Choosing Godparents

Choosing Godparents is a serious process for a Catholic.  The persons you choose will be responsible for helping you raise your child in the Faith and few Catholics these days take that responsibility seriously.

I was very blessed that a good friend and her husband were willing to take on the responsibility for our young daughter.  I considered asking them to also be Godparents to our little son, but I didn’t want to ask my friends to take on the responsibility of two.

I have therefore, asked a friend from graduate school in theology if she will be godmother and am awaiting a reply.  She takes the responsibility seriously and so will consider it hard before accepting.  Our first choice for Godfather felt his advanced age made him a poor choice and I respect his thoughtful reasons for declining.

So here I am, still seeking the right Godparents.  I want someone who will make the effort to keep in touch and encourage this young person to grow in our Faith.  They must meet the requirements of Canon law which, while not onerous, are strict.  Godparents must be Catholics in good standing, regular attendees at Mass, living their Faith, at least 16 years of age, confirmed and if married were married in the Church, not a parent to the child being baptized, who understand the responsibilities of a godparent and will try to fulfill those responsibilities. (canon 874)

A baptized non-Catholic may not be a godparent but may serve as a witness along with a Catholic godparent.  Also, only one Godmother and one Godfather permitted.

Considering how close the date is for when we hoped to have the baptism, I’d best get on the ball!!


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