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January 18, 2019  
 Inside this issue (scroll down to read articles)
  • • Upcoming Events - Stand Up & Be Counted
Life & Liberty
  • • Parental Notification Bill Introduced
  • • New Bill to Repeal Death Penalty
  • • Toolkit for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Month
  • • Excellent Op-Ed by Congressman on Religious Liberty
Social Justice
  • • Supporting Affordable Housing and Homelessness Projects
Don't Forget to Register
  • • Catholic Advocacy Day - Deadline January 23
  Upcoming Events - Stand Up & Be Counted  
  MLK Day Mass, Seattle - January 21
Mass and March for Life, Lacey & Olympia - January 22
Many parishes, including St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Renton, are coordinating buses and other details for the Mass and March for Life.  The WSCC has also prepared a helpful online resource for this important event at our state's capitol building.
Catholic Schools Day at the Capitol - January 30
Catholic Advocacy Day - February 7 (Please register by January 23)

  Life & Liberty  
  Parental Notification Bill Introduced  
  SB 5185 requires notification to parents or guardians in cases of abortion involving a minor. Full article.  
  New Bill to Repeal Death Penalty  
  Even though the death penalty in Washington state was declared unconstitutional last fall, it remains part of state law. A bill introduced in the state legislature, SB 5339, removes the statute completely.  Full article.  
  Toolkit for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Month  
  January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Month and February 8th, the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, has been designated as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. Find out how to order the toolkit for your parish. Full article.  
  Excellent Op-Ed by Congressman on Religious Liberty  
  U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) shared a thoughtful essay about the importance of religious liberty that was published recently in The Hill.  
  Social Justice  
  Supporting Affordable Housing and Homelessness Projects  
  State legislators have introduced a bill that provides cities and counties the authority to use real estate excise taxes to support affordable housing and homelessness projects. Find out about when this bill will be heard next week in Olympia. Full article.  
  Don't Forget to Register  
  Catholic Advocacy Day - Deadline January 23  
Join us Thursday February 7, 2019, and make your voice count for the common good in this crucial legislative session! Find details and registration link on WACatholics.org.
January 11, 2019
 Inside this issue (Scroll down to read articles)
  • • 2019 Legislative Session Begins Monday
  • • First Week of Legislative Session
  • • USCCB on Federal Government Shutdown
  • • National Migration Week 2019
  • • 9 Days for Life - January 14-22
  • • January is Poverty Awareness Month
  • • Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars
  2019 Legislative Session Begins Monday  

New Year's blessings to you and thank you for reading this initial advocacy bulletin of 2019.  It comes right before the start of this year's session of the Washington State Legislature.

In remarks last week to diplomats at the Vatican, Pope Francis commented that "a good politician is called to make unity prevail over conflict."  Those words seem especially important now with the standoff among our national leaders and our own state's lawmakers convening for their annual session.  Let's pray for many good politicians to step forward!

The Catholic Church will need your help over the next few months as we engage with legislators on key public policy matters.  From pro-life and religious liberty issues to poverty and social justice issues, Catholics of all political persuasions are encouraged to come together to help the Church have even greater impact at the state capital.  Please encourage other Catholics to join the WSCC Advocacy Network by signing up atwacatholics.org/join. There is strength in numbers and we sincerely appreciate your efforts in making others aware of this opportunity to build up the common good.  -- Joe Sprague, Executive Director

  First Week of Legislative Session  
  Next week legislative committees will begin hearings on specific legislation being considered. Among these bills, WSCC is tracking SB 5001 that would legalize two new technologies for treating the bodies of people who have died, specifically alkaline hydrolysis and "recomposition" (which accelerates decomposition in a composting method). The WSCC opposes this legislation because these emerging technologies do not show sufficient respect for the human body. The Senate Labor and Commerce Committee will hear SB 5001 on January 15 at 8:00 am.  
  USCCB on Federal Government Shutdown  

Bishop Joseph Vásquez of Austin, Texas, Chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration, stated: "Secure borders and humane treatment of those fleeing persecution and seeking a better life are not mutually exclusive. The United States can ensure both and must do so without instilling fear or sowing hatred. ... The President and Congressional leaders need to come together and end the shut-down with a solution that recognizes the dignity of work of affected employees, respects the humanity of all regardless of immigration status, and protects the sanctity of human life."

