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05/03/2013 at 13:56
I remember reading this should happen within three months of birth - is this right?
Also - can you have non catholics as god parents?
I keep meaning to phone our father but thought you ladies might have some experience.
05/03/2013 at 14:00
Not sure on the answers as I'm not catholic, but why would you want non-catholic god parents? Just out of interest? Surely you want people of the same faith as you to support and help your children in that faith? Not trying to be funny, just interested.
I'm a Christian, and wouldnt want a non-Christian or someone of a different denomination as me to fulfil that role IYSWIM?
05/03/2013 at 14:03
Being christian and non christian is different from being catholic and non catholic. Since all catholics are christians.
I asked my mum and she said that for a girl you need two god mothers and a god father, and vice versa for a boy. They used to insist they were catholic, but now they just need to be christian.
You don't need to do it within three months either, most very early christenings are only for when the baby is poorly and there is a risk something awful might happen before they are christened.
05/03/2013 at 14:10
Without wanting to get into a debate, Catholics believe different things to other Christians e.g. CofE or Pentecostal. So I wouldnt want a Catholic or other denomination to me, or non-Christian as they wouldnt instill the same beliefs into my child.
05/03/2013 at 14:13
I see what you're saying, but i don't really expect my god parents to have a great deal to do with the faith of my child tbh. It'll be me dragging them off to church on a sunday morning. As long as they're christian is all i'm fussed about. (i do realise that that is the point of God parents, but these days i never see any involvement from them. I've not seen any of my God parents since my parents split up. I just want to choose some lovely people that i know will take good care of my child if they ever need to, and are nice upstanding people that i would like my child to look up to.)
05/03/2013 at 14:17
It can be any time, Lucas was 15 weeks, Isaac was 17.
You have to have one catholic god parent so we had 3 for L (2 non Catholics and one catholic), with Isaac it was the same. You don't need god mother/god father you can have 3 men, 2 women etc just discuss with the priest.
05/03/2013 at 14:20
they're loads more chilled out about it than they used to be.
05/03/2013 at 14:54
I was christened catholic at 8 months so it doesn't have to be that early. I have one CofE godparent and one RC
05/03/2013 at 14:55
Thanks ladies, I was a bit panicked about having to organise a baptism so soon after giving birth! Porkchop on the godparents - same point as pb was making. I'd really like my friend who is christian and would still guide them towards faith and help them grow up to be good people. If something terrible happened kids would go to H's family who are all catholic.
I too do not want to start a debate on catholic v non it was just a question for people with experience.
05/03/2013 at 15:30
This thread is very well timed, as my H announced this morning when he was about to leave and I was getting out of the shower that he'd been googling and if we want our baby christened Catholic (I'm Catholic, he's not but we got married in a Catholic church and promised to have our kids brought up as Catholics), that they HAD to be Catholic Godparents, which threw me into a bit of a quandry as noone on his side is Catholic and most of our closest friends aren't either.
So I shall tell him that this is now wrong, phew!
Can't imagine having to organise it in 3 months Daffs either, so glad that isn't the case!
05/03/2013 at 15:31
exactly what cherry pie said
05/03/2013 at 15:42
With us A was 10 months, C 12 weeks and O was 5 months.
In our church they officially have 1 godparent who has to be catholic and the rest are sponsors. You can call the sponsors godparents if you want but I think the official paperwork states them as sponsors. The sponsors do not have to be catholic. Both H and I are catholic therefore it was important to us to have all our godparents as catholics, which they are. My reasonings for this is the roleof a godparent is to guide them in the faith that they are being baptised in.
05/03/2013 at 15:51
I am was in the same situation as Lamby but got married in Ireland. R was christened at the age of 1 in a Catholic Church( would have been early but for various was how it worked out) and we have, male and female godparents, 2 from each side with 3 different religions between them.
Think it all depends on the priest and church.
05/03/2013 at 15:59
i was baptised a Catholic. my godmother isn't cathloic but c of e, my godfather is catholic. Luke was baptised in hospital and he has no godparents!
05/03/2013 at 16:37
I have one godmother and one godfather and am catholic...you can get baptised at any age.
And they are both catholics
05/03/2013 at 17:02
E was baptised at 5 months. M will be later than this. The Godfather (Hs brother) is catholic and was confirmed which our Priest insisted one Godparent must be. My sister is Godmother but not a Catholic. She does however, teach at a Catgolic school and understands the religion well so we felt she was as good a choice as any Carholic family member. We didn't choose godparents to teach our children about their faith, we opted for good role models and people we trust to make the right decisions for our babies if something should happen to us. Speak to your priest as I assume different churches will have different requirements.
07/02/2014 at 19:27
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07/02/2014 at 20:47
I just went to my friend's christening a couple of weekends ago and he was 18 months old. No age limit
07/02/2014 at 21:27
What Section4 said. I'm atheist and h was abaptisedCatholic, but has chosen to be atheist. Our niece and nephews were all baptised Catholic and I'm god mother to them but only because H was Catholic.
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