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…

7-Quick Takes

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1.  Back in 2007  Izzy won a ribbon in the Cross Country Championships.  They only gave out ribbons for the first 15 runners and she won - 15th place.  Mr. Pete and I were thrilled to bits and looked forward to 6 more years of cross country success with CYO!


2.  And while Izzy did indeed run with the team and go to all the practices - her heart just really wasn't in it.

Izzy to the finish line

Hudson championships CYO 177
elms November 8, 2009 cross country 137

and her 15th place ribbon in 3rd grade was the last such ribbon she ever won.  More and more  kids started running CYO cross country, and she started to slip into the middle of the pack.

Then last year they combined the southern part of the diocese with the north, and the meets started consisting of hundreds of kids, and I think Izzy just gave up.

Izzy cross country 2010

3.  So last week was her very last race ever with CYO and her CYO family.
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and her coach just wanted her to go out there and do the very best job that she could.

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4.  And she did.  She didn't win any ribbons or accolades, but she ran solid and got one of her better times.
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5.  And the next day at our Cross Country Banquet - her name was on the cake with the other runners from our parish - a nice reward for at least being part of this sport for the past six years.

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6.  The boys and I finished the Scarlet Letter last week and so I let them watch two of the films.

This one was pretty close to the book (aside from some added characters who were put in for some comic relief.)

As opposed to this one which was "freely" adapted from the book - it was a different story altogether!

7.  One of my more liberal friends wrote something I had suspected all along about how a Catholic can vote for President Obama:

Whenever I have voted I have always believed in separation of church and state. In choosing to vote I leave my moral values outside of the voting booth.! 

Not sure where Jesus ever taught that but whatever...

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  1. I guess your liberal friend has decided NOT to put God first. Awful! Interesting portrayals of the Scarlet Letter.

  2. Yea - I really think I need to stay off of Facebook until after the election. I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to look at some of these folks after it's all over.

  3. Ian't that, basically, what Joe Biden said in the debate? Ryan was silent for a second. I think he could not believe what Biden had said.


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