Tuesday June 19, 2018
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Imagine a place full of wonders. In which many Christian middle schoolers gather to grow in their faith, have fun, and get a new change in scenery. One would answer “Impossible!” But, nevertheless, it is true. This place does exist, and it is called Camp Breakaway!

Sponsored by Parish of the Holy Spirit Youth Ministry, Camp Breakaway began in July 20000 and is a five-day summer camp open to all incoming 6th through 9th grade youth (as of Fall 2018). It is currently held at Camp Touchet in Dayton, WA. Campers sleep in cabins on bunkbeds and have access to bathrooms and showers. New friends, prayer and worship, hiking, campfires, crafts, and music are just a few of the great experiences campers can expect.  This year the dates are July 30 – August 3, 2018, and cost is $150 if paid by June 30 or $175 after June 30.  To register or get more information, contact Pat Moore at (509) 735-8558 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to the parish website:

holyspiritkennewick.org under Youth Faith Formation.  

Quote from a Breakaway camper now in high school: “Ever since sixth grade, I have LOVED Breakaway.  I look forward to going every year.  Not only is it a fun place where I get to grow in faith and the love of God, but I always leave full of life and knowing a little more about myself.”

Courage of Priesthood

Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time on the 60th Anniversary Celebration of Fr. Robert Himes
at St. Henry Catholic Church, Grand Coulee, Washington
Genesis 3:9-15; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35

Most Reverend Joseph J. Tyson, Bishop of Yakima

Peace be with you! “We look not to what is seen, but what is unseen for what is seen is transitory and what is unseen is eternal.” It seems to me that these words of St. Paul written for the early Christian community and Corinth might be words that summarize 60 years of priestly ministry for our honored Father Robert Himes. Sixty years ago, Father Robert Himes was ordained into the eternal ministerial priesthood of Jesus Christ for a transitory world.

How transitory? Permit me to remind you of the world of 1958. In 1958 the average house cost about $12,750. The average monthly rent: $92. Average yearly wages: $4,600. Gas: $.25 per gallon! 1958 also saw the launch of Explorer 1 – the first United States satellite. In 1958, the United States was deep into a “Cold War” between the United States and the Soviet Union. Considerable concern grew after the Soviet Union launched the first satellite – before the United States – in 1957. Demands grew for more math and science in the schools. With the upcoming construction of a huge dam on the Volga River, national politics and growing shortages of electrical power meant for more plans and more construction of more power houses and generators. In 1958, Grand Coulee was a growing town with a population larger than today. Indeed, our own construction of this church here in Grand Coulee coincided with the construction of the power plants.

This is why – in the midst of change – “We look not to what is seen, but what is unseen for what is seen is transitory and what is unseen is eternal.” When St. Paul wrote these words, he wrote them to a very small Christian community. The city, itself, boasted a population of about 200,000 free men and another 700,000 slaves. It was a major seaport and trade center. Yet, scripture scholar Wayne Meeks in one of his early works, “The First Urban Christians: The Social World of the Apostle Paul,” suggests that the early Christian community at Corinth was very small. The Christians in Corinth at the time of St. Paul numbered about the same as the number of Catholics here in Grand Coulee and Coulee City. Indeed, Wayne Meeks’ research suggests a Christian community of fewer than 200 people.

That research by Dr. Wayne Meeks suggests not only the importance of the ministry Father Robert Himes has shared over these many years in serving smaller and more outlying rural communities, but the importance that you – the parishioners here in the upper Coulee – have for the wider, larger and more populated areas of the Church. You are leaven. You are not only leaven for each other. You are leaven for the wider community. You are leaven for the larger Church. Your smallness forces you to consider how to cut to the essential in living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Your smallness pushes you to focus – not on the transitory – but on the eternal.

“We look not to what is seen, but what is unseen for what is seen is transitory and what is unseen is eternal.” In speaking these words, St. Paul wants to uplift the small Christian community at Corinth so that – though small in number – they can leaven the surrounding city with the timeless gift that is Jesus Christ.

This is why the Church deliberately opens our second reading from Second Corinthians with a clear and direct teaching from St. Paul to the Corinthians on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ: “Brothers and sisters: Since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, I believed, therefore I spoke, we too believe and therefore we speak, knowing that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and place us with you in his presence.”

