Resurrection Parish
Diocese of Yakima
Catholic Church of the Resurrection

Parish History


For many years Catholics in the Zillah area on the East Side of the Yakima River were inconvenienced in their worshiping of God. Sunday worship for most it meant traveling many miles every Sunday over highways and sometimes back roads, roads that could be dangerous in the winter with snow and ice. Most shouldered this burden to fulfill their obligation for weekly worship, but many did not participate in other Parish life of neighboring churches because of the distance.

Resurrection Parish was established effective at noon on 4 November 1963 on the feast of St. Charles Borromeo, becoming the thirty-second parish in the Yakima Diocese. At that time Resurrection Parish was attached to St. Patrick’s Parish of Granger. The first pastor was Father Paul Flad, who resided at the time in Granger. Now the commuting was dispatched to the priest rather that the parishioners. 

The Parish was so named by the Most Reverend Bishop Joseph Dougherty, Bishop of the Yakima Diocese, from the first chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. This scripture informs us that the Apostles were commissioned to be witnesses of Resurrection of Jesus. The challenge to the members of this Parish are to reflect on how we too can be witnesses and proclaim the good news of the Resurrection.



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