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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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Priest vs. Seminarians Soccer Game

The Annual Priest vs. Seminarian Soccer Game is right around the corner and is slated for AUGUST 3rd 2014 at Marquette Stadium in Yakima. Doors open at 5pm and the game beings at 6pm. Admission to this event is FREE, but there will be plenty of food and drinks for sale as well as souvenir T-shirts! Remember the proceeds from this event will be 100% matched by Catholic Extension and will benefit the Seminarian Education Trust.

Attached is the announcement in PDF format to be used in your parish’s bulletin.

Thank you for your support and please pray for a successful event!

The Pope Calls For Urgent Intervention in the Humanitarian Crisis of Migrant Children

Vatican City, 15 July 2014 (VIS) – Yesterday Pope Francis sent a message to the organisers, speakers and participants in the “Mexico/Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development”, which was read during the inaugural session of the event by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. In the text, the Pontiff urges the international community to promote the adoption of new forms of legal and safe migration and called for protection and a suitable reception for the many children who migrate cross the border with the United States unaccompanied. He also highlights the need for policies to inform potential migrants of the dangers of such a journey and above all, for initiatives to promote development in their countries of origin.

“Globalisation is a phenomenon that challenges us, especially in one of its principal manifestations which is emigration. It is one of the 'signs' of this time that we live in and that brings us back to the words of Jesus, 'Why do you not know how to interpret the present time?'. Despite the large influx of migrants present in all continents and in almost all countries, migration is still seen as an emergency, or as a circumstantial and sporadic fact, while instead it has now become a hallmark of our society and a challenge.


Cardinal Parolin in Mexico to Tackle Migration Issues

(Vatican Radio) The Vatican’s Secretary of State is in Mexico to discuss issues related to emigration, “A huge challenge – “he says – which is currently facing the entire human family”.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin arrived in Mexico City on Sunday to participate in a seminar entitled “Colloquium Mexico-Holy See on International Migration and Development”.

In an address today to the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, Parolin emphasized the fact that the Vatican considers the issue of migration as an extremely important one, and appreciates the efforts made by Mexico, both at a national and at an international policy level.


St. Mary Parish Celebrates 125th Anniversary

You're all invited to the 125th anniversary of the establishment of St. Mary in White Swan as a parish on August 10th 2014 at 10:00 a.m.  Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson, Bishop of Yakima and Emeritus Bishop Carlos Sevilla, S.J. will be present. 

The past of the church is rich in history and tradition, as well as the long series of events that have taken place commemorating 125 years of St. Mary as a parish community in White Swan.  From the early mission days to the present time, the Indian culture has prevailed.  St. Mary has been very blessed in serving three distinctive cultures, which in the last 25 years include the Hispanic community. 

It will be a wonderful event.  The Parish extends an invitation to everyone.  Come and join us celebrate in praising God for his work at St. Mary in White Swan.

Renovate LIVE - Wednesday, July 23, 6pm at Espresso World in Kennewick

Calling all young adults (18-30)! Come experience Renovate LIVE! on Wednesday, July 23rd, 6:00 PM at Espresso World in Kennewick. Join the fun at 7510 W Clearwater Ave, Kennewick, Washington 99336.
Erik Mertens, the Peanut Guy, is going to give a talk. Not only that, there will be music! Graham Bourque is a highly talented musician.
This event will be our fourth, and we would love to have you there with us! Do come and bring your friends! Renovate's official website is http://renovatethebody.org/. Renovate's official Facebook Page (Like it please!) is https://www.facebook.com/renovatethebodyhttp://blog.renovatethebody.org/ is the link for Renovate's blog.
Our official YouTube channel with music and talks from last month's event can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbt2eW5PPIXZ8vbRXL0jktw
God bless you! I am looking forward to meeting new faces!

Save the Date: Catechetical Congress

Save the Date for the Diocese of Yakima’s Catechetical Congress. This year’s theme is “Stewards of Faith, Service of Love”. The event is scheduled for October 11th, 2014 at Holy Family Parish Campus in Yakima. Special guest this year is Cardinal Francis George, OMI slated to celebrate Morning Prayer along with Bishop Tyson.

