We are centered on volunteerism, service, outreach and inclusion of all persons interested in furthering the mission of Jesus our Hope in downtown Seattle. Our mission is the social mission of the Catholic Church. www.christourhopeseattle.org
Christ Our Hope Church is located in the Catholic Housing Services' 14-story Josephinum at Second and Stewart, once the New Washington Hotel but now home to 240 formerly homeless and low-income residents. Mr. Stephen Lee, architect of the 1994 renovation of St. James Cathedral, was chosen to design the worship space. Respecting and blending the styles of the then-existing St. Joseph Chapel and of the former dining room of the hotel, Lee created a light-filled, contemporary environment for Catholic liturgy.
The beautifully renovated worship space officially became Christ Our Hope Catholic Church at the blessing and dedication by Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett on August 28, 2010.
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In his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis used St. Paul’s “hymn to love,” taken from his First Letter to the Corinthians, to offer several pieces of advice. Do not forget that love is at the service of others! The pope underscored that, through his letter, St. Paul “wants to stress that love is more than a mere feeling. Rather, it should be understood along the lines of the Hebrew verb “to love;” it is “to do good.” As St. Ignatius of Loyola said, “Love is shown more by deeds than by words.”
See below for some thoughts on the origin of Valentine's Day!
"Thus by baptism all are plunged into the paschal mystery of Christ: they die with him, are buried with him, and rise with him; they receive the spirit of adoption as children "in which we cry: Abba Father," and thus become true adorers whom the Father seeks."
- Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 6
Thank you to all the members of our community who attended the Liturgy Retreat this Saturday. We listened to speakers from Liturgy Training Publications at St. Joseph Parish, Seattle with ministers from across the Archdiocese. What an opportunity for reflection.
This week in the bulletin we speak briefly about refugees around the world and the importance of Love, especially from Pope Francis in his Amoris Laetitia. So many opportunities exist to learn and grow and give back in your faith journey:
Our Liturgy Retreat at St. Joe's tomorrow:
The Immigration Summit at Seattle University tomorrow:
Our St. Vincent de Paul Society meeting on Sunday after 9:30 AM mass in the Parish "Living Room" at the Josephinum.
Marriage Preparation, Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, and Confirmation Preparation continue as well!
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This week in the bulletin we offer three actionable Immigrant and Refugee Action Opportunities:
"Set the lamp on a lamp stand, where it gives light to all in the house." Matthew 5:15
1) Register for the Catholic Immigration Summit at Seattle University on Saturday, February 11, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. The day concludes with Mass celebrated by Bishop Eusebio Elizondo in the Chapel of St. Ignatius.
>For more information, contact Joe Cotton: email@example.com.
> Find the Facebook Event for the Summit here:
2) Contact your representatives and ask them to support the Bridge Act, which would ensure that DACA-eligible youth can continue to contribute to our communities without fear of deportation.
> Find your House Representative here:
> Find Patti Murray and Maria Cantwell, our WA State Senators contact information here:
3) Check out resources on the Archdiocesan Immigrant & Refugee webpage at the Archdiocese of Seattle:
Why do we care?
Many Christians have declared President Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees does not represent who they are or their faith. The order imposes a four-month ban on all refugees trying to enter the U.S., and excludes all Syrian refugees until further notice. The executive order was swiftly denounced by religious leaders from around the country. Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark said, “The executive action does not show the United States to be an open and welcoming nation. It’s the opposite of what it means to be American.” Cardinal Blasé Cupich of Chicago issued a statement in which he stated, “The world is watching as we abandon our commitments to American values. They lower our estimation in the eyes of the many peoples who want to know America as a defender of human rights and religious liberty, not a nation that targets religious populations and then shuts its doors on them.” The United States Conference of Bishops stated that the bishops “strongly disagree” with the ban on refugees from several Muslim countries. A church that stops defending the unborn has ceased to meaningfully defend the gospel of Jesus Christ. But the church is just as vigorous in defending the undocumented and those refugees who wish to come to our shores.
This morning (and evening!) Deacon Pierce Murphy "preached the Beatitudes from the Bible, and its teachings of love, peacemaking and mercy. We are to bring hope to the poor, mercy to those who need it and to be peacemakers...We are called to seek out those who are least, without a country, a home, we are to show God’s mercy, no matter what.”
See the link below for the full coverage in the Seattle Times.
seattletimes.com Christians who gathered for worship on Sunday push back against an executive order excluding all refugees and immigrants from some mostly Muslim countries
Please read below and watch Fr. James Martin, SJ for his recent comments on refugees and immigration.
