Church Mission Congress: Information and Registration
The 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.
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.
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:
Q & A link: http://www.lni.wa.gov/FormPub/questions.asp
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.
|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.
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.
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)
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.)