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Missing godparent

Is it OK to choose a new one?

One of our child's sponsors has dropped out of the picture since the baptism. Is it OK to choose another one? How would we go about it?

It's not only OK, but I commend you for wanting to provide the best spiritual support for your child that you can. Sponsors or godparents who take seriously their charge to do everything possible to help a godchild grow up in the faith with consistent remembrances and encouragements often make a significant impact.

We invite family, godparents and mentors to join in the laying on of hands on confirmation Sunday. I'm always amazed at how many sponsors are present — delighted to affirm again their support of this child of God. And the confirmands appreciate their presence too.


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