Month: September 2019

What to Buy as a First Communion Gift

What to Buy as a First Communion Gift

Your child’s First Communion is a very big deal, it is their first step on their path of living as a Catholic.  They can now accept the Eucharist when they attend church with you on Sundays and it is a cause for celebration.  Children are dressed in their finest clothes, with little boys in suits and the girls getting brand new white dresses.  Some families celebrate quietly with just a gathering of family and close friends and for others it is a very big celebration.  As a guest you may be wondering what to buy as a First Communion gift so here are some ideas.

The Action Bible

Let you kids learn the stories of the Bible in a way that appeals to them.  The Action Bible was put together by a couple of illustrators who normally work with DC and Marvel comics and takes captivating Bible stories and brings them to life.  You can grab the Action Bible for under $20 and boys in particular love it.

The Lego Rosary

Buying children a rosary for their First Communion is a time-honored tradition but now you can make them a fun gift.  Most Catholic children already have a rosary or two already and now they can have one that they can play with.  You can grab one from Lego for under $25.

Personalized Gifts

You can always buy the child something with their name and the date engraved on a gift.  This can include anything from Bibles or medals such as St Christopher or St Michael.  You can really get any type of religious keepsake but make sure that it you make it special for them.

Magnifikid Subscriptions

There is nothing an 8 year old loves more than getting mail that is just for them.  Magnifikid is an amazing gift that will cost you less than $40 for the year.  They will sent the child coloring pages, comics and some other pretty neat gifts that will help them to embrace their faith and to understand just what First Communion is all about.

First communion is a big milestone in a child’s life and it deserves to be celebrated.  Sharing food, cake and gifts with friends and family is a great way to mark the occasion.  Giving the a gift that allows them to look back on the celebration fondly.  At the same time you want to emphasize the meaning of the day and their participation in it.

Naming Your Child After a Catholic Saint

Naming Your Child After a Catholic Saint

Every parent, Catholic or not, is faced with the decision of what to name their child.  Naming your child after a Catholic saint has been a tradition for hundreds of years but is it Canon Law or just a tradition that parents have upheld.  Raising your child within the church and making sure they are baptized, have first communion and get confirmed is your goal but does that mean they have to be name Matthew or Mary?

Your Child is a Unique Person

One of the reasons that many new Catholic parents don’t want to choose a saint’s name is because they want their child to have a unique name and not just be another Michael or John.  Choosing your child’s name can be intimidating, you want a name that suits, that is unique and is something they can live up to.  You scour baby naming books and finding a name you like that is also a Saint can be hard.  You may also have family pressuring you in regards to your child’s name, the expectation that they should be named after a relative.  Your child is a unique person and their name should reflect that.

Canon Law

If you research Canon Law you will find that it is more traditional to name your children after saints than it is a requirement.  Canon Law states that “parents, sponsors and the priest are to take care that a name foreign to Christian sensibility is not given.”  That can be interpreted pretty loosely in terms of choosing your child’s name.  Are the more modern names like Jayden or Brandon foreign to Christian sensibility?  One could argue that because they are so common in modern use that they are not foreign at all.  This gives you far more freedom in choosing a name for your children.

Choosing a Name

Before you dismiss naming your child after a Catholic Saint altogether you must first remember that there are quite literally thousands of Catholic Saints and you have no shortage of names to choose from.  You may even consider picking up a Catholic Book of Saints and exploring before you choose a name.  Many of today’s popular names still have their origins from a saint’s name.  You can feel comfortable giving your child a name that suits them and that you are comfortable with, there are a couple of exceptions.  You’re priest may have an issue with a child named Beelzebub but not so much with one named Brandon.  You can always give them a saint’s name for a middle name.