Religious Education Office

Sister Cecilia Cyford 



Jeff Ment



Guidelines for Choosing Godparents

Godparents act as representatives of the Church in welcoming the newly baptized and more importantly, they act as models of Christian living for the newly baptized.  They assist the parents in passing on the faith, and they assist the baptized in living out the faith.  Choosing godparents is an important decision.
There are several requirements that should be considered when choosing godparents:
  • Only one sponsor is required (male or female).  Two godparents may be selected, in which case there must be one of each gender.
  • In view of the ecclesial and educational role of godparents, ideally both should be Catholic with an active interest in the faith of your child.
  • However, a baptized Christian of a non-Catholic community may be admitted as a “Christian Witness” as long as the other godparent is a Catholic.
Godparents should:
  • have completed their sixteenth year.
  • have themselves received the Sacrament of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist),
  • be practicing Catholics in good standing with the Church.
  • obtain a  form from the church where they are registered (unless registered at Sacred Heart), stating they are qualified to be a Godparent.