Wednesday October 01, 2014
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The Office of Hispanic Ministry in partnership with Our Sunday Visitor cordially invite you to attend: PARISH IN-SERVICE

Hispanic Ministry in Catholic Parishes: The State of the Question Featuring: Dr. Hosffman Ospino

WHEN  Oct 9th, 2014 9am - 3pm

WHERE St. Louise de Marillac Church

141 156th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98007



Important Information about Pregnancy Support Initiative 

Accompanying this memo please find a letter from Bishop Joseph Tyson, along with other important information about the Prepares program, a new initiative of the Catholic Church in Washington State that will be unveiled at the Cornerstone Conference in Tacoma October 24-25.  Information to help promote the Cornerstone Conference is available on the diocesan website and has been included in recent weekly mailings from the Bishops.  Let’s do all we can to encourage attendance at the Conference by our parishioners, and indeed our own attendance as well.

You will want to carefully review both the bishop’s letter, and the accompanying standards, as you work with your own parish pro-life groups, as well as community groups that may seek your assistance in their own efforts to promote life.

  1. Bishop Letter for Prepares
  2. Prepares Brochure
  3. Standards for Partnerships with Pregnancy Resouce Centers

CWC August 2014 Eng           

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Catholic Charities of Yakima is seeking an experienced and outgoing child welfare services practitioner skilled in the areas of community outreach, volunteer recruitment and training, and pregnancy and parenting services. The Prepares Area Coordinator will be responsible for the development, maintenance and ongoing support of a diocesan-based network consisting of Catholic parishes, volunteers, social service and health care providers, and approved network partners for the purpose of supporting pregnant and parenting women, families and their children through age 5, within the Diocese of Yakima.  Click on the following link to go to the job posting.  A fuller job description is contained within the attachment (or click here to read it).

Prepares Job Posting at Catholic Charities

The 2014 Champions of Catholic Education have been selected!

The St. Thomas Aquinas Award is presented to an individual who has been a major benefactor of Catholic education in Central Washington. The 2014 recipient is Jim McConnell of St. Joseph Parish, Kennewick. 

The St. John Baptist De La Salle Award is presented to those who have excelled as educators in our Catholic schools. The 2014 recipients are Fr. Tom Kuykendall of St. Joseph Parish, Wenatchee; Br. Jack Henderson of La Salle High School, Yakima; and Sr. Lucia Hinojosa of St. Joseph School, Wenatchee.

The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award is presented to those who have dedicated their time, talent and treasure to religious education, faith formation and RCIA programs in their parishes. The 2014 recipients are Pat Moore of Holy Spirit Parish, Kennewick; Amalia Del Pozo of St. Joseph Parish, Kennewick; Maria Rosales of Our Lady of the Desert Parish, Mattawa; Lori Wasner of Christ the King Parish, Richland; Elvia Gonzales of St. Mary Parish, White Swan; and Rose Meyer of Holy Family Parish, Yakima.

These awards will be presented at the third annual Celebration of Faith event at the Yakima Convention Center on October 11, 2014.

To make a reservation to attend the Celebration of Faith Event and help honor the Champions and support Catholic education, go to www.cwcatholicfoundation.org, click on the Event Tab, then 2014 Celebration of Faith, to read the specifics and then click on the Reservation Form. You may print out the form, fill it out and mail it to CWCF, 5301 Tieton Drive, Ste F, Yakima, WA 98908 or call the office at 509-972-3732.

LPA Bulletin insert smallLearn how to talk to your kids, colleagues and community about why you are pro-life – using wit, logic and unassailable truth! This exceptional conference for adults and young people will turn you into a vibrant debater and leader for the pro-life movement.

The Life Principles Academy will be offered Saturday, October 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wenatchee Community Center, 504 S. Chelan Ave., Wenatchee.  Camille Pauley, president of Healing the Culture, is the presenter.

Cost is $39, and includes a light lunch, free parking, workshop materials and $70 worth of FREE textbooks.  For information about the program or to inquire about scholarships, please contact John at 509-885-2137.

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Dear Father:

 Kindly note this link to the upcoming 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia about a year from today – September 22-27, 2015

 With the theme: Love is our Mission: The Family Fully Alive, this international gathering is meant to stress the centrality of Christ's love in the animation of family life.  We are all keenly aware of the many challenges we face: working to support each child so they have a mom and a dad, creating bonds of love among family members, assisting couples in troubled relationships, working sensitively with those who disagree that marriage is between one man and one woman, handling with care our family members who live with their partners outside the sacrament of marriage, and facing the plight of human trafficking, which denigrates so many women and vulnerable young. The challenges are many.

 Yet as our Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI so succinctly noted, "Those who believe are never alone."  The doorway to faith begin with our expressions and convictions about the unique and powerful love of Jesus Christ.

 I hope you will begin to discuss with your local parish leadership what it might take for you to send a little delegation to this event and then return ready to build up family life back here in the Diocese of Yakima.

 +Bishop Joseph Tyson

Dear Father:

Each October the Bishops of the United States always encourage us to uplift the gift of life – from the first moment of conception to the final moment of death.  Again, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has a fine collection of resource materials. Kindly note them and distribute them to your catechists and leadership teams. You might also note this particular resource that can assist you in preaching on the gift of life in the context of the Sunday scriptures.

