My oldest is going to making her First Holy Communion this year, and we are making plans for prepping her at home.
Although in most cases your child is required to complete their sacramental religious education at the church, that doesn’t mean that we as parents don’t also have a responsibility to prepare them at home- we most certainly do! The Catechism says…
“The role of the parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute.” CCC 2221
“Through the grace of the sacrament of marriage, parents receive the responsibility and privilege of evangelizing their children. Parents should initiate their children at an early age into the mysteries of the faith of which they are the ‘first heralds’ for their children. They should associate them from their tenderest years with the life of the church.” CCC 2225
You see? It’s our responsibility to make sure our children are learning what they need to learn to be on fire with the light of Christ! A responsibility of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute. Now those are strong words!!!
As parents, we need to be setting the right example at home, and holding ourselves accountable for passing on the faith to our children.
One thing we will be doing at home this year is keeping a First Communion journal with all of Lydia’s prayers, thoughts, and most important lessons inside. This will serve as a learning tool, a keepsake, and also a way to review everything she learns this year. I will be sharing bits and pieces of what we are doing this year, and I’ll list them here as the year goes on so you can find them. Make sure you sign up for email updates if you don’t want to miss anything!
I will be writing more about our First Holy Communion journal soon.
We are also kicking off this First Holy Communion year with some gifts! First, Lydia is getting her very own Catholic Picture Bible. This Bible looks very mature, has golden edges, and is a definite step up from our Beginners Bible (which I also love, but Lydia is ready for something more serious.) I’m very excited about this Catholic Picture Bible because it’s so beautiful and feels very grown up for what is a very important occasion, yet, it still meets children on their own level.
I also highly recommend getting A Picture Book of the Mass for your First Communicant if you don’t already have one. It’s great for them to be able to follow along with the Mass and get more serious about their participation in the Mass this year. (These can also be ordered at a discounted rate in bulk for entire First Communion classes.)
I know that First Communion gifts usually come in the Spring, but I want her to have resources that are going to be useful during First Communion preparation now. I also love making a statement that this year is special, and what we’re doing is very important.
Through the grace of the sacrament of marriage, we as parents receive the responsibility and privilege of evangelizing our children. Lets make this a fruitful and beautiful year, full of love, knowledge, and the kinds of lessons that are the most important for our children to learn! May the lessons that our First Communicants learn this year serve them for a lifetime!
If you’re super excited about kicking off this First Holy Communion year with your child, check out these Eucharist related crafts, activities, and ideas for Catholic kids. Find all of my First Communion resources for kids here.
- Paper cut Monstrance Craft
- EASY Doily Monstrance Craft
- 3D Monstrance Craft
- Last Supper Craft (printable)
- Silhouette Chalice and Eucharist Craft
- How to Make a First Communion Banner
- 14 First Holy Communion Traditions