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

Monday, February 26, 2018

CRS Rice Bowl Week 2 : NICARAGUA

Focus: NICARAGUA - Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers

  The Young Professionals through the leadership of Claire McPherson at Christ our Hope Catholic Church worked together and prepared 2 delicious soups for our Soup Supper in observance of the 2nd week of Lent. From set up, audio visual, food prep, cooking, serving, presentation, prayer,  networking and clean up - they worked in solidarity.

   This week, the CRS focuses on its amazing work in Niacaragua to empower Young Adults through the Youthbuild International Programs. After the 7 pm mass, attendees ( parishioners and residents of the Josephinum) were shown the video of Cesia ( see above video) and learned about the important work of CRS globally and locally. It was an evening full of joy and spirit.

   As we continue to celebrate this Lenten season, the significance of Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving is what we try to achieve and SHARE with others. As Fr. Lucas reiterated this weekend in his Homily  through the words of Pope Francis: "Lent is the perfect time to "come HOME" and to PAUSE, SEE AND RETURN

  "Pope Francis invited everyone to live the 40 days of Lent as a time to “pause” from things which keep us from virtue and to return home to the loving and merciful embrace of God the Father.“Return without fear to those outstretched, eager arms of your Father, who is rich in mercy, who awaits you. Return without fear, for this is the favorable time to come home,” the Pope said Feb. 14.“[Lent] is the time for allowing one’s heart to be touched...” he continued, explaining how “persisting on the path of evil only gives rise to disappointment and sadness. True life is something quite distinct and our heart indeed knows this. God does not tire, nor will he tire, of holding out his hand.”
Matt stirring a vegan minestrone soup

attendees watching the presentation

lining up for the soup

CRS Ambassadors and Outreach Charr

Claire, Christine and Matt of kitchen duty

Crystal leading the Prayer

Catholic social teaching inspires and guides how we are to live and work in the world. In this principle, Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers, we remember that, Jesus spent years working as a carpenter. Work is important to help people fulfill their potential. And everyone must receive a fair wage to provide for themselves and their families.

Thanks to the Young Professionals, Essential Baking Company and the Christ Our Hope Community for your support.

Cate Lichten
CRS Ambassador