongly opposed by the Bishops of Washington because it expands existing contraception coverage requirements and promotes abortions while violating constitutionally-protected conscience rights. Having passed the Senate last month, the House Health Care & Wellness Committee took up SB 6219 on February 7, with Bishop Joseph Tyson of Yakima among those who testified against the bill. The committee has scheduled a vote on SB 6219 for Friday, February 16.

Repealing the Death Penalty (SB 6052) - The U.S. Bishops have long supported abolishing the death penalty. On January 25, the Senate Law & Justice Committee passed SB 6052 and the legislation is now before the Senate Rules Committee.  Please contact your state senator today and urge them to ask their leadership to bring this bill up for a vote.

Expanding Access to Contraception (SB 6102) - This legislation elevates access to contraception to a right and creates legal risk for every employer in the state if contraceptives are not offered. As currently written, this legislation raises troubling questions about the protection of religious liberty and conscience rights. The bill was passed by the Senate Ways & Means Committee on February 6 and is now likely to come up for a vote on the Senate floor any day.  Please contact your state senator today and urge them to oppose this bill in its current form.

Uniform Parentage Act (SB 6037) - A section of this multi-faceted bill legalizes paid surrogacy. The Catholic Church opposes surrogacy because it treats human beings as commodities. The full Senate passed the bill with only one minor amendment by a 27-21 margin on February 7.  Attention on the legislation now shifts to the House.
 

     
 
 
School Safety (SB 6410) - This bill requires first responders to notify all schools (public or private) in the vicinity whenever an evacuation or lockdown is ordered at a nearby school. Kristin Dixon, Superintendent of the Office of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Seattle, was among those testifying in support of the bill at a hearing on February 5. The bill was passed unanimously by the Senate Ways & Means Committee on February 6 and is now before the Senate Rules Committee.  Please contact your state senator today and urge them to ask their leadership to bring this bill up for a vote.  
 

 

     
 
 

 

TANF Resource Limits (HB 1831) - Eligibility for public assistance is determined by a combination of factors, including the resources or assets of an applicant, such as a personal car. HB 1831 authorizes the state to exempt one motor vehicle (other than a motor home) per applicant for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) from being counted as a personal asset if that vehicle is used for transportation. The current vehicle limit is $5,000. HB 1831 also exempts certain other resources. Without this legislation, some people who would otherwise qualify for TANF would be denied because the value of their car pushed them over the resource limit. The full House passed the bill by an 84-14 margin on February 7.


Legal Financial Obligations (LFO) (HB 1783) - The bill helps people convicted of crimes get back on their feet after being incarcerated by eliminating the interest on most of the court-imposed debt and limiting the sanctions for those with an inability to pay. The Senate Law & Justice Committee heard the LFO reform bill on February 7, with Bishop Joseph Tyson of Yakima testifying in support of the bill. The committee plans to vote on HB 1783 on February 15.

Homeless Housing and Assistance (HB 1570) - This legislation makes the temporary Homeless Housing and Assistance surcharge permanent while increasing the surcharge from $40 to $90. Without extending the surcharge, thousands would likely become homeless. The bill passed the full House on February 7 by a 51-47 margin.

Source of Income Discrimination (SB 5407) - SB 5407 prohibits a landlord from discriminating against applicants or tenants based on their source of income. The bill passed the full senate on February 9 and will now be considered in the House.

Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) Exemption (HB 2444) - This measure provides a real estate excise tax exemption for the transfer of a qualified low-income housing development or controlling interest in a low-income housing development meeting specific criteria. The legislation is important for Catholic Housing projects who can use the funds for other program needs. The bill is in the House Rules Committee.

Healthy Food Packaging (HB 2658) - Perfluorinated and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFAS) are used in food packaging such as microwave popcorn bags, sandwich wrap, and muffin papers. PFAS have been found to migrate into food. The Department of Ecology has identified PFAS as a toxic substance. The bill conditionally restricts the inclusion of PFAS in food packaging beginning in 2021. The bill is likely to come to vote on the floor of the House any day. The companion bill, SB 6396, passed the Senate Ways & Means Committee the same day and is being considered by the Senate Rules Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

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February 21 - Catholic Advocacy Day: Gather at St. Michael, Olympia, before meeting with state legislators. Includes Mass celebrated by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and Auxiliary Bishops Elizondo and Mueggenborg. For additional details, see the flyer in English and SpanishPlease register now.For questions, call: 206-223-1138 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 

Pope's Message for Lent 2018

 

 

Lent begins this Wednesday. Pope Francis' Message for Lent writes of "the soothing remedy of prayer, almsgiving and fasting." Concerning the latter, the Pope says, "Fasting weakens our tendency to violence; it disarms us and becomes an important opportunity for growth. ... Fasting wakes us up. It makes us more attentive to God and our neighbor."  To read the 2018 Message for Lent in its entirety, click here.
 
