Welcome to Diocese of Yakima

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.

Diocese of Yakima

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Second Annual "Tamales Fair" St. Joseph Parish in Yakima

Saint Joseph Parish in Yakima is proud to announce our SECOND “Tamales Fair” to build up our community. We have several families who will be selling delicious tamales after the 7:30, 9:00, 11:00, 1:00 pm, 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm masses on October 27.  If you would like to know how to make tamales, please join us in Schoenberg hall on Saturday October 26th at 7:00 pm.  All the proceeds from the this event will go toward the church fund.

Nuestra Iglesia de San José presenta su segundo evento anual —el festival del tamal.  Algunas familias de nuestra parroquia estarán vendiendo deliciosos tamales y atole después de la cada misa el domingo 27 de Octubre.

Quo Vadis Follow Up

Dear Fathers:
We had a very successful Quo Vadis this last August with well over sixty high school-aged men. This was a time for these young men to be introduced to the Church's "Liturgy of the Hours," which we all pray as priests, as well as to experience a bit of "fraternity" together which is also very important in our formation as priests.
This year we are following up with Quo Vadis.  We are hosting Quo Vadis follow up for the high school men you sent this summer.  Ideally these would be the men whom you consider more likely to consider a priestly vocation and who would benefit from some deeper discernment with our vocation team.  These will be held at St. Joseph Parish in Yakima Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 12:00 noon on the following dates:
October 26th 2013

November 23rd 2013

February 1st 2014

March 22nd 2014

May 3rd 2014

The format is quite simple.  We begin with Mass followed by a snack, a pick up game like soccer, a spiritual talk on vocational discernment, (How do I know how God is calling me in my life?), lunch and then a return home.
As with all diocesan events, we would need permission slips and a review of the event policies.  The Field Trip guidelines can be found at the bottom of the list under the Policies link on our website, or by clicking here.
In advance I thank you for fostering vocations to the priesthood here in the Diocese of Yakima.
+Bishop Joseph Tyson

Celebration of Faith Dinner: Record-Breaking!

Dear Friends:
My thanks to Dan Fortier, Nancy Probst, and the hard-working board of the Central Washington Catholic Foundation for a wonderful and inspiring "Celebration of Faith" at the Yakima Convention Center.  This was our second year and – thanks to our donors and benefactors – we raised $268,000 at the dinner – well over our goal of $250,000.  This is HUGE for Central Washington and means more empty seats being filled across our six grade schools and two high schools.  It also means more support for our smaller and poorer rural parishes in their programs of catechesis and faith formation.
As you know – and I have repeated this often – I have two unbending intents in the area of education.  First, every child learns about Jesus regardless of the parish they are in – large or HGH small – English or Spanish.  Second, every child who wants a Catholic education gets one regardless of ability to pay.
We are a long way from either of these goals but we are making the journey and going in the right direction thanks to the Central Washington Catholic Foundation as well as their many friends who support the foundation.
It's not too late if you'd like up to raise a bit more for our youth!  Click here to go to the website and donate:  http://cwcatholicfoundation.org/
Many thanks to all of you who were there that night and many thanks to all of you who supported the event even though you could not be there.  Most importantly thanks for your prayers for our education ministry!
+Bishop Joseph Tyson

Mass for Deceased Clergy Set for Nov. 5

Mass For Deceased Priests, Bishops and Deacons, Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at St. Paul Cathedral at 5:30 P.M. Dinner following for Priests, Deacons and their wives.  Stoles will be available for concelebrating Priests and Assisting Deacons.  R.S.V.P. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 509-575-3713 before November 1st, 2013.

September 2013 Central Washington Catholic


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The Church as a Field Hospital - Pope Francis and the New Evangelization

Dear Friends:
When I was in seminary many years ago, one of our assigned readings was a book by Father Avery Dulles, S.J. titled, "Models of the Church."  Using Tom Kuhn's sociological understanding of a model as an interpretive way of understanding the shared life of people, Father Dulles proposed five models that could open up the meaning of Church and its mission: The Church as (1) Institution, (2) Mystical Communion, (3) Sacrament, (4) Herald and (5) Servant.  Teaching deacons in the formation program in Seattle I stressed that often several – if not all five – were operating in many parishes.  I would have them identify the implicit models out of which their priests as well as key volunteers expressed the ministry of Jesus Christ.  Fr. Dulles later revised his book to include a sixth model: (6) Community of Disciples.

