FOR BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION
Being a godparent for Baptism or a sponsor for Confirmation is an important role in the Catholic Church. You are asking to represent the Church’s practices and teachings in the life of a child or young adult. You are also promising to lift the young person up in prayer, and to serve as a mentor and guide throughout their life.When you serve as a sponsor, you represent the Church, and because of that, there are requirements that you must meet to be a godparent or sponsor. The following guidelines are meant to assist you and your pastor in discerning your suitability for the role.
- You must be at least sixteen years of age.
- You must be a current practicing Catholic, who is registered at a parish, who attends Mass on Sundays and participates in the life of the Church. If you are not practicing, you may be admitted as a sponsor if the pastor determines that you are in the process of returning to the regular practice of the faith.
- The sacraments are very important, so you must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. If you are married, your marriage must be recognized by the Church.
- If you are a baptized Christian but not a Catholic, you may be admitted as a Christian witness at a Baptism, but only together with a Catholic godparent.
- If you are a parent of the person receiving the sacrament, you cannot be the sponsor for your child. Adoptive parents are discouraged from exercising this function.
If you wish to be a sponsor for a Baptism or Confirmation at St. Joseph Catholic Community, and are not a member of our parish community, you will need a Certificate of Eligibility from your parish stating you are a Catholic in good standing. If you are a member of St. Joseph Catholic Community and wish to be a sponsor, please contact Meghan Snyder at 443-920-9140 for more details.
Please note, while it has become a tradition to have two sponsors at Baptism, having only one sponsor is acceptable.
These guidelines are based on the requirements for sponsors as outlined in canons 872 – 874 of the Code of Canon Law.