Godparent Resources and Gifts for Godchildren
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.
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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.
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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
Pray for your Godson or
Goddaughter.... every day!
Attend Mass on Your Godson or
Goddaughter's Birthday and offer it up.
Send a mass card to your
Godson or Goddaughter on their First Communion, Birthday,
Confirmation, or in times of difficulty.
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.
Attend important events like:
Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, Jr. High and High School
Graduation, Wedding Day.
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.
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
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
Send cards to your Godchild
every so often.
Leave a message on your
Godchild's home answering machine or cell phone that you are praying
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.
Help your Godchild learn about the
Saints. Send them books or information about different Saints
that they might have an interest in.
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!
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
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)
- 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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