Godparents represent the Christian Community at the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism. Realizing what is expected from the Christian community, Godparents should be examples of that in their own lives: living the Faith in a growing way, and vibrant examples of what a Christian is.
As representatives of the Community, the Godparents should be the best examples of Christian living that can be found. Their role is to assist the parents in bringing the children up in the practice of the faith. They should take an active interest in the Christian life and the faith formation of their Godchild.
Requirements for Godparents
* It is Church law that a godparent must be both baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church. If the godparent is married, she/he must be validly married within the Catholic Church. There must be at least one person who meets the criteria to be a godparent. If the second person is not confirmed in the Catholic Church, they are inscribed in the registry as a “Christian Witness”.
* Before the celebration it is expected that both parents and godparents will attend the Baptismal preparation class for the Sacrament which is held on the second Wednesday of each month. Please contact the parish secretary to register for the class. If it is impossible for you to attend this class, you must attend a class in another parish and bring a copy of the document attesting your participation in the class.
- A copy of the Baptismal certificate of both parents and godparents with notations (or individual copies of their Baptismal certificates, confirmation Certificates and Marriage certificate). If both parents or godparents celebrated their marriage at St. Dominic church, we will need only the date of their marriage here.
- State issue ID’s of the parents and godparents (driver’s license, passport, or other pertinent ID).
- A copy of St. Dominic’s Baptismal Registration form (you can get from the parish secretary). In order to attend the preparation class this form needs to be filled out no later than three days before the class and in the hands of the secretary.