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Our History

  •     Catholicism first came to Central Washington in 1847.
  •     The Diocese of Yakima was created on June 23, 1951, by Pope Pius XII.
  •     The new diocese was formed from the territory of the Archdiocese of Seattle and the Diocese of Spokane.
  •     The Diocese of Yakima serves 41 parishes in 7 counties.
  •     The original diocesan newspaper began as Our Times in 1959.

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Respect Life Prayer Service Planned Sept. 28

All are welcome to join Bishop Joseph Tyson at noon on Saturday, September 28 at St. Paul Cathedral in Yakima for a prayer service proclaiming our belief in the sacredness of human life from natural conception to natural death.  The prayer service begins a Respect Life Novena that will finish on Respect Life Sunday, October 6.  Novena prayers will be posted daily on the diocesan website and Bishop Tyson’s Facebook page.  Let us all, in the words of Pope Francis, “Open Our Hearts to Life.”


Todos están invitados a unirse al Obispo Joseph Tyson al mediodía del sábado 28 de septiembre en la catedral de St. Paul en Yakima para un servicio de oración que proclama nuestra creencia en la santidad de la vida humana desde la concepción hasta la muerte natural. La oración comienza una Novena Por Respeto a la Vida que terminará el Domingo Respetemos la Vida en el 6 de octubre. Oraciones para la Novena se publicarán diariamente en el sitio web de la diócesis y la página de Facebook del Obispo Tyson. Que todos nosotros, en palabras del Papa Francisco, "abren el corazón a la vida."

New Priest Assignments Take Effect Oct. 1

Bishop Joseph Tyson has announced the following changes in priest assignments, all effective Oct. 1, 2013:

1)    Rev. Mario P. Salazar, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Granger and Immaculate Conception Parish in Mabton, will retire, due to a medical disability (ongoing heart problems).  Fr. Mario will become priest in residence at St. Juan Diego Parish in Cowiche, with a limited sacramental schedule (Fr. Salazar is pictured at right).

2)    Rev. Gustavo Gomez, pastor of St. Juan Diego Parish, will become pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish.  He also will assist in other parishes, primarily in Mabton. 

3)    Rev. William Vogel, S.J., pastor of Resurrection Parish in Zillah, will also become pastor of Immaculate Conception in Mabton.  He will be Moderator of the parishes in Zillah, Granger and Mabton, overseeing the administration of the parishes and facilitating a team of priests serving them.

4)    Rev. César Vega, pastor of Holy Family Parish, will also become pastor of St. Juan Diego Parish.  He will oversee the administration of both parishes and facilitate a team of priests serving them. 

5)    Rev. José Herrera, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Grandview, will be part of the team led by Fr. Vogel, primarily serving in Mabton.           

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

Interview with Pope Francis

Dear Fathers:

As you head into the weekend know that a recent interview with Pope Francis is receiving wide press circulation which means many parishioners will be coming to Church having heard something about the interview and some may even have questions for you.  None of the comments that our Holy Father makes are new.  They are all based on Church teaching.  But the tone and approach may sound new.  I have attached for you the full text of his interviews in both Spanish and English for your review.  I hope you will take time to read them and I know we will all continue to pray for him in his ministry for our Church and our world.  
By the time you read this, I will have provided an interview on this topic for listeners in the Tri-Cities area on KONA 610 AM. 
Many prayers and blessings!
+Bishop Joseph Tyson

"Healing of Families" Seminar Offered at Spokane Parish November 8-10, 2013

Why Attend “The Healing of Families” Seminar? Have you prayed for years for healing of your family and nothing has happened? Learn this form of prayer that is effective for those stubborn personal and family problems. Through your participation, experience family-wide relief and healing of spiritual, physical, and emotional problems. “Redeem” your relationships and change the course of your family’s history.

Free registration! Workbook for seminar $20. Contact: Sue Millersmith – 509-467-0671 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  More info on under Upcoming Events

ACA Appreciation Lunch and Training Day

Thank you for those who have registered! We have scheduled our 2nd Annual Training for ACA on Friday, September 20 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. If you have not registered please do as soon as possible. Twenty registrations have been submitted (12 of them are from pastors). We highly encourage Associate Pastors to attend this important training.

This will be our opportunity to thank you personally for your hard work during our Appreciation Lunch. We will be giving out awards and prizes during the lunch hour.  

This is an important meeting for you to attend. The meeting will be led by Bishop Tyson and facilitated/coordinated by Alma Benítez, Director of Stewardship and Development. We will be sharing the ACA schedule for 2013 – 2014 and Manual.


2013 Annual Catholic Appeal August Monthly Report

Congratulations to St. Mary Parish (White Swan) and St. Joseph Parish (Wenatchee) for meeting your goal! 

