Welcome to Baptism Week at Team Whitaker!
This is the second post of a five-part series:
Preparing for the Sacrament (What the Sacrament Means)
Choosing Godparents (Finding People to Support Your Child)
+ BOWL SET Giveaway from Clarey Clayworks
Looking Your Best (Dressing the Part for Your Child’s Big Day)
+ $100 PHOTO CREDIT from Renee Blood Photography,
ST. GERARD EARRINGS from Loreto Rosaries and
BAPTISM BONNET AND THREE-PIECE SET + 20% OFF from Blessings Christian Gift Shop in West
Feeding the Party (Making the Celebration Awesome)
+ HOLY WATER FONT by Portraits of Saints
Saying Thanks (Showing Your Appreciation)
+ WOODEN DOLL by St. Luke’s Brush and NOTECARDS by FlorLarios
Aside from the importance we place on naming our children, choosing their Godparents means a great deal to us, as it provides a positive start to steer their faith life in the right direction. There are numerous resources on things to consider when selecting a Godparent for your child, namely this.
For us, we’ve always asked ourselves these questions:
1. Are they faithful Catholics? Do they practice their faith actively, with joy and through their witness, both spoken and unspoken? What do others say about them?
2. Is it someone with whom you work? At one point long ago, we considered asking a Godparent from our work circles, but ended up not asking that person. Ultimately, it was a good thing we avoided that tie. We were young and not accustomed to how some work relationships don’t make the best personal ones. Not asking co-workers is a family thing for us, but you may have different rules. Whatever they are, stick to them.
3. Has this person played a special role in your pregnancy or faith life? When I found out I was pregnant with Will, the choice for his Godparents was a no-brainer. God really led us to choose them, more than us choosing them of our own volition. With each child, the Godparents were obvious to our hearts. Their role in our life was undeniable and each of them has become like family. Because, like it or not, they have a permanent place here!
4. Choose them for your child, not for you. Sometimes, we’re tempted to choose someone who isn’t Catholic to be our child’s Godparent. While it’s true that only one Godparent must be Catholic, I challenge you to choose two! If the Godparents’ role is to truly help form, pray and shape your child’s faith life, your best friend who’s Jewish may have a hard time fulfilling that role. And, know that if you choose to ask a religious priest, sister or brother, they may decline. It may be a personal, or an order, thing. Don’t take it personally. I’m betting that if you ask, they’ll be happy to take on the “spiritual prayer warrior” role for your child, whether they are officially the Godparent or not.
5. To choose, or not choose, a family member? Some parents only choose a relative and others choose to never select one. Whatever your belief (and I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer), put it to prayer. This is a big decision and family/friend politics should never play a role.
It is, admittedly, one of my favorites. Anne and I met via the interwebs and I have loved her pieces ever since. They are beautifully hand-crafted and she is a gem of a gal. You can enter to win a two-bowl baptism set: one for the baptism and one for the Godparent. I know. Crazy awesome. If you win, the bowls will be customized for you. Just make sure you have the baptism bowl blessed by a priest before the big day!
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