The Role of Godparents
It is an ancient custom of the Church that at the Baptism of infants, godparents be present to represent the whole faith community. To be chosen as a godparent is a special honor. You, above all others, have been entrusted with the responsibility to participate in this child’s Christian life and education. This privilege offers you the opportunity to develop a mutually enriching spiritual relationship- one that will last throughout this life and beyond. There are many ways you can nurture this special relationship and become a special friend to your godchild. Among them are:
Celebrate the anniversary of this holy day of Baptism each year with a visit, a call, or a card.
As your godchild grows, listen to and share in the struggles and triumphs of living a Christian life, and keep yourself informed on Christian doctrine and values, to be able to answer questions as they arise.
Encourage a consistent life of faith through special cards, letters, or gifts which celebrate holy events…Christmas, Easter… and personal growth events…graduation, first job, engagement. (Gift suggestions: A bible, spiritual book, rosary, religious jewelry, gift certificate for religious goods/books, retreat opportunity.)
Participate in, or send assurance of prayer, as your child receives the other sacraments, particularly First Communion and Confirmation, which complete initiation into the Church community.
Be supportive of your godchild’s parents in their role as the primary religious educators of their child.
And, most importantly, become a model of Christian living for your godchild, through daily prayer, virtue, and active participation in parish life and liturgy.
By living a Christian life in partnership with your godchild, both of you will experience the great joy of sharing a life of faith.
I simply cant wait to be a special part if this little childs life.