Godparents: Get Your Godchild a Different Kind of Christmas Gift

Christmas gift guide 2017

To be asked to be a child’s godmother or godfather is such an honor, because we know that we are being asked to play an important role in that child’s faith development. Unfortunately, we often feel at a loss for how to do that. This is especially true at gift-giving times when we often resort to giving money, which I’m sure the kids love, but which does not really express the depth of the relationship we are trying to form with that child. I’ve written previously on this blog about the strange tradition we have of giving children money for their First Communion: “So happy you’ve encountered Jesus Christ—here’s $20!”

We can do better than that! Christmas is an opportunity for godparents and for anyone who wants to share the gift of faith with young people to give gifts that help them grow in faith. Loyola Press offers a number of ideas—now at 25% off—that share the true meaning of Christmas with young people, including the following:

Take advantage of this opportunity to express to your godchild how much your faith means to you and how much you desire your godchild to share in the gift of faith!

P.S. And you can always slip some cash in the card you give them along with their present.

About Joe Paprocki 2444 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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