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Friday, March 28 2014

Godmother Baptism Gifts

By David McGuffin, eHow Contributor


If you have named a godmother for your soon-to-be-baptized infant, then you may want to consider a specialized gift for such an occasion. Although it is not a requirement to give a gift to the godmother, it may be something, even as a trinket, that becomes memorable and special to your relationship with her years down the road.
 

Commemorative Cross

  • Select a commemorative cross as a baptism gift for your child's godmother. There are a variety of crosses to choose from, including those that have symbolic meaning and are crafted by artisans from Israel. Other crosses may be included as a statue or ceramic piece that commemorates the date of the baptism with a scene of a shepherd or a baby.

Plaques

  • You can order a plaque commemorating this special day. Giving your child's godmother a plaque could include a special engraving with the date of the baptism and a picture of your child. Having a nice plaque to hang in the godmother's house can help her to remember her friendship with your family and spiritual obligation as she actively participates in your child's growth and development.

Jewelry

  • Jewelry, such as a special ring or a locket with a picture of your child, can remind the godmother about her special relationship with your family and her role in your child's life. One of the benefits of using jewelry is that the godmother actively remembers her importance in your child's life as she puts on and takes off the jewelry item on a regular basis.

Rosary

  • Giving a rosary to your child's godmother can be a gift that is used on daily basis if your family is Catholic. According to Catholicdoors.com, a godmother should be chosen based on her spiritual and moral qualities, which include a meaningful and dutiful prayer life. Therefore, using a rosary as a gift can be helpful in reminding the godmothers of her dedication and responsibility towards praying for your family.

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Wednesday, March 19 2014

Bible Quotes for Christening/Baptism

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Romans 6:3

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4

Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. Colossians 2:12

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:16

And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the  Lord.Acts 22:16

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38

Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Acts 8:13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. Acts 2:41

And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. John 3:23

Mark 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Mark 1:5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.

Matthew 3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Matthew 3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Matthew 3:5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, Matthew 3:6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

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Monday, March 17 2014

Baptizing Your Child In The Roman Catholic Church

Baptism is the sacrament by which your child will be cleansed of original sin, infused with sanctifying grace, and formally enter the community of theC Church. If you are a Roman Catholic, you are obligated to seek baptism for your children. Traditionally, your child should be baptized as an infant - within the first few months of life. Because baptism is the sacrament by which your baby begins his or her new life in the Church, most parishes have requirements for the parents and godparents to fulfill in order to ensure that the child is brought up in the Catholic faith and will receive in due time the sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and Confirmation. This how to will guide you through the process of having your child baptized in the Roman Catholic Church.

Step 1

In most cases, one or both of the parents of the baby to be baptized must be Catholic. Further, one or both of the parents usually has to be registered at the parish where they wish the baptism to be performed. If you have not already done so, register at your parish of choice by calling the church office.

Step 2

Choose a godparent, or godparents, for your baby. At least one godparent must be a practicing Catholic. If the godparents you choose are unable to attend the baptism for some reason (for example, if you pick godparents who live far away), you can have someone else stand in their place during the baptism as proxies.

Step 3

Find out whether baptismal preparation classes are required for the parents at your parish. Most parishes require that the parents of a baby being baptized must take a Baptism Preparation Class, which usually educate the parents about the sacrament of Baptism and instructs them on their responsibilities in raising the child in the Catholic faith.

Step 4

If your godparent(s) attend a parish other than your own, find out whether your godparent(s) need to take baptismal preparation classes, or whether they need a certificate from their home parish stating that they are Catholics in good standing. Some parishes offer baptismal preparation classes specifically for godparents.

Step 5

Schedule the baptism, and inform friends and family members of the event. Since you are welcoming a baby into the Catholic community of the faithful, guests are welcome at any baptism.

Step 6

If desired, purchase a white christening gown or outfit for your baby. This is by no means required, though.

Step 7

After the baptism, it is traditional (although not required) to make a small donation to the parish or to the priest who performed the baptism.

Step 8

Remember to obtain the baptismal certificate from the parish office. You will need a copy of this certificate in order for your child to make their first Holy Communion.

