FOR ALL SPONSORS / GODPARENTS BEFORE THE BAPTISM:
1. Sponsors / Godparents must be practicing Catholics and in good standing. Therefore we need the following:
a. Copies of his/her Baptism Certificate with notation of First Communion and Confirmation.
b. A letter from his/her pastor stating that he/she is in good standing and active in their parish church.
c. Written proof stating he/she has been to a Baptism Seminar.
2. Sponsors / Godparents are required to attend the Baptism Seminar.
3. Only a Catholic can be a Godparent sponsoring a child into the Catholic Church. As an exception, if the parents cannot designate a Catholic for this important role, one non-Catholic who is a baptized Christian can be a “Christian witness.” (Note: only the names of Godparents are included in the church’s official records.).
Christian witnesses need to provide the following:
a. Proof of Baptism.
b. Letter from his/her pastor stating they are in good standing and active in their church.
c. Proof of Baptism Seminar.
THESE PAPERS NEED TO BE SUBMITTED TO ST. JOHN’S NO LATER THAN ONE MONTH BEFORE THE BAPTISM.