That phrase of St. Paul, “I believed, therefore I spoke,” seems lifted from Psalm 116, a psalm of thanksgiving prayed during a time of need and affliction. What St. Paul is suggesting to the Corinthian community is that being small in the midst of a secular Greek world and being afflicted in the midst of a Roman occupation is the very stuff of the resurrection. In leaving us this record, the Church suggests that what’s true for the community of Corinth is true for us too.

Sixty years ago, when Fr. Himes was ordained, the diocese was new, young and overwhelmingly English speaking with a strong mixture of German-speaking rural parishioners with English-speaking children. There was but a small scattering of “braceros” from Mexico stemming from the Second World War helping us get the crops in. Today it’s new and young in a different way. The Diocese of Yakima is overwhelming Hispanic with the average age of a Catholic being 23 years old. We are very young on the Hispanic side. But we are elderly and declining in population on the English-speaking side. This can feel to us as a kind of affliction and death. The cultural shifts, the language mixtures, the social and political climate in which this is now taking place can heighten this sense of affliction. But the overall growth and the coming of age of a new generation of young and more bilingual Catholics points to the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and gives witness to the words of Pope St. John Paul the Second who spoke of the Church as “eternally young.”

Indeed, this reference to the resurrection by St. Paul points us straight to the Eucharist. As paragraph 1000 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church notes, the Eucharist is a “foretaste” of the resurrection. For sixty years, Fr. Robert Himes has dedicated himself to this reality. Day by day and Sunday after Sunday he celebrates the Eucharist, providing an eternal anchor in a transitory world. Gathering the sufferings and struggles of his parishioners, Fr. Himes places these on the paten alongside the bread and the wine, offering them to God as our sacrifice of praise for the promise that is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In giving of himself to the reality of the Eucharist, as a priest Fr. Himes points us back to these words of St. Paul: “We look not to what is seen, but what is unseen for what is seen is transitory and what is unseen is eternal.”

Sixty years is a long time to be a priest. Note that St. Paul also seems to suggest the wear and tear of ministry to the Gospel when he notes: “Everything indeed is for you, so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God. Therefore, we are not discouraged; rather, although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.”

Fr. Himes, this is what your parishioners have seen in you. This is what former students from Carroll High School and former parishioners from across the Diocese of Yakima see in you every time I post your picture on Facebook. They comment on you, on what you taught, on what you gave and how you pointed them to the eternal. Even as your body ages and your mind may fade you do not grow discouraged in the charge of the Gospel God has given you to the eternal priesthood of Jesus Christ. You allow your inner self to be renewed even in the midst of outer afflictions. Your fidelity and your constant presence here is what so many have so appreciated in you. It is the way your life points all of us to the life of Christ.

The world of 1958, the world into which you were ordained sixty years ago is certainly not the world of today. But know how grateful we all are for the way you enter into our lives as a humble servant-priest. Know of how grateful we all are for the way you have helped us live the words of St. Paul in our scriptures today: May all of, “…look not to what is seen, but what is unseen for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.” Peace be with you! Congratulations on sixty years of priestly ministry.

Giving the Gospel

(haz clic aquí para leer en español)

Homily for the Ordination of Kurt Hadley for the Transitional Diaconate

St. Joseph Catholic Church, Kennewick Washington, June 1st, 2018

Numbers 3:5-9; Acts 8:26-40; John 15:9-17

Most Reverend Joseph J. Tyson, Bishop of Yakima

Peace be with you! “Do you understand what you are reading?” That’s the question the apostle Philip poses in our scriptures from the Acts of the Apostles. On the road Philip encounters a court emissary traveling on behalf of the Queen of Ethiopia. He was reading from the book of Isaiah. “Do you understand what you are reading?” That’s the question Philip poses to this royal courtier. “How can I, unless someone instructs me?”

“Do you understanding what you are reading?” In a few short moments, as bishop, I will hand Kurt Hadley the book of the Gospels with these words: “Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you have become. Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.” Kurt Hadley’s public acceptance in his hands of the book of the Gospel means that – like Philip – he will initiate the question for all those he serves: “Do you understand what you are reading?”

In Holy Orders we speak in Latin of three “munera”: Teach, govern and sanctify. “Munera” often translates as “gifts” but its incorporation into modern languages provides richer layers of meaning: In German it refers to “münze” as coins received. In English we have the word “mint” where coins are stamped. Teach, govern and sanctify: that’s the stamp – the sacramental mark – of Holy Orders. Our coinage is Christ. Indeed, the liturgical gesture of handing the Gospel of Christ suggests that the teaching “munera” is the leading edge of all evangelization. “Do you understand what you are reading?”

