When Imelda Lambertini was five years old, she asked to receive Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time. She loved Christ deeply, to the point of wondering, “Can anyone receive Jesus into his heart and not die?” However, as it was the year 1327, her request was out of the question. At that time children were not allowed to receive Holy Communion until they were at least 12 years old. But she persisted.
For those whose formation classes may be done or coming to a close, it is important to realize that your catechesis will never end. You will continue to be filled with questions, and your faith will grow by leaps and bounds if you respond with an eager pursuit of the answers. You can spend your entire life studying and reflecting on the faith. As you grow older, you will discover more about yourself, your relationships, your God-given desires, and God himself. And you have a guide and helper dwelling inside you—the Holy Spirit.
When my children were all young, and followed me like little ducklings, I didn’t worry about Saint Augustine’s words so much. However, as my children grew up and were no longer in a nice little line behind me, I began to wonder: what if they didn’t cooperate with God? What if they strayed from their faith? These worries can’t be mine alone. I am certain that other mothers and fathers have the same concerns. We work hard to bring our children up in a good Christian home. We instill in them the Catholic faith.
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.
A free printable prayer for a child celebrating First Holy Communion. Great for printing out and using as a gift tag for a First Communion Gift, or even laminating and using as a bookmark: “May you always know the peace of Jesus, the light of His love, and the joy of His life within you.”
The sacrament of Confirmation is the bestowal of Pentecost into the soul of every baptized Christian, and it is final sacrament of initiation into the Catholic Church. The bishop or priest prays for those being confirmed to receive the Holy Spirit and his Seven Gifts. What are the “Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit” and what do they mean?
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 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 saint quotes to help those being Confirmed to be strengthened in their Catholic faith and to live it out fully with love and joy.
A sacrament is an outward sign of an invisible spiritual reality. Because humans are a unity of a physical body and a spiritual soul, God uses the means of physical objects and rituals to convey spiritual truths that we cannot detect using our senses.
This outward sign functions as a channel through which God imparts sanctifying grace into the soul. The sacraments are seven in number and have their source in the saving work of Jesus in his passion, death, and resurrection, and were established by Him for the sanctification of every member of His Church.
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.