Monday, March 19, 2018


   The 5th week of Lent at Christ our Hope Catholic Church continued with a Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl Lenten Soup Supper after the 7 pm on Sunday March 18th. This week's Catholic Social Teaching Focus is " Option for the poor and vulnerable".

During the CRS Soup Supper, we learned about the story of Alefa. 

She is a mother, grandmother and farmer. She provides for her three children, three grandchildren and husband by selling her crops. If they fail during one of Malawi’s rainy seasons—or in a drought—her family goes hungry. One particularly difficult year, Alefa was forced to sell some of her land to make ends meet.

We also watched a video of the Religious Sisters in Malawi on Project SCORE. 
SCORE-ECD, a CRS project funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, harnesses the power of Catholic religious sisters to ensure children grow healthy and thrive throughout their lives. By educating caregivers on the importance of nutrition, positive parenting, and early stimulation of babies including through play and making toys from local materials, the project covers children from zero to five years of age, but there is a special focus on those under two years of age, as well as those infected or affected by HIV

See video below.

Lauren Pusich- who is the Immersion Coordinator, a part of the COH Outreach Commission, spoke about the Outreach Projects such as Youth Immersion tot he congregation in attendance. She also led the CRS Lenten Prayer before meals were served.
Lauren in Action

Soups and Salad were donated by Katherine Hartline and her husband Darrell - who made a traditional Malawian soup

Marc made an African inspired pumpkin soup

And Paul G. made a Faro and Arugula salad

Our weekly bread supply was generously donated by Essentials Baking Company. 

It was another successful CRS Lenten Soup Supper. As we continue to celebrate as a communit  the blessed season of Lent and in preparation of the Easter celebration, let us be reminded of the 3 words that Pope Francis reminded us of during his Ash Wednesday Homily -

In behalf of the COH CRS Ambassadors - Thank You for your support!!!

Here are more pictures from our CRS Lenten Soup Supper

By: Cate Lichten
COH - CRS Ambasador

Monday, March 12, 2018


Christ Our Hope ( COH) Catholic Church celebrated the CRS (Catholic Relief Services)  Rice Bowl Week 4 of LENT highlighting the country of HAITI. The story of Andrise, a school teacher in Haiti, was shown to the attendees of the CRS Lenten Soup Supper after the Sunday's 7 pm mass.
See Andrise's Video below:

The Liturgy Commission led by Chuck, together with Ruth, David, Christine and Nick prepared a traditional Haitian Vegetable stew - and it sure was scrumptious. Ruth and David also made a peanut brittle surprise for everyone ( a Haitian recipe ) - my personal favorite.
See video of the traditional Haitian vegetable stew recipe below:

Ruth of the Liturgy Commission shared to the congregation a personal story of her grandson Jack about Haiti and Kelly Hickman's testimony on Haiti. Kelly who is an Assistant Director for the CRS in the Archdiocese of Seattle was recently in Haiti to witness the wonderful work of CRS in that country. 
We prayed together as a community before we (both parishioners and some Josephinum residents) broke bread and shared soup. We have lots of leftover soup for a takeaway for everybody.
In behalf of the CRS Ambassadors, Thank You for all of your support to this amazing cause - especially to the Liturgy Commission, Fr Paul, COH Staff, parishioners and residents for your efforts and presence.
Have a Blessed Lent

See more Pics below:
Haitian Vegetable Stew

Ruth and David in action

Christine and Nick in the kitchen

Ruth sharing a testimony on Haiti

Soup Service

Call to Family, Community and Participation

Catholic social teaching inspires and guides how we are to live and work in the world. In this principle, Call to Family, Community and Participation, we remember that human beings are social by nature-we need each other. We, like the early disciples, are called to come together and grow as a community-whether that community is in our classroom, workplace or family.

for more info on CRS Rice Bowl:

Cate Lichten, CRS Ambassador, COH

Thursday, March 8, 2018

BURKINA FASO: CRS Rice Bowl Soup Supper

The 3rd WEEK OF LENT highlighted the West African Country of Burkina Faso. CRS has worked in that country since the 1960's working on Hunger Prevention and other Food Aid Programs. The Catholic Social Teaching of Caring for God's Creation is the CRS topic for this 3rd week of Lent. 

At Christ our Hope Catholic Church, the SVdP Conference Commission coordinated the Sunday Soup Supper. Lisa C. led the prayer before soup was served. CRS Story of Hope video - the story of Safiata from Burkina Faso was shown to the parishioners and some residents of the Josephinum who were present. 

The soups were donated by Kristi and Stu Smith who made a delicious African peanut soup. Paul G and Marc W. also donated a vegetarian soup and helped serve and with the clean up afterwards. Jackie and Ann B helped with food preps and soup service respectively.The SVdP Conference members donated the fruits and made the traditional bean cakes from Burkina Faso as featured in the CRS Rice Bowl website. 

See video below:

We served 60 plus people that evening..
traditional bean cakes and recipe below

Makes 6–8 Bean Cakes
  • 1 can black-eyed peas, drained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • ½ t salt
  • ½ t black pepper
  • 1 c flour
  • ¼ c vegetable oil
Place black-eyed peas in a blender with the onion, carrots and egg. Blend to a smooth paste, and add salt and pepper. If bean mixture has too much liquid to form cakes, add flour, ¼ cup at a time to thicken until you can form into cakes. Divide into 6 to 8 portions and place in hot vegetable oil. Flatten each one into a disc using a spatula. Fry until browned (about 5 to 7 minutes), turning occasionally. Serve with rice.

Here are more pictures of our parishioners and Josephinum residents during out soup supper.

Lisa leading the CRS Prayer
Kristi and Stu
Marc and Paul - the soup serving duo

Ann B - CRS Ambaasador - serving soup and bean cakes

Young Professionals representation ( Dalton , Gabe and Obi)

Thanks and Have a Blessed Lent...

Cate Lichten
CRS Ambassador 
Christ our Hope Catholic Church
Seattle, WA