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Celebrating a Young Girl’s First Communion

My First Communion Keepsake Album

My First Communion Keepsake Album

There are special moments in the life of a young girl which become milestones in her life. A young girl’s First Communion is definitely one of those events. The day when a young lady is accepted into the full life of the church as a participating member is memorable. As the parent or close friend of a girl receiving her first communion, there are ways you can help mark this day as the extra special occasion that it is.

Preparation
The age of a girls’ First Communion will vary but usually takes place around ages seven-nine. At that age, the Church judges that a child is able to understand the gospel and appreciate the meaning of the Communion table. Typically, there will have been a season of preparation in the form of classes at Church. Education through the church is expected to be supported and reinforced by instruction at home. Parents, friends and family can set the tone of anticipation and excitement surrounding a girl’s First Communion.  

Presentation
Young girls should understand the significance of a First Communion gown. They are being presented to the Lord as a pure and holy bride as, in fact, the Church is. Her white dress, gloves, veil and purse are not mere adornments meant to draw attention to her. They are symbols of her wholehearted desire to meet with her Lord and be His. Parents can help keep the focus in the right place.

Presents
It is not only traditional, but wholly appropriate to celebrate this important event. A family party complete with gifts helps to set apart the day as a milestone event. You will want to take plenty of pictures so that she can always look back to the day. Gifts that make excellent presents for a girl’s First Communion party include:

1. A white Catholic Bible. Giving her her very own Bible reinforces that this day marks a new chapter in her spiritual life of belonging to Christ.

2. A First Communion wall cross. There are several styles from which to choose, but a decorative cross to hang in her room will be a steady reminder to her that she is a spiritual, not only a physical, being.

3. Jewelry is a popular First Communion gift. Necklaces and bracelets adorned with the Communion chalice, host and crucifix are a perennial favorite with young ladies.

4. A keepsake box in which to place her jewelry makes a nice companion present.

5. A rosary is another perfect gift for a girl’s First Communion. This will provide a way for parents to help train their daughter in times of personal and private devotion.

6. A memory album is a great gift idea for First Communion. Just as everyone enjoys reminiscing while looking at the photos in wedding albums, the entire family will treasure the pictures and notations surrounding the day of a young girl’s first-ever participation in Holy Communion.

If a young lady in your life is preparing for her first communion, check out The Printery House. We are a Catholic gift store with a full line of First Communion gifts and cards. Making your purchase at The Printery House also helps to support our work at Conception Abbey. Shop with us to make it easy on yourself and bless the servants of the Lord all at the same time!

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First Communion Traditions to Commemorate the Day

 

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Girl With Jesus – Musical First Communion Statue

When your child is ready to take his or her First Communion it is cause for celebration. You know what an important step this is for your child and their walk of personal faith. One way to help them grasp the importance of the occasion is to incorporate a truly festive atmosphere all around this spiritual event.

Since the Bible is full of God’s ideas on how to celebrate spiritual realities, we know that creating events to mark spiritual milestones is a good and even holy idea. God is a God of endless creativity and imagination. Some of us have a harder time with creativity. Here are some great ideas for celebrating a child’s First Communion.

1. Host a party
Nothing says celebration quite like an actual party. This can be a family affair. It can include godparents. It may include other Christians with whom your family or child is close. The more adults surrounding your child in his/her life of faith, the more they will sense that they have entered into a very real Christian community. Party foods can be whatever you like, but at least a special cake or cupcakes should be included. You may order a cake or decide to bake your own.  Go online for cake ideas and recipes.

2. Start the day with a special meal
Whether or not you decide to host a party, you can start First Communion Sunday with a special breakfast. Homemade pancakes or waffles can be topped with a cross made of icing. An important-looking goblet filled with grape juice will feel special.

3. Take lots of pictures – one suitable for framing
Taking photos means this is a day worth remembering forever. Take lots of pictures. Be sure to get at least one shot that will be suitable for framing or making the centerpiece of a scrapbook page. Some parents decide to use a professional photographer.

4. Create your very own banner
Helping your child to create his/her own banner similar to the ones adorning the church will be memorable. Be sure to include symbols appropriate to the occasion – wheat (for the wafer), grapes (for the wine), a chalice and perhaps a dove (the Holy Spirit) or an Icthys (Christ) are just a few ideas. You can hang the banner at your party and later in your child’s room.

5. First Communion “First” gifts
This is a great opportunity to give your child their very own bible, rosary, cross necklace or book of prayers for the first time. These more grown-up gifts indicate that they are taking a grown-up step into their life of faith.

Whether you are looking for a photo album, book of prayers or even religious jewelry come take a look at The Printery House online gift shop. We print our very own First Communion cards and have a section of gifts devoted to this important occasion. We want to help you make this special day as memorable as possible!

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Girls’ First Communion: Best Gifts and Messages

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First Communion Olive Wood Rosary

A girl’s first communion is an important day and deserves to be treated as such. First communion is a day which marks a person’s full entry into the life of the church body. Although adults who enter the faith also celebrate first communion, most girls’ first communion will occur between the ages of seven and fourteen. Cards, gifts and even small parties are often part of what makes this day so memorable for the young believer.

First communion is offered to girls and boys who have come to understand the teachings of the gospel and church practice. It is an exciting life event and an occasion of time honored traditions and celebrations. On a girl’s first communion it is common for her to wear a white dress which symbolizes her purity.

There are many items which make ideal gifts for a girl’s first communion. Perhaps the most popular item given is the gift of a rosary. Rosary beads are given to Catholic girls on the occasion of their first communion to encourage them toward a life of prayer. The beads help to count prayers so that the person praying can concentrate on the words being spoken. Rosaries come in many styles to suit all tastes; wood, glass, and even crystal. There are a variety of designs to choose from so that you can choose one that is perfect for the girl who is celebrating her first communion.

Another popular first communion gift is the gift of a crucifix or cross necklace. Like the rosary, these necklaces come in all kinds of styles from the simple to the ornate. Cross jewelry is available in gold, silver or more rustic styles such as wood crosses on a cord.

Bibles make excellent gifts for a girl’s first communion. Gift bibles can be personalized with an embossed name on the cover. Younger girls taking their first communion might appreciate an illustrated bible with colorful pictures of special Bible stories. It can be nice to write on the front page a congratulatory note and the date in honor of the occasion.

There are so many ways to acknowledge the joy of first communion. The Printery House offers all of the above as well as keepsake boxes, keepsake albums, wall crosses and even first communion musical statues. First communion cards are also available to help you let the young lady know that you are happy for her and proud of her decision to walk in obedience to the Lord.

If you plan to attend a girl’s first communion soon, why not browse through their online catalog of cards and gifts? The Printery House makes shopping online a breeze.

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