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Click on the image to download the flyer for A Pilgrimage to Assisi, Florence & Rome

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Great opportunity for priests, deacons, parish staff and lay leaders who are involved, or wish to be involved, in helping to promote Stewardship in the Church. We invite you all to attend the Western Canada and Region XII Conference beginning Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11, 2017. The Conference will be at Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC. Please see attachment for stewardship conference tracks

Should you have any questions regarding the Conference, please do not hesitate to contact Alma Benitez, Director of Stewardship and Development, at (509) 367-5299 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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March 3, 2017  
 Inside this issue (Click here to download full report)
 Clicking on the links below will take you the document on the WSCC website
Urge Senators to Oppose Threat to Life

ESHB 1523 would require health plans in the state to cover the same “preventive services” required by the Affordable Care Act and all federal rules in effect on December 31, 2016.  This includes contraceptives, some of which are abortifacients; that is, they cause abortions. This constitutes a direct threat to the life and dignity of the human person. Following passage in the House by a 70 to 28 margin, the bill was referred to the Senate Health Care Committee, which has scheduled a hearing on Tuesday, March 14, at 10:00 am.

Click here to send a message to your State Senator, urging her/him to oppose ESHB 1523 and protect unborn life and conscience rights.

The Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC) is the public policy voice of the Catholic Bishops of Washington State.

March 17 Dispensation from Abstinence from Easting Meat

In view of the fact that St. Patrick's Day this year falls on a Friday of Lent, I hereby grant a dispensation from the Church's law of abstinence for all in the Diocese of Yakima. I also request that all who avail themselves of this dispensation perform some other work of penance, for example:

  • a prayerful visit to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament
  • fasting from watching a television show
  • visiting someone who is sick or in prison

We do penance in imitation of Jesus' fast of 40 days in the desert, eager to draw nearer to him in love.

Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson
Bishop of Yakima

March 1, 2017