Choosing Our Compadres

Back in April, we celebrated Luna’s baptism. This has been the second most special event since Luna’s birth. When storing Max’s baptism gown in the shadow box, I always knew that someday another little Navichoque would wear the same gown for their First Holy Sacrament.

As a Latina in the Latino culture, it is more likely that your compadres will be a family member with a good size wallet and very little to do with being faithful Catholics.

Well, I wanted to break this culture tie.

Choosing our children’s godparents has been an exciting one. We are very fortunate to surround ourselves with our best friends who are faithful Catholics. Nothing is sweeter than promoting your best friends to godparents. They walked with us at the beginning of our faith, we traveled to different states to share our life testimonies together and with all those cherished moments, we made new ones at the altar when they became witnesses of our babies being cleansed of original sin and watching them begin their journey toward Christ through His church.

As Catholic parents we are called to bring our children to Jesus and with the same upbringing, we should choose godparents that will help assists in those duties, not so they can send gifts on their birthdays or gift them an expensive gold rosary/medallion, but to help our child learn and faithfully live the teachings of God. 

There will be times when my children might be more comfortable talking with others adults about such matters and I hope that their godparents will be those adults. I pray that they lead them towards Christ. That’s why it was so important for Abner and I to choose godparents that will stick around after their Baptism mass was over.

A few aspects that are important in choosing potential godparents are that they:

  • Live out the Catholic faith
  • Are Practicing Catholics
  • Are living their vocation
  • Attend mass regularly

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says:

 1255 For the grace of Baptism to unfold, the parents’ help is important. So too is the role of the godfather and godmother, who must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized – child or adult on the road of Christian life.55 Their task is a truly ecclesial function (officium).56 The whole ecclesial community bears some responsibility for the development and safeguarding of the grace given at Baptism

To finish off, I want to share with you all some pictures of Luna’s baptism.

Of course, as a Latina, you have to have an after celebration 😉

Jenyfer D. Navichoque – Writer, unparalleled love

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Max’s godparents recently took him to see paw patrol live! How fun for Max 😀

Max with his godmother
Max with his godmother
Max with his godfather

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