Included are both English and Spanish versions, please add these to your parish’s bulletin for the coming weeks.

Thank you in advance for your support. Should you have any questions about the Congress please don’t hesitate to contact Rebecca Garza at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (509) 965-7117.

QUO VADIS Days at Camp Koinonia planned for August 4 – 6, 2014

As the time for our annual QUO VADIS DAYS camp approaches we need your help promoting and getting the applications and consent forms out.  Quo Vadis Days camp offers young men the opportunity to discern a possible call to the priesthood.Quo Vadis Days will be held August 4 – 6 at Camp Koinonia near Cle Elum. Bus transportation will be available across the diocese, please contact Andy Mendoza for information.  The cost of the camp is $ 50.00. The family rate is $20.00 for each additional brother.

Attached are samples for the bulletin and for the announcements at Mass, registrations and flyers in English and Spanish as well as parent consent forms and Catholic Mutual field trip forms. Thank you kindly for your help.  Now more than ever it’s important to show forth the beauty of the priesthood. Please make copies and have them available for our youth and their parents.

It is important that the young men interested in participating, have your recommendation/approval for attending a prayerful, healthy environment.

For additional details visit the QUO VADIS webpage on the Diocese of Yakima website, copy and paste the following link on your browser: http://yakimadiocese.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=611&Itemid=417

If you have any questions  please  contact Father Felipe Pulido at St. Joseph in Yakima (509) 248-1911, Father Cesar Vega at Holy Family Parish (509) 966-0830 or Seminarian Andy Mendoza at (509) 965-7117 or via email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Explore and Enjoy the Yakima Valley with Bishop Tyson!

Come join Bishop Tyson help those most in need in our community and tour our valley’s scenery at the 2nd Annual Ride D’ Vine bicycling event hosted by Catholic Charities Housing Services (CCHS).  The ride begins at 8:00 am, Saturday, August 9th, 2014 at Sarg Hubbard Park and ends at Bonair Winery in Zillah, WA.  The proceeds help alleviate poverty through affordable housing, education and services offered by Catholic Charities Housing Services. Cost is $50 per rider. 

Pre-registration is encouraged as the ride will be limited to 200 participants. Riders can pre-register online (click here)  or for more information call (509) 853-2800 or visit our website http://www.cchsyakima.org/.

Pope Francis Tells Dutch Youth to "Think Big" in Following Jesus

Dear Friends as we begin remote preparation for the 2016 World Youth Day in Krakow Poland here in the Diocese of Yakima you'll want to note that Pope Francis is stressing the Beatitudes of Jesus from St Matthew's Gospel at the Catechesis for World Youth Day. This is a short and good resource to review with you Life Teen team and youth ministry leaders. 
+Bishop Joseph Tyson  
Pope Francis tells Dutch youth to "think big" in following Jesus 


Sisters of Providence Leadership Announcement

The Sisters of Providence of Mother Joseph Province are delighted to share the results of their recent Discernment Chapter of Elections.  The election of Judith Desmarais, SP, to the position of Provincial Superior/Leadership Team Coordinator of Mother Joseph Province has been confirmed by General Superior Karin Dufault, SP, and the General Council.  The Sisters also elected three Provincial Councilors in their prayer and discernment process. The councilors are: Sisters Joan Gallagher, Josie Ramac and Jo Ann Showalter.

Understanding the role of leadership as the Sisters do causes them to look upon and treat these occasions of selection of leadership as more than an “election”.  The process of prayerful discourse and discernment that led to the election of the Provincial Superior and Provincial Council members who will serve from 2015 through 2019 began in September of 2013, involved all of the members, and concluded at the Chapter held June 27-30 in Renton, Wash.

In addition to leading the religious community, the provincial and council members serve as corporate members of Providence Pariseau Corporation, which includes the Sojourner Place and Building Bridges ministries.  They also co-sponsor several other ministries for women and children through Transitions in Spokane. 


June 2014 Central Washington Catholic


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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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