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…

Preparing for St. Patrick's Day



Sts. Joseph and Patrick

Many people don't seem to understand that St. Patrick was really British!- born and raised in Britain around 460 AD, kidnapped by raiders at the age of 16 and then taken to Ireland. There Patrick worked as a slave, tending the sheep for his master and spending many lonely days thinking about God and missing his family.

After six years he was told in a dream that a boat was ready to take him home.  Patrick simply left his position and walked to the coast, found the boat and returned to Britain.  But it wasn't long before Patrick had another dream encouraging him to return to Ireland and to spread the Gospel to the people there.

After reuniting with his family, Patrick went to Auxerre, France where he studied and entered the priesthood under the guidance of the missionary St. Germain. In 431, Pope St. Celestine I consecrated St. Patrick Bishop of the Irish, and sent him to Ireland to spread "The Good News," or Christian Gospel, to the Pagans there.

St Patrick expels the snakes
Father Lawrence Lew via Flickr licensed by CC. 

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
Happy St. Patrick's day from the grand daughters and great grand of Virginia Mcguirk!


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Here are some pictures of crafts and goodies we have done in years past.

From 2007
and these delightful cookies and saint. 

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St. Patrick drivin the snakes from Ireland


St. Patrick's Day Cookies


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and cupcakes!

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Decorating with books!
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St. Patrick Cupcakes
St. Patrick - History
St. Patrick Doll
St. Patrick Film
St. Patrick's Day Craft from Karen'ts Adventures in Mommyland
St. Patrick's Day - Cottage Blessings. 
St. Patrick's Day Crafts
St. Patrick's Day Books and Crafts
Shower of Roses St. Patrick's Day



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Decorating our Chandelier with shamrocks and gold coins!





A few years ago, the girls did a little craft for St. Patrick's Day.  They took this craft and this craft and came up with these!

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Sometimes, you can have a low-key approach to celebrating the holidays - and that's the approach we took to St. Patrick's Day last year.   St. Joseph and St. Patrick share the table centerpiece!

Sts. Joseph and Patrick

Rosie updated her Peg Saints for St. Joseph and St. Patrick
Rosie' s peg saints of Sts. Patrick and Joseph.
The granddaughters and great granddaughter of Virginia McGuirk enjoyed shamrock shakes to celebrate St. Paddy's Day!

Virginia Mcguirk's granddaughters and great granddaughter drinking their shamrock shakes on st.  Patrick's day!




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