Godparents Preparation And Obligations
The role of the godfather and godmother is also important. They are chosen by the parents of the child to be baptized. They should be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized to grow in their Catholic faith.
Church law requires that a godparent or sponsor be at least sixteen years old, have received the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation, and be a practicing Catholic. If a person has not completed his/her Christian initiation (that is, Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation), or if they are not Catholic, they may serve as witnesses but not as godparents.
Godparents or sponsors must submit proof of their own baptism and confirmation.
Godparents must attend, together with the parents, a Baptism preparation class, preferably at St. Patrick Catholic Church. See below for Baptism classes at St. Patrick Church.
Only one godparent or sponsor is required. If there are two, there should be one of each sex. If one of the godparents cannot be present in person, he or she may appoint another person to represent him or her by proxy.
We strongly encourage you to make a donation to our parish to help us defray our expenses. We suggest a donation in the amount of $200.00 or more. We kindly ask you to make your donation when you complete the registration form for baptism. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. If your current financial situation is such that you cannot make a donation, please let us know.
Registration For Baptism
The baby is not considered registered for Baptism until ALL requirements are fulfilled, and then the date for the baptism will be confirmed. It is your responsibility to make sure all the requirements are completed at the stipulated times.