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…

Some crafts for Holy Thursday

In 2011 we made this adorable craft featured on the Catholic Icing Blog. It was a lot of fun and Rosie (6 years old at the time ) in particular had a good time with it. But I put it away after Easter and when I got it out the next year it just looked kind of worse for wear. So in 2012  I decided to "ramp it up" a little bit so that I could have a craft that could last for a few more years.

I still used Lacy's Last Supper Downloads, which are available for free on her site. Izzy (who was 13) colored them with magic markers and then cut them out. Then we glued them to a heavier Foam-Sheets. We cut the foam then to match the form of each apostle.

When the apostles and Jesus were all colored and cut out, I had Rosie color the table wear.

I also used that heavy craft foam to cover the table that Mr. Pete then graciously cut and put together. This gave the piece some weight and was more stable than the egg cartons suggested in the original instructions. That was important because I want to be able to save and use this piece for years to come.
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This piece is gracing our built in buffet in the dining room this weekend. I also think that this would be a good craft to do for a First Communion centerpiece.

Here are our results -

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Lacy also supplies the names for the apostles so we  wrote them on the back.

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Now you can imagine that since this craft is four years old and has been stored in a closet when not in use, it gets a little beat up.  So this year I also reinforced the figures that had started to bend forward, with craft sticks hot glued to the back.

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Rosie is 10 this year, and she has been making peg saints for a while now.  She had already created a few of the apostles, but this year she set about making the rest of them so that I would have all 12 apostles ready for tonight.  She painted each one by hand and included the symbol for each one on the figure.

For example, here is Judas holding his sack of silver.

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She researched each saint on the internet and tried to be true to the figures she saw there - although St. Simon is based more on the character from Jesus Christ Superstar!

One thing for certain, she will never forget who the original 12 apostles were!