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.