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…

Festival of St. Joseph Altars

Don't forget to check out the Festival of St. Joseph Altars.

St. Joseph Altar

The kids and I put a very humble altar together. We included our little statue of the Archangel Gabriel, since he plays such a large part in St. Joseph's story.

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This is a very nice statue of St. Joseph and Baby Jesus that I purchased via e-Bay a few years ago.  Behind him is Father Lovasic's Good Saint Joseph (St. Joseph Picture Books)
 - a Catholic Classic.
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This was our attempt at the Chocolate and pretzel crown of thorns.  I had difficulty getting the chocolate to stick to the pretzels!  Nonetheless we carried on.  Although the crown was displayed on our St. Joseph altar it is now safely in the freezer awaiting Easter dinner!

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  1. Lovely, Elena! Viva San Giuseppe!

  2. This is such a sweet memento to St. Joseph! I love the caring details such as your inclusion of St. Gabriel and the fudge and pretzel Crown of Thorns. I'd never heard of a fudge and pretzel Crown, but it sure looks like an idea that will catch little imaginations and turn them Christ-ward. Maybe we'll try this for Good Friday.


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