Vancouver Canucks Song: It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye – Zack, Kevin, and Eddie

In the span of one week, the Vancouver Canucks traded away three popular players: defenceman Kevin Bieksa, goalie Eddie Lack, and forward Zack Kassian. In fact, we had this song written for just Bieksa and Lack when we found out that Kassian had been traded…while we were preparing to shoot this video. Thus, we were able to add him albeit at the last minute.

To pay tribute to these three players, we went with a Boyz II Men classic: It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday. This is actually the third Boyz II Men song we’ve covered for the Canucks.

I’m joined by regular collaborators Marie Hui and Arielle Tuliao. As well, we welcome newlyweds Joseph and Marion San Jose, fresh off of their honeymoon to Rome where they gave a Canucks jersey to Pope Francis (with his name on it).  You may have heard about it.

 

Epic Patty Cake Song (I’ll Think of You) – Jacob and Mikaela

Add patty caking to Jake’s list of talents: Jacob and Mikaela performed their epic version of the epic song performed by Kurt Schneider, Sam Tsui, Alex G, and Alyson Stoner.

Footage is from the Spirit year-end gathering at St. Paul Parish on Friday, June 19.

Pretty impressive coordination and concentration for a couple of 11 year-olds!

 

Head of the Class

Last week, Gail and I received a letter in the mail from Hugh Boyd Secondary School inviting us to the year-end awards ceremony at the school. Gail and I immediately re-arranged our schedules so that we could attend.

Then, this past Monday, I received an email from Boyd stating that Sean’s award would be a “major” one and thus we were encouraged to attend.  Needless to say, we got very excited and proceeded to spend the next couple of days speculating as to what award(s) he might win for his grade 8 year.

Top: Top Academic Student award, Bottom: Top Athlete award
Top: Top Academic Student award, Bottom: Top Athlete award

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Showered With God’s Love: The Story of Joseph and Marion

On May 30, 2015, my dear friends Joseph and Marion got married and it was such a wonderful day:  the Mass at St. Paul’s was beautiful and the reception at All Saints was fun and full of love.  I was blessed to emcee the reception that evening, and as part of the program I presented the following story about Joseph and Marion:  their meeting, the courting period, their dating, and the proposal.

In the fall of 2011, the Catholic Church was preparing to embrace a new translation and new parts for the Mass. Little did Joseph and Marion know that God was preparing them to celebrate a big change via a sacrament as well…but 4 years down the road.

Photo credit: Mark V (https://www.flickr.com/photos/131270953@N05/sets/72157652378402646/)
Photo credit: Mark Ventura (https://www.flickr.com/photos/131270953@N05/sets/72157652378402646/)

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It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask – The Power of a Prayer Request

Yesterday I participated in a retreat at Rosemary Heights with some of my work colleagues from the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Before leaving my house in the morning, I texted some of my closest friends asking them if there was anything or anyone they wanted me to pray for.

I was affirmed and surprised by their prayer requests (I’ve slightly edited some of them to protect privacy):

  • My heart
  • My sister in the Philippines
  • The health and happiness of our newborn
  • Me as I recently broke up with my fiancee
  • The youth ministry coordinator
  • That we will be blessed with children
  • Good work-life balance
  • That my dad finds a purpose that makes him happy
  • My aunt having surgery tomorrow
  • My mom’s 70th birthday
  • My aunt who is ill
  • My dad and how he fits into my life
  • Peace in my heart
  • Integrity
  • My relationship with my boyfriend
  • A healthy granddaughter
  • Dissertation, move, and travel mercies
  • Vocation, family, and ministry
  • Me, my wife, and my family
  • That we can sell our house
  • A safe trip for my in laws
  • My upcoming trip overseas
  • Health of my relatives
  • Ministry inspiration and vision
  • My sister’s job transition
  • My friend who is struggling
  • My friend how just went through dialysis
  • Wisdom, clarity, and discernment and for God to open doors where He desires
  • My friend having struggles in her marriage
  • Safe labour for my wife
  • Our newborn daughter

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Husband, Father, Youth Minister, Speaker: Lover of God, Family and the Canucks

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