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Any Catholics - is there a standard amount to give for a first communion?

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Jackstini Thu 04-Jun-09 11:27:26

Dh's niece, who is also our God-daughter is making her first communion soon.
We are not sure of what to get her and the general answer we have been given is money - anyone have any idea what amount will seem right?
Also, is there an easy way to explain to 3 yo dd what is happening? We are Christian but not Catholic and tbh I am not completely sure what it means blush

MaryBS Thu 04-Jun-09 12:19:25

I personally would give the same amount I would spend on a birthday present.

Does your 3yo understand about communion? If so, its just a question of explaining it is the first time for your GD/niece, and is a very important special time for her.

belgo Thu 04-Jun-09 12:31:20

Standard presents are a children's bible, some sort of christian children's book, or a cross and chain, and a nice card.

I would probably explain to the three year old that your niece is making a special promise to Jesus for the first time, which means she can take communion, the special piece of bread from Jesus.

abraid Thu 04-Jun-09 12:38:02

We never give money: we'd give a missal, cross or perhaps a book token.

Jackstini Thu 04-Jun-09 22:01:12

Thanks all.
dd has seen me take communion but I don't think she understands it at all yet really. The 'special promise' is a good way to explain it I think.
Have put some of the gift ideas into Google and found some lovely things so thanks for the inspiration smile

Lizzylou Thu 04-Jun-09 22:05:15

Perhaps rosary beads?
I got some lovely colourful wooden rosary beads for DS1 off Ebay blush
You can also get some lovely childrens books about different religions.

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