First Communion Preparation
Mini-Retreat!

Create your own 'mini-retreat' day!

We encourage you to take some time for a mini-retreat and spend some time together with your child and your whole family!  

Take a prayer walk

 

Make a little visit to Jesus

Make some thank you cards

Play a board game or card game

Make some pretzels

Watch how communion bread is made

Ideas for your day:

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Take a prayer walk

Go for a 15 minute walk with your mom or dad. Instead of having “out loud” conversations, take some time to really see the beauty of what God made around you. Then, thank God in your heart for those things that you find beautiful as you walk: the sunshine on your face, the cool breeze, maybe the birds you see flying buy.

Or maybe you just can spend some time quietly thinking as you walk about how loved you are by God, and simply enjoy the moment of being present to Him, as he is present to you always.

 

When you return home draw a picture of your walk. It can be what you saw or what you felt. 

Make a little visit to Jesus

You might want to include this visit in your prayer walk. Take a walk or drive (depending how far you are) to Church.

Jesus in the Eucharist is always in the Tabernacle at Church.  Find a time to go in the Church, find the tabernacle and ask Jesus to bless you as you prepare for your First Communion!

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Eucharist means Thanksgiving!

Think of a few people in your life that you are grateful for. Maybe these people are your parents, maybe it’s another family member, maybe it’s someone at school or a neighbor. Think about why you are grateful for this person. In prayer, offer this person to God in your heart and ask Him to bless them. Then, create a card for that person. Make sure you write a little message telling them why you are thankful for them. Ask your mom or dad to help you deliver or mail your thank you cards. If you really like this activity you can do as many as you like!

Here is an example to help you with your thank you message:

Dear _____,  
I just wanted to send you a little note to thank you for being such an important person in my life. 
I am thankful especially for you because.....
I said a prayer for you today!

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Make some fresh pretzels!

Find a recipe for pretzel dough online!

Don't want to make your own dough? 
Here is a recipe to make pretzels from frozen pizza dough. 


Did you know? 

According to tradition, a young monk in the early 600s in Italy was preparing a special Lenten bread of water, flour, and salt. To remind his brother monks that Lent was a time of prayer, he rolled the bread dough in strips and then shaped each strip in the form of crossed arms, mimicking the then popular prayer position of folding one's arms over each other on the chest. 

Play a family board or card game!

Being on retreat is not just about prayer. It’s about taking some time apart from what you do every day to be refreshed and focus on the things that matter most. 

 

Our families are so important to us! When was the last time the whole family played a board game or card game together?

Click here for some simple card games if you don't have a board game in the house and are looking for ideas!

Image by Erik Mclean

How is communion bread made?

Have you ever wondered how communion bread (hosts) are made? 

 

Check out this video!

The last  step is a page all about your child's First Communion Day!