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 favorite Lenten crafts Part 1

Over the years I have done a number of crafts with my family that have enhanced our Lenten experience.

This is one of my favorites and I first found it on Catholicparenting.com

Materials:

  • 4 c Flour
  • 1 c Salt Water (used strong tea for color).
  • Toothpicks (broken in half)
  • Combine flour and salt.
  • Mix in enough water to make a stiff clay.
  • Roll three long ropes and braid them as tightly as possible.


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Form the braid into a circle to make the wreath.


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Take a candle and make indentations for six candles in the wreath. (optional)
Stick toothpicks into the wreath in every direction to represent the thorns.


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Two Options :
1) Bake braid at 300 degrees for on hour or until dry and brown. Can bake on parchment paper. When done the thorns should be easily removed. Turn oven off and let it cool slowly to avoid cracking.
2). Let braid air dry for 24-48 hours until rock hard.

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The original instructions said to insert candles into the wreath, and then use them for prayer time.  We never did that but it sounds like a lovely idea.  Another idea was to remove one of the thorns every time one of the children performed a Lenten sacrifice.  From the Catholic parenting site.

Each time the children say a prayer, uncomplainingly perform a moritifcation or otherwise live up to the spirit of Lent, they are allowed to remove a toothpick 'thorn' from the crown. This helps them to understand how are sacrifices and good works can comfort Him. It also gives the children a very visible goal to have removed all the thorns by Easter time arrives. Without the thorns, the crown can be brightly painted and adorned with glitter and beads to make it a beautiful crown signifying our new life with Christ. Or represent the crown of the risen Christ.

Instead, we have used the wreath as a centerpiece on our table, and this year I am going to hang it on our door (the door in the living room so that people won't get poked by the protruding toothpicks! (pictures of that to come after we get it done!)


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