Tuesday, May 8th – The Big Night

Dear Confirmandi,

Just 48 hours from now (less, actually), you’ll be standing in front of the Bishop…ready to leap into the next chapter of your life. I imagine you’re excited. I certainly am excited for you.

Let’s review some important details. My mobile number is 520.425.1502 if you need me for any reason.

You will arrive at 6pm. Your sponsor will be with you. You and your sponsor will proceed to the hall immediately to the north of the Cathedral. There we will do a final check-in, wardrobe check, and get your name tags.

If your family has any hope of getting a seat and a decent parking space, they’ll want to arrive at 6 pm as well. I would suggest that the seats on the south “wing” of the cathedral are probably the best ones to get, as you’ll actually have a chance to see what’s going on (if you are standing in the middle of the cathedral facing the altar, these would be the seats to the far left).

Bring your “I eat God” buttons to wear! It’s the way you’ll look different from the 8th graders….unless you want to

look like an 8th grader.

After Party at my parents’ house! My mom and dad live about 6 blocks from the Cathedral in Barrio Viejo. They  have graciously opened their home to us. There will be cake and drinks and so forth.

Directions? Here’s a map. They live at 521 Carrillo Street, just behind Carrillo School.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT HERE TO RSVP! Tell me if you are coming and how many are coming with you. We need a count. 

It’s going to be epic! Come Holy Spirit!

Published in: on May 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm  Comments (8)  

Confirmation Practice – Monday Night! (April 30th)

Dear Confirmandi,

this one came as a surprise. We have practice Monday night at the Cathedral. It starts at 6 pm and goes until 7:30.

A parent or your sponsor MUST attend with you. 

Sorry for the short notice (again)…I just found out about this one.

Mr. F

Published in: on April 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm  Comments (7)  

Change O’ Plans!

Ok, you know how we were supposed to be in the Church today, learning from Fr. Mark about the mass? Well, apparently, plans have changed. We will be in our normal classroom tonight, and we will be watching a movie (Molakai: The story of Fr. Damien) so please, bring comfy chairs and a snack to share (cookies, muffins, or drinks in pouches, such as lemonade or juice, would be welcome!)

I know this is short notice, folks. Very sorry.

-Tatiana the T.A

Published in: on April 19, 2012 at 5:50 pm  Comments (1)  

Class Session 4/12 – Materialism and Consumption

Dear Confirmandi,

We are in the normal classroom tonight at the standard time of 6:30. Our topic is “Stuff”…as in the relentless pursuit of more stuff….the lifestyle of mindless consumption that is a critical part of our modern economy. It’s also deeply contrary to a proper Catholic way of life.

Be thinking about the “stuff” you buy, or would like to buy, or that you see your friends buy. What does that “stuff” and the desire for it say about you, your family, and the larger world you live it?

See you tonight,

Mr. and Mrs. F
Published in: on April 12, 2012 at 10:05 am  Comments (2)  

Very Important – Post Your Confirmation Info Here

Dear Confirmandi,

we’re working with the St. Ambrose Confirmation Class to figure out seating charts and participation in the Confirmation Mass (you won’t be sitting with the middle schoolers, I promise).

We need to work on name tags….to that end.

Please post here your full name (First Name and Last Name….no nicknames), your confirmation Saint’s name, and the name of your sponsor.

Please do this as quickly as possible.

Thank you

Published in: on April 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm  Comments (13)  

A great representation of what we were talking about today

Dearest Confirmandi,

Sex is a tough topic…but a good one…..and one that should you engage in properly…will lead you to great joy.

Here’s a commercial that is a very clever…and very sweet..take on the topic from a British candy maker.

Keep praying for your future spouses!

-Mr F.


Published in: on March 29, 2012 at 10:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sample Confirmation Letters to the Bishop

Dear Confirmandi,

Mrs. Federoff found these examples of Confirmation letters. They could give you an good place to start



Remember, the letters are due (along with your Confirmation Saint) at our next meeting.

-Mr. F

Published in: on March 27, 2012 at 10:45 pm  Comments (4)  

XLT/ Ike Ndolo Band Concert Signup!

Who is Ike Ndolo?

The Ike Ndolo Band is from right here in Arizona. Though not by any means mainstream, they are passionately Catholic and remarkably talented. I have had the great experience of hearing them perform on two different occasions, and I am sure that it will be a great treat to hear them again.

Here’s a favorite song from the band-

Website: http://ikendoloband.com/#ece/facebookpage Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/ikendoloband

St. Ambrose has generously offered to foot the bill for tickets ($10 per person for Confirmandi) so you only need to worry about getting to the Church (St. Ambrose) around 5 pm next Tuesday. From here, we Federoffs will be willing to let others carpool with us to St. Thomas or you can follow us in your own cars.

XLT Starts at 6:00 pm. The concert begins at 7:30.

Please RSVP by Thursday night, so we can get tickets for everyone in time.

Remember, you must attend either this OR Stations of the Cross at our house on Friday the 30th. Of course, you can go to both, but you must make one.

Love to all!


Published in: on March 20, 2012 at 8:49 pm  Comments (8)  

Patron Saint Links

From Catholic.com-

What is a patron saint?
Patron saints are chosen as special protectors or guardians over areas of life. These areas can include occupations, illnesses, churches, countries, causes — anything that is important to us. The earliest records show that people and churches were named after apostles and martyrs as early as the fourth century.

Recently, the popes have named patron saints but patrons can be chosen by other individuals or groups as well. Patron saints are often chosen today because an interest, talent, or event in their lives overlaps with the special area. Angels can also be named as patron saints. A patron saint can help us when we follow the example of that saint’s life and when we ask for that saint’s intercessory prayers to God.

For example, Francis of Assisi loved nature and so he is patron of ecologists. Francis de Sales was a writer and so he is patron of journalists and writers. Clare of Assisi was named patron of television because one Christmas when she was too ill to leave her bed she saw and heard Christmas Mass — even though it was taking place miles away


Links to lists of Saints-





Published in: on March 16, 2012 at 7:55 pm  Comments (1)  

Where is class on March 15th?

Dear Confirmandi,

Continuing our theme of the Catholic “universal” Church…we are meeting at a Vietnamese Catholic Church, Our Lady of LaVang. It’s located just a few blocks south of St. Ambrose at 800 S. Tucson Blvd. We’ll be in the social hall for class, then have a tour of the church afterwards with their pastor Fr. Dominic Pham.

As always, class starts at 6:30

Published in: on March 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm  Comments (1)