Writing a letter to your confirmation candidate

It seems that one of the biggest events in confirmation preparation in this country is the letters of support to be given to the confirmation candidates during their mandatory retreats.

I have three such letters saved on this blog:

Confirmation letter to my daughterConfirmation letter to my fourth sonConfirmation letter to to my third son
I've asked my children what they remember about the letter they got from me and their dad, and also what they remembered about the letters they received. 
The answer was not much, or at least nothing specific. In general they were happy to have gotten a bag full of letters and there was a sense of feeling loved and supported. I guess that's the main thing - for them to have a sense that this is an important step in their spiritual growth, and that people they know, love and respect have taken the time out of their lives to let them know that! So here are some tips on procuring and writing letters for young confirmation candidates. Start thinkin…

An idea for lent

A friend found this on her Yahoo group and e-mailed it to me!

You need toothpicks for this project.

4 cups of flour/ 1 cup of salt. Mix enough water to make a stiff
clay. Roll 3 long ropes, loosely braid them. Form braid into a
circle and stick toothpicks (which represents the thorns) loosely in
it throughout the entire crown. Bake at 350 for an hour or until it
is dry and light brown. For each sacrifice that a child (or )
makes/does he takes out a "thorn." This is a good time to explain to
the child that sin brings additional pain on Jesus' suffering and
good works can comfort Him and show
our love for Him. The goal should be to remove all "thorns" from the
crown by Easter. Once the thorns are removed, glue brightly colored
beads where the thorns once were and if you'd like paint the crown.
This makes a beautiful Easter Sunday center piece with a great story
to share with your guests.

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