 
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Inside this issue                                                                        February 5, 2018
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   WEEK FIVE+  
 

The 2018 legislative session is nearly half over. The first major bill cutoff was last Friday. Numerous bills remain that will require our focus in the weeks ahead.

 

     
 
 
Abortion Insurance Mandate (SB 6219) - This bill mandates abortion coverage in insurance plans in the state of Washington. The Bishops of Washington strongly oppose it because it expands existing contraception coverage requirements and promotes abortions while violating constitutionally-protected conscience rights. On January 31, the full Senate passed SB 6219 by a 26-22 margin. Over 400 Catholics responded to WSCC alerts, urging their senators to add conscience protections to the bill. Unfortunately, several attempts to amend the bill on the Senate floor failed. The House Health Care & Wellness Committee will hear SB 6219 on Wednesday, February 7, at 8:00 am. Bishop Joseph Tyson of Yakima will be testifying on the critical need to add conscience protection language to the bill.

Repealing the Death Penalty (SB 6052) - The U.S. Bishops have long supported abolishing the death penalty. On January 25, the Senate Law & Justice Committee passed SB 6052 and the legislation is now before the Senate Rules Committee.

Preventive Health Services - Mandating Contraceptives (HB 1523) - This legislation requires all health plans in the state to provide contraceptives at no cost. The contraceptives covered include those that are abortifacients. This constitutes a direct threat to the life and dignity of the human person. The WSCC opposes this bill. On January 31, it passed the full House by a 56-38 margin and now moves to the Senate.

Expanding Access to Contraception (SB 6102) - This legislation elevates access to contraception to a right and create legal risk for every employer in the state if contraceptives are not offered. As currently written, this legislation does not adequately protect religious liberty nor conscience rights. The Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee approved the bill on February 1. The bill will be heard today by the Senate Ways & Means Committee .

Uniform Parentage Act (SB 6037) - A section of this multi-faceted bill legalizes paid or contract surrogacy. The Catholic Church opposes surrogacy because it treats human beings as commodities. The bill is likely to come to the Senate floor for a vote within the next few days.
 

     
 
 
School Safety (SB 6410) - This bill requires first responders to notify all schools (public or private) in the vicinity whenever an evacuation or lockdown is ordered at a nearby school. The Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee approved it unanimously on February 1. The bill has been referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee where it will be heard on February 5.  Kristin Dixon, Superintendent of the Office of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Seattle, will testify in support of the bill.  
 

 

     
 
 

TANF Resource Limits (HB 1831) - Eligibility for public assistance is determined by a combination of factors, including the resources or assets of an applicant, such as a personal car. HB 1831 authorizes the state to exempt one motor vehicle (other than a motor home) per applicant for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) from being counted as a personal asset if that vehicle is used for transportation. The current vehicle limit is $5,000. HB 1831 also exempts certain other resources. Without this legislation, some people who would otherwise qualify for TANF would be denied because the value of their car pushed them over the resource limit. It is expected to get a vote of the full House within the next few days.

 

Legal Financial Obligations (LFO) (HB 1783) - The bill helps people convicted of crimes get back on their feet after being incarcerated by eliminating the interest on most of the court-imposed debt and limiting the sanctions for those with an inability to pay. The Senate Law & Justice Committee will hear the LFO reform bill on Wednesday, February 7, at 10:00 am. Bishop Joseph Tyson of Yakima will be testifying in support of the bill.

 

Homeless Housing and Assistance (HB 1570) - This legislation makes the temporary Homeless Housing and Assistance surcharge permanent while increasing the surcharge from $40 to $90. Without extending the surcharge, thousands would likely become homeless. The bill is expected to be voted on soon by the full House.

 

Source of Income Discrimination (SB 5407) - SB 5407 prohibits a landlord from discriminating against applicants or tenants based on their source of income. After passing its policy committee, the bill will be heard by the Senate Ways & Means Committee on February 5 at 10:00 am.

 

Healthy Food Packaging (HB 2658) - Perfluorinated and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFAS) are used in food packaging such as microwave popcorn bags, sandwich wrap, and muffin papers. PFAS have been found to migrate into food. The Department of Ecology has identified PFAS as a toxic substance. The bill conditionally restricts the inclusion of PFAS in food packaging beginning in 2021. The House Environment Committee approved HB 2658 on February 1. The companion bill, SB 6396, passed the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee on the same day. It will be heard today by the Senate Ways & Means Committee.

 

Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) Exemption (HB 2444) - This measure provides a real estate excise tax exemption for the transfer of a qualified low-income housing development or controlling interest in a low-income housing development meeting specific criteria. The legislation is important for Catholic Housing projects who can use the funds for other program needs. The House Finance Committee voted on the bill on February 2.  It was passed unanimously and is now before the House Rules Committee.


