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…

Some of our favorite things to do for Lent!

These are two prints I have picked up over the years. The one on the left is the Last Supper by Leonardo DaVinci.  On the right, the Prodigal Son Returns. Both are so appropriate for Lent

I have had this calendar for many years. My mom gave it to me.  It has the bible readings for each dan and is a good way to keep track of where we are in Lent.


A calendar of activities for each day in Lent!
The sorrowful mysteries that I bought a few years ago from Catholic Heritage Curricula.

As this is the year of St. Paul, he is on the table every day, even in the midst of our Lenten centerpiece.


We've made the Lenten wreath for a couple of years now.  This year I let Izzy and her friends make it by themselves - which explains why it isn't exactly round!  But still they did a good job.  Gabe has been taking out his toothpicks dutifully although I told him I did not think he should get one simply for getting up in the morning!.


The bottles of sand was an idea inspired by the book"Arts and Crafts for Lent" by Jeanne Heiberg.  I bought some inexpensive plastic bottles at the craft store and some colored sand.  The Sand of course represents the dryness and the thirsting for Christ that we experience during Lent, also the wandering in the desert by the Israelites before reaching the promised land.  Each color of sand has significance.

The beige or brwn sand represents the desert. Yellow for the transfiguration and light of revelation, blue for baptism and healing waters of life, green for healing and forgiveness, purple for Chris'ts kingship, red for Christ's passion and white for the lamb of God.  Each bottle turned out a little bit differently as the children filled them.

I got the idea for the stations of the cross votive candles from the Just Another Day in Paradise Blog.
The candles were 57 cents each and I found the stations on the internet and had Izzy color and past them on the candles.

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