Sunday April 30, 2017
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Where are you going?

“Quo Vadis” is the Latin phrase for “Where are you going?” Legend tells us that St. Peter asked Jesus this question on the outskirts of Rome. And we know where Jesus went in response to His Father’s will.

Quo Vadis Days is a 3-day camp for young Catholic men to learn more about the priesthood, to deepen their faith, and to better discern God’s call in their lives.

What is the Father’s will for me?  How can I know what God wants?

Quo Vadis Days is a camp experience sponsored by the Diocese of Yakima Vocations Office to provide a time of fun, prayer, and talks to help you explore the Lord’s call in your life.

There will be priests, seminarians, and other young men like you gathered for these days.  Our activities will include prayer, swimming, soccer, games, talks and discussions.

We hope that you will consider taking time to discern the Lord’s will in your life with us at QV Days.  It is a great opportunity to let the Lord speak to you and to spend time listening to Him.

The number of participants is limited to 70 young men, so call or register soon!

Quo Vadis Days 2017

Young Men ages 13-19 are invited to the Second Annual Vocations Camp July 31st to August 2rd. For more information and to register for the Yakima camp, call Father Felipe Pulido at 509-248-1911 or Seminarian Michael Kelly at (509) 367-5297 or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


When:  The camp opens on Monday, July 31st at 12:00pm and concludes after lunch at 1:30 pm on Wednesday August 2nd. 

Where: Koinonia Camp is located near Cle Elum WA, approximately a 75-minute drive from Yakima.  The Camp has opportunities for Frisbee, soccer and swimming.



Bus Transportation to and from the camp will be available.  After you register, someone will contact you with information about pick-up and drop off.

Cost:  $50 per camper.  Scholarships are available.  The Family rate is $50 for the first camper, $25 for his brother/brothers. 

Staff:  Seminarians and Priests of the Diocese. 


Please call Michael Kelly at (509) 367-5297 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cardinal Dolan Calls Pro-Abortion DNC Pledge Extreme, Disturbing, Intolerant

April 26, 2017

WASHINGTON – Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, reacted to the announcement by the Democratic National Committee’s chair pledging support only for pro-abortion candidates. Calling the pledge “very disturbing,” Cardinal Dolan urged party members to “challenge their leadership to recant this intolerant position.”

Full statement follows:

“The recent pledge by the Democratic National Committee chair to support only candidates who embrace the radical unrestricted abortion license is very disturbing. The Democratic Party platform already endorses abortion throughout the nine months of pregnancy, even forcing taxpayers to fund it; and now the DNC says that to be a Democrat – indeed to be an American – requires supporting that extreme agenda.

True solidarity with pregnant women and their children transcends all party lines. Abortion doesn’t empower women. Indeed, women deserve better than abortion.

In the name of diversity and inclusion, pro-life and pro-‘choice’ Democrats, alike, should challenge their leadership to recant this intolerant position.”

18th Congreso Familiar Está Cerca

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"Yo soy tu Dios" (Isaías 41:10) es el tema del XVIII Congreso Católico Hispano de Evangelización programado para el 28-30 de abril en el Valle de Yakima en el SunDome. (Haz clic aqui para leer el horario)

Se espera que más de 5,000 personas se unan a este evento anual gratuito que comenzará el viernes, 28 de abril con un concierto de música de alabanzas y una Misa de Sanación. Los cantantes de alabanzas incluirán a Los Búhos de Mexicali, B.C., México.

El sábado, habrá más música de alabanza y talleres por el Obispo Joseph J. Tyson; Padre Jaime Chacón, consejero espiritual del Congreso Católico; Fray Rafael Guzmán Gabriel de Bolivia y Winston Castro, misionero. El sábado también incluirá una hora santa antes del Santísimo Sacramento. El domingo, el Obispo Tyson será el celebrante principal para una Misa concluyente.

El Congreso Hispano Católico comenzó en 1999 con un pequeño grupo de feligreses del Grupo de Oración Carismática de la Iglesia Católica St. Joseph Grupo Rios de Agua Viva en Yakima. Desde entonces, el Congreso ha crecido hasta convertirse en un medio de formación para la comunidad Hispana Católica. Varios Grupos de Oración Carismática de las parroquias de la Diócesis de Yakima han estado involucrados en este evento anual, dando su "grano de arena" y trabajo duro para el bien común de las familias del área, dicen los organizadores.

El Congreso se ha sostenido en estos últimos 17 años a través de muchas recaudaciones de fondos y generosas donaciones recibidas, con el propósito de continuar la evangelización del pueblo de Dios.

