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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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Joachim and Anne: In the Scriptures, Matthew and Luke furnish a legal family history of Jesus, tracing ancestry to show that Jesus is the culmination of great promises. Not only is his mother’s family neglected, we also know nothing factual about them except that they existed. Even the names <i>Joachim</i> and <i>Anne</i> come from a legendary source written more than a century after Jesus died. 
<p>The heroism and holiness of these people, however, is inferred from the whole family atmosphere around Mary in the Scriptures. Whether we rely on the legends about Mary’s childhood or make guesses from the information in the Bible, we see in her a fulfillment of many generations of prayerful persons, herself steeped in the religious traditions of her people. </p><p>The strong character of Mary in making decisions, her continuous practice of prayer, her devotion to the laws of her faith, her steadiness at moments of crisis, and her devotion to her relatives—all indicate a close-knit, loving family that looked forward to the next generation even while retaining the best of the past. </p><p>Joachim and Anne—whether these are their real names or not—represent that entire quiet series of generations who faithfully perform their duties, practice their faith and establish an atmosphere for the coming of the Messiah, but remain obscure.</p> American Catholic Blog My hope is that my children reach beyond me in character. I don’t want to be their moral ceiling. That makes me responsible to guide and discipline them in directions I don’t always follow. And above all, to show them mercy for their human frailty, as I ask them to show me that same mercy for mine.

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