Saturday May 26, 2018
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Dear Friends:
My thanks to Dan Fortier, Nancy Probst, and the hard-working board of the Central Washington Catholic Foundation for a wonderful and inspiring "Celebration of Faith" at the Yakima Convention Center.  This was our second year and – thanks to our donors and benefactors – we raised $268,000 at the dinner – well over our goal of $250,000.  This is HUGE for Central Washington and means more empty seats being filled across our six grade schools and two high schools.  It also means more support for our smaller and poorer rural parishes in their programs of catechesis and faith formation.
As you know – and I have repeated this often – I have two unbending intents in the area of education.  First, every child learns about Jesus regardless of the parish they are in – large or HGH small – English or Spanish.  Second, every child who wants a Catholic education gets one regardless of ability to pay.
We are a long way from either of these goals but we are making the journey and going in the right direction thanks to the Central Washington Catholic Foundation as well as their many friends who support the foundation.
It's not too late if you'd like up to raise a bit more for our youth!  Click here to go to the website and donate:
Many thanks to all of you who were there that night and many thanks to all of you who supported the event even though you could not be there.  Most importantly thanks for your prayers for our education ministry!
+Bishop Joseph Tyson