There's also some sample "general intercessions" that you can use for Sunday Mass. Also there is a BILINGUAL set of resources that you can print out in Spanish and English as pamphlets and bulletin inserts.  I can not stress enough the importance of ongoing education of our people – especially on the key issues of abortion and euthanasia. Click here for the link. 

Finally kindly don't forget about the upcoming CORNERSTONE conference that's coming up at the Tacoma Dome in October, click here.

In advance I thank you for taking the time to uplift the gift of life in your local parish.

+Bishop Joseph Tyson

Congratulations to Royal City, Roslyn, Bridgeport, Chelan, Cowiche, and Ephrata for meeting your goal! We also have Leavenworth, White Swan, St. Joseph Kennewick, Toppenish, Warden, Prosser, St. Joseph Yakima, and Grandview within 90%-99% of meeting their goal.  Thank you everyone for all your hard work!


ACA Moment:  With the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) soon coming to a close, it is good to reflect on how our donations throughout the year have benefited many people throughout the Diocese.  One ministry funded by the ACA that has an impact on not only those involved but the Diocese as a whole is the Quo Vadis Days (QVD) camp held for high school young men.  The camp helps young men discern their calling in life, especially the possibility of a calling to the priesthood.  The 2014 Quo Vadis was held August 4th-6th at Camp Koinonia near Cle Elum.  This camp has impacted the Diocese by helping some of our seminarians decide to follow a calling to the priesthood.  Two such seminarians are Luis Fernando Trujillo and Michael Kelly, both of whom are studying at Mount Angel Seminary.

To read the full article about these two young men and their experience at Quo Vadis Days, please visit (click here)

If you want a better understanding of our faith, and a deeper relationship with God, then you should consider joining us – the teachers, staff, parents and parishioners of St. Joseph Parish and School - for The Bible Timeline Study, beginning Tuesday, September 23rd. By being a part of this study, you will not only benefit personally, but you will also help to bring about a profound renewal in our faith community as we all grow closer to Christ.


The Bible Timeline is a Catholic Bible study that can help anyone to make sense of the Bible and experience the life-changing power of God’s Word. The study takes you on a journey through the entire Bible and brings you deep into each period of salvation history, so that you can discover the amazing story woven throughout all of Scripture. The Bible Timeline has helped hundreds of thousands of people to have a better understanding of the Bible and a deeper relationship with Christ, and it will help you too.


The study will include a series of twenty-four videos presented by Jeff Cavins. Each video will be preceded by a lively group discussion. Everyone who participates will receive a color-coded Bible Timeline Chart, as well as a The Bible Timeline Study Kit.


The Bible Timeline study will begin on Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:30pm. We will continue to meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.  For more information, or to register, contact Kathleen Wilmes at 509-424-0909 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

With the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) soon coming to a close, it is good to reflect on how our donations throughout the year have benefited many people throughout the Diocese.  One ministry funded by the ACA that has an impact on not only those involved but the Diocese as a whole is the Quo Vadis Days (QVD) camp held for high school young men. The camp helps young men discern their calling in life, especially the possibility of a calling to the priesthood. 


The 2014 Quo Vadis was held August 4th-6th at Camp Koinonia near Cle Elum.  This camp has impacted the Diocese by helping some of our seminarians decide to follow a calling to the priesthood.  Two such seminarians are Luis Fernando Trujillo and Michael Kelly, both of whom are studying at Mount Angel Seminary.


Luis Fernando Trujillo attended Quo Vadis in 2012 at the invitation of Fr. Alex Trejo.  Luis had shared his thoughts about a possible vocation, and Fr. Alex suggested the camp as a means to help him discern. 


Luis feels that the camp did help him in his discernment process saying, “I am so thankful to Fr. Alex for inviting me to this retreat because it was exactly what I needed. You can say it was like the last push before I was brave enough to contact Fr. Felipe Pulido [the vocation director for the Diocese of Yakima] and fill out the information necessary for application.”  He found it helpful to hear the testimony of the priests there and to see their love for the priesthood. When asked why he would like to be a priest, Luis answered, “I believe even though I am still in the discernment process that it is not me who wants to become a priest but Jesus himself who has this vocation for me. I am being as brave as I can and am strengthened by the Liturgy of the Hours and Mass, the community, and in a special way, the prayers of the people of our diocese.”


Michael Kelly attended the Quo Vadis camp three years in a row, from 2011-2013 after being encouraged by his pastor, Msgr. Perron Auve.  Michael explained that by going to the camp, he learned about the three vocations that people are called to (religious, married, or single) and also had the opportunity to grow deeper in his faith.  The camp helped him to discern his vocation because it gave him the opportunity to learn what a priest does in both his public ministry and his private life.  Michael stated, “QVDs helped me discern my vocation by not only giving me the knowledge of what all being called to be a priest really meant, but it also placed shining examples of heroic men of God, heroic successors to the apostles, in the foreground of my vision. I got to watch priests and seminarians be themselves; and I got to see how them being themselves worked in tandem with them being the hands and feet of Christ.”  Seeing the priests and seminarians in a personal setting allowed him to realize that all types of men are called to the priesthood in order to serve the diverse needs of the people of God.  Michael would like to encourage other young men to consider the priesthood because “the priesthood isn’t something esoteric, meant for only certain kinds of guys, but rather, it is something that needs good strong men of all shapes, sizes, passions, and backgrounds.”


