Do you love the rich diversity of the Catholic Faith?
Do you love to eat?
If your answer is yes to both of these questions, then you’ll want to join Sandy Greeley and her visiting Catholic chefs from around the globe on Saturday afternoons at St. Veronica Catholic Church, 3460 Centreville Rd., Chantilly, VA.
Sandy, a convert to the Faith and a chef herself, has brought her two loves together in a fun and unique way. She has combined a cooking class offered by Catholic chefs from different parts of the world with a patron saint of the region. It’s cooking and catechetics all rolled up in one!
On October 1st, you can journey to Cambodia and honor the Catholic Church in the town of Siem Reap. The church’s Patron Saint is Saint John the Apostle. Guest speakers Marie Chea, a Cambodian Catholic, and Demaz Baker, a Cambodian cook, both living in Northern Virginia, will offer a flavorful glimpse into life and Catholic culture in their native country.
The students will come away from the class with a general understanding of recent Cambodian history and the life of St. John the Apostle. Here’s a taste of what to expect:
The population of Cambodia was decimated by the Khmer Rouge with some estimates stating that 20 percent of the population was lost. The Catholic community was particularly hard hit with Catholicism nearly destroyed, and some figures say that the remaining Catholics in Cambodia number about 20,000 with a total of 30 parishes and 27 priests. Students will learn how courageous Cambodian Catholics are helping to rebuild their country.
St. John the Apostle and Evangelizer, became our Lord’s “beloved disciple” because he was the only disciple who did not forsake Jesus. He remained at the foot of the cross, and Jesus made him the guardian of his Mother, Mary. St. John has been credited with the authorship one of the Gospels, three Epistles, and probably the Book of Revelation. The students will learn about the life of this beloved Saint.
The Saturday afternoon class is two-and-a half hours long (1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and includes hands-on instruction, kitchen safety tips, a chance to sit down and eat what the students prepare, as well as a take-home folder of the recipes so participants can cook “saintly” meals at home. The price for this extraordinary afternoon is only $15. The class is open to ages 12 and up.
Class size limited, so be sure to contact Sandy Greeley, 703-471-6454, to register and reserve your spot. It’s sure to be a blessed and delicious way to spend a Saturday.
Can’t make this class? Here’s what’s coming up:
Cooking with the Saints: Class Schedule
October 22: Peru: honoring St. Rose of Lima
November 12: Colombia: honoring Our Lady of the Rosary
December 10: Argentina: honoring Our Lady of Lujon