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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…

Feast of St. Francis


Sam in a St. Francis costume we made a few years back.

It's always a little hard to celebrate a neat feast day during the busy week! I wrote a little about how we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis back in 2007.

My parish nowadays is very open to helping us celebrate feasts and in honor of St. Francis, our Deacon blessed the pets this past Sunday. A day inSeptember 287

It was a beautiful blessing about how God has given us the animals to bless our lives. However, it was a little hard to hear it all due to the wind and the whines, whimpers and protests of our canine friends.

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Noah holding our dog Sophie, while the good Deacon blesses her!
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