This is not your ordinary seminarian. And this is not your ordinary rapper. And this interview turned out to be not your ordinary interview. People (especially here in this Korean American Catholic community) may not have known that our very own seminarian currently at St. John’s was a rapper in […]

Interview with Seminarian Rapper Jihoon Kim


After the success of last year‘s Stations of the Cross activity, this year we went bigger! For a long time now, one of our Sunday School teachers has been wanting to have a retreat or an activity that involved all the students, from the youngest in pre-K to those in […]

Stations of the Cross 2017


It is utterly moving, and an amazing blessing, that when you ask confirmed high school students if they want to volunteer to serve at a One Day Confirmation Retreat at a church other than our own, so many answer the call. It is a precious lesson when these teenagers who […]

Sung Sam One Day Confirmation Retreat



World class. World class homily (as always, Deacon Dennis). World class music (thank you virtuoso Henry Choi and resident ethnomusicologist Eugene Moon). World class food (you outdid yourselves, Ana Chung and sisters!). World class company (former rectora Angela Kim et al). And the testimonies? I think Fr. Eugene summed it […]

Grand Ultreya 2017


Although I already met her at morning mass on Thursday, today was the day we officially welcomed Sr. Serva to St. Joseph, as we said goodbye to Sr. Mary Agnes. I don’t really have much to say except that that’s my son giving flowers to our outgoing sister…!

Welcome Sr. Serva!


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It crossed my mind today that my life at my parish can be divided into three eras, each corresponding to one Sister. My early life there was overseen by Sr. Gemma, who taught me RCIA leading to my baptism (pictured). She was also present for the Sacrament of Matrimony with my […]

Three Sisters



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Not a team member this year, I’m afraid. It really is such an immense commitment, to attend all those preparatory meetings in Orange County, and to devote so much time and energy to this very special weekend. I am in awe of every single person who volunteers. So when my St. Joseph […]

Men’s #42 Cursillo


Talk about killing multiple birds with one stone! Firstly, my daughter was randomly assigned Santa Barbara Mission for her school project, probably the only Catholic option at her Christian school, and a great blessing! Secondly, Santa Barbara being my second favourite city in the world, I had been wanting to […]

Old Mission Santa Barbara


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For the past two years, we’ve had our Confirmation Retreats between Christmas and the new year. This year being one of those interregnum years without a Confirmation Course, we decided not only to have a retreat anyway at the usual time, but also to invite participants from outside our church. […]

St. Joseph Winter Retreat 2016




Our conference in Dallas was featured in the Korean Catholic news!

KACTS in the News


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Apologies for all the acronyms. This was a meeting of the Korean American Catholic Theological Society, gathered from all over the country at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. We were invited by Fr. Simon Kim, and each of presented our outlines for the chapter we hope to contribute to our next […]

KACTS at SMU Dallas



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So a planned intimate brunch with Fr. Eugene turned into a four hour marathon of catching up, discussing our communities, and making crazy plans for the future of our faith. I was so grateful for the time he gave to me – nobody has been a greater spiritual guide in […]

A Message from Fr. Eugene


The FIAT Board of Directors gathered for two days and one night at St. Joseph Salesian Youth Retreat Center to reflect on this past year and to plan for our 20th anniversary next year. We were joined by Fr. Matthias Kim as we spent time with our fellow servants and […]

FIAT BoD Day of Recollection


It’s becoming something of a tradition that the Kim family kicks off the proceedings at these events. This year, we didn’t have the usual fundraising bazaar. Fr. Mark wanted this to be an opportunity for the whole church to get to know each other, and so each group, each region, […]

St. Joseph Fall Festival 2016



The FIAT Foundation hosted a paint night fundraiser at Healthy Junk in Anaheim to support our non-profit and to bring the community together. We had a fun night with food, painting, and raffle prizes. This marked the first FIAT event that my entire family was able to attend, and my […]