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Monday, March 10 2014

Giving Jewelry As Christening Presents

Giving the gift of jewelry is a way to give precious christening presents. Be it silver or gold, many people appreciate the tradition behind the jewelry. While it is not that common to give little boys this type of present, baby girls are the usual recipient of these after the christening.

To start, some people give charm bracelets.  With a charm bracelet the child can grow into it. Unlike a silver bracelet which the child can grow out of very soon! You also get the benefit of adding charms to it as the child grows, each piece expressing your love and hope for her future.

As they grow up and have various life events, a new charm can commemorate them and enhance your bond. Don't be alarmed if they do not always wear it though - such a precious christening gift could get destroyed, so they are best left as a keepsake as the child matures.

Are the child's ears pierced? If so consider giving some earrings. Earrings with pearls on a stud would look good. Silver studs would be very nice too.

For necklaces, some people choose to give A St. Christopher necklace to the child. The symbolism is that St. Christopher can protect the child on his life's journeys.

As with any gift though, be aware that the child will soon outgrow the present. This is not to say they do like it, or would not appreciate you buying it. Rather, it's just that as kids grow they will stop wearing them - but don't fret, they will still keep them and look back as adults with a fondness for their christening presents.

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Thursday, March 06 2014

Christening Celebration Food And Drink Overview

What you serve your christening or naming ceremony guests to eat or drink will depend on a number of factors: weather, budget, and number of guests, formality or quite simply, your personal taste. Most christening receptions are held during the day so the food served tends to be a lunch or afternoon tea. You can use a venue with catering, hire a caterer or do it yourself at home.

Food

Here are some of the most often used options, ranging from very formal to relaxed:

Silver service/ plated service
This is the most formal type of meal. It usually involves at least three courses, all of which are served to seated guests individually. You’ll need a table plan and will most likely have to choose from set menus. This is usually the most expensive option but does add a touch of luxury and grandeur to the proceedings.

Sit down buffet
This can be formal, using a seating plan, or more casual with open seating. Typically, starters, desserts and coffee are served at the table with the main course being a self service buffet. However, it can be less formal with all courses being available from a buffet. The buffet itself can either be hot, great for winter events to warm up after a chilly church service, or cold with light meats and salads, ideal for a summer lunch.

Fork buffet
This is a less formal option as the food is designed to be eaten with a fork only. It’s ideal for parties where there is less space as people eat while standing or on their laps. The foods can be hot or cold, but the key is for it to be eaten easily without a knife. 

Finger buffet/High Tea
This informal option is also one of the most economical. The food is designed to be eaten mostly with fingers and usually includes sandwiches, quiches, cold pies, pastries, cakes and fruit. It’s perfect if space is limited with standing room only or if you have many children as guests. If doing the catering yourself, it’s also easiest to prepare in advance without any last minute heating. 

Afternoon tea
These lovely, old-fashioned, traditional teas are usually served mid afternoon. The food includes dainty sandwiches with fillings like cucumber, egg and cress, and smoked salmon plus a selection of scones, cakes and pastries – ideally served on a tiered stand. Tea should absolutely be served from a teapot with fine china used if possible! 

Canapés
These are hot or cold bite sized morsels usually served from trays, designed to be eaten without plates or cutlery. They’re ideal if you hire waiting staff (or if you manage to rope in some older children or friends to act as servers!) They are not usually a substantial meal so are suitable if you’re only planning a short reception, or as a filler before the start of the ceremony or before a larger meal is served. They’re often served along with a glass of champagne.

Barbecue
This is a relaxed, contemporary take on a traditional hot buffet. They tend to be more sociable and can offer a focal point. Although they are offered by some venues, they’re often the preferred choice for celebrations at home. Hog roasts are a popular alternative. You can either do it yourself or hire a caterer. Three notes of caution: have a wet weather plan (or at least an umbrella for the chef!); expect to spend hours preparing the food, only to have the chef get all the glory; and finally, if you’re doing it at home, make sure you have a reliable chef who won’t poison your guests or cremate the food! 

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