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…

Feast of St. Joachim and St. Ann


Our Lady with her Parents


Remember your grandparents on the Feast of St. Joachim and St. Anne! The REAL Grandparents DAY!



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The Story of St. Joachim and St. Ann first appears in the apocryphal Gospel of James.  It tells the story of Joachim and Anne's sorrow at being childless, the happy birth of their daughter Mary, and her childhood in the temple starting at the age of 3. 


From Mary Reed Newland's "The Year and Our Children"

St. Anne is the patroness of old clothes dealers, seamstresses, laceworkers, housekeepers, carpenters, turners, cabinetmakers, stablemen, and broom makers, and she is invoked against poverty and to find lost objects. Although the martyrology doesn't say so, she must be the patroness of Grandmothers, and we love her for that because we could never get along without our grandmothers. The children love to recall that if she was still there when the Christ Child learned to talk, He called her Grandmother. The nicest of her symbols we think is a cradle with the infant Virgin Mary in it.

St. Anne Frankfort Michigan
When my mom passed on, one of the first purchases I made with some of the money mom left me was this statue of St. Anne and her daughter Mary.



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I love it for a number of reasons - it is a good reminder that even Mary needed some loving guidance from her mother, it reminds me to provide loving guidance to my own children especially my daughters, and it is a nice reminder of what my mother did all her life for me and my sister and then later as a grandmother to all of her grandchildren.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

St. Anne Links on Diigo.

See the series about St. Anne on the Under Her Starry Mantle Blog. 
Equipping Catholic Families














Via Catholic Cuisine   - Green and red are the colors for St. Anne - Red for love and green for new life and comfort.

Follow Elena LaVictoire's board st. anne on Pinterest.






St. Ann Mother's Rosary Bracelet

Sterling Silver St. Ann Pendant
St. Anne with Mary (Matted w/ Dark Ornate Frame)




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