In seminary I had Father Dulles for a class on "Faith and Revelation" and even had the chance to plan his "retirement" party from Catholic University, when I headed the Theological Student Association.  Father Dulles went on to teach at other Jesuit institutions as well as to provide numerous talks and lectures.  He also went on to become a Cardinal, participating in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI.
I raise all this as background because a fellow Jesuit – Pope Francis – has introduced, if not another model, a very provocative image of Church:  the Church as a "Field Hospital."  Father Robert Barron closes the article noting that some in the secular culture have viewed the Pope's comments – incorrectly – as a dialing back of a robust social justice teaching anchored in the beginning and end of life issues (abortion and euthanasia) and that some – even in the pro-life movement – have expressed concern about the Holy Father's comments.  But Father Barron suggests the interpretive key is the Holy Father's opening self-definition as a sinner who has found grace and conversion.  
In a similar vein, recently in a radio interview I was asked the question, "How do you feel – Bishop Tyson – now that the Holy Father has 'dialed back the teachings' on abortion and euthanasia?"  
"The Holy Father has not dialed back any of the Church's teachings," I responded.  "Rather he has proposed to all of us that the doorway to a robust embrace of the Church's steep demands in the areas of sexual morality, social justice and family life comes by FIRST proclaiming Christ and his singular love for everyone.  That's the message we want to uplift."
Read the complete article by Father Robert Barron by clicking here on this link.
Thanks, too, for all you and your leaders do across our parishes in uplifting the life-changing message of Christ's love and the way in which it can lead us to change our hearts in favor of the gift of life.

2013 ACA - September Monthly Report

Congratulations to St. Frances X Cabrini – Benton City and St. Rose of Lima - Ephrata for meeting your goal! 

Summary Highlights (September 30, 2013 vs. September 30, 2012)

·  Pledge: 1.938 vs. 1.738 million

·  Goal: 1.464 vs. 1.460 million

·  PTD: 1.696 vs. 1.586 million

·  Actual Income to Diocese: 1.406 vs. 1.353 million

·  Shortfall to Diocese: 58,108 vs. 106,185

o ($48,077 less compared to last year in September 2012)


Several Diocesan Offices Closed Monday

Dear Friends:
Due to Saturday's Catechetical Congress being a "work day" for the Bishop's staff, there will not be a receptionist in the Bishop's Office on Monday, October 14.  The Office of Canonical Concerns will be closed Monday as well.  The Finance Office will be open, and calls to the Pastoral Center will be answered there from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Normal operations resume Tuesday, October 15.
God bless,
Msgr. Robert Siler

Seminarian & ACA Posters Notification

Dear Priests,

The Seminarian and ACA posters will be distributed on Friday, October 11, 2013 at the "Teacher -In Service Day" and "Clergy Continuing Education Day" after lunch and on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the "Catechetical Congress" from 12:00 pm - 3:15 pm. If you are not personally attending the Teacher-In Service, Clergy Continuing Education or the Catechetical Congress please coordinate with a key Lay Leader who is attending to pick up the posters.


USCCB Honors Nation's Catechists


Our attention this week is very much focused on our teachers and parish volunteers who share the faith of the Church.  "Open the Doors of Faith" is this year's theme for our celebrating the ministry of catechetical instruction. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has provided some wonderful support materials in both Spanish and English that you can pull down from the following web link and use in your ministry. Click here to view.
Bishop Tyson

Respect Life Novena Finishes - Day 9

As we celebrate Respect Life Sunday today, Bishop Joseph Tyson invites us to take part in a "Novena to Three American Saints for Life."  We ask the intercession of these great saints, that our society may grow in its respect for human life, from natural conception to natural death.

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

Frances Cabrini was born in a little village in Lombardy in 1850, so fragile at birth that she was brought immediately to Church to be baptized. While from her youth she dreamed only of being a missionary, she was three times rejected when applying to a convent. Yet in her years of religious life she founded an order, 70 orphanages, schools and  hospitals, scattered over eight countries in Europe North, South, and Central America.

DAY NINE (October 6)

Saint Frances Cabrini,
In every corner of the hemisphere
you sought out those whom everyone had forgotten.
Mother of immigrants, friend of orphans, 
protector of the poor,
intercede for us who seek to follow your example.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mother of those who care for the sick;
Inspire doctors to be apostles for life.

Mother of the homeless;
Teach us that all life comes from God and rests only in him.

Mother of little children;
Be with the child who is alone or afraid.

Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory to the Father …

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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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