First Holy Communion Cake Topper / Vintage Catholic Collectibles

24 Apr

commDo you remember the day you received your First Holy Communion?   Perhaps you celebrated with a party and a cake.   The classic cake topper shown above was first made in 1959 by Hartland Plastics. It was six inches tall and was available in retail stores as well as catalogs including Sears & Roebuck, Montgomery Ward, and J.C. Penney.  Customers could purchase a cake topper with a girl or a boy.  The design has remained popular although it is outdated.    When it was created in 1959, most Catholics received communion by kneeling at an altar rail like the little girl shown.  After the 1960s reforms of Vatican II, however, it has become more common for Catholics to stand when receiving communion.

 

comm2  The cake topper was a party decoration as well as a souvenir.  The bottom contained a certificate which said, “Remembrance of First Holy Communion. ” There were spaces in which a child could record her name, the church in which communion was received, the date, and the pastor of the church.

Do you still have a souvenir from your First Holy Communion Day?  If so, please tell us about it in the comments section.

  Religious articles can spark family memories.  To learn more about unique rosaries, old and new, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This 152 page hardcover book, published by Schiffer Publishing, has over 200 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals ranging from those owned by England’s King Henry VIII to those honoring Pope Francis.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, the Catholic Faith Store Online,  Adoremus, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online sellers.

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One Response to “First Holy Communion Cake Topper / Vintage Catholic Collectibles”

  1. Giovanna Lottes April 24, 2016 at 9:37 PM #

    I received First Holy Communion in 1956, so no cake topper for me. I do have t certificate I received and I may even have the white prayer book, but the rosaries are long gone.

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