One of the issues that keep coming up is the question of who can be a godparent (or sponsor) at Baptism. Lots of time people think of the godparent as being an honorary thing that has been promised to Uncle Jerry or whomever. In the eyes of the Church, the godparent is a very important person. The godparent has the very real role of assisting the parents in raising the child in the Catholic faith and to be a good example of living out the Christian life. Because of this, the Church has some strict rules governing who can or cannot be a godparent. The godparent must be a Catholic who is in good standing with the Church and who has been confirmed and practices his/her Catholic faith. If married, the Godparent must also be in a valid marriage that is recognized by the Church. A baptized non-Catholic may act as a “Christian witness” to a baptism, but a non-baptized person or a non-practicing Catholic may not serve as either a witness or a godparent. “You mean that a godparent has to be confirmed,” you ask? Again, this is more than just an honor. It is a commitment to the religious upbringing of the child. So, one thing for sure is to see that our kids are involved in the religious education program – especially those in eleventh grade when confirmation is celebrated. Confirmation this year will be celebrated by Archbishop Hughes on April 26, 2018. Those who have missed their confirmation should contact the office to find out about the RCIA program in order to prepare for their confirmation. God bless!
Following the WORD OF GOD
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