Blog

Pokémon Go and Church?

We live across the street from an Anglican church. Over the last week, I’ve noticed that it has become a gathering ground for groups of people, particularly young people. They didn’t seem to be going into the church, just simply congregating outside. I was really curious, and

Kindness, With a Twist of Lemonade

After several days of sun, we got a real scorcher here in BC. The temperature was up, shorts were on, and mouths were parched – perfect for a lemonade stand. All 6 of my kids were gung-ho to get the makeshift table out, the lemons squeezed, and

When I'm at a Loss for Words: The Rosary

The conversation started with my friend’s five-year-old daughter directing where the cutlery goes on the table. He added, “She also leads our family in the nightly rosary.” Before long, the joke turned into a real conversation about prayer and devotion. My friend, after admitting that he was

Feast of St. John Fisher (and St. Thomas More)

Each year, CCO in Kingston hosts a fundraising event known as the St. John Fisher Dinner. Queen’s University chaplain, Fr. Raymond de Souza (an alumnus of Cambridge where St. John Fisher was chancellor), encouraged the patronage due to the saint’s relevance to university life, his courageous faith,

St. Aloysius Gonzaga: Patron of All Students

St. Aloysius Gonzaga was declared Patron of All Students in 1729, just over a century after he died, and stands as a great inspiration for all of us. He was exemplary in his studies, in pursuing the missionary life, and in serving the sick and poor. He

SINE Program Exceeds Expectations of Local Leader

Kevin Sampson is a CCO supporter and participant in the Ottawa-based Summer Institute in the New Evangelization (SINE), an innovative course offered through a partnership between CCO, Mission of the Redeemer Ministries and St. Paul’s University since 2014. Like most participants, Kevin Sampson had loads of great

Want to Know the Best Decision of My Life?

My interest to work as a missionary happened when I went on a mission trip with CCO to World Youth Day (WYD) in Brazil in 2014. It wasn’t the first time I felt a pull towards evangelization – that had already come from being connected with CCO

Darth Vader and the Big Picture

The Darth Vader lenticular puzzle boasts of a mere 100 pieces of packaged frustration, and each time one of my kids brings it out I begin to perspire just a little. While marriage, parenthood, and choosing a career are among the greatest challenges in life, completing a

Why Giving Up 30 Minutes of Sleep is a Great Idea

On most days, my alarm clock is my son Joseph. I scramble out of bed, throw on some crumpled clothes I found on the floor, and chuck any un-baby safe items in the never ending pile in our closet. On days like this – which let’s be

Church's Mission Calls for Heroes

I grew up loving the stories of heroes. Larger than life characters like Spider-Man, Superman, and Luke Skywalker showed me that through dedication and hard work, anyone could do the right thing and become a hero. My Catholic family showed me that Jesus Christ was a great