I am not catholic so I don't know about all the ettiquette involved with 1st communion. My SIL just emailed me and our other SIL (who is also not catholic) to let us know that my niece's 1st communion with be next April and she is all excited about getting money so she can buy an Ipod touch or Ipad. My first thought is, isn't she missing the point of the religious ceremony? All she wants is the money? And then I think, why is my SIL telling us about this now? Is it so we are prepared to give her money for this? It is not sitting very well with me and at this point I do not want to give her money for this. I am sure we will be pressured by the rest of the family to give, but it all feels wrong to me. So is 1st communion just a money grabbing event? Is this just how it is or am I missing something?