Check out all of my First Communion Resources for Kids here. Today, I’m kicking off a First Communion blog series- the First Communion Promenade! This week, me and several other bloggers are going to be sharing posts on the topic of First Communion, then on April 15, we will be hosting a blog link up together so everyone can share their posts about First Communion! I’m very excited. 🙂 Today, I’m sharing a list of traditions your family may enjoy while celebrating a First Holy Communion.
Here goes! Make a First Communion banner. You can do this with your child whether or not their “class” does it together. Find directions on how to make a First Communion Banner own here. Also, Angie has an ebook with lots of great templates to make a banner. Throw a Party! Making your First Holy Communion only happens once in a lifetime, and in my book, that makes it waaaaay more exciting than a birthday! So live it up- throw a party! What better way to show to your kids that making their First Holy Communion is a big deal than to make a big deal out of it? Have a Special First Communion breakfast that morning.
Love this one! So simple, and I think kids would love it! Make a First Communion cake. This goes along with the party thing. You can find some First Communion cake ideas here. Expect participation in Mass. Now that your child is making their First Communion, they need to be “big” at Mass. No more toys, Mass bags, snacks, or doodle pads. It’s time to sit, stand, kneel, pray… participate in the Mass.
One way to do this is to encourage their participation in Mass is to get them a children’s Mass missal. Give a timeless gift they can hold onto forever, such as a prayer book, rosary, religious necklace, crucifix, or Bible. That way, they can use this item and always know they got it for their First Communion. These things will be long cherished after the little statues of boys and girls are broken or forgotten.
If you get a prayer book or Bible, you can have their name and the date engraved on the cover at many Catholic shops for around $5. Have your child get their items blessed by the priest. After they receive their gifts, take them to Mass with you the next Sunday and have your child request that the priest bless them. It’s good for them to be involved in this process. Light their Baptism candle at dinner.
Traditionally, Baptism candles were lit at special occasions such as Baptism anniversaries, and First Communion dinners. Then at one’s death, the candle is lit and allowed to burn all the way down. Just a little informational tid-bit. Make a First Communion craft. I have a few ideas you can choose from. 😉 Invite your child’s Godparents to the First Communion! And if you have Godchildren, make a serious effort to go to their First Communion.
Have First Communion portraits made. I don’t get many (*cough, any, cough*) individual portraits made of my children, but I plan on getting a professional portrait of each of them made in their First Communion clothes. I’m going to hang them all in a row in our home. My children will always know that this is a very big deal to our family, and we’ll always remember them on their big day. Have a special clothing item- for a girl, get a veil.
For a boy, get an old fashioned First Communion armband. The armband tradition seems to have fallen to the wayside, but I’m planning on having one for Julian! Get enrolled in the scapular. You can read more about that here. Aparantely, it used to be very common for all children to be enrolled at the time of their First Holy Communion. Say a special prayer for your child at dinner with your family.
I really like this First Communion poem I happened upon online: Remember how He broke the loaf made from golden wheat,And said, “This is my body. Take this bread and eat.” Remember how the sun-ripe grapes taken from the vineBecame a cup of blessing: “Take and drink this wine.” Remember how a cross of wood became a symbol ofChrist’s giving of himself to us-the greatest kind of love. Remember Jesus’ love for you today as you receiveHis bread of life, His cup of grace…Remember and believe! For more ideas, be sure to check out my First Communion Pinboard.
Tomorrow, tune into to Lisa Hendey at Catholicmom.com to read about the beauty of an entire family being able to receive First Holy Communion together. First Communion Promenade Rundown: April 8- Catholic Icing with First Communion Traditions April 9- Catholic Mom with First Communion Memories April 10- Catholic Deals with First Communion Deals April 11- Many Little Blessings with First Communion Cake Ideas April 12- Snoring Scholar with Celebrating Without Stress April 15- First Communion Link Up, and you’re all invited! Don’t miss these posts coming up later this week! See you all at the link-up hosted on each of these sites one week from today, April 15.
Can’t wait to see all your First Communion posts, plus, we’re going to have some fun First Communion giveaways! 🙂 Check out all of my First Communion Resources for Kids here. Related Posts: PS. The pictures from his post are from my Nana’s First Holy Communion in 1941. Aren’t they beautiful? PPS. I promised when I wrote about my Daddy coming into the Church that my next post would be a Catholic craft, but I guess I lied.
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