 

   UPCOMING ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES  
 

February 21 (Olympia) -  Catholic Advocacy Day: Gather at St. Michael Parish before meeting with state legislators. Includes Mass celebrated by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain. For details, see the flyer in English and SpanishRegistration is now open - please do so by February 2. For questions, call: 206.223.1138 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 
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That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.

Pope Francis - February 2018

“What is at the root of slavery, unemployment, and disregard for nature and goods held in common? Corruption, a process of death that feeds the culture of death.
Because the thirst for power and possessions knows no limits. 
Corruption is not countered with silence. 
We must speak about it, denounce its evils, and try to understand it so as to show our resolve to make mercy reign over meanness, beauty over nothingness. 
Let us pray that those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.”

 


 

 

 

 

Para que aquellos que tienen un poder material, político o espiritual no se dejen dominar por la corrupción.

Papa Francisco - Febrero 2018

"¿Qué hay en la raíz de la esclavitud, del desempleo, del abandono de los bienes comunes y la naturaleza? La corrupción, un proceso de muerte que nutre la cultura de la muerte.
Porque el afán de poder y de tener no conoce límites.
La corrupción no se combate con el silencio. 
Debemos hablar de ella, denunciar sus males, comprenderla para poder mostrar la voluntad de hacer valer la misericordia sobre la mezquindad, la belleza sobre la nada 
Pidamos juntos para que aquellos que tienen un poder material, político o espiritual no se dejen dominar por la corrupción."

 


 

 

 

Contact with your Senator needed!

The full Washington State Senate is expected to vote soon on a bill, SB 6219, that would mandate abortion coverage in insurance plans in the state of Washington.

The Catholic Bishops of Washington strongly oppose this bill because it would promote abortions while violating the constitutionally-protected conscience rights of individuals, churches, businesses and others. Archbishop J. Peter Sartain testified in person against the bill on January 16.

Please click here to urge your senator to oppose SB 6219.

 

Inside this issue                                                                        January 22, 2018
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   WEEK THREE  
 

The 2018 legislative session is already a quarter of the way through its allotted 60 days. The big news is that both the House and Senate passed the capital budget, providing initial funding that paves the way for seven Catholic Charities housing projects to move forward. The WSCC was busy last week with Archbishop J. Peter Sartain testifying January 16 against the abortion insurance mandate bill (SB 6219). At the same time but in a different hearing, Dr. Sarah Bartel testified on behalf of the WSCC against SB 6037 which would legalize paid surrogacy in our state. On Monday of this week, Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg will testify twice, first in support of repealing the state's death penalty and then against legislation that would requiremaking it an unfair employment practice for any employer providing health insurance to fail to include contraception coverage.

We thank all of you who have already communicated with your legislators and we encourage those of you who are participating in today's Mass for Life and March for Life to visit the offices of your legislators, especially to comment on the bills being heard today (see the first three bills listed below in the Life & Religious Liberty section and click here for a list of talking points on these bills).

 

     
 
 
Repealing the Death Penalty (SB 6052) -The U.S. Bishops have long supported abolishing the death penalty and, last year, Pope Francis condemned the death penalty as "an inhumane measure that, regardless of how it is carried out, abases human dignity." Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg will testify in support of the bill at the Senate Law & Justice Committee hearing on January 22 at 10:00 am (Cherberg Building, Senate Hearing Room 4).
 
Expanding Access to Contraception (SB 6102) - This legislation would elevate access to contraception to a right and create legal risk for every employer in the state if contraceptives are not offered. As currently written, this legislation does not adequately protect religious liberty nor conscience rights. Bishop Mueggenborg will testify against the bill at a public hearing in the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee on Monday, January 22, at 10:00 am, Cherberg Building, Senate Hearing Room 1.
 
Reproductive Health Access for Undocumented Immigrants (SB 6105) - This bill would be limited to undocumented immigrants but provide free coverage for abortion, contraception, and sterilization. While the Catholic Church cares deeply about the wellbeing of all undocumented immigrants and frequently advocates on behalf of justice for immigrants, the Church opposes providing greater access to services that are contrary to the life and dignity of all human life. The Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee will hear SB 6105 at the same time as SB 6102 (see above for details).
 
Abortion Insurance Mandate (SB 6219) - This bill would mandate abortion coverage in insurance plans in the state of Washington. The Catholic Bishops of Washington strongly oppose it because it would enhance existing contraception coverage requirements and promote abortions while violating constitutionally-protected conscience rights. Archbishop Sartain testified against the bill before the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee on January 16. The committee has yet to schedule a vote. To watch the video of the Archbishop's testimony, click here (his testimony begins at 2 minutes 55 seconds into the video).
 
