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 2

Updated from 2014

A few years ago I bought Arts and Crafts for Lent, From Mardi Gras to Eastertide.  It had some great ideas for getting into the spirit of the season with children.

One craft that particularly caught my eye was the sand craft.  It basically only consists of colored sand and a bottle or container of some sort.

As I wrote a few years ago:
I bought some inexpensive plastic bottles at the craft store and some colored sand.  The Sand of course represents the dryness and the thirsting for Christ that we experience during Lent, also the wandering in the desert by the Israelites before reaching the promised land.  Each color of sand has significance.
The beige or brown sand represents the desert. Yellow for the transfiguration and light of revelation, blue for baptism and healing waters of life, green for healing and forgiveness, purple for Chris'ts kingship, red for Christ's passion and white for the lamb of God.  Each bottle turned out a little bit differently as the children filled them.

 Those bottles held up pretty well over the years.  One dropped and cracked, one is missing (I suspect one of the older boys might have taken one for their own home) and we have one left.  So I thought it would be nice for my youngest to try the craft.

There were no bottles at the local craft store and they were almost out of sand too!  But I bought an acrylic container and we filled it with sand and the hot glued it shut.

A pretty design for us to have in our Domestic Church table this lenten season!