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.
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.”
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.
As Catholics, we know that the Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith: it is the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Pope Francis said, “The Eucharist is at the heart of ‘Christian initiation’, together with Baptism and Confirmation, and it constitutes the source of the Church’s life itself. From this Sacrament of love, in fact, flows every authentic journey of faith, of communion, and of witness.”
For children who are preparing to receive Holy Communion for the first time, this is a big deal. And for all of us, no matter how many times we have received Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist, it should always be a big deal.
It has finally arrived on the horizon . . . the day of your child’s First Holy Communion. You’ve probably been waiting and preparing for this moment for quite some time. You’ve labored to raise your little one in the Catholic faith, and now they’re taking their next big step! It’s pretty exciting to know that your child is soon to receive the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.
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.
First Holy Communion is a rite of passage in a young Catholic’s life that usually happens around the age of seven or eight. It is one of the three of the Sacraments of Initiation into the Catholic Church along with Baptism and Confirmation.
At this major event a child will, for the first time, receive Jesus—Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity—in the Blessed Sacrament, usually along with many other children their age. And parents have a lot to think about and prepare to celebrate this sacred occasion in their child’s life: the outfit, the ceremony, the food, and the festivities.
We’ve compiled some best practices regarding invitations, guests, and gifts for First Communion Day. These are not hard and fast rules but rather guidelines to help make the start of First Communion season easier to handle.
Easter is coming soon, and as you know one of the things that makes this liturgical feast so special is that all the catechumens and candidates who’ve gone through the R.C.I.A. process (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) will finally be received into full communion with the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. There are going to be brand new Catholics running around your parish, which is very exciting! And it’s very important to do what you can to get them well-prepared for their completely new life in the Church. If you’re an RCIA sponsor, or if you have a friend or family member in RCIA, these are my top five must-have R.C.I.A. gifts for everyone being received into the Church.