Every person being baptized, whether a child or an adult, must have a godparent. The minimum requirement is one godparent, but usually when infants are baptized, they may have two godparents, one of each gender. Canon Law (Church law) permits that only ONE godparent of each gender – a godmother and a godfather. The role of the godparent(s) is to assist the parents in raising the child in the way of faith. By modeling their own lives and prayer practices, the godparent serves as a role model to enhance the child’s opportunity to grow in God’s grace and mature on the path to holiness.
To be a godparent, you must:
- Be at least 16 years of age or older
- Have received Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation in the Catholic Church
- Be a practicing Catholic and be registered at a Catholic parish
- Not be the parent of the one being baptized
If you wish, along with the Catholic godparent, one godparent may be a baptized Christian in good standing with their Church. They would be known as a Christian Witness. Before asking someone to be a godparent for your child, please first speak to the priest.