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…

Scenes from an Easter

The Easter Season is always a very busy and full time for church musicians. In years past I have had to play for Palm Sunday mass, and then go directly to a rehearsal for the Easter Vigil and then pay for Holy Thursday and Good Friday.

Since they've changed the musical focus in our parish, I no longer have to do that (although I did play for a solid 10 minutes without any other instrumental support on Good Friday); however,  the kids sang in the choir for Holy Thursday, the Easter Vigil and Easter morning, and Mr. Pete sang for the late mass - so the family was quite occupied that way!

But we did have a few other Eastery things to do.

We decorated out at the cemetery. Any Catholic who follows the Divine Office I think will probably have a keen connection to the cemetery because the focus of the prayers are towards our eventual death in this life, salvation in the next and resurrection with Christ. So it seems appropriate to visit my loved ones in the cemetery.

We started with the baby's grave.
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Then we decorated the bushes near the angel at baby land. We've been doing that for about 10 years as a way to spread good Easter cheer to the other parents that might be visiting their babies during the Easter season. If are looking from the express way, you can see the little splotches of color on our decorated Easter egg bushes!
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Then we put some simple things near Mama's niche.

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You can't really see it but we hung a butterfly ornament. The orange thing is a whirling plastic tulip that moves when the breeze blows - mom would have liked that.

Then the girls colored eggs.

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and we made pies to take to my sister's house!

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And then we ate a feast with our loved ones! and the young ones played together.
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My sister and her new husband are still in their honeymoon phase.
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And after a long day of singing, praying, decorating, eating and sharing, we came home and got ready to just live in the Easter Season.

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  1. Your girls are getting so big! I can hardly believe my older daughter is off to college in the fall.

  2. I'm grateful you always take pictures. :)

  3. I can't believe it either Ruth! I remember posting about our little kids over on the AOL Religious Experiences board.

  4. We missed you Mallory! Hope you had a n nice Easter.


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