FIAT Paint Night


What a good idea! In the first of what we hope will me many such events, this was a mini 2-day retreat for Cursillistas, to refresh our learning and to be a part of the fourth day that we are living after having attended the Cursillo Retreat. It was so […]

Cursillo Mini Retreat 2016


To celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary, my wife and I took our children to New York. In between all the shopping, eating, museums, galleries, musicals, exhibitions, we celebrated mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on 5th Avenue. We thought of our recently retired Fr. Gerry as we enjoyed the beautiful interiors […]

Mass at St. Patrick’s in New York



Just like last year, the youth ministry core team was put in charge of our summer camp, and so I again had this strange feeling not only of freedom, but also a kind of letting go, as the welfare of our church’s youth was entrusted to our counselors, and especially […]

St. Joseph Summer Camp 2016


Congratulations to all these young servants who were honoured today at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Irvine during the FIAT Awards Ceremony. There were awards given for Service Recognition, and there were Scholarships given for those about to go to college, or in college, or at the seminary. It’s […]

FIAT Awards Ceremony 2016


Just wanted to announce that from now on, there will be Eucharistic Adoration at St. Joseph one hour before every weekday mass. Our new priest Fr. Mark will also be available for confessions during this time. Personally, I feel that the time spent in Adoration helps to make Mass that much […]

Daily Eucharistic Adoration



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From the book description: Korean American Catholics are celebrating their jubilee after having been officially recognized by the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 1966. This occasion affords the flourishing Korean American Catholic community to take stock of their identity, celebrate this milestone, and prepare for the future. What does it […]

Embracing Our Inheritance


Today was Fr. Gerry’s last Sunday, and we held a small retirement party after each of the three masses, to celebrate 18 years of service and to thank Fr. Gerry for his love for our parish and community all these years. I prepared a photo slideshow of his life, including […]

Goodbye, Fr. Gerry!


Many congratulations to the 24 youth and 7 adults who were confirmed today by the Bishop! For me personally, it has been an amazing two years, serving as Confirmation Director, and watching these high school students grow more confident and demonstrative in their faith. To see them finally make the […]

Confirmation



This year was star player Nathan Lee’s last with our high school basketball team, and we wanted to go out with a bang! The group stage round robins were a good opportunity to size up our opponents. We lost to St. Thomas in the opener, although we gave them a […]

Korean American Catholic High School Basketball Tournament 2016


Today, FIAT celebrates its 19th anniversary since beginning in 1997. Guided by our Blessed mother and the hard work of hundreds, we have been able to impact the lives of thousands in the Korean American Catholic community. Thank you to all our donors, supporters and friends who believe in the […]

Happy 19th Birthday, FIAT!


Just got an email from my friend Grace over at Korean Martyrs Catholic Center in Westminster about a new program they have started for young adults. My youth ministry core team already make the one-hour-plus drive there once a month for their Adoration on the first Friday of every month, […]

Catholic Coffee Hour



The Children and Youth Faith Formation students and parents and leaders gathered today at Northridge Park for a day of mass, barbecue, sports, games, and activities. We were blessed with perfect weather, not too hot and not too windy, and the younger kids had especial fun with a piñata. For […]

CYFF Picnic


This evening all the catechists, lay ministers, youth leaders, and our DRE were treated to a fancy dinner organized by our PTA, and in particular our PTA president Margarita, and our Youth room mom Rita. We had a feast from Porto’s and even goodie bags with treats and gift cards! […]

Catechists Appreciation Dinner


A very happy birthday to Fr. Gerry! Today’s celebrations were bittersweet – happy because Fr. Gerry has been with us longer than we could ever have hoped, and it was a privilege to congratulate him – but sad because this is the very last birthday we will be celebrating at […]

Happy Birthday Fr. Gerry!