OUR MISSION: Christ Our Hope Catholic Church in Downtown Seattle is a beacon of light where all are welcome to grow in Faith, Hope and Love through vibrant celebrations of liturgy; programs of faith formation, evangelization & compassionate outreach; and responsible stewardship. We are a diverse people of God whose faith inspires hope that shows itself in love.
“I was a stranger and you did not welcome me.”
President Trump has announced that he will order the construction of a Mexican border wall, the first in a series of actions to crack down on immigrants, which will include slashing the number of refugees who can resettle in the United States, and blocking Syrians and others from what are called “terror-prone nations” from entering, at least temporarily.
These measures, which mean the rejection of the stranger, the rejection of the person in need, the rejection of those who suffer, are manifestly unchristian and utterly contrary to the Gospel. Indeed, last year, Pope Francis said, "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the Gospel."
But maybe you don’t want to listen to Pope Francis. Maybe you think that he was being too political. Or maybe you think Pope Francis is too progressive for you.
Maybe you think that you have a right to refuse a person in need. And that you have the right to protect yourself. Well, we do have the right of self-protection. But refusing the one in need because you want to protect yourself, especially when the other is in desperate need and obvious danger, is not what Christianity is about. It’s about the opposite. It’s about helping the stranger, even if it carries some risk. That’s the Parable of the Good Samaritan in a nutshell.
But if you still don’t want to listen to Pope Francis, then listen to Pope John Paul II, St. John Paul II, who wrote dozens of times about refugees and migrants. “Seek to help our brother and sister refugees in every possible way by providing a welcome…Show them an open mind and a warm heart,” he said. And as if predicting our current situation, he said, "It is necessary to guard against the rise of new forms of racism or xenophobic behavior, which attempt to make these brothers and sisters of ours scapegoats for what may be difficult local situations."
For this is an issue of life or death. Migrants flee from profound poverty, which causes suffering and can lead to death. Refugees flee from persecution, terror and war, out of fear for their lives. This is, then, one of the church’s life issues, so dear to St. John Paul II.
But maybe you don’t want to listen to St. John Paul. Maybe you’re not Catholic. Then listen to the voice of God in the Book of Exodus, speaking to the people of Israel: “You shall not oppress the resident alien [i.e, the refugee] for you aliens yourselves once, in the land of Egypt.” Every American heart should be stirred by that. Other than the Native Americans, all of us are descendants of immigrants. We were aliens ourselves once.
But maybe you don’t want to listen to the Old Testament. Then, in the end, listen to Jesus. In the Gospel of Matthew, he provides a litmus test for entrance into heaven. At the Last Judgment, he will say to people, “I was a stranger and you did not welcome me.” And people will say, “When were you a stranger and we did not take care of you?’ And he will say, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.”
Jesus himself is speaking to you from the Gospels. It is Christ whom we turn away when we build walls. It is Christ whom we reject when we slash quotas for refugees. It is Christ whom we are killing, by letting them die in poverty and war rather than opening our doors.
“Today,” St. John Paul II said, “the illegal migrant comes before us like that ‘stranger’ in whom Jesus asks to be recognized. To welcome him and to show him solidarity is a duty of hospitality and fidelity to Christian identity itself.”
So, reject these measures and welcome Christ. Call your local legislators and tell them to care for Christ. Write to the White House and ask them to protect Christ. Show up at town hall meetings and advocate for Christ. And pray for our brothers and sisters who are refugees and migrants.
Because if you do not, and you reject Christ, then it is their prayers that you will need.
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This week we shared Archbishop John Carroll's Prayer for Government Composed for the Inauguration of George Washington
Pray with us!
Almighty and eternal God,
you have revealed your glory to all nations.
God of power and might, wisdom and justice,
through you authority is rightly administered,
laws are enacted, and judgment is decreed.
Assist with your spirit of counsel and fortitude
the President of these United States,
that his administration may be conducted in righteousness,
and be eminently useful to your people over whom he presides.
May he encourage due respect for virtue and religion.
May he execute the laws with justice and mercy.
May he seek to restrain crime, vice, and immorality.
We likewise commend to your unbounded mercy all citizens of the United States,
that we be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of your holy law.
May we be preserved in union and that peace which the world cannot give;
and, after enjoying the blessings of this life,
be admitted to those which are eternal.
We pray to you, who are Lord and God,
for ever and ever. Amen.
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