"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." (Mt 28:19-20)
- What are the qualifications for Godparents/Sponsors?
A godparent or sponsor must be a baptized Roman Catholic who has received both First Communion and Confirmation. She/he must be leading a life in harmony with the Catholic faith, be free to celebrate the Sacraments, and not bound by any canonical penalty.
A godparent/sponsor must be at least 16 years of age unless the pastor or the minister of the sacrament considers that there is a just reason for an exception to be made (Canon 874.2).
Godparents/sponsors must also be ready to commit time and personal care necessary to nurture and support the child in the faith.
A godparent/sponsor cannot be a parent of the one to be baptized and/or confirmed.
- What is the role of Godparents?
In the Baptism of infants, parents take responsibility for choosing a godparent(s) who will serve as good examples for living the Catholic life. A godparent can later serve as the sponsor of the child when he/she is confirmed. The qualifications for godparents of infants or adults are always the same.
Although the selection of two godparents is customary with infant Baptism, only one is required. A godparent can be either male or female. If two godparents are chosen, one must be male and one must be female (Canon 873).
- Can a non-Catholic be my child's godparent?
A baptized, non-Catholic Christian can be chosen as a Christian witness at Baptism provided there is at least one Catholic godparent.
Adults and children who are not infants (IE: seven years old and up) typically go through the process of RCIA to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Baptism. For information about RCIA contact Dennis & Anita Kimm, firstname.lastname@example.org. The sacrament will be celebrated at the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday.