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.

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Catholic Charities Employment Opportunities

There are several new employment opportunities available within the Catholic Charities family of Agencies in Yakima, Tri-Cities, and Wenatchee. If you know of someone who may be qualified and interested, please direct them to our website to apply for the open positions. These positions can be found at our web site www.ccyakima.org / Employment
I would like to highlight one position in particular, the Prepares Area Coordinator. It is currently advertised as being located in the Tri-Cities, but that may be negotiable. Below is a summary of this newly created position: 

This position reports to the Director of Child Welfare Services, and 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. Conduct outreach efforts with Catholic parish leadership and parishioners and organizations in order to develop active participation in the Prepares program Develop strategies and materials necessary to recruit volunteers to provide mentoring and other services for Prepares program participants.

Renovate LIVE! Featuring Janet Heva

Come one, come all to this month's Renovate LIVE! It is August 23rdSaturday, at 6:00 PM. Come and socialize, listen to a great speaker, and enjoy some music at Espresso World. The address is 7510 West Clearwater Avenue, Kennewick, Washington, 99336.
Our speaker is Janet Heva, the campus ministry director at Central Washington University! She has done a lot of talks for the Yakima diocese. Last year she did a talk on "Theology of the Body" for the Catechetical Congress. That will be the topic she will speak about for us!
Music and entertainment will be provided by Jake Cmelik. Jake is a local accomplished vocalist and guitar player. Jake uses his talents frequently to give praise and glory to God and just to kick back and jam!
This event will be our fifth, and we would love to have you there with us! Please come and tell 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, updated weekly with thoughtful reflections on each Sunday's readings.

Our official YouTube channel with music and talks from previous events can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbt2eW5PPIXZ8vbRXL0jktw.

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 e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Catechetical Congress 2014 Registration

Registration for the Catechetical Congress is now open! You may register two ways, either filling our the registration form and sending it in to the Diocese or by registering on-line using your credit card.Online registration can be found on the website by clicking on the Catechetical Congress'Stewards of Faith, Service of Love logo.  
Religious Education directors and coordinators, please encourage participants to register early, especially if you will be taking groups. This will make for a smoother check-in process the day of the event. Also remember gift bags will be given to the first 400 registered!
Attached please find:
Registration forms in English and Spanish- to be used to register for your workshops for this yearsCatechetical Congress.
Bulletin Announcements - in both English and Spanish to be used in your weekly bulletin for the coming weeks.
For any registration information or questions, please contact Denny Canales at
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Rebecca Garza at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by calling (509)965-7117.

Annual Catholic Appeal Update

Congratulationsto Wentachee and Granger for meeting your goal! We also have Ephrata, Chelan, Roslyn, Cowiche, Bridgeport, White Swan, Leavenworth, St. Joseph (Kennewick) and Toppenish between 90%-99% from meeting their goal.  Thank you everyone for all your hard work!

Save the Date – ACA Appreciation Lunch and Training Day (Fri. September 19)

We have scheduled our 3rd Annual Training  for the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) on Friday, September 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This training is for Pastors, Associate Pastors, parish bookkeepers, secretaries, and other parish staff involved in the ACA . For more information (click here).

Important Address Updates:  Parishes should have received their packets for their annual address update.  Keeping an up-to-date database helps the Diocese avoid unnecessary postage costs.  Please compare the lists to your parish lists to look for outdated information, new parishioners not included in our list, deceased parishioners, spouses listed separately, the same person listed twice, etc.  During the ACA pledge season, we often receive incomplete pledge cards which make it difficult to match the card to the correct profile and results in some people have multiple accounts.  Your help in reconciling this address list will help us prepare for the 2015 ACA season and save the Diocese postage expenses.  Please submit the changes by Sept. 1, 2014.  Thank you in advance!


Manuals For Parish Visitations

Dear Friends:
As we start up the weekly mailing again, Fr. Osmar has finished the revised documents for the parish visitation process.  He's been working quite diligently with Sister Kathleen Ross. I'm especially grateful to Sr. Kathleen and her friends who have worked with the English and Spanish translation of the documents including a "concise" version which should be a great resource to your parish leadership groups such as the pastoral council, the finance council, your school commissions, your religious education volunteer teams, your outreach people and your RCIA teams.  
This coming October at our Convocation of Priests we should have the opportunity to hear from the first of the parishes who've begun the review process.  We are learning as we go and are making small steps in building sustained improvement into our parish life across the Diocese.  Thanks for your attention to this matter and kindly pass on these materials to those in your parish with whom you collaborate.
+Bishop Joseph Tyson

Priests vs. Seminarians Final Score 4-3


The seminarians won for the first time! It was tied up 3-3 and went into extra time, final score was 4-3. Great game. Fr Felipe is nursing a sprained ankle though! Tony Lopez is pictured here with the trophy.

Presentation: In the Beginning God Created

Mark your calendars for Thursday August 28, 2014 as Karlo Broussard, founder and president of The Divine Child Institute, Inc., will be presenting a talk entitled “In the Beginning God Created:  The Catholic Teaching on Creation” 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 doctrine of creation.  The talk will include such topics as why the Church sees creation catechesis as important, what the Church’s teaching on the nature of the creation story is, and what the Church teaches we can learn from the creation story itself.  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.

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.

  • About Us
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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