Today is the Annunciation, the Christian celebration of the announcement by the archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would become the mother of Jesus Christ. Despite being a virgin, Mary would miraculously conceive a child who would be called the Son of God.
As my friend and colleague Tom East has said, “I think this is an important day for us as youth ministers. We have the chance to be like Gabriel and bear God’s message of love and promise to teenagers. We speak on God’s behalf as we tell a young person: you are beautiful inside and out, and God has a plan for your life. What a privilege, this ministry we share.”
Continue reading Emulating Mary’s “Yes”: God Doesn’t Call the Qualified, He Qualifies the Called
On Friday night, we held FREEDOM – our annual reconciliation event for youth – at St. Joseph Parish in Langley. Close to 300 teens and young adults packed the parish hall for an evening of prayer, worship, praise, skits, witness, and catechesis.
Also, there were over a dozen priests (including Archbishop Michael) present to hear confessions. I spoke to a couple of them and they said that the quality of the confessions was really good. I’ve also heard priests in the past say that the event affirms their priesthood. That’s kinda cool.
Continue reading Let it Go (Giving up Control): Reflections on FREEDOM
My lovely wife Gail turns 40 years old today. To honour her, here are 40 things that I love about her.
- She’s lovely. Hence the title of this blog post.
- She’s humble. You don’t see her planning her own birthday party and then inviting people to talk about her at it and calling it a #Roadto40 Roast. Who on earth does that?
- She’s a wonderful wife. I don’t think anyone else would marry me. My friend Mike Patin likes to remind me that I married up. I can’t disagree.
- She’s an awesome mother. She is a natural mother thanks to many of the qualities on this list. Our kids are extremely lucky. As am I.
- She’s a great teacher. She has spent 15 years honing her craft and it shows. Continue reading 40 Things I Love About my Lovely Wife
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In January of this year, Jordyn Leopold (11 year-old daughter of NHL defenceman Jordan Leopold) wrote an impassioned letter to the Minnesota Wild urging them to trade for her father to bring him home to Minnesota.
She said that her dad was lonely and that she was lost without him.
On trade deadline day March 2, young Jordyn got her wish. Her father Jordan Leopold was traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Minnesota Wild for Justin Falk and a 5th round draft pick. Continue reading Dramatic Reading of Jordan Leopold Daughter’s Letter to the Minnesota Wild (VIDEO)
Yesterday was the first day in the new John Paul II Pastoral Centre. After months of anticipation, it was nice to finally get into our new building.
Here’s a look at my day…diary style.
6:45am: I rolled out of bed after just three hours of sleep. I guess I was too excited to get a decent sleep. Reminded me of the night before the first day of school. Or the night before releasing a new Canucks music video.
7:40am: I leave my home in Steveston via car.
8:09am: I make a left turn onto West 33rd and have to wait in traffic for about five minutes because of the construction in front of our building. Still, this shaved about 10 to 15 minutes off my commute.
8:14am: I pull into the underground parking garage and park in spot number one. Appropriate for me given my ego I guess haha. Continue reading My First Day in the New John Paul II Pastoral Centre