Post # 1
My husband and I are attending a christening for our friend’s newborn this coming Sunday. Quite honestly, neither of us are religious and we have never been to one before. The ceremony is being held after mass in a Catholic church. Typically how long does something like this last?
Afterwards, we have been invited to luncheon to celebrate. I would assume it’s customary to give a gift to the child and or parents. What is the norm as far as the gift goes? Money, if so, how much? If not monetary, what do you suggest?
Thanks in advance for the help!
Post # 3
My godson was baptized during Mass so the whole thing took just over a hour. If it’s after Mass, I’d guess it would take more than 30-45 minutes or so but it’s been a long time since I’ve been to a christening that was seperate from Mass.
As far as a gift, , depending on how close you are to the couple somewhere between 30-50 dollars maybe? Or if your comfortable, some kind of small religious type gift like a crucifix or a Bible. My SIL found a children’s illustrated Bible at Barnes & Noble that was really neat. If the couple is more of casual friends, just a card would probably be ok.
Post # 4
A baptism outside of Mass usually isn’t very long at all – typically around 15-20 minutes (there is no sermon, no communion, etc. There may or may not be some music, which could make it a bit longer, but a baptism on its own is pretty short.)
I would actually recommend a non-monetary gift for a baptism. If you aren’t religious yourselves, then maybe a children’s book, a nice blanket, a stuffed animal, etc., might be a good choice for a gift. Or a picture frame for the baby’s room, etc.
Post # 5
Thanks for the advice! I purchased a few children’s books, “God Gave Us You” “God Gave us Love” and “Baby’s first book of prayers.” I figured this would be a nice momento for the baby, the books are really colorful and have a place for you to leave a note for the baby. I bought a nice card and figured I could put some money in if that was the norm. Appreciate the help!
Post # 6
@MrsOrange: I was going to suggest getting Catholic specific books, but I’m sure what you got is fine. Sounds like a nice gift!