As bishop I have become rather famous for assigning summer reading for the seminarians. At the top of the required list is Fr. Servais Pinckaers, who is perhaps the leading moral theologian of the post Vatican Council era. I was not always sure they understood what they were reading. Indeed, I was not always sure they were actually reading!

But Fr. Dan Steele, here with us today, did select a quote from the writings of Fr. Servais Pinckaers for one of our first seminarians posters: “We need no teachers to tell us that good fortune and joy will make us happy. But what we could never have discovered for ourselves is that poverty and suffering could be the most direct road to happiness and that Christ has chosen them as our way to the Kingdom.”

Kurt – with his biting sense of humor – simplified this quote to the simple phrase: “We need no teachers.” There is a kind of truth behind Kurt’s raw humor here. The world is awash in false teachers. False teachers today promote a Gospel of prosperity. False teachers today substitute the richness of Church community with a sectarian tribalism that cherry-picks selected Church teachings in support of political ideologies of the left and the right. In the highest places of society false teachers want to divide us in a variety of ways labeling Mexicans as rapists and North American whites as racists. Note well: the very word “Devil” in English and “Diablos” in Spanish come from the same Greek root as our English word “divide” and our Spanish word “dividir.” The devil is always behind false teachers.

Long before the chattering classes coined the term “fake news,” our emeritus Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI while still a cardinal warned of a “dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one’s own ego and desires.” “Ego and desires.” I would suggest that these words of Pope Benedict hold more import today than when he spoke them a little more than 13 years ago at the conclave that would later elect him pope.

“Do you understanding what you are reading?” The moral requirement for every teacher to ask this question is underscored with considerable weight in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Like all the corporal and spiritual works of mercy the imperative to instruct is listed under the seventh commandment: “You shall not steal.” Our failure to pass on the Gospel of Christ, our failure to ask the question of Philip means we are stealing. We are stealing from the poor in spirit and we are stealing from the materially poor. Our failure to counter “fake news” with the Truth who is Jesus Christ means we are stealing. As I have repeatedly stressed to our seminarians as well as our priests in advanced studies: You are the best teachers the poor will ever have. You are the best teachers any of us will ever have.

“Do you understand what you are reading?” The area between Jerusalem and Gaza where Philip asked this question remains in the headlines of today. Political and religious strife, violence, prejudice and misunderstanding suggest that that Gospel attitudes so essential for peace among people of every faith and every people still need to be taught and modeled by us as teachers.

This is why I am so grateful that Kurt Hadley came to us from the profession of teaching having served as a teacher in rural Alaska as well as here in Washington State. I am grateful for his mother and father here with us today – his first teachers of the faith. I am grateful to his family – what we might call the domestic church or teaching church. I am grateful to the band of brothers comprised by the seminarians of the Diocese of Yakima for the ongoing common prayer as well as the peer instruction you give each other. I am grateful to the many religious educators and teachers who taught Kurt how to read the Gospel in both English and Spanish. I am grateful to the seminary formators who deepened Kurt’s moral, spiritual and theological literacy. I am grateful to the permanent deacons and their spouses for their witness to permanent diaconal ministry. I am grateful to the many great priests here in the Diocese of Yakima who spark Kurt’s desire to be a priest.

As bishop I am grateful to all of you for making this Jerusalem to Gaza journey for all of us here in Central Washington and, Kurt, I am grateful to share with you the journey of faith yet to unfold. Peace be with you!

The Attitude of the Beatitudes

Funeral Homily for Father Thomas Lane, Diocese of Yakima May 17th 2018

Isaiah 25: 6a, 7-9; Romans 5:5-11; Matthew 5:1-11

Most Reverend Joseph J. Tyson, Bishop of Yakima

Peace be with you! The attitude of the Beatitudes! That might best summarize the way Fr. Tom Lane pointed all of us to Christ. The attitude of the Beatitudes.

Paula Newman Labernik writing on Facebook recalled how her dad worked with Fr. Tom at Hanford before he became a priest. After ordination, Fr. Tom taught chemistry at the old Carroll High School. “He was a genius level for higher intelligence.”

