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March 8, 2019  

Greetings Catholic Advocate!  As the 8th week of the 2019 Washington State Legislative Session draws to a close, we are less than a week from the important hurdle requiring bills to pass full votes in their house of origin in order to continue on the path to becoming law.  Today we are encouraging you to contact your senators and representatives to improve mental health care for teens. Read more in the Social Justice section and TAKE ACTION!The WSCC continues to monitor, advocate, and defend on our priority issues. Be sure to keep an eye on our bill tracker!

  March Madness: Shout out to Catholic State Champions!  
  The WSCC proudly supports Catholic Schools on policy matters, but we are also big fans of Catholic schools in other ways!  Congrats to Tri-Cities Prep (2B Girls), O'Dea High School (3A Boys), and Gonzaga Prep (4A Boys) who were each crowned as State Basketball Champions last weekend!    
  March 8th is International Women's Day  
  International Women's Day honors the contributions of women and promotes equality in all aspects of society. In some of the world's most violent and poverty-stricken places, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) upholds human dignity by empowering women to improve their lives, their families' lives, and to heal communities. Read More.
On a related note, March is Women's History Month. This year's theme is:Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence, to honor women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice, and have pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society. Among this year's honorees is Sister Alice Zachmann, SSND. Sr. Alice is the founder and former Director of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission USA.
  Social Justice  
  Update on Important Anti-Poverty Bills  
  Mental Health Care for Teens - HB 1874 / SB 5904 The bills would authorize mental health professionals to provide certain treatment information to a parent or guardian when they determine this would not be detrimental to the adolescent.  Both bills require a full floor vote by Wednesday March 13, to move on to the opposite chamber.ACTION NEEDED - Please contact your state senator and representatives and urge them to bring SB 5904 and HB 1874 to a floor vote before the March 13 cutoff. TAKE ACTION
Homeless Seniors - SB 5839 brings Medicaid personal care to frail seniors and people with disabilities through a modest pilot project.  The bill unanimously passed the Senate and is now before the House Human Services & Early Learning Committee.
To find updates on the status of these and other bills, check the new WSCC bill tracker.
  Life & Liberty  
  Comprehensive Sexual Education in Public Schools  
  Up for public hearing on March 12th in the House Education Committee, SB 5395 would require each public school in the state to adopt a "Comprehensive Sexual Education" (CSE) curriculum for grades K-12 by September 1, 2021.  The WSCC opposes this bill because the planned approach does not include parent communities or school districts in determining the curriculum, the opt-out provided in the bill does not adequately inform non-English speaking families, and the bill fails to address complex moral issues tied to human sexuality.  

Adjust your schedules!  Friday, March 22 is the new date for the Lobby Day to End the Death Penalty, which will include a morning orientation followed by pre-scheduled meetings with your representatives regarding SB 5339 now before the House Public Safety Committee. Act fast to register and sign up for a carpool!  Please register by March 18.

  School Safety Legislation  
  Law Enforcement Emergency Notifications to Schools - SB 5514 This bill addresses the need for private schools and daycares to receive the same emergency communications that occur between first responders and public schools.  If passed, situations requiring a lockdown and/or evacuation must be communicated to all known schools in the vicinity of an ongoing threat.  The bill passed the Senate in a unanimous vote this week and has been sent to the House Committee on Public Safety.  
  Bills Introduced in Congress to Support Greater School Choice  

The US Department of Education held a press conference last week to announce forthcoming bills to provide Education Freedom Scholarships that would provide up to $5 billion in annual federal tax credit for voluntary donations to state-based scholarship programs.  Though the program would be voluntary, this provides a major opportunity to grow school choice efforts across the country. Read a column by the main supporters of the bill in USA Today.

  Upcoming Events  
  Abolish the Death Penalty Lobby Day - March 22
Walking + Witnessing for Migrant Families - April 29 to May 11
Cornerstone Catholic Conference - October 18-19, 2019

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February 28, 2019  

In his message for Lent 2019, Pope Francis implores Christians to seize this opportunity to deepen their faith by embodying the paschal mystery through fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.  Read More.

A new Bill Tracker has been added to WACatholics.org.  We hope that you find this a helpful tool to keep up-to-date on the bills which have survived the latest cutoffs and are still on our watch list.   

