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. Dominic


Mr. Pete sees lots of people throughout the week as he travels to schools picking up musical instruments and dropping off repairs. Many of those people know that he is a church-going Catholic. One of his customers has started bringing him statues of saints and of the Blessed Mother that he finds at sales or antique stores. This neat statue of St. Dominic is one of those finds!

We aren't always home for the feast day of this saint, but we are this year and so I have him standing patiently in the middle of the table to celebrate his feast day!

From Father Lawrence Lew, OP on Flickr:

"Our most holy Father Saint Dominic, confessor and founder of the Order of Friars Preachers. He was most illustrious, being distinguished by nobility of birth, sanctity and learning. Until death he preserved without stain his virginity and by the singular grace of his merits he raised three persons from the dead. By his preaching he curbed heresies and established many persons in a religious and godly manner of life. On August 6, his soul soared to heaven, there to receive a reward commensurate with his extraordinary works. His feast, however, is celebrated on this day [8 August], by an ordinance of Pope Paul VI".

Life of Saint Dominic
Saint Dominic

How to Pray Better with St. Dominic!

His Feast Day was moved a lot!
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