It happens when you hang out with big Catholic families–you start accumulating God-children. With 33 children in the newest generation of my extended family, plus my friends’ children, I have been blessed so far to Godmother eight souls.
In addition, I’ve sponsored three Catechumens. I consider them my God-children as well.
Here’s what I’ve done to make sure I don’t forget to pray for anyone:
- I’ve been making a small photo album with a picture of each God-child and their pertinent information: birthday, baptismal date, upcoming Sacraments of Initiation, etc.
- I try to remember to send a note or a little something on birthdays, though this is definitely an area where I need work.
- At least once a day, I flip through the book and say a brief prayer for each of them.
- On the Feast of Saint Joseph, I entrust all of the kids, including my own children, to the best foster father in history, usually lighting one of those Saint Joseph candles from the grocery, if I’ve got it handy.
- And at least once a month, I visit the shrine of Saint Joseph in our Church and offer a prayer for everyone as well.
What about you? How do you keep track, and what do you do for your God-children?