I just realized that I must have godparents. I was baptized in the Catholic Church so I have to at least have one godparent, right? It’s kind of sad that I’ve never heard anything about it and don’t know who it might be. I’ll have to ask.
So anyway, speaking of which, now that the new baby is here I’m going to get both of my children baptized at once. I’m really looking forward to that. I just have one problem: the godparent issue. I know that you want people who take their Catholic faith seriously, and ideally who are close to you in age so that they would be around to guide your children in the faith if anything should happen to you and your spouse.
Hmm. My husband and I are both only children, none of our parents or cousins are practicing Catholics, and none of our good friends are practicing Catholics. In fact, there are only two people who we know well who are Catholic and take their faith seriously, both aunts who are over 50 years of age. We do know a few couples who are devout Catholics, but I wouldn’t consider them close friends, they’re more “good acquaintances”.
So what do people usually do in this situation? I know I only have to have one godparent per child, so the two aunts would do in a pinch, but I’m out of godparents then for future children. What about these Catholic acquaintances? Should I even consider them? I really don’t know any of them well and they’d be quite surprised to be asked, and I would be concerned about placing such heavy responsibility on people I don’t know that well. But maybe I should consider it as an option. At least they’re roughly the same age as we are.
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