Uniform Parentage Act (SB 6037) - A section of this multi-faceted bill would legalize paid or contract surrogacy. The Catholic Church opposes surrogacy because it treats human beings as commodities. Sarah Bartel, Ph.D., testified on behalf of WSCC at a public hearing on January 16. The Senate Law & Justice Committee is scheduled to vote on the measure on Thursday, January 25. To access the video of Dr. Bartel's testimony, click here (her testimony begins approximately an hour and 20 minutes from the beginning).
 

     
 
 
Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Students (HB 1539) - This bill establishes a task force to develop a prevention of sexual abuse curriculum for students in grades K-12 had a hearing on January 16 in the House Education Committee.
 
School Safety (HB 1703) - The bill would require private and public schools to meet new safe school plans requirements. It was heard by the House Education Committee on January 16 and appears headed for a vote in committee this week.
 

     
 
 
Capital Budget (SB 6090) - The 2017-2019 $4.38 billion capital budget includes $106 million for affordable housing projects across the state, including seven being developed by Catholic Housing Services and Catholic Charities in the three dioceses. On January 18, the Senate passed the capital budget unanimously and shortly thereafter, the House passed it by a 95-1 margin.
 
Legal Financial Obligations (LFO) (HB 1783) - The bill would help people convicted of crimes get back on their feet after being incarcerated by eliminating the interest on most of the court-imposed debt and limiting the sanctions for those with an inability to pay. Having passed the full House earlier this month, LFO reform is now before the Senate Law & Justice Committee.
 
Homeless Housing and Assistance (also referred to as document recording fee) (HB 1570) - This legislation would make the temporary Homeless Housing and Assistance surcharge permanent while increasing the surcharge from $40 to $90. Without extending the surcharge, thousands would likely become homeless. The House Appropriations Committee heard the bill on January 17 and a vote is scheduled for January 22.
 
Source of Income Discrimination (SB 5407) - SB 5407 prohibits a landlord from discriminating against applicants or tenants based on their source of income was heard by the Senate Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee on January 11 but the committee has yet to schedule a vote.
 

   UPCOMING ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES  
 

January 25 (Olympia) - WCADP (WA Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty) Death Penalty Lobby Day, for more information and to register: https://abolishdeathpenalty.salsalabs.org/lobbyday2018/index.html.
 
January 27 (Spokane) - Eastern Washington Legislative Conference, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, "Framing Faithful Discourse for the Common Good," 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  For details: http://www.thefigtree.org/FigTreeEvent.pdf.
 
January 28 (Yakima) - Mass for Life, 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 5315 Tieton Drive. For details: https://goo.gl.uAbvRi

 

February 21 (Olympia) -  Catholic Advocacy Day: Gather at St. Michael Parish before meeting with state legislators. Includes Mass celebrated by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain. For details, see the flyer in English and SpanishRegistration is now open - please do so by February 2. For questions, call: 206.223.1138 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
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 Catholic Advocacy Opportunities for January-February 2018

 

January 16 (Olympia) - Hearing on Abortion Insurance Mandate bill before the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee, at 10:00 am; Senate Hearing Room 2, J.A. Cherberg Building.
 
January 20 (Spokane) - Mass for Life & Walk for Life: Mass begins at 9:30 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes with the walk following at 11 a.m. at the Red Wagon in Riverfront Park. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information.
 
January 22 (Lacey / Olympia) - Mass for Life, Saint Martin University, 9:30 am, and March for Life, State Capitol Building, Noon. For details and promotional materials, visit the Archdiocese of Seattle website.
 
January 25 (Olympia) - WCADP (WA Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty) Death Penalty Lobby Day, for more information and to register: https://abolishdeathpenalty.salsalabs.org/lobbyday2018/index.html.
 
January 27 (Spokane) - Eastern Washington Legislative Conference, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, "Framing Faithful Discourse for the Common Good," 9 am - 3 pm, for more details: http://www.thefigtree.org/FigTreeEvent.pdf.
 
January 28 (Yakima) - Mass for Life, Sunday, January 28 at 11:00 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 5315 Tieton Drive. Celebrating Life and Honoring Volunteers.
 
February 21 (Olympia) Catholic Advocacy Day: Gather at St. Michael parish, before meeting with state legislators. Includes Mass celebrated by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain. For additional details, see the flyer in English and SpanishRegistration is now open - please do so by February 2. For questions, call: 206.223.1138 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
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Amigos, Estoy aquí en Colombia con la familia del Padre Jaime Chacon y vimos el encuentro del Papa Francisco con los jóvenes de Chile. Su pregunta clave a los jóvenes fue: ¿Que haría Jesús en tu lugar? ¡Esta es una pregunta clave para todos nosotros también! Disfruten este vídeo vinculado con esta pregunta clave y su visita a Chile. Pero lo que es más importante – no es conectar con el vídeo – pero conectar con Jesucristo. ¡Oren por el Papa Francisco también!

