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What is your standard go-to gift for First Communion?

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Our family has been giving the gift of messages, prayers or wishes from all different family members and friends for the 1st Communicant or newly baptized person that are stored in a "special box". On their 16th birthday the messages are reopened and read. It has become a very special remembrance from the living and sometimes deceased members of the family.

Beth
Michigan
Sunday, May 16, 2010




Crucifixes, Miraculous medals and personalized picture frames. My granddaughters each received a pearl bracelet with their name engraved on a heart charm attached to it, enclosed in a small silver jewelry box.

BaRBARA yANKOWSKI
East Haven Connecticut
Thursday, May 13, 2010




Between parents and godparents, most first communicants receive crosses, prayerbooks, etc. I will give the child a pretty card enclosing a check

Mary
Long Branch New Jersey
Monday, May 3, 2010


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