Just in time for Christmas, Marie and I proudly present to you a special compilation of custom Canucks Christmas carols. Hear new takes on old classics like Hansen the Honey Badger (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), Radim Vrbata (Feliz Navidad), Get it Bo! (Let it Snow!), This Christmas, and Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas.
We were absolutely thrilled to work with the Vancouver Canucks on this project and are extremely grateful for the opportunity and for their trust. Special shout out to Paul Albi (@AlbiJr) for all his hard work to make this happen.
Also, big thanks to Chris Golden (@lyteforce) and his silky smooth voice for being our host. He’s perfect for the part!
And it goes without saying that – as usual – the big star here is Marie (@mariehui). She can make anything sound good!
It was 12 years ago today, on Tuesday, December 10, 2002 that I replaced Father (now Bishop) Mark Hagemoen as the Director of the Office of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Vancouver. I was excitable, passionate, and eager to learn. And I had no idea what the Lord had in store for me.
As an aside, I can’t really remember why I started on a Tuesday and not the Monday prior. Maybe it had to do with my former employer PricewaterhouseCoopers. Or perhaps it had to do with staffing issues at the Archdiocese. But I digress.
I inherited a staff consisting of Gerard Garcia, Pat Gillespie, Analyn Perez, and Rob Mascitti. We quickly hit it off, as I knew all of them reasonably well – and in Gerard’s case, very well – through my involvement with the archdiocese while I was serving as the parish youth ministry coordinator at St. Paul Parish in Richmond.
What impressed me right away was the dedication and commitment that the staff had to their work and their ministry. It truly was a dream job to be paid to do what I loved: youth ministry!
Last Friday afternoon, I played in the annual “Teachers vs. Grade 7 Students” volleyball game at St. Paul School. The raucous gym was deafening at times with the excited students cheering, clapping, and screaming. Kayla and Jake (along with his gold medal winning buddies from grade 6) were among the crowd. Sean didn’t have school that day, so he came to referee – making it a family affair.
All of the teachers rotated through and it just so happened that Gail came on right after me. So whenever we were on the court together, we were playing right beside each other.
I’m very competitive when it comes to sports, even if it’s a fun, mean-nothing game. My lovely wife Gail, however, is the exact opposite. In fact, when she came on the court, she whispered to me, “You’re going to have to help me.”
During one particular rally, the ball came over the net to our side and went towards Gail. Gail didn’t really react and thus the ball dropped beside her. I tried to give her a loving and affirming smile while dying inside.