Going off to college can be an exciting (and nervous!) adventure for both parents and their children. Their dorm or apartment will be your college student’s new home away from home. Make sure you prepare them for life on campus with these must-have Catholic essentials that will help them to practice and grow in their faith while on campus
Dads are wonderful, but shopping for them can be…not so wonderful. Choosing a gift can be tough, especially when you need a gift for a man. Luckily, we are not just shopping for men in general. We are shopping for D-A-D. ( Yes, he can never find his socks, but he gives his whole heart to […]
If you are invited to a Quinceañera celebration, a very special gift for the young lady is expected from guests. Godparents (padrinos) are usually the sponsors for the bouquet, the “last doll,” sometimes for the limousine, and even the gown—so thank God for padrinos! And boys don’t get to have such a party, so it’s good to be a girl, don’t you think?
St. Michael the Archangel is the patron saint of soldiers and battles, and he has provided protection to countless military personnel around the world. St. Michael is the angel who fought in the epic heavenly battle as recorded in Sacred Scripture; he is the leader of God’s army of angels and is responsible for having led the fight against Satan and his demons, sending them to Hell.
From time to time Mary has given certain holy saints a particular devotion to her with attached graces and promises. The devotion is meant to be spread to the whole Church. In some cases an object, or sacramental, is given to be associated with the devotion. Three very famous sacramentals given to the Church by Mary are the holy rosary, the brown scapular, and the miraculous medal.
Attention all sons, daughters, and husbands: Mother’s Day is fast approaching. But you don’t have to panic, we’ve been thinking ahead for you. We’ve lined up some great gifts your mothers are sure to love this year, making you an instant Mother’s Day hero.
To make the day a memorable one, it’s traditional to have family and friends gather for a celebration following Mass where memorable gifts and keepsakes are given to First Communicants, and often Godparents receive tokens of the special day as well.
If you’re stumped about what kinds of gifts are appropriate to celebrate such a meaningful Sacrament, here’s a list of Catholic gift ideas for your beautiful daughter, granddaughter, niece, goddaughter, cousin, or friend on her First Communion day.
Springtime is here, and in parishes across the country children are being prepared to receive their next Sacrament of Initiation into the Catholic Church—First Communion.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is the pinnacle of our sacramental life where children receive for the very first time the body, blood, soul, and divinity of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is the most precious encounter with Christ imaginable!
So, needless to say, this is a very special day, and it should be turned into an occasion for the whole family to celebrate together. Showering the First Communicant with gifts is customary, but, only certain kinds of gifts are appropriate for such a sacred occasion.
After Baptism and First Communion, the next Sacrament of initiation into the Catholic Church is Confirmation. Making this day special for a young person—with gifts and a small celebration with close family and friends—will teach them to remember and honor this day that they receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit and his seven gifts: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.
One of the ways that family members, godparents, and friends can make this day special for a teen is with religious gifts that become special mementos or keepsakes. If you’re not sure what kinds of gifts are appropriate for Confirmation, our top recommendations are listed in the video below.
The most important moments in a Catholic child’s life aren’t the little league championship or the big dance recital … they are the Sacraments they will receive initiating them into the divine life of Jesus Christ through the Catholic Church.
The Sacraments are something to honor and celebrate!
After a child’s baptism, through which they become a child of God, the next Sacrament is First Holy Communion. Making this day special for a child, with gifts and a small celebration with close family and friends, will teach a child to remember and honor this day, and teach them the reverence due to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.