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  Godparent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A male godparent is a godfather and a female godparent is a godmother.
However, godparent is not a legal position, and should the parents seriously intend the godparents to act as foster parents in case of their death, this must be legally specified through the usual means (such as a will).
A godparent may be related to the child, such as an uncle or an aunt, or may simply be a friend of the family.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Godparent   (321 words)

 The role of the godparent
While some godparents may not object to obtaining the custody of their godchild in the event of parental death, in some cases, such may not be possible.
The choosing of a godparent is not the responsibility of the young child.
The reason is that a godparent is not merely undertaking his responsibility for the Christian education of the person baptized or confirmed as a relation or friend - he is also, as a representative of a community of faith, standing as a sponsor for the faith of the candidate.
www.catholicdoors.com /courses/godpar.htm   (4029 words)

 The Godparent : A Job Description
Godparents themselves are often confused about their responsibilities with the result being that many sponsors, some parents, and more than a few clergy wonder whether inviting godparents into relationship with a candidate for baptism is necessary at all.
Even if godparents live at a distance, this can be accomplished by daily prayer for the godchild and his or her family, regular contact through letters and visits, and gifts of age-appropriate Christian books and music.
I encourage godparents to remember that while friends and relatives remember a child's birthday and other celebrations like Christmas, they have the privilege of making a child's baptismal or confirmation anniversary a special occasion through their attention and remembrance.
www.anglican.nb.ca /pgrbay/baptism/godprtjd.html   (747 words)

 Choosing a Godparent   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The godparents, together with the parents are present to profess the church's faith in which the child is being baptized.
The godparent(s) may not be the father or the mother of the child to be baptized.
When the godparent(s) are represented by proxies, the latter should be Catholic and the godparent must give explicit indication of their desire to assume the role and responsibility of godparent.
www.christthegoodshepherd.org /choosing_a_godparent.htm   (831 words)

 Requirements of godparent?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
A godparent testifies to the faith and assists the parents and one to be baptized in the faith.
A godparent has to be approved by the judgment of the parish priest (pastor) being qualified to carry out the proper liturgical functions.
Those designated as godparents must have received the three sacraments of initiation, baptism, confirmation, and eucharist, and be living a life consistent with faith and with the responsibility of a godparent.
www.blessedsacrament.com /theology/q49.html   (252 words)

 Tips from eHow users on How to Be a Good Godparent - eHow.com
Godparents usually have to be at least 16 years old, must have received Confirmation, and must be in Communion with the Church into which the child or adult is to be baptized.
Together with the parents and pastor, godparents are to see that the child is given a Christian name: the patron saint provides a model of charity and the assurance of his prayer.
The godparent is considered to be true spiritual family, and thus the person to be baptized may not be permitted to marry his godparents' children.
www.ehow.com /tips_12529.html   (661 words)

 The Role of Godparents
The role of the godparent for baptism is rooted in the role of the sponsor in the catechumenate, which originated in the early Church.
Godparents should be faithful individuals who are ready to accept the responsibility of being a part of a godchild's life for the rest of his life.
The reason for this distinction and restriction is that the godparent not only is taking responsibility for the religious education and spiritual formation of the baptized person, but also is representing the Church, the community of faith, into which the person is being baptized.
www.catholiceducation.org /articles/religion/re0233.html   (967 words)

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It is the responsibility of the Godparents to show your child how to practice the Gospel in personal and social life, to sustain your child in moments of hesitancy and anxiety, to bear witness, and to guide your child’s progress in the baptismal life.
Finally, Godparents should be people willing to continue their role in your child's life after the day of baptism, and should be someone your child will grow up seeing on a regular basis.
Remember, the Godparent is not merely someone to stand next to you on the day of baptism, but is someone who is promising to be a spiritual guide for your child throughout his life, and to be a living witness to your child of his Catholic faith by his word and example.
www.sacredheartparish.org /flyers/godparents.htm   (1183 words)

 Godparents and Sponsors by William F. Wegher - Catholic Update ©2002
Above all, a godparent serves a special role for one to be baptized, whether it be a child or an adult.
When it comes to infant Baptism, godparents are to assist the child's parents in raising their child in our Catholic faith, so that the child may profess and live it as an adult.
To ensure that a godparent is capable of this, Church law also insists that this person be at least 16 years old (for maturity's sake), fully initiated (having received Confirmation and Eucharist), be someone other than the legal parents and one who leads a life in harmony with the Church.
www.americancatholic.org /Newsletters/CU/ac0497.asp   (3067 words)

