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

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

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

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

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 […]


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

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

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, […]


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

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

  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

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

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 […]


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

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

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

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