Finding the Ideal First Communion Gift
Celebrating a First Communion
First Communion is most often celebrated by children around the
age of seven or eight, when they have reached the age of reason
and are capable of participating in the sacramental life of the
Roman Catholic Church. First Communion is to be preceded by the
sacraments of baptism and reconciliation. If a person has not been
baptized as a baby or small child, they will usually be baptized
shortly before their First Communion.
According to the churches decree, the sacrament of penance must
be received before First Communion. "It is the responsibility
of parents as well as of the pastor to see that children who have
reached the age of reason are correctly prepared and are nourished
by the divine food as early as possible, preceded by sacramental
confession; it is also for the pastor to be vigilant lest any children
come to the Holy Banquet who have not reached the age of reason".
While this sacrament usually takes place when the person is still
a child, it can be celebrated at any age provided the person has
never celebrated the sacrament before.
First Communion Clothing and Medals
First Communion gowns, suits or dresses are especially wonderful
for this special event. Other gifts may be dove pendants, Communion
crosses, medals of the Holy Spirit, bookmarks, The Holy Bible, rosary
case gift sets, candle holders, spiritual picture frames or any
special piece of jewelry
A First Communion Reception
Another very special gift would be to host the communion reception.
It can be a simple family party or a lavish affair but it always
centers on the person or child who has taken communion for the first
time. Especially in the Catholic Church, First Holy Communion is
a day that means a lot to the child and to the whole family.
What used to be a simple family gathering to mark the occasion
has become a major affair that brings together family, friends,
and classmates of the child. However, even though the guest of honor
may be just a young preteen child, it is important to keep in mind
that this is not a typical child's party. Remember that a Communion
party will no doubt have guests of all ages. While the overall feel
or theme of the party should be reflective of the child, it must
also cater to adults as guests rather than as chaperones.
If you are planning a traditional banquet hall reception, be sure
to include activities for the children, face painting, caricatures
and sand and spin art are crowd pleasers. A disc jockey can certainly
keep everyone entertained, and will usually offer a variety of packages
to choose from. Be sure to give your DJ a list of special requests
of the child's favorite songs and artists.