Bendiciónes y oraciones para ustedes,
+Obispo José Tyson

***

Friends, I am here in Colombia with the family of Father Jaime Chacón, watching Pope Francis' encounter with the youth of Chile. His key question with the youth was: "What would Jesus do in your place?" That is a key question for each us as as well! Enjoy this video from the Pope's visit to Chile. But what is most important is not to link with the video – but with Jesus Christ. Pray for the Holy Father as well!

Blessings and prayers for all,
+Bishop Joseph Tyson

Follow the Star

Homily for Christmas Night 2017 10:30 at St. Paul Cathedral

Haz clic aquí para leer en español

Isaiah 9:1-6; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14

Most Reverend Joseph J. Tyson, Bishop of Yakima

Peace be with you! “The Star.”  That’s the name of Sony Picture’s blockbuster currently showing in movie theaters. It attempts to tell the Christmas story from the viewpoint of the animals who speak with humor and wit. It’s a movie meant to make the Christmas message of hope a bit more approachable and entertaining.

Yet “The Star” is not the first to introduce animals into the Christmas message.  St. Francis of Assisi started the crèche tradition. His first biographer, St. Thomas of Celano noted how much Francis loved Christmas.  Yes, Easter is our central feast as Christians. But Celano noted, “More than any other feast [Francis] celebrated Christmas with an indescribable joy. He said that this was the feast of feasts, for on this day God became a little child and sucked milk like all human children. Francis embraced with great tenderness and devotion the pictures of the child Jesus and stammered words of tenderness, full of compassion, in the way children do. On his lips, the name of Jesus was as sweet as honey.”

St. Thomas of Celano goes on to note that Francis loved going to the small town of Greccio. He had a particularly favorite cell that was very remote and poor so that nothing could distract him from his contemplation of Jesus. For Christmas, Francis directed that an ox and an ass should be available and placed in his cave. He told a local nobleman named John: “I wish in full reality to awaken the remembrance of the child as he was born in Bethlehem and of all the hardship he had to endure in his childhood. I wish to see with my bodily eyes what it meant to lie in a manger and sleep on hay, between an ox and an ass.”

The image of the ox and the ass stems not simply from the pious imagination of St. Francis. Rather it grows from key image at the very beginning of the Book of Isaiah: “The ox knows its owner and the ass its master's crib; but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” (Isaiah 1:3)

Somewhat parallel to Sony Picture’s “The Star,” medieval artwork gave the ox and the ass almost human faces and human attributes.  The great fourth-century St. Augustine suggested, “From the Jews came the horned ox ... and from the Gentiles the long-eared donkey.” It is Jesus – in the manger – who draws them together. Jesus who lays in a manger – from the French word to eat – and draws both Jews and Gentiles together as one people feeding them with himself.  This means that the manger of Christmas will become the altar of Easter. Jesus, who first draws close to the ox and the donkey in their feedbox, will – at the last supper – become spiritual nourishment for all people who believe.

Yet beneath the beauty of this crèche and between the words of Isaiah is a hidden indictment: The ox knows its owner.  The donkey is at the master’s crib.  But do we? Who are the ox and the donkey today?  Who are “My people” without understanding?

We can begin with Herod whose murderous drive and ambition blinded him to see Jesus. Then – according to scripture – “all of Jerusalem” who stood beside Herod. Add to the list “those in soft garments” (Matthew 11:8) in the words of St. Matthew’s Gospel – meaning those in high social positions. Matthew also adds to the list of those not at the crèche as the learned masters of scripture (Matthew 2:6).

Who were there? Moving out a little beyond the crèche with the ox and the donkey we begin to see those who recognize Jesus. First and foremost there is Mary and Joseph – undocumented wayfarers required to arrive at the city of David for the purposes of a census. Roman census takers were the primary way to determine taxation for the empire as well as military conscription for war. That was the point of the census documentation.  We also see the “shepherds of the field” – first century campesinos who would have been the poorest of the poor, living as we say “by hook and by crook.” Many were honest and poor. Some were livestock rustlers. Yet their very poverty and their very closeness to the animals of the field allowed them to see what the ox and ass see: Jesus, the newborn King of Kings.

As we gaze at this crèche we might want to ask: Where do we stand? Are we – like the Magi – still somewhere on the journey of faith, following the star in search of Jesus? Are we, like the shepherds of the field, very near precisely because we are lowly field workers? Are we like the ox and the ass, standing right beside the child providing warmth and closeness?

