Today Catholic Cuisine will be hosting its first From Thy Bounty Fair, with the theme of First Holy Communions.
I am so excited to see all the posts, especially since our oldest will be receiving his First Holy Communion on the 31st of this month, at his Godfather’s very First Mass!
We have been busy preparing.
In addition to his learning his catechism, we have been reading various First Communion Reflections of the Saints, as well as many wonderful books to further prepare him for this great Sacrament.
Here are a few of our favorites:
- Children’s Retreats
- My Mass Book
- True Stories For First Communicants
- First Communion Days
- My First Holy Communion
- The Seven Sacraments
- The Ten Commandments
- Little Nellie of Holy God
- The Little Caterpillar That Finds Jesus: A Parable of the Eucharist
- The Caterpillar That Came to Church: A Story of the Eucharis
- The Weight of a Mass: A Tale of Faith
- I Believe – The Creed, Confession & Ten Commandments
- I Believe: The Nicene Creed
- Let the Children Come To Me – The story of Blessed Imelda Lambertini
- King of the Golden City (You can even download a study guide from CHC!)
We have also been making a First Communion Notebook, using the one Meredith’s son made as a guide. In addition, we have been adding pages from a few great First Communion Coloring Books:
- Eucharistic Adoration: Coloring Book
- First Eucharist Story Coloring Book
- My Creed
- Saints of the Eucharist
- Come to Mass
- The Little Caterpillar that finds Jesus
- Let the Children Come to Me
He still has quite a bit of his First Communion Notebook to finish, so we will continue to work on it throughout the summer. Next time around, I hope to start earlier! 🙂
Now, since we will be traveling for this special day, we will be celebrating Fathers First Mass and Captains First Communion by going out for brunch! I hope to pick up a prepared cake, and add a few special touches.
In A Continual Feast: A Cookbook to Celebrate the Joys of Family and Faith Throughout the Christian Year the author recommends a Decorated Sheet Cake.
You can also prepare for a first communion or confirmation a large flat white cake (or any kind of cake), with a white icing. It can be decorated in any of the following ways (among others).
- With the words “Happy (or Blessed) First Communion (or Confirmation), ” plus the child’s name.
- With a short quotation from Scripture, such as “Blessed are the pure in heart; they shall see God” or another of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5), or from Psalms, perhaps.
- With the image of a dove, often a symbol for the soul.
- With an image of a chalice and a paten (the flat dish holding the sacred Host.)
- With the image of a standing person praying with arms outstretched (from early Christian art).
- With an early Christian image of two angels carrying a “sacred monogram” that is, the letters chi and rho (x and p), which are the first two letters of the Greek word for Christ.
I also ordered a little chalice to add to the cake, in addition to a few other special touches for his big day, including:
- First Holy Communion Certificate
- First Communion Candle
- Keepsake Personalized Holy Cards
- First Holy Communion Missal
- First Communion Wrapping Paper
- Black Suit and Tie
I am hoping that I might have time to make a few keepsake candles to use as favors, but I am known for trying to accomplish more than is possible! 😉
Oh! One last thing. If you have a First Communicant, a lovely way to wrap up their preparation, would be with a Novena! Margaret posted a beautiful one which Captain will be saying the nine days before his First Communion. UPDATE: Margaret has created a printable you can download here.
Please remember to keep Captain in your prayers, as well as his Godfather who will be ordained a priest the day before, by His Eminence Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos. In fact, from what I hear, the ordination will be broadcast live on EWTN, Friday, May 30th at 10:00 am!
I ask pardon for those who do not believe,
do not adore, do not hope, and do not love Thee.”