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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…

My Daily Domestic Clips 10/01/2010 (p.m.)

  • sigh... it's all so confusing.

    tags: breastcancer

    • The research, published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine, is the
      latest to show that the benefits of mammography are limited.


      "It's not the great lifesaver that people think it is. It's not a magic
      bullet," said Georgetown University researcher Dr. Jeanne Mandelblatt who was
      not involved in the study.


      Mandelblatt headed six teams that helped shape the new mammogram guidelines
      issued last year by an influential government task force. The U.S. Preventive
      Services Task Force concluded that women at average risk for breast cancer don't
      need mammograms in their 40s and should get one just every two years starting at
      50.


      The World Health Organization estimates that mammograms reduce the breast
      cancer death rate by 25 percent in women over 50. Other groups put the figure at
      15 to 23 percent.

    • Among women in the screening group, the breast cancer death rate declined by
      7.2 deaths per 100,000 people compared with women in the decade before the
      screening program started. The death rate in the non-screening group fell by 4.8
      deaths per 100,000 people compared with its historical counterpart.


      That means that mammography reduced mortality by only 2.4 deaths per 100,000
      people – a third of the total risk of death.


      A second part of the study bore this out: Women over 70, who weren't eligible
      for screening, had an 8 percent lower risk of dying from breast cancer compared
      to the previous decade, pointing to the benefit of better care.


      The study was funded by the Cancer Registry of Norway and the Research
      Council of Norway. It was led by Dr. Mette Kalager of Oslo University Hospital
      with collaboration from Harvard University and the Dana-Farber Cancer
      Institute.


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