Or are we locked away in our palaces? Are we distant from Jesus because of our “soft clothes,” our social status, our wealth like those who stand with Herod and “all of Jerusalem?”

If we are honest with ourselves, might we answer, “all of the above?” If that’s the case then follow the star – not the “Star” of the Sony production – but the star of the Magi. Use your reason – your head as well as your heart – to discover what Jesus means for your life as well as the life of your family and your community.  Expand your life and explore your faith! Draw close to Jesus – as close as the ox and the ass! Discover in the beauty of this liturgy and the beauty of this night your deepest aspiration to allow God into your life and thus become the very best version of your self, the very best person God already created you to be.  Merry Christmas. Peace be with you!

Artwork: Duccio di Buoninsegna’s image of the Birth of Christ from about 1308 at the National Gallery in Washington D.C.

Dear Friends,

We are here in Rome on pilgrimage and are with the Holy Father, Pope Francis, at his Wednesday general audience. By happy coincidence today marks the start of the Holy Father's global campaign, "Share the Journey," where he invites us to walk with migrants refugees and – in his Spanish comments – "campesinos" – something quite particular to our Diocese of Yakima. Today's kickoff points to a Week of Prayer and Action October 7-13. For an overview of the campaign, including personal stories, click here.  For ideas and resources for Catholic leaders planning events for the week, click here.  For a parish toolkit put together by Catholic Relief Services, click here. For ideas for social media, click here. Para recursos en español, haz click aquí.

Here in the Diocese of Yakima we are uniquely positioned to share the journey as Spanish and English speakers forming a single Church witness. Let's "Share the Journey" with each other – especially the migrants and undocumented as well as those young people impacted by DACA. Many prayers.

+Bishop Joseph Tyson

 

 

 

Dear Friends:

Fathers Dan and Peter Steele have been working diligently for a couple of years on a video project about seminary life. We showed this video to the high-school-aged men during this August's Quo Vadis event. 

At Quo Vadis we try to help the high school men reflect on their lives and their call.  Marriage is a holy and noble call and we assume that most of the men who come to us will sense a call to marriage.  But since all the men know something about marriage and family life with its blessings and struggles at Quo Vadis we try to give the men a sense of fraternity through our common prayer – the Liturgy of the Hours – as well as daily Mass and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Of course we do "Capture the Flag," Soccer and other activities as well in order to give men a sense of fraternity in Christ.

I hope you enjoy this great video. It gives a sense of the seminary life and seminary formation. It provides clues about how we assist our men to fall in love with the Church as their spouse and how they become open to spiritual growth, human formation, academic inquiry and pastoral skills all of which contribute to the formation of future priests.  

My thanks to Fathers Dan and Peter Steele for their great fraternity as well as the long hours of production involved in this film.  

Please pass the video along to others! Please pray for the 70 men who came to Quo Vadis here in the Diocese of Yakima as well!

Blessings!

Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson

Bishop of Yakima

 

Formation School of Faith For Leadership and Lay Ministry

 

These classes are designed for growth in knowledge of our faith, creed and doctrine of the Church.

Led by Bishop Joseph Tyson, the English-speaking Magnificat program is a formation school of faith for leadership and lay ministry.  

All classes will be offered at St Paul's Cathedral Building in Yakima,  Saint Joseph School in Wenatchee, or Holy Spirit Parish in Kennewick, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For questions please contact the diocesan office at 509-965-7117 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

“Credo ut intelligam, intelligo ut credam”

“I Believe to understand, understand to believe”

Saint Augustine of Hippo

 

 

  

2017 - 2018 Magnificat Schedule

 

PROGRAM OF FAITH FORMATION, LEADERSHIP AND LAY MINISTRY

MAGNIFICAT

Calendar 2017-2018

Classes from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

“May the Lord be in your heart and on your lips.”

 

SINGLE SITE IN-SERVICE  DATES

ATTENDANCE REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS IN PROGRAM

SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 LITURGY DAY Saint Paul Cathedral 15 S. 12 Ave. YAKIMA, WA 98902

OCTOBER 14, 2017 CHURCH MISSION CONGRESS Holy Family 5315 Chestnut YAKIMA, WA

OCT. 21, 2017 CORNERSTONE CONGRESS TACOMA, WA (ATTENDANCE RECOMMENDED)

MARCH 3, 2018 PEDAGOGY DAY Blessed Sacrament 1201 Missouri St.  GRANDVIEW, WA

MAY 19, 2018 CERTIFICATION DAY Holy Redeemer 1707 S. Third Ave. YAKIMA, WA 98902

 

Holy Spirit Parish (7409 West Clearwater Ave., Kennewick)

