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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 for Your Child

Sacraments of Initiation Keepsake Box

Sacraments of Initiation Keepsake Box

First Communion is an important milestone in your child’s spiritual journey. You want this event to be meaningful to your child and not just a ritual to be gone through. The trick is how to make a spiritual practice – like taking communion – as understandable as possible to a young mind. You won’t be able to explain it exhaustively, of course, but you can explain it sufficiently. Here are some suggestions to help prepare your child’s appreciation for the beauty of First Communion.

1. Fellowship
So much of human relationship happen around food. Talk to your child about how meals shared as a family or with friends and even strangers helps to forge a connection between people. This happens when we meet around the communion table too. We share a meal with fellow Christians and strengthen our family bond. But we are also sharing the meal with Christ and taking part in First Communion is a new opportunity for your child to deepen fellowship with Him. As we think on Him and His love sacrifice for us, we are drawn closer to Him.

2. Breaking of Bread
It can be helpful to point out to your child how, as humans, we eat at regular intervals. Children are capable of understanding the way their physical body needs food in order to function. You can explain communion as a scheduled spiritual meal that strengthens us to function as Christians as we remember Christ. We don’t see with our eyes how the food we eat is converted to energy, but we know it is. We can be just as certain that Communion can strengthen us in our faith as we focus on Christ and what He did for us during that time.

3. Celebration
When we speak about communion we use verbs like share and partake, but most often we celebrate. The communion meal is a feast of joy because of what has been accomplished through the sacrifice of Jesus. This meal reminds us of what has been done for us, but it is also a way to celebrate that victory. It is also a time to look forward to Christ’s return and the great supper scheduled in the future. The joyful communion time is a tiny glimpse into the tremendous promise ahead of us. Tell your child that their

First Communion is not only a time to repent from sin, but a chance to celebrate forgiveness and the many blessings forgiveness brings. First Communion is a significant event. In order to appreciate it, your child will need your help to understand the many facets of its beauty. If you are looking for gifts to celebrate a child’s First Communion, check out the gifts and cards available through The Printery House.

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How a First Communion Catholic Tradition Can Spark Your Own Faith, Again

My First Communion Frame

My First Communion Frame

Celebrating a child’s first communion is a unique milestone. There are so many details to consider – the clothing, the rehearsals, the invitations to family and friends. Through it all, how can you help keep your child’s focus on the meaning of the event?

First, make sure that you talk about each of the steps of the first communion Catholic traditions together at home, using the words and phrases your child is used to hearing. Answer questions enthusiastically, even if it means you’re repeating a few times. Talk about your own first Communion experience and what it means to you.

If you have any special keepsakes from the event, share those and talk about them. You may have a piece of keepsake jewelry, a scrap of lace or a special bible. In fact, sharing a special gift with a child at their first Communion is a tradition that continues to hold value today. As they grow, you’ll know that they will remember how nothing in life matters more than acknowledging God’s love and sacrifice and keeping their faith at the center of their choices.

Be prepared that a child may have questions about the event for weeks or months following, as new thoughts and ideas come up. This is a great opportunity to deepen your faith, together. Remind the child that Christ waits and longs for each person to come to Him, regardless of being a child or an adult.

As an adult, let the wonder of first Communion remind you that there’s something truly miraculous that stirs inside when we believe in His life and His great sacrifice for us. Let the pure faith of children remind your of your own belief, and let this event have new meaning every time you attend one of these wonderful celebrations.

If you’re looking for beautiful, unique religious greeting cards to commemorate the first communion Catholic tradition for someone special, look no further than The Printery House. The cards are designed by monks and printed on-site by the monks and artists who live and work at Conception Abbey. If it’s a special keepsake gift you’re thinking of to accompany the card, The Printery House can be your one-source as well for jewelry, books, gift crosses and so much more.

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Simple Ways to Share First Communion Catholic Preparations With Your Child

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First Communion Keepsake Box

How can you help your child realize what the First Communion Catholic process means? Present it in a way that makes sense to a child’s point of view. Be open to questions, and repeated questions. Share your joy about the process and what it means to you. Keep talking throughout the months of preparation.

Here are some insights into helping your kids grasp the meaning of First Communion:

1. Relate the connection we have to Jesus through communion to the friendships kids have with their peers. Since kids are familiar with being a friend and keeping up with friends, explain that communion means they can be a friend of Jesus, too, throughout their whole lives. Explain how special it is to have Jesus as a friend and share stories of what this looked like among the disciples.

2. Talk about how you mark important events with special celebrations. Tell them that First Communion is the best kind of party they’ll have, because it means they’ll be honoring and remembering that Jesus came to earth, lived, died and was raised again for us – what could be more of a cause for celebration than that?

3. Connect first communion Catholic traditions with eating and food. Talk about how Jesus gave up his body for us, and through his Spirit, taking the bread and wine means we can take Him into ourselves. We gain strength and are satisfied through Him – similar to how other types of food give us energy and strength. Talk about scriptures related to Jesus being the Bread of Life.

4. Share a special gift to help a child remember, think about and consider First Communion throughout the year. The Printery House, a Benedictine monastery in northwest Missouri, offers several unique gifts for children such as jewelry, keepsake boxes and wall crosses. As you share this gift with your child, share a special moment, photo or keepsake from your own First Communion to connect your experiences together as a family.

However you choose to help your child understand the significance of First Communion Catholic preparations, keep it simple and return to the conversation on different occasions. Pray for God to give you the right words for your specific child, and cherish every moment of the journey!

Find beautiful First Communion and confirmation cards made by the monks and artists at The Printery House, along with several gift selections for your children or those in your Parish family.

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