Summary Highlights (August 31, 2013 vs. August 31, 2012)

·  Pledge: 1.935 vs. 1.735 million

·  Goal: 1.464 vs 1.460 million

·  PTD: 1.637 vs. 1.541 million

·  Actual Income to Diocese: 1.391 vs 1.333 million

·  Shortfall to Diocese: 72,717 vs. 126,962

 ($51,245 less compared to last year in August 2012)

·  Sixty-five percent of the parishes have met/exceeded their goal. 

·  Six parishes are between 90% - 99% of reaching their goal.

The August Monthly Report is completed and posted on the link below:


2013 Central Washington State Fair

2013 Central Washington State Fair

September 20-29, 2013

Parking - $5.00 donation per vehicle

Please come and support the Catholic Hispanic Congress of Evangelization and park your vehicle in the vacant parking lot next to Fiesta Foods during the 2013 CW State Fair. Your donation will benefit the 15th Annual Catholic Hispanic Congress 3-day event to be held in the Yakima Valley SunDome in April, 2014.  Thank you for your support!

2013 Central Washington State Fair

Septiembre 20-29, 2013

Fiesta Foods Estacionamiento

$5.00 donación por vehículo

Favor de apoyar el Congreso Católico de Evangelización Familiar, estacionen sus vehiculos en el estacionamiento que se encuentra al lado de la tienda Fiesta Foods durante la feria.  Su donación ayudará a facilitar el evento que se lleva acabo en el Yakima Valley SunDome, abril 25, 26, y 27 de 2014. Gracias por su apoyo!

Champions of Catholic Education

The Central Washington Catholic Foundation is pleased to announce the first-ever recipients of the Champions of Catholic Education Awards.  These awards will be presented by Bishop Joseph Tyson during the Celebration of Faith event on October 12, 2013 at the Yakima Convention Center.  The event is the Foundation’s signature fund-raiser for the Celebration of Faith Fund that provides tuition assistance grants for students attending our Catholic schools and parishes for their religious education programs.


Presentation: The Intercession of the Saints: Catholic & Biblical

Mark your calendars for Monday September 16th, 2013 as Karlo Broussard, founder and president of The Divine Child Institute, Inc., will be giving a presentation at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wenatchee entitled “The Intercession of the Saints:  Catholic & Biblical.”  With great clarity and keen insight, Karlo answers the common questions that arise in regard to the intercession of the saints, such as “Why should I pray to the saints when I can go straight to Jesus?”  or “Why do Catholics pray to saints when Jesus is the one mediator between God and man?”  He convincingly demonstrates that the Catholic theology of the intercession of the saints is both explicitly and implicitly found in the Sacred Scriptures.  As such, Karlo concludes that the intercession of the saints is an essential part of the Christian Faith.  The talk begins at 6 pm and will be held in Kuykendall Hall.  Be sure to visit Mr. Broussard’s website at

"Welcome Him as You Would Welcome Me"

Please find attached, in English and in Spanish, Bishop Joseph J. Tyson's homily for the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, which reflects on the call of the Bishops of Washington State, and the United States, for a full, robust and comprehensive reform of our immigration system.  Attached you also will find, in English and Spanish, the Pastoral Statement on Immigration Reform released this weekend by the Bishops of Washington State, titled "Immigration Reform: Seeking the Truth in Charity."

English Magnificat Program Begins Anew

Led by Bishop Joseph Tyson, the English-speaking Magnificat program, a formation school of faith for leadership and lay ministry, begins again in the Yakima Diocese on Saturday, October 5.  The classes are designed for growth in knowledge of our faith and the creed and doctrine of the church

Classes scheduled for October 5, and the teachers, are as follows:  Sacraments, Bishop Tyson; Ministries, Rev. Miguel González; Social Doctrine of the Church, Very Rev. Osmar Aguirre.  On November 2, the classes and teachers are: Bible, Bishop Tyson; Anthropology, Jeff Thompson; Ethics & Christian Morals, Father González.  All classes will be offered at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 5301-A Tieton Drive, in Yakima, and will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A full class listing for the 2013-14 year can be found on the attached poster.  Eventually, classes will be offered in other areas of the Diocese as well, as is already the case in the Spanish-speaking Magnificat program.

To register for classes, contact Isaac Prieto at the Pastoral Center, 509-965-7117, or by e-mail at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Catholicism first came to Central Washington in 1847. The Diocese of Yakima was created on June 23, 1951, by Pope Pius XII. The new diocese was formed from the territory of the Archdiocese of Seattle and the Diocese of Spokane. The Diocese of Yakima serves 41 parishes in 7 counties. The original diocesan newspaper began as Our Times in 1959.
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