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The Eucharist: The Joy of Easter
Homily for the Ordination of Deacon Kurt Hadley as Priest for the Diocese of Yakima

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Jeremiah 1:4-9; Hebrews 5:1-10; Matthew 9:35-38

Most Reverend Joseph J. Tyson
Bishop of Yakima

Peace be with you! By fortunate coincidence we celebrate this ordination of Kurt Hadley between Easter and Ascension. The Gospel of St. Luke from which we read this liturgical year stresses the unity of Easter and Ascension. Indeed, St. Luke starts his final chapter with the words “on the first day” and then narrates all that happened on that “first day”: the empty tomb, the women telling the brothers the “Good News” of his rising, the disciples on the road to Emmaus who discover Jesus in the breaking of the bread, Jesus´s appearance to his followers in Jerusalem, his eating fish with them, his leading them to Bethany, and his Ascension. These all happen the same day on that “first day.” In St. Luke these events occur on the same day which is the “first day” so we grasp that this journey from Easter to Ascension is one event.

Permit me to suggest that a parallel unity exists among the scriptures Kurt requested for his ordination as a priest: the prophet Jeremiah, the Evangelist St. Matthew and the Book of Hebrews.

Both the opening reading from Jeremiah and the Gospel from St. Matthew point to preaching. We hear of God sending Jeremiah off to preach in our opening reading. Our Gospel cites the poignant observation from St. Matthew the Evangelist that as Jesus preached he “had compassion on them because they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd.”

Commenting on this passage from St. Matthew, Hilary of Poitiers noted: “No instigator had stirred up the crowds. They were not harassed and helpless because of some mishap or disturbance … but because no shepherd was about to restore to them the guardianship of the Holy Spirit.”

Simply put, when we preach God is present – as Jeremiah discovers. When we preach, Jesus becomes as real and as attractive for the flock in front of us as he did for the flock in the Gospel of St. Matthew.

Certainly, our traditional reading from the Book of Hebrews speaks of Jesus as the new Melchizedek offering the one and singular sacrifice that brings forth eternal salvation. As Catholics, we know that in the sacrifice of the Mass the crucified Christ becomes real in all of his humanity and all of his divinity through the simple elements of bread and wine. Yet this risen presence of the crucified Christ ripples out infinitely from the Eucharist as well.

Thus, with the prophet Jeremiah and the Evangelist St. Matthew surrounding this testimony from the Book of Hebrews we also know that this risen presence of the crucified Christ becomes real when we open up the scriptures through our teaching and our preaching. The risen Christ is present now. He draws near us now. He stands before us now. He points us back to his predecessor Melchizedek and forward to every ordained priest. The risen presence of Christ crucified points us this day to you: Kurt Hadley.

As a priest, in your teaching and in your preaching by the power of the Holy Spirit, you will make real for those you serve the risen presence of Christ just as you will make real his risen presence in the celebration of the Church´s sacraments – most especially the Eucharist. In the same way that St. Luke’s “first day” points to a single-day event of resurrection and ascension so does your ordination as a priest point to a parallel unity between feeding the flock with the Body and Blood of Christ and feeding the flock with solid teaching and good catechesis, because otherwise they would be “sheep without a shepherd.”

So, Kurt, welcome to this “first day.” Enter into this one sacrifice. Become and live into who you are ordained to be: the icon of Christ in Word and in Sacrament for this, His Church. Peace be with you!

Deacon: Serving “Hellenists” and “Hebrews” Today

Homily for the Ordination of Edgar Quiroga to the Transitional Diaconate
for the Diocese of Yakima
Sirach 2:1-11; Acts 6:1-7; John 15: 9-17

Most Reverend Joseph J. Tyson, Bishop of Yakima

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Peace be with you! What does it mean to be a deacon? Our second reading from the Acts of the Apostles provides the strongest scriptural basis for understanding the role of the deacon in the early Church. It seems that there were tensions in the early Church between the Hellenists and the Hebrews. The Greek-speaking Hellenist widows were being neglected in the daily charitable distribution. As a result – and note this well – the first deacons listed in this passage from the Acts of the Apostles all had Greek names: Stephen, Phillip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicholas of Antioch.

Indeed, while visiting Mundelein Seminary this last spring I had a brief exchange with Fr. Gus Belauskas. He mentioned in passing that one of the striking features of this passage from the Acts of the Apostles is that the division was solely linguistic between the Aramaic-speaking community that was Jewish in origin and the Greek-speaking community that was Jewish in origin. All these people were of the Jewish faith following the “Way” as the early Christians were called.

Today we are painfully aware that our country’s social tensions can be more than merely linguistic: they are cultural and racial. Serving in a diocese that is nearly three-fourths Hispanic and a diocese where most Catholics attend Mass in Spanish, these tensions can become magnified even among our parishioners. Yet the Acts of the Apostles suggests that it is precisely these kinds of tensions that gave rise for the need for the Order of Deacons in the early Church.

So, if being a deacon necessitates service in times of tension how do we prepare ourselves? A clue can be found in the opening reading we just heard proclaimed by Edgar Quiroga’s mother in his native Spanish language: “My child, when you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourselves for trials. Be sincere of heart and steadfast and do not be impetuous in time of adversity. Cling to him, do not leave him, that you may prosper in your last days. Accept whatever happens to you.”

