Hello and Welcome 2019!

Friday, January 4, 2019 Written by

Welcome 2019! My, how quickly time goes by. Christmas has come and gone, the Cathedral office is back open and we are all back hard at work. Before we go forward, let’s talk about this year’s New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day celebration!

            What was your favourite part about New Year’s this year?

A Cathedral Christmas

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Written by

Christmas is only a few days away! Can you believe it? At this time of year, it’s always wonderful to see how people prepare for the season: Christmas lights and nativity scenes have gone up; elaborately decorated Christmas trees are everywhere; and seasonal events like the Knights of Columbus Carol Festival, the Festival of Trees and the Enchanted Forest (our neighbour!) are taking place (or have taken place) around the city. Here at the Cathedral, our Advent decorations are all around, but of course Christmas decorations will be taking over soon.

As a staff, we’ve had a kind of extended Advent season as our Christmas preparations have been going on for months now and we are all very excited to be so close to the date. As our blog this week, we wanted to share with you a little about our favourites at Christmas time, how we prepare and how we celebrate the birth of Christ...

Unexpected Visitors

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Written by

“Come on baba! Let’s play unexpected visitor.” Last month, I travelled with my daughter and her husband and my favourite 3-year-old travel guide to Costa Rica. Shannon was celebrating a milestone birthday and invited me to join them on vacation. We spent five days in the rain forest near the Arnel Volcano and moved to Tamarindo on the Pacific Coast. Now, I like hot weather but 31 degrees with about 85 percent humidity kind of drains you after a while. So, we adopted the afternoon siesta and either stayed close to the pool in the complex or in the comfort of the air-conditioned condo...

Phase 12

After my first year of study in the Performing Arts Music Program in Edmonton, I decided to venture out, volunteering at St. John the Evangelist Church. One Sunday, Stewardship Ministry forms were handed out and I checked off Music Ministry. The next Sunday, the Pastoral Associate asked me if I would be interested joining the 10:00 am Sunday Choir. Without hesitation, I said “Yes”!...

Sticking to Our Model

Thursday, November 29, 2018 Written by

I remember a story about Henry Ford’s celebration of his and his wife’s golden or 50th wedding anniversary. Mr. Ford was asked by a reporter: “To what do you attribute your fifty years of successful married life?” Henry Ford smiled and answered: “The formula is the same one I used in making cars: just stick to one model.”

In Matthew 19, Jesus is asked why Moses allowed in the book of Deuteronomy the writing of a decree of divorce. Jesus, in response, brings us back to Genesis. He notes that, from the very beginning, the will and the plan of God, who created everyone, who created all things, was for us to be capable of a covenant relationship that lasts. And that is not an order. It is part of our nature, as human being; it is our model, how we were made...

God's Voice in Stillness

Thursday, November 22, 2018 Written by

I had the honour to be part of the core team for the Face to Face United conference, hosted here at the Cathedral of the Holy Family this past weekend. It was a ton of fun and I would not hesitate to say that it was huge success! With over 300 participants, amazing talks, adoration, reconciliation, and Mass on Sunday morning, I am humbled to have been part of such a holy event - an event that many will look back on and say that it was a turning point toward God and faith in their lives.

This was a fast paced weekend, with upbeat music and games intertwined with social times and hard hitting challenges from the speakers. It was clear that part of the success of these types of weekends is simply the bringing together of like-minded youth to find support and fellowship...

Tea Time

Monday, November 12, 2018 Written by

I’ve recently started trying to schedule Tea Time into my week, just spending time with my wife and kids, drinking tea and maybe eating a little snack.

The challenge is, it seems like such an utter waste of time. But on the other hand, the exact reason I want to do it is because it is such a waste of time.

The Garage for Cars

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Written by

This winter will mark a major milestone for me. If nothing goes wrong over the next few weeks, this will be the first time in about 10 years that I’ll be able to get both of my cars into the garage for the winter. Now, this pronouncement will likely generate one of 2 responses:

  1. What an idiot. Who wouldn’t have their vehicles inside and out of the elements? Or…
  2. You can put cars in the garage?

The distance between the two camps is perhaps not as large as it seems. Once upon a time I too would use my garage (mostly) for vehicles. Of course there were other things that also took up space...

In the Car

Friday, November 2, 2018 Written by

I think I pray the most when I’m driving. I pray when I go on road trips (as I leave and upon arrival), when I’m looking for parking spots (the Blessed Mother is my go to for this one), and especially when I’m… uh… frustrated with other drivers (though I really have to work hard to make sure that what I say is actually a prayer and not something else).

Of all the times I pray in my car (Balthazar), I think my favourite prayer (and the one I use the most) is my road trip prayer. This prayer was handed down from my parents; we’ve been saying it as a family for every long journey probably since before I was born. As soon as everyone was settled in their seats, cruise control was on and the city was only seen from the rear-view mirror, my Mom and Dad would turn off the radio and call us all together to pray...

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