Likewise on Facebook, Pegi Lee Danielson Ackerman shared with all of us how her husband Paul, along with Fr. Darell Mitchell, spent the final hours with Fr. Tom singing with him and the chaplains from Cottage in the Meadows the great hymn, “How Great Thou Art.” Fr. Darrell had needed to return early from our Diocese of Yakima retreat, where we were all praying for Fr. Tom in his final hours, remembering him in our intentions during the Liturgy of the Hours as well as our daily Eucharist. Fr. Ricardo Villareal, who had come back to Yakima for a funeral, joined Fr. Darell to be with Fr. Tom in his last hours as well.

Out in Goldendale, where Father Ibach and I were together for Confirmation this last Sunday, many of the older parishioners recalled with affection Father Tom’s care for them, offering their prayers for him too.

In the run up to his final months, Cathy Godfrey offered hours and hours of service and care. Both Monsignor Robert Siler and Father Michael Ibach spent considerable effort in the care of Father Tom, staying close to his family, tracking the medical care, and monitoring his needs as his body and his mind began to fail him.  There are certainly many others too numerous to mention who did so much for Father Tom. To all of you, thank you!

Certainly, our own Father César Vega here at Holy Family spent considerable time making sure that Father Tom had opportunities to exercise his priestly ministry. He made sure that Father Tom was able to concelebrate the Sunday Eucharist. He and Cathy helped organize a wonderful 50th anniversary celebration as a priest here at Holy Family. Father Tom also liked helping out with confessions. You – the parishioners here at Holy Family – were so gracious to him in all of this – even when in hearing your confessions he wanted to you to repeated everything you said loudly so he could hear.  I know many of you hoped and prayed that those outside the confessional wouldn’t also hear!

As bishop, I am a relative late-comer into the life of Father Thomas Lane. But very early in my first days as bishop, Fr. Tom got me over to visit his classmate Father Robert Shields. He took great pains and great responsibility for making sure that Father Shields got to his doctor appointments and that he didn’t become too isolated and alone.  He did this in the midst of his own infirmities.  I thought to myself: Between the medications of Fr. Tom Lane and Fr. Robert Shields, the two of them could open a Rite Aid pharmacy!

The attitude of the Beatitudes! That is what Father Thomas Lane sparked in so many of you. But what sparked this attitude of the Beatitudes inside of Father Tom? That can be answered in one word: prayer.

Father Tom was a man of prayer. He not only prayed for all of us. But he prayed united with the  Church through the Liturgy of the Hours.  Fr. Tom was very devoted and very dedicated to the Liturgy of the Hours.

What is the Liturgy of the Hours? As many of you know, the Liturgy of the Hours consists of a collection of psalms and canticles along with specific scriptures and readings. Morning prayer and evening prayer are the linchpins of our Liturgy of the Hours. The early morning “Office of Readings” with its extended psalms, scripture and spiritual reading opens the day. The shorter Night Prayer or Compline closes the day. The daytime midmorning, midday and midafternoon psalms punctuate the day with psalms that uplift our love of the law of God, assisting us to see the rule of our life as a tool for our human flourishing.  Upon ordination, all clergy – bishops priests and deacons – promise to pray the prayer of the Church: The Liturgy of the Hours.  So do many of the religious men and women in consecrated life.

Father Tom understood the seriousness of his commitment to the Liturgy of the Hours. He grasped that when he prayed, he was not simply praying for himself and his parishioners, but for the entire Church and for all the living and all the dead. Father Tom took this commitment to heart and made this prayer for the Church the center of his life.

I became aware of this centrality for Father Tom during my first hospital visit with him. Father Ibach clued me in that Father Tom was pretty concerned about the Liturgy of the Hours obligation. I told him that I was dispensing him of his obligation to pray the Liturgy of the Hours when he was sick. I cited the old dictum of Teresa of Avila: Pray as you can – not as you ought. I told him that even St. Teresa of Avila knew that sometimes our human frailty prevented us from praying and that, as a result, we often simply have to offer our struggles and our sufferings up to God as our prayer in those moments. Sometimes we have to allow others to pray for us and trust that God will make up for what we lack. But from time to time Father Tom continued to worry about his prayer life. I know many of the brothers needed to repeat to him that he should pray as best as he could and not worry about hitting the breviary if it became too much due to his health.

The attitude of the Beatitudes! That is Father Tom!  As we listened to the list of beatitudes taught by Jesus, it’s easy to identify the attitudes and interior dispositions each beatitude call from us. But it might also be wise to remember that both the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as the Church’s General Directory for Catechesis define prayer as an “attitude.” 