Permit me to begin with the words “my child.” I recall many years ago when I first went to Mexico as a seminarian for Spanish language studies how parents addressed their children “mi hijito” or “mi hijita.” It roughly translates in both masculine and feminine forms as “my child” or “my little one” not unlike the tenderness captured in the opening two words we just heard from Sirach. Yet being new to Spanish, I heard those phrases “mi hijito” and “mi hijita” as one single word because native Spanish speakers slide the possessive adjective “mi” in with the noun for child “hijo” y “hija” (the “h” is silent).

“Mi hijito.” “Mi hijita.” This is what Sirach does scripturally. Sirach deliberately starts with the parental tenderness of God in order to deliver the hard and direct warning that follows. “Prepare yourself for trials.” “Be of sincere heart and steadfast.” Facing trials, accompanying our people in their fears – be that of deportation or be that of being a white minority in a small Central Washington town that has undergone dramatic change – means we must remain, in the words of Sacred Scripture, “sincere of heart” and “steadfast” in our love – even if those we try love reject us as “Hellenists” because of our language or our heritage. We must bring to mind and heart that opening phrase from Sirach: “my child.” “Mi hijo.”

How do we prepare ourselves spiritually to be a deacon? Permit me to suggest a second phrase from Sirach: “Cling to him.” Like a child clings to his mother so in times of division we must cling to God. Indeed, this is the promise of Jesus in today’s Gospel from St. John: “As the Father loves me so I have loved you.” The spirituality of the deacon requires us to remain in God’s love as we serve even in the most difficult of circumstances. In this regard I cannot help but recall how I – as bishop – when I wash the feet of parishioners on Holy Thursday – always wear a deacon dalmatic under my chasuble. I remove my chasuble and in a deacon dalmatic – the liturgical vestment you will see on Edgar today – I wash the feet of parishioners as a symbol of my love for them and – more importantly God’s love for them regardless of whether they are modern day “Hellenists” or “Hebrews.” The wearing of the diaconal dalmatic by the bishop in the Holy Thursday washing of the feet is a regular reminder that I must – in the words of Sirach – “cling to him.”

“Cling to him” and “Stay close to him.” While the painful tensions surrounding language and cultural sometimes seep into the life of our Church, I would note that most of the time we live a deeper and very opposite truth here in Yakima. Because we focus on Jesus – as Spanish and English – or “Hebrews” and “Hellenists” – we live a solution to the political and social tensions of our country that powerbrokers of media and politics can only dream about. We do so because of Jesus. Because of Jesus, we come together as a single Catholic family of faith. Because of Jesus, Mexico sends us their best. That’s not fake news! That’s Good News! That’s the Good News worth trumpeting from the pulpits across the Diocese of Yakima.

Cling to him! Stay close to him! Those words of Sirach are my words to you too, Edgar. Cling to him and stay close to him in those you serve as deacon. In doing so know the gentle joy of the Gospel always present and always real in all those you serve be they “Hellenists” or “Hebrews,” and become the deacon God ordains you to be this day. Peace be with you!

The WSCC is pleased to share that Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Paul Etienne, currently Archbishop of Anchorage, as Coadjutor Archbishop of Seattle. The Rite of Reception for Archbishop Etienne will be June 7 at St. James Cathedral, Seattle.We welcome Archbishop Etienne to Seattle and to the great state of Washington! Please read the announcement from Archbishop Sartain. Both Bishop Thomas Daly (Spokane) and Bishop Joseph Tyson (Yakima) shared their excitement to today’s announcement.

“Congratulations and welcome to Archbishop Paul Etienne. I’ve known Archbishop Etienne through our work together with Catholic Home Missions, as well as through the Region XII group of bishops in the United States. He is an excellent bishop and pastor; both the Archdiocese of Seattle and Archbishop Sartain will be blessed by his new ministry in Seattle.”

–Bishop Thomas Daly - Spokane

"I am pleased to welcome Archbishop Etienne to our state.  The Archbishop's past service as president of Catholic Rural Life will be a great asset as the bishops work together on such statewide issues as poverty, immigration, and our PREPARES pro-life ministry for women and children to age five."

–Bishop Joseph Tyson - Yakima

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Magnificat

 

WHAT IS MAGNIFICAT?

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 


 

KNOW MORE ABOUT V ENCUENTRO

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 

 

¿QUÉ ES MAGNIFICAT?

 

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


 

APRENDE MÁS SOBRE V ENCUENTRO

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.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

URGENT IMMIGRATION INFORMATION
URGENTE RECURSOS DE INMIGRACIÓN

 

June 15, 2019
Confirmation Mass – St. Joseph, White Salmon @ 2 p.m
June 18, 2019
Confirmation Mass – St. Joseph Parish, Sunnyside @ 7 p.m
June 23 – 28, 2019
Central Washington Catholic Youth Camp
July 4, 2019
Independence Day Pastoral Center Closed
July 9, 2019
Immigration Reform (English/Spanish)
July 13, 2019
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Mass and Celebration Picnic (English/Spanish)
July 14, 2019
148th Anniversary of the Ahtanum Mission (English/Spanish)
July 29 – 31, 2019
Quo Vadis Vocation Retreat
August 4, 2019
Priest vs Seminarian Soccer Game (English/Spanish)



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