El Papa Juan Pablo II indico a los católicos a no tener miedo, a salir a las profundidades y proclamar la luz de Cristo al mundo, utilizando todos los medios modernos. Como administradores, nuestra misión es hacer eso y ayudar a otros a descubrir su relación personal con el Padre, el Hijo y el Espíritu Santo, dicen los organizadores del Congreso.

Aunque el Congreso será en español, ¡todo el mundo puede asistir! Para más información llame al (509) 307-1299.

Dying and Rising with Jesus

(Haz clic aquí para leer en español) 

 Homily for the Easter Vigil 2017 at St. Paul Cathedral

 Romans 6:3-11; Matthew 28:1-10

 Most Reverend Joseph J. Tyson, Bishop of Yakima

Peace be with you! We hear these profound words of St. Paul to the Romans: “Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life.” What might these mean?

In a few short moments we will witness the immersion of those joining the Church into the waters of baptism. In the ancient Church, the baptistery was seen as a kind of “tomb” or sepulcher.  Yet rather than dirt burying the body, in baptism the body is buried in water. The person entering this tomb of baptism is thought to be “dying” to an old way of life and “rising” with Jesus to a new way of life.

As Christians gathered at this Easter Vigil we believe what was true for St. Paul and this early Church in Rome to which he addressed his letter in tonight’s second reading is also true for us tonight for those we baptize. We believe it’s true for each and every one of us too as we renew our baptismal promises.  We die and rise with Jesus!

How might we grasp this perennial truth for ourselves? Last week in preaching his  funeral homily for Fr. Richard House – a dear friend and brother priest – Monsignor John Ecker made a reference to the many near-death experiences reported in the popular press and studied in some branches of medical research. He mentioned the profound sense of peace and joy that those who came close to death experienced once they were brought back into this life – perhaps similar to the experience of Lazarus whom we read about in St. John’s Gospel on the Fifth Sunday of Lent.

Similarly, in his recent book titled “The Soul’s Upward Yearning,” Fr. Robert Spitzer notes the way scientists have been studying near-death experiences for some 40 years. Scientists often attribute this to hallucinations or oxygen deprivation yet the accounts are so consistent and so detailed that they suggest that something more lies beyond this life, as we know it.  Yet with remarkable consistency and across a variety of cultures, patients consistently report post-death experiences of seeing the hospital room in great detail, recognizing loved ones, of being drawn towards a light, being taken towards a loving presence and having a profound sense of peace.  Interestingly, those patients who were physically blind their entire lives who had near-death experiences report “seeing” in amazing detail.

What Fr. Robert Spitzer seems to suggest is that even scientific data suggests that although our bodies are structured for physical death, our souls – our interior selves – seem to be structure for an eternal relationship with God. Hence the famous phrase of St. Augustine in his own conversion experience: “Our souls are restless until they rest in you, O God!”

Fr. Spitzer plays off the insights of the famous North American philosopher, Charles Taylor.  In his weighty tome, “The Secular Age,” Taylor notes that 500 years ago, people assumed the presence of God.  We see this in the beauty of Cathedrals like the Notre Dame in Paris or the Wörmers Dom in Wörms, Germany. We see it in the art of Michaelangelo and medieval stained glass in Esslingen am Necker.

Taylor goes on to trace the various historical and philosophical developments that have developed into what he terms a “buffered self,” a sense in our personhood that what’s real is only what we can see and verify individually. As a result our worldview shrinks from one seeing God as the ultimate reference point for all inquiry, including the scientific, to one that sees our individual free inquiry as competitive with that of God. Taken together, the modern world in which we live our daily lives may be much smaller than for those who lived 500 years ago.

Our celebration of baptism and our embrace of God punches holes in this “buffered” universe. Baptism opens up the possibility that life is bigger than what we see and that we are more than random individuals living alone and apart from each other and from a personal relationship with an ultimate reality.  We find hope and communion breaking through the limits of our culture, our time and our place in finding relationship with each other and with God. Indeed, what marks Christianity as unique among the world religions is that we can see God’s very face in Jesus and that we can receive God’s very presence in the Eucharist.

Tonight, together with those being baptized, we open ourselves up to a universe far vaster than the one we can see. We open up ourselves to the endless possibilities that God creates in each of us – unique and individual as we are – yet all made in the image and likeness of God.  We open up ourselves to the reality that God has placed us here for a purpose and a plan. We open up ourselves so that, even though we each have a specific mission in life, all of us are here because God wants us to flourish and become the great men and women he’s created us to be.  That first step in his plan for us is baptism: dying to an old way of viewing ourselves and the world so that we might rise with him now and at the end of time.  Peace be with you!

(Image: Baptistry at Holy Family Parish, Yakima)