Yesterday, Ida’s best friend of ten years got married. Little girls all grown up. Three of my girls were in the wedding: Audrey and Max on the far left; and Ida, maid of honor, next to the bride. It was a beautiful ceremony, a wonderful reception, and a gorgeous day. What God has joined together let no man put asunder.
JOYfilled Family is hosting a First Communion JOY party in honor of Mary and all First Communicants. Share a First Communion post from this year or a previous year. The party is underway and continues till June 8 so head over to JOYfilled Family for all the details.
I am sharing the following:
First Communion Banners
Congratulations to all this year’s First Comunicants!
First Communion Banners with 5,823 hits in just over one year!
I never would have thought that this simple post would see so much action!
These felt banners are simple and fun to create. For the craft impaired, there are even kits. But don’t sell your, or your child’s, creativity short. With a little bit of sketching and planning, cutting and gluing, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind First Communion masterpiece in no time!
The 2010 First Communion Story Contest is live and accepting submissions. As winner of the 2009 First Communion Story Contest, I encourage you to share your memories. You can read my winning submission here. There were some wonderful stories last year. This is a very fun contest! The competition was tough, and I am expecting the same this year.
Here are the details:
Last year we started the First Communion Story website so you could share the fond memories of your First Communion day.
With First Communion season approaching again we are running a new First Communion Story contest!
Here are the rules:
1. Submit a First Communion story about you or your children by 3/31/10.
2. Story must be true and a GOOD memory.
3. You must own copyright on any photos you use in your story.
4. Voting on stories will run through 4/30/10.
5. Voters may vote for more than one story but please only vote for a story once.
6. The winners will be announced on 5/03/10.
7. The first prize winner will receive a First Communion dress or a $100 gift certificate at Aquinas and More Catholic Goods!
8. Two runner-up prizes for $25 gift cards to Aquinas and More Catholic Goods will be awarded as well.
9. First Communion dress must be chosen from the selection available on the Aquinas and More website.
All award decisions will be made by Aquinas and More Catholic Goods and are final.
Thanks to Esther for this reminder:
7th Annual Worldwide Children’s Eucharistic Holy Hour
First Friday, October 2, 2009
Join in and unite the prayers of the children in your parish, school and family with the children gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. EWTN will broadcast the Holy Hour live at 10 a.m. EST.
I’m very excited to have just found out that I won the First Communion story contest recently held at First Communion Stories! I really enjoyed being part of the contest and reading all the entries. Thanks!
We are happy to announce that Evann who wrote a post about the family traditions they have carried through with all six of their children for their First Communions. Evann gets a gift card and a free set of personalized holy cards from Aquinas and More.
Jamicd was our first runner-up with her wonderful story about receiving the sacraments later in life.
Since Aeternus and Lucy tied for votes, they will split the third gift certificate.
If you haven’t shared a story yet, why don’t you? These stories are inspirational to future First Communicants and great nostalgia for everyone else!
The Catholic Company is holding a First Communion Photo Contest. A $100 gift card will be awarded to the cutest First Communion photo of 2009. Digital photos only, and your entry must be received between March 1 to May 31.
Bloggers, podcasters, and webmasters can also win a $50 Gift Card for referring the winning entry to the contest, so spread the word!
First Communion Stories, created so that Catholics could share fond memories and pictures of their First Communions with each other, is holding a contest.
Submit a First Communion story about you or your children by March 20, 2009. First prize winner will receive a $60 Aquinas and More Catholic Goods gift card and 3 sheets of custom prayer cards with the prayer of his choice. Two runners-up will get a $25 gift card. Voting runs through April 11 and the winners will be announced Easter Sunday.
Read my entry!
Having just gone through our last First Communion, I guess the family traditions that we have established are seeming a bit more important. I already shared our First Communion banners which is something I recommend to all.
The other very important tradition in our family, associated with First Communion, is a framed photo of the First Communicant with their priest. Only one child didn’t have a pic with the priest as it didn’t turn out well. Here they are, all in unique silver frames:
Finally, the big day. Here is Audrey with Fr. Benedict, her Godmother, and me and Isabel. What a great evening: First Penance, a lovely Mass with First Communion, and then a gathering of family and friends at our house.
When my oldest daughter made her First Communion we wanted to do something special for the priest, who was a close family friend. We decided to make a banner. Since then, each First Communicant has made a small felt banner in honor of their special day, to present to the priest giving the First Communion. It has been a nice tradition and each child looks forward to designing and creating their banner. Since we know we are giving it away, we always take a picture of our First Communicant with their artistic creation.
Here they are, all six of them!
Audrey, our last First Communicant, received her First Holy Communion on Sunday, January 18, 2009. Congratulations, Aud!
First Holy Communion
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Rev. Benedict Allin, O.S.B., St. Anselm
Prayer at a Child’s First Communion
Lord Jesus Christ, in the Sacrament of
the Eucharist You left us the outstanding
manifestation of your limitless love for us.
Thank You for giving our child the
opportunity to experience this love
in receiving the Sacrament for the first time.
May your Eucharist presence keep her
ever free from sin, fortified in faith,
pervaded by love for God and neighbor,
and fruitful in virtue, that she may
continue to receive You throughout life and
attain final union with You at death.
It was a lovely evening with Bishop Robert J. Hermann presiding. As you can see, our church is very unique. My best friend was Max’s sponsor, so it was a special night for all of us.
January 13, 2009
Most Reverend Robert J. Hermann, St. Anselm Parish
O Holy spirit of God;
Take me as Your disciple.
Guide me, illuminate me,
Bind my hands,
That they may do no evil.
Cover my eyes,
That they may see it no more.
Sanctify my heart,
That evil may not dwell within me.
You are my God.
You are my guide.
Whatsoever You forbid me,
I will renounce.
And whatsoever You commend me,
In Your strength I will do.
Lead me then
Unto the fullness of Your truth.