“Communion with Christ,” notes the General Directory for Catechesis, “leads the disciple to assume an attitude of prayer. To learn to pray with Jesus is to pray with the same sentiments with which he turned to the Father: adoration, praise, thanksgiving, filial confidence, supplication and awe for his glory.” Then the General Directory for Catechesis concludes with this insight: “This climate is especially necessary when the catechumen and those to be catechized are confronted with the more demanding aspects of the Gospel and when they feel weak or when they discover the mysterious action of God in their lives.”

The attitude of the beatitudes. This is Father Tom’s lasting legacy. He showed us how to pray in our weakness. His attitude of poverty, of peace, of meekness, his attitude of mercy and singleheartedness, his desire for righteousness and comfort for the persecuted and the sorrowful grew from his intense and firm conviction about the centrality of prayer in his life.

Are we doing the same? We might want to ask ourselves how we are doing in our life of prayer. How are we making prayer – not only for ourselves – but for the entire Church a central piece of our daily life? As we give thanks to God for the gift of Father Thomas Lane, let us resolve to learn the central lesson of his life that threads through his teaching career and his time as a priest here in the Diocese of Yakima. Let us resolve to pray more deeply and thus foster the attitude of the beatitudes as did Father Thomas Lane.  Peace be with you!

The Rev. Thomas V. Lane, a senior priest of the Diocese of Yakima, died this morning at 3:20 a.m. at the Cottage in the Meadows hospice in Yakima. He was 90. Two of his brother priests, Fr. Darell Mitchell and Fr. Ricardo Villareal, were able to be with him, and he was remembered in prayer by the priests of the Diocese still on retreat. Mass of Christian Burial is planned for Thursday morning, May 17, at Holy Family Parish in Yakima, with a Vigil the evening of May 16. Details will be provided as plans are made.
Born on All Saints Day, November 1, 1927 to Timothy and Helen Lane, who had emigrated from Ireland, Father Tom grew up in the Seattle area. His brother Art, who preceded him in death in 2014, was born three years later. Following high school graduation in 1945, Fr. Tom entered the U.S. Army Air Force and served for 13 months in Japan during the military occupation after World War II. He returned home and enrolled at Seattle University, where he received a BA degree in chemical engineering in 1951. Following graduate studies in the same field at the University of Washington, Fr. Tom worked on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation until 1958. He then enrolled in the St. Philip Neri Seminary for Delayed Vocations in Boston, and later transferred to St. Thomas Seminary in Kenmore to finish his theological studies. He earned a teaching certificate through summer studies at Seattle University. Following graduation, he was ordained at St. Paul Cathedral on May 23,1964.
Father Lane taught higher mathematics at Yakima Central Catholic High School from 1964 to 1968 and served on the faculty at St. Peter the Apostle Seminary in Cowiche from 1965 to 1968. As an associate pastor he served at St. Pius X Parish in Quincy, St. John Parish in Naches, St. Paul Cathedral in Yakima, and Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Moses Lake. As a pastor he served at St. Peter Parish (now St. Juan Diego) in Cowiche, Holy Trinity Parish in Goldendale, and Holy Rosary Parish in Moxee. As a senior priest, he was in residence for many years at Holy Family Parish before moving to Hiilcrest at Summitview Assisted Living in Yakima. As his health difficulties mounted, it was a common experience for Father Lane to encounter health care providers who would thank him for having baptized them, married them, or taught them in school.
Father Lane is survived by his sister-in-law, Eleanor Lane, five nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and nephews. A fuller obituary will be provided at a later date. May he rest in peace.




That social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences.

Pope Francis - June 2018

The Internet is a gift of God, but it is also a great responsibility.
Communication technology, its places, its instruments have brought with it a lengthening of horizons, a widening, for so many people.
It can offer immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity.
May the digital network not be a place of alienation. May it be a concrete place, a place rich in humanity.
Let us pray together that social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences.







Para que las redes sociales favorezcan la solidaridad y el respeto del otro en sus diferencias.