 Godparents - Bulletin Insert from <i>Ministry & Liturgy</i> 06/96
Godparents assist the baptized "to lead a Christian life in harmony with baptism and to fulfill faithfully the obligations connected with it." That means we ask very little - or very much, depending on how you look at it.
Godparents may be chosen by the one to be baptized, by the parents or guardians, or even by the pastor or parish minister.
Some godparents devote a lot of time to their godchildren; others do not.
www.rpinet.com /ml/2305bi1.html   (463 words)

 NationMaster.com - Encyclopedia: Godparent   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In the common law, a will or testament is a document by which a person (the testator) regulates the rights of others over his property or family after death.
Godparents assist the baptized "to lead a Christian life in harmony with Baptism and to fulfill faithfully the obligations connected with it." That means we ask very little or very much, depending on how you look at it.
To be a godparent you must be 16, baptized, confirmed in the Catholic church, taking communion with us, leading a life in harmony with faith, and not a parent of the one to be baptized.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Godparent   (876 words)

 Baptism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Most parents choose a person to be a godparent because he or she is very dear to them.
A godparent must be a baptized and confirmed Catholic.
A godparent cannot be removed from church records.
www.stsylvesterli.org /baptism.htm   (502 words)

 Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish-Sacraments-Baptism-Godparents   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
By the way the Godparents live out the Christian faith and values, the child should be able to experience the acceptability and viability of our Christian way of life.
The Godparents become a living demonstration of all the child is being taught a Catholic should be.
It means the Godparents encourage the Parents to persevere -- in spite of frustration and fatigue -- in the constant training of their child in the Faith.
www.olgcnj.org /godparents.html   (831 words)

A godparent must have completed his or her 16th year unless, for just cause, the pastor or minister of the sacrament makes an exception.
Each godparent must be a confirmed Catholic who has also received first communion and is leading a life in harmony with the Catholic faith and the role of a sponsor.
A godparent cannot be a parent of the one to be baptized and/or confirmed and cannot be bound by any canonical penalty.
svfparish.org /godparents.htm   (546 words)

 CUF.org :: Catholics United for the Faith
A godparent’s role is to assist the growth of the baptized in his new spiritual life.
A godparent promises to provide an example of faith to “help the baptized to lead a Christian life in harmony with baptism, and to fulfill faithfully the obligations connected with it” (canon 872).
Because a godparent promises to assist in the formation of the newly baptized, and agrees to represent the community of faith and encourage his godchild to remain in full communion with the Church, he must be in full communion with the Catholic Church himself.
www.cuf.org /Faithfacts/details_view.asp?ffID=67   (1752 words)

 Liberty Godparent Home
The objectives of the Liberty Godparent Foundation are to change one fife and save another through sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ; each goal being equally important and inseparable.
The Liberty Godparent Foundation was founded on January 22, 1982, on the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision of 1973, which legalized abortion in the United States.
The alternative offered by the Liberty Godparent Foundation may not be as simple, but they concentrate on supporting one life while sparing the life of a new human being.
www.cirtl.org /liberty.htm   (1460 words)

 Godparent 158   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
"Godparent" is a person who sponsors a child at baptism or one in whom the parents have entrusted a special duty that includes assisting in raising a child if the parent cannot raise the child.
The worker shall verify the godparent/godchild relationship by contacting the parents to confirm the fact that they did, in fact, designate the person as the godparent.
If the godparent is not a licensed foster parent, all the conditions currently in effect for placement with relatives in 89 Ill. Adm.
dcfswebresource.prairienet.org /definitions/DEFINITIONS_-157.php   (129 words)

 Godmother (Slattery)
Traditionally, the godparent acts as a steward of faith for the newly baptized child, serving as an added assurance (in addition to the parent's efforts) that the child will be raised to understand fully his or her relationship to God through a personal, saving faith in Jesus Christ.
Although godparents share in the responsibility of helping the newly baptized continue his life in Christ, it is ultimately the person's own choice as to whether he sill choose to remain united to Christ.
If after repeated efforts the godparent does not respond and since it is so important for our children to have the influence of a "godparent," ask yourself, "Who among my closest Orthodox friends could relate to my child and serve as a spiritual mentor?" Discuss the situation with your spiritual father/parish priest.
www.theologic.com /oflweb/forfolks/godpar.htm   (2346 words)

