This afternoon, Gail brought the kids downtown with her after school. After picking me up from work, we then dropped Gail off at her hair appointment before parking the van in my work parking lot.
We walked to a nearby sushi restaurant for a quick bite. In between bites of our salmon rolls and sips of our miso soups, we got talking about the differences between Sean, Jacob, and Kayla. The answers ranged from the serious to the hilarious, the rational to the ludicrous. Among them: Sean is the athletic one, Jacob is the creative one, and Kayla is the sweet (and stubborn one).
After a few laughs, I said something to the effect of: “Okay, that’s how you are different. Now, how are you the same? What are the traits of an Imoo kid?”
Jake immediately replied: “We’re good-looking. And smart too.”
Here is the text of my address to the congregation attending the 5pm Mass at St. Paul’s on Saturday, May 25. Parishioners are giving quick testimonies at all the Masses this weekend as part of our stewardship initiative.
Hi everyone, my name is Clayton Imoo and I currently serve as the Director of the Parish Religious Education Program here at St. Paul Parish. My lovely wife Gail is a grade 2 teacher at St. Paul School and she was the one who introduced me to Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church when I met her back in 1989. Together we have Sean Isaiah who is in grade 6, Jacob Isaac in grade 4, and Kayla Marie who is in kindergarten. My full-time job for the past 10 years has been as the Director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Vancouver, and prior to that I was the parish youth ministry coordinator here.
I received the Sacraments of Initiation at this very church 20 years ago at the Easter Vigil and since then I’ve been blessed to encounter and experience the amazing love of God time and time again at this parish. I love this parish because it is a main conduit to share God’s love for me with others: through what I do, through what I say, and most importantly, through who I am. Put simply: St. Paul Parish is a huge part of my life.
I received a CD in the mail this week – the first release from a very talented young lady named Renee Geronimo. I have known Renee for over 10 years now through youth ministry and while we never super-close friends, I have followed her (in a non-stalkerish way) over the past few years on Facebook as she furthered her music career. Thus, I was absolutely thrilled when she messaged me in mid-April offering to send me a copy of her new CD called “lilies and sparrows”.
Upon receiving the CD, I immediately popped it into my computer and listened to it on repeat throughout my work day. It is a wonderful collection of songs, each one with its own unique style and feel. There’s a bit for everyone: some pop, some folk, some soul and some worship. And over-arching the entire CD is the theme of God’s love and power – you can really sense Renee’s love for God and devotion to her faith. Have a listen to the entire CD here.
The Vancouver Canucks are down 3 games to zero to the San Jose Sharks in their first-round NHL playoff match-up. As they try to stave off elimination in this must-win game, I turned to my kids for their predictions.
Sean and Kayla are optimistic that the Canucks will still make this a competitive series, and they pulled out every sports cliche possible in expressing their optimism.
Meanwhile, Jacob took a more cynical approach as he worked in a few cliches and a bunch of thought-provoking questions regarding the Canucks’ future.