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Godparent Resources and Gift Ideas for Godchildren

Godparent Resources and Gift Ideas for Godchildren

Godparent Resources and Gifts for Godchildren

2165 In Baptism, the Christian receives his name in the Church. Parents, godparents, and the pastor are to see that he be given a Christian name. The patron saint provides a model of charity and the assurance of his prayer.  - CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH-

1255 For the grace of Baptism to unfold, the parents' help is important. So too is the role of the godfather and godmother, who must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized - child or adult on the road of Christian life. Their task is a truly ecclesial function (officium). The whole ecclesial community bears some responsibility for the development and safeguarding of the grace given at Baptism. - CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH-

There are many things you can do for your Godchild! The main thing to remember is.... do something!

Suggestions of Things You Can Do for Your Godchild

  1. Pray for your Godson or Goddaughter.... every day!

  2. Attend Mass on Your Godson or Goddaughter's Birthday and offer it up.

  3. Send a mass card to your Godson or Goddaughter on their First Communion, Birthday, Confirmation, or in times of difficulty.

  4. Find out the name of the Saint who shares a Feast Day with your Godchild's Birthday. Send your Godchild prayer cards and other spiritual gifts related to this Saint. You can also pray a novena to this Saint for your Godchild.

  5. Attend important events like: Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, Jr. High and High School Graduation, Wedding Day.

  6. Always remember to send the Godchild small religious gifts once in a while. This should be in addition to a regular birthday gift if you normally give the child one. A religious gift will let your Godchild know you are concerned about him or her Spiritually, and in a special way that is different from anyone else. Suggested religious gifts for a Goddaughter or Godson could be: rosaries, chaplets, holy cards, saint medals, religious statues, holy bears, saint dolls, Catholic videos or DVD's, and anything else you can think that will encourage their Catholic Faith to grow.

  7. Telephone or email your Godchild every so often, so that you keep an active relationship going. This is especially important for Godparents who live out of town or far away from the Godchild. If you live near your Godchild, you can take him or her out for a soda or out to dinner once in a while. Spend time with your Goddaughter or Godson and be active in his or her life.

  8. Go to your Godson or Goddaughter's extracurricular events like: basketball games, dance recitals, academic meets or other important events. Your Godchild will notice you are interested in him or her and it will help you to bond.

  9. Send cards to your Godchild every so often.

  10. Leave a message on your Godchild's home answering machine or cell phone that you are praying for them.

  11. Remember your Godchild's Birthday, Baptism Day, and Christmas with a special religious gift. If it is a one time occasion like a marriage or a graduation, give them a gift that will be a keepsake. Keepsake gifts could be an Icon,  a very special rosary, or a piece of Catholic art.

  12. Help your Godchild learn about the Saints. Send them books or information about different Saints that they might have an interest in.
  13. Set a good example: Attend Mass and Holy Days of Obligation. Be a practicing Catholic. If you haven't been to Confession in a while... Go!

  14. Teach your Godchild a Catholic devotion. Pray the rosary or Chaplet of Divine Mercy with your Godson or Goddaughter. Invite him or her over to your house or take him or her to the Church. If you live far away, possibly try to do this devotion as the same time of the day. The earlier you start with the Godchild the easier it will be to teach devotions that will last a lifetime. You will also create memories that will be a blessing to your Godchild.


Role of the Godparent

Now that you are a Godparent, you may be asking yourself... what is my job? What do I do?

Well, first off, don't just do nothing! You have a very important job. Your new title "Godfather" or "Godmother" is not just a title... with this title comes a very important responsibility... the responsibility of "spiritual support" and "Godly example" to this precious child. Not only is this a very important job and big responsibility, this is also a lifetime commitment that you have made to this child and his or her parents.

The parents of your Godchild are bringing you into their family. If you choose to be a Godparent in title only, most likely they will regret their decision. The problem is, you have been chosen for life and cannot be replaced.

Therefore, it is your duty as a Godparent to take an active role in your Godson or Goddaughter's life... so let's get started!

Do you have a picture of your Godchild? If not, get one. This child is now part of your life. You will need to pray for this child and take an active role in his or her life.

Do you know when your Godchild's birthday is? If not, call the parents and find out. Find out any special needs or likes or dislikes that your Godchild might have. Ask the family if there is anything you can do to help with the Baptism if your Godchild is a new baby.

Get a notebook and write down the important facts about your Godchild. Be sure to write down his or her Baptism day so that you can remember this day with a card or phone call.

It would be good to have a photo album for pictures of your Goddaughter or Godson.

If you Godchild is not an infant, have an impromptu interview and ask some questions. Ask your Godchild what he or she enjoys doing, likes to eat, and other specific questions. 



Some questions you might ask your Godchild are:
  • Favorite color
  • Favorite movie or TV show
  • Patron Saint
  • Activities he or she is involved in
  • Name of Parish he or she attends
  • Favorite foods, sweets, deserts
  • Pets names
  • School he or she attends
  • Cell phone (for older Godchild)
  • Birthday
  • School Mascot
  • Favorite Subject
  • Favorite Games
These are just a few ideas to get you started. Most importantly, take an active interest in your Godchild. You are a special person... YOU have been chosen to be a Godmother or Godfather! Your Godchild needs you to do the best you can do to encourage growth in the Catholic Faith and to lead him or her to God!
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