 Godparent Gifts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
A male godparent is a godfather and a female godparent is agodmother.
Traditionally, the godparents were counted informally responsible for ensuring that the child's religious education wascarried out, and for caring for the child should it be orphaned.
This is not a legal duty, and should the parents seriously intend the godparents to act as foster parents in case of their death, this must be legally specified through theusual means (such as a will).
www.elusiveeye.com /side47194-godparent-gifts.html   (518 words)

 -- Beliefnet.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
You were chosen to be a steward of faith for the girl, to serve as an added assurance (in addition to her parents) that she would be raised to fully understand her relationship to God and to Jesus and to have a life in the church.
Canon law also states that a godparent "lead a life in harmony with the faith and the role to be undertaken." Catholics who do not regularly attend Mass or are in marriages that the church considers invalid must disqualify themselves as potential godparents.
The reason for this distinction is that godparents explicitly promise to help raise the child as a Catholic, and a Christian who is not a Catholic cannot fully attest to the beliefs of the Catholic Church.
www.beliefnet.org /story/47/story_4738_1.html   (953 words)

 Baptism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Godparent is the representative of the infant who is being admitted into the Church of Christ.
As she receives her child, now baptized, sealed, and illuminated, she kisses the hand of the Godparent as a token of the spiritual relationship that is established between the Godparent the family.
Godparents are encouraged to call the remembrance the sacred and joyous moment of Baptism.
www.detroit.goarch.org /baptism.htm   (1537 words)

 The Godparent Home - Home   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Godparent Home has been a light in the darkness of abortion for 16 years – offering Christ-centered hope and help for young girls and their precious unborn babies.
The Godparent Home offers not only a friendly, caring haven for the girls, but also medical care, counseling and a 24-hour toll-free telephone Helpline.
There are numerous ways you can help the Liberty Godparent Home care for unwed, pregnant girls and their babies.
www.godparent.org   (214 words)

 OCA - Resource Handbook for Lay Ministries
The role of the Godparent in the Orthodox Church is an important one.
Along with the parents, the Godparent is charged with the responsibility of assisting in the spiritual development of the child.
In some cultures the Godparent is addressed by a special name (an example is nouno/nouna in Greek.) Whether a blood relative or not, the Godparent is now embraced as part of the "spiritual family" of that child.
www.oca.org /RHArticle.asp?SID=15&ArticleID=51   (1867 words)

 What are the pre-requisites to be a godparent f... information from Answerbag   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Godparents need to be a Catholic who has had the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Holy Communion, and Confirmation.
The Godparent must be mature and be sixteen or older.
Godparents must be present in the baptism to say their commitment.
www.answerbag.com /q_view.php/8330   (361 words)

 eGodparent - I've been asked to be a Godparent
Being a Godparent involves developing a relationship with the child and helping the parents in his/her spiritual upbringing.
It is rather exotic to have a Godparent in Timbuktoo - especially to visit in their Gap year - but you will have to work that much harder to make the relationship work.
But bear in mind that many Godparents find they only really begin to establish a relationship with their Godchild when he/she reaches teenage or beyond.
www.egodparent.com /Ivebeenasked.htm   (491 words)

 Sean Hannity Discussion - Godparent needs advice
It might seem to your sister that you are cutting her off at the knees, but she has to remember that you are the Godmother and therefore have a duty to fulfill because she is not fulfilling her duties as a Catholic mother.
I am Godparent to two children, at neither ceremony did I make a vow to help raise the child Catholic, but to help raise them in a Godly manner (I can't remember the exact words).
My point is that Godparents should not be limited to helping raise the child in a "religion" but in a relationship with Christ.
www.hannity.com /forum/printthread.php?t=6727&pp=40   (2919 words)

 SUMMA THEOLOGICA: Is a godparent bound to instruct his godchild?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
If, therefore, godparents are bound to instruct their godchildren, it would be better to have several godparents than only one.
But if they are brought up among Catholic Christians, the godparents may well be excused from this responsibility, since it may be presumed that the children will be carefully instructed by their parents.
Nevertheless an unbaptized person cannot be a godparent, as was decreed in the Council of Mainz, although an unbaptized person: because the person baptizing is essential to the sacrament, wherefore as the godparent is not, as stated above (7, ad 2).
www.newadvent.org /summa/406708.htm   (646 words)

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