Trouble Choosing God Parents

I found this interesting question over on Catholic Answers Forum this morning and thought I would share my thoughts on the couple’s situation. The question at hand is difficult, but I do believe there is a path the couple could take that would certainly be the best for them and their child.

“Our little girl is 3 weeks old now and we are very excited to have her baptized. However, she does not have godparents yet. We have an idea of who we could pick, but their son is in the hospital right now and they are literally there every day but Sunday during the day. Because of the hard times they are going through with their little boy (this is my friend that I posted a prayer request about for her newborn son if anyone recognizes my SN) we don’t want to ask them right now to be godparents. Although I’m sure they would be overjoyed, this just isn’t the time to ask, I don’t think.

There is honestly no telling when and, frankly, if their son will be out of the hospital, so when it comes to the baptism class and even just asking them to be her godparents, we’re not sure what to do” – “Baptism – The Waiting Game”

This couple really seems to favor having their friends as their child’s godparents and I do not think the situation at hand should stop them. They should explain the situation to them about how they want them to be godparents to their daughter. I am sure they will be thrilled to hear the news. They can say that they know it is a tough time for the couple and that perhaps they could still be the godparents, but have others take their place at the ceremony. Maybe one of them could attend the classes and be present at the baptism, you only need one godparent after all. Both could still be considered the godparents of the child. They could also ask if there would be a good time for the couple to attend the classes and ceremony, and see what they have to say about it. There are a few choices that could be made that would make the situation work out I think. Either way I am going to suggest the couple visit The Catholic Gift Shop and take a look at their Baptism Gifts section. I stumbled upon this site the other day and they have a really great selection of beautiful religious gifts.