Thursday October 08, 2015
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Church Mission Congress: Information and Registration


Congress 2015 LogoThe Church Mission Congress (previously known as the Catechetical Congress) provides inspiring speakers as well as networking of volunteers who can support each other in the mission of passing on the faith and building up the Church. The Church Mission Congress is fast approaching and we are very excited about this year’s event as we are widening our scope to include other ministries. The theme for this year is Forming Missionaries of Mercy. Please encourage all who are interested in bringing the Gospels to life to attend this event.
Event includes:
Morning Prayer with Bishop Joseph Tyson
Shopping with vendors
Free gift bags for the first 400 registrants
Delicious and local food vendors will be available to purchase lunch.


How to register:

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. You can still attend the day of the event. Cost will be $20 at the door.


Registration will begin on September 1st and available through the Diocesan website. Forms are also available to mail-in on the website as well.
Registration fee $15 per person and $20 the day of the event. Please keep in mind registration fees are due at the time of registration and to properly plan, registration will close Fri. Oct 2nd.


Diocese of Yakima Presents: Church Mission Congress 2015 Forming Missionaries of Mercy

Saturday, October 10th 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m. Holy Family Church Campus Yakima, WA

Bishop Joseph Tyson has announced the following changes in priest assignments, effective in October 2015:

1)    Rev. Mauricio Muñoz, parochial vicar of Saint Joseph Parish in Wenatchee,  will become parochial vicar of Saint Paul Cathedral Parish in Yakima on Monday, October 5.  

2)    Rev. Teodulo Taneo, parochial vicar of Holy Apostles Parish in East Wenatchee, with ministry at Saint Joseph Parish in Waterville, will become parochial vicar of Saint Joseph Parish in Wenatchee on October 1.  He will travel to Morelia, Michoacán in Mexico October 5 to study Spanish, returning Friday, December 18. 

3)    Rev. Henry Rufo, a priest of the Archdiocese of Portland, will become parochial vicar of Holy Apostles Parish in East Wenatchee, with service at Saint Joseph Parish in Waterville, on October 1.  Ordained in 2001, Father Rufo has been accepted for a period of service of up to five years, with the possibility of incardination in the Yakima Diocese.       

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

Television catolica Yakima final
!Tenemos buenas noticias!  Gracias del ministerio "El Sembrador" hay televisión católica en Español.  KYPK Channel 38-8 está disponible solo por antana en el Valle de Yakima y el Valle bajo hasta Prosser.  No está disponible por telecable.  No tenemos un acuerdo permanente en este momento pero si quisiera continuar escribe "El Sembrador" y KYPK con su deseo.  Aquí es el vínculo:http://elsembradorministries.com/ 
+Obispo José Tyson
Good news!  We now have Catholic television in Spanish 24 hours a day here in Yakima and the Lower Valley all the way to Prosser on KYPK TV 38-8. It's not available on cable -- only by antenna. We don't have a long term agreement yet so if you like the programming be sure to let them know and check out their links at: http://elsembradorministries.com/
+Bishop Joseph Tyson
Parish Pilgrimages to St. Paul Cathedral During The "Year of Mercy"
year of mercy logoDear Fathers:
Kindly note the correspondence you received from Monsignor Ecker this week on the "Year of Mercy."  He is wanting to land date when your parish can visit the Cathedral tied to a plenary indulgence during the "Year of Mercy."  If you would like to adjust your assigned date, contact Monsignor Ecker.  He would like to publish a final edition that we will also post on our webpage.  
+Bishop Joseph Tyson


Defund Planned Parenthood

Urge your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators to defund the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Americans should not be forced to subsidize the nation's largest abortion network. The release of undercover videos showing a willingness by Planned Parenthood officials to traffic in fetal organs and tissue has quite properly stirred strong reactions in Congress and the general public. Bills to prohibit federal funding of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America were introduced in both House and Senate.  

On August 3, the Senate bill (S. 1881) was brought to the floor of the Senate, but failed to get the minimum 60 votes required on a procedural motion (known as a motion for cloture). Only 53 Senators voted to consider the bill. However, the bill is expected to be brought up again. The House bill (H. R. 3301) has been referred to the Subcommittee on Health of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The bill defunds Planned Parenthood, but reallocates the federal funds to mainstream health facilities, so there is no reduction in funding for women's health.

Please click here to send your message to your Representative and Senators asking them to defund Planned Parenthood while ensuring there is no reduction in funding for women’s health.

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

Workplace posters are important because they inform employees and employers of their rights and responsibilities. It is important for employers to know that posting the posters is a legal requirement. The posters need to be placed where the employees can see them and read them.  There are agencies that will call you and ask you to sign-up for a membership in order to send you posters on an annual basis. Usually these options come with a high price tag (up to $500 annually). To make better use of the resources already offered, save money, and to facilitate this process for you, listed below are the websites from United States Department of Labor and the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries that will direct you to all the state and federal posters that are required for posting. In addition, you will also find individual workplace folders below.

State required posters:


Federal required posters:


If you have questions regarding the required workplace posters, please refer to the following Washington State Department of Labor & Industries Q & A link found below.

