Tiny new Catholics

In August, our son Jameson Elliott was baptized into the Catholic faith.

jamie baptism

In early September, our dear friends asked us to be the godparents to their daughter Tracy. What an honor! Tracy’s parents are the godparents to our middle child, Maddie.

This is NOT a bib for cake. :)

This is NOT a bib for cake. :)

The deacon who baptized Tracy made a memorable remark. Parents and godparents don’t promise to raise “good kids.” Everybody wants a good kid. At baptism, we promise to raise a child in the faith, to know and profess the faith as their own. We know what this looks like for parents. We bring our children to mass, we teach them faith-filled living through example at home, we study the Bible and the inexhaustible riches of Catholicism with our children. Parents are a child’s first teacher. But what does the godparent’s role entail? Almost all godparents are present on the big day of baptism, but a godparents’ involvement should not end there. 

130915_0003I am now the godmother of two dear little girls in my life (little Tracy as well as my cousin who is now eight years old). I am brainstorming ideas for meaningful involvement in their Catholic lives. One idea that I particularly like is to remember each girl’s two birthdays – their day of biological birth and their day of birth into the Body of Christ. Godparenthood is a role that I will take seriously. It is a responsibility that will involve prayer, love, and hopefully a lifelong relationship of shared faith. Maybe someday I can tell my goddaughters about my journey to the Church and the challenges and trials I experienced in the process of becoming Catholic myself.

So – who else has godchildren? What do you do to stay involved in your godchild’s life? Leave me a comment with your tips and ideas for these tiny new Catholics in our lives.

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  1. I think doing something special for their baptism anniversary is an excellent plan!

    • catholicgrammie

      We have always celebrated our children’s baptismal days – and now our grandchildren’s baptismal days – consequently that carries on the tradition into their roles as young Godparents. We also view their confirmation sponsors as a new Godparent – one that they chose for themselves – so I follow the same script with my “children” whom I have sponsored being confirmed into the Catholic faith. Sending cards as they grow older, letting them know that I’m praying for them, bringing or inviting them back to mass (unfortunately for some of them) but always letting them know that God loves them and so do I!

  2. Interesting tidbit about me: my baptism day and my confirmation day were just a day apart from one another – with 15 years in the middle! I was baptized on 9/24/1981 and confirmed 9/23/1996!

    And I so desperately want to be a Godmother!

  3. I just wrote a whole comment and it disappeared – so if you get two comments from me it’s not my fault!!

    As I said before: here’s an interesting tidbit about me – my baptism and confirmation days were just a day apart but took place 15 years from one another! I was baptized on 9/24/1981 and confirmed on 9/23/1996. I thought that was pretty cool.

    And I soooo want to be a Godmother!

  4. Baptism is a great day both for the parents and the baptized child. As parents, it is stepping up to the challenge of raising a Christian child and accepting that responsibility.

  5. Though I am no longer Catholic (or Christian, or a believer at all) any more, and I live on a different continent than my two godchildren, I subscribe to the local Catholic youth publication for them, pay for their religion text books and buy them their Bible, hymnal, prayer books and pay for their first pilgrimage (well, half of it, they come up with the other half). I made a promise that I have to keep, even though I don’t believe what they believe any more. Now my godchildren are teenagers, so it’s easier for me.

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