Becoming a Great Godparent

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Maybe you’ve been asked to serve as a Godparent in the past: you are a “good person”, you go to church regularly, and you’re related to or have been friends with the baby’s parents. You show up on the day of the Baptism, enjoy the sacramental moment, pose for pictures, and then life goes on for both you and your Godchild. Have you made the most of the promises you’ve professed to be a spiritual support to this child for life? Hopefully many of you have answered yes to that question, but if not, it’s time for you to check out Becoming a Great Godparent: Everything a Catholic Needs to Know from our very own Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle. Here’s the blueprint:

The perfect combination of gift book and guide, for every man or woman asked to take on this enormous and blessed responsibility. Lively and informative. Easy-to-read. Explains who is eligible to be a godparent and how to be a great one, offers a brief history of godparenting, reflects on how the whole parish remains involved, suggests prayers and blessings for you and your godchild, and concludes by answering four commonly asked questions, such as “What if I disagree with how the parents are raising my godchild – should I say something?” and “I am a sincere Protestant Christian believer. Why can’t I be the godparent to the child of my best friends, who are Catholic?”

When asked to endorse this book, I said of it:

This is the book I wish I’d had ten years ago when I became a godmother for the very first time. Make the most of this precious relationship as you help lead your godchild—and yourself—closer to Christ.

If you’re a parent, buy this book for the special Godparents in your life. It’s not too late at any time to enter into the true nature of what it means to be a Godparent. If you’re someone who has served — or will serve — in this capacity, buying this book will be a great gift to both your Godchild and your own spiritual life.

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Copyright 2013 Lisa Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children’s fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa’s articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

1 Comment

  1. Leslie Lenko on

    How exceptional that Donna-Marie has written this great book on becoming a “great” God parent. It truly is an “enormous and blessed responsibility”! I wish this book had been had many years ago! I want to reflect that so many times this responsibility is taken lightly. As a parent, my husband and I gave much thought and consideration to whom the God parents would be for our son. The Baptism and all that was a great family and friend event. Yet, our selection proved to be a disappointment as the commitment then just became Christmas and Birthday cards. No relationship past the age of 3 was ever established which would have been a gift to both child and God parents. The common thread of excuse was, “You live too far away.”. It was very disappointing. With parents of any faith who are discerning a God parent or parents, “discern well”, “give much thought to this”, and let the God parent know what responsibilities and commitments you would want them to take. In your selection, you might have a special God parent(s) who will stand by your child and be there for them for a lifetime! Oh and one more thing, I would say buy the book and give it as a gift!

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