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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 11/06/2010 (a.m.)

  • tags: currentevents

    • Shortly after he arrived in Detroit in 1990, Maida was invited by
      the baseball team to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Tiger Stadium.


      The archdiocese, which oversees 1.3 million Catholics, said in a
      statement released today:

      "The story is told that Sparky Anderson became
      interested in Catholicism when playing on a farm team for the Los Angeles
      Dodgers. He started going to Sunday Mass in Texas with some of his teammates.
      Later, when Sparky played for the Philadelphia Phillies, he befriended a priest
      in Pennsylvania who worked with him to become a baptized Catholic."

      The
      Rev. Don Worthy, a retired priest of the Detroit archdiocese, said that Anderson
      "led by the power of good example."

      Maida and Worthy noted that Anderson
      helped children, in particular "through his pediatric charity know as CATCH
      (Caring Athletes Team for Children's and Henry Ford Hospital)."

      "His
      world was more than baseball," Cardinal Maida said. "I pray that he is now at
      peace with the Lord."
      May his soul and the souls of all the faithful
      departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

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