GODPARENTS: Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the requirements to be a Godparent?

    • Godparents must be at least 16 years of age and have been fully initiated, which means that they have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation (Confession), Eucharist (Holy Communion), and Confirmation.
    • Godparents are expected to be actively practicing their faith by attending Mass weekly, going to Confession at least once a year, and are registered at Sacred Heart or their local parish.
    • Married Godparents have celebrated the Sacrament of Matrimony in the Catholic Church.

(Please note that being separated and/or legally divorced does not in itself prevent a person from serving as a Godparent. However, one who is separated or divorced must be living as a single person and not living with someone else.)

Must we have both a Godfather and a Godmother?

No. While it is customary to have both a Godfather and a Godmother the sacrament of Baptism requires a minimum of one Godparent. (Note: it is not possible to have two males or two females as Godparents.)

Do Godparents have to attend the Baptism class?

This is highly recommended! They will be your child’s Godparents forever, so it is great for them to show that commitment from the very beginning! If they cannot attend the class here at Sacred Heart, they are encouraged to attend an equivalent class offered at their own parish.

Can I just have a Christian witness instead of a Godparent?

No. A Baptized, non-Catholic is welcome to support you in raising your child and is welcome at the celebration of the Sacrament, but cannot replace the role of a Catholic Godparent. You may have a Christian witness in addition to the Catholic Godparent(s) but not instead of one. Thus a Christian Witness may be chosen only if a Catholic Godparent has already been chosen for your child. If you are having trouble finding a practicing Catholic to serve in the role of Godparent, we are happy to introduce you to other parishioners at Sacred Heart who volunteer to take on this role.

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