If you have been away from the Church for a while, know that St. Peter’s is always ready to welcome you home. St. Peter’s is a warm community of faith and committed to helping anyone and everyone draw closer to Christ through the Catholic Church. We hope that you will consider coming to Confession and Mass to begin your journey home, or think about contacting a priest to discuss whatever may be keeping you away. We miss you and hope to see you soon!
The celebration of your baby's baptism is a wonderful time. Family and friends come together to share the joy of welcoming a new member into the family and the faith. Did you know the Catholic Church has certain requirements for being a godparent? Often "godparent" is confused with "guardian" - but their roles are quite different. One is responsible for a child's spiritual upbringing, the other for her or his physical well-being.
There are certain requirements in Canon Law to ensure that godparents are able and ready to take on the task of teaching the faith and providing prayers and support.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states “... the godfather and godmother... must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized—child or adult—on the road of Christian life.” (#1255).
-must be at least 16 years old
-must not be a parent of the child to be baptized
-must be Catholics who have received the sacraments
of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation
-must be practicing Catholics who attend Mass regularly
on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation and receive the
sacraments of the Church
-if married, they must be in a valid, sacramental marriage
-if two godparents, must have one man and one woman
(there is the option to have just one godparent)
While a baptized, non-Catholic Christian may not be a godparent, he or she may fill the role of Christian
witness at the baptism.
A Catholic may not be a Christian witness.