The role of Godparents is to help their godchild lead a good Catholic/Christian life. The following are requirements from The Code of Canon Law that the Godparent must meet. Accordingly the Godparents should be present at the child’s baptism to profess their faith as representatives of the child’s extended spiritual family and of the whole church.
Godparents from other parishes must obtain a letter from their parish stating they meet the requirements of Godparents. Those requirements, per Canon Law, are as follows:
- Canon 873:
- Only one male or one female godparent or one of each sex is permitted.
- Canon 874:
- Must be 16 years of age
- Be a Catholic who has received all three sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation) and leads a life in harmony with the faith and the role to be undertaken. * Not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared (i.e. married by a Justice of the Peace or Common Law marriage
- Not be the father or the mother of the child.
- Both godparents are required to attend the Baptism Preparation Classes prior to the Baptism celebration.
Parent(s) and Godparents are required to attend Baptism Preparation Classes prior to the Baptism celebration. Classes are held in English and Spanish on the second Tuesday of the month in the Parish Center from 7pm – 9pm. Baptisms are held on the fourth Saturday of the month at 10am (Spanish) and 11am (English). If you need to complete the preparation class for a Baptism outside of our parish contact the Faith Formation Office.
To register for the preparation class and to receive additional information required prior to your attendance in this class contact the Faith Formation Office at (210) 433-2777 ext. 118.
CHAPTER IV OF THE CODE OF CANON LAW