First Communion Gifts for Boys that Put Christ First

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First Communion season is upon us!

First Holy Communion is the most special occasion in a kiddo’s life.

It’s always a challenge to find a great, unique gift for a special occasion. In my opinion, first Communion gifts should center on Christ – who is the real focus of the day.

If you’re searching for a gift that’s going to be perfect for your young man, and will remind him of the Real Presence and his call to holiness, I have some great ideas for you.

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The Perfect First Communion Outfit for Your Daughter

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It’s first Communion Season! And you want your daughter to have the most special day when she receives Our Lord for the first time.

The outfit is not the most important part of the day, but it *is* important!

Your daughter should feel like a beautiful bride when she goes to meet Jesus the Bridegroom.

Here are my suggestions for a beautiful First Communion outfit, complete with veil and accessories, for your sweet little princess.

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10 Ways to Prepare Your Children for Confession

It’s no secret that kids (and adults!) can often struggle with the Sacrament of Confession.

There’s something so difficult about saying your sins out loud.

But at the same time, there’s something so beautiful and freeing about it, too! And this is what we want to teach our kids.

When you confess your sins to the priest, he has the power to absolve you (in persona Christi), and your sins are gone forever! And that’s a joy we want our kids to know and love.

So here are ten ways to prepare your kids to make a good confession – with hope and peace, and without fear!

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Catholic Stocking Stuffers for all the People You Love

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Christmas stockings are our family’s favorite gift-giving tradition!

My kiddos, my husband, and I love the suspense and surprise of digging through our stockings to reveal tiny surprises and treats.

This year, I really want my Christmas shopping to be a blessing for my family and for the shops I’m buying from.

So I’m challenging myself to shop small Catholic businesses as much as possible!

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Praise the Lord, You Stinky Diapers, for His Love Endures Forever

I look down at my sink perpetually filled with dishes, and I feel overwhelmed.

I look down at my floor, currently covered in crumbs, and I feel tired.

I look down at my phone, too often lit with news of the latest hate story, Church scandal, and political turmoil, and I feel dejected.

Some days, the cross of life weighs heavy.

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How to Start Your Catholic Homeschool in 2020

This year brings a lot of change when it comes to schooling options!

More than ever before, Catholic families are considering the idea of homeschooling.

Whether your brand-new to homeschooling, or a pro by now, each year brings new challenges, new questions, and room for growth and new ideas.

One of the best ways to learn how to homeschool is by finding out how other homeschoolers are approaching it, and learning from them!

Today I’d love to answer some frequently asked questions about how we are doing homeschooling in our house this year, and hopefully it will spark some ideas for your own homeschool endeavors.

Every family is different, so I don’t expect your homeschool to look exactly like ours (or anything like it), but I hope these ideas give you a starting place to build your own curriculum and establish your own routines.

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Teaching Your Kids about the Latin Mass.

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I’ve fallen in love with the Latin Mass.

The first time I went was about a year and a half ago. I had heard about this “Latin Mass” thing for years, but never had the opportunity to go.

I thought it would be cool to see what it was all about.

It was more than cool.

It was incredibly moving. It grabbed hold of my heart and won’t let go.

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13 Holy Toys for Catholic Kids

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Children learn a lot through play.

We have our favorite open-ended toys, like Legos, pretend kitchen, Playmobil (castles and princesses), and more.

But I also love to fill our house with holy toys!

Some we keep in our prayer space. Others we keep with the general toys to encourage frequent use, still others we reserve for use ONLY during Mass or Adoration – so they have the feel of something special.

Here’s a collection of our favorite Catholic toys!

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