FAQ

How can I become a member of St. Joseph Parish?

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What are the requirements to be a Godparent?
Insofar as possible, the child to be baptized is to be given a godparent. (CJC 872)

Only one male or one female godparent or one of each sex is to be employed. (CJC 873)

Godparents have the following responsibilities:

  1. to present the child for baptism (along with the parents); (CJC 872)
  2. to assist the parents in their Christian responsibilities; (RBC 40)
  3. to represent the community of faith in which the baptism is celebrated; (1993 Vatican Ecumenical Directory, 98)
  4. to renew their own profession of the Christian faith; (RBC 56-59)
  5. to help the child, by word and example, lead a Christian life and fulfill the obligations of baptism. (CJC 774.2, 872; CIGI 8)

In view of this, a person to be admitted as a godparent must:

  1. be designated by the parents or guardians, or, in their absence, by the pastor or minister of the sacrament;
  2. have intention of performing this role;
  3. be at least sixteen years of age (unless the pastor or minister sees just cause for and exception);
  4. be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already shared Holy Communion and who leads a life in harmony with the faith and with the sponsor’s role;
  5. not be bound by any legitimately imposed canonical penalty;
  6. not be the father or mother of the child.

The pastor of the designated godparent is normally responsible for determining that the designee understands the sponsor’s role and is qualified to assume it, providing a letter of eligibility when the baptism is to be celebrated in another parish.

Through pastoral dialogue and catechetical helps, the godparents are to be prepared for their role both as faith-companion for the one to be baptized and as a support for the parents in their Christian responsibilities. They should be invited to participate in the formation opportunities (both spiritual and catechetical) offered to parents of the child to be baptized. (CJC 851.2; CIGI 8 and 13; Cf. RBC 40 See Nos. 51-53, below.)

A member of an Oriental rite of the Catholic Church may serve as godparent for one who is baptized in the Latin rite.

An Eastern (Orthodox) Christian may be appointed godparent so long as a Catholic godparent is also present. This applies also to those who belong to churches formally judged to be equivalent to the Eastern Churches (e.g., the Polish National Catholic Church). (1993 Vatican Ecumenical Directory, 98b)

A baptized person who belongs to some other non-Catholic ecclesial community may be asked to serve not as godparent but as a Christian witness as long as a Catholic godparent is also present. (Such a person does not assume the post-baptismal responsibilities of a godparent.) (CJC 874.2)

Catholics who have abandoned the Catholic faith are not to serve as Christian witnesses.

How do I receive a sponsor letter?

A sponsor letter is required to become a Godparent or Confirmation Sponsor.. Please call the rectory as soon as you are asked to become a Godparent. Information required at the time of your call is name, date of birth, church of baptism. Once the information has been verified, the letter will be prepared. Please allow at least one week for verification and completion of the letter.

What are the requirements to be a Sponsor for Confirmation?
A sponsor is to accompany the candidate for confirmation. The sponsor sees to it that the confirmed person acts as a true witness to Christ and faithfully fulfills the obligations connected with this sacrament. (CJC 892)

All conditions and requirements for a godparent at baptism are applied to the sponsor for confirmation. (CJC 893.1; cf. CJC 874; RC 6) To be a sponsor one must:

  1. be designated by the candidate, parents or guardian, or in their absence by the pastor or minister;
  2. have the intention of performing this role;
  3. be at least sixteen years of age; (With good cause, exceptions may be granted by the pastor or minister of the sacrament.)
  4. be a Catholic who has been confirmed, has already received the eucharist, and leads a life in harmony with the faith;
  5. be free from any impediment of the law in fulfilling the office of sponsor;
  6. not be the father or mother of the candidate.

The pastor of the designated sponsor is normally responsible for determining that the designee understands the sponsor’s role and is qualified to assume it, providing a letter of eligibility when the confirmation is to be celebrated in another parish.

It is desirable that the one who undertook the role of godparent at baptism be the sponsor for confirmation. (CJC 893.2; RC 5)

  1. It is necessary to determine that such a person remains qualified for the role of sponsor as given above.
  2. If there were two godparents at the baptism of the candidate, it is acceptable for both of them to act as sponsors at confirmation if the candidate so wishes, and if both godparents remain qualified for this role.
  3. (Note: This provision is made in view of the special relationship established with the godparents at baptism. In all other cases, only one sponsor is to be chosen for confirmation.)
  4. When the baptismal godparent is deceased, not readily available, no longer qualified, or for some other good cause, another sponsor should be chosen who can fulfill the requirements stated in No. 91.1 and 91.2 above.

A member of an Oriental Rite of the Catholic Church may serve as a sponsor for confirmation in the Latin Rite.