Well the publisher just sent the typeset pages of our forthcoming book, Embracing Our Inheritance: Jubilee Reflections on Korean American Catholics (1966-2016). It was an exciting moment to see the whole thing looking so beautiful, including my name on the inside cover, and the introduction I wrote (and which I […]

Final Proofs for Jubilee Book!


So excited for this year’s Leadership Training Retreat! Not only will this be my third time, but this year I will be Co-Retreat-Director and Co-MC so it’s going to be an even more special experience! In 2014 I was bowled over by the energy and beauty and, yes, practical usefulness […]

FIAT Leadership Training Retreat 2016


So today was our annual Teaching Touching Safety class, part of a program to prevent child sexual abuse and to ensure the safety of our youth. This, as always, was led by our VIRTUS certified instructor, Angela. Today’s focus was on online behaviour, specifically being careful with the information that […]

School / Employer vs Church



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This Palm Sunday, the Confirmation students and I had a very special Stations of the Cross using art that they themselves painted. For the past two weeks, Youth Leader and resident artist Eugene Moon supervised the students’ painting of each of the 14 Stations, guiding them on both technique and […]

Stations of the Cross


Many congratulations to the FIAT Foundation‘s new President Walter Jin, elected by our Board of Directors! Walter is truly an excellent choice, with amazing leadership and organizational experience. I was lucky enough to spend some time with him today and I was again so impressed with his intelligence and faith […]

New FIAT President Walter Jin


Our Church Council President has long been wanting an Adult Faith Formation program in place at St. Joseph, and we’ve recently begun a series of talks by guest speakers on the first Sunday of the month, mostly for the young parents in a group who call themselves the Fishermen. The […]

Adult Faith Formation at St. Joseph



I wasn’t asked to speak at this year’s Grand Ultreya like I was last year, but instead I had the honour of playing the cello at the mass that kicked off the proceedings. We were treated to heartfelt and moving witness talks by Sebastian Cho (get out the Kleenex!) and […]

Grand Ultreya 2016


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It’s been a few years now since I’ve been serving at the altar at Thursday morning mass at St. Joseph. There are a couple of reasons why. First, I started because I made a rather overreaching promise to attend more than one mass a week. And as usually happens in […]

Why I Serve at the Altar


The Holy Spirit truly moves in these moments where FIAT‘s group of amazing, talented, and dedicated Board of Directors gathers in order to “collect” ourselves, to “recollect” our mission, and to become a “recollection” of soldiers for Christ. Every single member of of the Board took time out of our busy […]

FIAT Board of Directors Day of Recollection



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I was recently thinking about how blessed I am, to always be in the right place at the right time. Being on the “Study Team” for the recent Men’s Cursillo, I was able to be with some candidates during some of the more moving parts of the retreat. And as […]

A Late Valentine’s: Women’s #40 Cursillo Weekend


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It was an honour to serve as a volunteer during this weekend when we welcomed twenty new brothers into our Cursillista family. It was a weekend of inspiration from Spiritual Director Fr. Eugene; calm, clear and strong leadership from Rector Joseph Yi; the best of role models (and speakers) in […]

Men’s #40 Cursillo Weekend


A few weeks ago, during mass, my daughter shot me an inquiring look during the Eucharistic prayer when Fr. Gerry asked the Lord to remember His Church spread throughout the world, “together with Francis our Pope, our Bishops José and Joseph…” It was the first time in her life that […]

Farewell Dinner for Bishop Wilkerson




This is serious. Fr. Eugene prepared a booklet with a program for three pre-Cursillo gatherings, plus the order for a Rite of Sending to Cursillo, all of which we are to do with our candidates before the actual retreat weekend. I already gave Fr. Gerry the Rite of Sending text, […]

Pre-Cursillo Gathering for Men’s #40





Just wanted to share this cute collage I made of pictures from the past three years of KCYD. Thank you to the FIAT Foundation for always having us start the new year with a bang, thank you to all the leaders who always come through each year, and thank you […]