Papa Francisco - Junio 2018

Internet es un don de Dios, pero también es una gran responsabilidad.
La comunicación, sus lugares, sus instrumentos han traído consigo un alargamiento de los horizontes, un ensanche, para tantas personas.
Aprovechemos las posibilidades de encuentro y de solidaridad que ofrecen las redes sociales.
Y que la red digital no sea un lugar de alienación. Sea un lugar concreto, un lugar rico de humanidad.
Pidamos juntos para que las redes sociales no anulen la propia personalidad, sino que favorezcan la solidaridad y el respeto del otro en sus diferencias



The Central Washington Catholic Youth Camp is scheduled for August 19 through the 24th at YMCA Camp Dudley, west of Yakima near White Pass! This is a quality weeklong summer camp for your kids or grandkids, including daily Mass and Rosary, Stations of the Cross, Reconciliation, priests and sisters, seminarians, and daily faith talks PLUS all the goofy songs and games, swimming, canoeing, rock climbing, zipline, campfire every night!

For more info and to make reservations, see our website, cwcyc.org “Like” our FB page, CWCYCclick. Why “click”? C-L-I-C-K stands for Christ Lives in Catholic Kids!







Dear Friends,

We are here in Rome on pilgrimage and are with the Holy Father, Pope Francis, at his Wednesday general audience. By happy coincidence today marks the start of the Holy Father's global campaign, "Share the Journey," where he invites us to walk with migrants refugees and – in his Spanish comments – "campesinos" – something quite particular to our Diocese of Yakima. Today's kickoff points to a Week of Prayer and Action October 7-13. For an overview of the campaign, including personal stories, click here.  For ideas and resources for Catholic leaders planning events for the week, click here.  For a parish toolkit put together by Catholic Relief Services, click here. For ideas for social media, click here. Para recursos en español, haz click aquí.

Here in the Diocese of Yakima we are uniquely positioned to share the journey as Spanish and English speakers forming a single Church witness. Let's "Share the Journey" with each other – especially the migrants and undocumented as well as those young people impacted by DACA. Many prayers.

+Bishop Joseph Tyson


Where are you going?

“Quo Vadis” is the Latin phrase for “Where are you going?” Legend tells us that St. Peter asked Jesus this question on the outskirts of Rome. And we know where Jesus went in response to His Father’s will.

Quo Vadis Days is a 3-day camp for young Catholic men to learn more about the priesthood, to deepen their faith, and to better discern God’s call in their lives.

What is the Father’s will for me?  How can I know what God wants?

Quo Vadis Days is a camp experience sponsored by the Diocese of Yakima Vocations Office to provide a time of fun, prayer, and talks to help you explore the Lord’s call in your life.

There will be priests, seminarians, and other young men like you gathered for these days.  Our activities will include prayer, soccer, games, talks and discussions.

We hope that you will consider taking time to discern the Lord’s will in your life with us at QV Days.  It is a great opportunity to let the Lord speak to you and to spend time listening to Him.

The number of participants is limited to 70 young men, so call or register soon!

Quo Vadis Days 2018

Young Men ages 13-19 are invited to the Second Annual Vocations Camp July 30th to August 1st. For more information and to register for the Yakima camp, call Father Felipe Pulido at 509-248-1911 or Seminarian Michael Kelly at (509) 367-5297 or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


When:  The camp opens on Monday, July 30th at 12:00pm and concludes after lunch at 1:30 pm on Wednesday August 1st. 

Where: Holy Family Parish, Yakima WA.

After you register, someone will contact you with information about pick-up and drop off.

Cost:  $50 per camper. The Family rate is $50 for the first camper, $25 for his brother/brothers. 

Staff:  Seminarians and Priests of the Diocese. 


Please call Michael Kelly at (509) 367-5297 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming Events


June 16, 2018
Confirmation – Our Lady of the Desert (Spanish)
Mattawa, WA
June 22, 2018
Confirmation – St. Joseph Church (Bilingual)
July 3, 2018
Ordination – Cesar Izquierdo, Jesus Mariscal, Jesus Alatorre at Christ the King Richland, WA
July 4, 2018
Independence Day – Pastoral Center Closed
July 30 – August 1
Quo Vadis @ Holy Family
August 5, 2018
Priest vs Seminarian Soccer Game
¡Para nuestro juego de fútbol anual de sacerdotes vs. seminaristas!
August 11, 2018
Catholic Charities Ride D'Vine
August 19-24, 2018
CWC Youth Camp
September 3, 2018
Labor Day – Pastoral Center Closed
October 13, 2018
CWCF Celebration of Faith
2017 Celebration of Faith Video

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