Thank you to the young men who are open to hearing God’s call to the priesthood.  Thank you also the many people throughout the Diocese of Yakima who support the Annual Catholic Appeal and the many additional supporters for the Quo Vadis Days Camp.  Your contributions make a meaningful difference in the ministries provided throughout the Diocese.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday September 28, 2014 as Karlo Broussard, founder and president of The Divine Child Institute, Inc., will be presenting a talk entitled “The Image of God: The Catholic Teaching on Man” in Kuykendall Hall, at  St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 625 S. Elliott , Wenatchee, starting at 6 PM


In this talk, Karlo addresses the Church’s teaching on the mystery of the human being as created in the image and likeness of God.  The talk will include the nature of man as a composite of matter and spirit, the nature of man as male and female, and the nature man in Paradise.  Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity for fellowship and growth in knowledge of our Catholic Faith. 


Be sure to visit Karlo’s video blog www.karlobroussard.com.

You are invited to this month's Renovate LIVE! It is September 27thSaturday, at 5:00 PM. Come and socialize, listen to a great speaker, and enjoy some music at Holy Spirit hall. The address is 7409 W Clearwater Ave, Kennewick, WA 99336.
Our speaker is Bishop Joseph Tyson from the Yakima diocese! He is going to talk to us about vocations.
Music and entertainment will be provided by After-Edge, a very talented trio of musicians: Brian Rebar, vocals and guitar, Emilly Kelly, harmonic vocals, and James Powers, cajon drum.
This event will be our sixth, and we would love to have you there with us! Please come and tell your friends! Renovate's official website is renovatethebody.org
Renovate's official Facebook Page (Like it please!) is https://www.facebook.com/renovatethebody
Renovate's blog, click here, updated weekly with profound reflections on each Sunday's readings.
Our official YouTube channel with music and talks from previous events, click here
Last but not least, please follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/renovatethebody.
God bless you! We are looking forward to meeting new faces and seeing familiar ones! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Stephanie Schell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Free Wellness Screening for Employees on our Medical Insurance Coming in October with 4 different locations & dates this year! Sept 30-Wenatchee, Oct 1st-Richland, Oct 2nd- Shilo Inn Richland, & Oct 3rd-Yakima. Employees not on our Medical Insurance plan can still take advantage of the Wellness Screening at a low cost, saving you lots of money. Please go online or call to sign up NOW!




  • Blood Pressure Evaluation.


  • Blood Work - A comprehensive chemistry profile of 35 different tests, including CBC (complete blood count), and cholesterol analysis.


  • Blood Work – That helps identify early warning signs of heart disease, diabetes, liver abnormalities, nutritional disorders, kidney disease, thyroid disease, anemia and cancer.


  • Prostate Specific Antigen for male members 50 years of age and older, or those with a family history of prostate cancer.  All others pay $39.50.


  • Health Power Profile based on your answers to questions on your lifestyle. Wellness Health Coach.


  • ColoCare – Self-test kit to detect gastrointestinal disorders and colon cancer. Recommended for men and women age 50 and over for only $5.00.


  • Can’t attend one of the dates, use the same sign up options to sign up to submit your own blood work from a lab near you.   

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When the Game Stands Tall is a film currently in theaters nationwide. It stars Jim Caviezel and is based on a true story of the incredible winning streak of a Catholic high school football team. It is both an amazing story and one with a strong moral message.

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson says of this film: "When the Game Stands Tall is a wonderful film to watch together as a family. It is a story of hope and triumph based on a winning strategy that is inseparable from solid values and character formation. There is a lesson for all of us in the deep insights of this film into the importance of keeping successes and setbacks in the proper perspective - and growing from both."

Should your plans this weekend include a trip to the movies, When the Game Stands Tall would be an excellent choice!

Click here to see the trailer.

Upcoming Events

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Cornerstone Catholic Conference

October 24 - 25, 2014

Tacoma, WA


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Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson
Bishop of Yakima

Bishop's Homilies & Statements


Dear Fathers,

Mount Angel Seminary has opened up its 5th Annual Alumni Priests Conference to all priests of the Diocese of Yakima.  The conference, May 1-2, is titled "The New Evangelization: Does it make a difference in our parishes?"  The featured speaker is Father Frank DeSiano, CSP, president of the Paulist Evangelization Ministries in Washington D.C.

Please see the attached brochure for details.  The cost of the entire conference is $350.  Priests serving in the Yakima Diocese who are able to attend the full conference are eligible for a reimbursement of $200 by the diocese.  Priests who choose any of the other options are eligible for a reimbursement of 50 percent of the conference costs by the diocese.

We'll look for an opportunity at a future priests' gathering for those who attend to share their experience of the conference.

Don't hesitate to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Msgr. Siler