Baptism is a great moment in the life of a family and the Church Community, but greater yet in the spiritual life of the one baptized. It is by this Sacrament that one is welcomed into God’s family. Baptism initiates the baptized person into the Catholic community.
The Church emphasizes the role of parents as the first and best teachers of their child in the ways of faith and Christian values. During the Baptism, the parents of the child promise to do their best to raise their child in the practice of the faith. Parents who live their faith by participating in the weekly Sunday Mass and by praying together set the example for their child to live in the grace of the Sacrament and grow to become disciples of Christ. We look for an honest and sincere commitment on the part of the parents.
Having made the decision to bring your child to the Church for the Sacrament of Baptism, you must now choose your child’s godparents.
When choosing a godparent, keep the following requirements in mind:
Every child needs at least one Catholic godparent although two may be chosen (one male and one female).
A godparent must be:
1. At least sixteen years or older with sufficient maturity in the faith to carry out the responsibilities of a godparent
2. A fully initiated member of the Church, having received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
3. Regularly attending Sunday Mass
4. Married in the Catholic Church, if they are married.