Three Years of KCYD


Almost 400 young people gathered at Christ Cathedral in Orange County to start off the new year in the right way, at Korean American Catholic Youth Day. To reinforce Pope Francis’ message of becoming the church of mercy, in this year of mercy that began officially on December 8, 2015, […]

KCYD2016



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This was the last winter retreat before our candidates are confirmed in the spring. Once they are confirmed they will be full adult members of our community, and they will be blessed to be able to join in the mission of our church, perhaps as youth leaders themselves, or helping with […]

Confirmation Winter Retreat 2015


It’s official! I will be giving a keynote speech at the beginning of the year, at Korean American Catholic Youth Day. That’s me on the poster! I feel privileged to have been given this opportunity to share my thoughts with hundreds of high school kids, and my talk will be […]

Korean American Catholic Youth Day Keynote


We were overwhelmed by the support we received on our first ever Giving Tuesday! We gained 83 NEW donors, and raised over $10,000 to help empower the Korean American Catholic community. I especially enjoyed the final flurry of selfies that started appearing on Facebook in the evening. Here’s a little collage […]

Thank You For Your Support!



It’s the Thanksgiving season and we’re looking forward to spending the day with family with loved ones on Thursday. We may even be looking forward to getting some bargains on Black Friday. And we may even go online for some Cyber Monday deals. In the same way that Black Friday […]

Introducing FIAT Foundation Giving Tuesday


We made the front page of the Korean Catholic Newspaper The Peace Times! (We that attended the conference in Chicago, that is.) Hang on, it looks like they used the photo that was taken with my phone! Without the Instagram filter. I wonder how that happened?

The Peace Times Front Page


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Today, the Korean American Catholic priests, theologians, and scholars, and I celebrated mass at St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Mission where we were warmly welcomed by the community there, and where Fr. Simon inspired especially the younger members of the congregation by introducing us and telling them what we were here […]

Mass and Youth Group at St. Paul in Des Plaines ...



And they’re back! After presenting their inspiring papers at the March conference, our Korean American Catholic scholars, theologians, and priests went away to continue to work on them, then reconvened this weekend at DePaul University in Chicago to present their new drafts. Fr. Simon Kim’s paper traced the narrative of […]

Korean American Catholic Conference in Chicago


As you may know, Fr. Alex, FIAT’s Chairman, recently moved from St. Thomas to St. John Neumann in Irvine. Even though he is missed by the St. Thomas parishioners, we the Board of Directors at FIAT are privileged to be able to continue meeting regularly with Fr. Alex, and on […]

FIAT Board of Directors Development Day


In the spirit of bonding the Korean Ultreya reps with their English speaking counterparts, we took a day trip to San Diego together by bus. We visited the Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the first Franciscan mission in California, founded by Fr. Junípero Serra, now a Saint. We also went up to the […]

Cursillista Day Trip to Mission San Diego de Alcalá



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Another year, another bazaar, that annual fundraising event filled with items for sale, food and wine to consume, and a talent show to enjoy. A few of the highlights. The silent auction featured a couple of paintings painted by Fr. Gerry himself, which alone raised thousands of dollars. Among the […]

Church Bazaar 2015


Here’s what I really like about Facebook: it’s not just about my own interactions with people – it allows me to watch over interactions between other people (perfect for snoopers like me!). For example, I can see friendships that were made during Fortes in Fide really blossoming as they interact […]

Fellowship: Heaven on Earth


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Both the Gospels of Matthew and Luke warn against serving two masters. But last Saturday, it seems I served three masters during a day which was not atypical of my life. The early part of the day was spent at the Fortes in Fide retreat where I gave a keynote […]

Serving Three Masters



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While talking to the young adults at the Fortes in Fide retreat yesterday, it crossed my mind that there was a lot of stuff that my Confirmation Class might benefit from hearing, so today, I gave them a PG-13 version of my keynote. After I was done, there were 20 […]