  SB 5339 is now before the House Public Safety Committee.  The same bill was able to pass out of the House committee last year, but never received a vote of the full House.  This year's bill is the main focus of the upcoming "Lobby Day to End the Death Penalty" hosted by the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (WCADP).  This lobby day will take place on Monday, March 18 and will include a morning orientation session, followed by pre-scheduled meetings with your legislators. To register and sign up for a carpool, act fast!Please register by March 14.  

Unfortunately, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311) failed to receive the necessary 60 votes in the U.S. Senate to overcome a filibuster (actual vote was 53 to 44).  The Act would have required health care practitioners, present during a live birth resulting from a failed abortion, to provide the same degree of care to the child that is afforded during any birth. 

  Washington's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program is called WorkFirst, which provides assistance to low-income families to help them meet their basic needs.  During the last decade this program has experienced many funding cuts, undermining WorkFirst's ability to serve families living in poverty (in 2008 WorkFirst served 50% of families in poverty vs 25% of those families today).  HB 1603/SB 5684 rolls back harmful cuts to WorkFirst/TANF, ensuring that more families living in poverty get the support they need. HB 1603 was passed out of House Appropriations and SB 5684 needs to be voted out of Senate Ways and Means to survive the latest cutoff.   

In January, HR 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (EICDA) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.  This is the most significant piece of bipartisan climate legislation since 2009 and is supported by the USCCB.  The Act seeks to reduce national carbon pollution emissions by over 90% before 2050 by pricing carbon at $15 per metric ton and increasing $10 every year.  This ambitious goal represents a significant step towards addressing the climate challenge which greatly impacts our poor and vulnerable neighbors and our shared future.


Abolish the Death Penalty Lobby Day - March 18

Walking + Witnessing for Migrant Families - April 29 to May 11

Cornerstone Catholic Conference - October 18-19, 2019


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February 24, 2019

ROME — Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement on the final day of a four day meeting attended by Presidents of Bishops’ Conferences from across the globe.

Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement follows:

“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” Psalm 145:18

“These have been challenging, fruitful days. The witness of survivors revealed for us, again, the deep wound in the Body of Christ. Listening to their testimonies transforms your heart. I saw that in the faces of my brother bishops. We owe survivors an unyielding vigilance that we may never fail them again.

How then to bind the wounds? Intensify the Dallas Charter. Pope Francis, whom I want to thank for this assembly, called us to ‘concrete and effective measures.’ A range of presenters from cardinals to other bishops to religious sisters to lay women spoke about a code of conduct for bishops, the need to establish specific protocols for handling accusations against bishops, user-friendly reporting mechanisms, and the essential role transparency must play in the healing process.

Achieving these goals will require the active involvement and collaboration of the laity. The Church needs their prayers, expertise, and ideas. As we have learned from diocesan review boards, a comprehensive range of skills is required to assess allegations and to ensure that local policies and procedures are regularly reviewed so that our healing response continues to be effective. All of the models discussed this week rely upon the good help of God’s people.

I and the bishops of the United States felt affirmed in the work that is underway. Enhanced by what I experienced here, we will prepare to advance proposals, in communion with the Holy See, in each of these areas so that my brother bishops can consider them at our June General Assembly. There is an urgency in the voice of the survivors to which we must always respond. I am also aware that our next steps can be a solid foundation from which to serve also seminarians, religious women, and all those who might live under the threat of sexual abuse or the abuse of power.

In our faith, we experience the agony of Good Friday. It can cause a sense of isolation and abandonment, but the Resurrection is God’s healing promise. In binding the wounds now before us, we will encounter the Risen Lord. In Him alone is all hope and healing.
May I also add a sincere word of thanks to the many who prayed for me and for all that this meeting be a success.”


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Share the Journey

Dear Friends,

We have good news to share.

As a community of faith, Share the Journey and thousands of people across the nation lifted their voices in support of bills to protect trafficking victims and help refugee girls. 

It made a huge difference!

Refugee Education Bill Update

Our collective actions—a year of sending emails and making phone calls – helped The Protecting Girls' Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act pass in Congress before 2018 ended. It just became law a few weeks ago and will work to ensure refugee girls around the world have access to education—helping them heal from trauma and build hope for their future.

Together, we also secured the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, solidifying a national commitment to assist victims in rebuilding their lives and to stop the scourge of human trafficking.

