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U Evangelize: Living Authentically Online and Off

Back in June 2016, I hosted my good friend Josh Canning for an episode of Clay’s Corner.  Now it’s time for Josh to interview me, this time for U Evangelize.

In this six-minute excerpt (from our full 26-minute interview on U Evangelize, we talk about how to live authentically both online and offline. In particular, I talk about how I leverage my Canucks platform to witness to Christ.

Merry Christmas from the Imoo Family: Our Year in Pictures

2016 was a wonderful year for our family; it was a year full of blessings, opportunities, and growth.

As we look ahead to Christmas, enjoy this pictorial review of our year. Be patient as the slideshow loads – we were too cheap to buy the ad-free version haha.

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Youth Ministry is so Advent

Advent is about waiting.  Anticipating.  Expecting.  Preparing.  Hoping.

This sounds a lot like youth ministry to me.

We wait for youth to commit their lives to Jesus.  We wait for them to arrive so we can start our youth gatherings.  We wait for their parents to come pick them up at the end of our events.

We anticipate the arrival of youth at our gatherings with our eyes fixated on the door.  We anticipate their confusion or their silence when we are preparing small group discussions.  We anticipate their excitement when we announce the dates of retreats and rallies.

We expect the youth to behave when they are at Church.  We expect that more youth will come out to social events than teaching nights.  We expect that Father will ask us “So how many people came to youth ministry last night?”

We prepare prayer services, social justice excursions, and skits.  We prepare snacks to serve the youth either before, during, or after the gathering.  We prepare them to be able to share their testimonies with a world that so desperately needs to hear them.

We hope that we are making a difference in the youths’ lives.  We hope that they make good decisions especially in the face of temptation.  We hope that their homes are stable and that their friends are good.

Most of all, we love them where they are at and we lead them to an encounter with Jesus Christ.

Just as Christ entered the world to love and encounter us.

 

Youth Ministry is So Advent

Source: www.thepracticingcatholic.com
Source: www.thepracticingcatholic.com

Advent is about waiting.  Anticipating.  Expecting.  Preparing.  Hoping.  This sounds a lot like youth ministry to me.

We wait for youth to commit their lives to Jesus.  We wait for them so we can start our youth gatherings.  We wait for their parents to come pick them up at the end of our events.

We anticipate the arrival of youth at our gatherings with our eyes fixated on the door.  We anticipate their confusion or their silence when we are preparing small group discussions.  We anticipate their excitement when we announce the dates of retreats and rallies.

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Why I Love St. Paul Parish

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.

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