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 Dearest Daughters

In 1958 my mother got married and moved across the country. These are the letters written to her, mainly by her mother, between 1958 and 1960, as well as other artifacts from my family's past. Others in the series are in my del.icio.us file.

When I was going through my mother's things I found this little printed program from her wedding day!

wedding program for mom and daddy

A day inSeptember 137
Printed in 1955 by the Leaflet Missal Company, I wonder if this is the same company today?

Wedding program 2

The words on page 4 are a little blurry but they say, "and if true love and an unselfish spirit of perfect sacrafice guide your every action, you can expect the greatest measure of earthly happiness that can be allotted to man in this trail of tears."   My dad apparently didn't get a copy.
A day inSeptember 139

Throughout the little missal are the English and then the Latin words - interesting to me because of how the mass is going to change BACK closer to what they were in the 1950s!!  So what is old, is new again.

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