Tuesday August 04, 2015
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St. Joseph´s Parrish invites you to its first “Summer International Food Fair”! The plates at St. Joseph’s International Fair will resemble food from several countries. Attendees will not have any trouble finding enough food to eat and especially foods from a country they enjoy as well as games, karaoke and other entertainment!

There will be entertainment, performances of authentic dances representing Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador and Peru, among others. The money raised at that Food Fair will be used to support St. Joseph’s Parish Religious Education programs and Hispanic Evangelization programs.

What:St. Joseph’s Summer International Food Fair

Where:625 Elliot Ave S. Wenatchee, WA 98801

When: Saturday, August 8th                                    

Time: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, August 9th                           

Time: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information please contact Fr. Mauricio Munoz (509) 662-456, María Sosa (509) 433-4263 or Gloria Sosa (509) 663-4479.

Accompanying this article please find informational brochure and a registration form for participating in the Diocese of Yakima Pilgrimage to the next World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.  The official diocesan group has room for at least 23 pilgrims, along with the spiritual director, Fr. Lalo Bárragan of St. Joseph Parish, and the diocesan coordinator, Alex Lasota, of Christ the King Parish in Richland.  To learn more about past World Youth Day gatherings, and to preview next year's gathering in Poland, click on the following link:  World Youth Day 2016


Ustedes están cordialmente invitados al Congreso Juvenil 2015 que se llevar acabo el sábado 8 de agosto, 

En Town Toyota Center ubicada en 1300 Walla Walla Ave,Wenatchee, WA. Con presentaciones de  Alma Sánchez, Gerardo Sánchez, Rev. Argemiro Orozco,  Rev. Mario Salazar, y Rev. Alvarado Diez. Registraciones comenzaran a las 7:00 a.m. y concluirá con una Santa Misa a las 8:00 p.m. No habrá costo de entrada. Presentaciones de música y alabanzas:

Grupo “Cristo Vive” y Como invitados especiales de: La Sombra de Michoacán y Extraño Musical.

Dear Friends:
Here's a little update about Catholic Radio in Central Washington.  The exciting news is that we will be launch radio in Spanish with the coming of KZTR 103.5 FM in Yakima and KJHS 107.9 FM in East Wenatchee.  
Click below to
+Bishop Joseph Tyson
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
Dear Fathers:
If you are in the Yakima area you will want to note these important dates when our enrollment team will be visiting your parish to encourage enrollment in our Catholic schools.  The dates you are seeing are for January and February of 2016.  Please click below to see the dates for your local parish if you are pastor at St. Paul Cathedral, St. Joseph in Yakima, St. John in Naches, Holy Family in Yakima, Holy Redeemer in Yakima, San Juan Diego in Cowiche, Our Lady of Lourdes in Selah or Holy Rosary in Moxee!  
Also, if our enrollment is low this August you may be hearing from our Catholic schools for a last August enrollment push as well. 
Thanks very much!
+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.)



Quo Vadis Retreat for High School Aged Men
Dear Fathers: 
Attached you will find all the information on the upcoming Quo Vadis retreat. This is the annual retreat and camping event for young men -- high school aged -- to come and explore the possibility of priesthood and experience fraternity with the priests and seminarians of the Diocese of Yakima. 
Attached you will find the registration forms both in Spanish and English.  You will also find permission slips in both Spanish and English.  Once registration is completed and signed by the parent and the pastor, a seminarian will be contacting the family with transportation information.
You will also find an example of a pulpit announcement as well as a bulletin announcement.  Please begin announcing this the weekend of May 30th and 31st at all your Masses.  Seminarians will be present in many of  your parishes throughout the diocese in connection with retired priest and seminarian collection where will also be reminding parishioners of this opportunity.  
You will also find a flyer that is in English and Spanish and can be inserted into the Sunday bulletins.  
If you have questions call Lolita at the Holy Family parish office in Yakima during business hours at 509.966.0830 or contact Jesus Alatorre at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
+ Bishop Joseph Tyson
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Dear Friends:
Attached is some information I received from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops regarding the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.  If you or your parishes are interested, kindly visit the website and click on the link below to see the overview of information I have from the organizers. 
Many Blessings,
+Bishop Joseph Tyson

Upcoming Events

August 3-5, 2015

Quo Vadis Retreat for High School Aged Men (Camp Koinonia, Cle Elum, WA)

September 22-25, 2015

World Meeting of Families (Philadelphia, PA)

September 22-27, 2015

2015 Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to the United States of America (Philadelphia, PA)




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Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson
Bishop of Yakima

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