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…

Catholic Homeschooling Resources

I've been meaning to put up homeschooling resources and now I have a reason to get on it - I am presenting an Introduction to Homeschooling Event for our homeschool group on June 2 and in preparing a handout, I also got this blog post ready!  This will be permanently available in the pages section at the top of the blog.  I'll also be adding some things for high school and more in depth curriculum as time goes on so please check back frequently. 

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Ohio Law

The Church has always affirmed the primary right and duty of parents to educate their children. The new Catechism of the Catholic Church 
(1994) makes the following statements: 
• #2221 The right and the duty of parents to educate their 
children is primordial and inalienable. 
• #2223 Parents have the first responsibility for the 
education of their children. 
• #2225 Through the sacrament of marriage, parents 
receive the responsibility and privilege of evangelizing 
their children. 
• #2229 As those first responsible for the education of 
their children, parents have the right to choose a school 
for them which corresponds to their own convictions. 
This right is fundamental. 

The Charter Rights of the Family issued by the Vatican in 1983 
makes this statement: “Since they have conferred life on their children, 
parents have the original, primary and inalienable right to educate

Susan Bauer
“The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home” ISBN-10: 0393067084 ISBN-13: 978-0393067088

Mary Kay Clark
“Catholic Home Schooling” ISBN-10: 0895554941
ISBN-13: 978-0895554949

Cathy Duffy
“Christian Home Educators' Curriculum Manual : Elementary Grades” ISBN-10: 0929320131 ISBN-13: 978-0929320137

“100 Top Picks For Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Educational Philosophy for Your Child's Learning Style” ISBN-10: 0805431381
ISBN-13: 978-0805431384 

Elizabeth Foss
“Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home”
ISBN-10: 0971889511 ISBN-13: 978-0971889514

Kimberly Hahn, Mary Hasson
“Catholic Education: Homeward Bound - Useful Guide to Catholic Home Schooling”
ISBN-10: 0898705665 ISBN-13: 978-0898705669

Holly Pierot
“A Mother's Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul”
ISBN-10: 1928832415 ISBN-13: 978-1928832416

Mary Pride
Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling 
ISBN-10: 0736909184 ISBN-13: 978-0736909181

The Big Book of Home Learning : Getting Started: Introduces All Major Home School Methods & Answers Your Most Frequently Asked Questions
ISBN-10: 0740300067 ISBN-13: 978-07403


The Big Book of Home Learning : Preschool and Elementary (vol. 2) ISBN-10: 0740300075
ISBN-13: 978-0740300073

Maureen Whittman, Rachel Mackson
“Catholic Homeschool Companion” ISBN-10: 1933184167
ISBN-13: 978-1933184166

Where to buy homeschooling books and curricula?


Catholic Heritage Curricula

Classical Academic Press

Emmanuel Books

Rainbow Resources

Sacred Heart Books and Gifts

Free Resources on the Web:
4Real Learning Homeschool Forum

Donna Young Printables and Resources

Catholic Curriculum Providers:
Kolbe Academy Home Study

Mater Amabilis

Mother of Divine Grace 

Our Lady of the Rosary School

Regina Coeli 

Seton Home Study School

St. Thomas Aquinas Academy

Special Needs:
Dr. Karen Holinga The Reading Doc

Dianne Craft

NATHHAN Christian parents homeschooling special needs children. 

Christian Home Educators of Ohio

Immaculate Heart of Mary Conferences

Ultimate Homeschool Expo

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