Giving Something Besides Money for First Communion

First Communion gift books

I’ve posted about this previously: when it comes to giving a child a gift to commemorate his or her reception of First Holy Communion, I propose that we do better than just putting money in a card! Of course, children are conditioned today to equate receiving money with the highest expression of generosity, and I realize that, by offering them some other gift, they may come to the conclusion that such a giver is “cheap.” Perhaps in addition to some small cash token we can consider other, more meaningful gifts that truly express the spiritual significance of the occasion.

If you are in the position of offering a gift to a child for First Holy Communion this year, consider giving a gift that represents our living faith as well as an opportunity to interact with Pope Francis by gifting the child with the Dear Pope Francis Letter Kit, which includes the following:

  • a copy of the New York Times bestselling book from Loyola Press, Dear Pope Francis. In this book, Pope Francis directly responds to questions from children around the world, including, “If you could do one miracle, what would it be?” and “What did God do before the world was made?”
  • a letter-writing kit to help children and families write their own letters to Pope Francis.

Also available in Spanish: Querido Papa Francisco y kit para escribir cartas.

Here are a few other meaningful First Communion gift ideas:

Loyola Press is offering a special price of $12 for each of these books when you use promo code 4770. Offer expires 5/31/2017 or while supplies last. Not valid with other offers. Shipping and handling are additional. U.S. domestic orders only.

A child’s First Holy Communion is an opportunity to instill in her or him a deeper understanding and appreciation of their relationship with Jesus Christ—something that money can’t buy!

About Joe Paprocki 2136 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press. He has more than 30 years of experience in ministry and has taught at many different levels. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestseller The Catechist’s Toolbox and Under the Influence of Jesus.

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