Weekly Giveaway: Celebrate First Communion!


Thank you to On This Day Designs, Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic FamiliesIgnatius Press, and Pauline Books & Media for generously sponsoring our giveaway this week!

This week’s giveaway:

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On This Day Designs - rosary wrap bracelet

Crackle Glass Rosary Wrap

From On This Day Designs

Single decade rosary wrap strung on memory wire so it will fit any child’s wrist. The white ceylon seed beads and clear crackle glass beads create a lovely bracelet for that special First Communion outfit. Add the matching Chalice Necklace with Crackle Glass Beads, meaningful accessories for her special day.

Medal: Pewter crucifix 7/8″
Beads: Czech glass seed beads, clear crackle glass beads
Memory wire
Size: Child

On This Day Designs - cross earrings

First Communion Earrings

From On This Day Designs

  • Medal: Pewter Cross with Chalice and host
  • Sterling silver ball post and back

Catholic Mom Sacrament Craft Kit Bundle

Sacrament Craft Kit Bundle

By Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families



Hand in Hand with Jesus Faith Journal

By Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families

Hardcover with inside wire binding: 176 pages

Two Journals in one!  The first section of the Faith Journal traces the teaching and celebration of the seven Sacraments and the Catholic Faith. The second section of the Faith Journal (“Heart to heart with Jesus”) offers thought provoking questions and reflections on life and a growing relationship with Jesus.

This hardcover, concealed coil book is packed with prompting reflections and questions, tracing the child’s Catholic journey of Faith: the celebration of the Sacraments, the growing knowledge of the Catholic Faith through Catechism and Tradition and the child’s deepening personal relationship with Jesus.

Catechism references are included to look up specific questions, although there is a complete answer key in the back of the book for Catechism based questions.


My First Holy Communion

From Ignatius Press

This book is a completely unique presentation of the Catholic faith for children preparing for First Holy Communion. It is a rare combination of gifted writing, wonderful vibrant illustration, and exquisite design. Through stories from the Bible, bits of the Church’s history, and descriptions of the sacraments, this book leads young people and their parents or grandparents into the mystery of the Eucharist. The heart of the Church and her sacraments is presented as the life of Jesus himself.

First published in Ireland under the guidance of renowned theologian Father Vincent Twomey, SVD. A glorious volume with gorgeous full color illustrations on every page. Provides thorough sacramental preparation, and includes parent pages with important in-depth explanations. Ideal gift for children!

Deirdre Mary Ascough is a mother and teacher. She has bachelor’s degree in theology from Milltown Institute, Dublin, and a master’s in theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.

Lisa E. Brown is a highly accomplished artist who works in a wide variety of media. She was commissioned by Pope John Paul II in 2002 to provide ten giant portraits of well-known saints for the World Youth Day in Toronto, Canada.


Jesus with Us: The Gift of the Eucharist (3 copies)

From Pauline Books & Media

Jesus with Us: The Gift of the Eucharist is an excellent way to help children who are preparing for, or have already made, First Communion to understand the place of the Eucharist in history. Lively, full-page illustrations accompanying each story enable. Ages 6-8



About Author

When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Three Shots and follow her writing at Snoring Scholar.


  1. Mine was at Easter Vigil when I was an adult, so I guess the joy of finally being able to receive the Eucharist. PS If I win, I’d like the Ignatius Press book. 🙂

  2. Watching my daughter prepare for her 1st Communion has become my favorite memory. Congratulations to all 1st Communicants this weekend at Sacred Heart!

  3. Saturday, May 3 is the Mini-Retreat for our 1st Communicants who will begin receiving on Mothers’ Day Weekend. This year’s best comments during the interview “Why does Fr Kevin get dressed here at Church for Mass, when we all get dressed at home?” Twelve years of interviews & this is the 1st time a child’s ask about the vestments.

  4. I remember standing outside the church with my best friend getting pictures taken in our white dresses.

  5. My first communion was at Easter vigil as an adult, and it was wonderful. I think I would agree with one of the previous comments that participating in my daughter’s first communion is my favourite memory…THOUGH my son’s is coming up too!

  6. My first communion was the Easter Vigil as an adult and it was so wonderful and honestly being able to accept Communion every Sunday is still just as wonderful as that very day I received it for the first time. My wonderful memories have been seeing my daughters First Communions. I have four girls and my first three have already received and my youngest will be next year. My memories and having pictures of all of them have been priceless.

  7. I remember waiting for my turn. We sat in alphabetical order, so as a girl whose last name began with Y, I was last. I felt the whole church staring, but I wasn’t afraid. I was going to get Jesus.

  8. I have loved watching my son prepare for his 1st Holy Communion which is today, Divine Mercy Sunday! Our Lord has blessed him with an incredibly strong faith which he loves to share with us all.

  9. My favorite memory is of my son on his mini retreat for his upcoming First Holy Communion. He was beaming as he finished his banner!

  10. Jennifer ciaccio on

    My favorite 1st communion memory is of my daughter talking to her god father the morning of her big day. He called to give her some words of encouragement. He was not well that day so he wasn’t able to make it. He did feel better the next week for her party. That was special to her, especially because he passed away a few weeks later.

  11. Watching my oldest daughter make her First Holy Communion was one of the most beautiful sites. Our wonderful priest, Fr. Tom, held her hand as they processed into church as she made her 1st Communion by herself. It was as if Jesus, himself, was taking my dear sweet Rachel to the table himself. So beautiful, so special.

  12. My memory is the amazing process our Church did in preparing the children for their first communion. The many, many adults who volunteered to make their “Jesus Experience Day” a wonderful experience and really made my child excited to come to Jesus’ Eucharistic table.

  13. I loved getting all dressed up for my First Communion. The gloves, veil, my family made a huge deal of it. It was a special day in my life.

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