Classes 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

Oct. 7

Sacraments

Rev. Daniel Steele

Truth of Faith, Dogma

Rev. Michael Brzezowski

Social Doctrine
of the Church

Steve Wilmes

Nov. 11

Bible

Rev. Jacob Davis

Apologetics & Ecumenism

Rev. Peter Steele

Mission Of The Church

Rev. Ricardo Villarreal

Feb. 10

Ministries

María Elena Treviño

Ecclesiology

Bishop Joseph Tyson

Catechesis

Deacon Tom Huntington

March 10

Liturgy

Msgr. Robert Siler

Anthropology

Jeff Thompson

Ethics & Christian Morals

Bishop Joseph Tyson

April 14

Mary and the Saints

Rev. Michael Brzezowski

Christology

Bishop Joseph Tyson

Spirituality

Rev. Daniel Steele

May 19

 

 

Certification Day

Holy Redeemer Parish

(1707 S. Third Ave., Yakima)

     

Formation School of faith, Leadership and Lay Ministry

MAGNIFICAT

Calendar 2017-2018

 

Saint Joseph School (600 St. Joseph Place., Wenatchee)

Classes 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Oct. 28

Sacraments

Rev. Daniel Steele

Truth of Faith, Dogma
Rev. Michael Brzezowski

Social Doctrine
of the Church

Steve Wilmes

Nov. 18

Bible

Bishop Joseph Tyson

Apologetics & Ecumenism

Rev. Peter Steele

Mission Of The Church

Rev. Ricardo Villarreal

Feb. 17

Ministries

María Elena Treviño

Ecclesiology

Bishop Joseph Tyson

Catechesis

Deacon Tom Huntington

March 17

Liturgy

Rev. Osmar Aguirre

Anthropology

Jeff Thompson

Ethics & Christian Morals

Bishop Joseph Tyson

April 21

Mary and the Saints

Rev. Michael Brzezowski

Christology

Bishop Joseph Tyson

Spirituality

Rev. Daniel Steele

May 19

 

 

Certification Day

Holy Redeemer Parish

(1707 S. Third Ave., Yakima)

Formation School of faith, Leadership and Lay Ministry

MAGNIFICAT

Calendar 2017-2018

 

 St. Paul Cathedral Building (1214 W. Chestnut Ave., Yakima)

Classes 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Nov. 04

Sacraments

Rev. Daniel Steele

Truth of Faith, Dogma

Rev. Michael Brzezowski

Social Doctrine
of the Church

Steve Wilmes

Dec. 02

Bible

Bishop Joseph Tyson

Apologetics & Ecumenism

Rev. Peter Steele

Mission Of The Church

Rev. Ricardo Villarreal

Feb. 24

Ministries

María Elena Treviño

Ecclesiology

Bishop Joseph Tyson

Catechesis

Deacon Tom Huntingon

April 7

Liturgy

Msgr. Robert Siler

Anthropology

Jeff Thompson

Ethics & Christian Morals

Bishop Joseph Tyson

May 05

Mary and the Saints

Rev. Michael Brzezowski

Christology

Bishop Joseph Tyson

Spirituality

Rev. Daniel Steele

May 19

 

 

Certification Day

Holy Redeemer Parish

(1707 S. Third Ave., Yakima)

 

 

 

Programa de Formación en la Fe y Liderazco Laico

 

Estas clases están diseñadas para el crecimiento en el conocimiento de nuestra fe, credo y doctrina de la Iglesia.
Dirigido por el obispo Joseph Tyson, el programa de Magnificat de habla inglesa es una escuela de formación de fe para el liderazgo y el ministerio laico.Todas las clases serán ofrecidas en el Edificio de la Catedral de San Pablo en Yakima, Escuela San José en Wenatchee, o Parroquia del Espíritu Santo en Kennewick, de 9 a.m. a 1 p.m.
Para preguntas, por favor comuníquese con la oficina diocesana al 509-965-7117 o envíe un correo electrónico a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Credo ut intelligam, intelligo ut credam”

“Creo para entender y entiendo para creer”

San Agustín de Hippo

 

  

2017 - 2018 Calendario de Magnificat

 

PROGRAMA DE FORMACION EN LA FE Y LIDERAZGO

MAGNIFICAT

CALENDARIO 2017-2018

Clases de 9:00 am a 1:00 pm.

