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Parents may begin the process of having their child baptized by contacting the rectory at 724-375-7626 and speaking with Sr. Margie. Although circumstances may vary, parents will attend a baptism class which is offered at different times to fit their schedule, select a weekend for the baptism and choose two qualified sponsors.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SPONSORS FOR BAPTISM — What is required for a person to serve as a godparent (sponsor)?
The person serving as godparent (sponsor) must meet the following requirements:
a. be appointed by the parents or the one serving in their place
b. be at least 16 years of age
c. be a Catholic who has been confirmed and received the Most Holy Eucharist and who leads a life in harmony with the Church.
d. if married, be in a valid sacramental marriage.
e. not be the father or the mother of the one to be baptized.
May we choose more than two godparents (sponsors) for our baby? May we use two godfathers in place of a godmother?
A maximum of two godparents (sponsors) is allowed for the sacrament of baptism. Only one godparent (sponsor) is required for baptism; however it is customary to have two godparents (sponsors). If two godparents (sponsors) are identified, one must be male and the other female.
May a non-Catholic Christian serve as godparent (sponsor) at a Catholic baptism?
A non-Catholic Christian may only be a witness, together with a Catholic godparent (sponsor), in a Catholic baptism. A former Catholic who now practices another religion may not serve as a Christian Witness nor as a godparent (sponsor). Any questions concerning non-Catholic participation in baptism should be referred to the parish.