Today, my lovely wife Gail and I celebrate 15 years of marriage as we received the Sacrament of Matrimony on Saturday, July 8, 2000 at St. Paul Parish in Richmond on a beautiful and sunny day.
On our 15th wedding anniversary, here are 15 things I’ve learned about through marriage; they are all essential aspects of our union. This isn’t an exhaustive list, and some of the things might not ring true for other couples.
But these are things that I believe we hold true and dear to our hearts. Some of these things I’ve learned directly from Gail, other things more indirectly. She may have even learned a thing or two from me. And we’ve learned many of these things together as a couple.
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.
On June 29, 2013, my dear friends Krissy and Stephen got married in a beautiful celebration at St. Paul Parish in Richmond. I was blessed to co-emcee the reception that evening, and as part of the program I presented the following story about Krissy and Stephen: their meeting, the courting period, their dating, and the proposal. The following is my interpretation of what they shared with me separately – I may have taken creative license in a few parts. :p
The International House of Pancakes.
Who would have known that a quaint little restaurant in north east Richmond would be the birth place of a wonderful relationship – one full of courtship, romance, excitement, and memory loss.
This weekend was a wonderful opportunity to both look back and look ahead as I attended two amazing events (and missed a third).
On Saturday we held a 10th anniversary celebration for World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto at Good Shepherd Church in Surrey. The event was highlighted by Mass celebrated by Archbishop Michael, a barbecue and social, and informal program featuring music, videos, prayer and testimonies. It was a reunion of sorts, as I got to reconnect with old friends – some I hadn’t seen since 2002. It was great to hear numerous stories of how WYD 2002 (and the Days in the Diocese preceding it) had changed so many lives and how the event served as a catalyst for the growth of youth and young adult ministry in our archdiocese. Thus, WYD 2002 will always hold a special place in my heart, as I obtained my full-time job with the Archdiocese of Vancouver immediately after returning home from Toronto. That means it will be my 10 year anniversary as the Director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry this December.