School is winding down and the celebrations are beginning. There are First Communions, teachers and catechists to thank, moms and dads to honor, and maybe graduation. There can be lots going so I’d like to help you with your shopping. I’ve put together some gift ideas that reflect our Catholic faith and make faith a part of everyday life.
This Novena coloring book for First Communion is unique. I’ve never seen this before and think it would be an engaging and different way to pray with and for a child who is receiving First Communion this year.
If you are looking for a way to engage your children in praying the Rosary, these books are sure to help. One for each mystery of the Rosary, with colorful pictures and sturdy pages, the Bead by Bead, Picture Prayer Book will help little ones focus and join in praying.
How about a game of Concentration with the Saints? Holy Heros Matching Game comes in a tin container, so it’s something you can easily take with you.
Our family has always enjoyed Tomie dePaola. His latest book is no exception; Christopher, The Holy Giant tells the story of the journey of a young man who came to know, love, and follow Jesus through service.
These stainless steel Holy Water Bottles make me smile. You can clip them to your purse, keys, or backpack. Great idea for teachers and catechists to have on hand for class.
Take a look at Sock Religious for a variety of saint socks, tee shirts, and mugs.
Summer is often a good time to slow and enter into prayer more deeply. Two books I highly recommend are: Habits of Freedom, 5 Ignatian Tools for Clearing Your Mind and Resting Daily in the Lord by Christopher S. Collins, SJ, and Imagine You Walked with Jesus, A Guide to Ignatian Contemplative Prayer by Jerry Windley-Daoust.
If you have other ideas or things your family has loved, drop a comment and let us know.