We Have Our Winners! 8th Annual First Communion Photo Contest Results

2015 First Communion Photo Contest Finalists at The Catholic Company

Thank you to EVERYONE who submitted one of the 179 photos to our 8th Annual First Communion Photo Contest. We know we truly enjoyed seeing photos of our newest members to Eucharistic Communion on their special day, and we’re sure all our Facebook followers did too. We love sharing and celebrating our Catholic faith with all of you! ‪

11 Rules for Latinos to Keep You & Your Kids Rooted in the Catholic Faith

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While most Latinos are raised Catholic as children, fewer and fewer of them are staying Catholic as adults, or raising their kids Catholic – even though the Catholic faith remains the dominant religion among Latinos. This is why a strong sacramental practice and a deep prayer life are necessary tools to keep yourself close to Christ and the Church he founded. As parents, you need to guide your child’s steps too. You might not know everything, but when you teach, you learn, too. So, let’s get familiar with these practical rules to help you and your child stay rooted in the Catholic Faith:

30 Inspirational Saint Quotes for Confirmation

30 Inspirational Saint Quotes for Confirmation

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the 5 Spiritual Effects of Confirmation establishes us more deeply in our relationship to God as his children, unites us more closely to Jesus Christ, pours out the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit into our soul, strengthens our bond with the Catholic Church, and gives us the power we need to be true soldiers of Christ through living, sharing, and defending our Faith.

In light of these remarkable gifts bestowed on us through this special sacrament of the Holy Spirit, here are 30 quotes from the saints to help those being Confirmed to be strengthened in their Catholic faith and to live it out fully with love and joy.

The 5 Spiritual Effects of the Sacrament of Confirmation

Sacrament of Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of initiation into the Catholic Church (together with Baptism and Holy Communion). This special anointing done by the bishop or priest has the effect of increasing and deepening the grace of God given to us at our baptismal; while baptism removes from our souls from the stain of original sin, confirmation pours into our souls the power of the Holy Spirit – just like the Apostles received at Pentecost.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1303) below are the five real spiritual effects that happen to Christians through the Sacrament of Confirmation.

9 Practical Tips to Help You Stay Focused at Mass

9 Tips to Curb Distractions at Mass

Let’s face it, keeping distractions at bay during Mass is a difficult task for just about everyone.

We’re human. We live in a fast-paced world. We have so many things bouncing around in our minds that we bring into Mass, not including the distractions we’re bombarded with after we find our seat in the pew. And if we have little ones – multiply that by ten.

It takes an almost heroic amount of effort to keep our minds from wandering away from the most important thing happening in our world in that moment—Jesus Christ coming to us in the flesh.

But, nevertheless, it is possible to at least limit some of our distractions at Mass with these simple yet practical tips:

First Holy Communion Gift Guide – Printable PDF

First Communion Gift Guide PDF

It’s that time of year again – First Holy Communion season!

First Holy Communion is the ideal time to teach children the love and reverence they should bear towards the Blessed Sacrament. The faith that you instill in their hearts during this time will stay with them for the rest of their lives. It will be a future comfort and strength in times of trial, keeping them grounded in the love of Christ that is always there for them in Holy Communion.