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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…

Nativity of Mary

Mary's birthday is celebrated exactly 9 months after the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Mary's Birthday is one of only three that we celebrate during the liturgical year, the other two being John the Baptist and of course Jesus!

The story of Mary's birth is somewhat familiar.  Joachim and Anne were two holy people, married for many years without being able to conceive a child.  But by remaining faithful to the Lord, they were rewarded by finally conceiving a child- the little girl who would become the Blessed Mother.  The story goes that the Angel Gabriel appeared both to Joachim and Anne separately, telling them the good news that they were pregnant, and when Joachim and Anne found each other to share the news they each already knew!!


Usually for Marian Feast Days the kids and I make a "white dinner." Everything is white in honor of Mary.

White chilli  is a nice meal to make this time of year when soccer and cross country and all of the other activities are going in full swing.  Just pop the chicken and spices in the crock pot and go!   Of course a lovely white cake for desert is a natural!

For the past couple of years we have decorated with homemade foil stars, 12 of them, hung around our statue of the Blessed Mother. This statue is one from my family home. I remember it in my grandmother's house when I was growing up and then I got it after my mom passed last year. I'm glad my children are going to grow up with her.


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Angel holding a Happy Birthday Sign on Mary's cake.

Izzy made this cake last year before her cake class!

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This year's cake:
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Last year we invited a family of six little girls over to the house to celebrate! We read Mary My Mother (by Fathe Lawrence Lovasik. We read about traditions in the world today in Catholic Traditions In The Home And Classrooms: 365 Days To Celebrate A Catholic Year.  For example, in France this is the day for harvesting the best grapes and bringing them to church.  This is also the start of the "bringing down" in the Alps, as ranchers bring their herds down from the summer pastures for safe keeping in the winter. We found France and the Alps on our world map!
The guests!


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But this year is a little different than last year or even  the year before!  because today my sister is getting married again.  What a nice day to get married - on a beautiful Marian Feast Day!





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  1. Do you remember Tami from the old board? She does bereavement counseling for newborns? http://lifeandloss.wordpress.com/
    Her husband passed last night. Could you keep her in your prayers?

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  2. I don't remember her, but sure, I'll pray for her.

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