Blessings to you and Merry Christmas! It was a great year for our family, filled with many blessings. Ironically, two of the highlights happened during the same time while Gail and I were apart: our 15th wedding anniversary and a family trip to the Philippines (more on that later).
Thus, enjoy our 14th annual Christmas letter, complete with personal highlights (and lowlights), what we’re thankful for, what we’re looking forward to next year, and what you can pray for!
Highlights: receiving my First Communion in May, having Mom as my teacher, swimming in the Philippines, baking with Mom, and getting better at gymnastics
Lowlight: the heat in the Philippines
Thankful for: my parents and my brothers because they take really good care of me, food, toys
Looking forward to 2016: becoming a gymnastics expert
Here’s the official promo video for Spirit Day 2015 – the largest annual Catholic youth rally in BC.
Spirit Day is the annual event for grade 7 students of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, presented by the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office. It will be held on November 7 and 8 at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium in Surrey.
The theme for this year’s event is “Worthy”. Each of us is respectfully and wonderfully made. At Spirit Day, we’ll explore how we are created in the image and likeness of God; we are worthy because He is worthy.
Spirit Day will feature APeX Ministries as the Keynote Speakers, and WAL (formerly known as the Jacob and Matthew Band) leading music.
“Shine Your Light” written and performed by WAL, courtesy of World Library Publications, wlpmusic.com. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Last Friday night, I had the opportunity to address 150 of our Spirit Day volunteers at their orientation prior to the big event on Saturday and Sunday. The majority of these volunteers were in grades 10, 11, and 12.
“How many of you went to Spirit Day as a grade 7 student?” I asked.
I’d guess that 75% – 80% of the students raised their hands.
I continued, “So why are you volunteering this weekend?”
“To give back,” one student replied.
“So the grade 7s can experience the same joy that I did when I attended,” answered another.
Here’s the official promo video for Spirit Day 2014 – the largest annual Catholic youth rally in BC.
Spirit Day is the annual event for grade 7 students of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, presented by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. It will be held on November 8 and 9 at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium in Surrey.
The theme for this year’s event is “God’s Building”. Each of us is God’s building with Jesus Christ as the foundation and cornerstone. At Spirit Day, we’ll be exploring how God’s spirit lives within us and how God is building us up to be strong witnesses of our faith.
Spirit Day will feature APeX Ministries as the Keynote Speakers, and the Jacob and Matthew Band leading music.
“Your Love” written and performed by the Jacob and Matthew Band, courtesy of World Library Publications, wlpmusic.com. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Everyone knows that I am a big fan of Archbishop Michael. Ever since he arrived the Archdiocese of Vancouver back in 2007 (first as Coadjutor Archbishop to Archbishop Roussin), I have admired his leadership, courage, and vision.
It wasn’t the smoothest of starts for us – I believe that he was trying to figure out just exactly who he inherited as his “Youth Guy” whereas I was pretty much intimidated by him from the get-go. Over the years, especially as we spent more time with each other, we start to feel more comfortable together and we engaged in some pretty memorable exchanges (as I detailed in my blog from a couple of years ago).
Awkward exchanges aside, I never had any doubt that he was a strong advocate for me, for our office, and most importantly, for the youth and young adults of our archdiocese. His presence at all of our events and his support (both directly and indirectly) is noticed and appreciated.