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…

Too Busy to Blog

Gabe is going to be confirmed next Friday but he will be attending the first ever confirmation retreat this weekend. My older sons also attended a confirmation retreat but they were bused somewhere else for it. This year our parish decided to do its own retreat and I think it will be a good experience for them.

The senior high students are going to be very present to the confirmation kids, and will be a great help to the adults as well.

So tonight I take Gabe and Sam over to church to unpack their drum set and guitar. When the kids arrive an hour later they are going to have a mini Festival of Praise before they get settled in for the evening. Mr. Pete is going to be one of the adults staying the night to chaperone.

I was going to help out for the Saturday morning part of the retreat but yesterday afternoon, I got a call from the youth minister that changed my plans. Apparently a sister was coming to speak to the girls but she is unable to make it, so they have a 45 minute block of time to fill and no speaker. So at the youth minister's request I'm going to fill that block of time. Very roughly I'm supposed to talk about confirmation, respect for yourself, discerning vocation etc. I tossed and turned a little bit about how to make this gel altogether but when I woke up I had a few ideas.

I decided to make my talk a sort of Teenage Girl's Rule of life which I am loosly basing on St. Benedict's Rule of life and of course the more familiar to me A Mother's Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul

I was thinking the priorities for young ladies in this stage of life should include, prayer, scripture, taking care of the body (temple of the holy spirit), study, service, family and obedience to parents. The body part will include purity and modesty and study and service will include discerning a vocation.

It's a 45 minute talk and I was going to use the first couple of minutes for my mini witness just so the kids know a bit about who is addressing them and then dive in to the topic more. But I guess thinking about this is going to take most of my free time today and tomorrow morning. Any prayers or suggestions would be humbly accepted!

Any thoughts?

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