Sacrament Sponsor Form

Godparent/Sponsor Form

Affirmation of Faith and Morals

Two of the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism and Confirmation, require at least one godparent and sponsor, respectively. In Baptism, the godparent(s) takes an active role not only in the Rite of Baptism, but also in the faith life of the child as he/she assists the parents to raise the child in the Catholic faith. In Confirmation, the sponsor speaks on behalf of the community that the person to be confirmed is indeed ready to become a fully initiated member of the Church, to live and defend the faith of the Church, and to be a soldier for Christ. A godparent/sponsor, then, must be an active member of a Catholic parish community, live a life in accord with the faith, and be in good standing with the Catholic Church. To establish a Catholic's eligibility to be a godparent or sponsor, St. Mark uses a document that is filled out and signed by the intended godparent/sponsor and his/her parish priest.

Godparent/Sponsor Suitability Form
(el documento en espñol)

Instructions:

If you are a member of St. Mark Catholic Church who will be a godparent/sponsor at St. Mark or another parish, please print off the form, fill it out, and bring to the parish office for one of the parish priests to review and sign.

If you are a member of St. Mark Catholic Church who has asked a family member or friend to be a godparent/sponsor for a Baptism/Confirmation at St. Mark Catholic Church, that intended godparent/sponsor must use this form. He/she should print this form, fill it out, and take to their own parish priest to review and sign. The completed form, signed by the intended godparent/sponsor and his/her parish priest should be mailed to St. Mark's parish office.

FAQs

Can a parent be a Confirmation sponsor? No, a parent/step-parent or legal guardian cannot be the sponsor for Confirmation. Parents already have the important and necessary role of preparing the child for the sacraments. A sponsor represents the Christian community who has assisted the parents in their role.

Can a non-Catholic be a godparent for Baptism? A non-Catholic Christian who has been baptized and anever practiced the Catholic faith can stand in as a Chritian witness only when they stand with a Catholic godparent. Example: Sally and Jim have asked Pete and Rosemary to be godparents for their newborn son. Pete is Catholic, but Rosemary is Methodist. Pete is the required Catholic godparent, and Rosemary is a Christian witness.

Can a former Catholic who is practicing a different Christian denomination be a Christian witness? No. If the intended godparent/witness has abandoned belief in the Catholic faith or practice of the Catholic faith, whether intentionally or unintentionally, he/she is not eligible to be either a godparent or a Christian witness.

Can an older sibling be a godparent/sponsor? Yes, an older sibling can be a godparent or sponsor provided that they are at least 16 years of age and meet the other requirements as any other godparent/sponsor.

Can there be two godfathers/godmothers? No. Only one godparent is required. If an additional godparent is involved, one godparent must be male and the other godparent female.

I have heard that some godparents or sponsors are represented by proxy. What is a proxy? A proxy is someone who stands in for the godparent/sponsor if, for some urgent reason, the godparent/sponsor cannot be present. Since one requirement for the godparent/sponsor is the capacity to fulfill that role (be present for the sacramental rite), a godparent/sponsor should be chosen who is able to be present at the conferral of the sacrament. If, because of sickness or travel emergency, the godparent/sponsor is impeded from being present, that person must appoint someone to stand in for him/her. This proxy must be the same sex as the godparent/sponsor, and fulfill all the same requirements that are required of the godparent/sponsor. If the suitability of the proxy cannot be reasonably ascertained, the minister of the sacrament or pastor may choose a proxy who is known to him.

 
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