Advocacy works, and it matters.

As the first month of the new Congress ends, please take two minutes to send a message to your members of Congress, encouraging them to support migrants and refugees around the world in 2019.

Thank you for raising your voice and sharing the journey!


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Magnificat is a program of faith formation for all the people who want to learn more about their Catholic Faith. Through classes of theology taught by teachers specialized in different topics we are looking to enhance the spiritual growth of each student as well as in the in-depth study of the pastorals and theological aspects of our faith in order to awaken in each on the desire of server to the Lord bybeing Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God’s Love in the distinct ministries that we serve in, and continue to learn how to teach our catechetical programs with children.

Magnificat is the single largest initiative that brings together Spanish and English leadership here in the Diocese of Yakima on a monthly basis. We are the only diocese in the region to have such a large, consistent and robust gathering of catechetical leaders. You are key in building up Magnificat and in helping its future leadership in building a more unified instruction and a more unified witness that brings together the large Hispanic Catholic Community with our more historical and very vibrant English-speaking community!


“Credo ut intelligam, intelligo ut credam”

“I Believe to understand, understand to believe”

Saint Augustine of Hippo 



Encuentro started in 1972 as an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a tool to reach out to the growing and emerging Hispanic presence in the United States. The first three "Encuentro" processes in 1972, 1979 and 1984 engaged Hispanic communities in the United States in how we, as a Church, could better evangelize, welcome and receive the gifts of immigrant communities migrating north from Mexico as well as Central and South America. The fourth Encuentro in 2000 was a celebration of the many diverse communities from around the world: Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands as well as Mexico and Latin America. Its focus moved from evangelization to celebration and appreciation.  This fifth "Encuentro" process is almost the reverse of the first three "Encuentro" processes of the 1970s and 1980s.  Rather than asking about outreach to the Hispanic community, this fifth "Encuentro" is about the formation of the Hispanic community as missionaries who can evangelize North America with the singular love that comes from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This fifth "Encuentro" is meant to emphasize how the Hispanic community is not an "object" of the Church's missionary impulse but is now the spark and initiator calling everyone – including the North American anglophone community – to deeper discipleship. 

So why are we doing this in the Diocese of Yakima? First and foremost we are doing this with all of our Magnificat leaders in both English and Spanish because for the Spanish-speaking side of the Church to know how to reach the entire Church – especially the English-speaking side – it's important that we do the process together and have the conversation across the traditional language and cultural divides. The Diocese of Yakima is now nearly 75 percent Hispanic with the majority of our worshippers going to Mass in Spanish – not English. 

Goals of V Encuentro:

  • For the Hispanic community and the English speakers to come in unity and into discipleship with Jesus Christ
  • Extend the invitation to English speakers to initiate a program or a service for V Encuentro
  • Make the commitment to work together to build up the Church in this new moment here in Central Washington








Magnificat es un programa de formación en la fe para todas las personas que desean aprender más sobre su fe católica. A través de las clases de teología impartidas por maestros especializados en diferentes temas, buscamos mejorar el crecimiento espiritual de cada estudiante, así como en el estudio a fondo de los aspectos pastorales y teológicos de nuestra fe para despertar en cada uno el deseo de Servir al Señor por ser discípulos misioneros: Testigos del amor de Dios en los distintos ministerios en los que servimos, y continuar aprendiendo cómo enseñar nuestros programas catequéticos a los niños.


“Credo ut intelligam, intelligo ut credam"

“Creo para entender, entiendo para creer”

San Agustín de Hippo



Encuentro comenzó en 1972 como una iniciativa de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos como una herramienta para llegar a la presencia hispana creciente y emergente en los Estados Unidos. Los primeros tres procesos "Encuentro" en 1972, 1979 y 1984 involucraron a las comunidades hispanas en los Estados Unidos cómo nosotros, como Iglesia, podríamos evangelizar, recibir y recibir mejor los dones de las comunidades de inmigrantes que migran hacia el norte desde México y Centro y Sur America. El cuarto Encuentro fue en el 2000 fue una celebración de las diversas comunidades de todo el mundo: África, Asia y las Islas del Pacífico, así como México y América Latina. Su enfoque pasó de la evangelización a la celebración y el aprecio. Este quinto proceso de "Encuentro" es casi el reverso de los primeros tres procesos de "Encuentro" de los años setenta y ochenta. En lugar de preguntar acerca de llegar a la comunidad hispana, este quinto "Encuentro" trata de la formación de la comunidad hispana como misioneros que pueden evangelizar a América del Norte con el amor singular que proviene de nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo. Este quinto "Encuentro" pretende enfatizar cómo la comunidad hispana no es un "objeto" del impulso misionero de la Iglesia, pero ahora es la chispa y el iniciador que llama a todos, incluida la comunidad anglófona de América del Norte, a un discipulado más profundo.

