Requirements for godparents

• Generally, there are two godparents for baptism, however, Canon Law only requires one. A second person who is not a Catholic, but is a baptized Christian (according to the Trinitarian formula) may act as a Christian Witness.

• Godparents should be selected because of the good example they themselves witness. They should be people who live out their faith.

• Godparents must be at least 16 years of age and have received the Sacrament of Confirmation.

• If a godparent is married, he/she must be married in accordance with the laws of the Catholic Church.

• A godparent must be a Catholic in good standing (must attend Mass and receive the sacraments regularly).

• Godparents must be registered in a parish and obtain a Sponsor Certificate from his/her parish.