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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


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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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




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


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


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


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




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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


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



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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


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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


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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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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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





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



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





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


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







This was the first concert to be held in our new chapel, and we definitely benefited from the amazing acoustics and lighting! The crowd favourite was little Kevin Cho playing Chopin’s Impromptu in Ab Major, Op. 29, and Richard Hyun made a repeat appearance singing Leon Russell’s A Song For […]

Church Concert 2013


This year our church held the first concert in living memory, and it was a great success! The highlights were Mona and Chet Swiatowski playing Mozart’s Piano Sonata for four hands in Bb Major, and Richard Hyun singing You Raise Me Up, the video of which you can see above. […]

Church Concert 2011