An Unplanned Witness Talk


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A part of me felt bad for our young adults from St. Joseph who had probably been looking forward to a weekend far away from me, only to find that I would be there doing a keynote…! No matter, I was only there for half a day, and my talk […]

Fortes in Fide Young Adult Retreat 2015


All our church’s catechists were called up to the altar today where we were blessed. Three things moved me about this event. The first was that there were so many of us (including my wife, yay!). The second was that this happened on my actual birthday, which made it extra […]

Catechetical Sunday



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This year’s Grand Ultreya came hot on the heels of a meeting just a few weeks ago for newly elected parish representatives, and it was great to see this movement becoming more organized, hopefully so that we can reach out to younger members to be future retreat attendees. With Fr. Eugene […]

Grand Ultreya 2015


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We are embarking on a special project, where our church’s high school students will be interviewing the senior members of our church, and writing up their stories about when they first came to America, when they first came to our church, and how things have changed over the years. We […]

Fr. Simon’s Special Video Message


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After a long summer, Confirmation Class is finally back! It was great to see all the kids again, and beautiful to see how much they had bonded after their summer camp and other activities such as ice skating, all organized by our amazing youth leaders. This second and final year […]

Back to School



A few quick thoughts about the FIAT Scholarship Award Ceremony this past Saturday, July 11, 2015. It was a truly beautiful thing to see so many young servants of God gathered in one place. There was a special kind of energy brought by these Korean American Catholic youth and young […]

FIAT Awards Ceremony 2015


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Just a note I wrote to those who helped with Summer Camp. You know something? You may just have saved our Youth Group…! In the next few years, we’re going to see our group grow; we’re going to see a bond between them that not only binds them but reaches […]

A Note to Our Summer Camp Counselors


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It’s a strange feeling, leaving everybody behind at camp and driving away to spend the holiday weekend with my actual family. This is the beginning of a new era! One where camp coordinator Raymond, the youth ministry team, and all the counselors and floaters have full responsibility for our high […]

St. Joseph Summer Camp 2015



  Congratulations to St. Joseph members Raymond Yoo and Serapia Kim for being awarded FIAT Scholarships, and Carolyn Yu and Jisoo Kim for being offered FIAT Service Recognition Awards! These four from our church have exemplified the spirit of service that FIAT strives to promote, and are very deserving of recognition! […]

FIAT Scholarships and Service Recognition Awards


Another Leadership Training Retreat, another Talent Night. I must admit I was feeling the pressure a little bit, wanting to top last year’s musical parody. Last year, Frozen was all the rage, so this year I had to choose an equally popular song. Last year, I had my friend Lupe […]

FIAT LTR 2015: Reflection 2 – Thinking Out Loud


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I wasn’t sure how I could add to last year’s reflection after the retreat, so I jotted down an impressionistic string of words. Here it is. One by one they arrived in the wind and the sun Gathered their luggage and first impressions Of washed out buildings and stretched out […]

FIAT Leadership Training Retreat 2015: Reflection 1



Keep up with everything at the upcoming FIAT Leadership Training Retreat 2015 by following my Instagram, or checking out this photowall of all pictures with the hashtag #FIATLTR2015

FIAT LTR 2015 Photowall


When I was at the Cursillo weekend, I found myself at a retreat centre with 18 strangers, every single one of whom would go on to become a brother. But even among those precious fellows, there were a few who stood out, who made me think, firstly, “How on earth […]

Cursillistas Reunited at FIAT!


