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…

Decorating for All Saints Day -Preparing for All Saints Day Part 3

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My 12-year-old daughter, Rosie, paints little peg saints all year long, usually on their feast days, but occasionally when she reads about one that intrigues her, or when I tell her I would like a peg-statue of one saint in particular.

Since she's been doing this for a number of years now, I have quite a lot of these little peg saints, and we put them all on display for the great feast day of All Saints!

Happy all saints day.

Happy All Saints Day!

I also use cards from a collection called Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives. to display underneath my clear plastic table cloth. Old holy cards or other pictures you can find and save also work very well.



For us I put them on the table cloth and cover them with a plastic covering, that way the kids can talk about them during meals. I also put up some of the children's other holiday art including pumpkins and spiders!

All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day and All Souls Day are a wonderful Christian time of the year. With a little thought and creativity it can make wonderful memories for families and provide our children with more education about their Catholic faith and Christian heritage as well as deepening their faith.

 october 2009 and old halloween pictures 106

Other Links:
Women for Faith and Family.
A great article by Scott Richert here.

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