FOR ALL SPONSORS / GODPARENTS BEFORE THE BAPTISM:
1. Sponsors / Godparents must be practicing Catholics and in good standing with the Church, who have been confirmed and are at least sixteen (16) years of age.
Therefore we need the following:
a. Copies of his/her Baptism Certificate with notation of First Communion, Confirmation and Marriage, if applicable.
b. A completed, signed Baptism sponsorship certification form which includes signature from your pastor.
c. Written proof stating he/she has attended a Baptism Seminar.
2. Sponsors / Godparents are required to attend the Baptism Seminar (click this link to submit information and register for the Seminar).
3. Only a Catholic can sponsor a person into the Catholic Church.
There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each.
As an exception to this rule and ancient practice, the second person may be a baptized, non-Catholic who would be recognized as 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/certification form from his/her pastor stating they are in good standing and active in their church.
c. Proof of attendance at a Baptism Seminar.
THESE PAPERS NEED TO BE SUBMITTED TO ST. JOHN’S NO LATER THAN ONE MONTH BEFORE THE BAPTISM.