I’m finding out new things every day, discovering a world of support out there – it’s miraculous! It was while researching Vacation Bible Schools for my children, and being interested in sending them to the one at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, because it’s close to my house, that I […]

San Fernando Pastoral Region



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After many iterations, here finally is the design for our summer camp poster. I worked really hard to attempt a poster concept with two parts: one side advertising a summer retreat for families, and the other side advertising the youth camp. So I used this sun and moon which I split, […]

Advertising Summer Camp 2015


I was very honoured to be asked to join the Board of Directors of the FIAT Foundation, and my response was an unequivocal YES! (cf. my rule) Ever since I attended my first Korean Catholic Youth Day, I have been so impressed with FIAT’s faith, passion, influence, and professionalism. I […]

FIAT Foundation Board of Directors


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You know my rule already, right? This is the one I’d been waiting for. I’ve been wanting to help plan this retreat ever since I attended the one last year. But as we were approaching the summer, I hadn’t heard anything from Frances. Just the other day, while waiting for […]

LTR2015 Planning Team



Ah, the promo! If the 2015 Leadership Training Retreat is anywhere near as good as the 2014 one, our community’s leaders are in for a treat! The video says it better than I ever could, so check it out!

FIAT Leadership Training Retreat 2015 Promo


How moving it is to welcome your child to the Eucharistic table, to share in Jesus’s blessed meal together! And how wonderful to see these children, so serious, so excited, and so devoted, sharing this momentous occasion! My wife pointed out that she is still close with most of the […]

Our Daughter’s First Communion


When I started as Youth Ministry Coordinator, our DRE basically foisted these gentlemen upon me, telling me that she had convinced each one to apply for a youth leadership role, and had given it to whoever had applied, with not much consideration as to whether they were qualified or not. […]

St. Joseph Youth Counselors



In spite of this year having actual team jerseys (not playing in white T-shirts like last year), and having had weekly practices for months, our brave youth crashed out of the tournament in the first knockout round again. We did manage to win a game in the round robin, but […]

Korean American Catholic High School Basketball Tournament 2015


So this book came out yesterday, and I started reading it in the evening, and finished it in the early hours of the morning, it was so inspiring and so exciting. It’s a book based on the letters written by two penpal teenagers, one a well-off middle class girl in […]

I Will Always Write Back: Book Review


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There were so many interesting talks at the Korean American Catholic Forum the other day. Among them, Fr. Simon talked about how the world affects the church, and how we have to understand the world to understand the church. He talked about how the postmodern world changes by migration, and […]

Korean American Catholic Forum: Reflection 2



Coach Raymond chose the colour scheme, something about this being the same as the alternate jersey for his team (Cavaliers? I don’t know – I wasn’t really paying attention). I tried to place my dove somewhere on it, but it didn’t really work, so I made do with our church […]

High School Basketball Team Jerseys


I’ve actually had this book for a while, and even took my copy to the Korean American Catholic Forum the other day to maybe even get it signed by Fr. Simon (!) because I love it (and him!) so much, but then at the end of the forum, Fr. Simon […]

Memory and Honor by Fr. Simon: Book Review


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How exciting! In preparation for the 50th anniversary of the Korean American Catholic community next year, these theologians and scholars have been working on a publication dealing with the question of what it means to be a Korean American Catholic. Today, these amazing thinkers presented their findings to the public […]

Korean American Catholic Forum: Reflection 1



2015’s FIAT Scholarship and Service Recognition Awards are now accepting applications! This year, I am going to get together with our DRE and fellow youth leaders in our parish, and nominate those students we feel are worthy, and then encourage them to apply for these scholarships and awards. As far […]

2015 FIAT Scholarship and Service Recognition Program


Bigger, better, and faster. And I’m just talking about my own children! Yes, another day of working hard, filling bags with food to  be shipped to hungry children both near and far. One of the highlights of these days is when we actually cook some of the packets so that […]

Kids Against Hunger 2015


Brothers and sisters, please consider taking 15 minutes to take part in this anonymous survey from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to help shape a National Pastoral Plan for Asian and Pacific Island Catholics. It’s actually a pretty fun questionnaire. Link HERE.

