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…

Our All Hallows Eve Celebration

In the past we have had the opportunity celebrate All Saints day with an orthodox Catholic Group, usually associated with homeschooling. There wasn't anything like that available to us this year and my parish didn't have anything and I wasn't up for planning a big event like that.

Also for the past four years we had gone to a Halloween Brunch and then trick or treating at my mother's Catholic retirement home. But with Mom gone I knew that wasn't an option. I suppose I could have called to see if we would have been allowed to trick or treat, but I didn't think I was ready to walk past her apartment door yet. I'm just not ready.

So instead we invited the neighborhood kids over for a Halloween party. Izzy was very excited about this and I wanted to do my best to make her happy. I didn't do costumes, but I told the kids they could wear them if they wanted to. Some years you just have to make things more low key. I guess that was true for me this year.

Nonetheless we plunged head with our party. I tried to find a nice balance between All Saints Day and following our Catholic beliefs on the holiday and the more secular Halloween. So to that end I had our spoon saints out on the buffet and I put a few of the saints under our plastic table covering.

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Our pumpkin cake decorated with M&Ms.
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When friends showed up we carved pumpkins!
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 Then we said grace before our feast of pizza, apples and cake!
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and bobbed for apples
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The final fun feature of our party was the scary movie, and what could be scarier than a horror musical!  We watched Little Shop of Horrors
 - the kids laughed and I think I heard some of the tunes being whistled on the way to PSR this morning!

All and all I think a successful and fun evening.
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My Favorite scenes from LSOH.


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