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…

St. Francis

A little wooden statue I found at a local flower shop a few years ago, so we could have it for this feast day!

St. Francis of Assisi!

Sam in a St. Francis costume we made a few years back.

It's always a little hard to celebrate a neat feast day during the busy week! I wrote a little about how we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis back in 2007.

If you are lucky, there will be a parish near you that has a blessing of the pets.
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A beautiful blessing about how God has given us the animals to bless our lives.

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Noah holding our dog Sophie, while the good Deacon blesses her!
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This year, since our church didn't offer that, we're going to do our own blessing with Holy Water from Church  and this prayer from Catholic Online. 

Lord God King of heaven and earth, Thou the Word of the Father by whom all creatures were given us for our support: look down, we beseech Thee, on our lowliness. As Thou hast given us these animals to assist us in our labors and needs so mayest Thou in Thy great goodness and mercy bless them from above, guard and preserve them; and, while Thou givest Thy servants temporal benefits, mayest Thou grant us thy continual grace so that we may praise Thy holy name with thanksgiving. 

Translated by Most Reverend J. H. Schlarman Bishop of Peoria

and bless our Kitty too!


  1. Aww, this post made me miss my dog, Lovely. She was the gentlest dog ever. I wish she was still around...


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