Q & A link: http://www.lni.wa.gov/FormPub/questions.asp

If you have further questions, please contact Diana Aparicio at (509) 965-7117.

Equal Employment Opportunity – Discrimination Prohibited (English)

Equal Employment Opportunity – Discrimination Prohibited (Spanish)

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (English)

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (Spanish)

Fair Labor Standards Act – Federal Minium Wage (English)

Fair Labor Standards Act – Federal Minium Wage (Spanish)

Family Medical Leave Act (English)

Family Medical Leave Act (Spanish)

Job Safety and Health (English)

Job Safety and Health (Spanish)

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

Your Rights as a Worker (Bilingual)



Catholic education is near and dear to my heart.  One of my goals as Bishop of Yakima is to help provide a Catholic education for every child who wants one regardless of family or parish resources.  This is why I so strongly support the Central Washington Catholic Foundation, whose mission is to provide enduring support for Catholic education in Central Washington. 

Their annual Celebration of Faith event raises funds to provide grants to parish religious education programs, tuition assistance for students in our Catholic schools, and scholarships for students attending Catholic colleges or universities. The 2014 Celebration of Faith proceeds provided $45,000 in grants to 17 parish religious education programs, over $130,000 for tuition assistance for over 100 children, and three $1500 scholarships to Catholic colleges.

The 2015 Celebration of Faith will be held at the Yakima Convention Center on October 10, 2015.  Fr. Stephen Rowan, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at St. Martin’s University, will be the keynote speaker.  The Foundation has indicated that the program will be shorter this year in order to accommodate the long day with the Church Mission Congress.  They have also posted the list of 2015 Champions of Catholic Education.

Category Award Name Parish/School City
Benefactor St. Thomas Aquinas Award Don Baker Christ the King School Richland
Benefactor St. Thomas Aquinas Award Gary & Barbara Morford La Salle High School Yakima
Educator St. John Baptist de la Salle Award Steve Pontarolo St. Rose of Lima School Quincy
Educator St. John Baptist de la Salle Award Dianne Breeden St. Joseph School Wenatchee
RE educator St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Award Kathy Sharman Blessed Sacrament Parish Grandview
RE educators St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Award Mark & Debbie Roy Holy Rosary Parish Moxee

I strongly encourage every parish and Catholic school to buy and fill at least one table with generous donors to celebrate and help provide grants, tuition assistance and scholarships for 2016.  Please see the attachments for a bulletin insert and a short bulletin notice.  Please place the insert in your bulletin next week and run the bulletin notice weekly throughout September.

Bulletin Annoucement

It’s time to reserve your spot at the 2015 Celebration of Faith on October 10, 2015 at the Yakima Convention Center.  The evening starts with a hosted reception at 5:30, followed by a wonderful dinner and program ending at 8:30.  Fr. Stephen Rowan of St. Martin’s University will be the keynote speaker and Kelly Mattson of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Selah is the Emcee.  Register online at www.cwcatholicfoundation.org/registration or by calling the Central Washington Catholic Foundation at 509-972-3732.

Here's just a few links as you work with parishioners and parish leaders catechetically on the recent Supreme Court decision mandating a change in the definition of marriage for all 50 states.  
First, since this is a national issue, I think it's best to refer to the national response from Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Click here
Second, since Washington State already voted in favor of the redefinition of marriage, here is the direct link to my pastoral letter that was read and distributed in Spanish and English across the Diocese of Yakima.  Click here to read.
Third, here is an interview that Archbishop Kurtz gave to the Catholic newspaper, Our Sunday Visitor which might be a good resource for review:  Click here to read.
Let us remember the words of Pope Saint John Paul the Second who noted in Porta Fidei #15: "What the world is in particular need of today is the credible witness of people enlightened in mind and heart by the word of the Lord, and capable of opening the hearts and minds of many to the desire for God and for true life, life without end."
+Bishop Joseph Tyson

In an Encyclical titled "Laudato, Si," taken from a canticle composed by St. Francis of Assissi, Pope Francis issued an urgent "... appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all."

The Pope's writing builds on a long tradition of Catholic Social Teaching to offer spiritual and moral guidance on the dialogue he is calling on people of good will to enter into, so as to help promote the common good.  It is that tradition of Catholic Social Teaching that has also helped produce local efforts, such as the Columbia River Pastoral Letter, by the Pacific Northwest Bishops, released in 2001.

Click here to open the Encyclical Laudato Si (English)

Click here to open the Encyclical at the Vatican  (Spanish)

Click here to open the Columbia River Pastor (English) (Spanish)

Our partners at Catholic Relief Services also have a Web page dedicated to resources on the environment and climate change. Click here to view.

(Photo shows Pope Francis venerating an image of Saint Francis of Assissi embracing a leper.  In his Encyclical, the Holy Father particularly notes a concern for the poor in urging a dialogue on the environmental challenges facing the world.)



Upcoming Events

October 10, 2015

Church Mission Congress (Yakima, WA)

November 6-8, 2015

Youth Convention 2015 (Yakima, WA)




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Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson
Bishop of Yakima

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