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…

A little stress and a graduation

With all the other stuff I've organized for my homeschool group this year, I wanted to give myself a bit of a break for Sam's graduation. Earlier in the year I knew that our state homeschool group association would be having a nice ceremony at the convetion center. It required filling out an application and having the graduate write a letter about what homeschooling has meant to him and about his relationship with the Lord. As soon as I saw the writing requirement I knew my quest for a simple graduation was in peril - Sam is simply not a writer and with his College Plus work to do and Pre-Calc course to prepare for he just never wrote the paper.

Which brought me to my second choice -having our homeschool group put on a graduation. Our group has done this for the last five plus years, so it wasn't the impossible dream, and when I put out feelers I got a lot of responses of "I'll help" so we were able to put a nice committee together and graduation will be this evening.

The decision was made to have the graduation at my parish so I organized the mass and the reception.   Sam has sung with the parish choir for four years now, so they are singing for the graduation. Our 30-something year old associate pastor is saying the mass (and he just spent a weekend with the youth at Franciscan University for the youth conference - so I appreciate this extra effort!), Sam's guitar teacher is playing a prelude, Mr. Pete is cantoring, Noah is serving - it's a real family effort.

Still it's a little more stressful than just showing up at the graduation and sitting through it.  I have to run the rehearsal at 6 (which I guess I'm sort of uniquely qualified to do since I run all those wedding rehearsals!) and I have to give a short tribute before we give Sam his diploma.

But I'm trying not to get caught up in that.  Between this morning and tonight I have to finish baking cookies for the reception, take the kids to their first swim lesson, wait for the algebra tutor to work with Gabe... life life.  And try to live the moment, and remember, remember, remember that these moments are making up the fabric of my life.

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