National Survey of Asian and Pacific Island Catholics



Back to Servite High School for the second year running, to celebrate the new year with fellow Korean American Catholic Youth! This year our group got more involved, some were even part of the body worship team (we practiced the moves at the winter retreat), and they were able to […]

KCYD2015


So while I was being an absent father at KCYD, my wife and children went to Color Me Mine and made coasters. Each coaster’s picture is meant to represent that person’s personality, or likes, or whatever. I just thought it was so sweet and funny what they made for mine.

Color Me Mine Coasters


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On Sunday evening, twenty-four Confirmation Candidates and twelve youth leaders (and me) met at church for dinner with family and friends, and then left for the Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Encino. For two nights and two days, we took part in group activities, sang our hearts out, learned about […]

Confirmation Winter Retreat 2014



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One of my rules is, if Frances (Park, Executive Director of FIAT) asks, just say yes. I’ve also remarked that the FIAT Foundation has such an apt name, because “Fiat” is what the Blessed Mary replied when the angel asked her to be the mother of God – “Let it […]

KCYD2015 Planning Team


This year’s church concert was a special one. All the proceeds from the concert went towards our upcoming winter Confirmation Retreat. And we managed to raise all the money we needed for our youth to come to the Holy Spirit Retreat Center! A very special thank you to our church […]

Church Concert 2014


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Four of the Youth Counselors who work with me at St. Joseph (plus many friends) just got back from the Fortes in Fide Young Adult Retreat and had a blessed time. It’s just amazing to see these young people following Jesus’ calling and spending the time to enrich their own faith lives, […]

Fortes in Fide Young Adult Retreat 2014



We had a beautiful little ceremony during mass, with each candidate placing their pebble on the altar. They had previously written their name on their pebble of choice, and also written on the other side a gift or talent they had which they wanted to share with the church. The […]

Ritual of Beginning the Journey


As before, there was a choice of T-shirts, but this time I only showed them to the counselors, who voted for this one. I’m always conscious about how much of the church’s money we’re spending, but I’m also selective about what I think we should spend money on, and T-shirts […]

Confirmation Class T-Shirt 2014


It took a long time to get together with the leaders and to split our Confirmation candidates into four groups of roughly equal ability, intellect, personality, etc. We wanted to do this not only for our classes but also for our upcoming retreat. We had previously told students that we […]

Confirmation Class Groups



Another bit of branding. I’ve decided to go for this dove design and this deep red colour for all Confirmation Class materials. Today I put up our first posters around the church detailing important upcoming dates. I’m going to use this for binder covers, T-shirts, and even in my Keynote […]

Advertising Confirmation Class 2014


After’s last year’s minimalist design, this year I went for something completely different. Last year I only had a few pictures for inspiration. This year, I had the hundreds of photos (actually, precisely 1,269 photos)  taken during last year’s bazaar. So I went for a collage.

Advertising Church Bazaar 2014


This was our first time at this event, and it was great! Our daughter worked tirelessly, and became quite expert at cupping and pouring the right amount of rice into the packet! Our son, predictably, got tired, but became somewhat expert at sticking stickers. You can check out photos from […]

Kids Against Hunger 2014



For the talent show on the last night, I wrote a parody of Do You Wanna Build a Snowman from Frozen. Many thanks to Jenn for playing keyboards, and to Lupe for singing so beautifully! Do you wanna be a leader? Come on, let’s go and pray There’s this conference […]

FIAT LTR 2014: Reflection 2 – Do You Wanna Be ...


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In the same way that the Cursillo retreat is the ultimate retreat to re-energize your faith, the Leadership Training Retreat is the ultimate retreat for parish leaders. From the first moment Frances tells you that you are here to be recognized for your efforts, to be congratulated for your successes, […]

FIAT Leadership Training Retreat 2014: Reflection 1


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Well, we’re still in the teething stages of all this. Each team was meant to have two female athletes, but we couldn’t get any of our girls to come to the tournament venue in the morning, so we had to “borrow” some from other churches to get through the round […]

Korean American Catholic High School Basketball Tournament 2014



This year our church decided to start a scholarship program to award students who are going off to college, specifically those who have shown a high level of commitment to our community. I was honoured to be asked to be on the committee, and we met several times to decide […]

