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…

My Latest post on Confirmation on Catholicmom.com

Paul's confirmation with Bishop Lennon

My latest on Catholicmom.com is here. 

An excerpt:

First Communion is celebrated with new clothes, presents, and parties. in contrast, Confirmation almost seems like an afterthought. Saving it until later doesn’t seem to help keep kids in the Faith either. They are told that Confirmation is not a graduation, yet it is dangled before them as a goal to achieve after checking off all of the requirements. To them, it seems like accumulating enough credits to graduate. And what do people do after they graduate from something? They move on! Even Pope Francis calls it a “Sacrament of Farewell.

Read more of my posts on confirmation here. 

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