Becoming a Godparent or Sponsor
Becoming a Godparent for the Sacrament of Baptism or a Sponsor for Confirmation is a privilege and responsibility. Those who are asked by the parents to take on this responsibility should be practicing Catholics, meaning that they attend Mass and receive the sacraments regularly so that they can give a good example to the child whom they are sponsoring.
The information printed below is the policy of the Church and the parish with regard to issuing Letters of Eligibility to those who have been asked to be a Godparent for Baptism or a Sponsor for Confirmation. If you are considering asking a particular individual to be a Godparent or Sponsor for your child, please make sure that the requirements listed below are being lived out. The Church mandates these requirements. I ask that you inform family members who may not be attending Mass and practicing their Catholic faith about these requirements. If you need a letter of eligibility, please contact the Rectory for an appointment with Father Joe or Father Konstanty.
When a person is asked to be a Godparent for Baptism or a Sponsor for Confirmation, a letter of eligibility must be obtained from his/her parish. The responsibility of being a Godparent or Sponsor is a great one. You will be asked to help the parents with the spiritual upbringing of the child. To do this responsibility, the practice of one’s Catholic faith is imperative.
In order to receive a letter of eligibility, the following are required:
– That you be a registered member of a parish;
– That you practice your Catholic faith by attending Mass on Sundays and receiving the Sacraments frequently;
– That you have received the Sacrament of Confirmation;
– That, if married, you were married in the Catholic Church;
– That you be 16 years of age or older.
Please call the Rectory — 215-535-6667 — to make an appointment and receive an eligibility form, which you will need to present to the parish where the Baptism or Confirmation is taking place.
Classes to prepare parents and godparents for Baptism are scheduled as needed, usually several times a year. Parents and Godparents need to attend to learn about the sacrament that they are requesting. Call the Rectory for times and to register for the classes.
Couples who intend to marry should contact the pastor or parochial vicar for an appointment. Arrangements for weddings must be made no less than six (6) months in advance. Call the Rectory for an appointment.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Call the Rectory anytime for a priest to come to your home or the hospital. If you are going to a hospital for an operation or a procedure, you may come to the Rectory and be anointed before you go in. Call the Rectory for an appointment.
PREP (Parish Religious Education Program) is a year-long religious education program for children grades 1 through 8 who attend public or non-Catholic private-schools. Children are instructed in the Catholic faith and prepare for the reception of the Sacraments. Classes take place on Thursday evenings from September through the end of May. For more information, please call or email Dr. Joanne Walls, our Director of Religious Education, at the Rectory. You can also visit our PREP page for more information.
The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a process of learning about our Catholic faith. This process is for the adults who were baptized as Catholics and never received First Penance, Holy Communion, or Confirmation. The RCIA is also for those of other faiths who wish to become Catholic or want to know about the Catholic faith. Those who are interested may call the Rectory and speak to Fr. Joe.
Rectory Phone Number: 215.535.6667