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, 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.
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/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.