The First Holy Communion is an important step in your child’s spiritual journey. This sacrament represents a rite of passage for your child, and a moment of pride that can be shared with the entire family.
One vital aspect of the First Communion is reinforcing the significance of this step as he or she transitions to participating in the Mass. This sacrament usually takes place when your child is around 7 or 8 years old. This means receiving support, recognition, and encouragement from both family and community will help to affirm the importance of this event.
These tips will help you plan a successful and joyous First Communion for your child.
Preparing for the First Communion ceremony
It’s a good idea to talk to your child ahead of time about the ceremony where they will receive their first Communion. Of course, children watch the adults and older children receiving Communion and have an idea what they should do, but discussing the actual process will give them greater confidence—and again, reinforce the importance of this sacrament.
Planning the First Communion celebration
Most families mark the occasion of the First Communion with a gathering or party for family and friends. This not only allows your child to celebrate the special day and make it more memorable, but also lets those close to you reaffirm their commitment to being part of your lives and supporting your child’s dedication to the faith.
You can hold a First Communion party at your home, or you may choose to celebrate at your church, a community building, or even a restaurant or banquet hall if you’ll have a large crowd attending the party. You may want to offer keepsake gifts to your guests that will help them remember the occasion.
Giving First Communion gifts
Commemorate your child’s accomplishments with appropriate themed gifts for his or her First Communion. If your child has a Bible for younger readers, you may want to give them a more adult Bible version with more elaborate features, such as a fine cover or gilt-edged pages. A prayer book is also a great gift for First Communion.
Choosing a gift that helps your child continue to practice the faith is an excellent way to help reinforce this sacrament. You may also give prayer cards, a rosary, a crucifix, or even a religious necklace.
Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime occasion with your child, and make sure to celebrate this sacrament with beauty, elegance and sanctity.
Choosing a First Communion dress
The first communion dress is a special choice for your child. After all, this sacrament occurs only once in a lifetime, and having memorable clothing to mark the occasion is very exciting for your child. It also helps them to feel like they’re able to stand out on their special day.
White is the traditional color for a First Communion outfit, to symbolize the purity of the child’s soul. Most girls wear white dresses for this occasion, and boys may wear all-white suits or simply a white shirt with dress pants. Look for a First Communion dress that is made with high quality and attention to detail, which gives your child a lasting keepsake that may also be handed down through generations.
Written by Jerry Smith at Pink Princess, who has been in the children’s clothing business for over a decade.