Parish registration is a prerequisite for Baptism. A Baptismal preparation is also required of all parents. We ask parents to contact the Parish Office to sign up for this preparation program at least one month in advance. Baptism at Sunday Mass is encouraged. Baptisms are celebrated on Sunday at 8:30am and 11:00am.
To qualify as Godparent, does the person have to meet certain requirements?
A. 1. Yes! Not everyone qualifies to be a Godparent. The Catholic Church provides a detailed guideline that must be obeyed. "To be admitted to undertake the office of Sponsor, a person must:" [Canon Law # 874.1]
a. "be appointed by the candidate for baptism, or by the parents or whoever stands in their place, or failing these, by the parish priest or the minister; to be appointed the person must be suitable for this role and have the intention of fulfilling it;" [Canon Law # 874.1.1]
b. "be not less than 16 years of age, unless a different age has been stipulated by the diocesan Bishop, or unless the parish priest or the minister considers that there is a just reason for an exception to be made;" [Canon Law # 874.1.2]
c. "be a catholic who has been confirmed and has received the blessed Eucharist, and who lives a life of faith which befits the role to be undertaken;" [Canon Law # 874.1.3]
d. "not labour under a canonical penalty, whether imposed or declared;" [Canon Law # 874.1.4]
e. "not be either the father or the mother of the person to be baptised." [Canon Law # 874.1.5]
f. "A baptised person who belongs to a non-catholic ecclesial community may be admitted only in company with a catholic Sponsor, and then simply as a witness to the baptism." [Canon Law # 874.2]
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