St. Joseph Scholarship Committee


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Twenty members of our parish, students, youth leaders, and chaperones, attended Korean Catholic Youth Day 2014 at Servite High School in Anaheim yesterday. In our Youth Faith Formation class today, those who attended shared their experiences and their feelings with those who weren’t able to make it, we gave thanks […]

Youth Faith Formation 11: FIAT Korean Catholic Youth Day


We’ve been spending the past month working on our Christmas Show, which will include the story of the Nativity told in song. Here is the script.   A Golden Oldies Nativity Play   ERIN will take her place center stage. FRANCIS will begin playing the piano intro to Lionel Richie […]

Youth Faith Formation 10: Golden Oldies Nativity



I just hurriedly took photos of our youth in the hallways and then put this together at home. Our church council president had told me that we were trying to open up this year’s celebrations to the general public too, and that I should encourage the youth to bring their […]

Advertising Youth Faith Formation Nativity Play 2013


Yesterday, on Saturday, November 16, many people (including our youth) gathered at our church to make food packages for poor children, and today was a good opportunity to reflect on poverty around the world and what it means to be a victim of poverty. We talked about the “Report Card […]

Youth Faith Formation 9: Poverty


Thank you to Sanctus for taking all the Youth Faith Formation out for a picnic! While at the park, lucky observers were able to witness an ancient Korean mating ritual, where a ball is placed high in a tree and the males take turns to try to retrieve the ball, […]

Youth Faith Formation Picnic



We know that one of the ten commandments commands us to have no other gods beside our God, and not to make ourselves idols or likenesses to worship. We discussed exactly how the Israelites must have felt when their leader, Moses, had been away for so long, and their God […]

Youth Faith Formation 7: Idols


Big event last night. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Korean Cursillo in Southern California, hundreds of Cursillistas gathered for an afternoon of mass and testimonials (of which I gave one in English) and an evening of musical performances by each parish. St. Joseph Korean Catholic Center performed a comic […]

Southern California Korean Cursillo 30th Anniversary


Looks like word’s got out that I dabble in logo design! Sanctus is a group of parents at our church, who started as a singing group many years ago when their children were in Sunday School and they wanted to do something together while their kids were in class. Since […]

Sanctus Logo



Here’s a great lesson idea if you’ve run out of time before your class, but you have a lot of time after the class! I like these kinds of ideas where there’s very little to prepare, but you can do your penance for your lack of foresight by making up […]

Lesson Plan: Gospel Reading Montage


Next week’s the church bazaar, and we’ve been on too much of an academic track, so this week we took the class outside and performed Luke 17:11-19 for the camera. Our students acted as lepers, and our YFF Leader Eugene Moon was our Jesus. Special mention goes to Rosa Yoo […]

Youth Faith Formation 4: Jesus and the Lepers


Today’s class was about the value of community, and where we belong in that community. We learned that every group has a purpose (the common activities or interests or needs that hold the group together), a membership (criteria that allow you to join), and leadership (which is sometimes earned, or […]

Youth Faith Formation 3: Community



Our curriculum begins in earnest next Sunday, September 29. We hope to create a special prayer, co-written by every member of Youth Faith Formation, that we can recite at the beginning of every class. So today we talked about what prayer means to us, what a prayer should be, and […]

Youth Faith Formation 2: Prayer


Today was my first ever lesson as Youth Ministry Coordinator at St. Joseph. In the lead-up to this session, I had revealed several choices for our Youth Faith Formation logo, and this image was the winner (but only just). In class, we talked about how we’re going to use technology […]

Youth Faith Formation 1: Orientation


I just began with the question, “What is the most beautiful image I have of our church?” And I remembered that we got a professional photographer once to take pictures of both the inside and outside of our church. And I found this one I liked, and enlarged the canvas, […]

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