“Para que el Señor este en tu Corazón y en tus Labios”

Fechas especiales

ASISTENCIA REQUERIDA PARA

TODOS LOS ESTUDIANTES DEL PROGRAMA

SEPTIEMBRE 30, CONGRESO LITÚRGICO Catedral de San Pablo 15 S. 12 Ave. YAKIMA, WA 98902

OCTUBRE 14, CONGRESO CATEQUÉTICO FAMILIAR Sagrada Familia 5315 Chestnut YAKIMA, WA

OCTUBRE 21, CORNERSTONE CONFERENCE TACOMA, WA (ASISTENCIA RECOMENDADA)

MARZO 3, 2018 TALLER de PEDAOGÍA Santísimo Sacramento 1201 Missouri St.  GRANDVIEW, WA

MAYO 19, 2018 CLAUSURA Y CERTIFICACIÓN Santo Redentor 1707 S. 3ra Ave. YAKIMA, WA 98902

Holy Spirit Parish (7409 West Clearwater Ave., Kennewick)

Classes 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

Ocubre 7

Sacramentos

P. Jaime Chacón

Espiritualidad

H. Maria Isabel Doñate

Catequesis

H. Irma Lerma

Noviembre 11

Bibilia

P. Jaime Chacón

Verdades de Fe, Dogma

H. Blanca Estela Gamboa

Doctrina Social de La Iglesia

H.Olga Cano

Febrero 10

Ministerios

P.Felipe Pulido

Cristología

P. José Herrera

Moral Cristiana

P. Jaime Chacón

Marzo 10

Liturgia

P. Jaime Chacón

Eclesiología

P. Mauricio Muñoz

Iglesia Misión

P. Lalo Barragán

Abríl 14

María y los Santos

H. Blanca Jiménez

Antropología
P. Jaime Chacón

Apologética y Ecumenismo

Diácono Carlos Luna

May 19

 

 

Clausura y Certificación

Santo Redentor

(1707 S. Third Ave., Yakima)

     

Formation School of faith, Leadership and Lay Ministry

MAGNIFICAT

Calendar 2017-2018

 

Saint Joseph School (600 St. Joseph Place., Wenatchee)

Classes 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ocubre 28

Sacramentos

P. Jaime Chacón

Espiritualidad

H. Maria Isabel Doñate

Catequesis 

H. Irma Lerma

Noviembre 18

Bibilia

P. Jaime Chacón

Verdades de Fe, Dogma

H. Blanca Estela Gamboa

Doctrina Social de La Iglesia

H.Olga Cano

Febrero 17

Ministerios

P.Felipe Pulido

Cristoloía

P. José Herrera

Moral Cristiana

P. Jaime Chacón

Marzo 17

Liturgia

P. Jaime Chacón

Eclesiología

P. Mauricio Muñoz

Iglesia Misión

P. Lalo Barragán

Abríl 21

María y los Santos

H. Blanca Jiménez

Antropología

P. Jaime Chacón

Apologética y Ecumenismo

Diácono Carlos Luna

Mayo 19

 

 

Clausura y Certificación

Santo Redentor

(1707 S. Third Ave., Yakima)

Formation School of faith, Leadership and Lay Ministry

MAGNIFICAT

Calendar 2017-2018

 

 St. Paul Cathedral Building (1214 W. Chestnut Ave., Yakima)

Classes 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Noviembre 04

Sacramentos

P. Jaime Chacón

Espiritualidad

H. Maria Isabel Doñate

Catequesis 

H. Irma Lerma

Diciembre  02

Bibilia

P. Jaime Chacón

Verdades de Fe, Dogma

H. Blanca Estela Gamboa

Doctrina Social de La Iglesia

H.Olga Cano

Febrero 24

Miniserios

P.Felipe Pulido

Cristoloía

P. Jose Herrera

Moral Cristiana

P. Jaime Chacón

Abríl 7

Liturgia

P. Jaime Chacón

Eclesiología

P. Mauricio Muñoz

Iglesia Misión

P. Lalo Barragán

Mayo 05

María y los Santos

H. Blanca Jiménez

Antropología

P. Jaime Chacón

Apologética y Ecumenismo

Diácono Carlos Luna

May 19

 

 

Clausura y Certificación

Santo Redentor

(1707 S. Third Ave., Yakima)

 

 

Upcoming Events

February 17, 2018
Magnificat –English/Spanish
St. Joseph School, Wenatchee
February 24, 2018
Magnificat –English/Spanish
St. Paul Cathedral Building, Yakima
March 3, 2018
Register for Pedagogy Day Here
Blessed Sacrament, Grandview
March 10, 2018
Magnificat –English/Spanish
Holy Spirit Parish, Kennewick
March 17, 2018
Magnificat –English/Spanish
St. Joseph School, Wenatchee
April 7, 2018
Magnificat –English/Spanish
St. Paul Cathedral Building, Yakima
April 14, 2018
Magnificat –English/Spanish
Holy Spirit Parish, Kennewick
April 21, 2018
Magnificat –English/Spanish
St. Joseph School, Wenatchee
May 5, 2018
Magnificat –English/Spanish
St. Paul Cathedral Building, Yakima
May 19, 2018
Certification Day
Holy Redeemer, Yakima

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Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson
Bishop of Yakima

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