Entonces, ¿por qué estamos haciendo esto en la Diócesis de Yakima? En primer lugar, estamos haciendo esto con todos nuestros líderes de Magnificat tanto en inglés como en español, porque para que el lado hispanohablante de la Iglesia sepa cómo llegar a toda la Iglesia, especialmente al lado de habla inglés, es importante que hagamos el proceso juntos y mantengan la conversación a través del lenguaje tradicional y las divisiones culturales. La Diócesis de Yakima es ahora casi un 75 por ciento hispana, y la mayoría de nuestros fieles van a Misa en español, no en inglés.

Nuestras metas con el programa de V Encuentro:

  • Para que la comunidad hispana y los hablantes de inglés vengan a la unidad y al discipulado con Jesucristo
  • Se hace una invitación a personas de habla inglesa para iniciar un programa o servicio de V Encuentro
  • Hacer el compromiso de trabajar juntos para desarrollar la Iglesia aquí en el centro de Washington.





As noted in a recent message from Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the sexual abuse scandal in the Church has been and continues to be a “moral catastrophe.” It summarizes the pain and scandal caused by those clergy and laity ministering in the church who sexually abuse minors and vulnerable adults. Even more the “moral catastrophe” stems from the failure of us as a body of bishops to have better accountability for our oversight of our flock and of each other. I am so very, very sorry. 

I want to uplift Pope Francis’ message for all of us to consider as we work together to create better structures of accountability, especially in the case of bishops who abused minors or failed to act in the face of abuse in their own dioceses. These are moral failures and criminal acts that need careful attention.  Please find attached to this message the following:

Pope Francis Letter to the People of God  ENGLISH | SPANISH

Cardinal DiNardo Message to the U.S. Church  ENGLISH | SPANISH

Be assured of my prayers for all of you. Kindly place in prayer all victims of sexual abuse too. They and the healing of their pain need to remain our key focus. 

+Bishop Joseph Tyson
Diocese of Yakima 

Upcoming Events



March 16, 2019
Magnificat – St. Paul's Cathedral, Yakima WA (English/Espanol)
March 19, 2019
Mass for Law Enforcement (Blue Mass) @ St. Paul's Cathedral, Yakima WA
March 23, 2019
Magnificat – Holy Spirit Parish Kennewick, WA (English/Espanol)
March 26, 2019
Mass for Lawyer (Red Mass) @ St. Paul's Cathedral, Yakima WA
March 30, 2019
Magnificat – St. Joseph Parish Wenatchee, WA (English/Espanol)
April 6, 2019
Magnificat – St. Paul's Cathedral, Yakima WA (English/Espanol)
April 6, 2019
FOCCUS Faciliator Training (English/Espanol)
April 9, 2019
Chrism Mass
April 12-14, 2019
Diocese of Yakima – Palm Sunday Billingual Weekend Youth Retreat
April 19, 2019
Holy Friday – Pastoral Center Closed
April 21, 2019
Easter Sunday
April 26-28, 2019
Family Evangelization Congress/XX Congreso Católico de Evangelización Familiar @ Yakima Valley Sundome
May 4, 2019
Magnificat – Holy Spirit Parish Kennewick, WA (English/Espanol)
May 11, 2019
Magnificat – St. Joseph Parish Wenatchee, WA (English/Espanol)
May 17, 2019
Ordination of Transitional Deacon – Edgar Quiroga
May 18, 2019
Magnificat – St. Paul's Cathedral, Yakima WA (English/Espanol)
May 24, 2019
Diocese of Yakima Ordination of Kurt Hadley @ St. Paul's Cathedral Yakima, WA
May 27, 2019
Memorial Day – Pastoral Center Closed

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Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson
Bishop of Yakima

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