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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 11:30am
I was so glad to find this board, it's exactly what I have been looking for. So for starters let me introduce myself. Saints4Me is actually a name I use to amuse my husband who is a HUGE New Orleans Saints fan ( we live in Louisiana) and during football season we don't miss a game. We are both Catholic and parents to a beatiful 7 year old girl who we adopted at the age of 3. We recently moved to a new town and began going to a new church which is very different from what we are used to. Still Catholic but more organized like a Baptist church than a Catholic one. Anyway my question is about Baptism of my daughter. My parents converted from Catholics to several different religions during my teen years. After getting married I went back to being Catholic. My problem is this, my daughter was not officially adopted until she was almost 4 years old. So we could not baptise her until then. After her adoption we searched our families and friends trying to find suitable God Parents for her but no active Catholics were to be found. Now she is in first grade and next year will be ready to make her first communion but we still haven't found suitable GodParents. What do we do? Time is running out and I'm a nervous wreck. Thanks for your advice.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 2:20pm
Hello & Welcome!

My husband and I are also big football fans...he a Minnesota Vikings fan, and me a Denver Broncos fan! We subscribed to a satellite provider so that we both wouldn't miss our games during the season! : )

Anyway, to your question...you are in a bit of a quandry it seems, as noone close to you is an active Catholic. And because you are new to your parish, I suppose you haven't made any close friends yet. Do you have any folks from your former parish that you are particulary fond of that you could ask to come and serve as Godparents? I know for one of my daughters, I asked MY confirmation sponser to be her Godmother, even though she wasn't a family member. If none of this works for you, perhaps you should talk to your parish priest. Perhaps he could find a suitable couple for you to befriend that could possibly be Godparents for you daughter. I wish I had more advice, but this is all I can offer. God Bless & Good Luck...and keep posting here...it's been quiet lately, we could use some fresh insight and perspective to maybe get the board moving again!

PAX,

Jen

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 5:03pm
Hi - and welcome to the board - the BRAND new one. I'm baptism coordinator at my parish and I'm certain that if you spoke to your present pastor he would offer to find a wonderful couple who would be your daughter's godparents. Some people are reluctant to do this thinking that they don't want "strangers" as godparents. My husband and I are godparents to a little boy in our parish whose family didn't know anyone to ask either. He was baptized at 11 months old and will be seven years old on May 11 and also be making his First Communion on May 4 ;-). We didn't stay strangers for long. They attend the same Mass as we do every Sunday and every week we all go downstairs to the church hall for coffee and donuts. I've posted the godparent requirements below on this board if that might be helpful to you. Only one godparent needs to be Catholic.
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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 5:07pm
I'm sorry - I posted the godparent requirements on the parentsplace Catholic board ;-)not this one. I have to get supper going right now but I'll come back tonight and put them here.

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Registered: 08-26-2000
Sat, 03-29-2003 - 1:26pm
Saints fans here, too. And fellow Louisianians!

We went to the last game last season. Vintage Saints! DH was bummed, because we made a weekend trip of it, and took the kids. But the kids (boys aged 6 & 7) didn't care if they won or lost. They had fun riding up and down the elevators in the hotel!

I grew up in BR, but live in the heart of Cajun Country now!

Welcome!

Karen

 


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