  National Migration Week 2019  
  January 6th -12th is National Migration Week, which the Catholic Church in the U.S. has celebrated for nearly a half century.  This week is an important opportunity to highlight the presence and situation of immigrants, refugees, victims, and survivors of human trafficking. It is a time for both prayer and action in support of immigrants and refugees. Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle, provided some thoughts on National Migration Week and an upcoming Prayer Walk in a video released this week.  
  9 Days for Life - January 14-22  

Sponsored by the USCCB Committee on Pro Life Activities, this campaign leads up to the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. The novena and day of prayer are a time of recollection and reparation in observation of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade-the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the United States.

The overarching intention of the novena is that all human life will be respected. It is easy to sign up to receive the daily prayers at www.9daysforlife.com or by downloading the free 9 Days for Life app. Each day of the novena will highlight a related topic and provide a reflection, educational information, and suggested daily actions.

  January is Poverty Awareness Month  

Sign up now to receive daily reflections and tools to learn about poverty, hear  inspirational stories of communities responding, and opportunities to take action.  An online daily calendar as well as a pastoral aid and longer daily reflections are available by clicking here.

  Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars  
  Mass for Life, Spokane - January 12
MLK Day Mass, Seattle  - January 21
Mass for Life, Lacey & Olympia - January 22
Catholic Schools Day at the Capitol - January 30
Catholic Advocacy Day - February 7
Walking + Witnessing for Migrant Families - April 29 to May 11
Cornerstone Catholic Conference - October 18-19, 2019

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Let us pray that young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.

Pope Francis – January 2019

You young people have, in the Virgin Mary, a reason for joy and a source of inspiration.
Take advantage of the World Youth Day in Panama to contemplate Christ together with Mary. We will pray the Rosary together for peace, each of us in our own language.
And ask for strength to dream and to work for peace.
Let us pray that young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.




Recemos por los jóvenes, especialmente los de América Latina, para que, siguiendo el ejemplo de María, respondan al llamado del Señor para comunicar la alegría del Evangelio al mundo.

Papa Francisco – Enero 2019

Ustedes jóvenes tienen en la Virgen María un motivo de alegría y una fuente de inspiración.
Aprovechen la Jornada Mundial de la Juventud en Panamá para contemplar a Cristo con María. Cada uno en su idioma, recemos el Rosario por la paz.
Y pídanle fuerzas para soñar y trabajar por la paz.
Recemos por los jóvenes, especialmente los de América Latina, para que, siguiendo el ejemplo de María, respondan al llamado del Señor para comunicar la alegría del Evangelio al mundo.






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



January 26, 2018
Santo Niño Mass – 1 p.m. @ Holy Family Parish Yakima, WA
January 27, 2019
Mass for life – St. Paul's Cathedral
January 27 –  February 2, 2019
Catholic Schools Week
February 2, 2018
Magnificat – Holy Spirit Parish Kennewick, WA (English/Espanol)
February 9, 2018
Magnificat – Holy Apostles East Wenatchee, WA (English/Espanol)
February 16, 2018
Magnificat – St. Paul's Cathedral, WA (English/Espanol)
February 18, 2018
Human Formation-Pornography Workshop@Holy Family Hall, Yakima, WA (English/Spanish)
February 23, 2018
Pedagogy Day – Grandview, WA (English/Espanol)
March 2, 2018
Magnificat – Holy Spirit Parish Kennewick, WA (English/Espanol)
March 6, 2018
Ash Wednesday
March 9, 2018
Magnificat – St. Joseph Parish Wenatchee, WA (English/Espanol)
March 16, 2018
Magnificat – St. Paul's Cathedral, WA (English/Espanol)

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Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson
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