Sacrament of Baptism
Parent Baptism Preparation Class
The February Baptism Preparation Class will be held on Sunday, April 2 at 11:15 am in room 210. To register, please call Mary Ann in the parish office at 724.941.9406 ext. 100.
If you are asked to be a godparent for a Baptism held in a different church, follow this link for information on obtaining a Sponsor Letter.
What Are the Qualifications to Be a Godparent?
A part of Catholic tradition is to have a godparent for the sacrament of baptism. The Church requires only one godparent and that person is to be a practicing Catholic, which means someone who can be a role model for the person being baptized.
This means, specifically, that the person has been fully initiated; that is, baptized, confirmed, and has received the Eucharist. It also means the person is not under any canonical impediment which would result from not marrying validly in the Church or according to the policies of the Church for marriage in another faith.
Someone, for example, who has gone through the pre-marriage preparation and received permission from the bishop to marry their Baptist fiancé in a Baptist church is considered married validly and according to the Church’s teaching. Someone who has married in another faith without the required instruction and permission is not. A Catholic who has married civilly cannot act as a godparent nor can a Catholic who has remarried after a divorce without an annulment. It also would seem that if someone does not attend Mass regularly or follow the precepts of the Church that he or she is not capable of fulfilling the role of godparent because the model for Catholic life is absent.
If a couple wishes to have a Christian witness in addition to a Catholic godparent, that is allowed. However, the witness has to be baptized and should be active in his or her own congregation. The same requirements for a godparent hold true for the sponsor at confirmation. It would be a good idea for anyone not married validly who hopes at act in this role someday to attend to the details of validating their marriage. Just call one of the priests.